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Celebrate Travel Nurses Day 2016 with Medical Solutions!

Travel Nurses Day 2016

Medical Solutions is so excited to celebrate YOU this coming Travel Nurses Day!

Travel Nurses walk many, many miles in the name of great patient care — and we hope you walk many more in the name of adventure while traveling the country for work!

In 2013, the Medical Solutions team created Travel Nurses Day as a way to celebrate YOU. Most of us will never know exactly what it’s like to walk a mile in your hardworking shoes, but we admire how tirelessly you work, as well as your zest for adventure and learning about new places.

That’s why we are beyond excited to invite you to celebrate Travel Nurses Day 2016 with Medical Solutions at TravelNursesDay.com — where you can sign up now for Travel Nurses Day updates and return October 7-16 to play games, take quizzes, join in the celebration, and (fingers crossed!) win some awesome prizes!

Here’s what’s on tap for this year’s celebration:

Quizzes

Get answers to these burning questions, plus the chance to win great prizes to boot! (Haha, pun intended!) This year we’ve even included the “Is Travel Nursing in Your Future?” quiz for all those aspiring Travelers out there.

  • What Kind of Shoe Are You?: Three randomly chosen winners will each receive a $120 Dansko gift card
  • Where Should You Travel Next?: Three randomly chosen winners will each receive a $130 Alegria gift card
  • Is Travel Nursing in Your Future?: Three randomly chosen winners will each receive a $75 Inkkas gift card
#MyTravelNurseShoes Instagram Contest

Post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #MyTravelNurseShoes for the chance to win one of three gift sets — each including a Fitbit Blaze ($200 value) and a Shiatsu Back Massager ($40 value).

We want to see the many amazing places your Travel Nurse shoes take you! Capture that gorgeous mountain view after a long hike, the delicious dessert following a 4-star meal, the astounding historic site you’ve always wanted to see, or get creative with a fun shot of your actual shoes. You’re only limited by your imagination — may the best pics win!

Pro tip: Be sure your account is set to public to be eligible to win!  

Travel Libs

Much like Travel Nursing, this fun activity gives you the chance to write your own story! Much like the Mad Libs of yore, there are three different stories you can complete and six chances to win:

  • Travel Nurse Fashion: Three randomly chosen winners will each receive a Dickies scrub set ($110 value)
  • Travel Nurse’s Day Off: Three randomly chosen winners will each receive a voucher for a local spa pedicure ($25-50 value)
  • First Day in Your Travel Nurse Shoes: Three randomly chosen winners will each receive an Artifact tote bag ($98 value)
Photo Find

This game is for all you eagle eyes out there! Compare two similar photos and find the differences for the chance to win one of three JBL Clip+ Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speakers ($45 value).

Visit TravelNursesDay.com now to sign up for updates on this upcoming celebration! Then, be sure to come back and party with Medical Solutions October 7-16.
Good luck, have fun, and thanks so much for the many miles you’ve walked for your patients and for everything you do as an extraordinary Travel Nurse!
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Congrats to July 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Lee U. at Moab

July Traveler of the Month, Lee U., explores the Colorado River in beautiful Moab!

Many thanks and congrats to the July 2016 Traveler of the Month, Lee U., and also our Rising Star winner, Meaghan L.!

Traveler of the Month Lee is an RN, BSN, CCRN specializing in ICU and ER. He works with Career Consultant Erin A. and is currently on assignment in beautiful western Oregon. Lee’s in his 21st year of nursing, having traveled six years straight, as well as an additional three years periodically earlier in his career.

Lee travels solo, but returns home often during assignments to see his “wife, kids, cats, dog, rat, chickens, and lizards.” In addition to having a uniquely full house of human and animal loved ones, Lee is also unique in that he only purchases cars with a stick shift. ( Hey, me too, Lee! But we’re definitely a rare breed 🙂 )

Travel Nurse Lee U. Family Yellowstone

Lee’s wife and daughters excitedly “flirt with danger” in front of a buffalo at Yellowstone.

“I truly have not not liked any place I’ve been,” says Lee. “Perhaps some of the hospitals were less desirable, but one of the beauties of Travel Nursing is that we are in a different location regularly and get to explore the area, see new things, meet new people, and this aspect is completely separate from the job.”

“I love Travel Nursing for the fact that I get to meet so many people and am never tethered to weather a circumstance that is painfully undesirable,” says Lee. “As Travelers, we can move on whenever we want.”

Lee offers three great tips for new and prospective Travelers:

  1. “They don’t care very much how it was where you were, so when in Rome do as the Romans do.”
  2. “Anyone can stay positive and smile for 13 weeks. If it’s hard, for whatever reason, fake it. You get to leave soon, they don’t.”
  3. “If you find yourself in a position to Travel Nurse: enjoy yourself, don’t work yourself into the ground (like I often do), mix up making good money with learning about new areas and people … I know that’s pretty obvious, but not to everyone. Enjoy traveling!!”

Thanks for the helpful advice and for being so awesome, Lee!

Travel Nurse Meaghan L

Rising Star Meaghan L. and her adorable pup Casey explore Reflection Lake near Mount Rainier in Washington.

Rising Star Meaghan is an RN specializing in ICU & PACU who’s been in nursing for 8+ years and traveling nearly a year — she was an Active Duty Army Nurse for more than seven years before switching to traveling. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Anthony H. and she’s currently on assignment in beautiful Boston.

Meaghan travels with her dog, Casey, who she says is “a great road trip buddy,” and her favorite location in her travels so far has been Seattle, Washington.

“I love the outdoors, and the mountains in Washington are absolutely beautiful,” she says. “The best part of Travel Nursing is having the opportunity to explore different parts of the country.”

Meaghan’s advice to fellow Travelers is to work hard, learn lots, and have fun.

“Travel Nursing is an incredibly rewarding and fun way to visit new areas. However, a steep learning curve and high level of expectation can be slightly intimidating, even to a seasoned nurse,” she says. “Working hard alongside fellow nurses and appreciating the opportunity to learn from different hospitals that I work for are major keys to my success as a Travel Nurse. And of course, of have fun!”

Thanks for the great advice and hard work, Meaghan!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions July 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Lee and Meaghan, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and maybe you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Clinical Corner: It’s Hip to Follow HIPAA

HIPAA Requirements

It’s Hip to Follow HIPAA: Make sure you’re doing everything you can to best protect patient information.

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

Protecting patient information is a crucial part of patient care. Each patient’s information must be protected from his or her intake date all the way past the patient’s discharge date. HIPAA is a federal law that requires patient information to be protected as much as possible.

Patient information is a need to know basis. If someone doesn’t need to know, then don’t reveal the information. It can be easy to compromise a patient’s protected information, so you must be aware of what you are saying and to whom. Someone may overhear your conversation or you may accidently give too much information to whoever you are talking to. Unintentional HIPAA violations still incur a fine of $100 per offense. Some violations can cost up to $50,000 per offense — money much better spent on tacos.

So, how do you avoid spending hundreds or thousands of dollars in donations to the federal government? Simply, do not share patient information with people who do not need it. It certainly is much more complicated than it sounds, but awareness goes a long way. Making sure patient records match the patient, calling the patient at the correct number, and not giving out patient information are easy ways to prevent information breeches.

Closeup of fish tacos on plate

Wouldn’t you rather spend your money on these delicious tacos than on HIPAA fines? That’s just one more reason to follow HIPAA and keep patient info secure!

Technology has made patient care easier and faster, with some exceptions. However, technology has also made access to patient information easier, which is both good and bad. Make sure the computer you’re using is password protected and always lock computers when leaving them. Do not share your computer password with anyone. When emailing patient information, use a generic subject line. Even if the email is encrypted, the subject line will not be. Papers with patient information must be covered, put in a folder or put in a drawer. When disposing of any patient information that is on paper, shred the papers instead of throwing them in the regular trash can.

Every nurse has some great stories to tell — whether they are impressive or really gross. When telling these stories, leave out identifying details like the patient’s name, for example. Otherwise, it could lead back to the patient or someone who knows them. You never know who’s listening to your story and specific details could lead the person you’re talking to, or a person who is eavesdropping, back to the patient.

HIPAA is a constantly evolving law. There will always be new things to be aware of such as new technology, new charting systems, and there may even be new court cases that change HIPAA. If you see any HIPAA violations, you can report them on the HIPAA website. Always keep in mind that hospitals are always the last place people want to be in and some procedures can be very embarrassing to some people. Much of what nurses talk about is normal to them, but people outside of the medical profession can be appalled by the stories or if their own information was somehow leaked. Always make protecting your patient your main priority.

You can get more information about HIPAA or report a violation here.

For more tips on avoiding HIPAA violations, click here.

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Medical Solutions Has Your License to Adventure

State Licensure Reimbursement

Developing and practicing your nursing skills across state lines is easy when you travel with Medical Solutions. We’ll reimburse you for any state license and specialty certification fees you incur while on assignment.

During your time as a Travel Nurse, you’ve stacked up some pretty impressive stats — you’ve explored some amazing cities, met tons of new people, and sharpened your clinical skills. While it’s always fun to discover new places, many Travel Nurses quickly learn it can also be expensive and timely to pay for new state licenses or to earn specialty certification.

Luckily, when you travel with Medical Solutions, we offer to reimburse you for state licenses or specialty certification. Sounds pretty great, right?

Here’s how it works:

If you incur expenses for your license because of your assignment, we will reimburse you for the cost of one license reimbursement per assignment!  Likewise, Medical Solutions will also reimburse the cost for you to earn certification in your specialty. Please note you must be a current Medical Solutions Traveler upon your successful completion of the certification program before costs will be reimbursed to you.

Plus, as a Medical Solutions Traveler, you’re covered for all health-related, pre-screening items needed before you start an assignment. That means you don’t have to pay for any flu shots, vaccines, physicals, and/or drug screening tests. Medical Solutions also pays for your background, employment verification and reference checks.

Medical Solutions is here to help you advance your Travel Nursing career, whether that means reimbursing you for a state license or specialty certification. Want to learn more about these amazing benefits? Click here for more information about the state licensure reimbursement or here for specialty certification reimbursement.

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8 Exciting Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

8 Exciting Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Hooray, it’s almost autumn! Where do you want to spend this beautiful fall season? Check out these 8 exciting fall locations for Travel Nursing jobs for inspiration!

I hope that you’re squeezing the last bits of goodness out of summer 2016, with the anticipation of a beautiful new fall season looming on the horizon. As the leaves prepare to change colors, we also prepare to change up our wardrobes and ways — football and fall TV hit the airwaves, sweaters hit the racks, chili hits the stove, pumpkin spice everything hits everywhere you can imagine, and festive fall holidays line up in the distance.

So, where will you spend your leaf peeping, boot wearing, hot cider drinking days this magical fall season? To help inspire you to fall for an awesome location this autumn, we suggest these 8 exciting fall locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Oregon
Oregon in Fall

Oregon is famous for its fiery fall foliage.

The Beaver State is known for colorful fall foliage that spectacularly pops against a background of dark evergreen. From the fiery hues of Portland’s picture-perfect Japanese Gardens to the abundant golden Aspen leaves studding the leash-free hike to Tumalo Falls (that’s right, dog lovers!), fall is one of Oregon’s best looks. Autumn is also a great time to visit the well-known Cannon Beach — AKA the famously rock-studded beach from The Goonies! The harvest is bountiful, the days are sunny, and the nights are crisp — the perfect backdrop for hiking, biking, rafting, camping, fall drives, train rides and other adventures that let you escape the city. Winos will love touring Oregon’s South Willamette Valley wineries and craft beer connoisseurs will appreciate Portland’s Bike and Brew Tour.

Click here to find Travel Nurse jobs in Oregon.

 

Apple barrel with leaves

Pennsylvania has more fall festivals than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!

Pennsylvania

The Keystone State loves a good fall festival. Get your fall apple fix at the annual Applefest in Franklin or go one step further at Canton’s yearly Apple ‘n Cheese Festival. Celebrate the fungus among us at the annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” If you’re hungry for more be sure to check out Philadelphia’s Philly Cheesesteak Festival, a celebration of the cheesy, meaty masterpiece of a sandwich that the City of Brotherly Love is so loved for! While you digest, you can take in historic sites like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Gettysburg Museum and National Cemetery. If art’s your thing, you’ll love the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. Whisk yourself away to the beautiful Poconos and keep New York and other east coast hotspots in mind for future fall getaways!

Click here for Pennsylvania Travel Nurse jobs.

 

Iowa fall road

From Zombie Burger, to Hawkeyes games, to beautiful country drives, Iowa is an iconic fall destination.

Iowa

You may have missed the famous Iowa State Fair, but don’t fret. There are plenty of autumn activities to keep you busy in The Hawkeye State. College football is a popular fall tradition, so you might want to experience a proper tailgate in Ames or Iowa City before cheering the home team to victory. Adventurers will want to make the trek to Iowa’s picturesque outdoor areas, like Waubonsie State Park, Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, Maquoketa Caves State Park, and Pikes Peak State Park. Iowa also boasts a lot of wonderfully quirky destinations, like the Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk in Riverside and West Bend’s Grotto of the Redemption. The Halloween season is the perfect backdrop for visiting the Villisca Axe Murder House, the scene of unsolved murders in the early 1900s and now rumored to be a real-life haunted house. You can also pass the time until “The Walking Dead” returns this fall by dining at the aptly named Zombie Burger restaurant in Des Moines!

Click here to explore Iowa Travel Nurse jobs.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall

Virginia is for *fall* lovers who’d be in heaven driving the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in autumn.

Virginia

You know what they say, “Virginia is for Lovers.” Fall lovers that is! Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and experience one of the most beautiful autumn drives in the nation. Other leaf-peeping opportunities abound at Shenandoah National Park, Back of the Dragon (Route 16), Smith Mountain Lake, Big Walker Lookout, Breaks Interstate Park, and many other beautiful locations. History buffs will be in heaven with sites like Mount Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, and a wealth of awesome museums. Coastal Virginia offers still-warm sand as fall begins, sailing, fresh seafood, and views of migrating birds. Ghost tours, corn mazes, fall wine festivals, and pumpkin patches round out the fun fall activities in this multi-faceted state.

Click here to check out Travel Nurse jobs in Virginia.

 

Dawn in the Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA.

Wake up to gorgeous Tennessee sights like the Smoky Mountains in fall!

Tennessee

The Volunteer State is famous for vibrant fall hues throughout the Great Smoky Mountains, that eventually give way to mild winters. Music-lovers can take in a show at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry or explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum there. Fans of the “Smoky Mountain Songbird” AKA “Backwoods Barbie” AKA Dolly Parton, will definitely want to make the trip to Pigeon Forge for a visit to Dollywood. Over in Memphis, audiophiles can make the famous pilgrimage to Elvis Presley’s home-turned-museum, Graceland, and catch some current tunes down on Beale Street. Speaking of Memphis, Tennessee is home to some of the country’s best barbecue, which comes in traditional form like ribs, brisket, and pulled pork but also branches out to incorporate barbecue pizza, nachos, and spaghetti!

Click here for Tennessee Travel Nursing jobs.

 

Bixby Creek Bridge on Highway #1 at the US West Coast traveling south to Los Angeles

California has a bit of everything for everyone in the fall.

California

While California is truly an all-season champ of a state, it’s still no slouch when it comes to fall colors. In fact, because of the state’s geographic diversity, various parts of Cali see fall colors from August all the way through December! Fall in The Golden State brings an abundant harvest, so there are tons of great food festivals celebrating delicious delights like apples, avocados, eggplant, olives, pumpkins, almonds, grapes, and more. Speaking of grapes, a fall trip to Napa is always a great way to check out the winemaking experience in its full, harvest swing. Napa Valley is also known for some of California’s most colorful fall foliage from late September to late November. The fall weather in southern California is beautifully mild and all the hotspots like Los Angeles and San Diego beckon year-round. If you’re the type that’s not into a traditional fall, make like a local and hit up San Diego’s less-crowded beaches all the way into October!

Click here to explore California Travel Nurse jobs.

 

"Atlanta skyline from Piedmont park. Anonymous people playing frisbee. Shallow depth of field focusing on tree in the foreground, keeping people anonymous."

If Georgia’s on your mind, you’re in for a spectacular fall season!

Georgia      

You’ll want to make it down to The Peach State in time for its famous annual Oktoberfest in the adorably picturesque Bavarian town of Helen. Foodies will be in heaven at events like October’s Taste of Atlanta and November’s Savannah Food and Wine Festival. A milder climate allows for great weather for hiking and biking in the beautiful Georgia Mountains, and, speaking of mountains, the popular, multi-faceted Stone Mountain Park hosts events and has select activities open throughout fall! Sports fans enjoying a fall assignment in Atlanta can watch the Braves wind down their season and the Falcons wind theirs up! There’s also a wealth of shopping, museums, dining, and sights to explore in Atlanta. Fall is also the perfect backdrop for another fabulous Georgia city, Savannah, which is said to be chock-full of haunted places and offers ample ghost tours!

Click here to find Georgia Travel Nurse jobs.

 

harvested pumpkins in wagon

Texas is a great state to get your fall pumpkin and football fix while also enjoying warm temps!

Texas

The Lone Star State is a vast playground to explore and fall is a great time to enjoy perfect Texas temps in the high 70s/low 80s. Perhaps no state is more into its football than Texas, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch some games — whether that’s under the local high school’s Friday Night Lights, watching one of the state’s many division one college teams, or even catching the big league Dallas Cowboys on their home turf. You may be living like a local, but don’t be shy to get your tourist time on at one of Texas’ many historic, beautiful, or otherwise significant sites like the Alamo, San Antonio Riverwalk, Six Flags, Houston Space Center, Padre Island, Austin’s many music districts, and much, much more!

Click here to see Texas Travel Nurse jobs.
Did we leave out your dream location? Not to worry! Click here to choose your own adventure and search Travel Nursing jobs by title, specialty, and/or state.

 

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Meet Us in Las Vegas for TravCon 2016!

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

The Medical Solutions crew can’t wait to see you in Vegas for TravCon this September!

We’ve been singing “Viva Las Vegas” around the Medical Solutions office lately as we gear up for Travelers Conference 2016!

That’s right, THE annual conference for traveling healthcare professionals is coming up September 25-27, 2016, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the famous Las Vegas Strip. It’s the place to be, so you know Medical Solutions will be there — and we hope you will be too!

In its ninth year, Travelers Conference will once again offer you the opportunity to meet and network with fellow Travelers and reps from agencies nationwide, while also earning CEUs and learning more about the industry.

This year’s sessions will cover topics including:

  • What to pack
  • The submittal process
  • Contract negotiation
  • Finding a recruiter with integrity
  • Tax fundamentals for traveling healthcare professionals

Travelers Conference There’s also a Newbie Boot Camp, Medical Spanish Intensive (back this year by popular demand), and so much more!

Medical Solutions will once again be bringing you a very special TravCon experience — with prizes to boot — so be sure to stop by our booth if you make the trip to this year’s conference!

With a $109 price tag (until September 1, 2016, when the rate rises to $125), what do you have to lose? If nothing else, you’ll have an awesome weekend in Vegas — the fun capital of the world — and we’re pretty sure you’ll also benefit from the networking opportunities, learn new things, and make some great new friends.

Whether we’ll be meeting you for the first time or we’re tried and true buds already, our team definitely wants to be friends! So don’t forget to stop by the Medical Solutions booth for fun, games, prizes, friend-making, and more.

Do you want to meet us in Las Vegas for TravCon? Click here to learn more and to get registered for this year’s big event!

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Medical Solutions’ Pet Benefits are the Cat’s Meow

Medical Solutions knows it's not home unless your fur-babies are there!

Medical Solutions knows it’s not home unless your fur babies are there. That’s why we make it easy for you to travel with your pets.

Where would Dorothy be without Toto? And who’s Turner without Hooch?

At Medical Solutions, we understand the powerful bond pet owners have with their pets. They’re not just your pets — they’re family! That’s why we pride ourselves on being the pet-friendliest Travel Nurse company out there. When you travel with Medical Solutions, we do everything possible to make sure that you have safe, secure, pet-friendly housing.

In fact, we’ll find housing alternatives for you if your pet is considered an aggressive breed by most properties, and we place up to four pets per apartment. We will even upfront the cost of your pet deposit for you, so you’ll have one less thing to worry about during the moving process. Please note that you are still responsible for your pet(s) if they should cause any damage.

Whether your pet is of the furry, fluffy, or feathery variety, Medical Solutions understands that traveling with your buddy can be challenging. For example, you might ask yourself:

  • How will your furry sidekick handle moving to a new location?
  • Where should you go if your feathery friend gets sick while you’re on assignment?
  • Where’s the nearest dog park?

As a Medical Solutions Travel Nurse, taking your pet along for the ride is one thing you don’t have to worry about. We take all the guesswork out of traveling with pets, and provide access to all kinds of pet tips, advice, and educational resources. Plus, we offer tons of discounts on important pet needs and supplies, such as pet health insurance and pet medications. We even honor your pets with a Pet of the Month recognition program. At the end of the day, Medical Solutions wants you and your pet to worry less about moving and focus more time on belly rubs and chew toys.

Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions’ pet-friendly benefits!

 

 

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Roundup River Ranch 2016: Adrienne’s Adventure

adrienne.picTravel Nurse Brings Fun to Summer Camp

All summer long, Medical Solutions has been following our Travel Nurses at Roundup River Ranch, a special summer camp for kids with serious illnesses. Today, we’ll take a final look at the Colorado based camp with the adventures of Travel Nurse Adrienne C., BSN, RN.

Thanks for chatting with Medical Solutions, Adrienne. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been an ER nurse for the last 6 ½ years and started Travel Nursing a little over a year ago.

Adrienne C., BSN, RN believes Roundup River Ranch helps remind caretakers to have fun with their patients.

Adrienne C., BSN, RN helps her patients smile with a dose of pure fun. She believes Roundup River Ranch reminds caretakers that laughter can sometimes be the best medicine.

How did you hear about Roundup River Ranch, and what first inspired you to work there?

Last year, I worked for the last half of the summer at Roundup River Ranch. I couldn’t come up for the full summer because I was still on contract. When I first started traveling, I had Colorado on my bucket list.  So, after I read the Medical Solutions email introducing the camp, I thought about what an awesome opportunity it would be to have that experience.

The challenge of trying something new with a population I was not 100% familiar with intrigued me and inspired me to get out of my comfort zone. I looked forward to getting a break from the usual hospital scene, the chance to take care of people who, although they may have extensive medical problems, aren’t acutely ill and supporting their health, and enjoying a Colorado summer outdoors.

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook?

Camp has given me a renewed sense of compassion. Caring for these kids while they have the time of their life and simply being a part of the magic has done wonders for my general outlook on those with major or chronic illnesses. So often, I had thought of all the negative aspects, what they could not or ought not be able to do. Then, I witnessed what happens when they feel empowered — it’s amazing what they’re able to accomplish.

I’ve learned to honor their independence and to work with them on their terms to accomplish their goals. (Even if it sometimes takes the patience of a saint.) It’s worth it to see them succeed. It is these successes that enables them to come home with more confidence and a sense of normalcy. These children have definitely made me a better nurse — I am now a wiser, more patient, and more empathetic person. I needed to remember that it’s OK to be silly and have fun while providing care.

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN?

My most vivid memories include meaningful conversations with the campers — I enjoyed watching them light up as they made new friends, tried something new, or overcame a fear or obstacle. I’ll remember the early mornings, the late nights, and the satisfying exhaustion that comes with knowing you did everything to ensure your campers had the best experience.

For me, some of the most rewarding moments happened when my campers revealed they loved their time here so much that they hoped to come back as counselors, nurses, and doctors to emulate those they have met. The staff I’ve worked with here have been phenomenal and inspirational in their efforts to provide life-changing moments for these campers.Roundup River Ranch Logo

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

I believe every nurse should have the opportunity to come here. Assuming they have a passion for nursing, caring for children, and be willing to put in some long work days! I tell other nurses about the pure joy you get to see, the extraordinary level of dedication from staff and volunteers, and the opportunity to influence lives for the better. A dream of mine would be to continue coming back year after year.

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

In short, the atmosphere. Here is a place where everyone wants to do their absolute best and that creates an environment where one could believe in moving mountains. It is so uplifting and refreshing here. It makes it difficult to reenter the outside world of healthcare.

If you think you’d like to join Adrienne next summer at Roundup River Ranch as a Travel Nurse, contact your Medical Solutions Career Consultant today. You can also visit RoundupRiverRanch.org to learn more about this incredible summer camp experience.

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

Patricia Travel Nurse

Congrats to our June Traveler of the Month, Patricia O., pictured her with her dog, Chinook, and her youngest son, Eric.

Many thanks and congrats to the June 2016 Traveler of the Month, Patricia “Trish” O., and also our Rising Star winner, Kelly T.!

Traveler of the Month Trish is an RN specializing in Geriatrics, who also has experience in Rehab and Med Surg. She works with Career Consultant Aaron B. and is currently on assignment in central Nebraska — her favorite location so far in her career.

“I like the town; it’s not too big or too small and has a lot to offer,” says Trish, who’s been in nursing since age 16, an RN since her late 30s, and traveling for three and a half years.

“I really enjoy seeing different states and meeting new people,” she says. “I also like learning new things in the nursing field as they come along.”

Trish traveled with her significant other, Larry, until he sadly passed away in June 2016.

“I have since gotten a dog, an Alaskan Husky, and we travel together now. She is great company,” says the uber-strong Trish of her pretty pup, Chinook.

She says her focus in nursing is “just to take care of people and hope I make a difference.” In her free time, Trish likes to crochet and write stories — she hopes to get a story published one day!

She advises new Travelers to soak up as much info as they can in their assignments.

“One thing that I’ve found works for me in my travels, is to make the unit I am on mine,” she says. “I learn everything I can about the unit, the workings, policies, everything, so when a patient asks a question I can answer them thoughtfully instead of just saying ‘I’m only a Traveler and I don’t know.’ I’m willing to learn anything they’re willing to teach me — instead of saying, ‘I’m just a Traveler and I don’t need to know that.’ I just like to learn and no one is too old to learn anything. I feel I learn something new every day and it’s great!”

Thank you so much for your insight and wonderful service, Trish!

Travel Nurse Kelly T

Congrats to Rising Star, Kelly T., pictured here with cutie-pie pup, Cocoa.

Rising Star Kelly is an RN/CEN specializing in ER who’s been in nursing for 31 years and traveling since 2002. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Julie F. and she’s currently on assignment in South Dakota.

“I travel with my husband Ray, who is retired from the state of Texas, and my seven-month-old Chihuahua, Cocoa,” says Kelly.

Her favorite location so far in her travel career has been central California, because she had the benefit of working in a great facility and was close to Yosemite National Park and the Sierras.

Travel Nurse Kelly T

Kelly, Ray, and Cocoa rule the road in this awesome fifth wheel!

“Travel Nursing is like a working vacation,” says Kelly. “You have time to explore everything in the area you work.”

That’s an extra special bonus for Kelly, whose hobby is genealogy.

“I love photographing old tombstones and I’ve photographed over 65,000 tombstones across the U.S.,” she says. “I post them online to free sites so others can find their ancestors and it helps to preserve history.”

Kelly offers solid advice for new and aspiring Travel Nurses.

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do — follow their policies and procedures and do things how they do it,” she says. “Be flexible.”

Great advice, Kelly!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions June 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Trish and Kelly, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and maybe you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Clinical Corner: Zika Virus Update

Zika Virus in USA

What’s the latest Zika buzz? This month’s Clinical Corner will help keep you educated on the Zika virus and keep yourself and your patients as safe as possible!

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

Clinical Corner gave you a Zika update way back in February. Unfortunately, the virus has since spread and the CDC has new information about Zika. We always try to stay on top of current public health crises and state the facts from trustworthy sources.

The CDC has issued a travel warning for Florida. Pregnant women and couples trying to become pregnant are advised to not travel to Miami. Local mosquitos have become infected and are spreading Zika in Miami. As of now, Zika-infected mosquitos are confined to a specific neighborhood, but that could change. The Florida government, FEMA, CDC, and other government agencies are doing their best to contain the virus but there is still a chance it will spread.

Zika has been linked to birth defects, specifically microcephaly, as well as neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome. Though most people will still experience no to mild symptoms, pregnant women and fetuses are still most at risk when it comes to the Zika virus.

It has also since been confirmed that Zika is spread by sexual contact. It’s especially important that you use protection if you or your partner have been in any areas facing a Zika outbreak. Individuals infected by Zika can still spread the virus long after their symptoms have subsided. CDC recommends, for couples where either partner has been infected, that women wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms and men wait at least 6 months after symptoms before trying to conceive.

We will continue to monitor the Zika virus in the event of it spreading and always give you the facts. We want our nurses to be informed in case any patients you take care of have Zika and, as always, we want YOU to be as safe as possible!

Here are a few more resources to help you stay educated on the Zika virus:

  • If you are in the Florida area, the CDC released a new update here.
  • Click here for a map showing all areas effected by a Zika outbreak.
  • To see the plan for Zika the CDC has put forth, you can read the full interim plan by clicking here.
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