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6 Reasons to Become a Physical Therapist in Hawaii

Being a physical therapist in Hawaii is as good as it sounds. White sands, balmy weather, and fragrant breezes are only half of the appeal; Hawaii also boasts a laid back vibe and plenty of freedom for PTs to practice as they choose. Living in Hawaii is a dream come true, and being a practicing physical therapist in Hawaii is pretty much as good as it gets!

  1. Direct access.
    Because Hawaii imposes no limitations on direct access for physical therapists, you have the freedom and responsibility to see patients from the get-go, addressing their functional impairments and pain complaints, and referring them to physicians when appropriate. This practice freedom allows you to use your doctoral degree to its fullest, and enables you to truly grow and flourish as a clinician.
  2. Low competition for jobs.
    Did you know there’s no physical therapy school in Hawaii? Work this to your advantage! No flooded PT markets, which means employers will be courting YOU to fill their roles. Plus, you’ll have more leeway to negotiate your compensation package.
  3. Balmy weather and fragrant air.
    Hawaii smells like flowers. It has a temperate climate and sea-green beaches. Regardless of your feelings about aromatherapy’s effect on pain, there’s no arguing with the calming effect of floral-scented air…
  4. Laid back culture. 
    Frustrated by hectic schedules and the corporate rat-race? Head on over to Hawaii. You’ll find that friendly people, delicious cuisine, easygoing drivers (no honking allowed), and friendly shaka hand-shakes abound.
  5. An active patient population.
    Between the surfing, hiking, and sunset-gazing, Hawaiians tend to be an active bunch. You’ll get to hone your skills in ways you never thought possible, by treating a caseload of adults, children, transplants (those from outside Hawaii) and native Hawaiians.
  6. Hawaii is winning at PT.
    Hawaii recently made CSM’s “Success List,” for its inclusion in the management of concussions in student athletes. Way to move forward, Hawaii! As a PT treating in Hawaii, you can truly encourage student athletes to #ChoosePT.

 

If this sounds appealing to you, you’re in luck! Ewa Beach Physical Therapy is hiring! Situated within walking distance from the Ewa Beach park on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii, EBPT is the perfect place for a physical therapist to find a healthy work-life balance. The family atmosphere and friendly environment make for a fantastic environment for any PT.

The best part is that you’re not going to a patient mill. You’ll be expected to see a maximum of 12-14 patients/day, and your view will provide a calming and inspiring backdrop to your top-notch patient care. Oh, and did we mention paid documentation time? No burnout at this chill, fun-loving practice. If you’re the type of PT who can hit the ground running and build your caseload using your skillset and your charm, surf on over to the job listing and apply today!

References:

  1. http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/Advocacy/State/Issues/Direct_Access/DirectAccessbyState.pdf
  2. http://physicaltherapistsalary.com/hawaii-requirement-pt/
  3. http://www.hapta.org/news/hawaii-makes-success-list-at-csm-apta-100k-in-2017/

About Meredith Victor Castin

Meredith Victor Castin
Meredith is the co-founder of NewGradPhysicalTherapy.com and the founder of The Non-Clinical PT. She is originally from Tyler, TX and attended UPenn for undergrad, before graduating with her DPT from USA (San Diego) in 2010. She has worked in outpatient ortho, inpatient rehab, acute care, and home health. She loves spending time with her husband and 3 cats, and enjoys creating art and weird music.

One comment

  1. Michael Ahuna

    While these may be valid points, it’s important to not forget to factor in the cost of living. This is one of the reasons why many local PT students like myself choose not to go back. It will be nearly impossible to pay back your loans. :$ It’s much better just to vacation there. 😀

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