How Do School-based Therapists and Nurses Spend Their Summer
While some school systems around the country hold classes year-round, most conduct a September through mid-June curriculum. For our school-based therapists and nurses, that leaves them with a decision to make each summer. Many of them choose to take the summer months off to spend time with family or vacation. For those that want to keep working over the summer, let’s take a look at ways that therapists and nurses fill their summer work schedule.
Extended School Year (ESY). Just because the majority of students are on break beginning in mid-June, that doesn’t mean that the schools shut their doors until September. School systems provide Extended School Year classes for students that may need to retake a class in order to move up a grade, and also for Special Education students who typically attend throughout the year. The therapists and nurses who choose to cover the ESY will typically work four days per week for the five weeks that summer school is in session. Our therapists continue working with their students to help them maintain the progress they’ve gained during the regular school year and help prepare them for the upcoming year.
Acute, Home Health, and Skilled Care Facilities. Many staff working in the school systems also work part-time at local medical facilities to cover for holidays and vacations. Since school systems have set breaks throughout the year, school-based staff have arrangements allowing them to step into these local facilities to provide needed coverage. Often, the clinicians in those facilities will plan their vacations around the school calendar allowing the available school-based staff to provide coverage. This arrangement is a “win-win” situation for all parties involved. The facility has a known staffing source that is already familiar with their procedures and methods, while the school-based staff can earn extra money, enjoy a change of pace environment, and hone their skills in an alternative clinical setting.
Working Tourists. For school-based therapists and nurses looking for a completely different adventure, the world of travel nursing and travel therapy awaits them. These “working tourists” will plan to take an assignment for the summer in a favorite destination. While working their shift in a different city, they still have plenty of down time to explore local hotspots, fine cuisine, the arts and any other local adventure they can find. At the end of their travel assignment, they return refreshed and ready for a new school year. Check out the travel opportunities that Supplemental Health Care has available for you this summer.
Back To School. Once their working school year ends, some therapists and nurses choose to go back to school to work on their continuing education credits. Whether they choose to take an online course through Supplemental University or attend classes at a local college, the end of the school year is a perfect time to go back to school.
Don’t look now, but the summer break is right around the corner. If you aren’t planning to pack up the family and head out onto the road to visit Wally World, how are you planning to spend your school break? Let us know how you spend your summer break each year in the comment section below. Or stop by our Facebook page and tell us your story.