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7 Sweet Summer Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

It’s almost summertime, and the Travel Nursing jobs are as plentiful as the “livin’ is easy.” For many summer is actually the most wonderful time of the year — when the nation comes alive with festivals, activities, and gorgeous weather from coast to coast.

With so many great Travel Nursing jobs nationwide, have you decided where you want to explore this summer?

Well, find a sunny patio somewhere and grab an ice cold beverage, because here’s our list of 7 sweet summer locations for Travel Nursing jobs, to help get you brainstorming on your ultimate summer spot:

Vermont Canoe Summer 2015Vermont and New Hampshire

OK, so technically Vermont and New Hampshire are two different locations, but with their proximity and the way they even appear to be hugging each other on the United States map, just consider this a 2-for-1. Whether you’re interested in Vermont’s rolling hills and artsy bent or the forested, salt of the Earth splendor of New Hampshire, you’re in for a New England treat. The region is perfect for summer assignments, with its charming towns and summer festivals, plus plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, and other outdoorsy pursuits across the gorgeous land. You really can’t go wrong with either of these great states. After all, poet Robert Frost once wrote of New Hampshire, “She’s one of the two best states in the Union,” then quickly added, “Vermont’s the other.”

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in Vermont, and click here to explore New Hampshire Travel Nursing jobs.

Oregon Summer 2015Oregon

While the Beaver State is gorgeous year-round, summer is perhaps the best time to take in everything it has to offer. The outdoors adventures are many, with rafting the Rogue River and exploring the amazing Crater Lake, just two among so many opportunities. Foodies will love the Willamette Valley Cheese Trail, the fresh seafood, and ripe summer cherries — not to mention the abundance of wineries and craft breweries. Whether you prefer to get your weird on in urban “Portlandia” or take a job in a more rural area, the gorgeous state of Oregon will not disappoint!

Click here to explore Oregon Travel Nursing jobs.

New York Summer 2015New York

It’s true that the splendor of New York state knows no season, but summer does seem an especially fantastic time to dwell in the Empire State. From The Big Apple’s multitude of activities, parks, festivals, farmers markets, parties, events, and sights to see, to Upstate’s charm and gorgeous abundance of land, summers in New York are unforgettable. Whether your scene is more beach view or rooftop pool view, you’ll be saying “I Love New York” in no time. And don’t forget, New York is an awesome base for all kinds of great day trips and getaways throughout the region.

Click here to search New York Travel Nursing jobs.

WisconsinWisconsin Summer 2015

Besides amazing cheese, which, let’s be honest, is a very important part of life, Wisconsin also offers amazing natural beauty in spades. It is a great state to summer in, especially considering Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes, which makes it a hotspot for fishing, boating, kayaking, water sports, swimming, and just plain kicking it beachside. It’s also water, water everywhere on the many rivers known for great tubing adventures and at the famous water parks of the Wisconsin Dells. You’ll be blown away by the beauty of Wisconsin’s state parks, like Copper Falls State Park and the awesome rock formations at Devil’s Lake State Park. Culture is also huge here, with lots of history, heritage, and arts. For example, the state hosts a number of music and other festivals, including Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

Click here to scout out Travel Nurse jobs in Wisconsin.

Atlanta ParkGeorgia

A lot of Travelers have Georgia on their mind for summertime. There’s, of course, “Hotlanta” which heats up in the most wonderful way in summer months. And though the temp rises creating the perfect swimming weather, I’m talking attractions and events! Atlanta’s summer dance card is chock full of festivals celebrating all kinds of things like BBQ, ice cream, beer, arts, butterflies, and more, not to mention the many excellent summer concerts and also the world-class shopping, dining, sports, and other opportunities the city offers. Georgia also has tons of outdoor beauty, including everyone’s favorite: Stone Mountain Park. This very special, massive park has everything, including shows and entertainment, golf, history, trails, fishing, a skyride, railroad, and, as the name indicates, an actual mountain!

Click here to see Georgia Travel Nursing jobs.

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With so much to see and do in the Golden State during summertime, why wait for winter days to be California Dreamin’? California is a super popular destination for Travel Nursing, maybe because it’s got a little bit of everything you could ever want in a place. Beaches, wineries, and some of the world’s greatest cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, just to name a few) are merely a quick sampling of California’s many features. But whether you prefer a rural or urban setting, California’s got you covered, with tons of great city perks like arts, concerts, shopping, pro sports, dining, and more as well as an abundance of quaint, charming towns. California is the perfect place for the perfect summer adventure!

Click here to explore Travel Nursing jobs in California.

Texas Summer 2015Texas

Even summer is bigger in Texas! Choose from exciting cities like Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, and more, as well as vast rural areas and cute small towns where you can relax and explore the summer away in grand Texas style. The state is chock full of historic sites (remember the Alamo?) as well as beautiful state park and ranches galore. You will have a blast and learn a lot while getting your fill of southwestern culture. And while it does get good and hot — just like summer is supposed to! — Texas has plenty of water for you to make a splash in, like Lake Travis, Lake Austin, Canyon Lake, Toledo Bend Lake, Sam Rayburn Lake, Lake Texoma, tons more lakes, rivers, and waterparks, and of course, the gorgeous Gulf Coast!

Click here to see Texas Travel Nursing jobs.

Did these 7 Sweet Summer Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs skip over your desired destination? Not to worry — there are plenty more great jobs across the nation to choose from. Click here to search by state, specialty, and/or job title to find your perfect summer 2015 adventure.

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Congrats to March 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to March 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to March 2015’s Traveler of the Month, Dawn S. and and Rising Star, Jen F.! You guys rock.

Congrats and thanks to the March 2015 Traveler of the Month, Dawn S., and also our Rising Star winner, Jen F.

Traveler of the Month Dawn is an RN with her BSN who’s been in nursing for 21 years in hospitals of various sizes. She says she prefers being in the ER, but has also spent time on Med/Surg, Same Day Surgery, LDRP, and ICU units. Dawn started traveling in early 2014 and her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Eileen B.

When we got in touch with Dawn she was just wrapping up a contract in southwestern Minnesota before starting her next adventure in South Dakota.

Traveler of the Month Dawn

Meet March Traveler of the Month, Dawn. Thanks for all you do, Dawn!

“My favorite location to work is always my current one,” she says. “There are always so many new things to learn! I haven’t had a hospital nursing job that I didn’t like yet. The best thing about any kind of nursing is felt when the patient or family lets you know how much they appreciate what you have done for them.”

As a veteran nurse and Traveler with a year-plus experience, Dawn offers some great tips for aspiring Travelers.

“For anyone who is considering Travel Nursing, I would encourage them to have a few years under their belt in their field. You never can have too much knowledge or experience,” she says.

Dawn also advises Travelers to “be flexible” and “always be able to laugh at yourself!”

Rising Star winner Jen is a PICU RN. After 17 years’ experience as a nurse, she is currently on her first Travel Nursing assignment in New Hampshire.

Jen was very surprised and honored to win Rising Star.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that I have had to travel with this company,” she says.

Jen says her Career Consultant, Ashley K., has been “amazing” and adds that she would highly recommend Ashley to others (and she has!).

“Traveling allowed me to help meet the needs of my family while also working in a specialty that I love,” says Jen regarding why she likes Travel Nursing.

She offers three excellent tips for new Travel Nurses:

1. Remain flexible.

2. Always give your best.

3. Enjoy every moment.

That is some great advice across the board, Jen.

Thank you so much, Dawn and Jen, 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.

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Change Your Life with Travel Nursing

Are you curious about a career in Travel Nursing?

Looking to break up the monotony of your day-to-day grind?

In search of a big, fun way to change your life?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above and you’re ready to change your life with Travel Nursing or if you’re just in the mood for a good laugh, check out our latest and greatest Travel Nursing video, which is styled as a Traveling Nurse jobs infomercial!

Well, I’m sure if you were ever on the fence about whether or not to change your life with Travel Nursing, that video must have sealed the deal. So … what are you waiting for? Call now! You can also click here to meet our wonderful team of Career Consultants.

Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check our Nurses Week video. Just a little celebration of our amazing Travelers and a snapshot of some of the fun we have here at Medical Solutions.

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2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest

2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest

Click here for more details or to enter the 2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest.

Each year, in celebration of Nurses Week, May 6-12, Medical Solutions hosts the Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest.

The scholarship awards are even larger this year, thanks to additional sponsorship from Medical Solutions’ RN to BSN Academy partner, Nebraska Methodist College. That means that three outstanding undergraduate or postgraduate nurse scholars will each receive $2,000 to go towards their education costs.

The 2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest is provided in an effort to help promote the education of future nurses, nurse leaders and educators. We believe that nurse education is hugely important when it comes to addressing the nursing shortage!

In addition to good academic standing and other criteria, entrants will write a 250-word essay answering the question: What does being a patient advocate mean to you?

Click here to learn more about the 2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest. And be sure to share this great opportunity with all the nurse scholars you know!

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Happy Nurses Week 2015 from Medical Solutions!

Happy Nurses Week 2015 from Medical Solutions!

Happy Nurses Week 2015 from Medical Solutions! Click here to join in the Nurses Week fun.

It’s that time of year again — time to celebrate all of the hard work, dedication, and skill displayed by nurses everywhere!

National Nurses Week is each year, May 6-12, ending on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. It’s a great opportunity for nurses to get showered with love, props, and appreciation for everything they do.

Medical Solutions works to make sure you’re recognized for your awesomeness all throughout the year, but it is especially fun to celebrate National Nurses Week with you. We want to thank you so much for everything you do for your patients, colleagues, and the healthcare industry as a whole. Nurses like you are truly our heroes!

In celebration of you and your fellow nurses, we’ve planned some fun, interactive happenings at WeLoveOurNurses.com. Here’s what Medical Solutions has on tap for Nurses Week 2015:

The Real Nurses of Nurses Week

Back by popular demand is this live Instagram feed of nurses from throughout the world. Check out photos from other nurses and be sure to share yours with the hashtag #yournursesweek for the chance to win one of the following prizes:

Fourth Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity is back for a fourth year with one change … a bigger scholarship fund! In order to help support the development of the next generation of nurses, nurses leaders and educators, three lucky undergraduate or postgraduate nurse scholars will each win $2000 to help with their education costs. Entries will be accepted here through June 6, 2015.

Nurses Week eCards

Enjoy these free shareable and downloadable cards in celebration of Nurses Week. You can post them on Facebook, tag your friends, and download them to share via email or through other social sites.

Nurses House 

Medical Solutions supports this national fund for nurses in need, and has started a team fundraising page for their annual Nurses Week effort, Dolphins for Nurses. Many Travelers have told us that they wanted to give back for Nurses Week, so we invite you to join the team and help support Nurses House. Click here to learn more or to donate.

Again, Happy Nurses Week, thank you so much for all that you do, and don’t forget to visit WeLoveOurNurses.com to have some fun this week. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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Planet Water Project 24 Update

Planet Water Medical Solutions Tower

Lek Seihak, Planet Water’s Program Manager for Cambodia, leads the implementation of education programming. Here he teaches children and teachers about the water system.

Last month we let you know about Medical Solutions’ sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 — a celebration of World Water Day. You can revisit that blog here to get the full story about Planet Water Foundation’s efforts to erect 24 clean water filtration systems in 24 impoverished communities in just 24 hours.

We can happily report that Project 24 was a great success in bringing clean water to so many folks in need! As nurses know, clean water goes a very long way in terms of preventing and treating serious waterborne diseases and other health issues caused or exacerbated by unsanitary water.

The Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration went up Sunday, March 22nd, at 2 p.m. EST, at the Watslatromchey Primary School in the Cambodian Village of Preah Kau.

“The education program has now been implemented at the school,” says Carolina Bravo, Manager of Partnership Development for Planet Water.  “Our team will return to the site every four months over the course of the next five years to implement our sustainability program and to check the system to ensure everything is functioning correctly.”

Planet Water shared these great photos of Preah Kau’s schoolchildren learning about and enjoying their new, clean water source.

Medical Solutions Planet Water Tank

Medical Solutions Planet Water Tank

Medical Solutions Planet Water Tank

Medical Solutions Planet Water Tank

You can learn more and view the video of the tower installation at the Medical Solutions’ Project 24 microsite. You can also still donate there, if you choose. Project 24 was a success, but there is still a lot more to be done in ensuring clean water and all of the health benefits it brings for everyone across the globe.

Click here to read more about Medical Solutions’ ongoing commitment to Planet Water’s awesome mission.

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Traveler Tips for Travel Nurses

Medical Solutions Traveler Tips for Travel Nurses

Click here for Traveler Tips for Travel Nurses!

No matter where you’re at in your professional Travel Nursing journey, the sage advice of industry experts can be a huge help as your career moves forward.

And who better to offer Travel Nursing advice than the true experts — fellow Travelers who are out there in the field!

That’s why we put together Travel Tips for Travel Nurses — an awesome assemblage of advice from Travelers that lets you learn from their mistakes and successes.

These are priceless tips for Travel Nurses by Travel Nurses.

The advice includes 11 tips from Medical Solutions Clinical Nurse Manager, Joe B., RN, Alumnus CCRN and former Traveler, as well as many more from actual Medical Solutions Travelers who’ve received perfect hospital evaluations and won the Traveler of the Month or Rising Star awards.

Here are few quick examples of the road-tested wisdom of Medical Solutions’ top Travelers:

Adapt to new coworkers and facilities. 

“The job not only requires knowledge in nursing, but an ability to assimilate with other people and organizational structures. My career as a traveling nurse has given me a whole new life that I highly recommend for others.”

—    Traveler Nina C., Traveler of the Month March 2014

Ask for help.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help — all those stories of hospital staff disliking Travelers are not true 99% of the time; they like the extra help. Be adventurous and enjoy your temporary new home.”

—    Traveler Danielle A., Traveler of the Month July 2014

Make time for adventure.

“You’re a Travel Nurse, so travel! Check out as many sights as you can! I know you are tired after 3-plus 12-hour shifts, but there is life to live. So whether that means relaxing in a coffee shop, taking a hike on the ocean hillsides, or exploring a new neighborhood in town, get going! Adventure is out there!”

—    Traveler Dan A., Traveler of the Month August 2014 

For more great advice visit the Traveler Tips slideshow here, where we’ll continue to add tips from our Traveler of the Month and Rising Star winners.

You can also save this handy PDF version or print it — especially if you’re a crossword fan and want to complete Travel Nurse-themed puzzle at the end!

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Congrats to February 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to Traveler of the Month Kevin L. and Rising Star Evelyn K.!

What pair shares a commitment to awesome patient care and has first names with a shared rhyming sound, too? That would be February 2015 Traveler of the Month, Kevin L., and our Rising Star winner, Evelyn K.

Congrats “Kev” and “Ev”!

Traveler of the Month Kevin is an RN working primarily in the Operating Room. He’s been an RN for 29 years, a Travel Nurse for the past 10 years, and works with Career Consultant Stephanie B. Kevin is also a veteran, having retired from the U.S. Navy in 2000.

Kevin typically takes assignments in the Southeastern United States, but he is currently working in Northern California. He travels with his wife, Maria, who is an RN working in ICU/PACU/ER.

“Clermont, Florida was our best assignment because it had good people, was a good location, and there was lots to do,” says Kevin.

Kevin says that what he and Maria like most about Travel Nursing is “the freedom to come and go as we like, take time off when we want and travel.”

Medical Solutions Travel Nurses Kevin and Maria

Cheers to you, Kevin and Maria!

Kevin’s advice to others is to research future assignments online and to ask yourself, “What do you want to accomplish while on assignment?”

Whether your goals are professional development, recreation, sightseeing, etc., Kevin says going in with a clear vision of what you want out of an assignment is helpful.

“Keep an open mind, be positive, and listen more than you speak initially,” Kevin also advises.

Rising Star winner Evelyn is an OR RN with more than 15 years of experience.

“Evelyn is a very passionate nurse,” says her Career Consultant Drew H. “She was inspired to travel by her son, Mario, who was previously a top notch Traveler himself.”

In fact, Drew says Evelyn took her most recent assignment in the Dallas area to be close to her son.

Drew’s been working with Evelyn for nearly a year and says that their relationship has been an absolute pleasure due to Evelyn’s work ethic and unparalleled dedication to excellence.

“Every step of the way, from gathering paperwork, to providing excellent patient care in the hospital, Evelyn represented herself and Medical Solutions as an exemplary nurse, worthy of every perfect evaluation she received,” he says.

Drew adds that Evelyn has been an inspiration to him.

“Evelyn has a fantastic disposition but the true value she brings to everyone she works with, including myself, is her humble and inspiring commitment to diligence and desire to lead by example,” says Drew. “Moving forward, I’m personally thrilled about the prospect of helping Evelyn write the next chapter in her ever-growing success story. Any hospital would be lucky, as I am, to have Evelyn join their team, and I feel blessed to know someone like her. “

Thank you, Kevin and Evelyn, 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.

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Experienced Nurses Needed for Roundup River Ranch Medical Team

Roundup River Ranch LogoTravel Nurses get to experience all kinds of new locations and awesome adventures. But has a job ever given you the opportunity to go back to camp?!

Now’s your chance, because experienced nurses are needed for a wet, hot, rewarding American summer at the Roundup River Ranch in Gypsum, Colorado. ER specialty is particularly needed and pediatric experience is a plus for nurse staff positions, but there are also many volunteer opportunities for nurses in other specialties as well as people in other professions.

Roundup River Ranch, originally envisioned by actor Paul Newman, offers an old-fashioned, camp experience for children suffering from serious illnesses and their families. It gives them an invaluable chance to disconnect from being a patient and to reconnect with being a kid. They also benefit from the important healing power of happiness, laughter, and cultivating new friendships, all while having experiences that may have otherwise seemed off limits to them. Even better, this camp is provided free of charge to the kids and their families.

RRR Joy

While fun is the focus at Roundup River Ranch, the medical needs of the campers must also be met by professional, trained staff.

That’s where amazing summer staff and volunteers come in!

Roundup River Ranch Camper

A happy camper at the Roundup River Ranch!

Besides being a wonderful cause and a great use of your clinical skills, Roundup River Ranch also offers a great time, gorgeous location, and classic summer camp experience for its medical staff. Just imagine your “unit” is located in a gorgeous mountain valley! Click here to read about the medical care and facilities.

Positions at the Roundup River Ranch are not staffed through Medical Solutions. We just think this is a great opportunity for nurses and wanted to share it with you! As a Travel Nurse, it’s one you could easily take advantage of in between contracts without missing a beat.

To learn more, apply to be summer staff, or volunteer, please contact Roundup River Ranch’s Nursing Director, Lauren Andersen, BSN, RN, CEN at lauren@roundupriverranch.org or by calling 970.524.5711.

Visit RoundupRiverRanch.org to learn more about this amazing camp experience.

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Celebrate Nurses Week 2015 with Medical Solutions

Celebrate Nurses Week 2015 with Medical SolutionsWith every blossoming flower and every emerging leaf we’re getting closer to May and the annual celebration of nurses everywhere — National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

We’re very excited to recognize you and would like to cordially invite you to celebrate Nurses Week 2015 with Medical Solutions! Here’s a bit about this year’s festivities at WeLoveOurNurses.com:

The Real Nurses of Nurses Week

See and share with this live Instagram feed of nurses from across the globe. Don’t forget to hashtag your photos #yournursesweek.

Nurses of Tomorrow

The fourth annual Nurses of Tomorrow scholarship means more than ever in 2015 — literally. With the help of our amazing RN to BSN Academy partner, Nebraska Methodist College, this year’s scholarships have increased to $2000 for three lucky winners.

Shareable e-Cards

Post Your Nurses Week e-Cards on Facebook — and be sure to tag your friends and colleagues! You can also download and email these festive greetings.

Nurses House Charity

Learn more about Nurses House, a national fund for nurses in need.

Feel free to stop by WeLoveOurNurses.com any time to learn more and get ready to celebrate Nurses Week 2015 with Medical Solutions. Now, just a couple more weeks to wait for the big celebration!

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