As of May 2018, a total of 18 states have enacted the Physical Therapy Compact legislation. To view all of the participating states, find the most current map here. Although this major hurdle of enacting legislation has been accomplished, there has been no indication when the states will begin issuing compact privileges. As it has been with the Nursing Compact, the wheels of legislation grind slowly, but finally seeing some movement across the U.S. is a very positive development.
Why the PT Compact is so important
The PT Compact is an important step to establish uniform guidelines and standards to be followed by physical therapists regardless of where they are providing therapy services. Because therapy services typically don’t change from state to state, the compact will reduce bureaucratic waste and duplicate efforts while reducing administrative licensing costs. The compact also improves access to care across state lines allowing healthcare organizations to more readily fill vacancies and alleviate failing staff to patient ratios when necessary.
Is the PT Compact Your Key to Job Flexibility?
Travel therapists will be the first to tell you that the PT Compact will make their life a lot easier once it is fully enacted. Even having the 18 states that have enacted legislation begin issuing compact privileges will be helpful. As we seem to be in the home stretch of the PT Compact becoming a reality, now is a good time for you to assess where you are at in your career. One way the PT Compact may help is if you are considering taking on Per Diem assignments.
Per Diem or PRN, Physical Therapy may be just what you need in your career right now. While the assignments vary between facilities, per diem PT’s can work almost as much as a full-time PT or may end up working a few days per week. When working per diem, you are typically paid more as an incentive to keep you available to cover staffing shortages or extended absences, etc.
If flexibility and having more control over your schedule appeals to you, per diem may be the option you need. School-based therapists with the summer months off may want to take on a per-diem assignment to earn extra money or gain valuable experience by working in a different setting. Per diem PT’s who volunteer for holidays and weekends can effectively supplement their income because of the added pay incentives for working those shifts. Think about how beneficial this can be to paying down student loans!
Whenever you choose to take on a per diem assignment, make sure you fully understand your employment contract to ensure that you are earning what you are promised, working the minimum number of days, and are prepared for any existing cancellation clauses. As long as you are organized and have the initiative to work the extra days and hours whenever needed, per diem is an opportunity to provide you with career enhancing variety, higher wages, and the flexibility to pursue other passions during your downtime.
If you are interested in learning more about great per diem opportunities available through Supplemental Health Care’s nation-wide network, contact us today.
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