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.

What is going on in the Travel Nursing Industry?

travel nurse, travel nursing, industry news

What is going on in the Travel Nursing Industry?

Over the last 3 years, Travel Nursing has seen record highs in job orders, bill rates and overall demand. It’s been an amazing opportunity for both travel nurses and staffing companies.

For those of us who have been in the industry a long time, we’ve also seen the effects of a downturn in the economy, circa 2009, when everything was at an all-time low, particularly job orders and demand in our industry.

As of late, we’ve seen lots of posts and questions on social media, as well as engaged in many conversations around what’s going on in travel nursing these days.

So, great question, what is going on?! Relax, it’s okay!

Here is some insight:

  • We are still seeing very strong demand in job orders, although not as high as 2016 levels, still thousands and thousands of jobs that all the travel companies cannot fill
  • Consistent bill rates
  • Job orders across all specialties and disciplines
  • Hospitals not able to fill all their needs with permanent labor, which means they still need us
  • When speaking to experts in the industry, everyone is still bullish on the market
  • Nursing growth is still outpacing supply

It’s still a great time to be a Travel Nurse!

To maximize your opportunity in any market, here are some tips:

  1. Be flexible on location
  2. Be willing to get a new state license
  3. Travel for the experience, not just the money
  4. Work closely with your recruiter to make sure your profile is up to date and accurate
  5. Be flexible on start dates and time off needed during contract
  6. Open communication and transparency with your recruiter and company

If you are interested in travel nursing or just have some questions, please feel free to reach out to me or any recruiter here at PPR. Our job postings are current and can be found at

We’ve been in business for over 21 years, and plan to be around a long time to serve both you and the travel nurse industry.

Holly Blog Photo




Written By:

Holly Bass, President of PPR Travel Management Group