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New Website Celebrates Travel Nurses, Offers More Resources

Take advantage of our new website! Find Travel Nursing jobs faster and save your favorite ones with the new "Save Jobs" feature.

Take advantage of our new website! Find Travel Nursing jobs faster and save your favorite ones with the new “Save My Jobs” feature.

So you’ve probably noticed by now, there’s something different about Medical Solutions. That’s right — we’ve got a fancy new website!

Medical Solutions redesigned the site with your busy Travel Nurse lifestyle in mind. That means you have access to even MORE beneficial Travel Nurse resources and tools right at your fingertips. We’ve made it even easier for you to:

  • Find Travel Nursing jobs quicker with the improved jobs board search results
  • Take control of your Travel Nursing job hunt with a “Save My Jobs” feature
  • Chat with a Career Consultant online
  • Access the site while you’re on the road with your smartphone or mobile device
  • Log into “My Medical Solutions” faster

Plus, the user-friendly site is now full of pictures and testimonials from the adventures of your fellow Travelers! It’s just another way we wanted to celebrate YOU and your hardworking, adventurous career. So, what are you waiting for? Stay awhile, and check out our new online digs. Don’t forget to let us know what you think — contact your Career Consultant today!

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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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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. We’ve featured Kelli’s journey and Lisa’s story, and 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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Going Back to School with Medical Solutions

Earn your BSN degree

The Online RN to BSN Academy is available across the U.S. So you can earn your BSN degree whenever and wherever you are!

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!

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Roundup River Ranch 2016: Lisa’s Story

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Travel Nurse Bonds With Kids at Summer Camp

This month, we continue our inside look at the incredible work being done at Roundup River Ranch, a free summer camp for children with severe diseases. Medical Solutions, a longtime supporter of this cause, has donated more than $5,000 directly to the Colorado-based camp this year, helped recruit some of the nurses, and funded a portion of their pay for the summer.

One such Medical Solutions Travel Nurse, Lisa, S., RN, joins us today to explain why her Travel Nursing experience this summer has reinforced her desire to help children.

Travel Nurse Lisa

Lisa S., RN, won’t soon forget the lessons she learned from the kids at Roundup River Ranch.

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

Sure, I’m an RN specializing in Emergency Room nursing, and I’ve been a nurse for 6 years. I started traveling about 15 months ago. This is my first summer at Roundup River Ranch.

What inspired you to work there for the summer?

I worked as a camp counselor each summer between the ages of 14-21 and loved it. I never expected that I’d be able to return to camp as an adult. At my last assignment at Children’s Hospital, I spoke with a number of nurses there who had volunteered at Roundup River Ranch. They all had wonderful experiences. The decision basically made itself. I feel incredibly lucky to work with an amazing cadre of medical professionals and absolutely awe-inspiring kids. Plus, it’s so fun to be in here in the Colorado mountains in gorgeous weather!

How did you hear about this opportunity? From my incredible recruiter Keahna W. at Medical Solutions (thank you Keahna!)

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

My time at Children’s gave me a peek at how incredible and resilient children with chronic illness can be. My time at camp has given me the chance to actually get to know them, care for them for a longer time, and appreciate their experiences so much more. This camp leaves me so much more excited for more experience working with children. I also have a better understanding now of what I’m capable of as a nurse and as a person.

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

I will remember numerous smiling faces, and kids of all ages conquering their fears in favor of fun and joy. I also won’t forget the incredible bond I made with my Roundup family.

Which ones stand out as the most rewarding and why?

The most rewarding part was watching these kids overcome their personal obstacles. I witnessed pure joy in the face of so many challenges. We all have obstacles we face, and the degree of grace that we approach them with varies. Personally, I know I have been guilty of making a small problem into a much larger one in my head. These children really put things into perspective, and I hope to truly draw upon these memories moving forward in my life.

What wouldRoundup River Ranch Logo you tell other nurses about this camp and would you recommend going back?

I would definitely recommend going back. I would tell other nurses that in some ways you will work harder and longer then you ever have before, but it will be so worth it!

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

I’ll miss the kids, the family we have here at camp, and the beauty of living in the mountains.

If you loved reading about Lisa’s summer, look for the final installment on Medical Solutions’ Roundup River Ranch series next month. You can also look back on Kelli C’s experience at the camp here or learn more about this amazing summer camp at RoundupRiverRanch.org.

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Roundup River Ranch 2016: Kelli’s Journey

Roundup River Ranch provides a safe space for children with serious illnesses to experience the joys of summer camp.

Travel Nurse Finds Inspiration at Special Summer Camp

Roundup River Ranch, initially envisioned by actor Paul Newman, is a free summer camp for children with serious illnesses. With medical support from healthcare professionals, these children can try activities they’ve never done before, build their confidence, and make new friendships.

Medical Solutions, a proud contributor to this amazing program, has inspired several Travel Nurses to work at the Colorado-based camp. You can read more about Medical Solutions’ past involvement here.

This summer, three Travel Nurses have shared their journeys of self-discovery at Roundup River Ranch. Take a second to read about Kelli C., NRP, RN, and her incredible experience at the camp so far:

Kelli

Kelli C., NRP, RN, believes Roundup River Ranch rejuvenated her passion for nursing.

Thanks for taking the time to chat today, Kelli. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

“I am a Paramedic/RN. I am currently a flight nurse for Medical Air Rescue based in Rapid City, SD.  I was a Travel Nurse from 2012 until June 2015. Medical Solutions has kept in contact with me since my departure from travel life, and thus, I found my way to Roundup River Ranch this summer. I couldn’t be more grateful for this experience. It was definitely God putting me right where I needed to be!”

What inspired you to work at Roundup River Ranch for the summer?

“This is my first summer at Roundup River Ranch. Honestly, what isn’t inspiring about this camp? After I submitted my application, I immediately went to their website. I fell in love with the kids and their stories.

I love working with kids, and unfortunately, I usually only get to see them in their most critical-life-threatening moments. I found myself smiling, and a little emotional as I browsed through the photo gallery, read testimonies, and reviews. I knew coming to Roundup River Ranch was exactly what I was looking for. The peace in my heart was overwhelming.”

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook?  Would you say you’ve become a better nurse?

“No one can prepare you for your experience at Roundup River Ranch. For me it began as a struggle. I grew up in an alcohol and drug infested family, and lived half of my life on the reservation. Working in emergency medicine had also hardened my emotions and the ability to feel those emotions.

Camp training seemed very similar to what I would call “group therapy.” I was reluctant to participate, and noticed an uncomfortable anxiety in myself. For so many years, I had not allowed myself to feel — I have always been the person in control, strong-willed, and the one people come to for support. Honestly, I didn’t know if I could do what was being asked of me. I was in my panic zone and shed many tears multiple nights.

As I continued to stretch myself in the efforts of “caring and sharing,” I realized there is a difference between feeling and feelings, and how disconnected mine had become. I came to realize that It was OK to be human and to feel. I have always viewed vulnerability as weakness, but it’s the exact opposite. Vulnerability takes immense strength.

Once session was in full swing, it finally came full circle for me. I embraced camp! I found myself putting on tutus, random costumes on a daily basis, dancing, being silly, and just being a kid again. Before, I didn’t know if I could take care of the campers, and still interact with them, laugh with them, cry with them. Through the “magic of camp” and God’s grace, I was able to do all of the above.

The support from my co-workers and staff at Roundup River Ranch was over the top. It was also something that has been missing from my adult professional life. It grieves my heart that the field of medicine has a difficult time embracing such a culture. For me, Roundup River Ranch has been a place of healing, and because of this, I am evolving into a new person and a better care provider.”

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN? Which ones stand out as the most rewarding and why?Roundup River Ranch Logo

“I will take all of Roundup River Ranch with me and empower others. I have learned and improved in multiple realms of life. The kids and their stories will be my biggest memory. Their struggle in life is like the challenge course. They have a 40-foot rock wall and 300-foot zip line towering over them, whispering “You can’t.” They nervously put their helmets and harness on, quietly express fears, and cling tightly to staff. But then, the constant cheering and clapping gets them started, and their determination finishes it. Watching this process can only be expressed through shared tears and hugs.”

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

“I would tell other nurses, deep down inside, our professional path can weigh heavily on our souls, whether we want to admit it or not. Sometimes, we need to be a part of the healing process. River Ranch Roundup is that place. It is the place of escape from all that drains our strength and puts us on a destructive path of compassion fatigue. If one lets it, Roundup River Ranch can help begin the process of rejuvenation. I would come back in a heartbeat! Like I mentioned above, the support and enthusiasm is intoxicating.”

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

“I will miss the kids! Their smiles, laughter, dancing, and care-free, no-worries attitudes are refreshing. Their innate strength to fight every day with a positive outlook despite the challenges dealt them is inspiring. I will also miss the supportive environment, staff, and co-workers. Roundup River Ranch wants you to be the best you can be. They meet you right where you are, and help you grow … it’s the magic of camp!”

Stay tuned all summer to read more about Medical Solutions’ Travel Nurses’ amazing stories at the Roundup River Ranch. You can also visit RoundupRiverRanch.org to learn more about this incredible summer camp experience.

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Medical Solutions Has You Covered with Voluntary Benefits!

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No matter the weather, Medical Solutions has you covered with voluntary benefits!

What would you do if you suddenly became injured and weren’t able to work for a few months? What would happen to your finances if you suffered a heart attack or stroke? Accidents and illness are impossible to predict or plan, but with Medical Solutions’ voluntary benefits you don’t have to worry about the unexpected. Medical Solutions has you covered with voluntary benefits!

Travel Nurses are top priority at Medical Solutions. That’s why we took your feedback to heart last year, and are now offering you short-term disability and critical illness insurance in order to protect you financially should you be hurt or sick and unable to work.

So, what’s the difference between these two benefits?

Short-Term Disability Insurance

With short-term disability insurance:

  • You’ll be offered important financial protection in case you’re ever in an accident and suffer a disabling injury.
  • If you are hurt and cannot work, you will be paid cash benefits directly so that you can continue paying your bills and/or paying for medical costs.
  • The benefits are paid directly to you on a monthly basis and you can choose to use that money however you need.

Critical Illness Insurance

Likewise, with critical illness insurance:

  • Protects you financially should you be diagnosed with a critical illness, like a heart attack or stroke.
  • Cash benefits are paid to you in the event you are diagnosed with a covered critical illness, and you can use that money to cover your out of pocket costs however you see fit.
  • These benefits are also available for your spouse and/or child(ren).

So now that you’re informed on these new voluntary benefits, what’s the next step? Just like with your medical, dental, and vision benefits, you can enroll in both short-term disability and critical illness insurance within two weeks from the start of your contract to make your elections with a day-one effective date. The cost for each of these voluntary benefits varies based upon your age, the amount and level of coverage you choose.

Click here to see a full list of rates for short-term disability and here to see a full list of rates for critical illness. Please note that rates are subject to change.

Have more questions? Check out each of these quick videos on your voluntary benefits options. You can also contact your Career Consultant and ask them about getting enrolled today!

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5 Fantastic Summer Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Summer Travel Nurse

Where will summer 2016 take you? Check out these 5 fantastic summer locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Ahhh, summer! One small word with a myriad of magical possibilities.  Where will your summer adventures take you? With so many great Travel Nursing jobs from coast to coast, the answer might just surprise you. Read on to discover Medical Solutions’ top 5 fantastic summer locations for Travel Nurses.

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Gorgeous beaches, majestic mountains, and vibrant vineyards make North Carolina summers stand out.

North Carolina

Sandy beaches, award-winning vineyards, and mountain views make North Carolina the perfect summer escape. Along the sandy beaches of the Crystal Coast, you’ll discover pirate shipwrecks, watch wild horses race, and climb lighthouses near Cape Lookout. With more than 400 vineyards across the state, don’t forget to tour the wine trails in the Yadkin Valley. Savor the different flavors of wine while drinking in the mountain scenery.

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in North Carolina.

Massachusetts

Boston Boating

Spend your Massachusetts summer boating, whale watching, touring historic places, cheering at a Red Sox game, and so much more!

The birthplace of the American Revolution is also an awesome getaway for weekend warriors. Massachusetts is one of the top 10 whale watching spots in the world, so you can experience a close encounter with one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures in Cape Cod or Boston. In the heart of Johnny Appleseed Country, Leominster State Forest provides an ideal haven for rock-climbing and trail-hiking enthusiasts. For all you history buffs, Boston is also full of historical tours and breweries. Sam Adams, anyone?

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in Massachusetts.

Wisconsin kayaking

Cool off this summer in one of Wisconsin’s many lakes! The Badger State also hosts many summer music fests and offers tons of scenic views.

Wisconsin

During the summer months, Wisconsin really knows how to rock with more than 25 outdoor music festivals. There’s nothing better than enjoying an awesome concert on a hot day with a cold drink in hand. Plus, with such an array of music fest choices, you’re sure to find one that floats your boat. Speaking of boats, Wisconsin is also known for its 15,000 lakes and ample water park attractions. It’s a hotspot for kayaking, tubing, boating, fishing, swimming, or, if you prefer kicking back to kicking it into high gear, lazily sunning yourself on the dock or shore. Wisconsin’s natural beauty also shines in the summer with state parks like Copper Falls State Park, and the awe-inspiring rock formations at Devil’s Lake State Park.

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in Wisconsin.

North Dakota Rodeo

North Dakota offers country appeal, scenic gems, and peaceful wide open spaces.

North Dakota

North Dakota promises its visitors their experience there will be legendary, and it doesn’t disappoint. For an example, look no further than the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. Listed on National Geographic’s Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways, this 63-mile winding road runs alongside the Sheyenne River with breathtaking views. In addition to nature and scenery at its best, recreation, history, and culture are all found along this byway. In fact, the legends of the American West are at the heart of North Dakota culture. Stop by the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck to soak up a Native American cultural celebration, or cowboy up at the Fort Ransom Fourth of July Rodeo. Boots and cowboy hats aren’t mandatory, but you won’t look out of place if you wear them.

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in North Dakota.

Golden Gate California

San Francisco’s not the only treat California has to offer! Enjoy the Golden State’s stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, and city centers hotspots like LA, San Diego, The Bay Area, and so many more.

California

Isn’t living in California (even temporarily) on everyone’s bucket list? There’s a reason California is a popular Travel Nursing destination; there’s so much to see and do. You could learn how to surf in the ocean one day, and then walk amongst the impressive redwoods in the Redwood National Park the next day. California also offers the best of both urban and rural settings, with tons of great city perks like the arts, concerts, shopping, pro sports, dining, and more as well as an abundance of picturesque towns. What are you waiting for? California is the perfect place for a summer adventure!

Click here to see Travel Nursing jobs in California.

Did these 5 fantastic summer locations for Travel Nursing Jobs skip over your desired destination? Not to worry — there are plenty of great jobs across the nation to choose from!

Click here to search by state, specialty, and/or job title to find your perfect 2016 summer adventure.

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Clinical Corner: Needlestick Injuries

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Clinical Corner: Find out how safety practices can help you prevent accidental needlesticks.

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

There are many occupational hazards working as a nurse. One of the most dangerous work hazard nurses face daily, are accidental needlesticks. These types of injuries are preventable and are one of the more serious injuries a nurse can face.

Every year, more than 385,000 needlesticks and other sharps injuries occur — 40% of the injuries occur before use and another 41% of injuries occur during the use of the sharp device on patients. While everyone in a hospital is at risk for needlesticks, the most at risk are the nurses and technicians. A person who is accidently stuck with a needle, has a chance to be exposed to and develop HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, as well as other bloodborne pathogens.

Nurses and Technicians are most at risk when performing the following actions:

  • Manipulating needle into the patient
  • Disposing needles with tubing attached
  • Recapping needles
  • Failure to dispose of needles in sharps containers
  • Working too quickly
  • Bumping into a needle or another worker while either person is holding a sharp

Be especially aware of your surroundings and your work when you’re doing any of the above actions. About 80% of all needlestick injuries will be prevented by being more careful performing those actions. Needlestick injuries are entirely preventable, that cannot be stressed enough!

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Only you … can prevent needlesticks!

The best way to prevent needlestick injuries is to use needles that have a safety device and to use the safety device. A safety needle is just a regular needle if you don’t use the safety device. Engaging the safety device reduces sharps injuries by 88%. Secondly, be aware of your surroundings and don’t work too quickly. Remember, you are most at risk during and after use of a needle. Avoid recapping needles, but use the one-handed scoop method if you absolutely have to.

If you do suffer a needlestick injury, wash the immediate area with soap and water. Report the injury to your supervisor and seek immediate medical attention. A number of blood tests need to be completed, some tests will even be months from the first exposure and these tests are just as necessary.

When using needles, remember to use the safety device, be aware of your surroundings, don’t work too fast and always dispose of needles in proper containers. Needlestick injuries are much like forest fires. Only you can prevent them!

For more information about the prevention and treatment of needlestick injuries, click here.