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

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

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

Read on to learn more about these incredible 2016 winners!

Patricia Travel Nurse

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

Traveler of the Year

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

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

“I really enjoy seeing different states and meeting new people,” she says. “I also like learning new things in the nursing field as they come along.”

Trish traveled with her significant other, Larry, until he sadly passed away in June 2016. She now hits the road with her Alaskan Husky, Chinook, who she says is great company.

Trish’s focus in nursing is “just to take care of people and hope I make a difference.” In her free time, Trish likes to crochet and write stories — she hopes to get a story published one day and we hope she finds plenty of inspiration through her travels!

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

“One thing that I’ve found works for me in my travels, is to make the unit I am on mine,” she says. “I learn everything I can about the unit, the workings, policies, everything, so when a patient asks a question I can answer them thoughtfully instead of just saying ‘I’m only a Traveler and I don’t know.’ I’m willing to learn anything they’re willing to teach me — instead of saying, ‘I’m just a Traveler and I don’t need to know that.’ I just like to learn and no one is too old to learn anything. I feel I learn something new every day and it’s great!”

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

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

Service That Inspires Award Winner

Joe and Brennen

Joe and his partner Brennen are an amazing RN duo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bailey

Bailey loves hitting the road with her dads!

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

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

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

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

Recruiter of the Year Winners

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

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

Here are some comments from Stephanie’s Traveler nominations:   

Recruiter of the Year

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

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

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

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

Click here to learn more about Stephanie.

Here are some comments from Jon’s Traveler nominations:   

Recruiter of the Year

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

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

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

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

Click here to learn more about Jon.

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

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

 

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About the Author

Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a Travel Nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!