Monday, July 30, 2018

Pro's and Con's Of Working Per-diem

Hi everyone, first I would like to welcome any new or seasoned therapists (occupational or not) to my page. I know this blog title may insist that it is only about OT however I feel many professions could benefit from this post.
This past year I have gone through 3 different types of paid employment work.  I have been full-time, per diem and contract.  I wanted to describe a little bit about my experiences with all three and to discuss my pros and cons.  However, I will divide them up into little mini blogs because I do not want to give you so much to read in one post.

Per Diem:

Per diem work is also known as per day work.  This is typically a position where you are called in to work when an organization needs you.  Currently I work per diem at an assisted living facility in New York.  In my case, I initially provided my agency the hours and days I am available to work and hoped they would call me in if they needed me.  However, the first few months they did not call me at all.  I thought they forgot about me.  However, eventually they called me in one day and I worked for about four hours.  After that, they didn’t call me back again for a few weeks.  With that being said here are my pro’s and cons for being per diem.


THE PAY! As a per diem employee I receive a specific rate per hour.  Additionally, as a per diem employee you typically receive a higher pay rate than you would a staff employee.  This is because it’s used almost as an incentive for you cover someone last minute or to accept overflow of cases.

Flexibility! Right now, I set my own schedule.  I typically work late afternoon into the evenings and once a month on the weekends.  (PS: working weekends aren’t so bad, the place is usually quiet, there is less traffic on the road and parking is a breeze).

Experience! My per diem job is in addition to another one, therefor I am able to learn a new setting and work with a different population.


No Sick Days! You don’t work, you don’t get paid.

No Mentorship! Being per diem, I usually have to learn things quickly or on my own.  While other workers will get pad for training I will not.  Additionally, there is usually no time for any supervision especially since I come in the afternoon and evenings when most staff have already left for the day. 

No Consistency!  Some weeks I work every single afternoon/evening.  However there are times when I do not get called in as much or even at all.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Was I Prepared For My First OT Job? (Blog & Video Blog)

Hi everyone, just to clarify from this video I am a new graduate OT, I am not an expert.  When I graduated from my master’s program, I was just as lost and confused as I was entering school.  I found being able to reach out and relate to others in my same circumstance has been very comforting, so I decided I wanted to do the same for others. 
I previously worked in home care, but I will be transitioning to Outpatient therapy.  Even with one year worth of experience, I’m still nervous entering a new field of practice.  I will probably always refer to my old textbooks, articles or some fellow therapists.
I truly haven’t sold any of my books.  However, it is up to you to hold on to what you decide to.  Even if you sell them all there’s is still Google.
I will try to answer any questions I can, so feel free to comment on my video or in the comment box below.

Thank you for reading & watching


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Part 1- FAQ about OT (Video Blog)

Hi everyone, this is my first video Blog, check out Part 1 for some FAQs!  Thanks for watching.