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Happy Nurses Week 2017!

Medical Solutions Nurses Week

Let’s get this party started, Nurses!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Nurses Week!

We hope you are making the most of this week that’s meant to honor YOU and all of your hard work as the backbone of the healthcare industry.

Make sure to snag a free Cinnabon this week and also to make time to visit WeLoveOurNurses.com, where you can join the celebration and take the “What Kind of Party Are You?” quiz to be entered to win one of 50 awesome prizes!

There’s also a bundle of shareable Nurses Week eCards, a Spotify Party Playlist, scholarship opportunity, and more, including this original music video tribute to nurses. Check it out below — and enjoy your Nurses Week!

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Party Like It’s Nurses Week 2017!

Medical Solutions Nurses Week

Let’s get this party started, Nurses!

 

Nurses Week is coming up, May 6-12, 2017, and at Medical Solutions, that means we absolutely can’t wait to party with our Travelers and all of the amazing Nurses out there!

Unless you simply hate fun, you won’t want to miss this year’s shindig at WeLoveOurNurses.com, which is filled with music, prizes, a quiz, scholarship contest, shareable eCards, and a very special video tribute to Nurses.

Here are some more details about the festivities at WeLoveOurNurses.com:

Medical Solutions Celebrates Nurses Music Video

Nurses are forever our muse! That’s why Medical Solutions had our pal C. Young create a very special jam honoring nurses everywhere. This week and always, we have so much love for the scrubs. This video is just one way for us to express our heartfelt gratitude for everything you do for your patients and the healthcare field in general.

Medical Solutions Nurses Week 2017 Spotify Playlist 

What’s a party without great music? Well, just a way less cool party, basically. To make sure this celebration is truly off the chain, we’ve created a special Nurses Week 2017 playlist on Spotify that is sure to keep the good times rolling in style. Go ahead — dance like no one is watching!

“What Kind of Party Are You?” Quiz

As we party hearty, you can take this quiz to answer the long-burning question: What kind of party are you anyway?! BONUS: Taking the quiz is how you get entered to win one of 50 totally awesome party favors — er, prizes — including:

  • Thirty $50 Amazon Gift Cards
  • Five Amazon Tap Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speakers
  • Three Apple iPad Mini 2s
  • Three Pizza Parties Catered in for You and Your Unit
  • Three $120 Alegria Shoes Gift Cards
  • Three $60 Wonder Wink Scrubs Gift Cards
  • Three $25 Sockwell Socks Gift Cards

Medical Solutions’ 6th Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest

Nursing school is where the healthcare professional party gets started! That is why this annual contest supports the development of the next generation of Nurse leaders and educators. Three lucky undergraduate Nurse Scholars will each win $2,000 to offset their education costs. It’s like a party in your bank account!

Click here to learn more and to enter the 6th Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest. Be sure to share this incredible opportunity with the nursing students in your life!

Medical Solutions Nurses Week

One of three awesome, shareable Nurses Week eCards!

Shareable Nurses Week eCards

Bring the Nurses Week party to social media and beyond with three exclusive shareable eCards! You can post the eCards to your Facebook page and then tag your nurse friends and co-workers — or share them to their walls, too. The eCards can also be downloaded so that you can share them on other sites or email them to your favorite nurses.

Discover Travel Nursing

If you’re new to the party when it comes to Travel Nursing, Medical Solutions shares some info on this amazing career path — including some Travel Nurse FAQs and the chance to get your travel career kick-started.

Ready to get in on all of this incredible nurse-related revelry? Visit WeLoveOurNurses.com now to join the party!

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Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2016 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Medical Solutions is so very proud of and thankful for our 2016 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award winners.

We know that all of our Travelers and Career Consultants are the very best in the business, and we look forward to these annual awards as a way to recognize several of our top team members for everything they do in the pursuit of providing great patient care nationwide.

Read on to learn more about these incredible 2016 winners!

Patricia Travel Nurse

Congrats to our Traveler of the Year, Patricia “Trish” O., pictured her with her dog, Chinook, and her youngest son, Eric.

Traveler of the Year

Congrats to Patricia “Trish” O., our 2016 Traveler of the Year, who won an Apple iPad Air, a $50 Amazon gift card, and some cupcakes and other yummy baked goods delivered for her and her whole unit! Trish works with Career Consultant Aaron B. who thinks she is just the bee’s knees.

Traveler of the Year is chosen annually from the pool of 12 Traveler of the Month winners from throughout the year. Trish is an RN who specializes in Geriatrics, with experience in Rehab and Med Surg, and she was the June 2016 Traveler of the Month. She’s been traveling about four years now, but she’s been in the nursing field in one way or another since age 16!

“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. She now hits the road with her Alaskan Husky, Chinook, who she says is great company.

Trish’s 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 and we hope she finds plenty of inspiration through her travels!

Here’s some great advice from Trish for new or aspiring Travel Nurses:

“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!”

We are SO thankful for you, Trish! You are an amazing caregiver and one of the strongest people we know. Congrats!

2016 Service That Inspires Award Winner, Joe W., and his crew are all smiles at the beach in Marcos Island!

Service That Inspires Award Winner

Joe and Brennen

Joe and his partner Brennen are an amazing RN duo!

Congrats to our 2016 Service That Inspires Award Winner, Joe W., who won an Amazon Echo Tap, a $50 Amazon gift card, and dinner catered in for him and his unit!

Joe is a BSN, RN working in ICU and he travels with Career Consultant Jen L. Here’s some of what Jen had to say in her nomination of Joe:

“Joe is one of the most amazing nurses I have ever worked with! Joe came to me wanting to travel along with his partner who is also an ICU RN. At the hospital where we found a job for Joe, the manager said in the interview that she does not hire traveling pairs. Joe and his partner decided Joe should take the job anyway and his partner would join at a later date on another assignment. Just weeks after Joe’s arrival, the manager changed her mind and his partner is now working there with him based on his work ethic, his knowledge, and how well he gets along with the staff!

On multiple occasions, patient families have sung the praises of Joe’s professionalism, character, and his empathy for their situations. One family member even handed Joe his very own nomination for a Daisy award, not knowing that Joe wasn’t supposed to know about it and it was to go to the manager.

Another family member who lost his father while in the ICU wrote a letter to the VP of Nursing Services, CEO, COO, and CMO praising Joe for his care of the family and helping them through the most difficult decision of removing the family member off of life support.

Joe is the nurse that I would want taking care of myself or my family member. He is funny, kind, caring, compassionate, and he is exactly the kind of nurse that we want representing Medical Solutions.”

Bailey

Bailey loves hitting the road with her dads!

Joe has a total of 18 years of patient care experience; he was an EMS for 15 years and has been in nursing for three years. He’s currently on assignment in Indiana, where he says “the people are awesome!” Joe travels with his partner Brennen, who is also a Travel Nurse, and their English Springer Spaniel, Bailey.

Joe says the best thing about Travel Nursing is “meeting new people and learning new things.” Here’s his advice for succeeding as a Travel Nurse.

Definitely keep an open mind and be open to change. Being flexible with schedules and patient assignments helps beyond measure! A positive attitude and patience will go a long way.”

Thank you, Joe, for being such a great nurse and for providing service that inspires!

Recruiter of the Year Winners

Congrats to our amazing 2016 Recruiter of the Year winners, Stephanie Balkovec and Jon Laubert!

Stephanie and Jon were chosen as 2016 Recruiter of the Year winners based on glowing nominations from their happy Travelers. These two represent exactly what it means to be a Medical Solutions Career Consultant: They truly care about their Travelers and are always there for them any time of day or night, and in any matter personal or professional. Many of their Travelers said that Jon and Steph are not just great recruiters (though, make no mistake, they are that too!), but that they are also really great friends to their nurses before, during, and after their assignments!

Here are some comments from Stephanie’s Traveler nominations:   

Recruiter of the Year

This is Stephanie back in the day. She was born adorable! Congrats, Stephanie!

“Stephanie is a rock star!! She is on her game 100% of the time and I can depend on her no matter what! She is also extremely kind, thoughtful, and seems to check in when I need her the most! Our working styles are very similar and because of this she has helped make my travel dreams come true!! I am SO GRATEFUL for her!!

“Stephanie works extremely hard with me as a team to make sure I have the contracts and assignments I want. She continues to meets my needs as a professional Travel Nurse with a personal touch. As my Career Consultant, she is a great listener, understands and caters to my likes, dislikes, and any concerns I may have. I have had many recruiters, in the past with different companies, none like Stephanie Balkovec and Medical Solutions. The absolute best!”

“Stephanie has been so wonderful during the last nine months of correspondence. Even before I officially signed with Medical Solutions she spent countless hours answering my questions via phone and email. Now, during my first assignment, she is always available and quick to respond with continuous questions. I couldn’t ask for this transition to go any smoother. And she sent me a lil’ sweet treat after my first month. It’s always great to receive mail so far away from home. Thank you Stephanie!”

Click here to learn more about Stephanie.

Here are some comments from Jon’s Traveler nominations:   

Recruiter of the Year

And here’s Lil’ Jon back in the day! Congrats, Jon!

“Jon is always willing to do anything and everything in his power to help me succeed. He’s available 24/7 for anything I needed help with. Whether it’s a friendly reminder for a timesheet so that I got paid on time or trying to get me out of a sticky situation, he was always there! Very respectful of the fact that I work nights as well. A huge plus for a night shifter!! He was Robin to my Batman and I’ll always be grateful for his service and expertise!”

“As a newer Traveler with tons of questions, Jon has always come to my rescue. He makes me feel like I truly am top priority even when I know he is busy. He works very hard to get me the best job possible and I truly appreciate everything he does.  You truly have a winner here and you should never let him go!!!”

“Jon is more than my recruiter and he always goes above and beyond. He’s always accessible and I feel like it’s not just his job but his mission to make sure I always have what I need. He’s there to share in my successes, but more importantly he is a supportive friend when I need a someone to vent my frustrations to. I never feel like he is rushed or distracted when we speak and it feels like I’m dealing with an old friend who’s genuinely interested in what is going on while I’m fulfilling my assignment. Medical Solutions is a better company because of his dedication to his Travelers. I feel fortunate to have crossed paths with Jon and look forward to many years of successful assignments because of his dedication.”

Click here to learn more about Jon.

Congrats again to Stephanie and Jon for winning this year’s Recruiter of the Year Awards! We received TONS of truly amazing nominations for many of our Career Consultants, so we also want to recognize that all of them are amazing at what they do.

If you’re a Traveler and you’ve yet to find your perfect Career Consultant match, click here to get to know our team members!

 

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Start Your Medical Solutions Career with a $500 Bonus!

Medical Solutions BonusThere are already SO MANY reasons to start a Travel Nursing career with Medical Solutions — and now there are 500 more.

For a limited time, brand new Medical Solutions Travelers will be eligible for a $500 bonus after completing their first five weeks on assignment.

So, if you or someone you know is thinking about taking the plunge into the wonderful world of Travel Nursing, now is the perfect time. And remember, Medical Solutions also offers a $500 referral bonus, so you and your friend could each end up with an extra $500.

Plus, Medical Solutions offers a $600 loyalty bonus for every 600 hours worked, so you and your crew could have bonuses coming out the wazoo!

To receive the Medical Solutions $500 new Traveler bonus, you must:

  • Have not previously worked a standard travel assignment with Medical Solutions
  • Start an assignment with us anytime from October 1, 2016 through January 14, 2017
  • Complete at least five weeks of your assignment

Medical Solutions Travelers report that their careers allow them freedom from hospital politics, the flexibility to take assignments and time off whenever they choose, amazing skill development and resume-building opportunities, the ability to travel with families and/or pets in tow, the chance to explore new, bucket list-level places, and so much more.

Still on the fence? Visit our homepage and check out some of our Travelers’ beautiful pictures and stories about their wonderful experiences. Here’s a quick sample of the thousands of amazing stories we hear from Medical Solutions Travel Nurses.

Lauren S. said: “Travel Nursing has helped me become a braver person and ziplining through the Redwoods is part of the new me.”

Medical Solutions Travel Nurse Jordan

Jordan W. and her pup are very happy Travelers!

Jessica said: “What better way to see the country, be a permanent tourist, advance your nursing skills, and figure out where you want to live when you grow up? Travel Nursing is the best!”

Jordan W. said: “Being a Travel Nurse is amazing because with each new assignment comes the chance to grow in my career. Thanks to Medical Solutions, I am becoming a more diverse nurse. Medical Solutions has always been there for me. I honestly think I have the best recruiter possible.”

Click here to take your first step on an amazing journey and career, in which an extra $500 is just one among many bonuses — financial and otherwise — that await you!

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Meet Us in Las Vegas for TravCon 2016!

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

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

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

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

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

This year’s sessions will cover topics including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Winners for 2016

Congrats Isabelle!

Congrats, Isabelle L.!

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.

Congrats, Katherine W.!

Congrats, Katherine W.!

“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.

Congrats, Katelyn S.!

Congrats, Katelyn S.!

“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!

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Celebrate Nurses Week 2016 with Medical Solutions!

Celebrate Nurses Week 2016 with Medical Solutions!

Yippee! Celebrate Nurses Week 2016 with fun contests, shareable eCards, and more!

April showers will soon give way to May flowers, which also means it’s almost time for Nurses Week!

National Nurses Week is celebrated May 6-12 each year, ending on nursing icon Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Medical Solutions thinks nurses are a BIG deal, so naturally, we like to make a really big deal out of celebrating the selfless, talented, dedicated, amazing, unsung heroes of healthcare. We hope you’ll celebrate Nurses Week 2016 with Medical Solutions — or rather, allow us to properly celebrate YOU! Here’s what we’ve got going on over at our Nurses Week site WeLoveOurNurses.com:

We Heart RNs Tribute Video

It’s true: We LOVE RNs. And CNAs, LPNs, NPs — ALL of the amazing nursing professionals who are out there giving their all in the name of excellent patient care. So this year, Medical Solutions gathered together our team, members of the community, and some very special guests to honor nurses by creating a very special tribute video which will be revealed on May 6 to kick off Nurses Week festivities.

#NurseLaughLove Instagram Contest

We know our Travel Nurses love the work they do, which got us curious about their other passions in life. Nurses are welcome to enter this contest by sharing pictures of whatever they want to profess their love for to Instagram with the hashtag #NurseLaughLove. Profile must be public for entry to count and entrants are eligible to win one of 10 Amazon gift cards varying in amounts from $50 to $100 to — grand prize — $250! Get creative and show us the love, nurses!

The 5th Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship

For the fifth year running, Medical Solutions will host and fund the Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest. In light of the ever-growing nationwide nurse shortage, our team wants to support the education and development of future nurses and nurse leaders. Three lucky nurse scholars will each win a $2,000 scholarship to put towards their education costs!

Show ’em the Love Mentor Contest

Strong nursing mentors help create strong nurses and nurse leaders. Most nurses have a mentor or two who really stand out as having helped make them the nurse they are today. So, tell us: Who is your beloved mentor — the wind beneath your nursing wings — and why? Three mentor/mentee pairs will be randomly chosen as winners. All six will win a $100 Ulta gift card and the three winning mentees will also each win a $50 Tafford Uniforms gift card!

Nurses Week eCards

Choose from three fun Nurses Week eCards. Download and/or share via Facebook to give to friends and colleagues, or to celebrate yourself this Nurses Week!

All nurses are welcome to visit WeLoveOurNurses.com to enter these contests, win prizes, share eCards, watch the nurse tribute video, and generally join in the fun celebration with your fellow nurses!

Happy Nurses Week! Love, Medical Solutions.

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Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

We’d like to say a big thanks and congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners.

Medical Solutions is blessed with the best Travelers and Career Consultants around. We love to celebrate their awesomeness and mutual dedication to facilitating excellent patient care, and these annual awards are just one great way to do that.

Read on to learn more about the amazing, inspiring 2015 winners!

Traveler of the Year

Congrats and kudos to Barbara H., our 2015 Traveler of the Year, who was awarded with a Sonos Play 1 Bluetooth Speaker, a $50 Amazon gift card, and lunch catered in for her and her unit!

Traveler of the Year is chosen annually from the pool of 12 Traveler of the Month winners from throughout the year. Barb was the November 2015 Traveler of the Month — but guess what else? Barb was also our May 2014 Traveler of the Month, and we were able to surprise her with that good news in person. Check it out! (But mind your volume button at you watch — the cheers got pretty loud for Barb!)

Barb is a nursing vet of 33 years with experience in ICU/ER, Home Health, Hospice, and PACU. She began traveling in the late ’80s and says traveling has become so much easier with the increased technology like smartphones, computers, and GPS. Barb travels with her canine companions, Kona and Lucy.

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Barb’s dog Kona is one of her adventuring companions.

“I love the challenge of coming to a new area and hospital and learning their processes,” says Barb. “It keeps my brain young. I want to thank my recruiter Ronnie E. for being my guide through this adventure for the past three years. Traveling is not all roses but if you are up for something different it is fun.”

Barb’s Career Consultant Ronnie E. praises her “phenomenal attitude” and he says it makes her a joy to work with.

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Lucy also loves an adventure!

“Barb always gets great reviews from hospitals and personnel,” he says. “You can just tell by talking with her that she really cares about her job. We have a mutual trust and respect for one another. I LOVE having Barb on the team. She is definitely an MVP in my book.”

For new or aspiring Travel Nurses, Barb shared some fabulous advice with us when she won her first Traveler of the Month award back in 2014:

“Be flexible. Assignments and details can change in a heartbeat; you need to go with the flow and not get stressed. Always be courteous and gracious at an assignment. If three different people say the same thing to you thank each and every one of them. They are not doing it to belittle you they just don’t know what other people have told you. Show confidence in your skill, not arrogance, for that radiates to the staff nurses. Go do things with staff members if asked, a great way to see the area and form a friendship with the staff.”

Thanks for the great advice and dedication to patient care, Barb, and congrats on a well-deserved award!

Services That Inspires Award Winner

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Service That Inspires Award winner, Sara O., more than makes the cut for her patients!

The 2015 Service That Inspires Award winner is Sara O., RN, BSN, OCN. Like Barb, Sara was awarded with a Sonos Play 1 Bluetooth Speaker, a $50 Amazon gift card, and lunch catered in for her and her unit!

Sara is an Oncology nurse, currently on assignment in Idaho, who’s been in nursing for eight years and traveling for about three years. Her Career Consultant Derek F. nominated Sara for the Service That Inspires Award because of her day-to-day commitment to patient care and a very special story from her recent Seattle assignment.

“Sara’s level of patient care is out of this world,” says Derek. “The passion and energy she puts forth comes from a place within that is genuine and truly heartfelt. I’ve been lucky to have worked with her, but she has also turned out to be a great friend. It’s people like her that are positively infectious to work with.”

As for that very special story … we’ll let Sara tell it in her own words:

“I was working in Seattle and had a 20-year-old kid with lymphoma. She always had the best attitude and we instantly bonded. She would bring some of her family members and sometimes her boyfriend and we always had a good time while she was getting her treatments. Well, one day she came in to my clinic and told me she was starting to lose her hair. I told her that she needed to have a shaving party and invite all her family and friends over and shave off her hair. Then I said that if she decided to have a shaving party, I would come and she could shave my head first … so that’s what we did! On the day of the shaving party, we took some before and after pictures and three other people besides myself decided to participate. Her boyfriend, her uncle, and a dear family friend that had shoulder length hair. My patient did the honors, shaving my head first, followed by the rest of the participants. She was last; each person took turns and I did the honors of completing the job. It is a day I will always remember, with a patient I will never forget.”

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

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Sara obviously truly cares for her patients, but she also loves the adventure and flexibility afforded to her through her career on Travel Nursing.

“Travel Nursing is a great way to LIVE and not just exist. You explore, experience, love, and learn. One of my favorite things currently is that I get to live close to my grandparents, which is the first time my entire life that has been the case,” she says. “Also, I love working for Medical Solutions … and that isn’t just because I won an award. This company has really changed my life, and as long as I travel, I will never work for another company again.”

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

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Awww, thanks Sara, we’re getting a little misty over here! Medical Solutions is so fortunate to have dedicated Travelers like you on our team.

Congrats again on your well-deserved win and thank you for providing services that inspires.

Also, a big thank you to the many Travelers who were nominated by their Career Consultants for this year’s award. You are doing amazing work and it was very hard to choose just one winner!

Recruiter of the Year Winners

Congrats to our awesome 2015 Recruiter of the Year winners: Brad Bell and Jen Lyman!

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Congrats, Jen and Brad! You really are recruiter royalty!

These two exemplify what it means to be a Medical Solutions Career Consultant; they are great communicators, always available for their Travelers, and always keep Travelers’ best interests at the forefront of everything they do! Brad and Jen were chosen as the 2015 Recruiters of the Year based upon some really great Traveler nominations.

Here are a few of Brad’s nominations from his Travelers:

“Brad has definitely gone above and beyond my expectations for a recruiter. He shows a genuine concern for making sure I find the right fit for what I’m looking for, sets realistic expectations, and even checks in to make sure things are going well and I’m adjusting to my new assignment. It’s very evident that he takes a lot of pride in what he does and ensures that he advocates for the nurses he works with.”

“Brad is always on your team. He goes above and beyond and makes this a fun and rewarding journey.”

“Brad has always said he considered his nurses family, but this year he really showed it to me. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, Brad did everything he could to help. At one point I thought I would even break my contract early to go home. Brad was completely supportive even if it created difficulties in his job. I was able to finish the contract, and Brad helped get me a contract a couple hours from home. He regularly checks in on me and my family during dad’s treatments. He’s the best!”

Click here to learn more about Brad.

Here are a few of Jen’s nominations from her Travelers:

“Jen is honest about what to expect and listens to what I want in an assignment. She never tries to push you onto something you’re not interested in. She always gets back to me quickly and is always very helpful if I ever have any questions. I love having her as a recruiter and would recommend her to anyone!”

“Jen has become more than just my recruiter — she is also my friend. She only presents jobs that she knows will fit my needs and interests. She is always ready to answer questions, solve problems, or just let me vent. While I am on assignment she checks on me frequently — I never feel alone. Jen is the reason I stay with Medical Solutions. She has made each travel experience the best it can be.”

“I just love Jen! She really takes care of her nurses and ensures that when you have questions they’re answered promptly any time of the day. She communicates clearly and considerately, and there’s just something about her that’s intrinsically honest —and that’s hard to find in this industry. I never have to second guess anything she tells me and that’s invaluable. I also like that she works to get me competitive rates because while rapport is good, competitive compensation is imperative to a great, long term relationship.”

Click here to learn more about Jen.

Congrats again to Brad and Jen for winning this year’s Recruiter of the Year Awards!  We received TONS of great nominations for so many of our Career Consultants, so we also want to recognize that each of them is amazing at what they do.

If you’re a Traveler and you’ve yet to find your perfect Career Consultant match, click here to get to know our team members!

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Medical Solutions 2015 Year in Review

Medical Solutions 2015 Year in Review

Thanks for a great 2015!

Deflate-gate, Caitlyn Jenner, Adele, Star Wars … these are just a few of the things that stand out when looking back on 2015. In the spirit of the year that was, here’s a quick Medical Solutions 2015 year in review rundown!

Medical Solutions Gives

Because we’re so consistently inspired by everything our nurses give to those in need, we worked to expand our Medical Solutions Gives efforts throughout 2015. On a local level, our internal team continued to volunteer time to causes they care about and participate in donation drives that helped those in need.

On a national level we once again partnered with Planet Water to bring clean, safe drinking water to villages in need. We also branched out to support Nurses House in honor of Nurses Week and forged an excellent partnership with Roundup River Ranch which we will grow in 2016, offering several very special assignments for Travel Nurses and much-needed help for the camp’s attendees — children suffering from serious diseases.

Medical Solutions capped off 2015 giving with a “Say Thanks By Giving” campaign to surprise four Travelers with a donation to the cause they care most about. After hearing about dozens of worthy causes, we donated $8,000 across four Traveler-submitted charities and also gave each of those who submitted a chosen charity a $50 Amazon gift card. (Click here to read more about the awesome Travelers and charities!)

We are committed to putting even more energy into Medical Solutions Gives in 2016, and we thank all the Travelers out there for providing us with such amazing inspiration for helping others and making the world a better place!

Nurses Week

Nurses Week 2015 was celebrated in May with a “Real Nurses of Nurses Week” Instagram feed, eCards, a special donation made to Nurses House in honor of Medical Solutions Travelers, prizes, and the Fourth Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship contest. We’re currently hard at work scheming on Nurses Week 2016 festivities and we look forward to seeing you in May at WeLoveOurNurses.com!

Traveler Survey Results

Four times throughout each year, we send Travelers a survey so that they can give feedback on their experience with Medical Solutions. Traveler feedback is absolutely crucial to helping improve YOUR experience, so we really appreciate all those who shared their valuable opinions!

Once again in 2015, Travelers sang the praises of their Career Consultants who were widely credited with facilitating great communication. We believe a solid, trusting relationship with your recruiter is essential to your career’s success and we’re glad so many of you have found that with Medical Solutions! We’ll continue to do quarterly Traveler surveys in 2016 — and we can’t wait to hear from you. Your feedback truly makes us better able to serve you!

Travel Nurses Day

October 9, 2015 marked the third annual Travel Nurses Day. Medical Solutions created Travel Nurses Day in 2013 as another way to recognize and honor all of the hardworking Travelers out there! In 2015, we celebrated with the Signs You’re a Travel Nurse photo contest, travel libs, photo finds, quizzes and more — which resulted in 24 lucky winners nabbing great prizes like Fitbits, $500 cash, and gift cards to Traveler’s Haven, Tafford Uniforms, Zappos, and Amazon. We look forward to celebrating again with you in 2016 at TravelNursesDay.com!

New Benefits

By popular Traveler demand, in 2015 Medical Solutions added two new voluntary benefits for Travelers: Short-Term Disability Insurance and Critical Illness Insurance. Click here to learn more about these new voluntary benefits, which we hope will provide Travelers with invaluable peace of mind!

Brownie Pops

As 2015 wound down, adorable and tasty brownie pops were delivered to Travelers over the holidays. We hope you found these sweet treats to be as wonderful as we think you are.

Phew! 2015 was quite a year. Thanks so much for continuing to grow alongside Medical Solutions throughout the year that was. We look forward to serving you in 2016 and beyond!

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Nominate YOUR Career Consultant for 2015 Recruiter of the Year!

Nominate YOUR Career Consultant for 2015 Recruiter of the Year!

Does your Career Consultant make you happy enough to do cartwheels? Then click here to nominate YOUR Career Consultant for 2015 Recruiter of the Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, candy canes, Star Wars, and of course — time to nominate YOUR Career Consultant for 2015 Recruiter of the Year!

In 2014, after Healthcare Traveler magazine stopped doing its annual Traveler and Recruiter of the Year awards, Medical Solutions decided to keep the fun and recognition rolling. (Learn more about last year’s winners here.)

Once again, we’ll honor two Travelers and two Career Consultants who went above and beyond in 2015 — and we need your help to make it happen!

Is YOUR Career Consultant the best in the biz? Is he or she the perfect matchmaker of jobs, always quick to answer your call, and always got your back?

If you love your Career Consultant so much you feel like shouting it from the rooftops, be sure to nominate him or her for Recruiter of the Year. It just takes a minute to nominate someone and it’s a great way to make sure your awesome partner in Travel Nursing gets the recognition that he or she deserves.

You should definitely feel free to shout it from the rooftops, too, but in order for your vote to count, please also click here to nominate YOUR Career Consultant for Recruiter of the Year!

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