After waiting about 3-4 weeks to get my Georgia license and going through numerous phone interviews, I officially signed my first contract in September 2017. I took a 25-week position (which I extended 13 more weeks) at a hospital in Madison, GA. If you’ve looked into travel at all, you’d know that most of the positions listed are going to be in small rural areas. I was having the WORST time finding travel positions in the metro-Atlanta area and had no choice but to settle for the 50 minute commute.
Going into work my first day, I had no idea what to expect. I would be working in the inpatient and outpatient clinic of the hospital and I didn’t feel qualified for either. The outpatient clinic was an old doctor’s office and was equipped with one multi-station Batca, a mini-trampoline, parallel bars and an assortment of ankle and free weights. I hadn’t worked in many (any) clinics, but I was aware that I’d be working with the bare minimum. The hospital that I had been assigned to was set to move into a band new facility and I would be there to assist during their transition. That meant I wasn’t to expect any updated equipment during my time there. I’d also be the only therapist in the outpatient clinic (for the most part) so I was basically independent.
Although, I was a bit overwhelmed at first, I am truly thankful that this was my first assignment. It challenged me to think outside of the box, do my own research and learn how to do things on very own. I got to figure out what I knew and things I needed to work on. I made a ton of mistakes, but I learned from them. That wasn’t the only benefit. I got to work with some of the best therapists that I’ve ever met. They were caring, fun and made me (and the patients) feel at home. They definitely set the bar high for my future coworkers. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Madison, GA and definitely would have stayed if I was ready for a permanent position.
Bottom-line: Expect the unexpected and enter every assignment with a positive attitude!