Travel Nurses are amazingly skilled and caring people who also have a great zest for adventure and life on the road!
A few years back, the Medical Solutions team wanted to do more to celebrate and honor this hardworking bunch, so we created Travel Nurses Day. A day dedicated to our favorite people: Travel Nurses!
We happily invite you to celebrate Travel Nurses Day 2015 with Medical Solutions at TravelNursesDay.com. You can visit there to play games, take quizzes, and join in the celebration!
Here’s what’s on tap for this year’s celebration:
- Travel Libs
- Photo Hunts
- Quizzes — “Where should I travel next?” and “Which on-screen nurse are you?”
- The “Signs You’re Travel Nurse” Instagram Photo Contest
And here are the awesome prizes you can win:
“Signs You’re a Travel Nurse” Instagram Contest
1 – $500 Cash Grand Prize
3 – Fitbit Charge HR ($150 value each)
3 – $100 hotel credits, courtesy of Travelers Haven
Travel Libs, Photo Find, & Quizzes:
3 – $50 Tafford Gift Cards, courtesy of Tafford Uniforms
2 – $50 Amazon Gift Cards, courtesy of Nebraska Methodist College
6 – $50 Zappos Gift Cards
6 – $50 Amazon Gift Cards
Visit TravelNursesDay.com now to join in the celebration! Games can be played through midnight CST on October 8, 2015, and winners will be announced throughout the day on Travel Nurses Day, October 9, 2015.
Good luck, have fun, and thanks so much for all you do as an awesome Travel Nurse!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for fall-lovers anyway! Autumn’s approach means it’s time to fall all over again for cooler temps, colorful leaves, cozy cardigans, bangin’ boots, carving jack-o-lanterns after a day at the patch, cheering your football team on, getting cozy on the couch as your favorite shows return to TV, indulging in delicious soups and casseroles, and best of all, reflecting on fall’s finery as you sit with a warm cider (quite possibly spiked … ) beside a backyard bonfire.
As a Traveler your options are wide open — the world is your oyster cracker in a piping hot bowl of chili, so to speak — and you can make the most of this stunning season anywhere in the country! So, where do you want to go? Read on to see if any of these 9 fine fall locations for Travel Nurses are the right destination for you.
Whether you choose the historic cityscape of Boston or the famous foliage of the Berkshires, Massachusetts is an amazing state in which to fall for the wonders of the iconic New England autumn. Get your last 2015 ride in on the famous Boston Public Garden swan boats at that magic moment when the fall colors begin to dazzle and walk the historic Freedom Trail while you still need just a light jacket. In the Berkshire Mountains dramatic peaks and sweet river valleys are the perfect showcase for Sugar Maples and other colorful trees. Cranberry bog harvests brighten the land adding to the amazing scenery in the Cape Ann region, just north of Boston, as well as areas surrounding Plymouth. Also, there’s no witchier or more mysterious place to visit in eerie October than Salem, historic home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials.
The Show-Me State has plenty to show off throughout the fall season! Urban hotspots like St. Louis and Kansas City offer amazing food, arts, and culture against a gorgeous autumn backdrop. Take in an NFL game and cheer alongside the locals for the St. Louis Rams or Kansas City Chiefs. Savor the suds at one of St. Louis’ craft breweries like Schlafly, Urban Chesnut, or Perennial. Devour the deliciousness of Kansas City’s famous dining scene, from fine dining like James Beard nominated Bluestem to down-home like Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que (formerly Oklahoma Joe’s). Branson and the Ozarks offer some of the area’s best fall color displays and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to take a stunning fall foliage driving tour here.
Delicious Washington apples are in their prime in fall, and you’ll find orchards, colorful foliage, and pumpkin patches abound in this wondrous Pacific Northwest state this time of year. You’ll find some of the state’s best leaf-peeping on the North Cascades Highway, Mount Baker Highway, and Mount Rainier Loop. Also, they call it the Evergreen State for a reason, so it’s a great place to be surrounded by green even after the colorful leaves have fallen for good and been raked away. “The Emerald City” of Seattle offers mild temps year-round in addition to an abundance of great jobs. Visit the iconic Pike Place Market — open 19.5 hours daily, 363 days per year — for fresh seafood, produce, flowers, artwork, and so much more, well after most of the nation’s farmers markets have closed for the season. Right nearby you can sip a Pumpkin Spice Latte, not just from any old Starbucks, but from the original location at 1912 Pike Place!
The magnificent changing of aspens is the first thing that usually comes to mind when a Colorado fall is mentioned, and Aspen and Crested Butte are among popular places to peep those gorgeous gold leaves. Estes Park is another popular destination for fall, offering great colors, but also the unique opportunity to witness the elk bugling as mating season begins in Rocky Mountain National Park. There’s also no better time than spooky September and ominous October to visit the famously haunted historic Stanley Hotel, which inspired the setting of Stephen King’s The Shining. Colorado’s numerous scenic byways dazzle with fall colors statewide, so you really can’t go wrong here — and, if you’re a skier and winter-lover, you might look into starting an assignment here in the Centennial State in fall and extending through winter!
The Golden State is a gorgeous all-season hotspot, of course, but fall is an extra special time there. San Diego, Los Angeles, and other SoCal destinations hold steady in temps and continue to offer a warm climate for those who like to ignore the changing of the seasons, while a bit north you can revel in the fall landscape in locations like Napa Valley. Iconic places like Tahoe and Yosemite are a little lighter on crowds in fall, making it easier to explore, but no less grand and gorgeous than in peak months. The Pacific Coast Highway offers its grand views year-round, but the ocean cliffs framed with fall colors is an exceptional sight to see. Pro Tip: Big Sur is one of the best PCH stops for fall views, beginning with yellows early on and building into deep reds and bright oranges by late October.
The entire Volunteer State is something to see, but eastern Tennessee is particularly known for putting on a wondrous show of fall colors in the Smoky Mountains, which are something of an autumn icon. This area offers two National Scenic Byways and several more Tennessee Scenic Byways — that’s seemingly limitless miles of two-lane roads that you’ll want to slow down on an appreciate the unmatched view. In addition to the city’s many hiking and biking trails, Chattanooga’s Southern Belle Riverboat also offer a popular Fall Leaf Cruise that lets you relax and view the colors by boat. City-centers like Nashville and Memphis also celebrate the season in colorful style with beautiful scenery in addition to great BBQ, music, fall festivals, and much more.
The Badger State is the perfect Midwestern destination for fall. More than 1,000 miles of old Wisconsin railroad beds have been converted into bike trails, making for excellent fall foliage biking adventures. At TravelWisconsin.com you can find a great fall color report for the different zones of the state, but in general the fall beauty ensues through October. A Wisconsin highlight worth a daytrip is Door County, a stunning 70-mile long peninsula between Lake Michigan and Green Bay nicknamed the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” This area is especially known for its arts community, gorgeous fall scenery, and cherries. Tour by bike, boat, car, horse — or, take a scenic airplane jaunt over the area.
Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks are famous for spinning glorious aspen gold in the fall, but the state also offers fine autumn colors at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in the Phoenix area. Boyce Thompson continues to light up with bright red and yellow hues right up until Thanksgiving. The Grand Canyon State also offers the opportunity to keep warm for those who do not care for fall’s colder temps. With the climate staying pretty mild most places, you can still get out to see amazing sights like Page’s Horseshoe Bend, Sedona’s Cathedral Rock, and, of course, Grand Canyon National Park.
For a famous New England fall foliage display, The Empire State is a fantastic home base location. The Big Apple looks great in fall, with gorgeous colors sparkling throughout Central Park, and plenty of history, theater, arts, dining, shopping, and sports to experience. Upstate hotspots like Lake George, Lake Otsego, Glimmerglass State Park, and The Adirondacks are famous for their plentiful fall activities, including scenic hikes and drives, orchards, pumpkin patches, hayrack rides, and much more. Pay tribute to the passing of the 2015 baseball season with a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Wow, that’s a lot of awesome autumn! If you’ve got your sights set on a fall location not mentioned above, simply click here to search jobs by title, specialty, and/or state.
Many kudos and congrats to the July 2015 Traveler of the Month, Nicole D., and also our Rising Star winner, Katie M.
Traveler of the Month Nicole is an ICU RN. She has been in nursing for 5 years, traveling for 15 months, and just finished a travel assignment in Illinois. Her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Shari D.
Nicole comes from a big family — including three brothers and one sister — and says that seeing the United States has been the best part of being a Travel Nurse.
“I’m seeing things I’m not sure I would have ever seen [without Travel Nursing],” she says.
And Nicole’s favorite location so far?
“Southern California was my favorite,” she says. “I met some awesome people and enjoyed all that California has to offer.”
Nicole offers a couple of fantastic tips for new Travelers:
- “Don’t be shy — make friends!!”
- “See all you can while you’re there.”
Rising Star Katie M. is an ICU RN who took her first Travel Nurse contract in eastern Washington state.
Katie’s Career Consultant at Medical Solutions, Stephanie W, says Katie has “strong clinical skills, which is why she can make Travel Nursing work for her.”
“Katie is one of those nurses who is always happy, and even though I have never met her in person I could tell she was always smiling over the phone,” says Stephanie. “She has a great work ethic and her director said that even though she was a Traveler she quickly became part of the team.”
Thank you and congrats again to July 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star — and thank you, Nicole and Katie, 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.
Got a minute? Great!
Last month we introduced a new Medical Solutions video series that is an excellent resource for Travelers. The In a Jimute series is hosted by Jim Martin, a former Travel Nurse recruiter with years of experience helping nurses find fulfilling, exciting jobs in the industry. In this series, Jim answers questions about all kinds of Travel Nursing-related topics from current and future Travelers. And, because we know nurses are very busy people, each video is just a quick minute!
This month’s topic is Travel Nurse Requirements — In a Jimute. Go ahead, spend a quick minute with Jim. I’ll wait.
Thanks for that great info, Jim!
We hope that the Travel Nurse Requirements — In a Jimute video is helpful for any students or nurses who are curious about what experience, education, and steps they will need to take before embarking on an exciting career in Travel Nursing.
As a Traveler you are able to see the country while you work and build your skills as a healthcare professional. Travel Nursing is not only a wonderful personal experience, it’s also excellent for your resume and helps you learn even more about the healthcare field.
Click here to submit your own Travel Nursing questions to Jim and to watch more In a Jimute videos.
By Chris Ahl, Risk Manager at Medical Solutions
Yes, it is that time of year again. The official start of the flu season 2015 is fast approaching. As a Traveler, this impacts you in a couple of ways — in addition to seeing more sick patients with the flu.
First, you will need your flu vaccine for this season. It is Medical Solutions’ policy that each Traveler receive a flu vaccine. If you don’t already have a vaccine for this year, you can plan on needing one for your next assignment. We will also need documentation of the vaccine. This is also a requirement of Medical Solutions. Verbal confirmations are not allowed, so keep that paperwork.
If you want to decline the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you must have the declination form signed by you PCP or clergy. These are the only acceptable reasons for declining the vaccine. We want to keep you safe and compliant with our policies and those of the hospitals you will be traveling to. Please communicate with your Career Consultant and we can help get you set up to receive the vaccine in a timely fashion to meet these requirements.
Medical Solutions’ RN to BSN Academy Helps You Grow
It’s more than just a good rhyme, it’s an important truth: The more you know, the more you grow. And that is increasingly true these days within the nursing field, where earning your BSN is becoming more of a priority in order to deliver superior patient care in a complex healthcare system. Earning your BSN also helps you grow and can provide you with more robust employment opportunities throughout your career.
That’s why Medical Solutions offers the RN to BSN Academy as one of our many awesome benefits to Travelers!
Through the RN to BSN Academy, a partnership with Nebraska Methodist College, you can earn your BSN online with flexibility and financial assistance while you continue to work and travel with Medical Solutions.
Here are some of the benefits and perks Travelers can expect from the new RN to BSN Academy:
- Flexible start dates
- 100% online and crafted especially for working RNs — do your work from anywhere with an internet connection, any time of day or night
- 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
In addition to its CCNE accreditation, Nebraska Methodist College is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and was ranked #5 on BestCollege.com’s list of “Best Online RN to BSN Programs of 2015”!
Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions’ RN to BSN Academy and be sure to contact your Career Consultant with any questions or to get started.
As nurses know and students discover, nursing school is a serious conquest. It takes a lot of hard work, talent, and true grit to make it to other side — which is good preparation, since it also takes hard work, talent, and true grit to work as nurse!
For many nursing students, a career in Travel Nursing is the ultimate prize their eyes are on, and that’s why we created Medical Solutions YOUniversity site for nursing students. YOUniversity.MedicalSolutions.com is chock full of information, resources, opportunities, and fun for nursing students who are interested in or even just curious about the option of working as a Travel Nurse after they earn their RN.
Here are some of the features and content available at the student site:
- Student Blog — Funny videos, important resources, news, tips, and more
- Information on what Travel Nursing is and tips on how to become a Travel Nurse
- FAQs on the Travel Nursing industry
- Details on what sets Medical Solutions apart in the industry
- Information on the annual Nurses of Tomorrow scholarship contest
- Details on Medical Solutions’ commitment to social responsibilities and making the world we live in a better place!
Our hope for the YOUniversity site is that it will help educate and assist nursing students in exploring the opportunity of Travel Nursing, equipping them to prepare early for a successful career in the field. Annnd, we also want have some fun!
Click here to visit the Medical Solutions YOUniversity site for nursing students. Take a look around and please feel free to send any tips or topics you’d like to see covered to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and nursing students, if you’re reading this before Sunday, August 23, 2015, head over to our Facebook page and tell us what’s helping you survive nursing school for the chance to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards!
Congratulations and shout-outs to the June 2015 Traveler of the Month, Samantha S., and also to our Rising Star winner, Kristina K.
Traveler of the Month Samantha has three years of experience in nursing and has been a Travel Nurse for eight months now. Her specialty is Mother/Baby/Newborn Nursery. Samantha’s Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Adam G.
A fun fact about Samantha is that she grew up in a place that many folks — including Travel Nurses — aspire to visit: Yellowstone National Park, where her father works to this day.
So, with the benefit of growing up in such a great spot, which location has been a favorite for Samantha?
“Boston is my favorite location because of the history and proximity to other states, as well as the active community,” she says.
Among the many perks of Travel Nursing, Samantha especially appreciates the freedom from hospital politics.
“The best thing about Travel Nursing is that I am able to just go to work and do my job without being involved in the politics of the facility,” says Samantha.
What advice would Samantha share with new or aspiring Travelers?
“I would just say to do your best and take every opportunity to learn as much as you can — and never forget why you got into nursing,” she advises.
Rising Star Kristina is an ER RN on assignment with Medical Solutions near the coast in South Carolina. Her Career Consultant is Shane M. who says Kristina is a truly fantastic Travel Nurse with a commitment to providing great patient care.
“She has a great attitude and wants to help the hospital in any way she can,” says Shane.
Congrats again to June 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. Thank you, Samantha and Kristina, for all of your hard work and your commitment to excellent patient care!
Could you be the next 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.
Q: What do Britney Spears, Jerry Seinfeld, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have in common?
A: They will all be in Las Vegas this September. And you should be too!
If you’ve never been to the Traveler’s Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, you do not want to let this year’s event pass you by. And if you’re a previous attendee you know why! The 8th annual Travelers Conference — September 13-15 — is a great chance for you to let learning be fun, with tons of speakers, booths, and even sessions qualifying for CEU credits. The Travelers Conference also offers plenty of time for socializing and networking, to boot.
If you need even more icing on that already downright delicious cake, here you go: Medical Solutions will be at Travelers Conference 2015! Plus, the spirited crew at the Medical Solutions booth will have a very, very special surprise for those who stop by. As much as I’d like to I can’t spill any details now, but just trust me, you don’t want to miss out on the surprise, so be sure to visit the Medical Solutions booth.
If you haven’t registered yet, you can click here to do so now.
Read on for five facts about the Travelers Conference, and we’ll see you in Vegas, baby!
Congratulations to Medical Solutions’ Nurse of Tomorrow Scholarship winners for 2015!
The three amazing aspiring RNs at the head of the class this year were:
Shannon H., Junior
Marc G., Sophomore
Jenna M., Senior
Shannon, Marc, and Jenna stood out amongst hundreds of scholarship applicants who answered the essay question: What does being a patient advocate mean to you?
Here are a few quick snippets from each of their contest-winning entries:
“ … [Patient advocacy] involves recognizing and responding ethically and compassionately to those needs and concerns that are voiced, as well as those that go left unsaid. A nurse not only treats physical pains, but also helps to heal emotional wounds. He or she must strive to develop true empathy, to share in the joys and sorrows of each and every person. In doing so, patients can find hope and meaning in their suffering. An advocate does not merely speak on behalf of the patient, but forms a connection with them. This includes relaying information, so that those being cared for have a complete understanding of their physical condition and what is involved in their treatment, as well as being a friendly and familiar presence, where patients and families will feel safe sharing their concerns. A patient advocate’s role is to treat the patient as an individual with unique needs, and essentially, putting a human face on healthcare.”
“ … [Patient advocacy] means you fight. You fight for the health of those that are under your care. As a nurse, having a patient does not simply entail administering medication, applying wound dressings, or completing documentation. Being a nurse demands remaining ever aware of their patients’ well-being, and equally aware of the forces that are acting for and against each patient’s welfare. The nurse must promote the forces improving their patient’s overall health and must battle the forces that are impeding upon their patient’s well-being. … It takes knowledge and foresight to see when a situation can be potentially detrimental to your patient. It requires a measure of courage and strength to push for necessary changes. It often involves an enduring persistence against doctors, other nurses, family members, and, sometimes, the patients themselves.”
“ … I believe that successful patient advocacy begins with being knowledgeable about all aspects of the patient, including care, values, and beliefs. This makes nurses the perfect liaison between the patient and all members of the medical team, associated departments, and their families. … Furthermore, cultural and religious beliefs can change the course of care and it is of utmost importance to respect and uphold for the patient. … Care should always be provided unconditionally, and each patient’s rights and equality should be maintained with equal compassion and professionalism from the nurse. … Advocacy is unique to each patient, however it is a vital part of care and nurses have a unique ability to uphold the dignity and respect of all patients to provide a positive experience that many patients will hold in their hearts.”
Medical Solutions’ Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship contest is part of our annual Nurses Week celebration and is designed to help support the training of future nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators.
Congrats again to Shannon, Marc, and Jenna, our Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Winners for 2015! Each winner was awarded $2,000 to put towards his or her educational expenses. That’s an increase from previous years’ awards, thanks to our partner Nebraska Methodist College.
Click here to learn more about Nurses of Tomorrow, and if you’re eligible be sure to return next year to enter the 2016 competition.
In the meantime, nursing students, check out YOUniversity.com where we offer all kinds of helpful info and a blog for nursing students and those who want to learn more about Travel Nursing.