Days can be pretty routine for a pet: Nap on the ottoman, chase the laser pointer, a scratch behind the ear here, a belly rub there, kibble for dinner, rinse, repeat.
But what if your pet could be a giraffe for a day? A frog? A famous aviator? Or, Christopher Walken? (I seriously know a cat that looks just like Christopher Walken — but perhaps that’s a story for another time!)
Now through November 1st, you can show your sweet pet off to the world and get in on the all the seasonal costume fun with the Medical Solutions Pet Costume Contest.
Simply click here to enter — submit a photo of your pet(s) in their best costume for a chance to win a $150, $75, or $50 Petco gift card.
Finally, Fluffy can pay for her own amazing high-rise cat castle and Fido can get that mega-rawhide he’s had his eye on!
Winners will be chosen based on a combination of factors, including creativity, photographic quality, and number of votes.
By now you probably know that if you want to pursue Travel Nursing and bring your pet along on your adventure, Medical Solutions is the agency to go with. We know how much our pets mean to us, so we totally get how important it is to our Travelers to have their critter companions with them on assignment. We’re proud to be pet friendly, meaning we give our all to ensure our Travelers get great housing that accepts their furry, fuzzy, scaled friends — and, we even cover upfront pet deposits!
Click here for tips on traveling with your pets and to learn more about Medical Solutions’ pet friendly Travel Nursing Housing, plus other resources, pet discounts, and more.
And don’t forget to enter your animal companion in the Medical Solutions Pet Costume Contest. If you don’t have a Facebook account, we can also take your submissions via email here and we’ll post them for you. May the best feline, canine, reptile, or other miscellaneous critter win!
We’d like to send a major shout-out and congratulations to our August Traveler of the Month, Daniel A., BSN, RN.
Traveler of the Month Dan has been a nurse for about three-and-a-half years and specializes in Critical Care (MICU/CCU, Neuro/Trauma ICU, SICU). He has completed three 13-week Travel Nurse assignments for Medical Solutions and is currently a Local Missions Protégé at National Community Church in Washington, D.C.; a position he says addresses many social justice issues with a faith-based point of view.
When asked his favorite location as a Travel Nurse, Dan says it’s tough to choose between San Francisco and Long Island.
“In both places I found friendly faces, a variety of cultures, great rural and urban sites to see, and most importantly sun and sand,” he says.
Dan says the best thing about Travel Nursing is “gaining various skill sets and knowledge in the field of nursing that are applicable in any context of providing quality care throughout the nation.”
Dan’s wife, Stephanie, traveled with him for the two assignments he had after they were married. He says he’s very thankful it was feasible for her to join him.
And what about his first assignment without her in 2013? Well, it was during that assignment in 2013 that Dan flew his then-girlfriend Stephanie out to the Bay area to surprise her with a proposal! Pics or it didn’t happen, Dan … Oh, he has pics — sweet, beautiful pics of the actual proposal!
Dan offers three great tips for new or aspiring Travel Nurses:
1. “Take a deep breath, remember this isn’t your first rodeo, and that though you are in a new setting, you are fully capable of providing the quality care to patients that you already have up to this point in your career.”
2. “Make friends, and make them quick! Not only do you want to establish a good rapport with your team for the sake of the patients, but for yourself. Having a sense of community as you move from one place to the next is key for your emotional health as a travel nurse.”
3. “You’re a travel nurse, so travel! Check out as many sights as you can. I know you are tired after three+ 12-hour shifts, but there is life to live. So whether that means relaxing in a coffee shop, taking a hike on the ocean hillsides, or exploring a new neighborhood in town, get going! Adventure is out there!”
Dan, thank you SO much for being an awesome example of Travel Nurses and for providing excellent care to your patients!
We haven’t yet announced our August Rising Star winner, but I’ll be sure to update this blog when we do so you can get a chance to know her ( < mini-spoiler!).
Who knows, maybe you will be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star! It all starts with an excellent evaluation and could end up with you winning a $100 Visa gift card. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about.
By Lalah Landers, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager
So many happy sights and sounds signal the fall season — colorful leaves, cozy sweaters, the kickoff of football, pumpkin spice lattes, and the like. With all of this also comes flu season 2014. But, no need to worry, with a little effort on your part you can help keep yourself, your colleagues, families, and patients protected.
Medical Solutions requires that all Travelers read, complete, and submit our Flu Screening Form by October 15, 2014.
If you have a copy of your 2014-2015 vaccine (received August 2014 or later) we can alternately accept that in place of the Flu Screening Form.
In addition to allowing you to easily communicate your vaccination status, the Flu Screening Form offers some important facts regarding influenza, so be sure to check that out. Here are some more important points regarding flu season 2014:
- Some facilities may have specific flu requirements. In that case, Medical Solutions will send you a separate email detailing that information.
- You have options for obtaining your flu vaccine. You can check to see if your current facility offers a free flu clinic for employees, visit a local chain pharmacy such as Walgreens or CVS, or visit your primary care provider.
- Most insurance providers cover the cost of your flu vaccination at 100 percent. If your vaccination is not covered, Medical Solutions will reimburse you up to $42, with documentation and a receipt. If you are having trouble locating a flu vaccination site, just let your Career Consultant know. He or she is always here to help you with this or any other questions.
- What about the flu mist? Click here to view the latest CDC guidelines for 2014-2015 flu vaccination. You’ll notice in the section on who should not be vaccinated with the nasal spray flu vaccine, it does indicate “People who care for severely immunocompromised persons who require a protective environment (or otherwise avoid contact with those persons for 7 days after getting the nasal spray vaccine).”
Essentially, this means that healthcare workers do fall into this category of those who should not get vaccinated via flu mist, as they often care for immunocompromised patients. However, because the flu mist is a live attenuated virus, you could still get vaccinated with the mist if you were able to wait seven days afterwards to care for patients. This could be an option for you if you’re in between travel assignments, for example.
In the end, a little preparation on your part goes a long way towards protecting yourself and those around you, and in stopping the spread of influenza. We appreciate your efforts — thank you, and we hope you enjoy a happy, healthy fall season.
It’s that magical time that only comes once a year … Travel Nurses Day!
This Friday, October 10, 2014, is the second annual Travel Nurses Day. It’s a day set aside to honor all of the amazing, adventurous, adept Travel Nurses out there. We think you’re aces — A+ to all of you!
As a matter of fact, we couldn’t hold our excitement to just one day, so we’ve already unlocked the site, and you can visit now to get this party started. In celebration of your continued awesomeness, here what’s in store this year at TravelNursesDay.com:
- Take the “Where should I travel next?” quiz to find out what city is ideal for your next adventure. Are you big city or small town? Fine wine or craft beer? Today’s catch or meat and potatoes? Whatever your jam, find the perfect spot for your next assignment.
- Create your own travel stories with three fun, interactive Travel-Libs. Fill in certain words and you’ll end up with your very own tale. You wordsmith, you!
- Most nurses have a pretty strong eagle-eye game. Use that to your advantage in these three Photo Finds. Simply spot those little details in each picture that are not like the other. I spy, with my little eye, you winning a great prize …
And speaking of prizes, this year’s batch is strong. Up for grabs are:
- One paid vacation of your choice — a $2500 value
- Three Kindle Fire HD 6 Tablets (8GB) — each tablet a $114 value
- Three $50 gift cards from Tafford Uniforms
- Fifteen $50 gift cards from Zappos, Amazon, and Starbucks
Maybe not as fun as games and prizes, but don’t forget to sign up for Travel Nurses Day email alerts so you can keep posted on all the fun.
Medical Solutions launched Travel Nurses Day in 2013 because we wanted to honor the unique contributions and spirit of Travel Nurses everywhere. We love celebrating Nurses Week, but to go even one further than that we wanted to put the focus specifically on this unique industry and all of you hardworking, flexible, highly skilled Travelers out there. You go where your patients need you the most and you do it fearlessly, with an amazing zest for life, travel, and patient care. We truly admire you!
Happy Travel Nurses Day!
At Medical Solutions, style knows no season. But, despite our year-round commitment to looking good and feeling great, fall is an especially good time to pick up some threads from our online store, Stitches.
Layer one of our hilarious T-shirts like the “Always Believe in Yourself” Bigfoot T-shirt with a stylish Medical Solutions jacket and you’re all set to hit the hiking trail in the nearest woods. Who knows, maybe you will actually encounter THE Bigfoot and you can show him your awesome T-shirt. You’ll be instant friends!
Keep your noggin warm on fall hayrack rides and other adventures with one of our knit stocking caps. Sip a warm fall beverage out of our jumbo coffee cup. The possibilities — and style — are endless.
Stitches launched in October 2013 and is packed with all kinds of great Medical Solutions gear, including:
- ball caps and stocking caps
- hilarious nurse-themed t-shirts
- hoodies and jackets
- coffee cups and water bottles
- pet gear
- lunch bags
- scrubs, and more!
And, since we run Stitches profit-free (only covering production and vendor costs) everything in the shop is super affordable!
Want to know the most important thing to ask yourself as a Travel Nurse?
Are you ready? It’s very serious …
Where do you want go on your next adventure?
Location means so much when it comes to considering jobs and deciding to accept a Travel Nursing position. Getting the chance to explore a new city, state, and area while you are making money is a great perk of Travel Nursing, and you want to land in a place you’ll love to take full advantage of that benefit.
Medical Solutions has created a series of state pages, with all kinds of information to help you decide which state’s state of mind is the best fit for you on your next assignment.
Last time we had Georgia on our minds when we introduced you to our Peach State page. Now, we move along to a hugely popular destination for Travel Nurses: Washington.
Why do Travel Nurses love Washington so much? Where do I start?
The Evergreen State is known for its astounding physical beauty — as well as its vast geographic variety. In Washington you can experience mountains and beaches, sounds, oceans, rivers, and more. You can enjoy world-class urban areas like Seattle, with all of its cultural opportunities: pro sports, shopping, music, theater, dining, art, and so much more. Or, if you prefer a more rural or small town vibe, Washington offers plenty of that as well!
As far as day trips, Washington has tons to offer within its own borders, but its proximity also allows excursions to Canada, Oregon, California, and other amazing surrounding areas.
There is SO much more to know and love about this great state. Get started learning more now on our Washington page, where you’ll find:
- Information and photos of popular attractions and culture
- Fun state facts and stats (for example, Washington is one of just seven states that doesn’t levy a personal income tax!)
- Data on licensure and in-demand specialties
- Hot spots for Travel Nurse jobs in Washington, plus an application to get started
Have you ever worked as a Travel Nurse in Washington? Share your awesome Evergreen State experiences in the comments.
We’ve all had the feeling before in life … that we wish we’d known something before we had to learn it the hard way — an insight, a life hack, a shortcut, a kernel of wisdom, or even just someone to tell you it was all going to be OK!
Medical Solutions would like to invite you to be that awesome helper person and send us an inspiring video to help future nurses.
Just record a 30-second or less video where you share your expert advice and wisdom with today’s nursing students, then send the video to email@example.com by Friday, October 3.
When Medical Solutions meets with students October 11-12, 2014, at the 12th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference, we will share your life-changing advice and wisdom with the students in attendance.
Who better than you to inspire today’s nursing students and help give them a leg up … after all, you’ve made it through all the trials and tribulations of nursing school, passed your NCLEX, and made it to the other side as a successful, skilled nurse.
What do you wish you’d known back in nursing school that you know now? What advice do you wish someone had shared with you? What bit of knowledge would have helped you keep calm and conquer nursing school?
(If you need a little inspiration, Travel Nursing Blogs shared a really cool example of a nurse giving back to a nursing student in December of 2013, in which a mystery nurse put an inspirational letter and a Starbucks gift card in a NCLEX study guide at Barnes & Noble. Click here to check out that heartwarming story.)
We really appreciate you sharing your awesome, expert advice with the nurses of tomorrow. And remember, when you send us an inspiring video to help future nurses, you’re also helping strengthen the quality of healthcare in general. Thank you!
Whether you call it “fall” or prefer the more dramatic “autumn,” it’s finally here. ‘Tis the season for cozy sweaters, colorful leaves crunching underfoot, caramel apples, warm beverages, jack-o’-lanterns, soup on the stove, casseroles in the oven, football, fall TV premieres, and more pumpkin-flavored delights than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!
So, where do you want to spend this gorgeous season? Check out the best Travel Nurse job locations for autumn 2014.
The Empire State is known for having a gorgeous fall season — whether you’re taking in the splendor of upstate New York or witnessing the beautiful changes of Central Park as the Big Apple shifts gears into autumn. The Adirondacks and Lake George areas are perfect for fall activities, like visiting a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, taking a scenic drive or hike, and more. Speaking of scenic drives, Amtrak just announced the return of its vintage “Great Dome” car to upstate New York this fall. From September 25 through November 4, riders can experience awesome, panoramic views between Albany and Montreal. Click here to see New York Travel Nurse jobs.
Assignments in New York also put you in great proximity to the stunning fall foliage throughout the eastern seaboard. From New York, leaf-peeping hotspots like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are just a day-trip away. (Massachusetts, in particular, also has tons of great jobs right now — click here to check out Massachusetts Travel Nurse jobs.)
It’s a great time of year to fall in love with Washington! They call it the Evergreen State, and Seattle the “Emerald City,” so if you want to remain surrounded by green leaves and thriving plants that’s definitely a possibility here. As Farmers Markets wind down across the nation, Pike Place Market continues to operate 19.5 hours per day, 363 days a year, with an endless supply of fresh produce, seafood, flowers, and all kinds of other commodities — including those delicious Washington apples. While you’re there you can even order your beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte at the original Starbucks location at 1912 Pike Place! Autumn lovers also have plenty to enjoy in Washington when it comes to fall colors, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches. A few great routes to check out on your day off for some of the best fall foliage in Washington are the North Cascades Highway, Mount Rainer Loop, and Mount Baker Highway. Click here to see Washington Travel Nurse jobs.
One of the great things about life in the Midwest is being able to experience all four seasons unfold. Madison is an ultra-cool town in any season, and with fall you get the added bonus of cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers on the football field. Plus, with amazing colorful forests just perfect for reflecting beautifully off of the state’s many lakes, fall is one of Wisconsin’s best looks. There’s the Marinette County Waterfall Tour, the Bayfield Peninsula, Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, and the Hilltop Color Tour, just to name a few opportunities for the perfect scenic fall drive. Also, The Black River State Forest and Black River Falls in west-central Wisconsin boasts 68,000 acres of amazing colors and exciting outdoor activity. In keeping with the spirit of the season, the Black River Falls area is abundant with cranberry bogs, which turn a vivid crimson for the fall’s harvest season. Click here to see Wisconsin Travel Nurse jobs.
Virginia is for fall lovers! This Mid-Atlantic state is a little bit of heaven for the autumn-inclined, with 15 million acres of colorful foliage and miles of scenic drives, including a portion of the famous Blue Ridge Parkway which connects the gorgeous Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive. You’ll also find all kinds of fall festivities like harvest fests, corn mazes, hayrack rides, pumpkin patches, and apple orchards. Plus, Virginia is perfectly situated so that on days off you can head south a bit to the Smoky Mountains, or north to destinations like D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and more. Click here to see Virginia Travel Nurse jobs.
The Golden State is amazing in any season. Even better, in California you can experience a variety of seasons all at once! You can keep anchored to the south if you want to stay warm and pretend like fall isn’t even happening. Warm temps, world-class shopping, entertainment, sporting events, and other great cultural opportunities know no season in California. Or, you can head north if you prefer to see fall in all its glory. Bishop Creek Canyon and the Shasta Cascade region (especially Plumas County) prove that California does have beautiful fall colors. California’s historic Gold Country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada is also known for lingering gold and reds, as well as inspired winemakers. Wine enthusiasts will also love Yosemite’s special fall programs like the Vintner’s Holidays in November and December, featuring seminars and tastings with prominent wineries and industry experts, and culminating in a Gala Vintners’ Dinner. Click here to see California Travel Nurse jobs.
We’d like to send a big shout-out and congratulations to our July Traveler of the Month, Danielle A., and also our Rising Star winner, Ryan N.
Traveler of the Month Danielle has been a nurse for five years and a Travel Nurse for four years. She specializes in PCU/Tele Float. She’s currently enjoying an assignment in the Kansas City area. Danielle travels with her adorable mini Boston terriers, Lola and KC.
She says she loves Travel Nursing because she gets to “see and learn new things every day,” which lets her appreciate her important place in the healthcare industry.
Her favorite destination so far?
“It’s a toss-up between Naples, Florida and Kansas City,” she says. “In Naples I got to be at the beach in the winter time, work people were great, and there are so many great places to see in the area. But Kansas City has been great over the past couple of years, the hospital is great, there are tons of activities, and I have meet some of my best friends in this city!”
Danielle’s advice for would-be Travel Nurses?
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help — all those stories of hospital staff disliking travelers aren’t true, 99% of the time they like the extra help. Also, be adventurous and enjoy your temporary new home,” she says.
Rising Star Ryan is a Cath Lab Nurse who’s been in nursing for five-plus years. He’s been traveling less than a year and has been in Denver and Wisconsin so far.
“I really enjoyed Denver,” says Ryan. “The city is fresh and offers a variety of outdoor and indoor activities and venues. The people are laid back, but very smart and active. It was easy to make friends with lasting relationships. When I am finished traveling Denver would be one of the places I would consider making my permanent home.”
And besides discovering Denver, what else does Ryan love about Travel Nursing?
“I get to meet new people and see new places,” he says. “I also get to learn different approaches and procedures at the hospitals, which I can use in the future. The pay is a plus too! I consider it to be an extended vacation.”
Ryan has three great tips for future Travel Nurses:
1. Ask as many questions as you can and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
2. Trust your instincts. You know what you are doing or you wouldn’t be doing this.
3. Get to know the people you are working with. They will be your lifeline.
Thanks so much Danielle and Ryan for being awesome examples of Travel Nurses and for providing excellent patient care everywhere you go!
Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.
If you’re a nursing student we know you’re busy hitting the books and getting back in the semester swing this fall. And we’ve been busy too — putting together more resources just for nursing students who are interested in pursuing Travel Nursing as a future career option.
We’ll be offering information and resources crafted especially for you about exactly what Travel Nursing is and how you can best put yourself in a great position to make it an option for your future. Our new site will include:
- An overview of Travel Nursing
- Tips for aspiring Travel Nurses
- FAQs on Travel Nursing
- Info on the Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship
- Professional development for future Travel Nurses
- And more!
Also, we will have representatives presenting at the 12th Annual UC Davis Pre-medical & Pre-Health Professions National Conference, October 11-12. They will cover all the basics of Travel Nursing. If you’re there please check out our session and come say hi!
In the meantime, check out this Student Guide to Travel Nursing, and be sure to sign up for our emails if you’d like to get more info on how you can become a part of the exciting world of Travel Nursing!