Last month we let you know about Medical Solutions’ sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 — a celebration of World Water Day. You can revisit that blog here to get the full story about Planet Water Foundation’s efforts to erect 24 clean water filtration systems in 24 impoverished communities in just 24 hours.
We can happily report that Project 24 was a great success in bringing clean water to so many folks in need! As nurses know, clean water goes a very long way in terms of preventing and treating serious waterborne diseases and other health issues caused or exacerbated by unsanitary water.
The Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration went up Sunday, March 22nd, at 2 p.m. EST, at the Watslatromchey Primary School in the Cambodian Village of Preah Kau.
“The education program has now been implemented at the school,” says Carolina Bravo, Manager of Partnership Development for Planet Water. “Our team will return to the site every four months over the course of the next five years to implement our sustainability program and to check the system to ensure everything is functioning correctly.”
Planet Water shared these great photos of Preah Kau’s schoolchildren learning about and enjoying their new, clean water source.
You can learn more and view the video of the tower installation at the Medical Solutions’ Project 24 microsite. You can also still donate there, if you choose. Project 24 was a success, but there is still a lot more to be done in ensuring clean water and all of the health benefits it brings for everyone across the globe.
Click here to read more about Medical Solutions’ ongoing commitment to Planet Water’s awesome mission.
No matter where you’re at in your professional Travel Nursing journey, the sage advice of industry experts can be a huge help in as your career moves forward.
And who better to offer Travel Nursing advice than the true experts — fellow Travelers who are out there in the field!
That’s why we put together Travel Tips for Travel Nurses — an awesome assemblage of advice from Travelers that lets you to learn from their mistakes and successes.
These are priceless tips for Travel Nurses by Travel Nurses.
The advice includes 11 tips from Medical Solutions Clinical Nurse Manager, Joe B., RN, Alumnus CCRN and former Traveler, as well as many more from actual Medical Solutions Travelers who’ve received perfect hospital evaluations and won the Traveler of the Month or Rising Star awards.
Here are few quick examples of the road-tested wisdom of Medical Solutions’ top Travelers:
Adapt to new coworkers and facilities.
“The job not only requires knowledge in nursing, but an ability to assimilate with other people and organizational structures. My career as a traveling nurse has given me a whole new life that I highly recommend for others.”
— Traveler Nina C., Traveler of the Month March 2014
Ask for help.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help — all those stories of hospital staff disliking Travelers are not true 99% of the time; they like the extra help. Be adventurous and enjoy your temporary new home.”
— Traveler Danielle A., Traveler of the Month July 2014
Make time for adventure.
“You’re a Travel Nurse, so travel! Check out as many sights as you can! I know you are tired after 3-plus 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!”
— Traveler Dan A., Traveler of the Month August 2014
For more great advice visit the Traveler Tips slideshow here, where we’ll continue to add tips from our Traveler of the Month and Rising Star winners.
You can also save this handy PDF version or print it — especially if you’re a crossword fan and want to complete Travel Nurse-themed puzzle at the end!
What pair shares a commitment to awesome patient care and has first names with a shared rhyming sound, too? That would be February 2015 Traveler of the Month, Kevin L., and our Rising Star winner, Evelyn K.
Congrats “Kev” and “Ev”!
Traveler of the Month Kevin is an RN working primarily in the Operating Room. He’s been an RN for 29 years, a Travel Nurse for the past 10 years, and works with Career Consultant Stephanie B. Kevin is also a veteran, having retired from the U.S. Navy in 2000.
Kevin typically takes assignments in the Southeastern United States, but he is currently working in Northern California. He travels with his wife, Maria, who is an RN working in ICU/PACU/ER.
“Clermont, Florida was our best assignment because it had good people, was a good location, and there was lots to do,” says Kevin.
Kevin says that what he and Maria like most about Travel Nursing is “the freedom to come and go as we like, take time off when we want and travel.”
Kevin’s advice to others is to research future assignments online and to ask yourself, “What do you want to accomplish while on assignment?”
Whether your goals are professional development, recreation, sightseeing, etc., Kevin says going in with a clear vision of what you want out of an assignment is helpful.
“Keep an open mind, be positive, and listen more than you speak initially,” Kevin also advises.
Rising Star winner Evelyn is an OR RN with more than 15 years of experience.
“Evelyn is a very passionate nurse,” says her Career Consultant Drew H. “She was inspired to travel by her son, Mario, who was previously a top notch Traveler himself.”
In fact, Drew says Evelyn took her most recent assignment in the Dallas area to be close to her son.
Drew’s been working with Evelyn for nearly a year and says that their relationship has been an absolute pleasure due to Evelyn’s work ethic and unparalleled dedication to excellence.
“Every step of the way, from gathering paperwork, to providing excellent patient care in the hospital, Evelyn represented herself and Medical Solutions as an exemplary nurse, worthy of every perfect evaluation she received,” he says.
Drew adds that Evelyn has been an inspiration to him.
“Evelyn has a fantastic disposition but the true value she brings to everyone she works with, including myself, is her humble and inspiring commitment to diligence and desire to lead by example,” says Drew. “Moving forward, I’m personally thrilled about the prospect of helping Evelyn write the next chapter in her ever-growing success story. Any hospital would be lucky, as I am, to have Evelyn join their team, and I feel blessed to know someone like her. “
Thank you, Kevin and Evelyn, 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.
Travel Nurses get to experience all kinds of new locations and awesome adventures. But has a job ever given you the opportunity to go back to camp?!
Now’s your chance, because experienced nurses (especially Pediatric and ER specialties) are needed for a wet, hot, rewarding American summer at the Roundup River Ranch in Gypsum, Colorado.
Roundup River Ranch, originally envisioned by actor Paul Newman, offers an old-fashioned, camp experience for children suffering from serious illnesses and their families. It gives them an invaluable chance to disconnect from being a patient and to reconnect with being a kid. They also benefit from the important healing power of happiness, laughter, and cultivating new friendships, all while having experiences that may have otherwise seemed off limits to them. Even better, this camp is provided free of charge to the kids and their families.
While fun is the focus at Roundup River Ranch, the medical needs of the campers must also be met by professional, trained staff.
That’s where amazing summer staff and volunteers come in!
Besides being a wonderful cause and a great use of your clinical skills, Roundup River Ranch also offers a great time, gorgeous location, and classic summer camp experience for its medical staff. Just imagine your “unit” is located in a gorgeous mountain valley! Click here to read about the medical care and facilities.
Positions at the Roundup River Ranch are not staffed through Medical Solutions. We just think this is a great opportunity for nurses and wanted to share it with you! As a Travel Nurse, it’s one you could easily take advantage of in between contracts without missing a beat.
To learn more, apply to be summer staff, or volunteer, please contact Roundup River Ranch’s Nursing Director, Laurie Andersen, BSN, RN, CEN at email@example.com or by calling 970.524.5711.
Visit RoundupRiverRanch.org to learn more about this amazing camp experience.
We’re very excited to recognize you and would like to cordially invite you to celebrate Nurses Week 2015 with Medical Solutions! Here’s a bit about this year’s festivities at WeLoveOurNurses.com:
The Real Nurses of Nurses Week
See and share with this live Instagram feed of nurses from across the globe. Don’t forget to hashtag your photos #yournursesweek.
Nurses of Tomorrow
The fourth annual Nurses of Tomorrow scholarship means more than ever in 2015 — literally. With the help of our amazing RN to BSN Academy partner, Nebraska Methodist College, this year’s scholarships have increased to $2000 for three lucky winners.
Post Your Nurses Week e-Cards on Facebook — and be sure to tag your friends and colleagues! You can also download and email these festive greetings.
Nurses House Charity
Learn more about Nurses House, a national fund for nurses in need.
Feel free to stop by WeLoveOurNurses.com any time to learn more and get ready to celebrate Nurses Week 2015 with Medical Solutions. Now, just a couple more weeks to wait for the big celebration!
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!