School Teachers Get a Helping Hand Planning Outdoor Educational Field Trips

Planning an outdoor educational field trip can be a painful and time consuming project for any teacher. There is the budget to consider, risk management to prepare and logistics to plan. All this background work must be done in order to gain the school board’s administration approval.

In Southern Ontario a different approach is being taken to gain business from surrounding schools. Outdoor education companies have taken advantage of the fact that their area of expertise is something a teacher often lacks or does not have the time to research. So they have created a program called “Teacher’s Aid” which custom designs field trips to meet the teacher’s needs… free of charge.

The process works by having the teacher submit the outdoor curriculum requirements; minimum expected students, the time frame, available working budget and required safety standards. These are the main ingredients needed by the “Teacher’s Aid” to design an educational outdoor field trip.

The outdoor companies then use their experience and skills to design a program tailored to the school’s curricular needs. And within one week return a draft with a possible matched field trip within the working budget and safety concerns. With the curriculum outlay is also included a risk management plan, a complete price quote and a written itinerary that can be delivered to the school’s administration for approval.

In return the outdoor educational company asks that if the draft is approved; they are reimbursed in the venture by receiving the school’s field trip business. It is also understood that if the school chooses not to do the field trip, there is no charge and the school/teachers are always welcome to inquire about a quote for another program idea.

For the teacher this is minimum work… and for the learning adventure companies this is maximum business. This successful approach is an excellent working venture for any business in the outdoor educational field wishing to develop a working relationship with schools.

10 Benefits of Travel RN Nursing Jobs

People choose travel RN nursing jobs for a variety of reasons. Some like building a career as a travel nurse, as it lets them build unique and valuable skills. Others like the often lucrative pay opportunities. And of course there’s the wealth of destinations that those with travel RN nursing jobs can choose from. Travel RN nursing jobs are the launching pad to new adventures and new challenges. Here are the top 10 reasons that thousands of others have pursued travel RN jobs.

1. The chance to travel across the country – Want to see the United States? Whether you’ve dreamed of spending autumn in New England or winter in Southern California, travel RN jobs can help make it happen. Love the outdoors? Then you can take assignments near Colorado’s Rocky Mountains or by Washington’s scenic Puget Sound. Have you ever dreamed of hiking across the mesas of New Mexico? Want to relax along the shores of the Gulf Coast? You can do it all with a travel nursing career.

2. Great payment opportunities – Travel RN jobs are in demand. And that demand is only expected to grow. That means that travel nurses are often handsomely compensated. Typical pay rates range from $22 to $40 an hour, while experienced nurses can sometimes get specialized travel positions that pay even more.

3. Build your resume – Travel health jobs often place nurses alongside a range of experts in some of the world’s leading health care facilities, which gives traveling nurses the opportunity to learn new techniques and develop unique skills.

4. Choose your workplace – Some people prefer travel RN jobs and assignments at large, fast-paced health facilities. Some would rather prefer to work in a smaller community hospital. The great news is that travel nurses can experience them all while on assignment. There are always many choices available, and you can choose the RN nursing assignments that are right for you.

5. Greater control over your career – Ever feel like taking a month off? Everyone does from time to time. And for travel nurses, it’s much easier to take time off. Want a couple of weeks or a month off? You can do it between travel jobs. That also provides great opportunities for continuing education. With RN nursing assignments, it’s easy to schedule time off to take a class, or get an assignment near the country’s best nursing colleges.

6. Get bonuses – It’s not uncommon for travel RN nursing jobs to come with generous sign-on bonuses. Travel nurses can earn anywhere from $500 to $6,000 for simply signing on for a temporary assignment. And that’s in addition to pay rates that are often higher than the hourly rate for permanent nurse positions.

7. The opportunity to travel with family or friends – It’s often easy to find great travel nurse assignments that you can sign on to with a friend. Traveling with friends makes exploring the United States even more exciting. And if you’d like to share accommodations with a friend, that’s often possible.

8. Get great housing at no cost – Most travel nursing jobs come with high quality and free housing that’s near your workplace. Some bonuses can include gyms, swimming pools and spas. Getting adequate furniture and other utilities will also be arranged by the travel nursing staffing agency. In other words, everything will be ready for you when you arrive to your assignment.

9. Meet new people and make new friends – Travel RN nursing jobs are the perfect opportunities to meet new people. It’s common for travel nurses to establish great relationships with people across the country. Thanks to online social networks and professional networks like Facebook and LinkedIn, it’s now easier than ever to connect with new people in new cities.

10. Have the ability to try out new locations before you move there – Thinking about relocating but not yet 100 percent sure it’s a good idea? Taking travel RN nursing jobs in a city you’re thinking of moving to is an ideal way to test out the area and decide if it’s right for you.

In other words, travel RN nursing jobs offer nurses freedom. You can choose where you want to work, when you want to work and what you’d like to do. With travel RN nursing jobs, you can take jobs that offer you the pay that you’re worth. It’s all in your hands. Maximize your earning potential. Gain valuable experience. And most importantly, have fun.

In many travel RN nursing job positions, you will have the opportunity to re-sign on to the job if you enjoyed the experience and want to stay. But the best thing about travel RN nursing jobs is that you’ll also get to say goodbye to the office politics and other hassles associated with permanent nursing positions.

Booklet Tips – The Only Way It Works

Booklets are so 1990’s. Or are they? Well, social media and texting and video and writing a full length book (in print, an ebook, or both) or (fill in the blank) are what everyone is doing today and the only ways to go. Or are they? And is it really everyone? Plus that same “everyone” has a smartphone and a tablet computer and every other latest version of every available electronic device. Really? Everyone? While certainly increasing in popularity, statistics say otherwise when it comes to “everyone.”

Now, before you hit “delete” or “unsubscribe,” at least give the next 500-ish words a once-over for the single pearl that just could catapult you to a whole new level of results or comfort you in realizing there is a market for your product formats wherever you are on your journey today — or some combination of both.

While all those digital delivery formats and tools are, yes, very popular and wonderful new additions to how you can reach the people who want what you have, they are “also” rather than “only.” In some cases they are “not at all”
because your audience is not suited to receiving your expertise that way, hard as that may be for you to imagine.

As social media and downloadable formats started appearing and continue gaining momentum, the earliest suggestions here were to start by creating a tips booklet manuscript. That was and continues to be the cornerstone of your product line – pithy “how-to’s” that guide people from the most basic levels of your area of expertise at the earliest entry point. You can then take that piece of clay (your 3000-word edited Word document of tips) and shape it in many ways. These are just a few:

  • Create a 3-5 minute video for each or some of the tips – post on your site, YouTube, or license for a fee
  • Do an audio podcast based on one or some of your tips – present live, recorded, or license for a fee
  • License the entire series of tips to companies to drip on their subscriber list – drip on your own list
  • Expand your tips booklet to be a full length book – do a chapter at a time to sell as a downloadable subscription and also offer print, a copy at a time through print on demand
  • Record the entire tips manuscript as an audio program – give away and/or sell the download or CD
  • Offer the original tips booklet as both a printed version and a PDF – strategically give away and/or sell

While far from comprehensive, this list got you thinking, didn’t it? That’s the same purpose your tips serve. What’s next for you? There are many ways beyond only ONE way.

ACTION: Before you jump on the bandwagon, attracted by the latest shiny object, think about your strategy and why you’re doing it. Who are the people you serve and what are their behaviors? Do they live, eat, and breathe online and are in a certain age group or industry or culture, or do they still have the computer they bought before the turn of the century because it still works? Is their smartphone permanently attached to the end of their arm or do they only turn on their basic mobile phone when they think they may be getting a call from someone, not even realizing a phone can do more than make and receive calls? While all of this may seem humorous at the very least, there really are people who want what you have, just in other (older) formats that suit them better.

“Turn Your Tips into Products and Your Tips Products Into MoneymakersTM”

© 2013 Paulette Ensign