Category: Travel Nurse Story

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Adventures in Travel Nursing: Oh My Gelli!

Oh My Gelli

Adventures in Travel Nursing: Oh My Gelli!

If the adventure and enrichment of Travel Nursing ever made you think you should start cataloguing your various journeys, then you’ll love Oh My Gelli — a blog authored by Medical Solutions Traveler, Gelli DA.

“I started [the blog] in August of last year as a birthday gift to myself and as another source of income as well,” says Gelli. “Travel Nursing actually played a huge role in my blog because I get to share my experiences with my readers and followers.”

Gelli is an RN specializing in Cardiac Telemetry who’s been in nursing nearly two and a half years. She started Travel Nursing in November 2016 and absolutely fell in love with this intriguing career path. Gelli travels with Career Consultant Kelly S. and is currently on assignment in Virginia.

Oh My Gelli!At Oh My Gelli readers will find a fun hodgepodge of topics discussed in Gelli’s signature insightful style and accompanied with a bright, colorful design and pictures. From haircare and curly hair woes to recipes to Travel Nurse tips and insight about locations and more, there’s a little something for everyone as they follow along on Gelli’s journey.

“I blog about lifestyle, food, and travel,” says Gelli. “As an introvert, it’s totally crazy of me to do Travel Nursing. And my blog is a living proof of that.”

But Gelli’s been buoyed by working with “unbelievably amazing staff” at both of the facilities she’s visited thus far. She also keeps good company, traveling with Luis, her boyfriend who’s also a nurse, and Pumpkin, her Persian kitty.

So, what does Gelli like best about Travel Nursing?

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is the big paycheck,” she says. “LOL! OK, I don’t want to sound like an ad, but really, it’s double my paycheck when I was still a permanent staff. I’ll always be grateful for this opportunity. Besides that, going to different places and meeting new people are also what make Travel Nursing unique and fun.”

Gelli also offers solid advice for aspiring or new Travel Nurses.

“Nursing is patient-centered, above all else,” she says. “No matter how different policies and hospital protocols are you’ll find yourself in a familiar place once you see your patients face-to-face. Try to learn different techniques from your coworkers. You’ll be surprised on how they do things differently and sometimes way more efficient than what you’re used to. And, if ever things get rough, smile because you’re only staying in the hellhole for 13 weeks.”

Thanks for being an inspiration to Travelers everywhere, Gelli!

Check out Gelli’s blog here and find her on Instagram @omgelli.

Oh My Gelli

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Adventures in Travel Nursing: Ryan’s Travel Nurse Takeover

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Medical Solutions Traveler Ryan S. helps unite the Travel Nurse community through his social media project, Travel Nurse Takeover.

Travel Nurses may be scattered across the globe, but that doesn’t mean they still can’t unite. In fact, Medical Solutions Traveler Ryan S. is bringing Travel Nurses together in a truly awesome way via his Travel Nurse Takeover — which can be found on Snapchat — @travelnurseto, Instagram — @travelnursetakeover, and Facebook.

Through February 25th, Ryan and some other awesome Travelers are taking his concept to Medical Solutions’ Snapchat account — @MSMedStaffing — where they’ll be guest posting.

So, what exactly is Travel Nurse Takeover and how did it start? Ryan, an RN, BSN working in Behavioral Medicine/Chemical Dependency, says it was originally inspired by Tastemade’s Snapchat channel.

“For those unfamiliar with Tastemade, it’s a digital food and travel video network that curates and distributes content primarily on food,” says Ryan, who travels with Career Consultant Roy B. “Last summer, they had a takeover in Chicago in a food truck festival. They were sharing all these delicious entries and sidekicks that an idea popped into my head — Could I get Travel Nurses to takeover and recommend restaurants on location?”

Ryan says that while the project began as “a foodie’s dream of creating a food channel with Travel Nurses as the food critics” its objectives quickly expanded in scope as Ryan realized the exciting possibilities of Travelers using Snapchat as a platform to share each other’s adventures in real-time.

Travel Nurse Takeover Logo

Travelers can follow Travel Nurse Takeover on Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook.

“Travel Nurse Takeover is something I like to call ‘community vlogging’ — a single Snapchat account shared by a community of Travel Nurses that share their travels and adventures with each other. We just make sure the channel runs smoothly,” says Ryan. “We first proposed the idea on our channel at the Golden Gate Bridge last summer and since then have had about 30-35 takeovers ranging from one day to one week of Travel Nurses sharing their adventures. We’ve been all over the country and the world — from parasailing over Lake Tahoe to jet skiing in the glaciers of Alaska, seeing active volcanoes in Hawaii to getting tattoos in Thailand — the list goes on. We think it’s an incredible way to connect and make the world feel a little smaller in the process. It’s a goal of ours to surround people who understand each other’s commitment and lifestyle as a Travel Nurse.”

Ryan’s been in nursing for four years and traveling for about a year-and-a-half. His most recent assignment was in Tacoma, Washington, which he loved.

“I’m envious of everyone who gets to commute to work with the beauty of Mt. Rainier in the background,” he says.

Ryan says the list is long in terms of why he likes Travel Nursing but he especially appreciates the flexibility and opportunity to travel.

“Being able to take time off in between contracts and seeing the country for long periods of time are two of the reasons why I enjoy being a Traveling Nurse,” he says. “The way I see it, if you’re fortunate enough to find a job that compensates you well and allows you to travel at the same time, congratulations, you’ve made it.”

Ryan’s shared some excellent advice for new or aspiring Travelers:

“Make sure your needs and wants are written in the contract. Be flexible. Communicate well. Be a team-player. Double down on learning the first couple weeks. Have fun and explore the area.”

Travel Nurse Takeover Ryan S

Ryan and other Travelers will be taking over Medical Solutions’ Snapchat through February 25th. Follow us at @MSMedStaffing to see their stories.

When he’s not working, Ryan, who is the youngest of five in a close-knit family, enjoys photography and trips to Cold Stone. He also delights in his work with Travel Nurse Takeover.

“Creating a platform where Travelers can network with each other and find others who have the same zest for life and travel has been fulfilling and drives us to work on this channel,” says Ryan.

You can find Ryan’s awesome Travel Nurse Takeover concept on Snapchat — @travelnurseto, Instagram — @travelnursetakeover, and Facebook.

Also, be sure to follow @MSMedStaffing on Snapchat, where Ryan and other awesome Travelers will be taking over our account through February 25th!     

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Adventures in Travel Nursing: Meet Nurse/Author Kelly Moore

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Medical Solutions Traveler/Author Kelly Moore’s book Broken Pieces. A sequel is coming this Spring!

You know that cool moment when newspaperman Clark Kent steps into a phone booth and emerges ready for his second shift as Superman? Well, that’s basically what life must be like for Travel Nurse/Author Kelly Moore.

Kelly is an RN of 12 years and a Traveler since June 2015. Her specialty is in Neuro ICU, but she says she’s learned to work in any ICU through her experiences as a Travel Nurse with Medical Solutions. She’s currently on assignment in Idaho and works with Career Consultant Jen B.

“Oregon, by far, is my favorite place that I have ever been, period,” says Kelly. “I worked in a small hospital in southern Oregon and I fell in love with the people and the state of Oregon. Being an outdoorsy person, I loved the camping, hiking, beaches, lighthouses, and chasing waterfalls.”

Travel Nurse Author Kelly Moore

Kelly is a big fan of the great outdoors.

After her first assignment, Kelly and her husband of 30 years, Roy, bought a fifth wheel. They travel with their 8-year-old lab Cy.

“The dog loves the adventure part as much as my husband and I do,” she says.

But while Kelly is an accomplished Travel Nurse, here’s where the Clark Kent/Superman comparison comes in: She is also author of Broken Pieces, an adult romance novel that tells the story of nurse practitioner Brogan Milby and ex-military yacht builder Kyren Nolan.

“This book moves fast, has some suspense, and lots of steamy scenes with a cliffhanger that left me speechless,” reads one review of the book that garners comparison to the famous 50 Shades of Grey. “Dying to read the rest of their story!”

Cy Broken Pieces

Cy loves reading as much as he loves to travel!

“I’ve always kept journals and I have always had stories in my head — no, not voices, stories,” says Kelly, who had a complete copy of the book done for about a year before she attempted to publish it.

A friend of mine actually encouraged me to send it in, so I did,” she says. “It was only a week later that I received a call that Page Publishing wanted to publish my book.”

Kelly’s sequel to Broken Pieces, Pieced Together, is slated for release in early Spring 2016. In order to better control pricing for her readers, Kelly elected to self-publish Pieced Together, rather than publish again through Page.

“This process has really been a lot of fun,” says Kelly. “I got the chance to interview several editors and ended up with one that I absolutely love. She tells me how it is and has taught me so much about writing. The other fun part was designing my cover. I hired an awesome graphic designer who has worked with me on the ideas that I wanted to convey on the cover. It is not your traditional cover with a hot couple on the front. The message of the book is on the cover.”

Travel Nurse Kelly Moore with Family

Kelly and Roy soak up nature’s beauty with their son Colton and his girlfriend Savannah.

Kelly also says she has learned a lot about promoting her books, and, in the meantime, she has literally kept on truckin’ in her fifth wheel in her other role as a Travel Nurse.

“My husband and I would have never had the chance to see our country without Travel Nursing,” says Kelly. “The memories and the friends we have made we will carry with us the rest of our lives.”

While we didn’t ask her for any writing tips, Kelly was kind enough to share her advice for new Travel Nurses.

“Go into each job with a heart to learn and help your coworkers,” she says. “Just be friendly. Even if I have not liked a facility, I have always liked the people. The people will make all the difference in the world.”

Thanks, Kelly, and best of luck with your exciting double career!

Visit KellyMooreAuthor.com to learn more about this multi-talented Traveler.

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A Veterans Day Tale of Two Nurses

Jessie Menck 1 Hands-001Any family is lucky to be blessed by having a nurse in its ranks — even more so a family like the Mencks, who were blessed with two very special nurses: Medical Solutions Traveler Jessie Menck and her grandmother, WWII Cadet Nurse Dorothy Elizabeth “Betty” Menck.

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Jessie and her grandma Betty.

Jessie has been a nurse for almost six years and has been traveling since February 2015. Her specialty is Maternal-Newborn Nursing.

She was on assignment in September 2015 when she let her Career Consultant Jessie K. know that her beloved Grandma Betty had just passed away.

“Betty was a WWII Cadet Nurse, part of a program that voluntarily recruited nurses with the slogan ‘A lifetime education in a proud profession with expenses paid’ and provided enough nurses for home and abroad that a nursing draft was avoided. She also later worked for the American Red Cross,” Jessie shared via email when Betty passed.

Travel Nurse Jessie's Grandma Betty

A tribute to Betty’s service.

“She was so proud to see me become a nurse,” says Jessie. “When she first moved into assisted living, there were several of her nursing school classmates in the same building. I completed a one-year accelerated bachelor’s program at Creighton University and they were all amazed that I completed my education in a year and I would always tell them that I could not believe they had glass IV bottles and had to calculate drips by counting. I also would tell them that I was envious of the capes and caps they got to wear. There were even two of her classmates at her funeral service, they really had a tight knit group. She really was one of the most put-together people I ever knew — never a hair out of place and always offering to be the hostess or help others.”

Jessie vividly remembers the moment she knew she wanted to be a nurse.

“It was when I overheard a young pregnant lady I used to work with say that she ‘ate a can of peas for dinner.’ It never occurred to her that she should eat protein or change her diet while pregnant. I thought, if I could educate just one person, it would be worth it,” she says.

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Jessie on the road as a Travel Nurse!

Jessie looked into the Army after graduation and thought about following in Betty’s footsteps, but it wasn’t quite the right fit and the military accepts very few nurses each year (they accepted just five the year Jessie graduated!). Nonetheless, she is in very proud of her grandmother’s story and is sure it’s a great experience for those who go that route.

Medical Solutions Travel Nurse Jessie Grandma Betty

Jessie’s grandmother, WWII Cadet Nurse Dorothy Elizabeth “Betty” Menck.

In 2015, Jessie started Travel Nursing and says that has been a great fit for her. So far she’s worked one location, in Iowa, and has extended several times. She has a platform to go on adventures, but enjoys still being close enough to home to visit often.

“I like the feeling of freedom,” she says. “Back [home] it felt like that scene in Groundhog Day when he wakes up to the same song on the radio every day. Not only am I doing something new, I am also in a new place and getting to explore on my days off. I’ve had so many great trips for fun since I hit the road. My favorite fun trip was to Mackinaw Island.”

Thanks to all nurses, like Jessie and Betty, for the amazing work you do. We wish Jessie and her family the best as they heal from the loss of such an amazing woman.

And on this Veterans Day 2015, Medical Solutions extends an extra special THANK YOU to all of the awesome military nurses out there! We are in awe of you and forever grateful for your service.