Working Tourist: Making a Difference in a Short Time!
Morgan Lapresi has been a travel Occupational Therapist for only four months, but she has already determined that she wants to be a traveler for as long as she can. So far, she has had two assignments in Skilled Nursing Facilities and has made a great connection with her older patients.
“I am enjoying working in acute rehab because of the challenges of evaluating new patients every day who are typically 65 and older,” she explains. “It is rewarding to help them progress as quickly as possible so they can return home. Creating relationships with my older patients is easy because they have so many stories and wisdom to share!”
What really drew Morgan to travel therapy was being able to TRAVEL! She sees the potential in working different assignments in a variety of settings to continually grow her experience and skill set. She also appreciates the fact that she can control when and where she can take new assignments. The flexibility allows her to take time in between contracts to focus on other interests.
When she began her first assignment, Morgan was naturally a little unsure of being thrown right into the fire, but she relied on her skills and education, and her confidence grew from there.
“I would always give myself pep talks,” she recalls. “I tell myself to ‘just keep doing good OT and everything will be okay!’ And it was!”
For Morgan, another benefit of travel OT has been in the give and take of exchanging knowledge with her teammates. Everywhere she works, she tries to be a walking sponge and pick up new ideas and techniques from each facility. Then she can bring that knowledge and share it at the next facility. She refers to it as sharing the OT wealth.
“Just because you are a traveler coming into a facility for a short time, doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference!”
Morgan has mixed emotions about the routine of starting and ending contracts. On the one hand, she has created lasting friendships with many fellow therapists and has felt welcomed as a part of the team, but it is difficult to say goodbye when her co-workers are telling her how much they will miss having her there.
“I like to call them mini-retirement parties,” she laughs. “You really feel the support when they wish you good luck, and it gives me a lot of confidence to know I worked well with them. It is bittersweet though when the supervisor tells you that they wish they could keep you forever.”
For her next assignment, Morgan is thinking about heading back up to New York where she can explore all the new restaurants. She relies on her friends at work to help her discover the best spots in the city that you can’t find with a Google search. Morgan’s advice for anyone considering becoming a traveler is to go with the flow!
“Just do good OT, do your best, and you will be great in this field with experience or not!” That sounds like good advice to us!
If you want to learn more about the many travel therapy opportunities at Supplemental Health Care, contact one of our recruiters today.