Physical therapist Cassie H. describes her decision to become a PT traveler in June of 2017 as “one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself personally and professionally.” Although at first she wasn’t quite sure it would turn out that way.
“To say I was nervous was an understatement,” she explains, referring to her first assignment in Dover, Delaware. Fortunately, her new colleagues welcomed her with open arms even though — as a novice PT traveler — she was outside her comfort zone. Soon her newbie jitters settled down, her confidence set in, and she began to find that with each new assignment she was growing professionally.
Her next travel PT job in Hartford, Connecticut, “allowed me to work in an urban area with a different demographic of patients, which has only helped my practice more.” Then came her assignment in Freehold, New Jersey. It was her first step into the skilled nursing realm, and she describes it as a “great learning experience.”
Cassie’s favorite travel PT job to date was in New Orleans, Louisiana. “It’s where I have spent the most time, and it has provided me with some of my closest friends in the traveling world. I also had the pleasure of working for one of the best bosses I’ve ever had,” Cassie says. She looked forward to going to work every day at a facility that exposed her to top-notch clinicians. “Plus, it’s easy to fall in love with that city. The food, people, music, and culture bring the city to life and made it a hard place to leave.”
Oakland, California, her current assignment, comes in as a close second. Accepting the Oakland job “allowed me to come to the West Coast for the first time in my life and to take a cross-country road trip.” The weather is conducive to indulging two of her favorite pastimes, hiking and running — she’s done a race in every one of her travel cities. On top of that, she says, “My co-workers rock here!”
Cassie adds, “The ability of the assignment to allow myself to go outside my comfort zone personally is unparalleled.” Although she enjoys socializing with coworkers, “I’m not afraid to go out by myself and meet new people.”
She originally tried travel because she was unhappy with the permanent job she worked, but now she plans to stay with travel PT jobs. As she puts it, “They enable me to strive to learn more about myself both personally and professionally as well as learn more about our country.”
Cassie was introduced to CompHealth by a former colleague and appreciates how they take care of her needs. “They made sure I was comfortable and happy during the transition period from my perm job to a travel career.”
She adds, “CompHealth stands out most notably with its ability to facilitate and aid its travelers in the licensing process. Getting licensed in other states can be a headache, but CompHealth tries to make it as easy as they can.”
When asked what advice she’d offer other physical therapists considering travel, Cassie answers with two simple but enthusiastic words: “Try it!”