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Happy Independence Day, Travel Nurses!

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Enter our Fourth of July Instagram contest for the chance to win an Amazon gift card!

As Americans we are lucky to have many freedoms. And luckily for Travel Nurses, your career choice affords you even more freedom!

Whether it’s chilling at the beach, checking out local attractions, trying new restaurants, taking day trips, literally climbing every mountain, or whatever other awesome stuff you are up to on your days off while on assignment, we know that Medical Solutions Travelers make no bones about making the very most of their assignments.

So where will your freedom as an American and as a Travel Nurse take you this weekend?!

You know what they say … “Pics or it didn’t happen.” That’s why we’d love to see photo evidence of how you are spending your Independence Day weekend. That’s right, it’s contest time — here’s how you can enter to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards:

Simply post your pic(s) on Instagram (or the contest thread on our Facebook page if you don’t have Instagram) with the hashtag #TravelRN4th.

That’s it! And you can enter as many times as you like.

Happy holiday to you all! Can’t wait to see the pics! :)

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Congrats to April 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to April 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

April 2015 Traveler of the Month Mary O. relaxes with her salmon fanatic, toy mouse-loving, “sassy little diva” traveling cat, Kelpie.

Congrats to the April 2015 Traveler of the Month, Mary O., and also our Rising Star winner, Tarra DS.

Traveler of the Month Mary is a Cardiac Cath Lab RN who has been in nursing for seven years and has been working as a Travel Nurse for the past two years. She’s currently on assignment in the Seattle, Washington are and her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Stephanie B.

The University of Washington has been Mary’s favorite location as a Travel Nurse because she says she’s been able to “participate in the newest procedures with a team who is paving the way to a better standard of Interventional Cardiology.”

She also happily reports that her experience there has given her the tools to become better at what she does — which is one of her favorite things about Travel Nursing.

“[The best parts are] the awesome people I get to meet, the exciting places I never would’ve gone otherwise, and the opportunity to grow as a nurse and a person,” she says.

Mary travels with her companion and kitty, Kelpie, who she describes as “a sassy little diva who loves her fresh salmon.”

“She keeps me in line and cuddles up next to me when she knows I’ve had a bad day,” says Mary. “Her favorite pastime is chasing the stuffed mice that Steph (Mary’s Career Consultant) sent her.”

Mary’s tips for helping new Travel Nurses succeed?

“Embrace the whole experience, allow it to change you for the better, and let go of the past,” she says. “The mindset of ‘That’s not how they did it at (insert hospital)’ is not going to fly in this arena.”

And bottom line, Mary advises: “Be brave — you can do this!”

Rising Star winner Tarra is a NICU RN working in the Houston, Texas area. She’s been a nurse since June 2012 and started traveling in January 2015.

Her Medical Solutions Career Consultant is Melissa K., who commends Tarra’s “remarkable” dedication to her job and says that Tarra “always has a great attitude, is up for any challenge, and does anything asked of her.”

Tarra actually comes from a family of nurses.

“My mother and my brother are both LVNs, and he is currently in school to get his RN,” she says.

Tarra says that the best part of Travel Nursing is being able to experience different people, cultures, and nursing styles, and being able to incorporate that into her own style of nursing.

I really like working in Houston because of the diverse population, amazing food, and the opportunities to learn so many different things at work,” says Tarra. “When I worked in Idaho, the scenery was so beautiful; I loved the mountains!”

As for advice for new Travelers, Tarra encourages others to keep an open mind when choosing locations.

“Don’t be afraid to venture out and try new places,” she says. “I never would’ve thought my first assignment would be in Idaho, but I left appreciating nature even more. I would also say to make sure you get out and experience as much as you can!”

Congrats again to our wonderful Traveler of the Month and Rising Star winners, Mary and Tarra. We are so grateful for your commitment to excellent patient care!

What does it take to become a Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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We’ll Miss You, Joe!

Joe having an underwater adventure while on vacation.

Joe having an underwater adventure while on vacation.

As you may know, Medical Solutions has three Clinical Nurse Managers on our internal team to help both Travelers and Clients with any clinical issues that may arise on assignment. Our internal RNs — Amber, Joe, and Lalah — are always available to listen, counsel, and help make every assignment a success.

So, it’s with a heavy heart, yet tons of happiness for him, that the Medical Solutions family wishes Joe B., RN, Alumnus CCRN, a very happy retirement!

Joe came from the On Assignment team, where he started almost 12 years years ago, and has worked from Medical Solutions’ Tupelo office. In addition to all of his amazing work helping Travelers who are on assignment with us, sage advice in Clinical Corner blogs, and contributions to our awesome Traveler Tips slideshow (featuring tips from Joe and active Medical Solutions Travelers), Joe is just a downright sweet, fun, talented person to know. While he’s no stranger to hard work (though not for long!) he lives for family, fun, and boating. He’s been an amazing colleague and resource for our Travelers and we will miss him greatly!

Joe in his happy place with family on Christmas.

Joe in his happy place with family on Christmas.

Here are few of the goodbye messages we recently collected for him … We’ll miss you, Joe!

“When I met Joe, I knew right away he was an amazing person. He came striding through the office in his purple polo, speaking with his southern drawl. Joe is extremely knowledgeable, skilled, and confident — without any semblance of arrogance. He has been so pleasant to work with and has taught me tons. He’s by far one of the strongest ER/Flight nurses I have ever had the pleasure to work for and with. He will be missed!” — Amber B., Clinical Director of Nursing

“Joe’s situation is what we all should aspire to — being able to spend time doing the things he loves. Spending time with his grandbabies, traveling, getting some sun, and hanging out on the boat. Joe was one of the only people here at work that understood my obsession with music. His warm, Southern/Chicago personality (and anecdotes) will be greatly missed!” — Brian P., Quality Specialist

Joe at the Tupelo office Halloween party as The Great and Powerful Oz.

Joe at the Tupelo office Halloween party as The Great and Powerful Oz.

“I hope you get to do ALL the things you have ever wanted to try but never had the time or courage to. I hope that you will be exhausted from all of the fun you are having, and I hope you make memories that will last a lifetime! Congratulations, Joe! You will be missed!” — Jackie W., Quality Specialist

“Joe ‘My brother from another mother’ B.! Congrats on the retirement man. Guess you don’t have to use PTO anymore to go on your monthly cruises to Paradise Island. Enjoy your time at your beautiful home and riding around on your boat!” — Brian S., Quality Specialist

“I am truly grateful that I had a chance to work with Joe, and I hope he knows I’m still going to come out to his lake house whenever I want and jam out to AC/DC with him while drinking a concoction whipped up by Josh S. from various liquor bottles in Joe’s kitchen. I am going to miss you big time, Joe!” — Charity C., Career Consultant

“‘Always remember the Badlands.’ Can’t go into details … but he will understand this one.” — Kevin W., Director of Sales

“Joe is welcoming, warm, and full of heart. Just a genuine, good person to the core. He has jumped into many projects and tackled many obstacles. In his wisdom, he has learned to balance his work and personal life and enjoyed both because of it, which I truly admire. Joe, you are one of a kind and we will miss you. More importantly, we are very excited for you and what life still holds in your future!” — Christy J., Chief People Officer

We’ll miss you, Joe! Thanks for the memories :)

Joe volunteering with the Tupelo team at the Humane Society.

Joe volunteering with the Tupelo team at the Humane Society.

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How NOT To Travel Nursing Videos: Traveling to Your Assignment

You know how the show “What Not to Wear” actually teaches you what to wear? Well, Medical Solutions’ How NOT To Travel Nursing video series is kind of like that — but funnier and with Travel Nursing instead of fashion.

Because we think learning should be fun, we’ve paired a quick, comical video that illustrates how a Travel Nurse should most certainly not approach an aspect of Travel Nursing with an article that offers great tips on how you actually should proceed in that situation to be your best you and have great success in the industry.

This month we’re featuring “How NOT to Travel to an Assignment.”

In order to have a journey to your assignment that is just as fantastic as your destination, you’ll want to plan ahead, lean on your recruiter for advice and help getting the most out of your travel-related benefits and discounts, and make sure you choose the method of travel that best fits your needs.

Check out the video below and then click here to read the article on How to Travel to an Assignment.

 

You can find all of the How NOT To Travel Nursing Videos here in our Travel Nursing Resources section.

As always, we love to hear from you! Please comment with any suggestions for future How NOT To Travel Nursing video topics.

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Medical Solutions Travel Nurses in the News

Medical Solutions Travel Nurses in the News

Read All About It!: Medical Solutions Travelers Cherisse, Amy, and Tracia have recently been featured in national publications.

It’s definitely not news to us that Medical Solutions Travelers are wise and wonderful. We’re lucky enough to get a regular peek at your selfless feats of nursing and daring acts of adventure, so that’s why we were really happy to see a few Medical Solutions Travel Nurses in the news recently.

There’s really no one better to share information about Travel Nursing than experts like you and your colleagues. So — extra, extra — here’s a bit about some of our Travelers who’ve recently seen their names in print.

USA Today’s article “Demand for Travel Nurses Hits a 20-year High” featured Medical Solutions Travelers Cherisse Dillard and Amy Reynolds. The article did a great job defining Travel Nursing and explaining it to readers who might not be aware of the industry and of all of the exceptional work done by Travel Nurses nationwide. It also presented information from hospital administrators, staffing firms, nurses, and even industry experts like Staffing Industry Analysts and Linda Aiken, all of which supports the point that the demand for Travel Nurses is at a 20-year high and expected to increase even more throughout 2015. Also mentioned is the importance of Travel Nursing to the quality of patient care.

The articles findings present a great picture for Travel Nurses: With demand up, Travelers have more options!

Traveler Cherisse Dillard, whose husband travels with her, told the publication that her experience Travel Nursing had been “wonderful.”

“It’s given us a chance to try out other parts of the country,” she said.

Traveler Amy Reynolds, who’s been Travel Nursing for almost a decade and was the June 2014 Traveler of the Month, echoed the article’s description of the current availability of great Travel Nurse jobs.

“When the economy crashed in 2008, hospitals became tight with their budget and it was tough to find jobs, but now it’s back to full swing and there are abundant jobs for Travel Nurses,” she said.

Traveler Tracia Hayes also saw her name in print recently, in a U.S. News & World Report story, 14 Things You Didn’t Know About Nurses, where she explained the ability that Travel Nurses have to hit the ground running.

“Most people don’t know we have four or five days of orientation to function independently,” she said.

The writer adds that, like many Travel Nurses, “Hayes enjoys the challenge, though, and the overall variety nursing offers, whether it’s working in the hospital or community, traveling to new places or teaching upcoming students.”

Kudos to Tracia, Cherisse, and Amy for being excellent Travel Nurses and such great Medical Solutions representatives — both in the hospital and in the news.

If you’re thinking about joining them in the field or you’re already a Traveler who’s ready for your next assignment, click here to search jobs now.

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United Healthcare Discounts for Medical Solutions Travelers

By Ashley Hartman, Benefits Administrator at Medical Solutions
United Healthcare Discounts for Medical Solutions Travelers

Make your piggy bank happy with these United Healthcare discounts for Medical Solutions Travelers!

Imagine that you went to your favorite coffee shop, paid for a cup of coffee, and when it was served there was also a bonus chocolate cupcake alongside your java! Not only does that sound like a pretty great day in the making, that’s also sort of how United Healthcare discounts for Medical Solutions Travelers work.

For those enrolled in health insurance through Medical Solutions, we wanted to remind you about the availability of United Healthcare discounts — so that you can be sure you’re getting the most out of your benefits.

While there aren’t any bonus cupcakes involved, the Health Discount Program offered through United Healthcare is a program full of bonuses that lets you save on the following health and wellness purchases:

  • Dental care — Cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening
  • Vision care — Laser eye surgery
  • Alternative care — Acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and natural medicine
  • Long-term care services — Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, respite programs and durable medical equipment
  • Infertility treatment
  • Hearing devices
  • Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, and other weight management programs
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Fitness clubs including Anytime Fitness, Curves, Gold’s Gym, Jazzercise, Life Time Fitness, MyGym, and Snap Fitness
  • Fitness equipment and apparel
  • Natural products and foods
  • Stress reduction and relaxation resources
  • Smoking cessation programs

Wow, that’s a lot! But how do you actually use these discounts? Here’s a quick cheat sheet:

  • Register online at www.myuhc.com. For any questions about how to register online, you can call UHC Member Services at 866.633.2446.
  • Once you’re logged in, look for the “Extra Programs and Discounts” link on the home page under “What would you like to do today?”
  • To search for a provider, program or online retailer, click the “UnitedHealth Allies” link and search by category (such as Alternative Care) and specialty (such as Massage) surrounding your zip code.
  • For individual providers, click “Select This Provider” to generate a discount confirmation. Print the confirmation and take it with you to your appointment.
  • When making an appointment, make sure to identify yourself as a UnitedHealth Allies discount program member and pay the discounted rate at time of service.
  • For national providers such as weight loss programs, follow the instructions on the Provider Profile page to purchase products or services at the discounted rate.

We hope that this information helps you take advantage of United Healthcare discounts for Medical Solutions Travelers! Now, who wants cupcakes?

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7 Sweet Summer Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

It’s almost summertime, and the Travel Nursing jobs are as plentiful as the “livin’ is easy.” For many, summer is actually the most wonderful time of the year — when the nation comes alive with festivals, activities, and gorgeous weather from coast to coast.

With so many great Travel Nursing jobs nationwide, have you decided where you want to explore this summer?

Well, find a sunny patio somewhere and grab an ice cold beverage, because here’s our list of 7 sweet summer locations for Travel Nursing jobs, to help get you brainstorming on your ultimate summer spot:

Vermont Canoe Summer 2015Vermont and New Hampshire

OK, so technically Vermont and New Hampshire are two different locations, but with their proximity and the way they even appear to be hugging each other on the United States map, just consider this a 2-for-1. Whether you’re interested in Vermont’s rolling hills and artsy bent or the forested, salt of the Earth splendor of New Hampshire, you’re in for a New England treat. The region is perfect for summer assignments, with its charming towns and summer festivals, plus plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, and other outdoorsy pursuits across the gorgeous land. You really can’t go wrong with either of these great states. After all, poet Robert Frost once wrote of New Hampshire, “She’s one of the two best states in the Union,” then quickly added, “Vermont’s the other.”

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in Vermont, and click here to explore New Hampshire Travel Nursing jobs.

Oregon Summer 2015Oregon

While the Beaver State is gorgeous year-round, summer is perhaps the best time to take in everything it has to offer. The outdoors adventures are many, with rafting the Rogue River and exploring the amazing Crater Lake, just two among so many opportunities. Foodies will love the Willamette Valley Cheese Trail, the fresh seafood, and ripe summer cherries — not to mention the abundance of wineries and craft breweries. Whether you prefer to get your weird on in urban “Portlandia” or take a job in a more rural area, the gorgeous state of Oregon will not disappoint!

Click here to explore Oregon Travel Nursing jobs.

New York Summer 2015New York

It’s true that the splendor of New York state knows no season, but summer does seem an especially fantastic time to dwell in the Empire State. From The Big Apple’s multitude of activities, parks, festivals, farmers markets, parties, events, and sights to see, to Upstate’s charm and gorgeous abundance of land, summers in New York are unforgettable. Whether your scene is more beach view or rooftop pool view, you’ll be saying “I Love New York” in no time. And don’t forget, New York is an awesome base for all kinds of great day trips and getaways throughout the region.

Click here to search New York Travel Nursing jobs.

WisconsinWisconsin Summer 2015

Besides amazing cheese, which, let’s be honest, is a very important part of life, Wisconsin also offers amazing natural beauty in spades. It is a great state to summer in, especially considering Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes, which makes it a hotspot for fishing, boating, kayaking, water sports, swimming, and just plain kicking it beachside. It’s also water, water everywhere on the many rivers known for great tubing adventures and at the famous water parks of the Wisconsin Dells. You’ll be blown away by the beauty of Wisconsin’s state parks, like Copper Falls State Park and the awesome rock formations at Devil’s Lake State Park. Culture is also huge here, with lots of history, heritage, and arts. For example, the state hosts a number of music and other festivals, including Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

Click here to scout out Travel Nurse jobs in Wisconsin.

Atlanta ParkGeorgia

A lot of Travelers have Georgia on their mind for summertime. There’s, of course, “Hotlanta” which heats up in the most wonderful way in summer months. And though the temp rises creating the perfect swimming weather, I’m talking attractions and events! Atlanta’s summer dance card is chock full of festivals celebrating all kinds of things like BBQ, ice cream, beer, arts, butterflies, and more, not to mention the many excellent summer concerts and also the world-class shopping, dining, sports, and other opportunities the city offers. Georgia also has tons of outdoor beauty, including everyone’s favorite: Stone Mountain Park. This very special, massive park has everything, including shows and entertainment, golf, history, trails, fishing, a skyride, railroad, and, as the name indicates, an actual mountain!

Click here to see Georgia Travel Nursing jobs.

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With so much to see and do in the Golden State during summertime, why wait for winter days to be California Dreamin’? California is a super popular destination for Travel Nursing, maybe because it’s got a little bit of everything you could ever want in a place. Beaches, wineries, and some of the world’s greatest cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, just to name a few) are merely a quick sampling of California’s many features. But whether you prefer a rural or urban setting, California’s got you covered, with tons of great city perks like arts, concerts, shopping, pro sports, dining, and more as well as an abundance of quaint, charming towns. California is the perfect place for the perfect summer adventure!

Click here to explore Travel Nursing jobs in California.

Texas Summer 2015Texas

Even summer is bigger in Texas! Choose from exciting cities like Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, and more, as well as vast rural areas and cute small towns where you can relax and explore the summer away in grand Texas style. The state is chock full of historic sites (remember the Alamo?) as well as beautiful state park and ranches galore. You will have a blast and learn a lot while getting your fill of southwestern culture. And while it does get good and hot — just like summer is supposed to! — Texas has plenty of water for you to make a splash in, like Lake Travis, Lake Austin, Canyon Lake, Toledo Bend Lake, Sam Rayburn Lake, Lake Texoma, tons more lakes, rivers, and waterparks, and of course, the gorgeous Gulf Coast!

Click here to see Texas Travel Nursing jobs.

Did these 7 Sweet Summer Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs skip over your desired destination? Not to worry — there are plenty more great jobs across the nation to choose from. Click here to search by state, specialty, and/or job title to find your perfect summer 2015 adventure.

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Congrats to March 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to March 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to March 2015’s Traveler of the Month, Dawn S. and and Rising Star, Jen F.! You guys rock.

Congrats and thanks to the March 2015 Traveler of the Month, Dawn S., and also our Rising Star winner, Jen F.

Traveler of the Month Dawn is an RN with her BSN who’s been in nursing for 21 years in hospitals of various sizes. She says she prefers being in the ER, but has also spent time on Med/Surg, Same Day Surgery, LDRP, and ICU units. Dawn started traveling in early 2014 and her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Eileen B.

When we got in touch with Dawn she was just wrapping up a contract in southwestern Minnesota before starting her next adventure in South Dakota.

Traveler of the Month Dawn

Meet March Traveler of the Month, Dawn. Thanks for all you do, Dawn!

“My favorite location to work is always my current one,” she says. “There are always so many new things to learn! I haven’t had a hospital nursing job that I didn’t like yet. The best thing about any kind of nursing is felt when the patient or family lets you know how much they appreciate what you have done for them.”

As a veteran nurse and Traveler with a year-plus experience, Dawn offers some great tips for aspiring Travelers.

“For anyone who is considering Travel Nursing, I would encourage them to have a few years under their belt in their field. You never can have too much knowledge or experience,” she says.

Dawn also advises Travelers to “be flexible” and “always be able to laugh at yourself!”

Rising Star winner Jen is a PICU RN. After 17 years’ experience as a nurse, she is currently on her first Travel Nursing assignment in New Hampshire.

Jen was very surprised and honored to win Rising Star.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that I have had to travel with this company,” she says.

Jen says her Career Consultant, Ashley K., has been “amazing” and adds that she would highly recommend Ashley to others (and she has!).

“Traveling allowed me to help meet the needs of my family while also working in a specialty that I love,” says Jen regarding why she likes Travel Nursing.

She offers three excellent tips for new Travel Nurses:

1. Remain flexible.

2. Always give your best.

3. Enjoy every moment.

That is some great advice across the board, Jen.

Thank you so much, Dawn and Jen, for your commitment to excellent patient care!

What does it take to become a Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Change Your Life with Travel Nursing

Are you curious about a career in Travel Nursing?

Looking to break up the monotony of your day-to-day grind?

In search of a big, fun way to change your life?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above and you’re ready to change your life with Travel Nursing or if you’re just in the mood for a good laugh, check out our latest and greatest Travel Nursing video, which is styled as a Traveling Nurse jobs infomercial!

Well, I’m sure if you were ever on the fence about whether or not to change your life with Travel Nursing, that video must have sealed the deal. So … what are you waiting for? Call now! You can also click here to meet our wonderful team of Career Consultants.

Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check our Nurses Week video. Just a little celebration of our amazing Travelers and a snapshot of some of the fun we have here at Medical Solutions.

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2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest

2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest

Click here for more details or to enter the 2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest.

Each year, in celebration of Nurses Week, May 6-12, Medical Solutions hosts the Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest.

The scholarship awards are even larger this year, thanks to additional sponsorship from Medical Solutions’ RN to BSN Academy partner, Nebraska Methodist College. That means that three outstanding undergraduate or postgraduate nurse scholars will each receive $2,000 to go towards their education costs.

The 2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest is provided in an effort to help promote the education of future nurses, nurse leaders and educators. We believe that nurse education is hugely important when it comes to addressing the nursing shortage!

In addition to good academic standing and other criteria, entrants will write a 250-word essay answering the question: What does being a patient advocate mean to you?

Click here to learn more about the 2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest. And be sure to share this great opportunity with all the nurse scholars you know!

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