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Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a Travel Nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!

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Clinical Corner: Workplace Injuries & Workers’ Comp Process

Careful! Understanding the workers’ compensation process will help protect you as a Medical Solutions Traveler!

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

Have you ever been injured on the job? Do you know about and understand workers’ compensation?

If you answered ‘no’ to either of these questions, consider yourself lucky. You never know how long it might be before you encounter a situation that requires you to know what to do in the event of a workplace injury. If you answered ‘yes’ you should still read this month’s Clinical Corner, so that you fully understand the workers’ comp process you’d need to follow if you’re injured on the job while working for Medical Solutions.

While we hope that you never experience any injury while taking care of your patients, if you do, here are some pointers to remember while traveling with us.

  1. The first step to remember when an injury occurs is to seek medical attention, if necessary. It is important to know where your hospital sends injured employees and travelers whether it be to the ER, urgent care, or employee health. For any needle sticks and/or blood or body fluid exposure, make sure you get blood drawn immediately from the patient you were exposed to and yourself if necessary. It will be your responsibility to be your own patient advocate in a situation as such, so make sure this blood drawn is done as soon as possible. It is also important that YOU are the one following up on the blood results with the hospital in case of a serious exposure.
  2. The next step in the process is to notify your career consultant (recruiter) and to have someone from Medical Solutions complete an incident report. If at any time, you are injured on the job you must report this to Medical Solutions and must be done within 24 hours of the injury or incident and Medical Solutions will need to know as much detail as possible to file the report and workers’ compensation claim. This step is important because billing will not be covered until the report is made with Medical Solutions.
  3. If you are off work for any amount of time due to the injury you must notify your career consultant. We will need copies of any restrictions you received because of the injury or treatment AS WELL AS a release saying that you are okay to return to work. This is required prior to returning to any work.
  4. Once you have spoken with someone from Medical Solutions about the details surrounding your injury, we will file the workers’ compensation claim with Sedgwick Claims Management Services. Once this is filed, you will receive an email that contains your claim number, contact information for Sedgwick, and instructions on how to register online to track your claim. Once you have received that claim number you should be able to view the status of your claim and any other information regarding the claim through Via One Express. You can register with Via One Express through claimlookup.com. Using this website and dashboard will allow you to upload any files associated with your claim or case, including bills which will allow for quicker payment. You can and should also communicate any billing items or questions about benefits to your claim adjuster through Sedgwick.

Please Note: If the injury occurs in Ohio, North Dakota, Washington, or Wyoming the injury still needs to be reported to Medical Solutions BUT you will need to follow hospital protocol for further information on the workers’ compensation process.

Knowing the proper process involved with workers’ compensation claims is very important to providing coverage to our Travelers as well as ensuring their health is managed and they are taken care of. The number one, most important important thing to remember if any workplace injury occurs is to communicate with Medical Solutions and your Career Consultant right away. No matter what the injury or the severity, Medical Solutions needs to be aware of what happened and that all starts with knowing the process and communicating overall!

 

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State Spotlight: Illinois

Chicago

Take your next job in sweet home Chicago!

Both summertime and baseball season are in full swing, which brings us to Illinois, home of the defending World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs. From the excitement of The Second City to its abundant fertile farmlands, The Land of Lincoln is a lovely pick for your next Travel Nurse assignment!

A touristic postal stamp of IllinoisTravel Nursing in Illinois

Illinois is a fantastic place for Travel Nurses — with loads of fun activities throughout the state and region, as well as many great facilities at which to build your career 13 weeks at a time. The state boasts a wide-ranging network of acute care and specialty hospitals that provide inpatient care for behavioral health, rehab, and long term acute care across 102 counties.

According to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, Illinois is home to 214 hospitals. U.S. News & World Report ranked Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which is nationally ranked in 13 adult specialties, as the #1 hospital in Illinois. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Illinois are: Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago Medical Center, Advocate Christ Medical Center, and Loyola University Medical Center.

Chicago Urban Cityscape along the Chicago RiverMoneyRates ranked Illinois #3 on their list of “The Best States for Making a Living in 2017.” And, while still dubbed “The Second City,” Chicago is currently the third-largest U.S. city.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Illinois #29 on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, healthcare, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report recognized the special draw of Chicago, and ranked IL 10th in infrastructure and 17th in healthcare affordability.

As for licensing, Illinois is a walk through state and a NURSYS state, but it is not a compact state. Click here for more info on licensing in Illinois.

Chicago Cubs

Go, Cubs, go!

To Do & See in Illinois                  

As Illinois’ largest city and the nation’s third-largest metropolis, Chicago is what most people think of when they think of The Land of Lincoln. That’s probably because sweet home Chicago is an amazing place to visit — filled with all kinds of culture, activities, world-class architecture, shopping, dining, theater, art, sports, and more!

Chicago sits on beautiful Lake Michigan, which means the chance to frequent miles of sandy, salt-free, shark-free beaches all summer long! In addition to the swimming, sailing, sightseeing cruises, and sand volleyball that Lake Michigan presents, Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive is known as one of the most beautiful stretches of urban road in the nation. From this famous roadway, you’ll see skyscrapers, lake views, and green spaces. (Speaking of great drives, the famous Route 66 also begins in Chicago!)

Chicago BEan Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate, the sculpture that launched a thousand selfies!

If you’re without a vehicle — because Chicago has great public transportation and frustrating parking — check out the Lakefront Trail, which is perfect for biking, jogging, and people-watching.

The Chicago River, the world’s only backward-flowing river, represents another opportunity for water-lovers. The Chicago Architectural River Cruise is well-known as one the city’s must-dos. Ever since the world’s first skyscraper was erected in Chicago, the city has been known for its intriguing architectural history and features. Some of the city’s most famous buildings include the magnificent Willis (or Sears) Tower — which was the tallest building in the world until 1998 — the John Hancock Center, Tribune Tower, Marina City (made famous-er by Wilco), and the Rookery Building. And, of course, architecture lovers will know that this is Frank Lloyd Wright country!

Having is Chicago dog is an iconic part of the Windy City experience.

Other Chicago attractions you won’t want to miss include Millennium Park (with the famous bean-shaped Cloud Gate sculpture), the Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park (and Lincoln Park Zoo!), and more.

Of course, the city where Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler met is also well-known for being a barrel of laughs, so be sure to check out some comedy at Second City, Zanies, The Laugh Factory, the Annoyance Theatre, and other Chicago stand-up and sketch destinations.

Chicago’s got a pretty amazing sports legacy, with famous athletes like Jordan and iconic coaches like Ditka. In addition to taking in a game at the iconic Wrigley Field, where you can watch the reigning World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs, other hot pro sports tickets include the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Fire, Sky, and Red Stars.

 Chicago Style Deep Dish Cheese Pizza with Tomato Sauce

Save room for some deep dish pizza!

Whew! If all this sightseeing’s got you hungry, you are in luck, because Chicago has some of the very best eats in the nation. From upscale, world-class dining at places like Alinea, Oriole, and Acadia, to the next tier favorites like Avec, Bad Hunter, and Girl & The Goat, Chicago has some mouth-watering chances for you to treat yo-self in the culinary sense. But even the more moderately priced meals here will wow you, from Chicago dogs, to Italian beef sandwiches, to deep dish pizza. Chicago’s also known for great Greek fare, Puerto Rican jibarito, barbecue, Italian, and more. Illinois is also famous for pierogies, steak, corn on the cob and popcorn. Wash it down with a Green River soda or a Goose Island ale, and you’ll be living the Illinois dream!

Superman

Superman’s official hometown is Metropolis, Illinois, where you can visit the Super Museum.

While Illinois’s highest point is Charles Mound at just 1,235 feet above sea level, there’s some great climbing to be had at Jackson Falls in the stunning Shawnee National Forest. Outdoorsy types will love this gorgeous forested area which is great for hiking, camping, climbing, and more. Garden of the Gods Wilderness is also a beautiful landscape to see and covers 3,300-plus acres of forest in southern Illinois.

Superhero fans will want to flock to Metropolis, Illinois, the Man of Steel’s official hometown and the site of just one building Superman might leap in a single bound, The Super Museum!

Depending on your region, Illinois also offers pretty quick access to neighboring spots like St. Louis, Milwaukee, Quad Cities, Bloomington-Normal, and even Nashville, Memphis, and Minneapolis.

Illinois Garden of the Gods

It’s not all urban, Illinois has breathtaking nature too! Check out the beautiful Garden of the Gods Wilderness.

Illinois Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Land of Lincoln, or, The Prairie State

Capital: Springfield

Largest City: Chicago

National Historic Sites, Wildlife Refuges, and Forests: 9

State Parks, State Forests, and State Recreation Areas: 91

State Motto: “State Sovereignty, National Union”

State Insect: Monarch Butterfly

State Bird: Cardinal

Illinois is the 21st state.

Twinkies, the cell phone, zippers, the mechanical dishwasher, the pinball machine, Ferris wheels, softball, modern dentistry, and barbed wire were all invented in New Jersey.

Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

America’s famed Route 66 starts in Chicago.

Ronald Reagan is the only president born in Illinois, although he called California his home state. But Presidents Lincoln, Grant, and Obama famously considered The Prairie State to be their home base at various times.

Betty White

The incomparable Betty White is from Illinois!

Illinois is the largest U.S. producer of pumpkins.

While Chicago’s lake breezes make it a great summer destination, many sources argue that the nickname “The Windy City” doesn’t come from gusty weather, but rather the city’s famously long-winded politicians who were said to be full of hot air!

The Home Insurance Building, built in Chicago in 1885, was the world’s first skyscraper.

The tallest man in recorded medical history was born in Alton, Illinois. His name was Robert Pershing Wadlow — though he was known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois — and he was 8’11”!

Famous folks from Illinois include Melissa McCarthy, Harrison Ford, Walt Disney, Michelle Obama, Miles Davis, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Robin Williams, Chance The Rapper, Cindy Crawford, Shel Silverstein, Eddie Vedder, Jennifer Hudson, Richard Pryor, Bill Murray, Ernest Hemingway, Betty White, Mr. T, Hugh Hefner, Patti Smith, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Approximately 80% of Illinois is farmland.

Chicago’s Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in the U.S.

Search Travel Nursing jobs and find your perfect assignment in Illinois!

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Voluntary Benefits for Medical Solutions Travelers!

A beautiful young woman standing outside while holding her red umbrella

Medical Solutions’ voluntary benefits keep you covered and financially protected. Go ahead, stand under our umbrella!

Medical Solutions is committed to providing our Travelers with excellent benefits, like day one medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k with a company contribution, licensure and certification reimbursement, loyalty and referral bonuses, plus paid, private, pet-friendly housing, and so much more.

A couple of lesser-known benefits Medical Solutions Travelers can take advantage of are the voluntary benefits we offer — short-term disability insurance and critical illness insurance.

Short-term disability insurance is there to protect you and your family financially in the event that you ever have an accident, injury, or illness that prevents you from working. When you’re covered with short-term disability insurance, you’ll receive direct cash benefits that will help you make end meet while you’re on the mend. That means you can use the cash to cover whatever’s most needed in your life, whether that’s bills or medical costs.

Similarly, critical illness insurance comes into play if you’re ever diagnosed with a critical illness that prevents you from working and maintaining your income. Should you ever be diagnosed with a covered critical illness, you’ll be paid cash benefits that can be used to cover your bills and any other costs you see fit. These benefits are also accessible to your spouse and/or children.

Most of the benefits Medical Solutions offers help keep you healthy, but in the event of a short-term disability or critical illness we want to make sure you’re still taken care of. We’re always here for you — whether the day is sunny or the forecast calls for rain!

Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions’ voluntary benefits for Travelers!

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Snapchat Travel Nurse Takeover Videos

Travel Nurse videos

Learn from real-life Travel Nurses as you plan your next adventure!

Back in February, Medical Solutions partnered with our pal Ryan to do a Travel Nurse Takeover of our Snapchat. It was super cool to get this glimpse into real Travelers’ lives, because while there are many great resources out there to help you prepare for a career in Travel Nursing, being able to journey along with fellow Travelers as they navigate work and play was informative and fun!

The videos were so awesome that we saved them to a special Snapchat Travel Nurse Takeover YouTube playlist so Travel Nurses everywhere can still check them out and learn from them.

Medical Solutions Travelers Emily, Katie, Jock, Ally, Joslyn, Ryan, Kourtney, Melissa, and Jonny share their thoughts on everything from traveling with pets to traveling as a couple, recruiter recommendations, and tons more. The best part though is going along with them as they explore locations in Washington, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, and more!

Check our part of Ally and Kourtney’s takeovers below, and be sure to watch all of the awesome Traveler Takeover videos on our YouTube playlist!

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Congrats to April 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to April 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to April 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Many thanks and congrats to the April 2017 Traveler of the Month, Laurin P., and also our Rising Star winner, Jon F.!

Traveler of the Month Laurin is an RN, BSN, specializing in NICU. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Meg H. Laurin won Traveler of the Month while on assignment in Georgia and is currently working in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Laurin’s been in nursing for seven years and has been traveling for nearly a year now. Her favorite location so far has been Salem, Oregon.

“I could say so many great things about Oregon, but Salem itself was a great location that was very convenient for exploring the state,” she says. “The people in Salem were very friendly and welcoming. The town is within Willamette Valley, which has a plethora of wonderful wineries to visit.”

Laurin travels with her husband, who works from home.

“I’m very fortunate that my husband is able to travel with me,” she says. “Things lined up in life and we decided before we settled down that we should travel for a while and explore the U.S.”

Laurin likes that Travel Nursing has exposed her to various places throughout the United States.

“Coming from Tampa Bay, Florida, getting to experience different weather, seasons, and terrain [has been great],” she says. “While I was in Atlanta I was able to experience spring — never knew that I was missing out on that in life. The states are beautiful and traveling has let me truly enjoy everything out there.”

Laurin offers these great tips for aspiring Travel Nurses:

“Stay organized from the beginning — upload everything nursing related to somewhere you can access from anywhere, i.e. Google Drive.”

“When thinking about time off to write into your contract, do a quick Google search of events happening in the area so you can experience it while you’re there.”

Thanks for everything you do, Laurin!

Rising Star Jon is an RN, BSN who specializes in ICU. He works with Career Consultant Mike M. and is currently on assignment in New Mexico.  

Mike says Jon is an amazing Traveler whom he’s had the pleasure of working with the past year-and-a-half.

“Jon travels with his wife Morgan in an RV,” says Mike. “I consider Jon and Morgan great friends and hope to someday, meet them in person.”

“Jon is a great Traveler for many reasons,” adds Mike. “He’s always had excellent reviews from his hospitals which obviously translates to great patient care and representation of Medical Solutions. He’s excellent at communication, and always stays on top of paperwork/expiring items. In addition, he adapts to the changing job market by always being flexible in selecting his next assignment.”

We appreciate you, Jon!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions April 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Laurin and Jon, we thank you so much for your steadfast commitment to providing awesome 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 to see if 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: Hospital Safety

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

Did you know that hospitals are one of the most hazardous places to work? Every day nurses are exposed to many health risks which makes them prone to illnesses, infections, injuries, and diseases.

It’s especially timely to discuss safety in nursing because June is National Safety Month. The concept of safety in the workplace is an essential component to providing quality nursing care. Additionally, healthcare staff and nurses must be aware of safety practices outside of patient care as well. It’s imperative that all healthcare workers know how to limit their exposure and minimize any risks that may be involved with the job.

The wide range of hazards on the job include sharps injuries, exposure to chemicals and hazardous drugs, back injuries, latex allergies, violence, and stress.

Safety First

June is National Safety Month, but hospital safety has many benefits year-round!

Through numerous encounters with patients with varying conditions, nurses become more prone to infectious agents like bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. This type of exposure makes nurses and healthcare staff more prone to diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Ebola, Influenza, MRSA, Tuberculosis, SARS, and MERS.

Healthcare workers and patients can sometimes be unprotected from chemical hazards as well. These hazards include several different anesthetic gases, aerosolized medications, chemotherapy medications, cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing agents, medical supplies and instruments, and fixative chemicals used for tissue specimens.

In addition to the infectious and chemical hazards, healthcare workers must also avoid damaging effects from the physical demands of the job. Injuries can occur frequently and they are often related to patient handling that involves heavy lifting and awkward body positions.

Lastly, the threat of violence and stress is equally as important to safety. Many healthcare workers experience physical and emotional stress which can contribute to health problems. This also has an impact on patient care and it can contribute to errors, patient falls, and other unfortunate outcomes.

The impact that these hazards can have on nurses and patients can be deadly and devastating, so it’s extremely important this month and every day of the year to improve safety and minimize any risks involved. The following suggestions will help nurses advocate for safety and make progress with their quality of work and patient care:

  • The first thing that every nurse and healthcare worker should do is to promote and support anyone and everyone who is an advocate for safety. A culture of this nature encourages everyone to be open and honest — plus it allows for learning from mistakes and transparency with any errors. Nurses that work in a safety-conscious culture will be more empowered to speak up when something is unsafe and they don’t have to fear any potential repercussions.
  • Another strategy for safety includes effective communication. By collaborating with each other and communicating appropriately, nurses will be able to provide better hand-offs and more detailed information on their patients. Implementing hourly rounding will help to communicate with patients on bathing, bathroom, or other health needs and this can eliminate fall risks and other health hazards for all parties.
  • Following protocol and policy as well as nursing standards of practice is essential to safety. Safety mechanisms are built into these policies and standards so it becomes extremely important to follow each step involved. Initiating fall precautions and turning patients should not be skipped or ignored and resources should be implemented for safe patient handling, transfer, etc. Harm and human error increase with each missed care for every patient. Time management and ancillary staff are important to executing all safety initiatives and protocols designed for risk depreciation.
  • Patient engagement is another factor that can contribute to maintaining safety. This includes active listening to the patient’s concerns and goals with their care. This will help everyone to stay informed about the needs and desires of the plan of care and it will help to communicate any risks for injury or threats to safety. Another added benefit to patient engagement and open communication is patient education. This provides an opportunity for the nurse to identify gaps in knowledge, but also for the patient to become educated on their health risks. For example, if a patient has a true understanding of their health and disease process they may be less likely to get out of bed without assistance as this would be a risk for injury from falling. The educated patient is a satisfied, protected, and confident patient.
  • The most important part of safety in nursing is learning from past incidents and other near misses. Many nurses will say that the mistakes they have made in the past were defining moments in their career that taught them great lessons. When an error occurs, it is important to review the events of the situation to understand why it happened. A root cause analysis is a strategy that is useful for identifying the cause of the problem in a safety situation. Some may refer to this as a debriefing of sorts as well which can be help immediately following a safety incident. This debriefing is done immediately following the incident so that details of what happened are not forgotten. Healthcare staff and nurses should be encouraged to immerse themselves in safety leader positions, officers, and management teams. Becoming an advocate for safety starts with taking on the role of someone who can hold others accountable.

Let us focus this month and beyond on minimizing risk and maximizing safety in all healthcare settings and segments!

 

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7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

Travel Nurse with ice cream

Check out these 7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs!

Summer is here and not only is the livin’ easy, but great Travel Nursing jobs are easy to find!

The fairer season means the whole world comes alive from coast to coast, and there’s no better time to spin your compass, pack your bags, take the leap, become a Travel Nurse, and explore the country.

May we suggest one of these 7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs as you embark on your next adventure?

Ready, set, go!

California

California couple dog

California here you come!

The Golden State is considered by many to be *the* very best state for Travel Nursing! Not only is it brimming with outstanding nature and geographic diversity, it’s also got some of the nation’s most beloved big cities, like San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. From north to south, there’s a little something for everyone here, and strict nurse to patient ratio laws mean the jobs are always plentiful in California. Summer is an absolutely amazing time explore the great outdoors, urban activities, and bounty of beaches located here. And don’t forget wine country! Whether you’re a wine drinker or not, this beautiful region Is truly something to behold.

If you want to learn more about the great Golden State, click here to check our California State Spotlight.

Or, if you’re already sold, click here for amazing job opportunities and California adventures.

North Carolina sunset

North Carolina sunsets are something to see!

North Carolina

Here comes another fabulous place to hit the beach this summer! North Carolina has some of the nation’s nicest beaches. I have personally witnessed one of the most beautiful beach sunsets I’ve ever seen within its bounds! In addition to beautiful beaches, get ready to explore the Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, a boatload of picturesque lighthouses, intriguing historical sites, and so much more. Oh, and the food here is amazing! From the perfect southern biscuits, fried chicken, and shrimp & grits to the distinct style of tangy BBQ and beyond, food is just one more reason to take a bite out of North Carolina.

Check out our North Carolina State Spotlight to learn more about this incredible state!

Or, if you’re ready to see all that NC has to offer, click here to find your dream job in North Carolina.

Virginia

Virginia hike

Virginia is for lovers of hiking, history, and so much more!

Virginia is perfectly located for summer excursions throughout the south and upper east coast — not that you even need to leave the state to do and see some awesome stuff! There a ton of really cool historical sites here like Jamestown, Arlington National Cemetery, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, and many more. The nature is also amazing from gorgeous beaches — like the famous Virginia Beach — to the stunning peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to take a spin on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway as well! And, for when you won’t be behind the wheel, Virginia is a surprisingly popular wine destination — with 250+ wineries and lots of scenic wine trails where you can enjoy the view and pop in and out of picturesque small towns and intriguing historical sites.

Click here for Travel Nurse opportunities in Virginia.

Kansas City

Missouri is in bloom in the summer months!

Missouri

The Show-Me State is great fun in the summertime! Missouri has everything from an extensive network of 600+ caves to world-class dining and high-end shopping in urban centers like Kansas City and St. Louis. Get kitschy with the nightline in Branson, drop some coin in Silver Dollar City, and marvel at the Gateway Arch or get weird at the City Museum in St. Louis. You can also pay tribute to the amazingly wise Mark Twain in his hometown of Hannibal. And who needs coastlines anyway when you’ve got Missouri’s many lakes — most famously the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks, which stretches across four counties in central Missouri.

Click here to find your perfect gig in Missouri.

Washington

"Seattle, Washington"

Washington summer are wonderful!

The Evergreen State is an amazing sight to see in the summer months! Majestic natural experiences abound here from the Cascade Range to Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier — the latter which can spied through many a café window in Seattle. Speaking of the Emerald City, Seattle truly blossoms in the summer months, when the rain tends to slow and the sunshine promotes all kinds of urban outdoor experiences. Take in the Puget Sound, eat some of the finest seafood and other cuisine you can imagine, visit the iconic Pike Place Market and the first-ever Starbucks location, and get artsy at the Chihuly Garden and Olympic Sculpture Park. Whether you like cityscapes or wide open spaces, Washington will not disappoint!

Click here to explore great Travel Nurse jobs in Washington.

Wisconsin Devil's Lake

Wisconsin is the land of 15,000 lakes!

Wisconsin

Summer is the very best time to visit the Midwest and Wisconsin is great proof of that. While Minnesota is famous for its 10,000 lakes, The Badger State actually boasts 15,000 gorgeous, natural lakes that are heaven for swimming, fishing, boating, and more. The Wisconsin Dells is a must-do when you visit Wisconsin. There are a ton of cool attractions and activities there, like waterparks, casinos, museums, zip-line adventures, amusement parks, horseback riding, and loads more. Cities like Milwaukee and Madison both have a high cool factor, because there you’ll be treated to great dining, shopping, museums, music, craft beer, and much more.

Click here to check out incredible Travel Nurse jobs in Wisconsin.

Maryland

A female Maryland Blue Crab from the Chesapeake Bay walks along a pier after being caught by a fisherman in the late afternoon.

Maryland is famous for its crab cakes, crab dip, crab chips, steamed crabs … sensing a theme here?

Travel Nursing is all about freedom, so what better state to visit than The Free State. If you like seafood, top-notch hospitals, history and culture, this is a great state for you. Maryland is also known as “Little America” for it’s insane amount of geographic diversity — it contains nearly every type of terrain and natural feature throughout the nation all in one compact little package. It’s unlikely you’ll run out of things to do and see in Maryland, but don’t forget, Washington D.C. is right next door, giving you access to even more cool stuff to do and see on your journey.

Check out our Maryland State Spotlight to learn more about this super cool state!

Or, if you’re ready to check out opportunities in The Free State, click here to discover great Travel Nursing jobs in Maryland.

If none of these 7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs trip your trigger, there are plenty of other places to roam this summer! Click here to explore all current Travel Nurse job opportunities!

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Congrats to March 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Shad

Congrats to our March Traveler of the Month, Shad, pictured here with his traveling companions, his wife, Leidy, son Hazard, and dog, Jack!

Many thanks and congrats to the March 2017 Traveler of the Month, Shad B., and also our Rising Star winner, Marcisha H.!

Traveler of the Month Shad is a Tele Med Surg RN who works with Career Consultant Greg A., whom he says is a “top-notch” recruiter. He’s currently working in beautiful northern California.

Shad’s been a nurse for six years and Travel Nursing for two years. His favorite location thus far was Sheridan, Wyoming.

“My family loves the western culture out there and my son was born there,” says Shad. “I travel with my lovely wife, Leidy, 16-month old son, Hazard, and a dog named Jack. We live in a 5th wheel RV.”

Shad’s passions include his family, racquetball, and chess.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is the freedom to roam and choose where you will work,” he says.

Shad shared these great tips for new Travel Nurses: “It would be wise to really research where your assignment is, so as not to have negative surprises when you get there,” he says. “As for when you’re on the assignment, helping your CNAs out will do wonders for your reputation in the facility.”

Marcisha Travel Nurse

Congrats to our March Rising Star, Marcisha!

Rising Star Marcisha is a Cath/EP/ER RN who’s been a nurse for four years. She’s started Travel Nursing for about a year in 2014 before taking a break to learn Cath and EP. Marcisha returned to Travel Nursing in January 2017 and works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Jackie S. We’re so glad to have you back, Marcisha!

Marcisha is currently on Oakland, California, which she loves!

“I’ve worked in some pretty amazing places, but my favorite so far would have to be Oakland,” says Marcisha. “Coming from a smaller city in Ohio, I have never seen anything like Oakland. Oakland is filled with so much culture, diversity, pride, and history. I realized I couldn’t experience all of the Bay Area in 13 weeks so I had to extend my stay. Oakland has everything at your fingertips including: hiking and biking trails, museums, art, food from all over the world, wineries, breweries, professional sports teams, and most importantly accessible transportation!”

Marcisha says she’s not afraid of the unknown and lives her life by one of her favorite quotes: “If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means you should do it.”

That makes Marcisha a perfect fit for traveling!

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is that it allows me to step out of my comfort zone and essentially become a better nurse,” says Marcisha. “I am able to meet and care for people from all walks of life and build friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Here are Marcisha’s tips for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. “No hospital or unit is going to be perfect, you have to learn how to find a happy medium.”
  2. “Always be flexible! It shows the staff you are willing to step in and help them during their time of need.”
  3. “Enjoy your time in every new place. Get out and explore, meet new people, build friendships, and just embrace every moment of this adventure we call life!”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions March 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Shad and Marcisha, we thank you so much for your incredible talents and amazing commitment to providing awesome 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 to see if 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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State Spotlight: New Jersey

New Jersey Map

Enjoy Jersey’s white sand beaches, delicious food, fun summer attractions, and close proximity to NYC and Philly this year!

Because The Jersey Shore is a wonderful place to spend the summer, this month’s State Spotlight takes us to New Jersey. Sure, there are plenty of Jersey haters out there and sometimes the state gets a bad rap, but if you really take the time to learn what The Garden State’s all about you’ll be smitten faster than you can say, “Cabs are here!”

Travel Nursing in New Jersey   

New Jersey’s a great state for Travel Nurses — with plenty to do in the state/region and lots of great facilities to call home for 13 weeks at a time. The state boasts a wide-ranging network of acute care and specialty hospitals that provide inpatient care for behavioral health, rehab, and long term acute care. All of New Jersey’s 21 counties have at least one such facility, which means residents have access to great care throughout The Garden State.

New Jersey is home to 112 hospitals, including Hackensack University Medical Center, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in New Jersey and which is nationally ranked in four adult specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in New Jersey are: Morristown Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and (tied for fifth) AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and Valley Hospital.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked New Jersey #14 on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report recognized New Jersey’s “world-class universities, leading technology and biological science firms and one fast turnpike” and ranked the state second in education and eighth in healthcare.

As for licensing, New Jersey is not a walk through state, nor a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state. Click here for more info on licensing in New Jersey.

To Do & See in New Jersey

The Garden State is a wonderful hodgepodge of rural and urban adventure! Get ready to dig in at your favorite diner, kick back on the boardwalk, crank some Springsteen, and take your place as a total Travel Nurse BOSS.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

New Jersey’s Atlantic City Boardwalk is the longest in the world! Atlantic City is also known for its casinos, great nightlife, delicious food, and beautiful beaches!

As you can imagine, summer is the perfect time to enjoy the famous Jersey Shore — which spans 127 miles of coastline, from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Forget the drunken clamor of MTV’s eponymous reality show, because the Jersey Shore’s white sand beaches are an incredible place to soak up a truly awesome beach experience. Imagine your days off chock-full of sun, sand, and surf! The Shore also offers aquatic adventure in the form of barrier islands and bays where you can explore historic lighthouses, quaint fishing villages, and more.

Whether you’re after art, culture, or history, New Jersey’s many museums and historical sites will excite. Some of the best such locations in the state include the New Jersey State Museum, Newark Museum, Liberty Science Center, Montclair Art Museum, the USS New Jersey, Garden State Discovery Museum, the Aviation Hall of Fame, Cape May Lighthouse, Old Barracks Museum, and the Princeton University Art Museum.

If you like your museums a little kooky, there’s also Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Atlantic City or the Silverball Pinball Museum in Asbury Park! Adventure Aquarium and Delaware River Tubing also top many to-do lists for New Jersey. Plus, the state’s got a lot of vineyards popping up such as the popular Beneduce Vineyards, Unionville Vineyards, Heritage Winery, Auburn Road Vineyards, Tomasello Winery, and many more.

Sports fans will love to hit the stands in support of one of Jersey’s pro sports teams, which include the New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Red Bulls, New Jersey Devils, Sky Blue FC, and the New York Riveters.

Assorted Sweet Saltwater Taffy on a Background

New Jersey is home to delicious things like saltwater taffy, tomato pie, Italian hot dogs, Jersey-style Sloppy Joes, and so much more!

While New Jersey might not be the first place that pops to mind when it comes to culinary delights, the state has plenty of good eats and great variety. First off, they don’t call it the Garden State for nothing. New Jersey’s third-largest industry is food & agriculture, with 9,000+ farms in-state producing more than 100 kinds of fruits and veggies — most famously, the Jersey tomato.

New Jersey is famous for being the “diner capital of the world” so you’ll be in diner heaven when on assignment there. According to Thrillist, some of the state’s best diners include The Summit Diner, The Pop Shop, Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory, Ponzio’s, Americana, White Mana, and White Rose Diner. Yum!

Other famous New Jersey food experiences include submarine sandwiches, saltwater taffy, Taylor pork rolls, Italian hot dogs, and tomato pie. Wash it all down with a Welch’s Grape Juice, originally conceived in Jersey, or a Boylan’s soda and you’ll be living like a true New Jerseyan! Also, if you’re offered a Sloppy Joe in Jersey don’t expect a Manwich. Jersey-style Sloppy Joes are double decker deli sandwiches, with multiple types of cold cuts, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye.

New Jersey Outdoors

New Jersey is home to 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the Pineland National Reserve, and many other beautiful outdoor sights!

While New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the union, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the great outdoors. In addition to the beaches, another excellent choice for outdoor activity is the Pinelands National Reserve in southern New Jersey, which boasts 1.1-million acres! This area has such a unique natural habitat, that in 1983 the United Nations named it an International Biosphere Reserve. Here you’ll find an intriguing blend of flora and fauna, from orchids to carnivorous plants to the Pinelands tree frog and rare pygmy pitch pines. You’ll also find great opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, and more with this beautiful, pristine wilderness as your view along the way. Pinelands National Reserve also has some great sites within its boundaries where you can learn about the history and culture of The Garden State.

And don’t forget to check out the 72 miles of The Appalachian Trail that travel through New Jersey!

If you’re more of a city mouse, you’ll love the world-class dining, shopping, entertainment, and casinos located in Jersey’s urban areas like Newark, Jersey City, Trenton, Atlantic City, Hoboken, and more.

Plus, in addition to the state’s many exciting sights and attractions, New Jersey is a fabulous jump-off point for exploring the greater East Coast area. In fact, Jersey’s just minutes away from two of America’s greatest cities — Manhattan on the east and Philadelphia on the west!

New Jersey Fast Facts

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Greetings and Fun Facts from New Jersey!

State Nickname: The Garden State

Capital: Trenton

Largest City: Newark

National Park Sites: 12

State Parks, State Forests, and State Recreation Areas: 50

State Motto: “Liberty and Prosperity”

State Flower: Purple Violet

State bird: American Goldfinch

New Jersey is the third state and was one of the 13 original colonies.

Bubble wrap, Teflon, Band-Aids, saltwater taffy, bar codes, TV dinners, and the light bulb were all invented in New Jersey.

Street names in the original Monopoly game are all based on actual streets in Atlantic City.

New Jersey is home to approximately 127 miles of coastline.

Bruce Springsteen

Famous New Jerseyans include Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Joe Pesci, Fetty Wap, and many other notable folks!

The Atlantic City Boardwalk is the oldest boardwalk in the U.S. and the longest boardwalk in the entire world!

The first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken in 1846 and, in more sports new, the first professional basketball game was played in Trenton in 1896.

New Jersey is one of only two states that prohibits self-service gas stations. (The other is Oregon.)

In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened just outside of Camden, New Jersey.

Famous folks from New jersey include Bruce Willis, Buzz Aldrin, Judy Blume, Jon Bon Jovi, Kellyanne Conway, David Copperfield, Glenn Danzig, Danny DeVito, Peter Dinklage, Michael Douglas, Allen Ginsburg, Chelsea Handler, Lauryn Hill, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Jerry Lewis, Ray Liotta, Kurt Loder, George R.R. Martin, Jack Nicholson, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Parcells, Alice Paul, Joe Pesci, Kelly Ripa, Frank Sinatra, Kevin Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, John Travolta, Fetty Wap, and Wendy Williams.

New Jersey is dubbed “the diner capital of the world” for its sheer number of greasy spoon eateries.

New Jersey was the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.

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Benefits: United Healthcare Virtual Visits

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So sick you don’t want to leave the house? UHC’s Virtual Visits have you covered!

Travel Nurses are always on the go. Which makes United Healthcare’s Virtual Visits a great fit for your busy lifestyle!

If you have medical insurance coverage through United Healthcare, you can take advantage of their Virtual Visits to see and talk to a doctor from the comfort of home — or wherever you are! Simply use your mobile device of computer to connect. Virtual Visits do not require an appointment, typically take just about 10-15 minutes, and doctors can write prescriptions, if necessary.

Plus, UHC’s Virtual Visits are included with your health benefits and available at no extra cost to you! 

Virtual Visits are ideal for times when your doctor is unavailable or you’re traveling, but not so good for anything requiring an exam or test, complex or chronic conditions, sprains/broken bones or injuries necessitating bandages. As a nurse with an in-depth understanding of healthcare, you’re uniquely equipped to understand when the best time to use a Virtual Visit might be, but some common conditions treated via Virtual Visits include:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Cold/flu/sore throat
  • Bronchitis
  • Bladder/urinary tract infection
  • Migraines
  • Pink eye
  • Rash
  • Sinus issues
  • Stomach ache

So, how do you access Virtual Visits?

It’s simple. Just log in at myuhc.com and choose from provider sites where you can register for a Virtual Visit. Services may vary by state, so be sure to check out what’s available in your area.

Once you’ve registered and requested a visit, you’ll pay your portion of service costs per your plan (just as you would a co-pay) and then enter a virtual waiting room. The doctor will appear when he or she is ready to see you, and you’ll have their undivided attention to discuss your health concerns with them.

For more information on Virtual Visits, login to myuhc.com. If you want to learn more about Medical Solutions’ benefits, click here.

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