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Join Rally, Earn Free Gift Cards!

UHC RallyAs a Medical Solutions Traveler, one of your many benefits is access to health insurance through United Healthcare — starting at just $15 a week for a basic, single policy. I’m a United Healthcare user myself, and recently discovered a really cool program called Rally, which United Healthcare offers all their insurance users. In the past two months, I’ve earned $100 in gift cards through this free program, so needless to say, I am big fan. Read on to learn about all the perks that come with United Healthcare’s Rally Program and how you too can get free gift cards!

To join Rally, simply log in to your UHC account at UHC.com, then click the Rally ad in the slider or the tab that reads “Rally Health Survey” to get started.

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UHC offers Rally, and Medical Solutions offers Travelers UHC insurance starting at just $15 per week for a single, basic policy!

Once you’re all signed up, you can get a free $25 gift card right away for completing a quick health survey that offers you personalized tips on how to achieve your optimum health. You can also earn gift cards for doing a healthcare cost estimate and completing three Missions (more on Missions below). Because we all have our own preferences, Rally lets you choose your gift card from a TON of retailers, including Amazon, Target, and Starbucks!

Rally Rewards is a tab where you can view your rewards and check for new opportunities. You can also track the Rally coins you earn for most actions on the website and spend them on entries to win prizes. Some of the prizes currently available as I write this are an iPad mini, Fire HD 7 Tablet, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo, GermGuardian Air Cleaning System, Fitbit Aria, Oster Digital Food Steamer, and a Starbucks gift card.

Rally Missions are a great way to stay on track with your wellness goals while earning coins and other rewards. Each mission falls under one of four categories: Move, Eat, Feel, and Care. Some of my favorite missions so far are Be Grateful Each Day, Cook at Home More, Work up a Sweat, Focus on Fruits and Veggies, and Do Something Creative — but there are dozens of missions covering all aspects of personal wellness, so there’s something for everybody! Users check in to share progress on their missions, which earns them coins and free gift cards when they hit certain milestones.

Rally Challenges lets users join public challenges, like virtual races, as well as private ones. Users earn coins for challenges and there’s also a handy page for viewing your completed challenges.

Rally Communities is a way for users to gain support and join conversations related to specific physical and mental health concerns. The communities are centered on topics like Fitness and Exercise, Food and Nutrition, Living Mindfully, Women’s Health, Parenting, Stress and Anxiety, as well as allergies, specific diseases and conditions, specific forms of exercise, and much more.

In summary, if you’re on United Healthcare’s insurance Rally offers you fun, free, user-friendly tools to help manage your wellness. Whether you’re into that or I had you at free gift cards (or both!), let’s Rally!

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Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest Winners!

Medical Solutions has crowned the Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest Winners. We put out the call for awesome snapshots of your lives in Travel Nursing and the way you answered absolutely blew us and our expectations away.

Whether you were in front of or behind the camera, at the top of the world or under the sea, with your BFF or man’s best friend, THANK YOU for sharing such outstanding snapshots of your life as a Travel Nurse!

And the winners are …

People Category
Jessica S.
Courtney T.

Adventure Category
Nicole S.
Adrienne O.

Landscape/Cityscape Category
Caleb C.
Mary Ann B.

Pets Category
Laurie F.
Jocelyn G.

It cannot be overstated that we received SO many amazing submissions for this contest, which made judging it incredibly difficult. Whether you won this contest or not, our team is totally inspired by all of you and you are clearly winning at the Travel Nurse life!

Here are the winning photos from the Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest:

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Thank you, Courtney T., for this awesome picture. We HEART you!

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Congrats, Jessica S.! What a good-lookin’ crew of folks!

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Congrats, Adrienne O.! Now THAT’S an adventure!

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Might as well JUMP, Nicole S.! Thanks for the rad picture, and may you have many more great adventures in Travel Nursing.

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Woah, Caleb C! We love that your landscape includes such a starry, starry night. Congrats!

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Congrats, Mary Ann B.! This unique landscape makes our imaginations run wild in the best way!

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Jocelyn G., you’ve outdone yourself with this gem! Your canine pal is very lucky to have you — and quite photogenic to boot!

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Congrats, Laurie F.! Who wouldn’t fall in love with this pup?!

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Clinical Corner: 9 Quick Tips for Rocking Your Travel Nurse Performance Evaluation

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Rock your Travel Nurse performance eval like the rock star you are!

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

At the end of every Travel Nursing assignment you take with Medical Solutions, the hospital is given a form to evaluate your performance. Performance evaluations are a reflection of you and the work you put in at each hospital. These evaluations will stay with you for your entire career at Medical Solutions, so it is important to have some rock star level performance evaluations!

Performance evaluations cover everything from clinical skills to communication between you and full-time staff to personal hygiene. The factors you’re rated on are intentionally broad and cover a wide range of topics, so to help you prepare, here are 9 quick tips for rocking your Travel Nurse performance evaluation:

  1. Focus on patient care.
  2. Be aware of the hospital’s policies and follow these policies.
  3. Document appropriately.
  4. Remember the five rights of medication administration.
  5. Be courteous and respectful to patients and staff.
  6. Communicate with your team and doctors.
  7. Do not be late for shifts.
  8. Ask your team and charge nurse questions.
  9. Shower — and otherwise maintain your personal hygiene.

Every assignment you take will be different, every hospital will have different policies, and you will always have a new team to work with. In order to rock performance evaluations, you need to adapt to every situation you find yourself in. There will always be different policies or ways of documenting. However, the one thing that is constant in every assignment you take is you. You have the power to communicate effectively, treat patients how you would want to be treated, and follow hospital policies. Not to get too motivational speaker sounding, but you’ve totally got this — you have the skill and will to adapt and wow the hospitals, your patients, and all the teams you will work with!

Performance evaluations are an important part of Travel Nursing. They reveal quite a bit of information about both Travelers and hospitals. This will help your Career Consultant find optimum facilities for you where you would be a perfect fit. It also helps our Client Managers learn more about the culture of each hospital. Remember that these performance evaluations reflect your work and if you are a rock star, then you will get an awesome performance eval!

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

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Congrats to our Traveler of the Month, Tess C.!

Many thanks and congrats to the April 2016 Traveler of the Month, Theresa “Tess” C., and also our Rising Star winner, Anesha E.!

Traveler of the Month Tess is a Staff Nurse and Educator in Perioperative Services who has worked with Career Consultant Jennifer B.

Although Tess is not currently on a travel assignment, she’s been a nurse since 1976 and has worked as a Travel Nurse since the early 2000s.

Tess’ favorite assignment location so far was in California, between San Francisco and Sacramento.

“I was able to pursue my passion for teaching with the full support of the staff,” she says. “The whole experience there was incredibly rewarding.”

Tess travels solo, preferring to fully focus on her job, but she says her husband Andrew is very supportive while she’s away and takes great care of the couple’s cat, Teddy.

Want to hear a fun fact about Teddy — as well as Tess and Andrew, too? They live across the pond!

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Tess (middle) and her most recent team.

“Since 2013 I have lived in Brittany, North-Western France, in the medieval town of Dinan,” says Tess. “I’ve had the pleasure of living in Europe for the last 15 years, mostly in the UK as my husband is British.”

Wow. Tess really knows how to put the “Travel” in Travel Nursing!

“I love Travel Nursing as it allows me the flexibility of choosing work around my personal schedule, great travel, and educational opportunities,” she says.

Here are Tess’ tips for new Travel Nurses:

  1. “Be professional at all times, to your company and to your work colleagues.”
  2. “Always maintain good communication with your recruiter and support staff. Difficult situations inevitably arise from time to time, and the company has always been of great help and support to me.”
  3. “Relax and enjoy it!”

Thanks, Tess!

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Congrats to April’s Rising Star Anesha E., pictured here with her adorable dog, Ty.

Rising Star Anesha is an OR Surgical Tech currently on assignment in Alabama. She’s been a Surgical Tech since 2006 and has been traveling since 2015. Her specialty is Neuro, but she also dabbles in general, OB/GYN, vascular, and ENT.

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Rising Star Anesha enjoys the Travel Nurse lifestyle both on and off the job.

Anesha’s recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Sharon H., and her favorite location so far has been in western Iowa.

“The people were really nice, and the doctors were as well, which made my hospital a good place to work,” she says.

Anesha loves the color blue and working out — especially cycling, walking, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, and circuit classes. She travels with her dog “Ty” — an 8-year-old, 11-pound, half schnauzer/half dachshund.

“I like travel nursing because it gives me the opportunity for my work to finally speak for itself and I get to see the world while doing what I do best,” says Anesha.

Her advice for new Travelers?

“Remember to take it one day at a time on each assignment because each day does get better, and don’t get discouraged or overwhelmed by the size of the facility because either way you can only do one room at a time.”

Awesome advice, Anesha!

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Ty is ready to hit the road!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions April 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Tess and Anesha, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

Who will be the next Medical Solutions Rising Star or Traveler of the Month?

All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to new Medical Solutions Travelers.

Click here to learn more about the Traveler of the Month program, and maybe just maybe YOU could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card as recognition for a job well done!
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Roundup River Ranch 2016: Kelli’s Journey

Roundup River Ranch provides a safe space for children with serious illnesses to experience the joys of summer camp.

Travel Nurse Finds Inspiration at Special Summer Camp

Roundup River Ranch, initially envisioned by actor Paul Newman, is a free summer camp for children with serious illnesses. With medical support from healthcare professionals, these children can try activities they’ve never done before, build their confidence, and make new friendships.

Medical Solutions, a proud contributor to this amazing program, has inspired several Travel Nurses to work at the Colorado-based camp. You can read more about Medical Solutions’ past involvement here.

This summer, three Travel Nurses have shared their journeys of self-discovery at Roundup River Ranch. Take a second to read about Kelli C., NRP, RN, and her incredible experience at the camp so far:

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Kelli C., NRP, RN, believes Roundup River Ranch rejuvenated her passion for nursing.

Thanks for taking the time to chat today, Kelli. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

“I am a Paramedic/RN. I am currently a flight nurse for Medical Air Rescue based in Rapid City, SD.  I was a Travel Nurse from 2012 until June 2015. Medical Solutions has kept in contact with me since my departure from travel life, and thus, I found my way to Roundup River Ranch this summer. I couldn’t be more grateful for this experience. It was definitely God putting me right where I needed to be!”

What inspired you to work at Roundup River Ranch for the summer?

“This is my first summer at Roundup River Ranch. Honestly, what isn’t inspiring about this camp? After I submitted my application, I immediately went to their website. I fell in love with the kids and their stories.

I love working with kids, and unfortunately, I usually only get to see them in their most critical-life-threatening moments. I found myself smiling, and a little emotional as I browsed through the photo gallery, read testimonies, and reviews. I knew coming to Roundup River Ranch was exactly what I was looking for. The peace in my heart was overwhelming.”

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook?  Would you say you’ve become a better nurse?

“No one can prepare you for your experience at Roundup River Ranch. For me it began as a struggle. I grew up in an alcohol and drug infested family, and lived half of my life on the reservation. Working in emergency medicine had also hardened my emotions and the ability to feel those emotions.

Camp training seemed very similar to what I would call “group therapy.” I was reluctant to participate, and noticed an uncomfortable anxiety in myself. For so many years, I had not allowed myself to feel — I have always been the person in control, strong-willed, and the one people come to for support. Honestly, I didn’t know if I could do what was being asked of me. I was in my panic zone and shed many tears multiple nights.

As I continued to stretch myself in the efforts of “caring and sharing,” I realized there is a difference between feeling and feelings, and how disconnected mine had become. I came to realize that It was OK to be human and to feel. I have always viewed vulnerability as weakness, but it’s the exact opposite. Vulnerability takes immense strength.

Once session was in full swing, it finally came full circle for me. I embraced camp! I found myself putting on tutus, random costumes on a daily basis, dancing, being silly, and just being a kid again. Before, I didn’t know if I could take care of the campers, and still interact with them, laugh with them, cry with them. Through the “magic of camp” and God’s grace, I was able to do all of the above.

The support from my co-workers and staff at Roundup River Ranch was over the top. It was also something that has been missing from my adult professional life. It grieves my heart that the field of medicine has a difficult time embracing such a culture. For me, Roundup River Ranch has been a place of healing, and because of this, I am evolving into a new person and a better care provider.”

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN? Which ones stand out as the most rewarding and why?Roundup River Ranch Logo

“I will take all of Roundup River Ranch with me and empower others. I have learned and improved in multiple realms of life. The kids and their stories will be my biggest memory. Their struggle in life is like the challenge course. They have a 40-foot rock wall and 300-foot zip line towering over them, whispering “You can’t.” They nervously put their helmets and harness on, quietly express fears, and cling tightly to staff. But then, the constant cheering and clapping gets them started, and their determination finishes it. Watching this process can only be expressed through shared tears and hugs.”

What would you tell other nurses about this camp and would you recommend going back?

“I would tell other nurses, deep down inside, our professional path can weigh heavily on our souls, whether we want to admit it or not. Sometimes, we need to be a part of the healing process. River Ranch Roundup is that place. It is the place of escape from all that drains our strength and puts us on a destructive path of compassion fatigue. If one lets it, Roundup River Ranch can help begin the process of rejuvenation. I would come back in a heartbeat! Like I mentioned above, the support and enthusiasm is intoxicating.”

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

“I will miss the kids! Their smiles, laughter, dancing, and care-free, no-worries attitudes are refreshing. Their innate strength to fight every day with a positive outlook despite the challenges dealt them is inspiring. I will also miss the supportive environment, staff, and co-workers. Roundup River Ranch wants you to be the best you can be. They meet you right where you are, and help you grow … it’s the magic of camp!”

Stay tuned all summer to read more about Medical Solutions’ Travel Nurses’ amazing stories at the Roundup River Ranch. You can also visit RoundupRiverRanch.org to learn more about this incredible summer camp experience.

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

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Congrats to the March 2016 Rising Star winner, Roberta T.!

Many thanks and congrats to the March 2016 Traveler of the Month, Patricia “Trish” W., and also our Rising Star winner, Roberta T.!

Medical Solutions December 2015 Rising Star Trish W.

Medical Solutions’ March 2016 Traveler of the Month winner, Trish W., also just won Rising Star in December 2015. Way to go, Trish!

Traveler of the Month Trish is an OR CST working with Career Consultant Todd L. She just wrapped up a contract in Minnesota and is taking some time off for summer 2016.

Trish’s Traveler of the Month win is extra special because she was just recently awarded the Rising Star win for December 2015! When her win was announced we shared on the blog that Trish has been a CST for 21 years, that she and her husband are avid Harley riders, and that she travels with her cat Spunky.

Trish also had this awesome advice for new Travelers: “Be confident but humble about what you know, admit what you don’t know, and be flexible. Take pride in the job you do!”

Trish’s Career Consultant Todd, who’s had the pleasure of working with Trish since January 2015, says she is honest, loyal, communicative, and sincere.

“Trish takes her job very seriously, and she always seeks to resolve issues with communication and understanding,” says Todd.

We hope you enjoy an awesome summer of long Harley rides and other wonderful activities, Trish!

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Rising Star Roberta is a total pro at adventuring!

Rising Star Roberta is an RN, BSN specializing in PCU/Tele who’s been in nursing for two years and traveling for one year. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Bobby J., and she’s in beautiful Seattle for her current assignment!

“The staff is beyond welcoming and friendly,” says Roberta. “There’s also a potluck every other Saturday!”

As you can tell from her awesome pictures, Roberta is a pro at adventuring — which is one of her favorite things about Travel Nursing.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is meeting new people and exploring new places,” she says. “There’s always a new sight to see and an adventure to take! I’m able to network and build bonds like never before through Travel Nursing, and I’ve also gained more experience and have learned to adapt and adjust to change quickly.”

As a Louisiana native, Roberta has a Southern charm that she says allows her to “build a rapport with patients as well as staff to provide the best care possible.” Her advice to new or aspiring Travelers?

“Be kind and willing to be a team player, be willing to go the extra mile and help or pick up an extra shift for awesome pay, and utilize your resources,” she advises. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions or consult with other nurses if you need help!”

Excellent advice, Roberta!

Congratulations again to the March 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Thank you so much, Trish and Roberta, for your amazing talent, hard work, and dedication to providing excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Rising Star or Traveler of the Month? Travelers who get a perfect hospital evaluation are in the running to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to new Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to learn how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and get recognized for the great work you do!

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Adventures in Travel Nursing: Lauren and Caleb’s Scrub Love

Lauren and CalebFor Medical Solutions Travelers Lauren C. and Caleb C., it’s all about love. Love of nursing, love of traveling, and the love they have for each other!

This dynamic husband and wife duo of nurses is living their dream through Travel Nursing — a journey they document on their awesome blog, Scrub Love.

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Lauren and Caleb smiling big in Banff National Park.

“We are so grateful to this company for fueling our adventure,” says Lauren. “We are having the time of our lives!”

Lauren RN, BSN, is an ER nurse and Caleb RN, BSN, is an ICU nurse. Both Lauren and Caleb have five years’ experience in nursing and about 2 years’ experience in Travel Nursing. The couple met in nursing school in Ohio, moved to Lauren’s hometown of Maryland where they were wed, and then packed everything up and hit the road!

“We love traveling together,” says Lauren. “We are each other’s adventure buddies, roomies, co-workers, and each other’s piece of home. Traveling across the country is exciting, but sharing it with my husband makes it that much more special. Dreaming up mini road trips for our days off or grabbing breakfast together after working a night shift — it’s just the best.

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Caleb gets out the map for some adventure scheming.

In addition to all of the awesome traveling they get to do together, Lauren says that Travel Nursing has also helped her and Caleb grow and develop as nurses.

“The professional experience we gain is invaluable. At the end of the day, a STEMI is a STEMI, but each hospital teaches us a little something different,” says Lauren. “I’ve worked with incredible nurses and doctors that have taught me so much and just validate why I love this field. And after a few assignments, we find that we are able to bring a skill set that has taken the best things from each hospital. It feels great to know that you can bring that to each team of nurses that we meet.”

Lauren says Boise has been the couple’s favorite location so far.

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Lauren enjoys the Bavarian charm of Leavenworth, Washington.

“It was a total surprise to us! We were waiting for our Washington licenses to go through so our Career Consultant Eileen suggested Idaho,” says Lauren. “She totally understands our adventurous hearts so we just trusted her. So glad we did! It’s the best ‘little big city.’ All the big city fun with a small town friendly/walkable/safe feel. We lived right downtown. We biked everywhere, floated the river that runs through the city, hit all the breweries and made amazing friendships. It’s a three-hour drive from the Sawtooth Mountains, which quickly became our favorite place in the country to camp. All the raw beauty without the people! Kayaking and rafting are also an hour away. The active, outdoor mentality was just right for us. That why we are headed back for our second summer there!”

Lauren and Caleb document all of their awesome adventures outdoorsy and urban adventures on their blog Scrub Love. If you’re looking for some inspiration for Travel Nursing, then you will absolutely LOVE their vibrant photos and sweet storytelling, peppered with perfectly insightful quotes.

“We love sharing our adventures with our family and friends across the country,” says Lauren. “It’s also become a scrap book of our trips that we will be able to look back on one day.”

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A beautiful day in Yosemite!

In addition to all of the gorgeous landscapes, cityscapes, and pictures of them with friends and family, the duo came up with a neat little initiative in 2015 called “The Foot Project.”

“We love taking pictures. But can you imagine how many pictures we’ll have after a few years of traveling to all these awesome places?! Too many to do anything with. So, I wanted to do something where at the end of this chapter in our lives, we could quickly flip through some highlights. The feet pictures seemed just right. We take them constantly. Every time we take a hike or explore a new city I am figuring out where to get the best shot. It takes a bit of skill too. Many involve us in a Pilates-esque V pose with our feet in the air. Good for the core. The other reason we decided on the feet — do you know what your face looks like after a 14-mile hike up a mountain?! Not the best! But our feet, sure that’s fine,” says Lauren.

Here’s a quick sampling of Lauren and Caleb’s Foot Project:

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Autumn in Boise.

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Live from Red Rocks Amphitheater!

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Relaxing at Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Having a hammock of a time in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Harvesting their own oysters on Quilcene Beach in Washington.

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Dog sledding in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

If you share Lauren and Caleb’s love of taking amazing pictures to document your travels, be sure to enter Medical Solutions’ Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest, which goes through June 1, 2016, for the chance to win one of eight $250 Amazon gift cards.
And remember, if you need any photo or travel inspiration, you will find it in spades over at Lauren and Caleb’s Scrub Love blog. We wish many more days of happy traveling to this dynamic, happy couple!
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Medical Solutions Has You Covered with Voluntary Benefits!

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No matter the weather, Medical Solutions has you covered with voluntary benefits!

What would you do if you suddenly became injured and weren’t able to work for a few months? What would happen to your finances if you suffered a heart attack or stroke? Accidents and illness are impossible to predict or plan, but with Medical Solutions’ voluntary benefits you don’t have to worry about the unexpected. Medical Solutions has you covered with voluntary benefits!

Travel Nurses are top priority at Medical Solutions. That’s why we took your feedback to heart last year, and are now offering you short-term disability and critical illness insurance in order to protect you financially should you be hurt or sick and unable to work.

So, what’s the difference between these two benefits?

Short-Term Disability Insurance

With short-term disability insurance:

  • You’ll be offered important financial protection in case you’re ever in an accident and suffer a disabling injury.
  • If you are hurt and cannot work, you will be paid cash benefits directly so that you can continue paying your bills and/or paying for medical costs.
  • The benefits are paid directly to you on a monthly basis and you can choose to use that money however you need.

Critical Illness Insurance

Likewise, with critical illness insurance:

  • Protects you financially should you be diagnosed with a critical illness, like a heart attack or stroke.
  • Cash benefits are paid to you in the event you are diagnosed with a covered critical illness, and you can use that money to cover your out of pocket costs however you see fit.
  • These benefits are also available for your spouse and/or child(ren).

So now that you’re informed on these new voluntary benefits, what’s the next step? Just like with your medical, dental, and vision benefits, you can enroll in both short-term disability and critical illness insurance within two weeks from the start of your contract to make your elections with a day-one effective date. The cost for each of these voluntary benefits varies based upon your age, the amount and level of coverage you choose.

Click here to see a full list of rates for short-term disability and here to see a full list of rates for critical illness. Please note that rates are subject to change.

Have more questions? Check out each of these quick videos on your voluntary benefits options. You can also contact your Career Consultant and ask them about getting enrolled today!

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5 Fantastic Summer Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

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Where will summer 2016 take you? Check out these 5 fantastic summer locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Ahhh, summer! One small word with a myriad of magical possibilities.  Where will your summer adventures take you? With so many great Travel Nursing jobs from coast to coast, the answer might just surprise you. Read on to discover Medical Solutions’ top 5 fantastic summer locations for Travel Nurses.

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Gorgeous beaches, majestic mountains, and vibrant vineyards make North Carolina summers stand out.

North Carolina

Sandy beaches, award-winning vineyards, and mountain views make North Carolina the perfect summer escape. Along the sandy beaches of the Crystal Coast, you’ll discover pirate shipwrecks, watch wild horses race, and climb lighthouses near Cape Lookout. With more than 400 vineyards across the state, don’t forget to tour the wine trails in the Yadkin Valley. Savor the different flavors of wine while drinking in the mountain scenery.

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in North Carolina.

Massachusetts

Boston Boating

Spend your Massachusetts summer boating, whale watching, touring historic places, cheering at a Red Sox game, and so much more!

The birthplace of the American Revolution is also an awesome getaway for weekend warriors. Massachusetts is one of the top 10 whale watching spots in the world, so you can experience a close encounter with one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures in Cape Cod or Boston. In the heart of Johnny Appleseed Country, Leominster State Forest provides an ideal haven for rock-climbing and trail-hiking enthusiasts. For all you history buffs, Boston is also full of historical tours and breweries. Sam Adams, anyone?

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in Massachusetts.

Wisconsin kayaking

Cool off this summer in one of Wisconsin’s many lakes! The Badger State also hosts many summer music fests and offers tons of scenic views.

Wisconsin

During the summer months, Wisconsin really knows how to rock with more than 25 outdoor music festivals. There’s nothing better than enjoying an awesome concert on a hot day with a cold drink in hand. Plus, with such an array of music fest choices, you’re sure to find one that floats your boat. Speaking of boats, Wisconsin is also known for its 15,000 lakes and ample water park attractions. It’s a hotspot for kayaking, tubing, boating, fishing, swimming, or, if you prefer kicking back to kicking it into high gear, lazily sunning yourself on the dock or shore. Wisconsin’s natural beauty also shines in the summer with state parks like Copper Falls State Park, and the awe-inspiring rock formations at Devil’s Lake State Park.

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in Wisconsin.

North Dakota Rodeo

North Dakota offers country appeal, scenic gems, and peaceful wide open spaces.

North Dakota

North Dakota promises its visitors their experience there will be legendary, and it doesn’t disappoint. For an example, look no further than the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. Listed on National Geographic’s Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways, this 63-mile winding road runs alongside the Sheyenne River with breathtaking views. In addition to nature and scenery at its best, recreation, history, and culture are all found along this byway. In fact, the legends of the American West are at the heart of North Dakota culture. Stop by the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck to soak up a Native American cultural celebration, or cowboy up at the Fort Ransom Fourth of July Rodeo. Boots and cowboy hats aren’t mandatory, but you won’t look out of place if you wear them.

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in North Dakota.

Golden Gate California

San Francisco’s not the only treat California has to offer! Enjoy the Golden State’s stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, and city centers hotspots like LA, San Diego, The Bay Area, and so many more.

California

Isn’t living in California (even temporarily) on everyone’s bucket list? There’s a reason California is a popular Travel Nursing destination; there’s so much to see and do. You could learn how to surf in the ocean one day, and then walk amongst the impressive redwoods in the Redwood National Park the next day. California also offers the best of both urban and rural settings, with tons of great city perks like the arts, concerts, shopping, pro sports, dining, and more as well as an abundance of picturesque towns. What are you waiting for? California is the perfect place for a summer adventure!

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in California.

Did these 5 fantastic summer locations for Travel Nursing Jobs skip over your desired destination? Not to worry — there are plenty of great jobs across the nation to choose from!

Click here to search by state, specialty, and/or job title to find your perfect 2016 summer adventure.

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Clinical Corner: Needlestick Injuries

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Clinical Corner: Find out how safety practices can help you prevent accidental needlesticks.

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

There are many occupational hazards working as a nurse. One of the most dangerous work hazard nurses face daily, are accidental needlesticks. These types of injuries are preventable and are one of the more serious injuries a nurse can face.

Every year, more than 385,000 needlesticks and other sharps injuries occur — 40% of the injuries occur before use and another 41% of injuries occur during the use of the sharp device on patients. While everyone in a hospital is at risk for needlesticks, the most at risk are the nurses and technicians. A person who is accidently stuck with a needle, has a chance to be exposed to and develop HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, as well as other bloodborne pathogens.

Nurses and Technicians are most at risk when performing the following actions:

  • Manipulating needle into the patient
  • Disposing needles with tubing attached
  • Recapping needles
  • Failure to dispose of needles in sharps containers
  • Working too quickly
  • Bumping into a needle or another worker while either person is holding a sharp

Be especially aware of your surroundings and your work when you’re doing any of the above actions. About 80% of all needlestick injuries will be prevented by being more careful performing those actions. Needlestick injuries are entirely preventable, that cannot be stressed enough!

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Only you … can prevent needlesticks!

The best way to prevent needlestick injuries is to use needles that have a safety device and to use the safety device. A safety needle is just a regular needle if you don’t use the safety device. Engaging the safety device reduces sharps injuries by 88%. Secondly, be aware of your surroundings and don’t work too quickly. Remember, you are most at risk during and after use of a needle. Avoid recapping needles, but use the one-handed scoop method if you absolutely have to.

If you do suffer a needlestick injury, wash the immediate area with soap and water. Report the injury to your supervisor and seek immediate medical attention. A number of blood tests need to be completed, some tests will even be months from the first exposure and these tests are just as necessary.

When using needles, remember to use the safety device, be aware of your surroundings, don’t work too fast and always dispose of needles in proper containers. Needlestick injuries are much like forest fires. Only you can prevent them!

For more information about the prevention and treatment of needlestick injuries, click here.

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