More than most, nurses understand that access to clean, safe water has major importance when it comes to health. Wherever you live or travel to in the U.S., most Americans are lucky enough to have access to a safe supply of water. But for many others throughout the world, the lack of safe access to that most valuable of resources, can be the source of illness, suffering, and even death.
Just as you work every day on the job to keep your patients healthy and their hearts beating, Planet Water Foundation strives to bring clean water to disadvantaged communities worldwide by installing community-based water filtration systems and providing educational programs on water health and hygiene. Efforts are often focused near schools, catering to children but making a huge impact community-wide.
This year on World Water Day, Sunday, March 22, Medical Solutions proudly sponsors Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24.
In response to heartbreaking statistics like the fact that every 24 hours 4000 children worldwide die from water-related illnesses, the mission of Project 24 is “to move the hands of time forward in 24 impoverished communities by installing and commissioning 24 clean water filtration systems in just 24 hours.”
On Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. (EST) the Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration system will go up at the Watslatromchey Primary School in the Cambodian village of Preah Kau, providing access to clean water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning to 122 students, 145 households, and 794 other beneficiaries in the small, rural village.
The installation in Preah Kau will be webcast live via Medical Solutions’ Project 24 sponsor site, where you can also learn more about the village and even donate with us, if you choose.
Sponsoring Project 24 is part of an ongoing commitment for Medical Solutions. In 2012, we sponsored Planet Water’s delivery of two clean water filtration systems — one on behalf of our company, and the other in honor of our wonderful Travelers — to the Cambodia village of Phnov. Click here to learn more about the 2012 effort.
Don’t forget to visit Medical Solutions’ Project 24 sponsor site here to learn more about the effort, watch the live webcast on World Water Day, find out how you can help, and more.
Congrats and thanks to the January 2015 Traveler of the Month, Robin B., and also our Rising Star winner, Arlene M.
Traveler of the Month Robin is an ER RN who has been with Medical Solutions since June 2014. Robin just wrapped up an assignment in western Michigan.
Robin’s Career Consultant Jake Zoucha has only the best things to say about her demeanor and her commitment to providing great patient care,
“Robin is a very calm person, easy to work with, very much a patient advocate, very caring and highly skilled,” says Jake. “She’s so nice she even baked me some banana bread and sent it to me after I talked to her about how much I loved it. I told her my grandma used to put cherries in hers, and so she tried it and sent it to me. It was delicious!”
Rising Star winner Arlene is a Progressive Care/Telemetry RN with three years’ nursing experience who just completed her first assignment in the Fort Worth, Texas area.
“I have loved my experience in Fort Worth,” she says. “I recently completed my assignment there and enjoyed every bit of it.”
Arlene began Travel Nursing flying solo, but recently rescued a dog from the Humane Society who she says is now her “friendly companion in travel.”
“The idea of walking into the unknown can be scary, but at the same time the adventure of it is exhilarating. Meeting new people and discovering new places is most fun,” says Arlene.
Arlene’s #1 tip for new Travelers is to “be mentally prepared for whatever comes your way.”
“Having to get accustomed to a new environment and way of doing things may seem challenging at first,” she says, “but essentially, you’re a nurse and you can do anything!”
Thanks and congrats to Robin and Arlene! We truly appreciate you and everything you do in the name of healthcare and adventure.
Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? 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.
A new tastemaker has emerged in the high stakes world of t-shirt high fashion … and that would be Medical Solutions Traveler and Super Awesome Nurse T-shirt Slogan Contest winner, Mallory B.!
In February, we invited all of you to enter the Super Awesome Nurse T-shirt Slogan Contest, for the chance to create the new Medical Solutions t-shirt, which will be given out to Travelers for the next year and featured at MedicalSolutions.com.
Mallory’s winning slogan, as you can imagine, is pretty super awesome:
“North, South, East, or West, Travel Nurses do it Best”
In addition to having her slogan featured on Medical Solutions’ website and Traveler t-shirts for the next year, Mallory will also receive a $100 Amazon gift card and 25 t-shirts bearing her slogan that she can share with friends and fellow Travel Nurses.
It was a blast to go through all of your great slogan suggestions — they were truly super awesome, and many of them were super funny to boot. Thanks so much to all of you wonderful Travelers who entered, and even though Mallory took the t-shirt crown as Super Awesome Nurse T-shirt Slogan Contest Winner, we really do think you’re all winners!
By Lalah Landers, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager at Medical Solutions
We often receive questions from Travelers wondering why each staffing firm and each hospital has different requirements for traveling healthcare professionals. Commonly, we hear questions such as:
“Why do I have to get another TB skin test or Quantiferon Gold?”
“Why do I need documentation of my flu vaccine?”
“Why do I have to take a PBDS or Behavioral test?”
In a nutshell, every Travel Nurse company has different minimum protocols for their Travelers, and every hospital has different requirements for their staff. At Medical Solutions, we pride ourselves on being one of the most reputable staffing firms in the industry. While our minimum standards may be more extensive than other companies, we think it’s in the best interest of our Clients to get quality staff who are healthy, qualified, and have been thoroughly screened for any criminal history, substance abuse, or license action. It’s also beneficial from a Traveler perspective, because it helps make sure that are placed in a job that’s a good fit, and thus, is more likely to pan out positively for you.
This month, I’d like to discuss tuberculosis testing and the flu vaccine specifically.
“Another TB skin test?!”
With reference to questions about TB skin tests or Quantiferon Gold tests, both Medical Solutions and hospitals follow CDC guidelines when it comes to screening and treatment for tuberculosis. If you’ve had a past positive result, you will have to fill out a screening form annually, have a recent physical that is less than one year old, and also have a copy of your last CXR showing that you are free of any active tuberculosis.
If you have a positive TB skin test and this is the first positive test you’ve had, you will need a physical within 30 days of your start date, a new CXR, and a TB clearance form from your healthcare provider. Every positive gets reported to the local health department, and often you will have to visit the health department in your local area for clearance as well. So, please keep your CXR, skin test and Quantiferon Gold results handy so you can send them in with your other paperwork when starting an assignment!
“Why do I have to get a flu vaccine?”
Well, the answer is you don’t! But, if you choose not to, some hospitals won’t choose you! With the surge in numbers of annual flu cases in the U.S., most hospitals want to know that their healthcare providers have been vaccinated. If you aren’t vaccinated, then you may spread the flu virus to already ill patients. Some facilities take a firm stance on this — they will not allow you to work without proof of vaccination and make no exceptions. Other facilities will allow you to work, but you must wear a mask at all times while working. The choice is ultimately up to you whether or not to receive the flu vaccine. The reality though is that most hospitals won’t allow you to work in their facility without it. You are protecting your patients and most importantly yourself! Finally, please remember to keep documentation that you’ve received the flu vaccine on file, so that you can easily provide proof when necessary.
While the variance in requirements between companies and hospitals can be frustrating at times, we greatly appreciate our Travelers’ commitment to meeting all requirements and protecting the delivery of quality patient care. Thank you!
Click here if you want to learn more about Medical Solutions’ Traveler screening process.
Medical Solutions Travelers are the best in class, and we’re constantly impressed by their continual efforts to improve the delivery of healthcare throughout the nation.
Speaking of class, we are super excited to announce the new RN to BSN Academy for Medical Solutions Travel Nurses!
While Medical Solutions previously offered an RN to BSN program for Travelers, the RN to BSN Academy is a new and improved version of this Traveler benefit, now in partnership with Nebraska Methodist College.
Here are some of the benefits and perks Travelers can expect from the new RN to BSN Academy:
- 100% online and crafted especially for working RNs — do your work from anywhere with an internet connection, any time of day or night
- Flexible start dates
- Financial assistance package, including books and tuition
- No need to take out more student loans
- One-on-one relationship with an academic advisor dedicated to your success
- Strengthen your skill set and resumé while you continue to work and travel
- Earn your BSN in 12-24 months, depending upon any credits you transfer into this transfer credit friendly program
- Graduate from highly respected, CCNE accredited Nebraska Methodist College
- Be prepared for better compensation and greater access to leadership roles such as educator and practitioner
Nebraska Methodist College, an affiliate of Methodist Health System and fully accredited, private nursing and healthcare professions college, was established in 1891. (Happy 125th birthday year, guys!)
According to Dr. Susie Ward, PhD, RN, and Director of Nursing and Special Programs at Nebraska Methodist College, the BSN program is “beneficial for practicing nurses because it incorporates a community-based approach that prepares these nurses to build connections between new knowledge and actions that enhance their nursing skill-set in an increasingly complex health care delivery system.”
Or, in layman’s terms: The RN to BSN Academy is an awesome and important investment in yourself and your future!
Contact your Career Consultant or click here to learn more about the new RN to BSN Academy for Medical Solutions Travel Nurses.
Congrats and thanks to the December 2014 Traveler of the Month, Barbara P., and also our Rising Star winner, Katie J.
Traveler of the Month Barbara was just settling in at a new assignment near the Seattle area when we caught up with her. Fun fact about Barbara: She was also the February 2014 Rising Star winner! (Click here to read the post featuring her for that win.)
“I have been traveling for about 14 months, so I am really still learning the ropes,” says Barb, who may be newer to traveling but has been a nurse for almost 35 years. “2014 was an incredible adventure, starting with New Year’s Eve in Times Square — so that has hard to beat.”
But, the adventures just kept coming!
“The Fourth of July in Flagstaff, Arizona was incredible as well,” she says. “My daughter came to visit and we watched a great parade, went hiking in Sedona, and after lots of begging from my daughter, I agreed to jump off a cliff into a mountain stream — pretty daring for me because I am afraid of heights.”
Barb travels with her retriever/lab mix, Gunner, and says she highly recommends Travel Nursing because of all the great places she’s fallen in love with that she might not have otherwise visited.
“When I tell my children that my new assignment is my favorite, they remind me that I say that about all the places I have been,” she says.
Barb says she was completely surprised to be honored again by Medical Solutions and remains grateful for the opportunities she’s been given. We are so grateful for you, Barb!
Rising Star winner Katie is and ICU RN currently on assignment in Montana. She’s been in nursing a little over 3 and a half years and has been traveling for just over four months.
Katie says she loves her first assignment!
“I was actually a little concerned that any future assignments would not be as enjoyable as this one has been,” she says. “Mostly, all the staff have been incredibly kind and friendly to me, although, some were leery of having a Traveler in their unit in the beginning of my assignment, but now I feel like one of the group and many have asked me to stay or come back in the future.”
Katie and her “other half” Mike have a 100-pound black Labrador named Trigger, who stays with Mike in Idaho, but comes to visit Katie on assignment as often as possible.
“I love meeting new people and exploring new areas, and Travel Nursing gives me the perfect opportunity for both,” says Katie.
She offers great advice for new or prospective Travelers about adaptability.
“Be flexible because the hospitals will not always be used to having temporary employees,” says Katie. “Be gracious about the opportunity they are giving you. Always think about the impression you are leaving with the patients and the staff, and how this will affect the hospital and your company. Remember why you enjoy nursing and traveling, even if you had a terrible day or shift.”
Katie’s got some pretty exciting stuff on tap for the future. First, she’ll be starting grad school this year. She’s excited, but says she’ll miss working with her Career Consultant, Renee. But that’s not the only exciting development…
“Mike just asked me to marry him last weekend, so yet another exciting future event!” she says.
“Thank you again for the award and making my traveling experience great,” says Katie.
Thank you, Katie, for your excellent patient care! Congrats on grad school and the engagement, and maybe we’ll see you again down the road.
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.
Would you like to land in Portlandia or otherwise embark on the Travel Nurse Oregon Trail? Of course, nowadays you don’t need a covered wagon to get there, but you do need Oregon licensure, and Medical Solutions wants to help you get it!
How about sweet-as-a-peach Georgia? Has it been on your mind? It’s been on ours too, and we’d like to help you get your Georgia licensure as well.
We are currently offering full reimbursement for Oregon and Georgia licensures to Travelers who’ve completed at least two assignments with Medical Solutions.
Yes, Medical Solutions always reimburses licensure fees for the state you’re about to take your next assignment in — but this offer is extra special! Even if you do not plan on taking an Oregon or Georgia assignment right now, we will still reimburse the full cost so you’re prepared in case you need it for future assignments.
We have lots of great Travel Nursing jobs available in Oregon and Georgia, and are the top provider for several outstanding facilities in these states. This special Oregon and Georgia licensure reimbursement offer gives you a competitive advantage if you do choose to apply for any of the excellent jobs at fantastic facilities that are available in these two gorgeous areas.
You can choose to get your Oregon licensure, get your Georgia licensure, or get both — and Medical Solutions will reimburse your costs.
Again, taking advantage of this special Oregon and Georgia Licensure reimbursement offer puts you under no obligation to take an assignment in Oregon or Georgia — next month, next year, or ever — but if you ever do decide to journey to Georgia or to hop on the Travel Nurse Oregon Trail, you’ll be as covered as an old-school pioneer wagon!
Act quickly to take advantage of this special opportunity — it won’t be around for long!
Have you ever wanted to be a famous designer? Now’s your chance! Enter the Super Awesome Nurse T-shirt Slogan Contest, now through March 3rd, and you could be the genius who creates the new Medical Solutions T-shirt, which will be featured on our website and given to Travelers for the next year.
You like T-shirts and you love Travel Nursing. What could be more super awesome than combining the two? Not much, especially if you throw in the chance to become a bona fide t-shirt designer, and to win a $100 Visa gift card, plus 25 t-shirts emblazoned with your very own slogan to share with friends or coworkers on your floor!
The Super Awesome Nurse T-shirt Slogan Contest is as super easy to enter as it is super awesome. Here’s how it works:
1. Enter Your Genius T-shirt Slogans
You can submit your idea(s) February 12th through March 3rd. If you have multiple flashes of brilliance, feel free to enter as many times as you like! Be creative, original, and unique — and make sure your ideas are somehow related to Nursing, Travel Nursing, and/or the medical field. Click here to enter now!
2. The Best Rise to the Top
A team of Medical Solutions’ top experts in matters of both t-shirts and awesomeness will gather to choose the top five most super awesome submissions.
3. The People Have Their Say
The top five slogans will be posted for a public voting round, from which one will emerge the victor! Voting will be open March 5-13. Be sure to have all of your friends and coworkers vote for your slogan if it makes the final round!
4. The Winner is Crowned
The Super Awesome Nurse T-shirt Slogan Contest Champion will be announced on March 17th. This lucky individual will win a $100 Visa gift card, 25 t-shirts with their triumphant slogan on them, and bragging rights that they are indeed the super awesomest. The winning slogan will also be featured on Medical Solutions t-shirts, which will be given to our Travelers for the next year and featured on our website!
We can’t wait to see your clever feats of creativity and style! Need some inspiration? Check out some of the funny t-shirts we offer at our online store, Stitches, to get your brain juices flowing.
Good luck to all of you aspiring t-shirt artists!
Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2014 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!
Medical Solutions is very lucky to have lots of amazing Travelers and Recruiters working with us. So when one of our internal or external team members wins recognition, you know they are truly the best of the best.
With that said, we want to say a HUGE thanks and congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2014 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners! Here’s a little bit about each of our winners:
Traveler of the Year
James “Jimmy” C. is our amazing Traveler of the Year! Jimmy was the October 2014 Traveler of the Month, and he was chosen from the best of the best — our 11 other Traveler of the Month winners from 2014. (Travelers who receive a perfect hospital eval are eligible to win a Traveler of the Month award, and Traveler of the Year is later chosen from that pool of 12 monthly winners. Click here to learn more about the Traveler of the Month program.)
Jimmy is an ICU RN currently on assignment at a facility in the Bay Area — where we recently surprised him by announcing his win and catering in lunch for him and his team to celebrate. He was also awarded an iPad Air and a $50 Amazon gift card.
Jimmy’s Career Consultant Mike Leising has tons of great things to say about him and is his work, but in summary he says that “Simply put, Jimmy is the man!”
“I have been a recruiter for many years and I can honestly say Jimmy is one of the best of I have had the pleasure of working with,” says Mike. “We have come to know and trust each other, which is extremely important in this industry. He is a fantastic RN and gets rave reviews from patients and the staff! He is reliable, professional, hardworking, passionate, and has about a dozen other positive attributes that I could add to the list.”
Click here to read more about Jimmy.
Service That Inspires Award Winner
Jenna H. is Medical Solutions’ first-ever Services That Inspires Award winner! This award is meant to honor a Traveler who exemplifies our mantra — Service That Inspires — by providing superior patient care and overall inspirational service within their field. Career Consultants nominated Travelers for this award and it was so difficult to choose from the many excellent and deserving contenders.
Jenna is a CST (currently working as a CVOR Tech in Kentucky) who’s been with Medical Solutions since 2011 and is very passionate about working with us. She’s been in the medical field for 15 years and a Traveler for nearly seven years. We surprised Jenna with balloons, flowers, and a tray of sweets for her and her team, in addition to an iPad Air and a $50 Amazon gift card.
Jenna travels with her “wonderful” husband Adam and their “spoiled rotten” mini pinscher, Dixie. She loves getting to see new places and meet new people, and her favorite location so far has been Colorado.
“The hospital was wonderful, with great surgeons and co-workers,” she says. “My husband and I made life long friends there and can’t wait to go back someday. We also have family there as well.”
When it comes to Travelers who are just starting out, Jenna has some great tips for how they can succeed.
“Well, I work by the saying ‘When in Rome’ or do as they do,” she says. “I go into every new assignment with a completely open mind and willing to learn anything and everything.”
She also advises fellow Travelers to make a point to get out and see the area their assignment is in.
“When I find out where I’m going I look up fun facts and things to do in the area or state, and at least try to do one or two of them,” she says, adding, “Let each assignment be a chance to grow as a person and as a medical professional.”
Jenna’s Career Consultant Melissa Kersten says she is an exemplary employee, who is well-spoken and has a pleasant demeanor.
“Jenna has always been extremely professional, dependable, and someone I can count on to do anything that I ask of her,” says Melissa. “She even reaches out and acts as a mentor to other Travelers to make sure they are doing alright and offers encouragement, guidance, or feedback to hospital management if needed.”
Facilities she’s worked at have called her a hard worker, dedicated to her craft, extremely reliable, positive, attentive to detail, and one even said they’d clone her to fill all of their tech positions if they could!
Recruiters of the Year
Medical Solutions’ two Recruiters of the Year for 2014 are Stephanie Balkovec and Geri Koehler. We let our Travelers’ nominations help determine who would win these honors and we received 226 Recruiter of the Year nominations, which just goes to show how much Travelers love
We let our Travelers’ nominations help determine who would win these honors and we received 226 Recruiter of the Year nominations, which just goes to show how much Travelers love all of our awesome Career Consultants!
Check out these videos of Geri and Stephanie being surprised with their Recruiter of the Year awards:
Thanks so much to ALL of the 2014 winners and nominees. Travelers, your hard work and dedication to superior patient care is absolutely inspirational to us! And Career Consultants, thanks so much for everything you do to help our Travelers find amazing jobs and build great careers.
Whoa, that’s a lot of zeros and a lot of awesome Medical Solutions Travelers. What can we say, your loyalty makes us feel like 3 million bucks!
Medical Solutions has reached a major milestone — hitting 3 million dollars paid in Travel Loyalty Bonuses since the program’s inception in 2012.
Such a huge number can be hard to wrap your head around, but we totally get how it got so big. Medical Solutions Travelers are the best of the best. Your hard work, excellent patient care, and willingness to travel where you skills are needed the most make you worth every single million. We love to celebrate and reward your work ethic, and the Loyalty Bonus Program is just one way to recognize you!
The best thing about the Loyalty Program is how easy and straightforward it is. For every 600 hours worked with Medical Solutions, you’ll receive a $600 bonus. That’s it — no red tape, no muss, no fuss!
You don’t even have to sign up or keep track of your own hours. All of our Travelers are automatically enrolled in the Loyalty Program and your hours toward the Loyalty Bonus are tracked throughout the year. Of course, you can “keep score at home,” so to speak, via your weekly pay statements.
Another factor in how Traveler Loyalty Bonuses reached 3 million dollars since 2012: There is no limit to the number of Loyalty Bonuses each Traveler can claim! Again, for every 600 hours you worked with us, you get $600. So once you reach 600 hours and get your bonus, the clock resets putting you back on track to get your next bonus.
Three million adds up to a lot of loyalty from our Travelers. It thrills us to know that so many of you are happy to work with us again and again. We are perpetually honored to serve you. Here’s to the next 3 million dollars paid in Traveler Loyalty Bonuses!
Click here to read more about Medical Solutions Loyalty Program, and to find out how you can make easy, extra money just by being one of Medical Solutions’ amazing Travel Nurses.