Category: Traveler of the Month

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Congrats to December 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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And the trophies go to … Barbara P. and Katie J.!

Congrats and thanks to the December 2014 Traveler of the Month, Barbara P., and also our Rising Star winner, Katie J.

Traveler of the Month Barbara was just settling in at a new assignment near the Seattle area when we caught up with her. Fun fact about Barbara: She was also the February 2014 Rising Star winner! (Click here to read the post featuring her for that win.)

“I have been traveling for about 14 months, so I am really still learning the ropes,” says Barb, who may be newer to traveling but has been a nurse for almost 35 years. “2014 was an incredible adventure, starting with New Year’s Eve in Times Square — so that has hard to beat.”

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Barbara (at left) and her sister, at Rockefeller Center on New Year’s Eve.

But, the adventures just kept coming!

“The Fourth of July in Flagstaff, Arizona was incredible as well,” she says. “My daughter came to visit and we watched a great parade, went hiking in Sedona, and after lots of begging from my daughter, I agreed to jump off a cliff into a mountain stream — pretty daring for me because I am afraid of heights.”

Barb travels with her retriever/lab mix, Gunner, and says she highly recommends Travel Nursing because of all the great places she’s fallen in love with that she might not have otherwise visited.

“When I tell my children that my new assignment is my favorite, they remind me that I say that about all the places I have been,” she says.

Barb says she was completely surprised to be honored again by Medical Solutions and remains grateful for the opportunities she’s been given. We are so grateful for you, Barb!

Rising Star winner Katie is and ICU RN currently on assignment in Montana. She’s been in nursing a little over 3 and a half years and has been traveling for just over four months.

Katie says she loves her first assignment!

“I was actually a little concerned that any future assignments would not be as enjoyable as this one has been,” she says. “Mostly, all the staff have been incredibly kind and friendly to me, although, some were leery of having a Traveler in their unit in the beginning of my assignment, but now I feel like one of the group and many have asked me to stay or come back in the future.”

Medical Solutions Travel Nurse Katie

Rising Star Katie with her fiancé Mike (and their pup, Trigger). Congrats on the engagement, you two!

Katie and her “other half” Mike have a 100-pound black Labrador named Trigger, who stays with Mike in Idaho, but comes to visit Katie on assignment as often as possible.

“I love meeting new people and exploring new areas, and Travel Nursing gives me the perfect opportunity for both,” says Katie.

She offers great advice for new or prospective Travelers about adaptability.

“Be flexible because the hospitals will not always be used to having temporary employees,” says Katie. “Be gracious about the opportunity they are giving you. Always think about the impression you are leaving with the patients and the staff, and how this will affect the hospital and your company. Remember why you enjoy nursing and traveling, even if you had a terrible day or shift.”

Katie’s got some pretty exciting stuff on tap for the future. First, she’ll be starting grad school this year. She’s excited, but says she’ll miss working with her Career Consultant, Renee. But that’s not the only exciting development…

“Mike just asked me to marry him last weekend, so yet another exciting future event!” she says.

“Thank you again for the award and making my traveling experience great,” says Katie.

Thank you, Katie, for your excellent patient care! Congrats on grad school and the engagement, and maybe we’ll see you again down the road.

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 November 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurses on The Price is Right

Traveler of the Month Jon G. and friends having a ball on the set of everyone’s favorite game show, wearing T-shirts that read: “I’ll be your nurse if … The Price is Right.”

Many congratulations to our November Traveler of the Month, Jon G., and also our Rising Star winner, Kristi R.

Traveler of the Month Jon is an RN specializing in ICU/ER who is currently on assignment in San Francisco, California. Jon’s been in nursing for two and a half years, and started his career as a Travel Nurse in April 2014.

“The best thing about travel nursing to me, is the friendships and connections made along the way with the staff and patients,” says Jon. “Being able to travel, see new cities, and meet new people is an added bonus I cherish.”

But, while he makes new friends, Jon also keeps the old. He travels with a friend/coworker whom he’s worked with for as long as they’ve both been nurses.

Travel Nurse Jon G

Jon takes a ride through the gorgeous terrain near his location.

He can’t choose a favorite location because, he says, “Each location has made an impact on my life and I’m appreciative of the opportunity.”

“My advice to new travel nurses would be to accept each assignment as an opportunity to grow as a person and a nurse, to be confident in your passion to provide the best patient care no matter what, and enjoy each adventure,” he says.

Excellent advice, Jon!

Rising Star winner Kristi R. is an RN specializing in ER/Trauma and psychiatric nursing. She’s been a nurse since July 2012 and is currently working in a great facility in southern Minnesota — her very first travel job!

“I was planning on traveling for a while — I love it!” says Kristi.

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Kristi and her “incredible” husband Matthew.

But, when we got in touch with Kristi she and her “incredible” husband Matthew had just gotten the fabulous news that they’re expecting!

“So we will be taking some time off after this assignment,” says Kristi, who’d already extended her contract from two to five months. “My wonderful husband and my dog Bear Bear do come visit, but mostly I go home to Nebraska on the weekends to visit them.”

To Kristi, the best things about Travel Nursing are meeting amazing new friends, plus learning so much about nursing and herself.

“It’s amazing how much you can grow in a short time,” she says.

She also calls travel nursing a dream job with a dream schedule.

“You can take as much time off as you want and go wherever you want,” says Kristi.

Kristi advises newbies to find an affordable place to live so they can “maximize their amazing salary.”

“Hotels can get really expensive, so doing some sleuthing before you head out is a must,” she says.

Kristi also recommends that if you have a family you stay closer to home.

Travel Nurse Kristi R

Awww. Congrats Kristi and Matthew!

“You can have a family and drive only a few hours, and the financial gains are amazing,” she says. “You can travel with any situation and totally rock it!”

Finally, Kristi says, always keep a good, open communication with your recruiter, who should always be there to listen and take the best care of you. She says her “rockstar” recruiter Travis is her “BFF.”

“He is amazing and truly cares,” says Kristi.

Thanks so much Jon and Kristi, for being such amazing Travel Nurses and for providing excellent patient care nationwide. We truly appreciate everything you do!

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

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Congrats to October 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to October 2014’s Traveler of the Month, James C., and Rising Star, Nina O!

Congratulations to our October Traveler of the Month, James C., and also our Rising Star winner, Nina O.

Traveler of the Month, James, whose specialty is ICU, has been a nurse for more than three years and a Travel Nurse for just under one year.

He is currently on assignment in the beautiful northern Bay Area of California, which is his favorite location so far in his travels.

“I’ll be renewing my contract because I love the nurses that I work with there,” he says. “Feeling like I’m part of a team really matters to me.”

Aside from loving his location and colleagues, James says he grown a lot as a nurse and as an individual in his time as a Traveler.

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Traveler of the Month, James C., out having fun on assignment.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is that it’s really taught me how to adapt to nearly any situation,” says James. “Even though it’s been a short time, I feel like I’ve grown so much while learning how different hospitals and regions operate.”

James offers three great tips for succeeding in a career in Travel Nursing: “Always communicate with your recruiter, travel light, and make sure you have time for fun and exploration wherever you are.”

Rising Star, Nina, has been working as a Certified Surgical Tech for what she calls “eight wonderful years,” and is about 6 months into her career as a Traveler. She travels with her cat Roxy, who makes an excellent travel companion.

“The changing people, places, and experiences are what I love about traveling,” says Nina.

Her favorite location thus far has been in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“The amazing people I worked with were why I liked it there so much,” she says.

Nina’s tips for new or prospective Travelers?

“Go in with a positive attitude every day,” she says, adding, “It is only three months, so spend it wisely.”

Thanks so much James and Nina, for being such excellent travelling healthcare professionals and for providing awesome patient care across the nation. We truly appreciate everything you do!

Could you be the next Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running to be awarded Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star! 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 September 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Many congrats to our September Traveler of the Month, Joe D., and also our Rising Star winner, April B.

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September Traveler of the Month, Joe D., on one of his many outdoor adventures.

Joe has been in nursing for 21 years, with stints in ICU, Surgery, Oncology, and ER, the latter in which he worked as night shift supervisor for 4-5 years.

“I have been a Travel Nurse for two years, all with Medical Solutions, and it has been a good move for me now that my son is grown and on his own,” says Joe.

His last assignment was in beautiful Vermont, where Joe says he spent lots of time “hiking, fishing, riding my motorcycle and taking 1-day to 3-day excursions.”

“I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, it really is just a beautiful part of the country,” he says.

Joe says he’s thoroughly enjoyed his time traveling and plans to continue for many years.

“I plan to see as much of this country as I can,” he says. “I’ve always liked to explore and see new things and that’s why this job fits me so well. I can see and experience new places and people, and make a living while I am doing it.”

Joe has the work and play sides of Travel Nursing covered, adding he’s “never had a bad assignment.”

“I have always felt accepted at my assignments and the people I have met along the way have been great,” says Joe. “Shane, my [Career Consultant] at Medical Solutions, has always been there for me when I have had questions, and has helped make traveling enjoyable.”

Joe’s philosophy for a successful career in Travel Nursing?

“Always be accountable both professionally and personally, give 100% to whatever setting you are placed in, and conduct yourself in a way that gives a positive experience for your patients and allows for a positive reflection on the hospital,” he says. “Take into account that different hospitals have their own work culture and adjust accordingly. I have found that, no matter what the hospital or unit, if you show that you are professional, patient-oriented, and easy to work with, the staff are generally very accepting.”

And, above all, Joe says: “HAVE FUN. The great thing about being a Traveler is experiencing so many different places. Dive in and take advantage of the travel part of Travel Nursing!”

September Rising Star, April, is a NICU RN. Her Career Consultant Jim was not at all surprised when she was honored as Rising Star.

“April has done a tremendous job giving great patient care,” says Jim. “She really cares about her patients. I knew when I first started working with April and her references only had wonderful things to say about her.

Jim says he hopes “to have the chance to work with April for a long time.”

Travel Nurse Ashley C.

We got the chance to catch up with August Rising Star, Ashley C.!

We also caught up recently with the August Rising Star, Ashley C.! She’s worked as a Certified Surgical Tech for almost nine years, just under two years as a Traveler. While she loved and Oregon and Tucson, her favorite assignment has been in San Jose, California, where she enjoyed “such love and support, and no drama” from her co-workers.

“We worked as a team, and I got along great with staff and doctors,” says Ashley. “I have a second family there that truly cares about my success and well-being, plus there’s so much to do in San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area.”

She loves traveling because, she says, “You get to see different ways to do things, meet many new people, and do and see things you may not do or see any other time!”

Ashley shares Joe’s advice to “have fun,” also adding: “Be open to new people and adventures. Keep learning no matter what your experience level is.”

Thanks so much Joe, April, and Ashley, for being awesome examples of Travel Nurses and for providing excellent patient care nationwide!

If you get a perfect evaluation from your hospital, it’s possible that YOU could be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star! Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to August 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Travel Nurse of the Month Dan

Congrats to Dan A., our awesome August 2014 Traveler of the Month!

We’d like to send a major shout-out and congratulations to our August Traveler of the Month, Daniel A., BSN, RN.

Traveler of the Month Dan has been a nurse for about three-and-a-half years and specializes in Critical Care (MICU/CCU, Neuro/Trauma ICU, SICU). He has completed three 13-week Travel Nurse assignments for Medical Solutions and is currently a Local Missions Protégé at National Community Church in Washington, D.C.; a position he says addresses many social justice issues with a faith-based point of view.

When asked his favorite location as a Travel Nurse, Dan says it’s tough to choose between San Francisco and Long Island.

Medical Solutions Travel of the Month Dan

Dan and Stephanie get down to the business of adventuring!

“In both places I found friendly faces, a variety of cultures, great rural and urban sites to see, and most importantly sun and sand,” he says.

Dan says the best thing about Travel Nursing is “gaining various skill sets and knowledge in the field of nursing that are applicable in any context of providing quality care throughout the nation.”

Dan’s wife, Stephanie, traveled with him for the two assignments he had after they were married. He says he’s very thankful it was feasible for her to join him.

And what about his first assignment without her in 2013? Well, it was during that assignment in 2013 that Dan flew his then-girlfriend Stephanie out to the Bay area to surprise her with a proposal! Pics or it didn’t happen, Dan … Oh, he has pics — sweet, beautiful pics of the actual proposal!

Medical Solutions August 2014 Traveler of the Month Dan

On his first assignment, Dan surprised his then-girlfriend Stephanie by flying her out to the Bay area for this sweet proposal!

Dan offers three great tips for new or aspiring Travel Nurses:

1. “Take a deep breath, remember this isn’t your first rodeo, and that though you are in a new setting, you are fully capable of providing the quality care to patients that you already have up to this point in your career.”

2. “Make friends, and make them quick! Not only do you want to establish a good rapport with your team for the sake of the patients, but for yourself. Having a sense of community as you move from one place to the next is key for your emotional health as a travel nurse.”

Medical Solutions August 2014 Traveler of the Month Dan

The happy couple.

3. “You’re a travel nurse, so travel! Check out as many sights as you can. I know you are tired after three+ 12-hour shifts, but there is life to live. So whether that means relaxing in a coffee shop, taking a hike on the ocean hillsides, or exploring a new neighborhood in town, get going! Adventure is out there!”

Dan, thank you SO much for being an awesome example of Travel Nurses and for providing excellent care to your patients!  

Click here to get to know our August Rising Star winner, Ashley C.

Who knows, maybe you will be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star! It all starts with an excellent evaluation and could end up with you winning a $100 Visa gift card. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about.

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Congrats to July 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to July 2014’s Traveler of the Month, Danielle A., and Rising Star, Ryan N.!

We’d like to send a big shout-out and congratulations to our July Traveler of the Month, Danielle A., and also our Rising Star winner, Ryan N.

Traveler of the Month Danielle has been a nurse for five years and a Travel Nurse for four years. She specializes in PCU/Tele Float. She’s currently enjoying an assignment in the Kansas City area. Danielle travels with her adorable mini Boston terriers, Lola and KC.

She says she loves Travel Nursing because she gets to “see and learn new things every day,” which lets her appreciate her important place in the healthcare industry.

Travel Nurse Danielle

July Traveler of the Month Danielle kicks back while on assignment.

Her favorite destination so far?

“It’s a toss-up between Naples, Florida and Kansas City,” she says. “In Naples I got to be at the beach in the winter time, work people were great, and there are so many great places to see in the area. But Kansas City has been great over the past couple of years, the hospital is great, there are tons of activities, and I have meet some of my best friends in this city!”

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Danielle’s adorable pups, Lola and KC!

Danielle’s advice for would-be Travel Nurses?

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help — all those stories of hospital staff disliking travelers aren’t true, 99% of the time they like the extra help. Also, be adventurous and enjoy your temporary new home,” she says.

Rising Star Ryan is a Cath Lab Nurse who’s been in nursing for five-plus years. He’s been traveling less than a year and has been in Denver and Wisconsin so far.

“I really enjoyed Denver,” says Ryan. “The city is fresh and offers a variety of outdoor and indoor activities and venues. The people are laid back, but very smart and active. It was easy to make friends with lasting relationships. When I am finished traveling Denver would be one of the places I would consider making my permanent home.”

Travel Nurse Ryan

July Rising Star Ryan takes in a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field in Denver.

And besides discovering Denver, what else does Ryan love about Travel Nursing?

“I get to meet new people and see new places,” he says. “I also get to learn different approaches and procedures at the hospitals, which I can use in the future. The pay is a plus too! I consider it to be an extended vacation.”

Ryan has three great tips for future Travel Nurses:

1. Ask as many questions as you can and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
2. Trust your instincts. You know what you are doing or you wouldn’t be doing this.
3. Get to know the people you are working with. They will be your lifeline.

Thanks so much Danielle and Ryan for being awesome examples of Travel Nurses and for providing excellent patient care everywhere you go!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to June 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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And the trophies go to … Amy R.. and Linda R.!

We’d like to send a big shout-out and congratulations to our June Traveler of the Month, Amy R., and also our Rising Star winner, Linda R.

Traveler of the Month Amy has been an RN for 28 years and was an LVN for five years prior. She’s spent the last 16 years in OR, but also has experience in ER, ICU/CCU, tele, med-surg, PACU, and even administration. Wow, talk about well-versed!

Amy, who begins a new assignment in Northern California this August, travels with her husband; he is retired and likes to “catch up on his reading, movies, and go for motorcycle rides” while Amy’s at work.

Travel Nurse of the Month Amy R

Amy (far right) unwinds with co-workers.

“We’re looking forward to visiting wine country,” says Amy. “Plus, it’s someplace my husband and I might retire to … Along with seeing new places and meeting new people, travel nursing allows my husband and me the opportunity to ‘try out’ a community while getting paid.”

The couple has been traveling together for nearly three years, and of the five states Amy has worked in — California, Arizona, Idaho, Washington, and Texas — their favorite spot was San Luis Obispo, California.

Travel Nurses Amy and Sheree

Amy (left) and Medical Solutions Scrub Tech Sheree C.

“It’s a friendly college town, near the coast, has a great farmers market, lots of laid back music venues, some wineries in the area, and Amtrak runs through town so you can travel north and south on the train,” says Amy.

She says her goal is be a co-worker that perm staff are sad to see go at the end of her contract. She advises Travelers to do their homework prior to an assignment, have a positive, friendly attitude, and take good care of themselves outside of work.

“The more helpful I am to my coworkers, the more they are willing to help me,” says Amy. “Be proactive about it: Ask ‘How can I help you?’ instead of waiting to be asked. If you need help, ask for it, and be specific. Don’t assume others know you need help. Genuinely thank others for their help.”

Rising Star Linda, CST, has been in nursing for more than 20 years, but began her first travel assignment at the end of March 2014.

She is already soaking up the awesome experiences Travel Nursing offers.

“The best thing about traveling is meeting new people and exploring the area,” Linda says.

Travel Nurse Linda

June’s Rising Star, Linda.

Although she a new to traveling, Linda’s already got some great advice for new or prospective Travelers.

“When going into a new hospital, remember that you are there to help them so just do your job and don’t get involved in any of the politics,” she says. “Just enjoy the freedom you have: meeting new people and taking in all the sights.”

Thanks again to Amy and Linda for being such great examples of Travelers and for providing excellent patient care everywhere they go!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to May 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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You each get a gold star, Barb H. and Jennifer H.!

Eternal thanks and huge kudos and congrats to our May Traveler of the Month, Barb H., and also our Rising Star winner, Jennifer H.

Traveler of the Month Barb has been an RN for 32 years, and she’s extra special for several reasons. Barb was in Omaha recently, where Medical Solutions is headquartered, and our staff was able to be there when she came to visit us and found out about her win. It was so fun to surprise Barb, and to celebrate her awesome work! Check it out — you may want to lower the volume at the beginning, our cheers for Barb got pretty loud.

Barb’s a true Travel Nurse pro, and has a great deal of experience. Her background is in ICU/ER, Home Health, Hospice, and currently PACU.

“I traveled in the late ’80s when cell phones and computers or GPS were not the norm,” she says. “Things are so much easier with technology.”

Travel Nurse Barb's dog Lucy

Lucy loves traveling alongside her owner, and Traveler of the Month for May 2014, Barb H.

She travels with her two companions, Kona, an 11-year-old chocolate lab, and Lucy, a 3-year-old rescue lab mix.

“They attend doggy daycare when I am at work and have adjusted well to the frequent changes. When I travel I have a hitch haul on the back of my SUV so they aren’t crowded in the back,” says Barb.

She says she really enjoys the Minneapolis area, for its “diversity, people, and the vibe of the city.” But she also looks forward to discovering new areas.

“I enjoy getting ‘lost’ in an area and finding my way back,” she says. “You never know what you’ll find along the way and I love figuring out what street or road intersects with that road. The dogs have been a great way to find trails and parks in an area.”

Travel Nurse Barb's dog Kona

Barb’s dog, Kona, also enjoys exploring.

Beyond exploring, Barb loves that Travel Nursing allows her to focus on what really matters.

“I love traveling mainly because I can avoid the politics and drama of a place and focus on patient care,” she says.

Barb has some really valuable tips for new Travelers: “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.”

Barb’s on her way back to the Minneapolis area in early July. Don’t forget to stop back and see us again in Omaha some time, Barb!

May’s Rising Star Jennifer H. has been a Certified Surgical Technologist for four years, has been traveling since June 2013, and is going on her third travel assignment. After a short vacation she’s off to an assignment in Iowa in July.

“I love it!” Jennifer says of life as a Traveler, adding, “I have enjoyed each and every one of my assignments because I have learned so much. The people I have met and the knowledge I have gained has made me the person and the tech I am.”

Travel Nurse Jen in OMaha

Jennifer visited Omaha’s famed Henry Doorly Zoo, with another Medical Solutions Traveler, Cindy D.

Jennifer loves the aspect of Travel Nursing that allows her to continue developing her skills, knowledge, and experience as a healthcare professional.

“The best thing about traveling is meeting new people and learning new skills and techniques, because I believe that my way might not be the best or only way to do something,” she says.

Rising Star Jennifer’s advice for new Travelers?

“When traveling, always be open minded to different techniques and learn anything you can from others,” she says. “With that, be prepared to teach others the knowledge that you have. As you come into a new assignment and facility, be honest about your training, be flexible to do anything — which includes cleaning — yes, cleaning, and be positive in any situation.”

Thanks so much again for your superior work on assignment, Barb and Jennifer! We hope you enjoy your prizes and awesome bragging rights.

Want to learn more about Medical Solutions’ Traveler of the Month program? Click here to find out what it’s all about and if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Congrats to April 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to April 2014's Traveler of the Month, Roger W., and Rising Star, Nicole T.!

Congrats to April 2014’s Traveler of the Month, Roger W., and Rising Star, Nicole T.!

Congratulations and a big thank you go out to our April Traveler of the Month, Roger W., and also our Rising Star winner, Nicole T.

Traveler of the Month Roger is an RN specializing in Cardiac Cath Lab who is currently on assignment in Florida. He’s been in nursing for nine years and has been traveling for two years.

Roger says the best thing about Travel Nursing is all of the awesome places he has seen and people he’s met. When asked his favorite location, he says he just can’t choose between all the great spots!

“I have been so fortunate in all of my assignments,” he says. “I’ve been to some of the greatest locations this country has to offer.”

Some of his travel highlights have been: The sandy beaches of Florida and San Diego, California, Zion National Park, and The Grand Canyon, as well as “big city life in places like Houston, Atlanta, and the DFW metroplex.”

Traveler of the Month, Roger W., at the Grand Canyon.

Traveler of the Month, Roger W., at the Grand Canyon.

And while Roger prizes his awesome travels, he holds the folks he’s met on the road just as dearly.

“The best part of all of these locations has been the people I have worked with,” says Roger. “I have met so many kind and compassionate people while traveling, and have made friendships that I will treasure the rest of my life.”

His advice for new Travelers? Be prepared to navigate a learning curve and be patient with yourself.

“Understand that you are taking an assignment because of a staffing shortage and people need your help,” says Roger. “You are not being asked to work at a location because they have an abundance of staff and everything is peachy. Be flexible and willing to work around others’ needs.”

One of Roger's gorgeous beach views!

One of Roger’s gorgeous beach views!

“Thirteen weeks is a very short period of time,” he adds. “If you are unhappy with an assignment, be patient. It will be over before you know it.”

Rising Star Nicole just completed an assignment in North Carolina. The RN/BSN has been a nurse for seven years and has been traveling for one and a half years.

“In my opinion, the best thing about travel nursing is seeing new places and meeting and working with lots of new awesome people,” she says.

Nicole’s favorite assignment was in Nome, Alaska.

“I enjoyed living and working in a unique place unlike anywhere I have ever been,” she says. “I also loved all the adventures that rural Alaska has to offer.”

Nicole recently adopted a five-month-old Dachshund/Beagle puppy named Cooper who went to North Carolina with her. She says Cooper is a great travel buddy!

Congrats and thanks again, Roger and Nicole! We truly appreciate your expertise and commitment to great patient care.

To learn more about Medical Solutions’ Traveler of the Month program, click here

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Congrats to March 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

A big thumbs up to Nina C. and Thomas C.!

A big thumbs up to Nina C. and Thomas C.!

Congratulations and a big thank you go out to our March Traveler of the Month, Nina C., and also our Rising Star winner, Thomas C.

Traveler of the Month for March, Nina C., has been in Travel Nursing for four years. Her RN specialty is Cath Lab.

“I love my job and I love traveling, therefore, four years ago I combined my two loves,” she says.

Nina touches on why Travel Nurses must be adaptable when she says that Travel Nursing “not only requires knowledge in nursing, but also an ability to assimilate with other people and organizational structures.”

Nina’s favorite place to work is the east coast, and she’s currently working in a facility just north of New York City.

“I am with a great group of people who truly give exceptional care to their community,” she says. “This gives me a great deal of satisfaction to work with people I can admire and trust.”

Nina loves Travel Nursing and advocates it as an excellent option for many nurses.

“My career as a Traveling Nurse has given me a whole new life, one that I highly recommend for others,” she says.

March’s Rising Star winner Thomas C. was a Nurse Aid for three years and has now been an RN for three years. He’s been Travel Nursing for two years and his specialty is ICU.

So far Thomas’ favorite location has been Evansville, Indiana, where he encountered great people and really enjoyed the general attitude and feel of the city.

Besides getting to experience great, new favorite places Thomas really enjoys how Travel Nursing allows him to grow professionally.

“I like the new techniques I learn at each place and how the job never seems to get boring,” he says.

His advice for Travel Nurses who are just starting out?

“Find out how the facility you’re working at does things, and never speak badly of a place you work at no matter what,” he says.

Thanks so much again to Nina and Thomas for your hard work and dedication to providing great patient care!

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