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Master Your Medical Benefits at MyUHC.com

Master Your Medical Benefits at UHC.com

MyUHC.com give you the power to manage your medical benefits on the go!

Medical Solutions fully understands how important benefits are as part of your total compensation package as a Travel Nurse. That’s why we go above and beyond to offer you industry-leading benefits!

In addition to that, we always want to make sure that you have all the information you need to get the most value out of your benefits, so we periodically like to update you with tips and reminders that can put you in the driver’s seat and ensure that.

For example, if you are taking advantage of medical insurance with us through United Healthcare, we want to make sure that you know what an awesome tool MyUHC.com is for you!

Especially as a Travel Nurse on the go, MyUHC.com offers you all the tools you need to manage your health benefits in an easy-breezy, mobile-friendly manner. You’re often in a new place, and this site can help you easily find out where to go in your new area should you get sick. Or, maybe your ID cards were mailed to your perm address — this site has you covered!

On MyUHC.com you can:

  • View and manage your claims and account balances
  • Find an in-network provider
  • Manage your prescriptions
  • View a PDF of your ID card
  • Estimate healthcare costs
  • Chat with healthcare professionals
  • Earn free gift cards and rewards through Rally
  • Instigate virtual visits
  • Explore discount programs through UHC — and much more!

And, of course, there is an app for that, too! United Healthcare’s Health4Me App offers you all the same information to help you manage and make the most of your medical benefits.

To learn more about these helpful tools, visit WelcomToMyUHC.com, where you’ll find several short videos and tools on touring MyUHC.com, managing claims, virtual visits, Rally, and more.

So there you go: Just one more thing to be thankful for this November!

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8 Great Winter Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

8 Great Winter Travel Nursing Locations

Where will you find YOUR perfect winter wonderland this season?

As they famously say on “Game of Thrones” — Winter is coming. While that may mean epic battles, creepy White Walkers, and dramatic power plays to the fictional characters on the HBO hit show, for Travel Nurses, it just means that now is the perfect time find your dream job for the winter season!

Whether you’re looking for a home for the holidays or a new start come January 2017, you should start your job search now. Many Travelers take time off around the holidays, so there’s always a mad rush to find a new travel job in early January. The smart move is to steer clear of the rush and increased competition by securing your winter job now.

To help inspire your search, here are 8 great winter locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Winter Sleigh Ride

Vermont is a great place for dashing through the snow, in an awesome Travel Nurse location!

Vermont

The land of Bernie Sanders and Ben & Jerry’s is a great location for Travel Nursing in winter! The modern ski industry was born in Vermont’s Green Mountains and it’s been a hotspot for the winter sport ever since, along with similar seasonal activities like snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, sleigh rides, and cross country skiing. If that’s not your thing, visit one of Vermont’s quirky small cities and browse for antiques, catch a concert, or learn how a few of your favorite things are made — including world-class cheese, ice cream, blown glass, furniture, chocolate, pewter, and more. You can also join an authentic Vermont contra dance, check out one of the state’s 106 covered bridges, and tour one of its many unique micro-breweries. And of course, before winter comes to a close and spring turns The Green Mountain State green again, you can visit one of Vermont’s famous sugarhouses where the sap runs in late winter and the whole scene smells of sweet maple!        

Click here to explore Vermont Travel Nurse jobs.
Grand Canyon in Winter

Beat the cold in Arizona and still enjoy a peacefully snow-dusted Grand Canyon, free from he glut of summer tourists!

Arizona

Folks travel from all over to winter in the warm, inviting Grand Canyon State! There’s an abundance of natural beauty here in stunning spots like Havasu Falls, Antelope Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Monument Valley, Lake Mead, and the magical community of Sedona. While it’s true that most of Arizona stays nice and warm throughout winter, the state also boasts great winter activities — if that’s your thing — at spots like the Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff Nordic Center, and Mount Lemmon Ski Valley. There’s also nothing like seeing the Grand Canyon dusted with snow — not to mention avoiding the hectic crowds of tourists seen in peak season!

Click here to explore Travel Nursing jobs in Arizona.
Idaho Winter

Idaho is a hotspot for skiing and other outdoor winter activities!

Idaho

Regardless of the season, Idaho is a state that Travel Nurses are consistently pleasantly surprised by! I can’t tell you how many times a Traveler has told me that their all-time favorite location is in Idaho — and that they never would’ve guessed that until they tried it. Winter is no different, as The Gem State has 18 ski resorts, 7,000+ miles of snowmobile trails, and more than 300 miles of groomed Nordic trails. Warm yourself back up with a soak in one of Idaho’s more than 300+ hot springs. And who needs the New Year’s Eve ball-drop in Times Square when you can witness the famous giant potato drop at the stroke of midnight in Boise!

Click here to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Idaho.
Whale Watch Virginia

You’ll have a whale of a good time this winter in Virginia!

Virginia

Just as Virginia is for lovers, Virginia winters are for making great memories! Check into a cozy cabin, hit the slopes, or visit one of the state’s 230+ wineries to get that warm, fuzzy feeling. Virginia Beach is still a hotspot in winter, as it’s a great place to view migrating humpback, fin, and minke whales as they make a break for warmer waters. For more winter wildlife, check out the adorable harbor seals at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Virginia also boasts lots of great history, like First Landing State Park (where the Jamestown colonists landed in 1607) and historic Jamestown, Mount Vernon, Wilderness Road State Park, Colonial Williamsburg, and much more. Warm up and chill out at the famous Jefferson Pools — naturally occurring hot springs famous for the fact that Thomas Jefferson visited in 1818 and loved them so much he didn’t leave for three weeks straight!

Click here to search Travel Nursing jobs in Virginia.
Seattle Skyline Winter

The Evergreen State is a lovely place to spend winter!

Washington

The Evergreen State is an amazing place for winter because of its temperate weather and, just as the state’s nickname indicates, the presence of greenery all year long. Delicious food, seasonal craft beer, and regional wine helps keep you warm through winter, and Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory, a 75-degree greenhouse modeled on London’s Crystal Palace, is perpetually lush with orchids, cacti, and other life-affirming flora. Seattle is an amazing city for foodies, shopaholics, artsy types, sightseers, and sports fans alike — not to mention all the piping-hot coffee you can handle. On the less urban tip, Washington is well-known for its abundance of national parks and natural beauty, including Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, San Juan Islands, Olympic National Park, and the Hoh Rain Forest. For holiday lights lovers, ski enthusiasts, and lovers of all things quaint, a trip to the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is an absolute must.

Click here to check out Washington Travel Nurse jobs
Florida Winter

Snowbirds and freebirds alike will love Florida in the winter!

Florida

Where better to beat the winter blues than The Sunshine State! If you’re the type who’d just as soon pretend it’s still summer, you’ll love Florida’s warm temps, sunshine, and total lack of snow. In fact, Florida has the sunniest winter climate in the eastern U.S. and the highest average January temps in the whole nation! As you completely ignore the fact that winter is even a thing, treat yourself to experiences at famous literal hotspots like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Everglades National Park, Kennedy Space Center, Dry Tortugas National Park, the Florida Keys, Miami Beach, and more!

Click here to search Florida Travel Nurse jobs.
Central Park ice rink

Lace up for a fine wintertime adventure in New York!

New York

The Empire State is one of those wonderful all-season locations, but it has an extra special sparkle in winter. In NYC, the season is bookended by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Avenue. If you’re there in December, you can enjoy doing your holiday shopping at some of the world’s best boutiques and department stores, and get even more in the seasonal spirit by taking in The Nutcracker at the famed New York City Ballet. New York has so many indoor adventure opportunities, including world class art and cultural museums, brilliant theater, and amazing food — from fine dining to hole in the wall, that you could spend the whole season indoors and still have a heck of a time. If you prefer to get outdoors, lace up for an adventure at one of the city’s seasonal ice skating rinks, including those hosted in Bryant Park, Van Cortland Park, and Central Park — all of which are also great choices for grabbing a thermos full of warm drink and going on a winter wonderland walk. Want to escape the concrete jungle? Head to the Catskills for a ski getaway!

Click here to check out New York Travel Nursing jobs.
Winter in Portsmouth New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a quaint and cozy winter wonderland!

New Hampshire

The Granite State offers the perfect, picturesque Winter Wonderland conditions. It’s a great location for those who embrace winter and it’s many activities like skiing, sleigh rides in the snow, ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, ice skating, dog sledding, and more. That also makes New Hampshire a great location for getting the most out of a cozy fireside snuggle or spa day. If you like mountains but aren’t a fan of skiing, be sure to check out the famous Mount Washington Cog Railway. Gamers and lovers of all things retro will get a kick out of Laconia, New Hampshire’s American Classic Arcade Museum, foodies will find themselves in heaven with the emphasis on local ingredients and northeastern comfort food, and winos will happily cheers the Seacoast Winter Wine Festival — one of New England’s top wine-related gatherings!

Click here to find a great Travel Nurse job in New Hampshire.
Did we miss your dream winter location? Click here to search Travel Nursing jobs by job title, specialty, and/or state!
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Say THANKS by GIVING is Back!

Medical Solutions Say Thanks By Giving

Click here to share what you care about and let us say THANKS by GIVING $2,000 to your favorite cause! (You could also win a $100 Amazon gift card for yourself!)

Want to support your favorite cause with a $2,000 donation? Let us help you with that!

In 2016, inspired by our selfless Travelers, Medical Solutions continued our legacy of donating time, money, and services to charitable organizations. Our Travel Nurses give SO much of themselves towards making the world a better place and we’re just trying to do our part, too.

To help achieve that as fully as possible, we’re bringing back Say Thanks By Giving again this year. It’s a very simple, very awesome way you can help us help you and let us say THANKS by GIVING to your favorite cause — plus a little something for you too!

So, tell us: What nonprofit and/or charitable organization matters most to you — and why?

Your favorite cause could be small and local or big and international. It could be a place you’ve personally volunteered, or one that has helped you personally!

Just imagine, if you could help support any charity or nonprofit organization that makes the world a better place, who would it be? Got your answer? Great! Now be sure to submit your cause for consideration before November 30, 2016!

In December, we’ll announce four winners — each of whom will receive a $100 Amazon gift card for themselves AND get $2,000 donated to the cause they nominated!

Last year through Say Thanks By Giving, Medical Solutions donated to:

  • Remote Area Medical — nominated by Traveler Leigha C.
  • Cattaraugus County SPCA — nominated by Traveler Jennifer G.
  • The Cure Starts Now Foundation — nominated by Traveler Erica P.
  • Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey — nominated by Traveler Gabriel T.

We are so excited to read your submissions again this year and help several of you support the cause that matters most to you! Thank you all so much everything you give of yourself throughout the year as hardworking Travel Nurses.

Click here now to share what you care about! 
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Congrats to September 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Matthew

Matt ain’t afraid of no ghost — nor thrilling Travel Nurse adventure! Congrats to Rising Star Matthew and Traveler of the Month, Shanetha!

Many thanks and congrats to the September 2016 Traveler of the Month, Shanetha S., and also our Rising Star winner, Matthew L.!

Traveler of the Month Shanetha is an RN, BSN working in ICU. She works with Career Consultant Geri K. and is currently on assignment in Texas. Shanetha has been in nursing for five years and started Travel Nursing in 2016.

“One of the best things about Travel Nursing is the opportunity to see the many sides of nursing,” says Shanetha. “This has allowed me to identify the direction that I want to advance my career in from various locations and pursue it.”

In addition to taking on Texas, Shanetha also enjoyed her assignment in San Francisco, where she appreciated the “various outdoor activities and attractions to visit.”

Shanetha is an excellent listener — she can listen for hours without interruption — which also makes her very wise. Here are her top tips to help new or aspiring Travelers succeed:

  1. “I would tell new Travel Nurses to review your contract very carefully before signing it, especially in regards to floating to various units and guaranteed hours.”
  2. “Remember that your attitude truly makes a difference and that not everything is going to be perfect, but in the end, it is only for a short time. So ask questions and be prepared.”
  3. “Lastly, enjoy the days off. Being alone in an unfamiliar area can get very lonely. So, plan something on the days off and relax.”

Rising Star Matthew is an RN, BSN in ER/Trauma and he works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Joe T. He’s been a nurse for two and a half years, has been traveling for nearly a year, and is currently on assignment in New Hampshire.

So far, Matthew’s favorite location has been Nashville, Tennessee.

“Great people, great city, and close to my hometown,” he says.

Matthew enjoys the many personal and professional opportunities Travel Nursing has provided him.

“It’s a great experience to see different places, different cities, and to exercise different nursing skills with each new environment,” says Matthew. “You also meet a lot of really incredible fellow colleagues, which presents infinite opportunities to learn and teach each other.”

Fun fact about Matthew: When he’s not focused on being a nursing pro, you might find him flexing his pipes!

“I’ve always loved singing,” says Matthew. “I’ve performed at Carnegie Hall and I have a four-octave vocal range — E1 to G#5; obviously working on a five-octave!”

Here are some excellent tips from Matthew to keep folks from singing the new Traveler blues and help them succeed in Travel Nursing:

  1. “Be open minded and don’t be afraid of what’s out there. If you survived nursing school for a few years, you can survive even your least favorite contract for a few months! Chances are, though, that you’ll love each one for its own positives.”
    2. “Always be confident in yourself and your skills; you’re nothing less than an asset and you can make a big difference in the lives of patients and coworkers alike.”
    3. “Your Career Consultant is the best resource you have for anything. You are a team, and he or she wants to help you succeed above all else. Never be afraid to reach out to your recruiter for anything!”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions September 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Shanetha and Matthew, we are so grateful for your amazing dedication and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and find out if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Get Your BSN with Medical Solutions

Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN theme

Get your BSN with Medical Solutions and you’ll be head of the class when it comes to career opportunities and skills!

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

If you already have your Associate’s in nursing, getting a Bachelor’s degree in nursing may seem unnecessary, or even daunting. Some of the classes needed for a BSN aren’t related to nursing, but more and more hospitals across the United States are pushing for all their nurses to have a BSN.

Having an ASN (or ADN) is perfectly fine, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with choosing to stick with that. However, if you ever plan on moving up to nurse management, away from the bedside, or to a higher acuity unit you have little to no experience in, you will need to have your BSN. The BSN degree will open up doors for you that an ASN or ADN degree do not. Having a BSN makes you incredibly more marketable to hospitals and, in fact, more and more hospitals are simply requiring BSN degrees now.

Additionally, earning your BSN will also help you refine and develop your nursing skills. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, patients who are taken care of by a BSN have more positive patient outcomes.

Medical Solutions wants to give all of our nurses the opportunity to attain their BSN, should they want to. That’s why we have a completely online RN to BSN program in partnership with Nebraska Methodist College, which ranked fifth on BestCollege.com’s list of “Best Online RN to BSN Program of 2015”!

The courses are built entirely into your pay package — so no need to worry about student loans — and Nebraska Methodist College gives Medical Solutions nurses in this program a pretty sweet discount on courses, too. Typically, the program lasts about 12-24 months and is very transfer-friendly. If you’ve already taken some steps toward your BSN, this can significantly cut down on the time it takes to earn your BSN. All in all, this program is a fantastic opportunity for any Medical Solutions RN looking to advance her or his career!

If you’re interested in Medical Solutions’ RN to BSN Program, simply get in touch with your Career Consultant. If you don’t already have a dedicated Career Consultant working to help you build the career you desire and deserve, contact us at 866.633.3548 and we will remedy that! Our Career Consultants can help you get the information you need to determine if this is the right step for you, and, once you’re ready, they’ll help you get started.

Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions’ RN to BSN Program.
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Got Pink? Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Medical Solutions Pink Out

Medical Solutions’ Omaha office recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness month with our annual Pink Out Day!

Last October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Medical Solutions shared the story of one of our most beloved team members, Amber Barna, BSN, RN, Clinical Director of Nursing at Medical Solutions. Amber is a brave breast cancer survivor, amazing leader, and just generally a wonderfully infectious ray of sunshine within the Medical Solutions family.

Medical Solutions Pink Out

The San Diego office gets their pink on!

This year, Medical Solutions had our annual Pink Out Day recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I’ve shared a few of our Pink Out pics with you in this blog. In honor of Amber’s story, and breast cancer survivors everywhere, I’d also like to share a really cool effort by The Kroger Company to help their employees tell their survivor stories.

At SharingCourage.com, Kroger hosts a collection of “Stories of Courage” from their team members who’ve bravely fought breast cancer. Their stories take them from stunning, scary diagnoses to hard-fought battles to cancer-free status, and each one of them is truly an inspiration! One uniting factor of these stories, much like Amber’s, is that these survivors gain a new appreciation and sense of gratefulness for life.

Here are a few of their quotes:

“Cancer brought me to my knees … then it brought me to my feet.” — Linda

“It’s a beautiful world on the other side of cancer!” — Cindy

“I found a reserve of inner strength that I never thought possible.” — Sharon

“Every day I find another reason to be thankful.” —Tina

“Since breast cancer, I’ve learned not to stress about things in life.” — Carolyn

Medical Solutions Pink Out

The Tupelo team is thinking pink!

Kroger, which has a vast family of stores under different names nationwide, also uses their platform to generate funds for organizations that fight breast cancer. You can enter your current zip code on their site to see how much money they’ve generated for your current local area. Mine was $78,500 in 2015! And all of that money stayed in local organizations that continue to lobby for breast cancer awareness and fight hard for a cure.

As a Traveler, it’s pretty cool to think that you can help make an impact in tons of locations across the nation!

As you recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, make sure to check out Amber’s inspirational story as well as those of the survivors featured by Sharing Courage!

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Start Your Medical Solutions Career with a $500 Bonus!

Medical Solutions BonusThere are already SO MANY reasons to start a Travel Nursing career with Medical Solutions — and now there are 500 more.

For a limited time, brand new Medical Solutions Travelers will be eligible for a $500 bonus after completing their first five weeks on assignment.

So, if you or someone you know is thinking about taking the plunge into the wonderful world of Travel Nursing, now is the perfect time. And remember, Medical Solutions also offers a $500 referral bonus, so you and your friend could each end up with an extra $500.

Plus, Medical Solutions offers a $600 loyalty bonus for every 600 hours worked, so you and your crew could have bonuses coming out the wazoo!

To receive the Medical Solutions $500 new Traveler bonus, you must:

  • Have not previously worked a standard travel assignment with Medical Solutions
  • Start an assignment with us anytime from October 1, 2016 through January 14, 2017
  • Complete at least five weeks of your assignment

Medical Solutions Travelers report that their careers allow them freedom from hospital politics, the flexibility to take assignments and time off whenever they choose, amazing skill development and resume-building opportunities, the ability to travel with families and/or pets in tow, the chance to explore new, bucket list-level places, and so much more.

Still on the fence? Visit our homepage and check out some of our Travelers’ beautiful pictures and stories about their wonderful experiences. Here’s a quick sample of the thousands of amazing stories we hear from Medical Solutions Travel Nurses.

Lauren S. said: “Travel Nursing has helped me become a braver person and ziplining through the Redwoods is part of the new me.”

Medical Solutions Travel Nurse Jordan

Jordan W. and her pup are very happy Travelers!

Jessica said: “What better way to see the country, be a permanent tourist, advance your nursing skills, and figure out where you want to live when you grow up? Travel Nursing is the best!”

Jordan W. said: “Being a Travel Nurse is amazing because with each new assignment comes the chance to grow in my career. Thanks to Medical Solutions, I am becoming a more diverse nurse. Medical Solutions has always been there for me. I honestly think I have the best recruiter possible.”

Click here to take your first step on an amazing journey and career, in which an extra $500 is just one among many bonuses — financial and otherwise — that await you!

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New Website Celebrates Travel Nurses, Offers More Resources

Take advantage of our new website! Find Travel Nursing jobs faster and save your favorite ones with the new "Save Jobs" feature.

Take advantage of our new website! Find Travel Nursing jobs faster and save your favorite ones with the new “Save My Jobs” feature.

So you’ve probably noticed by now, there’s something different about Medical Solutions. That’s right — we’ve got a fancy new website!

Medical Solutions redesigned the site with your busy Travel Nurse lifestyle in mind. That means you have access to even MORE beneficial Travel Nurse resources and tools right at your fingertips. We’ve made it even easier for you to:

  • Find Travel Nursing jobs quicker with the improved jobs board search results
  • Take control of your Travel Nursing job hunt with a “Save My Jobs” feature
  • Chat with a Career Consultant online
  • Access the site while you’re on the road with your smartphone or mobile device
  • Log into “My Medical Solutions” faster

Plus, the user-friendly site is now full of pictures and testimonials from the adventures of your fellow Travelers! It’s just another way we wanted to celebrate YOU and your hardworking, adventurous career. So, what are you waiting for? Stay awhile, and check out our new online digs. Don’t forget to let us know what you think — contact your Career Consultant today!

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Congrats to August 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month Christine O

Traveler of the Month Christine O. flexes her muscles in beautiful Hawaii!

Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month Christine O

Christine takes her new moped for a spin in Honolulu.

Many thanks and congrats to the August 2016 Traveler of the Month, Christine O., and also our Rising Star winner, Lora C.!

Traveler of the Month Christine is an RN, BSN specializing in NICU. She works with Career Consultant Mike M. and is currently on assignment in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii! Christine has been in nursing for six years and traveling for one year.

Even though she’s living the life so many dream of in the literal paradise of Hawaii, Christine says that picking her favorite location is tough.

“I’m loving Hawaii for the location, but Delaware was awesome due to the people I worked with,” she says.

Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month Christine O

Christine chasin’ waterfalls in the good way!

Instead of a car, Christine just bought her first moped in Hawaii to get around town and explore.

The thing she loves most about Travel Nursing?

“I get to travel the globe for my job!,” she says.

Christine offers some great advice for newer Travelers:

  1. Ask a lot of questions of other Travel Nurses.
  2. Research, research, research the places you’re considering.
  3. Have fun and don’t be timid!

Thanks for your hard work and awesome advice, Christine!

Rising Star Lora is a PACU RN who’s been in nursing for six years and works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Sapan S.

Lora just finished her first Travel Nurse assignment in Providence, Rhode Island — which she found to be a fantastic location.

“I loved the teamwork and skill level of my coworkers,” she says. “Plus, it was a nice city and area to explore.”

Medical Solutions Rising Star Lora C

Rising Star Lora C. LOVES playing outside!

Lora loves playing outside, and fittingly, she’s been a Grand Canyon River Guide for 23 years! She has an eclectic batch of interests — for example, she also plays old-time string band music on both the fiddle and the banjo.

Lora also loves the freedom and exploration that come with being a Travel Nurse, plus she loves constantly learning new things as she goes.

“I love to travel and explore new areas, learning new things professionally and regionally,” she says. “I also love the flexibility and meeting new people.”

Lora advises new Travelers to: “Keep a great attitude, always offer the best nursing care, and be genuine and be yourself.”

The Travel Nurse life is lucky to have ya, Lora! Thanks for everything you do.

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions August 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Christine and Lora, we are so grateful for your amazing skills, dedication, zest for adventure, and commitment to providing top-notch patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and find out if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Clinical Corner: The Flu, the Flu Vaccine and You

Get Your Flu Shot

It’s that time of year again!

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

October is one of the best months of the year. Pumpkin Spice season is in full swing, haunted houses are up and running, the holidays are on the horizon, Halloween costumes are being bought for dogs, the weather is comfortable for the most part, and, for some reason, some stores are already playing “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

October also marks the beginning of flu season. Here is what you need to know about the flu, the flu vaccine, and Medical Solutions’ requirements regarding the flu vaccine.

Flu season starts in October and continues until April, though flu activity can last through May. Usually, flu season peaks from December through March. The CDC recommends flu vaccines for anyone over the age of six months — and if you’re reading this, you are either over six months or a very, very impressive baby.

This flu season, the CDC is not recommending the active virus nasal spray. Last season, the nasal spray was nowhere near as effective as the regular flu shot. The flu vaccine will not make you completely immune to the flu, it will help your body build up antibodies and severely reduce the chances of you getting the flu. The vaccine will also not make you sick, the virus will be completely dead by the time it reaches you. If you are allergic to eggs or have had a severe allergic reaction to flu vaccines, gelatin, antibiotics or other ingredients, talk to your primary care physician before considering a flu vaccine.

Woman sick with flu

Get your flu shot and avoid this sneezy, sniffly fate!

Medical Solutions requires a flu vaccination for every traveler in October or before starting a travel assignment during flu season. If you are allergic to the flu vaccine or cannot receive the flu vaccine due to religious reasons, we will require a declination form from your primary care physician or a clergy member. We require a flu vaccination for every Traveler because the flu virus effects the entire country and the flu vaccine should help defend you no matter where you travel to. The flu vaccine does take a few weeks to work, your body slowly builds up antibodies. That is why we require the flu vaccine in October or before starting any assignment during flu season. The better protected you are from the flu, the better protected your patients and coworkers will be!

There is a ton of really cool flu information on the CDC website. Everything from the effectiveness of flu vaccines, to the methodology for the flu information and even a Twitter campaign for flu awareness and vaccines.

For the general overview on the CDC’s flu page, click here.

You can get more info about the flu from the CDC’s flu FAQs and stay current on how the season is affecting the U.S. with their live map of flu activity by state.

Thanks for doing your part to keep the herd healthy! If you have any questions about Medical Solutions’ flu vaccine requirements, please feel free to contact your Career Consultant.

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