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Five for Fall: The 5 Best Travel Nurse Job Locations for Autumn 2014

Whether you call it “fall” or prefer the more dramatic “autumn,” it’s finally here. ‘Tis the season for cozy sweaters, colorful leaves crunching underfoot, caramel apples, warm beverages, jack-o’-lanterns, soup on the stove, casseroles in the oven, football, fall TV premieres, and more pumpkin-flavored delights than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!

So, where do you want to spend this gorgeous season? Check out the best Travel Nurse job locations for autumn 2014.

Fall Travel Nurse Jobs in NEw YorkNew York

The Empire State is known for having a gorgeous fall season — whether you’re taking in the splendor of upstate New York or witnessing the beautiful changes of Central Park as the Big Apple shifts gears into autumn. The Adirondacks and Lake George areas are perfect for fall activities, like visiting a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, taking a scenic drive or hike, and more. Speaking of scenic drives, Amtrak just announced the return of its vintage “Great Dome” car to upstate New York this fall. From September 25 through November 4, riders can experience awesome, panoramic views between Albany and Montreal. Click here to see New York Travel Nurse jobs.

Assignments in New York also put you in great proximity to the stunning fall foliage throughout the eastern seaboard. From New York, leaf-peeping hotspots like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are just a day-trip away. (Massachusetts, in particular, also has tons of great jobs right now — click here to check out Massachusetts Travel Nurse jobs.)

TRavel Nurse Fall Jobs in WashingtonWashington

It’s a great time of year to fall in love with Washington! They call it the Evergreen State, and Seattle the “Emerald City,” so if you want to remain surrounded by green leaves and thriving plants that’s definitely a possibility here. As Farmers Markets wind down across the nation, Pike Place Market continues to operate 19.5 hours per day, 363 days a year, with an endless supply of fresh produce, seafood, flowers, and all kinds of other commodities — including those delicious Washington apples. While you’re there you can even order your beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte at the original Starbucks location at 1912 Pike Place! Autumn lovers also have plenty to enjoy in Washington when it comes to fall colors, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches. A few great routes to check out on your day off for some of the best fall foliage in Washington are the North Cascades Highway, Mount Rainer Loop, and Mount Baker Highway. Click here to see Washington Travel Nurse jobs.

WisconsinTravel Nurse Fall Jobs in Wisconsin

One of the great things about life in the Midwest is being able to experience all four seasons unfold. Madison is an ultra-cool town in any season, and with fall you get the added bonus of cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers on the football field. Plus, with amazing colorful forests just perfect for reflecting beautifully off of the state’s many lakes, fall is one of Wisconsin’s best looks. There’s the Marinette County Waterfall Tour, the Bayfield Peninsula, Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, and the Hilltop Color Tour, just to name a few opportunities for the perfect scenic fall drive. Also, The Black River State Forest and Black River Falls in west-central Wisconsin boasts 68,000 acres of amazing colors and exciting outdoor activity. In keeping with the spirit of the season, the Black River Falls area is abundant with cranberry bogs, which turn a vivid crimson for the fall’s harvest season. Click here to see Wisconsin Travel Nurse jobs.

VirginiaFall Travel Nurse Jobs in Virginia

Virginia is for fall lovers! This Mid-Atlantic state is a little bit of heaven for the autumn-inclined, with 15 million acres of colorful foliage and miles of scenic drives, including a portion of the famous Blue Ridge Parkway which connects the gorgeous Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive. You’ll also find all kinds of fall festivities like harvest fests, corn mazes, hayrack rides, pumpkin patches, and apple orchards. Plus, Virginia is perfectly situated so that on days off you can head south a bit to the Smoky Mountains, or north to destinations like D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and more. Click here to see Virginia Travel Nurse jobs.

CaliforniaFall Travel Nurse Jobs in California

The Golden State is amazing in any season. Even better, in California you can experience a variety of seasons all at once! You can keep anchored to the south if you want to stay warm and pretend like fall isn’t even happening. Warm temps, world-class shopping, entertainment, sporting events, and other great cultural opportunities know no season in California. Or, you can head north if you prefer to see fall in all its glory. Bishop Creek Canyon and the Shasta Cascade region (especially Plumas County) prove that California does have beautiful fall colors. California’s historic Gold Country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada is also known for lingering gold and reds, as well as inspired winemakers. Wine enthusiasts will also love Yosemite’s special fall programs like the Vintner’s Holidays in November and December, featuring seminars and tastings with prominent wineries and industry experts, and culminating in a Gala Vintners’ Dinner. Click here to see California Travel Nurse jobs.

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Congrats to July 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to July 2014′s Traveler of the Month, Danielle A., and Rising Star, Ryan N.!

We’d like to send a big shout-out and congratulations to our July Traveler of the Month, Danielle A., and also our Rising Star winner, Ryan N.

Traveler of the Month Danielle has been a nurse for five years and a Travel Nurse for four years. She specializes in PCU/Tele Float. She’s currently enjoying an assignment in the Kansas City area. Danielle travels with her adorable mini Boston terriers, Lola and KC.

She says she loves Travel Nursing because she gets to “see and learn new things every day,” which lets her appreciate her important place in the healthcare industry.

Travel Nurse Danielle

July Traveler of the Month Danielle kicks back while on assignment.

Her favorite destination so far?

“It’s a toss-up between Naples, Florida and Kansas City,” she says. “In Naples I got to be at the beach in the winter time, work people were great, and there are so many great places to see in the area. But Kansas City has been great over the past couple of years, the hospital is great, there are tons of activities, and I have meet some of my best friends in this city!”

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Danielle’s adorable pups, Lola and KC!

Danielle’s advice for would-be Travel Nurses?

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help — all those stories of hospital staff disliking travelers aren’t true, 99% of the time they like the extra help. Also, be adventurous and enjoy your temporary new home,” she says.

Rising Star Ryan is a Cath Lab Nurse who’s been in nursing for five-plus years. He’s been traveling less than a year and has been in Denver and Wisconsin so far.

“I really enjoyed Denver,” says Ryan. “The city is fresh and offers a variety of outdoor and indoor activities and venues. The people are laid back, but very smart and active. It was easy to make friends with lasting relationships. When I am finished traveling Denver would be one of the places I would consider making my permanent home.”

Travel Nurse Ryan

July Rising Star Ryan takes in a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field in Denver.

And besides discovering Denver, what else does Ryan love about Travel Nursing?

“I get to meet new people and see new places,” he says. “I also get to learn different approaches and procedures at the hospitals, which I can use in the future. The pay is a plus too! I consider it to be an extended vacation.”

Ryan has three great tips for future Travel Nurses:

1. Ask as many questions as you can and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
2. Trust your instincts. You know what you are doing or you wouldn’t be doing this.
3. Get to know the people you are working with. They will be your lifeline.

Thanks so much Danielle and Ryan for being awesome examples of Travel Nurses and for providing excellent patient care everywhere you go!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Hello, Nursing Students!

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Hello, Nursing Students!

If you’re a nursing student we know you’re busy hitting the books and getting back in the semester swing this fall. And we’ve been busy too — putting together more resources just for nursing students who are interested in pursuing Travel Nursing as a future career option.

We’ll be offering information and resources crafted especially for you about exactly what Travel Nursing is and how you can best put yourself in a great position to make it an option for your future. Our new site will include:

  • An overview of Travel Nursing
  • Tips for aspiring Travel Nurses
  • FAQs on Travel Nursing
  • Info on the Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship
  • Professional development for future Travel Nurses
  • And more!

Also, we will have representatives presenting at the 12th Annual UC Davis Pre-medical & Pre-Health Professions National Conference, October 11-12. They will cover all the basics of Travel Nursing. If you’re there please check out our session and come say hi!

In the meantime, check out this Student Guide to Travel Nursing, and be sure to sign up for our emails if you’d like to get more info on how you can become a part of the exciting world of Travel Nursing!  

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Updated Traveler Handbook Now Available

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An updated Medical Solutions Traveler handbook is now available.

Medical Solutions has updated our Traveler Handbook in order to address the legalization of recreational marijuana and medical marijuana in certain states. Please be sure to ask your Career Consultant for a new handbook so you can stay up to date!

To read more on this issue and how it affects Travel Nurse employment, click here to check out a recent Clinical Corner.  

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How NOT To Travel Nursing Videos: Building a Great Recruiter Relationship

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Check out Medical Solutions’ fun, insightful new video series!

Medical Solutions recently released a new video resource series for Travel Nurses — our How NOT To Travel Nursing Videos.

Because we believe learning should be fun, we’ve paired a brief, funny video that shows how a Travel Nurse should not approach a specific element of Travel Nursing with an article that offers great tips on how you actually can excel in the industry and conquer that same situation in awesome, professional style.

This month we’re featuring “How NOT to Build a Great Recruiter Relationship.”

Being able to build a great relationship with your recruiter is one of the very most important things a Travel Nurse can do to ensure his or her success on the job and in the industry. And, while you don’t need to practice voodoo to make that happen, these are some tips you’ll definitely want to learn and live!

Check out the video below and then click here to read the article on How to Build a Great Recruiter Relationship.

How Not to Build a Great Recruiter Relationship from Medical Solutions on Vimeo.

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Travel Nurses Day is Coming!

Travel Nurses Day 2014

Save the date!

Last year Medical Solutions decided to celebrate how essential Travel Nurses are within healthcare by creating the first annual Travel Nurses Day. A whole day dedicated to celebrating your hard work, love of travel and adventure, and dedication to providing quality patient care at facilities across the nation.

Well, it’s a year later, you guys are just as awesome as ever, and we hope you’re ready for the sequel.

Save the date: Travel Nurses Day is coming Friday, October 10, 2014!

Mark your calendar now, check out TravelNursesDay.com, and be sure to sign up for Travel Nurses Day updates.

A week of games, prizes, and downright well-deserved recognition will lead up to the big day, which is held the second Friday each October. So, starting Monday, October 6, you can visit TravelNursesDay.com to play a Photo Find game, take a “Where Should I Travel Next?” quiz, and create your own Travel-Lib travel story. And, of course, there will be prizes.

Don’t forget to share this with your Travel Nurse friends and colleagues, so they can get in on the fun too!

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Hotel, Motel, Discounts are In!

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Contact your Career Consultant for information on Medical Solutions’ hotel discounts, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure!

By Jill Budler, Medical Solutions Director of Housing

Traveling with Medical Solutions brings on BIG discounts. Hopefully you’re familiar with our Go Rewards program, but even beyond that, one of our Travelers’ favorite discounts to use are those that we offer on hotel stays.

Whether you are traveling with us for an assignment or a personal voyage, current Medical Solutions Travelers are always eligible to use our discounts for price breaks on hotel lodging across the nation. We have some deep discounts with many of the top hotel brands, so you should definitely ask your Career Consultant to hook you up before you book your next hotel stay.

Some of the awesome brands we offer discounts with at select locations include:

  • Best Western
  • Extended Stay America
  • LaQuinta
  • Embassy Suites
  • Wyndham Brands
  • IHG Brands
  • Choice Hotels

And that’s just a sampling! Be sure to inquire with your Career Consultant, who can answer any questions and share the appropriate discount code with you.

We also know that many of you travel with your pets in tow. On average, hotels charge $10 per night for your furry friends to stay, and some even charge a one-time nonrefundable pet fee of around $100. In this case, as always, we are all about saving you money. Here are a few tips for saving money when traveling with pets:

  • Set up a rewards account with InterContinental Hotels group and they will waive your pet fees. Pretty cool!
  • Look for pet friendly lodging. Some of our larger discounts are with Extended Stay America and Best Western, which are both very pet friendly.
  • You should always call ahead to make sure that a hotel can accommodate your furry friend. That way they are aware, and you won’t be blindsided by any additional cost involved.

So, remember: Let Medical Solutions hook you up before you book!

The next time you set sail on a business or personal trip, and you need to book a hotel stay, check with your Career Consultant who can help you save money on your stay.

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Medical Solutions State Pages: Georgia

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Medical Solutions’ new state pages will help you learn more about your next potential Travel Nursing location!

There are so many factors that can contribute to a Travel Nurse’s decision to take a job. One of the biggest factors for many Travelers is location, location, location!

The opportunity to explore a new city/state/region while working is one of the very coolest things and most awesome perks of Travel Nursing.

So, where do you want to go adventuring? (Or, should I say, where do you want to go next? Because, another great perk of Travel Nursing is being able to switch up your location often, if you choose.)

Do you want rural adventures or urban accoutrements? Majestic mountains or beautiful beaches? Historic sites or modern attractions?

To help our Travelers make the all-important choice of where to land their next assignment, Medical Solutions is launching a series of state pages. These pages are a great new resource that lend a peek into what a state is all about.

This month’s featured page is a state many folks have on their mind: Georgia!

On the Georgia page you’ll find:

  • Information and photos of popular attractions and culture
  • Fun state facts and stats
  • Data on licensure and in-demand specialties
  • Hot spots for Travel Nurse jobs in Georgia, plus an application to get started

Click here to check out the Georgia state page.

Have you ever worked a Travel Nursing job in Georgia? Share your Peach State experience in the comments.

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How NOT To Travel Nursing Videos: Choosing a Travel Nursing Company

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Check out Medical Solutions’ fun, insightful new video series!

Medical Solutions is excited to introduce our new How NOT To Travel Nursing Videos.

We love to provide Travelers with excellent resources and we love to have fun. We created this video series so we could do both at once!

The series pairs a brief, humorous video depicting how a Travel Nurse should not attempt to handle a specific aspect of Travel Nursing, accompanied by an article with tips on how he or she can succeed in the same situation. Travel Nursing is an awesome gig, but it has its hitches and obstacles just like any job. You will definitely prosper to your fullest when you have the resources and good advice on how to succeed in the industry.

We’ll be featuring a new How NOT To video and corresponding article each month in our newsletter. This month we’d like to share “How NOT to Choose a Travel Nursing Company.”

Check out the video below, then be sure to click here to read the article on How to Choose a Travel Nursing Company.

You can find all of the How Not To Travel Nursing Videos here in our Travel Nursing Resources section.

Please share any suggestions for future How NOT To Travel Nursing Videos in the comments.

 

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Medical Solutions Pet Friendly Benefits

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Of course your pets can come along on your Travel Nurse assignment! Medical Solutions makes it easy for you.

Whether it’s the traditional “man’s best friend” the canine, or it’s your best friend the lizard, cat, fish, or horse — seriously, meet Eichie the Traveling horse here — Medical Solutions wants to make sure that you are able to take your pets with you on your Travel Nursing adventure.

We understand that even with all of the cool, new stuff you get to experience on assignment, you’ll probably get to missing the folks from back home. But, as pet lovers ourselves, we know that leaving your pets behind and missing them is just too hard to bear for many Travel Nurses.

You can make your Travel Nurse housing into a home so much better when your pets are on board. That’s why Medical Solutions is a proudly pet friendly Travel Nurse company! We work to make it as easy, efficient, and inexpensive as possible for our Travelers to take their fine-feathered/furred/scaled friends on the road with them.

Here are some Medical Solutions pet friendly benefits and resources we offer our Travel Nurses (Click here to explore Medical Solutions’ pet friendly benefits in more detail):

Pet Friendly Housing 
We can help you find pet-friendly housing, cover pet deposits, and more.

Pet Care Resource
Info on finding a dog park or veterinarian while on assignment, educational resources about pet care, and more.

Pet Travel Advice
Tips on traveling with pets and adjusting to new housing.

Pet Travel Videos
Fun and informational video series on traveling with pets, featuring our staff and Travelers.

Pet Education and Training
Resources for learning about pets’ needs and behavior.

Pet Discounts  
While we do love offering discounts to our Travelers through our Go Rewards Program, we also want pets to get in on the frugal fun!

Have you traveled to an assignment with your pet(s)? Share your experience in the comments.

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