Category: Traveler of the Month

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

gold medal travel nurse

Candice R. and Angela O., you guys win the gold for February 2017!

Many thanks and congrats to the February 2017 Traveler of the Month, Candice R., and also our Rising Star winner, Angela O.!

Traveler of the Month Candice is an ER RN who works with Career Consultant Aaron B. She’s currently working in beautiful western New York.

Aaron has worked with Candice since fall of 2016 and thinks she’s more than worthy of her Traveler of the Month honors!

“Candi is remarkably easy to work with and always on time,” says Aaron of his star Traveler. “She communicates very well and regularly refers other nurses to Medical Solutions.”

Candice’s hospital thinks she’s pretty great, too. Which is why they gave her an excellent evaluation! Aaron is pretty sure he knows the root of Candice’s success on assignment.

“Candi is an absolute pleasure to work with,” he says.

Thank you Candice, for your total commitment to patient care and for making Medical Solutions look extra smart for working with an all-star like you!

Rising Star Angela is an ER RN who’s been in the medical field for 14 years and a Registered Nurse for six years. She’s been Travel Nursing for one year and works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Austin D.

Angela is currently on assignment in wonderful southern Indiana.   

Angela’s only taken a few assignments thus far, but her favorite so far has been in a small community just outside of Omaha, Nebraska.  

“The location is close to home for me,” she says. “It felt like a family there.”

Angela travels with her good friend Jill, who she says got her started doing Travel Nursing.

Her favorite things about being a Travel Nurse include both personal and professional elements.

“The best things [about Travel Nursing] are getting to see places I normally would not get to travel to and getting to see how ERs work across the U.S.,” she says.

Angela’s advice for new Travelers is: “There are no two hospitals alike, be prepared for anything, have fun and enjoy the experience whether it is a good or a bad one.”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions February 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Candice and Angela, we thank you so much for your incredible talents and unwavering 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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Congrats to January 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Star

Congrats to the January 2017 Rising Star, Michelle H.! She’s joined in victory by Traveler of the Month, Tiffany D.

Many thanks and congrats to the January 2017 Traveler of the Month, Tiffany D., and also our Rising Star winner, Michelle H.!

Traveler of the Month Tiffany is a Stepdown/Tele RN, BSN who works with Career Consultant Rob B. She’s been in nursing for six years, Travel Nursing for three years, and is currently working in beautiful Georgia.

“Tiffany is a great person — professional and dependable!” says Rob. “She’s the ideal Traveler and always represents herself and Medical Solutions well. We are lucky to have such a great nurse and wonderful person on our team.”

Tiffany says her favorite location so far has been San Leandro, California.

“California is a beautiful place with lots of things to explore,” says Tiffany. “It’s like working and vacationing at the same time.”

“The best thing about being a Travel Nurse is the freedom to choose where you want to work and to change scenery and hospitals whenever you want,” she says. “Also, meeting new people and being a Travel Nurse has given me such a strong knowledge base and confidence in my skills.”

Tiffany’s awesome tips for new Travelers are:

  • “Every hospital and state is different, so use this opportunity to learn as much as you can. Be teachable!”
  • “As a new Traveler, choose a place where you know someone so you won’t feel alone. It’s always nice to have a familiar face.”
Michelle Rising Star Travel Nurse

Here’s Michelle with her life AND travel partner, Mark.

Rising Star Michelle is an RN of 34 years and a Traveler for one year with experience in Critical Care (ICU, CCU, CVICU, and transplants) and, more recently, Home Health & Hospice. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Shane M. and is currently on assignment in wonderful Virginia with her travel partner and husband of 30 years, Mark.

Michelle’s favorite location thus far has been Lynchburg, Virginia.

“I love Virginia — the mountains are beautiful, the people are friendly and warm, and it is a very family-oriented environment. There is always an adventure within a 60-mile radius,” says Michelle.

Michelle Rising Star and Family

Michelle with Mark and their two beautiful children, Morgan and Matthew, who Michelle calls “the joys of our life.”

“The best things about Travel Nursing are new places, new faces, new ways of doing things, and wonderful benefits and pay,” adds Michelle.

Here is Michelle’s excellent advice for new Travel Nurses: “Be positive, look at every new assignment as an adventure, embrace your new job, and become part of the team. Give every assignment your all!”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions January 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Tiffany and Michelle, we are so thankful to you for your amazing skill and commitment to 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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Congrats to December 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Margaret H

Congrats to our December 2016 Traveler of the Month, Margaret H.!

Many thanks and congrats to the December 2016 Traveler of the Month, Margaret H., and also our Rising Star winner, Tina D-A.!

Traveler of the Month Margaret is an RN who specializes in Critical Care and ER. She works with Career Consultant Doug R. and is currently working at a rural critical access hospital in Eastern Nebraska.

Margaret says she’s spent more than half of her 27 years in nursing as a Traveler or temporary staff.

“I like traveling because it’s an adventure — always something new,” she says.

Margaret travels with her faithful yellow lab, Lena. Her favorite assignment throughout her years of traveling was in Portland, Oregon.

“[I liked] returning to my home state and catching up with family and friends,” says Margaret.

Travel Nurse Margaret H Lena

Margaret travels with her adorable yellow lab, Lena.

Outside of her professional realm, Margaret enjoys a diverse, eclectic range of interests — anything from knitting to motorcycling to construction to gardening to history!

As an awesome veteran Traveler, Margaret offers this advice to “Travelers young and old” — “Never turn down an opportunity to learn something new.”

Thanks for the great advice and for everything you do, Margaret!

Rising Star Tina is an RN Case Manager with a background in ICU and Cardiology Office Nursing, as well as additional experience in hospital regulatory compliance. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Taylor W. and is currently on assignment in Central California.

Tina’s been in nursing since 1988, but is new to Travel Nursing — with about six months under her belt now!

“The best thing about traveling is seeing the country, meeting wonderful people and making lots of new friends,” says Tina.

Travel Nurse Tina DA

Congrats to December 2016’s Rising Star winner, Tina D-A.!

She loved her first assignment — 16 weeks in Kansas City, Missouri — which she says she especially enjoyed because it was just six hours away from her grandbabies.

In addition to her nursing chops, Tina’s other talents include being able to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the ukulele. And, while many Travelers journey with spouses, kids, and pets, when asked who she travels with Tina had a perfectly unique answer that illustrates her good humor and zest for life.

“I travel with Hello Kitty and the Lord Jesus!” she says.

Here are Tina’s tips for new Travel Nurse:

  • “Establish a genuine relationship with your recruiter — mine is invaluable!”
  • “Love what you do and have faith in the Lord above!”

Thank you, Tina!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions December 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Margaret and Tina, we are so grateful to you for your amazing talent, hard work, and dedication to providing excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and find out 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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Congrats to November 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Brooke S

Congrats to Traveler of the Month for November 2016, Brooke S.! Here’s Brooke and her boyfriend Ian exploring Times Square in NYC.

Many thanks and congrats to the November 2016 Traveler of the Month, Brooke S., and also our Rising Star winner, Allyson M.!

Traveler of the Month Brooke is an RN working in ER. She works with Career Consultant Rob B. and is currently transitioning from an assignment in New York to one in Denver, Colorado. Brooke has been in nursing for three and a half years and Travel Nursing since September 2015.

Brooke Travel Nurse

Brooke’s brother Matt came to visit her on assignment and they got to check out Rockefeller Center together!

Brooke is a practiced at the art of traveling — both for work and pleasure. She spent the beginning of 2016 backpacking around Southeast Asia!

“My favorite assignment was in White Plains, New York,” says Brooke. “The facility was much smaller and more community oriented than the huge, high volume, inner-city hospitals I have previously worked in. It was definitely a nice change of pace. During my assignment I lived in Brooklyn and had the opportunity to explore NYC on my days off!”

Brooke says she’s glad to be fortunate enough to be able to travel with her boyfriend Ian

“He works remotely which affords us the opportunity to move around the country together,” says Brooke. “My beta fish also used to travel around with us. Unfortunately, he left us for the giant fishbowl in the sky recently. RIP Ferdinand.”

For Brooke, there are several factors that keep her a happy Traveler.

“Beyond the obvious benefits of being able to travel the U.S., Travel Nursing is great for so many reasons,” she says. “Personally, Travel Nursing has helped push me to continuously work to learn and improve my nursing skills. It has taught me to be flexible and adaptable in unfamiliar situations. I believe Travel Nursing has ultimately led me to be a better, well-rounded, more competent ER nurse.”

Brooke enjoys a gorgeous sky on a weekend trip to Acadia National Park last fall!

Brooke shared a couple awesome tips for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. When you are new to a unit, don’t consistently compare how things work at the new hospital to previous hospitals you have worked in. Each facility is unique and has its own flow. It will be a lot harder to adapt and make friends with your new coworkers if you are constantly comparing.
  2. It’s okay to ask questions! Don’t come in and pretend like you know everything. Be humble, ask questions, and admit when you are not sure of things. You are not expected to know everything from 1-2 days of orientation. It is your responsibility to identify your weakness and seek out appropriate education/training.

Rising Star Allyson is a NICU RN Cardiac and has worked with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Kelly R. Her most recent Travel Nurse job was in Delaware.

“Allie seemed to adapt seamlessly with Travel Nursing and the hospital absolutely loved her for it,” says Kelly. “She is very kind, courteous and has a great personality. She was a joy to work with!”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions November 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Brooke and Allyson, we are so thankful for your amazing skills, dedication, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

Want to know if you 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 find out 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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Congrats to October 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Tamara

Congrats to our Traveler of the Month, Tamara B.!

Many thanks and congrats to the October 2016 Traveler of the Month, Tamara B., and also our Rising Star winner, Mary O.!

Traveler of the Month Tamara is a CVT working in Cardiac Cath Lab. She works with Career Consultant Annie E. and is currently on assignment in Indiana. Tamara has been in nursing for 13 years and Travel Nursing for a year and a half.

Tamara’s current location is her favorite so far because, she says, “It’s the first time in my career that I haven’t had to take call and work weekends.”

On top of that, her husband and son come to visit her every weekend!

Tamara appreciates the professional growth and perspective she gets from Travel Nursing.
“You get to see how different every Cath Lab functions,” she says.

Tamara is a self-described “very calm person” and a pro at avoiding anxiety, so you’ll want to pay extra close attention to her tips for new Travel Nurses:

  1. “Always go to an assignment with a positive attitude.”
  2. “Be a go-getter and show the staff that you’re a hard worker.”
  3. “Remember you’re there to help the staff during a rough time, so do as much as possible to help the staff to get some relief.”
Travel Nurse Mary O

Congrats Rising Star winner Mary O.! She’s seen here on an adventure hiking in the back country of the Pioneer Mountains, where she and her sister stayed in a yurt!

Rising Star Mary is an RN, BSN, PCCN, RN-BC specializing in Cardiac and she works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Jon L. She’s been a nurse since November 2011, has been traveling since August 2016, and is currently on assignment in Boise, Idaho.

“So far I’ve only worked in Boise and I absolutely love it here,” she says. “The weather was absolutely beautiful when I got here in August! I was joking with my family that I never saw a cloud in the sky in Boise for over a month — clear blue skies every day! There is always something going on here — great places to eat and drink, festivals and markets galore! This town has such a great vibe.”

Mary makes a point to explore new places while also nurturing her favorite pastimes. She played Division II soccer in college at Missouri Western State University, and says she still loves playing soccer so she finds leagues to play in wherever she travels!

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is being able to do what I love — making a difference in patients’ lives through nursing and getting to travel around the country, meeting new people and having new experiences,” Mary says.

Mary tips for Travel Nurse success?

Travel Nurse Mary

Mary’s mom, dad, and older brother came to visit her on assignment. Here’s Mary and crew at the Spirit of Boise hot air balloon festival!

“In order to be successful as a Travel Nurse you must first be confident in your skills and abilities,” advises Mary. “You graduated nursing school, you are an educated nurse and you know what you’re doing. Don’t let a new place with different looking equipment and policies that you maybe aren’t familiar with shake your confidence. Never be afraid to ask questions — you can’t know everything as a Traveling Nurse. Be open to learning something new every day!”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions October 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Tamara and Mary, we are so grateful for your amazing skills, dedication, and dedication to providing excellent patient care!

Want to know if you 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 find out 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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Congrats to September 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Matthew

Matt ain’t afraid of no ghost — nor thrilling Travel Nurse adventure! Congrats to Rising Star Matthew and Traveler of the Month, Shanetha!

Many thanks and congrats to the September 2016 Traveler of the Month, Shanetha S., and also our Rising Star winner, Matthew L.!

Traveler of the Month Shanetha is an RN, BSN working in ICU. She works with Career Consultant Geri K. and is currently on assignment in Texas. Shanetha has been in nursing for five years and started Travel Nursing in 2016.

“One of the best things about Travel Nursing is the opportunity to see the many sides of nursing,” says Shanetha. “This has allowed me to identify the direction that I want to advance my career in from various locations and pursue it.”

In addition to taking on Texas, Shanetha also enjoyed her assignment in San Francisco, where she appreciated the “various outdoor activities and attractions to visit.”

Shanetha is an excellent listener — she can listen for hours without interruption — which also makes her very wise. Here are her top tips to help new or aspiring Travelers succeed:

  1. “I would tell new Travel Nurses to review your contract very carefully before signing it, especially in regards to floating to various units and guaranteed hours.”
  2. “Remember that your attitude truly makes a difference and that not everything is going to be perfect, but in the end, it is only for a short time. So ask questions and be prepared.”
  3. “Lastly, enjoy the days off. Being alone in an unfamiliar area can get very lonely. So, plan something on the days off and relax.”

Rising Star Matthew is an RN, BSN in ER/Trauma and he works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Joe T. He’s been a nurse for two and a half years, has been traveling for nearly a year, and is currently on assignment in New Hampshire.

So far, Matthew’s favorite location has been Nashville, Tennessee.

“Great people, great city, and close to my hometown,” he says.

Matthew enjoys the many personal and professional opportunities Travel Nursing has provided him.

“It’s a great experience to see different places, different cities, and to exercise different nursing skills with each new environment,” says Matthew. “You also meet a lot of really incredible fellow colleagues, which presents infinite opportunities to learn and teach each other.”

Fun fact about Matthew: When he’s not focused on being a nursing pro, you might find him flexing his pipes!

“I’ve always loved singing,” says Matthew. “I’ve performed at Carnegie Hall and I have a four-octave vocal range — E1 to G#5; obviously working on a five-octave!”

Here are some excellent tips from Matthew to keep folks from singing the new Traveler blues and help them succeed in Travel Nursing:

  1. “Be open minded and don’t be afraid of what’s out there. If you survived nursing school for a few years, you can survive even your least favorite contract for a few months! Chances are, though, that you’ll love each one for its own positives.”
    2. “Always be confident in yourself and your skills; you’re nothing less than an asset and you can make a big difference in the lives of patients and coworkers alike.”
    3. “Your Career Consultant is the best resource you have for anything. You are a team, and he or she wants to help you succeed above all else. Never be afraid to reach out to your recruiter for anything!”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions September 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Shanetha and Matthew, we are so grateful for your amazing dedication and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and find out 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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Congrats to August 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month Christine O

Traveler of the Month Christine O. flexes her muscles in beautiful Hawaii!

Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month Christine O

Christine takes her new moped for a spin in Honolulu.

Many thanks and congrats to the August 2016 Traveler of the Month, Christine O., and also our Rising Star winner, Lora C.!

Traveler of the Month Christine is an RN, BSN specializing in NICU. She works with Career Consultant Mike M. and is currently on assignment in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii! Christine has been in nursing for six years and traveling for one year.

Even though she’s living the life so many dream of in the literal paradise of Hawaii, Christine says that picking her favorite location is tough.

“I’m loving Hawaii for the location, but Delaware was awesome due to the people I worked with,” she says.

Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month Christine O

Christine chasin’ waterfalls in the good way!

Instead of a car, Christine just bought her first moped in Hawaii to get around town and explore.

The thing she loves most about Travel Nursing?

“I get to travel the globe for my job!,” she says.

Christine offers some great advice for newer Travelers:

  1. Ask a lot of questions of other Travel Nurses.
  2. Research, research, research the places you’re considering.
  3. Have fun and don’t be timid!

Thanks for your hard work and awesome advice, Christine!

Rising Star Lora is a PACU RN who’s been in nursing for six years and works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Sapan S.

Lora just finished her first Travel Nurse assignment in Providence, Rhode Island — which she found to be a fantastic location.

“I loved the teamwork and skill level of my coworkers,” she says. “Plus, it was a nice city and area to explore.”

Medical Solutions Rising Star Lora C

Rising Star Lora C. LOVES playing outside!

Lora loves playing outside, and fittingly, she’s been a Grand Canyon River Guide for 23 years! She has an eclectic batch of interests — for example, she also plays old-time string band music on both the fiddle and the banjo.

Lora also loves the freedom and exploration that come with being a Travel Nurse, plus she loves constantly learning new things as she goes.

“I love to travel and explore new areas, learning new things professionally and regionally,” she says. “I also love the flexibility and meeting new people.”

Lora advises new Travelers to: “Keep a great attitude, always offer the best nursing care, and be genuine and be yourself.”

The Travel Nurse life is lucky to have ya, Lora! Thanks for everything you do.

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions August 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Christine and Lora, we are so grateful for your amazing skills, dedication, zest for adventure, and commitment to providing top-notch 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 find out 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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Congrats to July 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Lee U. at Moab

July Traveler of the Month, Lee U., explores the Colorado River in beautiful Moab!

Many thanks and congrats to the July 2016 Traveler of the Month, Lee U., and also our Rising Star winner, Meaghan L.!

Traveler of the Month Lee is an RN, BSN, CCRN specializing in ICU and ER. He works with Career Consultant Erin A. and is currently on assignment in beautiful western Oregon. Lee’s in his 21st year of nursing, having traveled six years straight, as well as an additional three years periodically earlier in his career.

Lee travels solo, but returns home often during assignments to see his “wife, kids, cats, dog, rat, chickens, and lizards.” In addition to having a uniquely full house of human and animal loved ones, Lee is also unique in that he only purchases cars with a stick shift. ( Hey, me too, Lee! But we’re definitely a rare breed 🙂 )

Travel Nurse Lee U. Family Yellowstone

Lee’s wife and daughters excitedly “flirt with danger” in front of a buffalo at Yellowstone.

“I truly have not not liked any place I’ve been,” says Lee. “Perhaps some of the hospitals were less desirable, but one of the beauties of Travel Nursing is that we are in a different location regularly and get to explore the area, see new things, meet new people, and this aspect is completely separate from the job.”

“I love Travel Nursing for the fact that I get to meet so many people and am never tethered to weather a circumstance that is painfully undesirable,” says Lee. “As Travelers, we can move on whenever we want.”

Lee offers three great tips for new and prospective Travelers:

  1. “They don’t care very much how it was where you were, so when in Rome do as the Romans do.”
  2. “Anyone can stay positive and smile for 13 weeks. If it’s hard, for whatever reason, fake it. You get to leave soon, they don’t.”
  3. “If you find yourself in a position to Travel Nurse: enjoy yourself, don’t work yourself into the ground (like I often do), mix up making good money with learning about new areas and people … I know that’s pretty obvious, but not to everyone. Enjoy traveling!!”

Thanks for the helpful advice and for being so awesome, Lee!

Travel Nurse Meaghan L

Rising Star Meaghan L. and her adorable pup Casey explore Reflection Lake near Mount Rainier in Washington.

Rising Star Meaghan is an RN specializing in ICU & PACU who’s been in nursing for 8+ years and traveling nearly a year — she was an Active Duty Army Nurse for more than seven years before switching to traveling. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Anthony H. and she’s currently on assignment in beautiful Boston.

Meaghan travels with her dog, Casey, who she says is “a great road trip buddy,” and her favorite location in her travels so far has been Seattle, Washington.

“I love the outdoors, and the mountains in Washington are absolutely beautiful,” she says. “The best part of Travel Nursing is having the opportunity to explore different parts of the country.”

Meaghan’s advice to fellow Travelers is to work hard, learn lots, and have fun.

“Travel Nursing is an incredibly rewarding and fun way to visit new areas. However, a steep learning curve and high level of expectation can be slightly intimidating, even to a seasoned nurse,” she says. “Working hard alongside fellow nurses and appreciating the opportunity to learn from different hospitals that I work for are major keys to my success as a Travel Nurse. And of course, of have fun!”

Thanks for the great advice and hard work, Meaghan!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions July 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Lee and Meaghan, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and maybe you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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