Category: Traveler of the Month

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Congrats to October 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Travel Nurses Kevin and Maria

Cheers to you, Maria and Kevin, our first ever husband and wife duo to both win Traveler of the Month!

Cheers and congrats to the October 2015 Traveler of the Month, Maria L., and also our Rising Star winner, Erin B.!

Traveler of the Month Maria, RN, CCRN, has 20-plus years’ experience in nursing, has been traveling for 10 years, and just completed her latest assignment in the gorgeous South Bay area of California. Stephanie B. is her Career Consultant, and here’s one among many neat things about Maria: Her husband Kevin, an OR RN, won Traveler of the Month for February 2015!

So, basically, Maria and Kevin are a seriously awesome roving RN duo who provide excellent patient care wherever they go. Sounds like a couple of superheroes to me!

Traveler Maria L

October 2015 Traveler of the Month Maria loves the flexibility of Travel Nursing and how it gives her the chance to travel.

When we caught up with Kevin in February he said they enjoy the freedom of Travel Nursing and how it allows them the chance to take time off when they want. Well, the proof’s in the pudding, because when we reached out to Maria regarding her October win, the pair was on a fabulous anniversary cruise in Southeast Asia.

“It is so great to travel with my best buddy,” says Maria. “It feels like a second honeymoon!”

Maria says she’s “never had a dull assignment,” but she particularly enjoyed Orlando and Washington DC areas because there were “lots of things to see and do.”

“Travel Nursing affords us a new playground with each new assignment,” says Maria. “New friends and life experiences to be made with each stop!”

When she went to school to become a chemist, Maria did not originally plan to become a nurse. But, she really fell hard for nursing.

“I absolutely love being a nurse and am passionate about my ICU practice,” she says.

In addition to a shared love of Travel Nursing, Maria says she and Kevin enjoy cooking, traveling, and family — and, they’re anxiously awaiting the birth of their 10th grandchild!

Maria’s tips for success in Travel Nursing?

“My husband and I give 110% of our very best to each facility to which we work; never the ‘I’ll be outta here in 13 weeks’ attitude,” she says. “We make it a point never to say, ‘Well, we did it this way the last place I worked,’ because it somewhat diminishes the current facility’s policy and procedure/protocol. Welcome the new hospital’s nuances — do not outwardly verbalize your negative opinions. Make yourself approachable. Do accept invitations to co-workers’ invitations to good, clean fun.”

Medical Solutions' October Rising Star, Erin, spreads her wings while on assignment!

Medical Solutions’ October Rising Star, Erin, spreads her wings while on assignment!

Rising Star Erin, RN, BSN is an ER nurse currently on assignment in gorgeous Seattle, Washington. She’s been in nursing for two and a half years, has been traveling about five months, and her Career Consultant is Erin F.

Erin is having a ball in Seattle, by the way!

“I love the abundance of live music, the variety of food, and the access to the trails and the outdoors all while being close to the city center,” she says. “The city has its own zany personality and is very dog friendly!”

Speaking of pups, Erin travels with one fur baby, a malti-poo named Chopsticks — a rescue pup she’s had for two years. Erin is an all-around animal lover. She used to ride horses regularly and even owned her own quarter horse named Mocha when she lived in Arizona.

Erin's pup Chopsticks also loves a good adventure!

Erin’s pup Chopsticks also loves a good adventure!

“Travel Nursing has been such a cool adventure,” says Erin. “I like meeting new people and I enjoy the challenge of learning a new flow and getting out of my comfort zone. Traveling forces you to be confident in your skill set and keeps you flexible enough to learn a new way of doing things from others.”

Erin’s tips for how to succeed as a new Travel Nurse?

“Talk to everyone,” she advises. “Most everyone is very accepting of Travelers and wants to help you out and get to know you. Plus, locals know all about the best places to hike, the best dives in town, and the most interesting non-touristy places to visit.”

“My second piece of advice is to ask for what you want, both with the recruiter and the places you will be working. My recruiter (shout out to Erin!) is excellent about always asking what I want and trying to place me in hospitals where she believes I will be happy. The more I tell her, the easier time she has placing me, which results in a better traveling experience over all.”

Congratulations again the October 2015 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star — and thank you so much, Maria and Erin, for all of your hard work and dedication to delivering the best patient care!

Could you be next month’s Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and, of course, big-time bragging rights!

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Congrats to September 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Traveler of the Month Kristi F. explores Nebraska's Henry Doorly Zoo, one of the nation's top zoos.

Traveler of the Month Kristi F. explores Nebraska’s Henry Doorly Zoo, one of the nation’s top zoos.

Many thanks and congrats to the September 2015 Traveler of the Month, Kristi F., and also our Rising Star winner, Danielle D.!

Traveler of the Month Kristi has been in nursing for nearly five years, Travel Nursing for about a year and a half, and is currently on assignment in South Dakota. Shari D. is her Career Consultant.

“My background before traveling was as a float nurse. So, since I’ve been traveling I’ve done a variety of different assignments including med/surg, telemetry, stepdown, float pool, and oncology/transplant,” says Kristi. “I love that I don’t have a single specialty, so I can do and learn so much about so many things.”

Kristi’s favorite assignment so far was in Omaha, Nebraska.

“There is so much to do and see, and I got to watch College World Series,” she says. “It was just a great area and I loved the hospital! The staff was so incredibly nice, and I loved working on the tele/step down floor. It was the first time I had ever worked with post op open hearts, and it was incredible to see and learn all of that.”

Kristi's Adventures in Travel Nursing continue!

Kristi’s Adventures in Travel Nursing continue!

In addition to loving her work, Kristi says she loves all of the possible experiences and new friends she gets as a Traveler.

“The best thing about traveling is that there’s always something different around the corner, and the possibilities are endless,” she says. “The amazing people that I’ve met along the way, and the things that I’ve learned have been great too!”

Gone Fishin': Kristi and crew having a blast.

Gone Fishin’: Kristi and crew having a blast.

Kristi offers several great tips for new Travelers:
1. “Be as open, nice, and outgoing as possible at the very start of the assignment, regardless of how terrified you are. First impressions are pretty important, and if the staff likes you it can help prevent any bad assignments.”
2. “Talk, talk, talk to your recruiter. Be open, and let them know what you do or don’t want. Your recruiter can’t help you get the assignments you want and will thrive in if you don’t tell them what you want.”
3. “That being said, keep an open mind about assignments and be ready to show how skilled you are as a nurse. Also, realize that accepting constructive criticism makes you a better nurse. Realize that each hospital can do things differently; and when someone corrects your way to do things, it doesn’t mean that you don’t know how to do it, you just don’t know how to do it here. Listen, learn, and adapt. If you do that, great things will be ahead of you!”

Rising Star Danielle D., has her BSN, specializes in ER and is currently on her second assignment in Nashville, Tennessee. Bobby J. is her Career Consultant.

“I loved my first travel assignment in Indiana,” says Danielle. “I absolutely loved the staff and doctors along with the whole facility there!”

Danielle travels with what she calls her “gypsy family.”

“My best friend Tia, her husband Trevor, Derek and Michelle who are also both friends are currently on assignment with me in Nashville,” she says.

For Danielle, Travel Nursing is great for personal and professional reasons.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is all the knowledge you gain by working at different facilities and locations.  Also, the travel and adventure part of seeing cool things around the country is a highlight,” she says.

Any advice for new or aspiring Travel Nurses?

“For new Travelers, I would say to go for it,” says Danielle. “Find an awesome recruiter, a location you’d like to visit, and dive head first. You won’t regret it!”

Many thanks, kudos, and congrats again to the September 2015 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star — and thank you so much, Kristi and Danielle, for all of your hard work and dedication to delivering the best patient care!

Who will be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Any Travelers whose hospital gives them a perfect evaluation are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to discover how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and, of course, bragging rights!

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Congrats to August 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Rising Star Kendra

Rising Star Kendra L. on the famously scenic Trail Ridge Road, enjoying the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Many kudos and congrats to the August 2015 Traveler of the Month, Irene W., and also our Rising Star winner, Kendra L.

Traveler of the Month Irene is a Critical Care RN currently enjoying an assignment in Nebraska with the help of her Medical Solutions Career Consultant Ashley K., who Irene says is “the BEST recruiter!”

Irene, a nurse for 27 years and Traveler for the past five years, says she feels “blessed every day that I have been given the opportunity to do this.” She travels with her husband, a retired firefighter, and their two dogs, Lexie and Zoe.

“I do not have a favorite location — every location I have been to is my favorite,” says Irene. “Every location has something wonderful to offer. The best thing about traveling is that you get to meet so many wonderful people, see different cultures, and have the opportunity to visit our beautiful country.”

Irene offers great advice for new Travelers.

“The biggest thing I would say to new Travelers is to remember that you are a guest in their facility,” says Irene. “You would never criticize or try to change anything if you were a guest in your friend’s house. This is their house and you are the stranger.”

Medical Solutions Rising Star Kendra

Rising Star Kendra L. at the January 2015 X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. Kendra is standing in the superpipe!

Rising Star Kendra is an ICU RN on assignment in Colorado who’s been in nursing for two and a half years and has been traveling for about nine months so far. Her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Ryan H.

Kendra’s favorite location so far was her previous assignment in Colorado.

“I loved being near the Rocky Mountains and experiencing winter as well as summer in the area. The snowcapped mountains were certainly a sight I will forever remember and no picture could possibly capture the true beauty of this state,” she says. “I was able to travel around to see different landmarks and scenery; from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Sand Dunes National Park it was all equally mind-blowing.”

Kendra says her “really curly hair and Tennessee country accent” are two unique things about her that stand out and help start conversations in new settings.

“I know they are both a little random, but I think these two characteristics start many more conversations compared to my other qualities. Honestly, I was not able to say more than a sentence before people immediately noticed I was not from Colorado — and that statements stands in about any state other than, of course, Tennessee,” she says.

Kendra says there’s a lot to love about Travel Nursing.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is certainly seeing new places and exploring new areas. Also, meeting new people and making lifelong friendships is certainly something I am forever thankful for,” she says. “At times, being alone was difficult, but in the long-run I was able to grow independently and establish new ways of life and new friendships.”

Her advice for new Travelers?

“Have a good attitude and be willing to learn and help others when needed, because at one time or another you are going to need their help,” says Kendra. “Also, be confident in your ability to provide nursing care to your patients. Just because it’s a new atmosphere does not mean you have to acquire a new set of skills. Do what you know best and that is to be a nurse and provide genuine care to your patients.”

Congrats and thanks again to August 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star — and thank you so much, Irene and Kendra, for your commitment to delivering the most excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to July 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Traveler of the Month, Nicole D., on a hike to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.

Traveler of the Month, Nicole D., on a hike to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.

Many kudos and congrats to the July 2015 Traveler of the Month, Nicole D., and also our Rising Star winner, Katie M.

Traveler of the Month Nicole is an ICU RN. She has been in nursing for 5 years, traveling for 15 months, and just finished a travel assignment in Illinois. Her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Shari D.

Nicole comes from a big family — including three brothers and one sister — and says that seeing the United States has been the best part of being a Travel Nurse.

“I’m seeing things I’m not sure I would have ever seen [without Travel Nursing],” she says.

And Nicole’s favorite location so far?

“Southern California was my favorite,” she says. “I met some awesome people and enjoyed all that California has to offer.”

Nicole offers a couple of fantastic tips for new Travelers:

  1. “Don’t be shy — make friends!!”
  2. “See all you can while you’re there.”

Rising Star Katie M. is an ICU RN who took her first Travel Nurse contract in eastern Washington state.

Katie’s Career Consultant at Medical Solutions, Stephanie W, says Katie has “strong clinical skills, which is why she can make Travel Nursing work for her.”

“Katie is one of those nurses who is always happy, and even though I have never met her in person I could tell she was always smiling over the phone,” says Stephanie. “She has a great work ethic and her director said that even though she was a Traveler she quickly became part of the team.”

Thank you and congrats again to July 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star — and thank you, Nicole and Katie, for your commitment to excellent patient care!

What does it take to become a Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to June 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to June 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

June Traveler of the Month, Samantha S., smiling big!

Congratulations and shout-outs to the June 2015 Traveler of the Month, Samantha S., and also to our Rising Star winner, Kristina K.

Traveler of the Month Samantha has three years of experience in nursing and has been a Travel Nurse for eight months now. Her specialty is Mother/Baby/Newborn Nursery. Samantha’s Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Adam G.

A fun fact about Samantha is that she grew up in a place that many folks — including Travel Nurses — aspire to visit: Yellowstone National Park, where her father works to this day.

So, with the benefit of growing up in such a great spot, which location has been a favorite for Samantha?

Boston is my favorite location because of the history and proximity to other states, as well as the active community,” she says.

Among the many perks of Travel Nursing, Samantha especially appreciates the freedom from hospital politics.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is that I am able to just go to work and do my job without being involved in the politics of the facility,” says Samantha.

What advice would Samantha share with new or aspiring Travelers?

“I would just say to do your best and take every opportunity to learn as much as you can — and never forget why you got into nursing,” she advises.

Rising Star Kristina is an ER RN on assignment with Medical Solutions near the coast in South Carolina. Her Career Consultant is Shane M. who says Kristina is a truly fantastic Travel Nurse with a commitment to providing great patient care.

“She has a great attitude and wants to help the hospital in any way she can,” says Shane.

Congrats again to June 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. Thank you, Samantha and Kristina, for all of your hard work and your commitment to excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to May 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to our May Traveler of the Month, Irene O.!

Congrats to our May Traveler of the Month, Irene O.!

Many kudos and congrats to the May 2015 Traveler of the Month, Irene O., and also our Rising Star winner, Hitomi S.

Traveler of the Month Irene has been in nursing for almost 30 years and just finished a NICU travel assignment in Delaware. Her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Melissa K.

Irene did her first travel assignment 11 years ago when she was moving from Chicago to Chattanooga.

“I never thought I would live in the South, but that’s where my three daughters decided they would like to live and raise their families,” she says.

Then, in June 2014, Irene decided again it was time “to do something different, broaden my horizons, push my comfort zone, learn new ways of doing the very thing I love to do — I am good at it and know that it makes a difference!”

Irene says she’s “probably not your typical Traveler” in that when she started working with Melissa she didn’t have a specific idea of where she wanted to go.

“I knew, and told her, God would let me know when and where,” says Irene.

“It’s been so true; each time it has been within a day or two — God doesn’t usually let me know things early — I have gone to my assignments, fallen in love with the units, people, areas … This last time I did ask that I wanted snow wherever I went and loved the several storms I experienced!”

Irene says she loves the work she does as a Travel Nurse, “getting to know people from different parts of the country and walks of life.

There are amazingly kind and compassionate people everywhere,” she says. “And, typically in a NICU, people choose to work there and we all have the same goal: to help grow babies as a team, while supporting and loving families that are going through one of the most difficult times in their life!”

Traveler of the Month Irene with her three lovely daughters.

Traveler of the Month Irene with her three lovely daughters.

In addition to her work, Irene also truly loves her relationship with her Career Consultant Melissa K.

“I can’t tell you enough good things about Melissa. She has made things as easy from the beginning, spelled things out clearly with money, made a housing change overnight,” says Irene.

Irene says Melissa has also been there for her during her most difficult time — her daughter being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Melissa has been understanding of Irene’s necessarily varied schedule, sent texts of encouragement, and checked in on Irene regularly.

Irene appreciates all of that as well as “her kind voice that I hear every time I talk with her — never rushed or impatient. She has supported me through her prayers during this newest journey in my life as I have come to help take care of my own 39-year-old daughter.”

The Medical Solutions family is in your corner, Irene. You are in all of our prayers!

Irene offers a few excellent tips for new Travel Nurses:

  1. “Remember that we are there to help support and staff the unit, not to change things or try to tell them how it can be done better or different.”
  2. “Don’t get caught up in the politics or gossip, but do get to know people and try to do things outside of work with other Travelers or staff when possible.”
  3. “Home — wherever that may be — is very important to me. At the end of the day, I like to go to home and feel happy about being there! So I take things with me that can make that happen. For me it’s certain dishes, a pot and pan, my knives (I love to cook and eat heathy), decor, pictures, pillows for the couch, cookbooks … you would laugh at some of the things I bring … each room does feel special and like I am at home.”

    Congrats to May's Rising Star, Hitomi!

    Congrats to Rising Star Hitomi!

Rising Star Hitomi is a Labor and Delivery RN since 2010 who recently finished her first assignment with Medical Solutions, just south of the Bay Area in California.

“I always enjoy California,” says Hitomi, whose Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Stephanie W.

Hitomi says the best things about Travel Nursing are that she gets to “meet lots of people, learn different cultures and be able to see different places.”

Hitomi goofs off!

Hitomi goofs off!

Way to hit the nail on the head of what makes Travel Nursing such a great opportunity! Hitomi also offers some wonderful tips for new Travel Nurses:

1. “Research the location where your assignment is and make the most of your free time there enjoying it.”

2. “Have an open mind, be ready for any assignments, and show your skills.”

3.  “Be friendly, have positive attitude, and just keep smiling.”

Congrats again to May 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star — and thank you, Irene and Hitomi, for your commitment to excellent patient care!

What does it take to become a Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to April 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to April 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

April 2015 Traveler of the Month Mary O. relaxes with her salmon fanatic, toy mouse-loving, “sassy little diva” traveling cat, Kelpie.

Congrats to the April 2015 Traveler of the Month, Mary O., and also our Rising Star winner, Tarra DS.

Traveler of the Month Mary is a Cardiac Cath Lab RN who has been in nursing for seven years and has been working as a Travel Nurse for the past two years. She’s currently on assignment in the Seattle, Washington are and her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Stephanie B.

The University of Washington has been Mary’s favorite location as a Travel Nurse because she says she’s been able to “participate in the newest procedures with a team who is paving the way to a better standard of Interventional Cardiology.”

She also happily reports that her experience there has given her the tools to become better at what she does — which is one of her favorite things about Travel Nursing.

“[The best parts are] the awesome people I get to meet, the exciting places I never would’ve gone otherwise, and the opportunity to grow as a nurse and a person,” she says.

Mary travels with her companion and kitty, Kelpie, who she describes as “a sassy little diva who loves her fresh salmon.”

“She keeps me in line and cuddles up next to me when she knows I’ve had a bad day,” says Mary. “Her favorite pastime is chasing the stuffed mice that Steph (Mary’s Career Consultant) sent her.”

Mary’s tips for helping new Travel Nurses succeed?

“Embrace the whole experience, allow it to change you for the better, and let go of the past,” she says. “The mindset of ‘That’s not how they did it at (insert hospital)’ is not going to fly in this arena.”

And bottom line, Mary advises: “Be brave — you can do this!”

Rising Star winner Tarra is a NICU RN working in the Houston, Texas area. She’s been a nurse since June 2012 and started traveling in January 2015.

Her Medical Solutions Career Consultant is Melissa K., who commends Tarra’s “remarkable” dedication to her job and says that Tarra “always has a great attitude, is up for any challenge, and does anything asked of her.”

Tarra actually comes from a family of nurses.

“My mother and my brother are both LVNs, and he is currently in school to get his RN,” she says.

Tarra says that the best part of Travel Nursing is being able to experience different people, cultures, and nursing styles, and being able to incorporate that into her own style of nursing.

I really like working in Houston because of the diverse population, amazing food, and the opportunities to learn so many different things at work,” says Tarra. “When I worked in Idaho, the scenery was so beautiful; I loved the mountains!”

As for advice for new Travelers, Tarra encourages others to keep an open mind when choosing locations.

“Don’t be afraid to venture out and try new places,” she says. “I never would’ve thought my first assignment would be in Idaho, but I left appreciating nature even more. I would also say to make sure you get out and experience as much as you can!”

Congrats again to our wonderful Traveler of the Month and Rising Star winners, Mary and Tarra. We are so grateful for your commitment to excellent patient care!

What does it take to become a Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to March 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to March 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to March 2015’s Traveler of the Month, Dawn S. and and Rising Star, Jen F.! You guys rock.

Congrats and thanks to the March 2015 Traveler of the Month, Dawn S., and also our Rising Star winner, Jen F.

Traveler of the Month Dawn is an RN with her BSN who’s been in nursing for 21 years in hospitals of various sizes. She says she prefers being in the ER, but has also spent time on Med/Surg, Same Day Surgery, LDRP, and ICU units. Dawn started traveling in early 2014 and her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Eileen B.

When we got in touch with Dawn she was just wrapping up a contract in southwestern Minnesota before starting her next adventure in South Dakota.

Traveler of the Month Dawn

Meet March Traveler of the Month, Dawn. Thanks for all you do, Dawn!

“My favorite location to work is always my current one,” she says. “There are always so many new things to learn! I haven’t had a hospital nursing job that I didn’t like yet. The best thing about any kind of nursing is felt when the patient or family lets you know how much they appreciate what you have done for them.”

As a veteran nurse and Traveler with a year-plus experience, Dawn offers some great tips for aspiring Travelers.

“For anyone who is considering Travel Nursing, I would encourage them to have a few years under their belt in their field. You never can have too much knowledge or experience,” she says.

Dawn also advises Travelers to “be flexible” and “always be able to laugh at yourself!”

Rising Star winner Jen is a PICU RN. After 17 years’ experience as a nurse, she is currently on her first Travel Nursing assignment in New Hampshire.

Jen was very surprised and honored to win Rising Star.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that I have had to travel with this company,” she says.

Jen says her Career Consultant, Ashley K., has been “amazing” and adds that she would highly recommend Ashley to others (and she has!).

“Traveling allowed me to help meet the needs of my family while also working in a specialty that I love,” says Jen regarding why she likes Travel Nursing.

She offers three excellent tips for new Travel Nurses:

1. Remain flexible.

2. Always give your best.

3. Enjoy every moment.

That is some great advice across the board, Jen.

Thank you so much, Dawn and Jen, for your commitment to excellent patient care!

What does it take to become a Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to February 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to Traveler of the Month Kevin L. and Rising Star Evelyn K.!

What pair shares a commitment to awesome patient care and has first names with a shared rhyming sound, too? That would be February 2015 Traveler of the Month, Kevin L., and our Rising Star winner, Evelyn K.

Congrats “Kev” and “Ev”!

Traveler of the Month Kevin is an RN working primarily in the Operating Room. He’s been an RN for 29 years, a Travel Nurse for the past 10 years, and works with Career Consultant Stephanie B. Kevin is also a veteran, having retired from the U.S. Navy in 2000.

Kevin typically takes assignments in the Southeastern United States, but he is currently working in Northern California. He travels with his wife, Maria, who is an RN working in ICU/PACU/ER.

“Clermont, Florida was our best assignment because it had good people, was a good location, and there was lots to do,” says Kevin.

Kevin says that what he and Maria like most about Travel Nursing is “the freedom to come and go as we like, take time off when we want and travel.”

Medical Solutions Travel Nurses Kevin and Maria

Cheers to you, Kevin and Maria!

Kevin’s advice to others is to research future assignments online and to ask yourself, “What do you want to accomplish while on assignment?”

Whether your goals are professional development, recreation, sightseeing, etc., Kevin says going in with a clear vision of what you want out of an assignment is helpful.

“Keep an open mind, be positive, and listen more than you speak initially,” Kevin also advises.

Rising Star winner Evelyn is an OR RN with more than 15 years of experience.

“Evelyn is a very passionate nurse,” says her Career Consultant Drew H. “She was inspired to travel by her son, Mario, who was previously a top notch Traveler himself.”

In fact, Drew says Evelyn took her most recent assignment in the Dallas area to be close to her son.

Drew’s been working with Evelyn for nearly a year and says that their relationship has been an absolute pleasure due to Evelyn’s work ethic and unparalleled dedication to excellence.

“Every step of the way, from gathering paperwork, to providing excellent patient care in the hospital, Evelyn represented herself and Medical Solutions as an exemplary nurse, worthy of every perfect evaluation she received,” he says.

Drew adds that Evelyn has been an inspiration to him.

“Evelyn has a fantastic disposition but the true value she brings to everyone she works with, including myself, is her humble and inspiring commitment to diligence and desire to lead by example,” says Drew. “Moving forward, I’m personally thrilled about the prospect of helping Evelyn write the next chapter in her ever-growing success story. Any hospital would be lucky, as I am, to have Evelyn join their team, and I feel blessed to know someone like her. “

Thank you, Kevin and Evelyn, for your commitment to excellent patient care!

What does it take to become a Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to January 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Rising Star Travel Nurse Arlene M

January Rising Star Winner Arlene shows off her acrobatic talents in downtown Fort Worth.

Congrats and thanks to the January 2015 Traveler of the Month, Robin B., and also our Rising Star winner, Arlene M.

Traveler of the Month Robin is an ER RN who has been with Medical Solutions since June 2014. Robin just wrapped up an assignment in western Michigan.

Robin’s Career Consultant Jake Zoucha has only the best things to say about her demeanor and her commitment to providing great patient care,

“Robin is a very calm person, easy to work with, very much a patient advocate, very caring and highly skilled,” says Jake. “She’s so nice she even baked me some banana bread and sent it to me after I talked to her about how much I loved it. I told her my grandma used to put cherries in hers, and so she tried it and sent it to me. It was delicious!”

Medical Solutions Rising Star Travel Nurse Arlene M

Adventures with Arlene: The 7th Street Bridge between downtown Fort Worth and the cultural district.

Rising Star winner Arlene is a Progressive Care/Telemetry RN with three years’ nursing experience who just completed her first assignment in the Fort Worth, Texas area.

I have loved my experience in Fort Worth,” she says. “I recently completed my assignment there and enjoyed every bit of it.”

Arlene began Travel Nursing flying solo, but recently rescued a dog from the Humane Society who she says is now her “friendly companion in travel.”

“The idea of walking into the unknown can be scary, but at the same time the adventure of it is exhilarating. Meeting new people and discovering new places is most fun,” says Arlene.

Arlene’s #1 tip for new Travelers is to “be mentally prepared for whatever comes your way.”

Medical Solutions Rising Star Travel Nurse Arlene M

Adventures with Arlene: Fort Worth Zoo edition!

“Having to get accustomed to a new environment and way of doing things may seem challenging at first,” she says, “but essentially, you’re a nurse and you can do anything!”

Thanks and congrats to Robin and Arlene! We truly appreciate you and everything you do in the name of healthcare and adventure.

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers! Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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