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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
Travel 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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:
Let’s hear it for Medical Solutions’ Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship winners for 2016!
The lucky and hardworking nurse scholars who aced this year’s competition are:
- Katherine W., Junior, UNMC College of Nursing in Nebraska
- Isabelle L., Senior, Alma College in Michigan
- Katelyn S., Junior, Concordia University in Wisconsin
Medical Solutions hosts the Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest as part of our annual Nurses Week celebration. We believe this is an important way for us to help support the nursing pipeline in the face of a national nurse shortage and ensure the development of the next generation of nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators.
In addition to other scholarship criteria, each entrant wrote a 250-word essay answering the question: “How do you feel that being a Nurse will change your perspective on life?”
Medical Solutions received SO many amazing entries — thank you to everyone who entered! In the end, our team of judges determined that Katherine, Isabelle, and Katelyn were at the head of the class. Here are their awesome essays.
“When I began nursing, I thought I knew what compassion was. Compassion is a nice word and the word prompted me to envision Clara Barton mopping up the bloody wounds of a union soldier. But now I see that compassion runs far deeper. Compassion is treating the patient calling you every name in the book with respect and dignity. Compassion is answering the call light that just went off even though you haven’t sat down all day. Compassion is taking the time to talk with your patient diagnosed with a terminal illness. Compassion is loving in the face of difficulty and sacrificing the needs of oneself for the sake of another. Not only has nursing redefined the meaning of compassion for me, it has taught me so much about how great the impact of ones’ actions can be. Who would have known that a respectful bed bath is able to provide a person with dignity? Who would have known that a nurse’s confidence and knowledge would reassure a patient frightened to their wit’s end? Who would have known that the nurses’ smile would be a person’s last memory before they pass away? It is both a privilege and a responsibility that nurses are in a prime position to have an enormous impact on the lives of those around them. Nursing is redefining what I thought I knew about life. Nursing changes the way I view the world. Nursing changes the nurse forever.” — Katherine W.
“Nearing the end of my studies, my exposure to nursing has changed my perspective on a number of practical things: I can now hold my pee longer than any human should and obsessively make beds with hospital corners, even at home when I don’t need to. Triviality aside, nursing has made monumental and fundamental changes to the way I perceive life. I thought I knew what love was, yet what I knew as love cannot compare to the emotion I’ve seen in a woman, back bent with advanced age, saying goodbye to her only sister. Companions since birth, she reassures her sister it’s OK to go, with the faith that they’ll both be OK. I thought I knew what it was to be fearless. But in truth, I have only begun to understand what it is to be unafraid, whether it’s of blood, vomit, or finding the courage to care for an individual in need of compassion and understanding as much as nursing expertise. I thought I already knew what it was to be an advocate, yet my experience of nursing has shown me the fierceness needed when advocating for patients, as well as for myself. I thought I understood gratitude. This profession will show me great sorrow, and sometimes great joy. How can I not be grateful for all of my advantages: good health, education, a supportive family? Nursing has and will make me wise beyond my years. It will make me a more committed and compassionate individual.” — Isabelle L.
“Laryngotracheobronchitis. Epistaxis. Easy medical terminology, right? But define this term: servant leadership. Sure, check my giant nursing textbooks but I am fairly certain servant leadership will not be mentioned. It is not a body part or pathological process, but rather, the simple yet significant philosophy that is transforming into the core of not only my nursing education and career, but my life. In the rawest form, servant leadership means putting other’s needs above mine. It embraces selfless caring and a dedicated attitude of compassion to fuel the vigilant care I provide. However, the real challenge rises as servant leadership carries me from clinics into communities where I can make a positive impact daily. I see servant leadership guiding how I treat my neighbors, friends, family, and even individuals who are deeply difficult to care for. Committing to servant leadership will change my life perspective as I move beyond listening not just to heart and lung sounds, but auscultating patient’s unspoken needs. Sadly, these needs are not easily met. To nurse leaders, holistic care means considering abuse, poverty, racism, addiction, malnutrition, and depression as broken parts of individuals that need just as much care as a broken bone. In my future as a nurse, I feel called to alleviate these tragedies like never before. Even when the only treatment available is my smile, my hand to hold, my shoulder to cry on, or better yet, a selfless presence. I thrive off the purpose nursing has and will give my life. — Katelyn S.
Congrats to Katherine, Isabelle, and Katelyn, our Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship winners for 2016!
As we wait for Nurses Week and the scholarship to roll back around on the calendar, aspiring nurses and Travel Nurses to be are welcome to visit YOUniversity.MedicalSolutions.com, where we offer you all kinds of resources, info, and fun that can help you unlock the wide, wonderful world of Travel Nursing!
Many thanks and congrats to the May 2016 Traveler of the Month, Donna F., and also our Rising Star winner, Therese C.!
Traveler of the Month Donna is an RN specializing in Cardiac, who’s been in nursing for 15 years and traveling since fall of 2015. She’s currently located in Missouri and works with Career Consultant Jennifer S.
Donna’s favorite location so far has been an awesome facility in central Virginia.
“They treated me like family and the area was beautiful,” she says.
“My husband travels with me,” says Donna. “He takes care of everything while I am working. I could not do this without his support!”
Donna keeps plenty busy between her nursing career and school — she’s also a full-time student in graduate school for FNP.
“The best thing about Travel Nursing is that I get paid to go on vacation,” says Donna. “We pick a location and instead of cramming all the sightseeing into a few short days, we get 13 weeks to explore.”
This rock star nurse offers the following tips for new Travelers:
“ENJOY! Your assignment is what you make of it, take the time to explore, don’t get so wrapped up in work … Travelers have the best job in the world!”
Thank you, Donna!
Rising Star Therese is a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist who’s been in the Cath Lab for three years. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Jackie S.
Therese liked her first Travel Nurse assignment in Oakland, California so much that she decided to extend. She’s also a fan of Florida.
“I travel with my toy poodle, Dexter. He’s made it a lot more difficult to find housing, but totally worth having him here with me — a companion in a new world,” says Therese.
Medical Solutions is always happy to help you find pet-friendly housing, Therese and Dexter!
Therese enjoys the perspective on life, locations, and colleagues that Travel Nursing offers her.
“So far my favorite thing about traveling is being able to see different places, how people do things, and just the similarities in personalities at each location,” she says.
Here are Therese’s tips for Travelers:
1. “Drive to your location, because two suitcases are just not enough! Plus, a rental car for 13+ weeks is incredibly expensive.”
2. “When you agree to an assignment get the number of required called days in writing.”
3. “Talk to other Travelers, there is so much you just don’t know.”
Great advice, Therese!
Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions May 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Donna and Therese, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!
Who will be the next Medical Solutions Rising Star or Traveler of the Month? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to new Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and maybe you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card as recognition for a job well done!
By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist
We’re right in the thick of the sweltering summer season. This means pool parties, bicycling, margaritas, hiking, camping, boating, and, of course, the occasional injury. In fact, July is the most dangerous month, according to the Department of Labor. These injuries range from common minor injuries such as sunburns to more serious injuries like heat stroke. You spend such a large portion of your life taking care of others’ health, but don’t forget to take the time to take care of YOU, too! Here are some tips on how to avoid common summer injuries this year:
This one is easy, yet often overlooked. Use sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Up that SPF depending on how long you will spend outside and how fair your skin is. And if you’ll be taking a dip, I recommend following this wise rhyme: “Don’t be shy, reapply!”
2. Strains and Sprains
The most common injury ever! Avoid overexerting yourself and wear proper clothing and footwear for the activity you are doing.
Everyone likes fire until it gets out of control. Only start fires in fire pits that are not close to any dry brush. Keep a fire deterrent such as a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher near.
4. Lawn Mowers
Be sure whatever you are mowing is clear or any debris that could be thrown by the lawnmower blades. Make sure nothing is in the way of your mower and never mess with it unless you are sure that it is turned off.
If you are outside and active, you need to be drinking 6 ounces of water every 15 minutes. Normally women need about 2.2 liters and men need about 3 liters of water a day. If you’re outdoors and sweating (or glistening) then you need to up your water game. Remember alcohol will make you more dehydrated, so be sure you’re drinking water in between those beers!
6. Bug Bites
Unfortunately, summer means bugs are back. Avoid mosquitos and ticks by using insect repellant and covering up with breathable long-sleeved clothes. Keep an eye on any bug bites you happen to receive and if you have a “bulls-eye” bug bite, see your doctor immediately.
7. “Hold My Beer” Moments
If anyone says that phrase or any phrase like it, do not let that person do whatever it is they are planning on doing. “Hold my beer” is usually said before someone tries to ride a skateboard off a roof, launch their car over a pool, or light up 30 fireworks at the same time. While the end results can be pretty rad, the chances of someone getting injured are exceptionally high and some risks should never be taken.
Summer can be a load of fun but can also be dangerous. Be sure you’re being safe no matter what activity you’re doing and always be aware of your surroundings. Trust your gut instincts! Be safe and enjoy the rest of your summer.
With the end of summer in sight, and local stores stocking up on school supplies, you might find yourself wondering about the next step in your Travel Nursing career. You’ve always wanted to go back to school, but you’ve been holding back. You think it wouldn’t fit your nomadic lifestyle, or maybe you’re worried about the financial burden. Whatever your doubts, know that Medical Solutions is here for you.
We know how important professional development can be for your career. That’s why Medical Solutions has teamed up with Nebraska Methodist College to help busy Travel Nurses like you earn your BSN degree. Medical Solutions also provides financial assistance to our Travel Nurses with at least one assignment under their belt. It’s just one of the many benefits we offer our awesome Travelers.
If you’re still not convinced, here are just a few more reasons why you should earn your BSN degree through our RN to BSN Academy with Nebraska Methodist College:
- It’s 100% online so you can learn at your convenience
- The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- You can earn your BSN degree in roughly 7 semesters
- Multiple start dates throughout the year allow you to schedule with flexibility
- Medical Solutions offers financial assistance to our Travelers in this program
So, let’s recap. As a Medical Solutions Travel Nurse, you have an opportunity to further your career while still working and get paid for it. When you put it like that, the decision practically makes itself. It’s time to advance your career and become a leader in the healthcare field.
To learn more about our RN to BSN program with NMC, click here or contact your Career Consultant today!