Second semester wave: Top school districts that are hiring

Did you know that school therapists can start a new contract mid-school year? These are the top school districts in the country for speech language pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists.

  1. Seattle Public Schools in Washington
  2. Simi Valley Unified in California
  3. Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut
  4. Cherokee County Schools in Georgia

Seattle Public Schools in Washington

The largest public school district in Washington, Seattle Public Schools serves the entire city of Seattle with 99 schools and close to 55,000 students. About 24% of those students are from non-English speaking backgrounds. Seattle’s idea of fun is about as diverse as its population. If nature is your jam, take a Salmon Bay Walking Tour where the city meets the Sound. Interested in innovation? Visit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center for an interactive journey showing how innovations and inventions are helping to create a brighter future for our world. If you just love the thought of the Pacific Northwest, there’s a plethora of opportunities in the surrounding school districts as well.

Simi Valley Unified School District in California

Located just outside Los Angeles, the Simi Valley Unified School District is Ventura County’s second largest school district with 28 schools. If you’re on the search for amazing weather to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities then Simi Valley is calling your name. Explore the world’s parks through their gardens at Gardens of the World or see Ronald Reagan’s Air Force One up close at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut

This Northeast district is one of the oldest metro areas in the U.S. and ranked 31 in U.S. News Best Places to Live. Hartford’s must see list includes The Mark Twain House and Museum and on its oddity list you’ll find the Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities tucked away in the top floor of the State House. The city is also a hop, skip and jump from two of our country’s best cities – Boston and New York City – with something to fit all fancies.

Cherokee County Schools in Georgia

Just outside of Atlanta, the Cherokee County Schools make for an amazing southeast location with 41 schools serving more than 42,000 students. Visit the Tanglewood Farm, a 10-acre Wild West Town with rare and miniature farm animals right in the heart of Cherokee County. Take a drive to Atlanta and check out the World of Coca-ColaCNN CenterCentennial Olympic Park or Georgia Aquarium just to list a few.

Do you know where 2018 will take you? Click here for the latest opportunities at these top-notch school districts.

What is an MSP and why should it matter to you?

A Managed Service Provider (MSP) in the healthcare industry is an outsourced partnership that manages the temporary staffing or contingent workforce needs of a hiring organization.

Why is that important?
MSPs help healthcare organizations remain focused on the most important thing, which is patient care.

Find and retain quality clinicians  

If you manage a healthcare organization then you know how the nursing shortage pain points have a way of trickling down. Healthcare organizations can look to an MSP to handle 100% of its contingent staffing needs including:

-          Increasing quality candidate submissions

-          Filling open positions

-          Solving inefficient hiring processes

-          Retaining top performers

Business continuity

An MSP can also help stabilize an organization’s contract labor through centralization. There’s an increased level of transparency when credential management, contracts, and payroll are all handled from a single source.

Real-time reporting capabilities makes a MSP an extension of your team so together you can do more planning and less reactive staffing.

Cost savings

The cost savings of having more time to focus on patient care is difficult to put a price tag on but you know its intrinsic value scales. An MSP client no longer must spend time dealing with the tedious operations of contract labor with third parties and are able to focus on the more productive internal items.

There are additional cost savings that a healthcare organization can realize through contracting with an MSP including:

-          Increasing vendor visibility

-          Reducing premium labor spend

-          More robust compliance and risk mitigation

-          Maximizing workforce investment

It’s important to partner with an expert team who provides custom solutions and are willing to fill orders on your terms. We welcome the opportunity to tell you more about our MSP solutions. Contact us today and learn how our MSP services remain unmatched.

Top 10 Highest Paying States for Nursing

Highest Paying States

Nurses are one of the most in demand professions in the U.S. It can also be one of the more demanding career choices so the pay should reflect that effort.

Travel nurses are wise to consider earning potential and how it might vary based on where the assignment is located. These ten states top the list as the highest paying for nursing professionals.


  1. California
  2. North Dakota
  3. South Dakota
  4. New York
  5. Montana
  6. New Jersey
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Wisconsin
  9. West Virginia
  10. Illinois


  1. California

You might guess that one the most sought after states to call home is also the best state in terms of nurse compensation. Everything from the mild climate and spectacular coast to mandated nurse-to-patient staffing ratiosmake it an easy guess. However, California’s cost of living is one of the highest in the union making your paycheck in the Golden State not quite as shiny.


  1. North Dakota

Where Theodore Roosevelt National Park spans the Little Missouri River, North Dakota is dominated by the Great Plains and best known for The Badlands, which draws visitors from around the world. Thanks to a boom in oil production and thus the nation’s second best economy, the state’s population is no longer shrinking.


  1. South Dakota

Like sister to the north, South Dakota is well loved for her wide-open spaces. Black Hills National Forest is home to two historical monuments carved right into soaring granite peaks. Mt. Rushmore pays tribute to four revered U.S. presidents, and Crazy Horse Memorial honors the storied Native American tribal leader. The state ranks seventh for higher education with a good number of teaching hospitals.


  1. New York

There’s an entire state beyond the famous island of Manhattan. New York is home to four of the world’s ten most-visited tourist attractions and the alluring Adirondack Mountains. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, the state takes third for most hospitals in the country, which means more opportunities for nurses.


  1. Montana

Big Sky Country is known for its big, blue skies and Glacier National Park named for its snow-capped peaks, glacial lakes and alpine hiking trails. Unsurprisingly, Montana boasts one of the lowest obesity and hospital readmission rates.


  1. New Jersey

One of the foremost research centers in the world lends itself to the state’s number two rating for education and it’s also near the top for healthcare. The Garden State is famous for the Jersey Shore (the place and sadly, the MTV series) and one of the most visited amusement parks Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari.


  1. New Hampshire

New Hampshire has its pulse on healthcare earning it the spot for fourth best state for healthcare by U.S. News & World Report. While small in terms of square miles, the Granite State has a wide variety of settings to call home including urban, rural, lakeside, coastal and in the mountains.


  1. Wisconsin

You don’t have to be a fan of cheese curds to make Wisconsin home – although they are pretty darn delicious. Wisconsin has one of the top-rated healthcare systems in the country and a low cost of living. Madison came in third on’s “Best Places to Live” list, and if you’re wanting a scenic, quaint town, check out the Sturgeon Bay area.


  1. West Virginia

Adventure-seekers will not be disappointed by some of the most rugged land in the country and the best skiing the East Coast has to offer. West Virginia is rich in American history and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure like the Bridge Walk over the New River Gorge. Bonus: Your paycheck will go far because it’s the tenth most affordable state in the U.S.


  1. Illinois

Considered a microcosm of the entire country, Illinois is the fifth most populous state and home to Chicago, where you can stroll the Magnificent Mile and capture breathtaking views from the shores of Lake Michigan. Iconic Route 66 is a 300-mile stretch of American roadway immersed in legend with quirky museums and eateries along the way. The state is among the top for gender equality, which many nurses (and those who support them) certainly appreciate.


Picking your location is part of the travel nurse journey. One of the many benefits is you can pick the place that’s right for you depending on different factors including family, friends, hobbies and pay package.

Curious about another state on your prospect list? Check out RN average salaries by state published by Becker’s Hospital Review. If you’re interested in learning about our current travel nursing opportunities, contact your recruiter or visit us online. We’d love to help you narrow your search to find the perfect assignment.



Be in control of your destiny.

Want to try out life on the opposite coast or pick up a hobby that requires mountaintops? Life as a travel nurse means you’re in the driver seat of your destiny. Nursing is a profession ripe with demand, which means you are in the position to call the shots. After all, opportunity is always knocking, so which door are you going to open?


Travel nurses who contract with a staffing agency have a sweeter deal. That’s because the less exciting legwork is handled by the nurse’s representing company. Seeking out available positions, determining appropriate fit, and the tedious application process and contract negotiations can all be off your plate if you partner with an agency. That leaves you with time to get ready for your next adventure.


If you have what it takes to be a travel nurse, check out the current opportunities with PPR today.

Tapping into your inner creative with your students.

Kids want interesting. They aren’t going to grasp the important points via a PowerPoint presentation that is unless it’s a superhero running the meeting. Abstract shapes and bright colors will keep their attention far longer than a grayscale line graph. School therapists know this and it’s why they tap into their inner creativity regularly to find the most effective ways to reach their students.


“One of the wonderful things about creativity is that it belongs to everyone, and we can find it almost everywhere,” said American Counseling Association President Thelma Duffey in a Counseling Today article.


Music, books, film, movement or a craft project can all inspire positive shifts in students. Creativity is more accessible now than ever before through blogs, YouTube videos, and professional Pinterest boards. As a contract therapist, you can let your imagination escape the “tried and true” and instead explore how creative elements can pave the way for more successful sessions.


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