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Congrats to June 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Many thanks and congrats to the June 2017 Traveler of the Month, Karey C., and also our Rising Star winner, Lucretia L.!

Traveler of the Month Karey is an ER RN with more than two years of experience in nursing. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Scott S. and has been Travel Nursing since January 2016.

Karey is currently working in Boston, which is her favorite location so far — mainly because she appreciates the many historical sites available in Beantown.

“There’s tons of great history here, I have a few friends that attend Tufts Medical School, and there are so many great places to explore,” says Karey.

Karey says she is always “open to new experiences and any adventures I can get my hands on.” She’s met several like-minded Travelers along the way that she keeps in touch with.

Karey shared some great advice for new or aspiring Travelers:

“Be organized so it helps the transitions from jobs go smoothly, especially since you change jobs so often.”

“Learn how to pack light — my first assignment I tried to take everything I owned, which was a disaster.”

“Don’t be nervous, you’re going to have so much fun on your new assignment!”

Thank you, Karey!

Rising Star Lucretia an RN, BSN specializing in Critical Care/Cardiac Cath Lab. She’s been in nursing for 18 years and has been traveling on and off for about five years.

Lucretia works with Career Consultant Anthony H. and is currently on assignment in College Station, Texas. Her favorite location so far throughout her Travel Nursing career has been Oakland, California.

“I had great experiences in the area and made friends with some fantastic people,” says Lucretia.

Lucretia is ambitious and motivated to achieve her goals — which makes her a perfect fit for Travel Nursing. She says her favorite part about traveling is being able “to do a job that I love while also exploring new areas.”

Lucretia also offers some great advice for new Travelers.

“Be organized, professional, and flexible,” she says. “It is a great experience if you let yourself enjoy it.”

Thank you for your great work, Lucretia!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions June 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Karey and Lucretia, we are incredibly grateful for your awesome commitment to providing superior 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 to see 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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Medical Solutions Meets Finn!

A couple months ago, the Medical Solutions team danced for Finn. Not long after we busted a move in support of this tough little guy, and he and his family’s inspirational journey, the incredible happened: We got to meet Finn and fam!

Check out this video to see how excited our Omaha team was to meet this adorable little warrior — and click here to learn more about the incredible Finn and his wonderful family.

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State Spotlight: Missouri

Night view of the arch in the St. Louis skyline

Travel Nurse jobs abound in The Show-Me State, where adventure also awaits!

From cool caves to serene parks to exciting city centers, The Show-Me State is such a grand place to spend the summer that this month’s State Spotlight takes us to Missouri. As one of Missouri’s favorite sons, Mark Twain, famously said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Travel Nursing in Missouri        

State of MissouriMissouri is a wonderful state for Travel Nursing — with its great, central location, loads of activities and attractions in the state/region, and plenty of excellent healthcare facilities to call home for 13 weeks at a time.

According to Health.MO.Gov, Missouri is home to 164 hospitals and medical centers, including St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in Missouri, and which is nationally ranked in 12 specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Missouri are: St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, and Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield.

Additionally, Children’s Mercy Kansas City and St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University are both nationally ranked in 10 children’s specialties.

As for licensing, Missouri is a walk through state, a compact state, and a NURSYS state! Click here for more info on licensing in Missouri.

To Do & See in Missouri

Nelson Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City

Larger than life shuttlecocks outside the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City.

The Show-Me State has so very much to show you, with its unique blend of urban hotspots and rural retreats! Get ready to dig into some delectable BBQ, kick back lakeside, explore unique landscapes, get down with some blues tunes, and rock out your latest Travel Nurse adventure.

St. Louis and Kansas City are the state’s top urban spots, and each one has its own unique flair and offerings.

KC boasts great museums with the amazing Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Harry S. Truman Presidential library and Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, National World War I Museum and Memorial, Arabia Steamboat Museum, and more. Shoppers and fashionistas will want to flock to the famous Country Club Plaza, Zona Rosa, Crown Center, and Town Center Plaza. Daredevils will want to spend some time at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun amusement parks. Kansas City is also home to hundreds of fountains to behold!

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Cheer on the Royals at Kauffman Stadium!

In St. Louis you can see and visit the famous Gateway Arch, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park, Cahokia Mounds, Missouri Botanical Gardens and so much more. My St. Louis favorite to-do is the eccentric City Museum! There’s nothing quite like this strange, wondrous place filled with whimsical structures for climbing and viewing, thrilling 5-story and 10-story slides, indoor caves, and all kinds of strange nooks and crannies to explore.

City Museum

St. Louis’ City Museum is an oddball wonderland!

Missouri was the first place in the United States to host the Olympic Games, when the 1904 Summer Olympics were held in St. Louis. Fittingly, sports fans will love the opportunity to check out one of Missouri’s pro sports teams, which include the Kansas City Chiefs, 2015 World Series champs the Kansas City Royals, Sporting Kansas City, St. Louis Blues, and St. Louis Cardinals. Missouri is also home to a ton of great college and minor league football, soccer, baseball, ice hockey, tennis, and more.

With a unique blend of German, French, Italian, and other influences, Missouri has an awesomely unsung culinary scene. Additionally, the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis alone is well known for the introduction and/or popularization of TONS of great food faves like hot dogs, iced tea, club sandwiches, cotton candy, and even the beloved ice cream cone!

Kansas City-style barbeque is known for being some of the best in the country!

Kansas City first comes to mind when most people think of Missouri’s solid rep for mouthwatering BBQ, but truth be told, you’ll find amazing ribs and burnt ends statewide. My personal favorite in KC is Joe’s — go to the original gas station location and be prepared for a well-worth-it wait or go in between peak meal times to avoid the mega lines. Other famous BBQ joints in KC include Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, and Jack Stack. Throughout the rest of Missouri, you can get a great BBQ fix at Wabash BBQ in Excelsior Springs, Shotgun Pete’s in Columbia, Missouri Hick BBQ in Cuba, Bogart’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, Hickory Log in Dexter, and Big R’s in Joplin.

St. Louis-style pizza is beloved in Missouri and characterized by having a thin, crispy crust, cut into squares, and is often topped with provel cheese. What’s provel cheese? Another of Missouri’s iconic foods, provel is a white processed cheese combo of Swiss, cheddar, and provolone cheeses that melts very easily and is most popular in St. Louis.

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Kansas City has thousands of gorgeous fountains!

To go with your pizza, how about some delicious toasted ravioli dunked in marinara? Missouri made ravioli even better by frying it to crispy perfection. As the state that pioneered toasted ravs, you will want to be on the lookout for lots of creative versions of this toasted treat throughout the state. For example, Salt + Smoke in St. Louis makes a version filled with chopped, oak-smoked burnt ends, sprinkled with garlic and herbs, and served with a white barbecue sauce for dipping.

With the Anheuser-Busch brewery being founded in St. Louis in 1852, it’s really no surprise that Missouri continues its tradition of stellar suds. Brewers like Mother’s Brewing Company, 4 Hands Brewing Co., Boulevard Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales, Schlafly Beer, and many others are actively keeping the tradition alive.

Lake Ozarks

MO loves its water-based activities at spots like the gigantic Lake of the Ozarks.

Other famous Missouri eats include Red Hot Riplets, gooey butter cake, slingers (a breakfast hangover cure staple with eggs, hamburger, hash browns, and chili), pork steak, Ted Drewes frozen custard, deep dish apple pie, and the St. Paul sandwich (egg foo young with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and may on white bread). Wash it all down with one of Missouri’s great craft beers from Boulevard or Abraxas and you’ll be living your best life like a true Missourian!

Most people don’t realize that Missouri’s diverse landscape includes facets like plains, mountains, rivers, and mountains. There’s a ton of freshwater in Missouri, including the famous Lake of the Ozarks, nicknamed “The Magic Dragon” for its shape. Lake of the Ozarks is Missouri’s largest reservoir, stretching across four counties! Water and swimming enthusiasts will also enjoy Table Rock Lake, Creve Couer Lake, Stockton Lake, Mark Twain Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and many others. Despite its heartland location, Missouri loves water-based sports and activities like river floats, water skiing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, and more.

MO Caves

Missouri has more than 6,400 caves!

Missouri is also famous for its 6,400+ caves, including many show caves where visitors can explore. Fantastic Caverns offers tram tours of the underground caverns, and other great cave experiences can be found at Jacob’s Cave, Marvel Cave, Bridal Cave, Talking Rocks Cavern, Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, Meramec Caverns, and many others.

In addition to the Show-Me State’s 12 National Parks, Sites, and Trails, outdoor enthusiasts will love the Missouri state park system, which boasts 91 state parks and historic sites. In fact, Missouri is consistently ranked as having one of the country’s top four state park systems! In addition to the beautiful Ozark Mountains, you’ll want to check out the Mark Twain National Forest, the 240-mile long Katy Trail, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and many other outdoorsy places!

In keeping with the City Museum’s rep for lovable oddness, other offbeat attractions in Missouri include Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins, Devil’s Icebox, KC’s Giant Bookshelf, Jesse James Home Museum, Boathenge, the World’s Largest Rocking Chair, Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, The Pony Express National Historic Trail and Museum — and don’t forget famous attractions like Silver Dollar City and the showy, live music-filled town of Branson!

Plus, in addition to the state’s many exciting sights and attractions, with a whopping eight bordering states, Missouri provides plenty of chances to adventure into neighboring states and destinations throughout the Midwest and the South, depending upon where you’re situated.

Missouri Fast Facts

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You’ve got Missouri to thank for waffle cones!

State Nickname: The Show-Me State

Capital: Jefferson City

Largest City: Kansas City

National Parks, Sites, and Trails: 12

State Parks and Historic Sites: 91

State Motto: “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.”

State Flower: Hawthorn

State Animal: Missouri Mule

Missouri is the 24th state.

Waffle cones, 7UP, Lear jets, iced tea, Dr. Pepper, monster trucks, microchips, the 8-track stereo, ragtime music, and instant pancake mix were all invented in Missouri or by Missourians.

St. Louis, Missouri was the first American city to play host to the Olympic Games in Summer 1904.

MO Famous peeps

Tons of interesting folks are from The Show-Me State, including Chuck Berry, Jon Hamm, Sheryl Crow, Mark Twain, and many others.

Missouri was the first state situated entirely west of the Mississippi to be admitted to the Union.

If you love Europe, you’ll love Kansas City. KC was constructed with the vision that it would have “more boulevards than Paris and more fountains than Rome” — so it has tons of both!

The George Washington Carver National Monument outside of Diamond was the country’s first national monument that honored a non-president and the first honoring an African-American.

 

Chillicothe, Missouri was home to the first bread slicing machine.

At eight, Missouri ties with Tennessee as the state with the most bordering states. Missouri’s neighbors are Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Missouri features more than 6,400 caves. In Richmond, Missouri, you can even visit The Cave Restaurant and Resort where you can dine inside a cave!

The world’s largest rocking chair can be found in Fanning, Missouri.

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Woah! Missourian Valentine Tapley grew a 12-foot, six-inch beard out of political spite!

Famous folks from Missouri include Brad Pitt, John Goodman, Mark Twain, Dick Van Dyke, Jon Hamm, Jenna Fischer, Sheryl Crow, George Washington Carver, Jesse James, Yogi Berra, Molly Brown, Josephine Baker, Vincent Price, Maya Angelou, Chuck Berry, Ellie Kemper, Don Cheadle, Langston Hughes, Kevin Kline, Kevin Nealon, Shelley Winters, Ginger Rogers, Edwin Hubble, Misty Copeland, Kate Spade, Eminem, Harry S. Truman, and Redd Foxx.

Missouri Democrat Valentine Tapley pledged he’d never shave his beard again if Abraham Lincoln was elected president. After Abe was inaugurated, Tapley kepy his promise and didn’t shave for a whopping 50 years! He died in 1910 with a beard that was 12 feet & six inches long.

In 1865 Missouri was the first state to free its slaves.

Search Travel Nursing jobs now and find your dream gig in Missouri!

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Get a $500 Referral Bonus!

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Make it rain Medical Solutions referrals and you could earn unlimited $500 referral bonuses and be swimming cash!

If you love Medical Solutions as much as we love you, referring your friends to work with us is a total no-brainer. Your friends get a sweet gig, we get more amazing employees, patients at hospitals nationwide get superior care … and YOU get a $500 referral bonus!

That’s right, for every nurse you refer who’s a new candidate to Medical Solutions and who works at least 30 days with us, you will receive a $500 referral bonus.

While we’re guessing you are probably most likely to refer a great nurse to us, the same bonus actually applies to any referrals you might make to our internal as well. Plus, there’s absolutely no limit to the number of referral bonuses you can receive!

Ready to easily earn a cool $500? Simply have your referral call us at 1.866.633.3548 or apply online to get started — just make sure that they mention your name and ask for your Career Consultant.

We highly value the opinion of our stellar Travelers, so we really appreciate you putting us in touch with more amazing nurses like yourself. And thankfully, it’s a win-win-win situation and a great, easy way for you to make an extra $500!

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Congrats to May 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

May 2017 Traveler of the Month, Maria K., visiting Th White House!

Many thanks and congrats to the May 2017 Traveler of the Month, Maria K., and also our Rising Star winner, Elena L.!
Traveler of the Month Maria an RNC-OB specializing in Labor and Delivery. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Joe T. and has been in nursing nearly five years and Travel nursing nearly three years.

Maria is currently working in beautiful Nantucket, Maine — which just so happens to be her favorite location thus far.

“Summer here is a dream and the beaches are pristine,” Maria says of Nantucket. “I also love sailing, so the island has a lot to offer.”

In fact, Maria sails often and this sailing aficionado has even participated in a few regattas!

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is growing in my skills as a nurse and making new friends,” she says, adding these helpful tips for new Travelers:

  1. “Never be afraid to ask questions.”
  2. “Make the most of an assignment. Explore the area you are in! Learn something new!”

Great advice, Maria!

Rising Star Elena is an OR nurse who works with Career Consultant Julie F. and is currently on assignment in El Centro, California.

Julie says she loves working with Elena, who’s been with Medical Solutions since December 2016.

“Elena is a wonderful nurse,” says Julie. “She is a leading example of being the best in healthcare. She steps up and achieves anything that is asked of her. She never complains. Elena really knows the meaning of going above and beyond for patient care and her team. She is just a delight to work with. Simply the best!”

Julie can’t say enough good things about Elena, whom she says is “a special person inside and out.”

“You can tell from the first moment of speaking with her that she is very patient and kind. Elena is an amazing Travel Nurse because she knows how to be flexible and is very dependable,” says Julie. “She’s able to adapt to change and is a true team player. She is also a very kind person — she can go anywhere and her team would love her.”

Thank you for your great work, Elena!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions May 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Maria and Elena, thanks so much for your rock-steady commitment to providing awesome 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 to see 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: Workplace Injuries & Workers’ Comp Process

Careful! Understanding the workers’ compensation process will help protect you as a Medical Solutions Traveler!

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

Have you ever been injured on the job? Do you know about and understand workers’ compensation?

If you answered ‘no’ to either of these questions, consider yourself lucky. You never know how long it might be before you encounter a situation that requires you to know what to do in the event of a workplace injury. If you answered ‘yes’ you should still read this month’s Clinical Corner, so that you fully understand the workers’ comp process you’d need to follow if you’re injured on the job while working for Medical Solutions.

While we hope that you never experience any injury while taking care of your patients, if you do, here are some pointers to remember while traveling with us.

  1. The first step to remember when an injury occurs is to seek medical attention, if necessary. It is important to know where your hospital sends injured employees and travelers whether it be to the ER, urgent care, or employee health. For any needle sticks and/or blood or body fluid exposure, make sure you get blood drawn immediately from the patient you were exposed to and yourself if necessary. It will be your responsibility to be your own patient advocate in a situation as such, so make sure this blood drawn is done as soon as possible. It is also important that YOU are the one following up on the blood results with the hospital in case of a serious exposure.
  2. The next step in the process is to notify your career consultant (recruiter) and to have someone from Medical Solutions complete an incident report. If at any time, you are injured on the job you must report this to Medical Solutions and must be done within 24 hours of the injury or incident and Medical Solutions will need to know as much detail as possible to file the report and workers’ compensation claim. This step is important because billing will not be covered until the report is made with Medical Solutions.
  3. If you are off work for any amount of time due to the injury you must notify your career consultant. We will need copies of any restrictions you received because of the injury or treatment AS WELL AS a release saying that you are okay to return to work. This is required prior to returning to any work.
  4. Once you have spoken with someone from Medical Solutions about the details surrounding your injury, we will file the workers’ compensation claim with Sedgwick Claims Management Services. Once this is filed, you will receive an email that contains your claim number, contact information for Sedgwick, and instructions on how to register online to track your claim. Once you have received that claim number you should be able to view the status of your claim and any other information regarding the claim through Via One Express. You can register with Via One Express through claimlookup.com. Using this website and dashboard will allow you to upload any files associated with your claim or case, including bills which will allow for quicker payment. You can and should also communicate any billing items or questions about benefits to your claim adjuster through Sedgwick.

Please Note: If the injury occurs in Ohio, North Dakota, Washington, or Wyoming the injury still needs to be reported to Medical Solutions BUT you will need to follow hospital protocol for further information on the workers’ compensation process.

Knowing the proper process involved with workers’ compensation claims is very important to providing coverage to our Travelers as well as ensuring their health is managed and they are taken care of. The number one, most important important thing to remember if any workplace injury occurs is to communicate with Medical Solutions and your Career Consultant right away. No matter what the injury or the severity, Medical Solutions needs to be aware of what happened and that all starts with knowing the process and communicating overall!

 

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State Spotlight: Illinois

Chicago

Take your next job in sweet home Chicago!

Both summertime and baseball season are in full swing, which brings us to Illinois, home of the defending World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs. From the excitement of The Second City to its abundant fertile farmlands, The Land of Lincoln is a lovely pick for your next Travel Nurse assignment!

A touristic postal stamp of IllinoisTravel Nursing in Illinois

Illinois is a fantastic place for Travel Nurses — with loads of fun activities throughout the state and region, as well as many great facilities at which to build your career 13 weeks at a time. The state boasts a wide-ranging network of acute care and specialty hospitals that provide inpatient care for behavioral health, rehab, and long term acute care across 102 counties.

According to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, Illinois is home to 214 hospitals. U.S. News & World Report ranked Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which is nationally ranked in 13 adult specialties, as the #1 hospital in Illinois. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Illinois are: Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago Medical Center, Advocate Christ Medical Center, and Loyola University Medical Center.

Chicago Urban Cityscape along the Chicago RiverMoneyRates ranked Illinois #3 on their list of “The Best States for Making a Living in 2017.” And, while still dubbed “The Second City,” Chicago is currently the third-largest U.S. city.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Illinois #29 on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, healthcare, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report recognized the special draw of Chicago, and ranked IL 10th in infrastructure and 17th in healthcare affordability.

As for licensing, Illinois is a walk through state and a NURSYS state, but it is not a compact state. Click here for more info on licensing in Illinois.

Chicago Cubs

Go, Cubs, go!

To Do & See in Illinois                  

As Illinois’ largest city and the nation’s third-largest metropolis, Chicago is what most people think of when they think of The Land of Lincoln. That’s probably because sweet home Chicago is an amazing place to visit — filled with all kinds of culture, activities, world-class architecture, shopping, dining, theater, art, sports, and more!

Chicago sits on beautiful Lake Michigan, which means the chance to frequent miles of sandy, salt-free, shark-free beaches all summer long! In addition to the swimming, sailing, sightseeing cruises, and sand volleyball that Lake Michigan presents, Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive is known as one of the most beautiful stretches of urban road in the nation. From this famous roadway, you’ll see skyscrapers, lake views, and green spaces. (Speaking of great drives, the famous Route 66 also begins in Chicago!)

Chicago BEan Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate, the sculpture that launched a thousand selfies!

If you’re without a vehicle — because Chicago has great public transportation and frustrating parking — check out the Lakefront Trail, which is perfect for biking, jogging, and people-watching.

The Chicago River, the world’s only backward-flowing river, represents another opportunity for water-lovers. The Chicago Architectural River Cruise is well-known as one the city’s must-dos. Ever since the world’s first skyscraper was erected in Chicago, the city has been known for its intriguing architectural history and features. Some of the city’s most famous buildings include the magnificent Willis (or Sears) Tower — which was the tallest building in the world until 1998 — the John Hancock Center, Tribune Tower, Marina City (made famous-er by Wilco), and the Rookery Building. And, of course, architecture lovers will know that this is Frank Lloyd Wright country!

Having is Chicago dog is an iconic part of the Windy City experience.

Other Chicago attractions you won’t want to miss include Millennium Park (with the famous bean-shaped Cloud Gate sculpture), the Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park (and Lincoln Park Zoo!), and more.

Of course, the city where Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler met is also well-known for being a barrel of laughs, so be sure to check out some comedy at Second City, Zanies, The Laugh Factory, the Annoyance Theatre, and other Chicago stand-up and sketch destinations.

Chicago’s got a pretty amazing sports legacy, with famous athletes like Jordan and iconic coaches like Ditka. In addition to taking in a game at the iconic Wrigley Field, where you can watch the reigning World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs, other hot pro sports tickets include the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Fire, Sky, and Red Stars.

 Chicago Style Deep Dish Cheese Pizza with Tomato Sauce

Save room for some deep dish pizza!

Whew! If all this sightseeing’s got you hungry, you are in luck, because Chicago has some of the very best eats in the nation. From upscale, world-class dining at places like Alinea, Oriole, and Acadia, to the next tier favorites like Avec, Bad Hunter, and Girl & The Goat, Chicago has some mouth-watering chances for you to treat yo-self in the culinary sense. But even the more moderately priced meals here will wow you, from Chicago dogs, to Italian beef sandwiches, to deep dish pizza. Chicago’s also known for great Greek fare, Puerto Rican jibarito, barbecue, Italian, and more. Illinois is also famous for pierogies, steak, corn on the cob and popcorn. Wash it down with a Green River soda or a Goose Island ale, and you’ll be living the Illinois dream!

Superman

Superman’s official hometown is Metropolis, Illinois, where you can visit the Super Museum.

While Illinois’s highest point is Charles Mound at just 1,235 feet above sea level, there’s some great climbing to be had at Jackson Falls in the stunning Shawnee National Forest. Outdoorsy types will love this gorgeous forested area which is great for hiking, camping, climbing, and more. Garden of the Gods Wilderness is also a beautiful landscape to see and covers 3,300-plus acres of forest in southern Illinois.

Superhero fans will want to flock to Metropolis, Illinois, the Man of Steel’s official hometown and the site of just one building Superman might leap in a single bound, The Super Museum!

Depending on your region, Illinois also offers pretty quick access to neighboring spots like St. Louis, Milwaukee, Quad Cities, Bloomington-Normal, and even Nashville, Memphis, and Minneapolis.

Illinois Garden of the Gods

It’s not all urban, Illinois has breathtaking nature too! Check out the beautiful Garden of the Gods Wilderness.

Illinois Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Land of Lincoln, or, The Prairie State

Capital: Springfield

Largest City: Chicago

National Historic Sites, Wildlife Refuges, and Forests: 9

State Parks, State Forests, and State Recreation Areas: 91

State Motto: “State Sovereignty, National Union”

State Insect: Monarch Butterfly

State Bird: Cardinal

Illinois is the 21st state.

Twinkies, the cell phone, zippers, the mechanical dishwasher, the pinball machine, Ferris wheels, softball, modern dentistry, and barbed wire were all invented in New Jersey.

Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

America’s famed Route 66 starts in Chicago.

Ronald Reagan is the only president born in Illinois, although he called California his home state. But Presidents Lincoln, Grant, and Obama famously considered The Prairie State to be their home base at various times.

Betty White

The incomparable Betty White is from Illinois!

Illinois is the largest U.S. producer of pumpkins.

While Chicago’s lake breezes make it a great summer destination, many sources argue that the nickname “The Windy City” doesn’t come from gusty weather, but rather the city’s famously long-winded politicians who were said to be full of hot air!

The Home Insurance Building, built in Chicago in 1885, was the world’s first skyscraper.

The tallest man in recorded medical history was born in Alton, Illinois. His name was Robert Pershing Wadlow — though he was known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois — and he was 8’11”!

Famous folks from Illinois include Melissa McCarthy, Harrison Ford, Walt Disney, Michelle Obama, Miles Davis, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Robin Williams, Chance The Rapper, Cindy Crawford, Shel Silverstein, Eddie Vedder, Jennifer Hudson, Richard Pryor, Bill Murray, Ernest Hemingway, Betty White, Mr. T, Hugh Hefner, Patti Smith, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Approximately 80% of Illinois is farmland.

Chicago’s Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in the U.S.

Search Travel Nursing jobs and find your perfect assignment in Illinois!

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Voluntary Benefits for Medical Solutions Travelers!

A beautiful young woman standing outside while holding her red umbrella

Medical Solutions’ voluntary benefits keep you covered and financially protected. Go ahead, stand under our umbrella!

Medical Solutions is committed to providing our Travelers with excellent benefits, like day one medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k with a company contribution, licensure and certification reimbursement, loyalty and referral bonuses, plus paid, private, pet-friendly housing, and so much more.

A couple of lesser-known benefits Medical Solutions Travelers can take advantage of are the voluntary benefits we offer — short-term disability insurance and critical illness insurance.

Short-term disability insurance is there to protect you and your family financially in the event that you ever have an accident, injury, or illness that prevents you from working. When you’re covered with short-term disability insurance, you’ll receive direct cash benefits that will help you make end meet while you’re on the mend. That means you can use the cash to cover whatever’s most needed in your life, whether that’s bills or medical costs.

Similarly, critical illness insurance comes into play if you’re ever diagnosed with a critical illness that prevents you from working and maintaining your income. Should you ever be diagnosed with a covered critical illness, you’ll be paid cash benefits that can be used to cover your bills and any other costs you see fit. These benefits are also accessible to your spouse and/or children.

Most of the benefits Medical Solutions offers help keep you healthy, but in the event of a short-term disability or critical illness we want to make sure you’re still taken care of. We’re always here for you — whether the day is sunny or the forecast calls for rain!

Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions’ voluntary benefits for Travelers!

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Snapchat Travel Nurse Takeover Videos

Travel Nurse videos

Learn from real-life Travel Nurses as you plan your next adventure!

Back in February, Medical Solutions partnered with our pal Ryan to do a Travel Nurse Takeover of our Snapchat. It was super cool to get this glimpse into real Travelers’ lives, because while there are many great resources out there to help you prepare for a career in Travel Nursing, being able to journey along with fellow Travelers as they navigate work and play was informative and fun!

The videos were so awesome that we saved them to a special Snapchat Travel Nurse Takeover YouTube playlist so Travel Nurses everywhere can still check them out and learn from them.

Medical Solutions Travelers Emily, Katie, Jock, Ally, Joslyn, Ryan, Kourtney, Melissa, and Jonny share their thoughts on everything from traveling with pets to traveling as a couple, recruiter recommendations, and tons more. The best part though is going along with them as they explore locations in Washington, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, and more!

Check our part of Ally and Kourtney’s takeovers below, and be sure to watch all of the awesome Traveler Takeover videos on our YouTube playlist!

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Congrats to April 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to April 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to April 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Many thanks and congrats to the April 2017 Traveler of the Month, Laurin P., and also our Rising Star winner, Jon F.!

Traveler of the Month Laurin is an RN, BSN, specializing in NICU. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Meg H. Laurin won Traveler of the Month while on assignment in Georgia and is currently working in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Laurin’s been in nursing for seven years and has been traveling for nearly a year now. Her favorite location so far has been Salem, Oregon.

“I could say so many great things about Oregon, but Salem itself was a great location that was very convenient for exploring the state,” she says. “The people in Salem were very friendly and welcoming. The town is within Willamette Valley, which has a plethora of wonderful wineries to visit.”

Laurin travels with her husband, who works from home.

“I’m very fortunate that my husband is able to travel with me,” she says. “Things lined up in life and we decided before we settled down that we should travel for a while and explore the U.S.”

Laurin likes that Travel Nursing has exposed her to various places throughout the United States.

“Coming from Tampa Bay, Florida, getting to experience different weather, seasons, and terrain [has been great],” she says. “While I was in Atlanta I was able to experience spring — never knew that I was missing out on that in life. The states are beautiful and traveling has let me truly enjoy everything out there.”

Laurin offers these great tips for aspiring Travel Nurses:

“Stay organized from the beginning — upload everything nursing related to somewhere you can access from anywhere, i.e. Google Drive.”

“When thinking about time off to write into your contract, do a quick Google search of events happening in the area so you can experience it while you’re there.”

Thanks for everything you do, Laurin!

Rising Star Jon is an RN, BSN who specializes in ICU. He works with Career Consultant Mike M. and is currently on assignment in New Mexico.  

Mike says Jon is an amazing Traveler whom he’s had the pleasure of working with the past year-and-a-half.

“Jon travels with his wife Morgan in an RV,” says Mike. “I consider Jon and Morgan great friends and hope to someday, meet them in person.”

“Jon is a great Traveler for many reasons,” adds Mike. “He’s always had excellent reviews from his hospitals which obviously translates to great patient care and representation of Medical Solutions. He’s excellent at communication, and always stays on top of paperwork/expiring items. In addition, he adapts to the changing job market by always being flexible in selecting his next assignment.”

We appreciate you, Jon!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions April 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Laurin and Jon, we thank you so much for your steadfast commitment to providing awesome 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 to see 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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