It’s contest time again at Medical Solutions, as we kick off the Insta Travel Instagram Contest for Travel Nurses!
Get ready to share your good side and your best memories of Travel Nursing for the chance to win one of three one-year subscriptions to Amazon Prime.
As you explore the country as a Travel Nurse, we know you are snapping some pretty epic pics. Could be a picture of your feet in the sand on a beautiful beach, a breathtaking sunset, a new friend you met on assignment, a famous sight you’ve seen — whatever you see on your travels that trips your camera trigger finger and makes your shutter button click!
Simply snap a picture on your Instagram and post it with the hashtag #medicalsolutions — that’s it, you’ve entered! Feel free to enter as many times as you like.
Remember, you could win one of three one-year memberships to Amazon Prime, giving you access to thousands of titles in music, movies, books, and TV to stream instantly, plus free two-day shipping on Amazon Prime items.
The Insta Travel Instagram Contest for Travel Nurses runs Friday, July 11th through Friday, August 29th at 5 p.m.
Be sure to follow us here on Instagram to keep up with all the awesome photos from your fellow Travelers. We can’t wait to see what develops!
Our housing team at Medical Solutions is AWESOME. This talented bunch goes the extra mile every single day to place our Travelers in on-assignment housing that meets their needs and gives them a comfy spot to land at the end of a long shift.
We know how important great housing can be to a Traveler’s success on assignment, so we offer a series of Travel Nurse Housing Videos as a resource. Click here to check out the series, which includes the topics:
- Resources for Finding Housing
- Stipends Vs. Company Provided
- Furniture and Housewares
- Washer & Dryer Options
- Traveling with Pets
In the video “Travel Nurse Housing: Traveling with Pets,” our Director of Housing, Jill Budler, has an “Opposites Attract”-video inspired piece in place to help get across a few points about traveling with pets.
Bonus points to anyone who gets that Paula Abdul reference! For more information on Medical Solutions’ Pet Friendly Travel Nurse Housing, click here.
We’d like to offer a complete set of resources for our Travelers and others who may be thinking about traveling, so we’d like to ask you: What other travel nurse housing topics would you like to see covered in this series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Medical Solutions is all about providing our Travel Nurses with everything they will need to succeed in the industry. We know you’ve got major skills, but we want to ensure that you have every other available resource to help you on and off the job, before and after the assignment, and everywhere in between.
That’s why we offer a special Travel Nursing Educational Resources page on our website in order to arm you with all the knowledge you’ll need to get an awesome Travel Nursing job, build a great career, and have a smooth, fun time along the way.
Here are just a few of the types of resources we offer:
Travel Nursing Blogs: Here we offer a rundown of some of the most helpful blogs dedicated to Travel Nurses, including: Travel Nursing Blogs, Gypsy Nurse, Blue Pipes, Mighty Nurse, and The Nerdy Nurse. These links will help you stay up to date on career, industry, and lifestyle tips that will make your life on the road easier.
Travel Nursing Tools: A collection of calculators, lists, and other resources to help you plan ahead and keep you moving right along.
Perfecting the Travel Nurse Interview: These tips will help you ace your interview for the jobs you’ve always wanted!
Infographics for Travel Nurses: This section has helpful info delivered in a fun, visual, easy-to-digest format.
How to Land Your Travel Nurse Dream Job: This downloadable handbook will help you get on the fast track to the job you’ve always wanted.
And that’s just a little taste of Medical Solutions’ Travel Nursing Educational Resources! Click here to go to the Travel Nursing Educational Resources homepage and check out all of the offerings there. We hope you’ll find some information there that will enhance your life and help you meet your career goals! And don’t forget to come back often, as we’re always adding more great resources for Travel Nurses.
Eternal thanks and huge kudos and congrats to our May Traveler of the Month, Barb H., and also our Rising Star winner, Jennifer H.
Traveler of the Month Barb has been an RN for 32 years, and she’s extra special for several reasons. Barb was in Omaha recently, where Medical Solutions is headquartered, and our staff was able to be there when she came to visit us and found out about her win. It was so fun to surprise Barb, and to celebrate her awesome work! Check it out — you may want to lower the volume at the beginning, our cheers for Barb got pretty loud.
Barb’s a true Travel Nurse pro, and has a great deal of experience. Her background is in ICU/ER, Home Health, Hospice, and currently PACU.
“I traveled in the late ’80s when cell phones and computers or GPS were not the norm,” she says. “Things are so much easier with technology.”
She travels with her two companions, Kona, an 11-year-old chocolate lab, and Lucy, a 3-year-old rescue lab mix.
“They attend doggy daycare when I am at work and have adjusted well to the frequent changes. When I travel I have a hitch haul on the back of my SUV so they aren’t crowded in the back,” says Barb.
She says she really enjoys the Minneapolis area, for its “diversity, people, and the vibe of the city.” But she also looks forward to discovering new areas.
“I enjoy getting ‘lost’ in an area and finding my way back,” she says. “You never know what you’ll find along the way and I love figuring out what street or road intersects with that road. The dogs have been a great way to find trails and parks in an area.”
Beyond exploring, Barb loves that Travel Nursing allows her to focus on what really matters.
“I love traveling mainly because I can avoid the politics and drama of a place and focus on patient care,” she says.
Barb has some really valuable tips for new Travelers: “Be flexible. Assignments and details can change in a heartbeat; you need to go with the flow and not get stressed. Always be courteous and gracious at an assignment. If three different people say the same thing to you thank each and every one of them. They are not doing it to belittle you they just don’t know what other people have told you. Show confidence in your skill, not arrogance, for that radiates to the staff nurses. Go do things with staff members if asked, a great way to see the area and form a friendship with the staff.”
Barb’s on her way back to the Minneapolis area in early July. Don’t forget to stop back and see us again in Omaha some time, Barb!
May’s Rising Star Jennifer H. has been a Certified Surgical Technologist for four years, has been traveling since June 2013, and is going on her third travel assignment. After a short vacation she’s off to an assignment in Iowa in July.
“I love it!” Jennifer says of life as a Traveler, adding, “I have enjoyed each and every one of my assignments because I have learned so much. The people I have met and the knowledge I have gained has made me the person and the tech I am.”
Jennifer loves the aspect of Travel Nursing that allows her to continue developing her skills, knowledge, and experience as a healthcare professional.
“The best thing about traveling is meeting new people and learning new skills and techniques, because I believe that my way might not be the best or only way to do something,” she says.
Rising Star Jennifer’s advice for new Travelers?
“When traveling, always be open minded to different techniques and learn anything you can from others,” she says. “With that, be prepared to teach others the knowledge that you have. As you come into a new assignment and facility, be honest about your training, be flexible to do anything — which includes cleaning — yes, cleaning, and be positive in any situation.”
Thanks so much again for your superior work on assignment, Barb and Jennifer! We hope you enjoy your prizes and awesome bragging rights.
Want to learn more about Medical Solutions’ Traveler of the Month program? Click here to find out what it’s all about and if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.
Medical Solutions would like to extend a major congratulations to our 2014 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship winners! Drumroll, please …….
- Alonso B., Sophomore, Carrington College in Reno, NV
- Racheal D., Freshman, Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA
- Amanda W., Junior, Houston Community College in Houston, TX
This trio of scholarly aspiring nurses has each won a $1,000 scholarship towards their academic expenses. In addition to meeting other contest criteria, Alonso, Racheal, and Amanda each had excellent answers to the essay question: “What will you do as a nurse to ensure you always provide exceptional patient care?”
Alonso wrote that he’d always strive to continue learning nursing skills and theory, adding: “I will never forget the value of compassion.” He continued, writing that he would “never forget that behind that stage 4 cancer, there is a human being. I will treat my patients with the same care and kindness that I would my own mother or brother. Being supportive and empathetic should be as high of a priority for nurses as washing their hands. As my nursing instructors have told me, ‘Remember, we are treating patients, not diseases.’”
Racheal echoed Alonso’s sentiment, writing: “Exceptional care is being part of a human interaction. … As a nurse and even now as a student nurse, my personal goal and purpose is to give efficient, competent care, in a holistic way. Not just caring for the disease process, or management of the problem, but being an ear to listen, a therapeutic touch on the hand to comfort, and clarify or reinforce when they felt overwhelmed with the news they received.” She continued, writing: “Exceptional nurses take an extra five minutes to listen, even if that means they chart off the clock,” also touching on the importance of caring for and comforting a patient’s family. “For me, providing care as a nurse is a responsibility that requires knowledge, advocacy, and a heart for the hurting,” she wrote.
Amanda detailed a horrific accident she suffered at age 18, which landed her in the ICU. Despite the trauma, she wrote that the accident was a pivotal moment through which realized she aspired to be a nurse. “As a patient,” she wrote, “I learned that exceptional care was not just in the form of medical orders, but in the form of interactive care.” She wrote about Mary, a nurse who served her, and who became her “nursing role model.” She wrote of Mary: “She was my biggest advocate, my constant friend, and my beacon of hope.” Amanda’s goal in providing patient care is to “be someone’s Mary.”
Congrats again to our three Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship winners, and we absolutely loved reading through all of the many impressive entries and essays!
Medical Solutions sponsors and hosts the Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship as a part its annual Nurses Week celebration, in order to support the education and development of tomorrow’s nurses, nurse leaders and educators. In the face of a nursing shortage, training and educating future nurses is absolutely crucial.
Click here to learn more about Nurses of Tomorrow, and be sure to come back next year, if you’re eligible, to enter the 2015 competition for the chance to be one of next year’s Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Winners.
Medical Solutions is always working to bring our Travelers more educational work and lifestyle resources that will help you in your travels. Our latest infographic is on nurse bullying, what it is, how it affects staff and patients, and, most importantly, how to stop it.
Check out the infographic below and click here to see it and a Prezi on nurse bullying on our resources page — where you can also check out other infographics and resources that will help you as a travel nurse!
Designed by Medical Solutions, a travel nursing company.
It’s finally here: Summer, summer, SUMMERTIME! The livin’ is easy, as is the ability to find a great travel nursing assignment in an awesome location. Here are 5 awesome states for summer travel nurse jobs:
To those in other climate zones California seems to offer an eternal summer. While that’s somewhat true, actual summertime in California is truly amazing. The sun, the sand, the sights — what better way to spend your days off while on assignment?! From North to South, the Golden State offers an overstuffed grab bag of culture, nature, and so much more. Go natural with spectacular sights like Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, or Redwood National Park. Foodies will love all of the top-tier California cuisine, which features some of the nation’s best dining. Something to drink with that? Wash it down with a tour through Cali’s famous Napa Valley wine country. Nearby San Francisco’s always a treat, with the landmark Golden Gate Bridge and more, as is a drive along the stunning Big Sur coastline; while Los Angeles offers amazing shopping, beaches, concerts, pro sports, Hollywood history, and even the chance to be a big kid at nearby Disneyland. Don’t forget beautiful, sunny San Diego, from which Mexico is just a day trip. With everything California offers, you may just need to sign an extension (or two) to even attempt to see it all! Click here to check out California summer jobs.
The Midwest is at its most beautiful in the summer months, and the Badger State is one of the best places to be. America’s Dairyland offers amazing opportunities for getting out in nature. Wisconsin’s north woods boast 15,000 gorgeous, natural lakes that are perfect for swimming, fishing, and boating. You may experience some of the best hikes of your life within the state’s gorgeous National Forests, not far off the Great Lakes. The Wisconsin Dells offer endless attractions, such as waterparks, casinos, scenic tours, museums, zip line tours, horseback riding, amusement parks, and tons more. Metro areas like Milwaukee and uber-cool Madison are chock full of dining, shopping, and all kinds of urban culture. What’s more, you could even explore neighboring hotspots like Chicago and Minneapolis on your days off. Click here to check out Wisconsin summer jobs.
From upstate to The Big Apple, New York is an amazing summer destination for travel nurses. The warmer months facilitate travel around the region — and there’s tons to see in the Northeast in neighboring states likes Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, and others. Everybody knows that New York City offers some of the world’s best opportunities for culture — pro sports, world-class dining, Broadway shows, amazing sightseeing and history, museums, Central Park, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, and SO much more. But if you’re hankering to explore the rest of New York, you will be privy to amazing spots like the Hamptons, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, Saratoga Springs, Niagara Falls, and tons more! Click here to check out New York summer jobs.
The Lone Star State may be known for hot summer temps, but luckily it’s also known for super cool scenery and great travel nurse job opportunities. If you’re a summer person, Texas is a great place to embrace beating the heat with great beaches like well-known Galveston and South Padre, or more tucked-away spots like Boca Chica and Port Aransas. Texas also has some awesome lakes for swimming, watersports, boating and more, like Austin’s Lake Travis, Dallas’ Lake Lewisville, and the popular Lake Conroe near Houston. Tubing is huge in the state where everything’s bigger, especially down at the popular Guadalupe River. Don’t forget the many great urban opportunities of the state’s metro areas, which feature excellent dining, shopping, music, sports, sightseeing, and much, much more. And, even in these more urban areas you are very likely to find a waterpark where you can take a dip and venture down awesome waterslides. Click here to check out Texas summer jobs.
If you prefer a slightly less scorching summer experience, Washington State might be the right climate for you. Average daily temps in the Seattle area, for example, are usually in the mid-to-upper 70s, sometimes the low 80s. That makes for excellent weather in which to explore Seattle’s amazing art, botanical gardens, dining (especially for seafood lovers!), shopping and cool destinations like The Space Needle, the Experience Music Project, and the iconic Pike Place Market. Take a ferry or drive the scenic route through the famous Deception Pass for a perfect day trip to beautiful Whidbey Island. Washington offers endless opportunities for hiking and enjoying nature on your days off; from mountains to beaches and beyond, there is so much to see here! Click here to check out Washington summer jobs.
By Joe Bryowsky, CCRN, RN Clinical Nurse Manager
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is a strong component of any hospital’s safety and infection control plans. Besides frequent hand washing, the use of PPE is a major factor contributing to the safety of both healthcare workers and patients.
What is Personal Protective Equipment?
PPE is regarded as any equipment or clothing worn by the healthcare worker for protection against infectious materials. PPE aids in protection against coming into contact with infectious agents or body fluids, which may contain an infectious agent, by creating a barrier between the healthcare worker and the potentially infectious material.
Types of PPE commonly used include:
- Masks (including N95)
- Eye protection (goggles, face shields) *
- Face protection
- Shoe covers
- Head covers
*Note: Prescription glasses do not provide adequate protection.
Types of PPE less commonly used include:
- Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR)
- Plastic aprons
- Cytotoxic PPE (for handling some cancer drugs)
Choosing the right PPE
All hospitals have written policies addressing which PPE to use in just about every circumstance. Always consult hospital policy and adhere to it strictly in order to protect yourself, patients, and co-workers.
Any healthcare worker also has the option to wear most types of PPE even if not required in a particular situation. There are many options as well as different circumstances for this. One example would be when hanging blood or blood products, or using a pressure bag with blood. Some nurses opt to not only wear gloves, but also add goggles and fluid resistant barrier gowns for further protection.
After using your PPE
Always be sure to safely remove and dispose of your PPE. This will prevent others from being exposed to any germs or toxins. Strictly follow your hospital’s policy on when to remove your PPE (inside the patient’s room versus outside, in a decontamination area, etc.) and put it in the proper place and receptacle. This information normally is also contained in the hospital’s policy.
For more information, visit the CDC website here.
Congratulations and a big thank you go out to our April Traveler of the Month, Roger W., and also our Rising Star winner, Nicole T.
Traveler of the Month Roger is an RN specializing in Cardiac Cath Lab who is currently on assignment in Florida. He’s been in nursing for nine years and has been traveling for two years.
Roger says the best thing about Travel Nursing is all of the awesome places he has seen and people he’s met. When asked his favorite location, he says he just can’t choose between all the great spots!
“I have been so fortunate in all of my assignments,” he says. “I’ve been to some of the greatest locations this country has to offer.”
Some of his travel highlights have been: The sandy beaches of Florida and San Diego, California, Zion National Park, and The Grand Canyon, as well as “big city life in places like Houston, Atlanta, and the DFW metroplex.”
And while Roger prizes his awesome travels, he holds the folks he’s met on the road just as dearly.
“The best part of all of these locations has been the people I have worked with,” says Roger. “I have met so many kind and compassionate people while traveling, and have made friendships that I will treasure the rest of my life.”
His advice for new Travelers? Be prepared to navigate a learning curve and be patient with yourself.
“Understand that you are taking an assignment because of a staffing shortage and people need your help,” says Roger. “You are not being asked to work at a location because they have an abundance of staff and everything is peachy. Be flexible and willing to work around others’ needs.”
“Thirteen weeks is a very short period of time,” he adds. “If you are unhappy with an assignment, be patient. It will be over before you know it.”
Rising Star Nicole just completed an assignment in North Carolina. The RN/BSN has been a nurse for seven years and has been traveling for one and a half years.
“In my opinion, the best thing about travel nursing is seeing new places and meeting and working with lots of new awesome people,” she says.
Nicole’s favorite assignment was in Nome, Alaska.
“I enjoyed living and working in a unique place unlike anywhere I have ever been,” she says. “I also loved all the adventures that rural Alaska has to offer.”
Nicole recently adopted a five-month-old Dachshund/Beagle puppy named Cooper who went to North Carolina with her. She says Cooper is a great travel buddy!
Congrats and thanks again, Roger and Nicole! We truly appreciate your expertise and commitment to great patient care.
Another excellent benefit Medical Solutions offers its Travelers is the RN to BSN Program. With this program we aim to help nurses with their associate’s degree or nursing diploma get their BSN online while they continue to work.
Your life is busy, and we get that. But we are serious about helping our Travelers with their professional development and would love to see you grow as a nurse and unlock greater earning potential by getting your BSN.
So, Medical Solutions has partnered with the University of Saint Mary to offer Travelers a flexible, two-year, completely online RN to BSN program that’s accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Maybe you’ve been wanting to earn your BSN, but weren’t sure how you pay for or make time for classes while working. If so, the RN to BSN Program is designed with exactly you in mind. Through this partnership we offer Travelers financial assistance that includes books and tuition while they’re traveling with Medical Solutions.
“A Travel Nurse can really benefit from being BSN prepared,” says Medical Solutions’ Clinical Director of Nursing, Amber Barna. ”There are additional courses and training which help prepare nurses to manage any type of scenario they may encounter. The BSN-prepared nurse will also have more job and earnings opportunity as we are seeing more hospitals that require a BSN to work in their facility, including Magnet and Non-Magnet hospitals.”
Traveler Melissa E. shared her story of taking advantage of the program in pursuit of her goals to eventually become a nurse educator or Nurse Practitioner. She urges other nurses to “go for it.”
“There is no other way to get your BSN and have your company foot most of the bill,” she says. “Perm jobs require you to work there at least six months before you can get tuition reimbursement and then usually only reimburse a few thousand a year. This program works out to almost $8000 a year and MS pays most of that!”
With three start dates left in 2014, there’s no better time for you to begin your BSN journey to better qualifications, more job opportunities, and higher earnings!