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Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

We’d like to say a big thanks and congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners.

Medical Solutions is blessed with the best Travelers and Career Consultants around. We love to celebrate their awesomeness and mutual dedication to facilitating excellent patient care, and these annual awards are just one great way to do that.

Read on to learn more about the amazing, inspiring 2015 winners!

Traveler of the Year

Congrats and kudos to Barbara H., our 2015 Traveler of the Year, who was awarded with a Sonos Play 1 Bluetooth Speaker, a $50 Amazon gift card, and lunch catered in for her and her unit!

Traveler of the Year is chosen annually from the pool of 12 Traveler of the Month winners from throughout the year. Barb was the November 2015 Traveler of the Month — but guess what else? Barb was also our May 2014 Traveler of the Month, and we were able to surprise her with that good news in person. Check it out! (But mind your volume button at you watch — the cheers got pretty loud for Barb!)

Barb is a nursing vet of 33 years with experience in ICU/ER, Home Health, Hospice, and PACU. She began traveling in the late ’80s and says traveling has become so much easier with the increased technology like smartphones, computers, and GPS. Barb travels with her canine companions, Kona and Lucy.

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Barb’s dog Kona is one of her adventuring companions.

“I love the challenge of coming to a new area and hospital and learning their processes,” says Barb. “It keeps my brain young. I want to thank my recruiter Ronnie E. for being my guide through this adventure for the past three years. Traveling is not all roses but if you are up for something different it is fun.”

Barb’s Career Consultant Ronnie E. praises her “phenomenal attitude” and he says it makes her a joy to work with.

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Lucy also loves an adventure!

“Barb always gets great reviews from hospitals and personnel,” he says. “You can just tell by talking with her that she really cares about her job. We have a mutual trust and respect for one another. I LOVE having Barb on the team. She is definitely an MVP in my book.”

For new or aspiring Travel Nurses, Barb shared some fabulous advice with us when she won her first Traveler of the Month award back in 2014:

“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.”

Thanks for the great advice and dedication to patient care, Barb, and congrats on a well-deserved award!

Services That Inspires Award Winner

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Service That Inspires Award winner, Sara O., more than makes the cut for her patients!

The 2015 Service That Inspires Award winner is Sara O., RN, BSN, OCN. Like Barb, Sara was awarded with a Sonos Play 1 Bluetooth Speaker, a $50 Amazon gift card, and lunch catered in for her and her unit!

Sara is an Oncology nurse, currently on assignment in Idaho, who’s been in nursing for eight years and traveling for about three years. Her Career Consultant Derek F. nominated Sara for the Service That Inspires Award because of her day-to-day commitment to patient care and a very special story from her recent Seattle assignment.

“Sara’s level of patient care is out of this world,” says Derek. “The passion and energy she puts forth comes from a place within that is genuine and truly heartfelt. I’ve been lucky to have worked with her, but she has also turned out to be a great friend. It’s people like her that are positively infectious to work with.”

As for that very special story … we’ll let Sara tell it in her own words:

“I was working in Seattle and had a 20-year-old kid with lymphoma. She always had the best attitude and we instantly bonded. She would bring some of her family members and sometimes her boyfriend and we always had a good time while she was getting her treatments. Well, one day she came in to my clinic and told me she was starting to lose her hair. I told her that she needed to have a shaving party and invite all her family and friends over and shave off her hair. Then I said that if she decided to have a shaving party, I would come and she could shave my head first … so that’s what we did! On the day of the shaving party, we took some before and after pictures and three other people besides myself decided to participate. Her boyfriend, her uncle, and a dear family friend that had shoulder length hair. My patient did the honors, shaving my head first, followed by the rest of the participants. She was last; each person took turns and I did the honors of completing the job. It is a day I will always remember, with a patient I will never forget.”

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

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Sara obviously truly cares for her patients, but she also loves the adventure and flexibility afforded to her through her career on Travel Nursing.

“Travel Nursing is a great way to LIVE and not just exist. You explore, experience, love, and learn. One of my favorite things currently is that I get to live close to my grandparents, which is the first time my entire life that has been the case,” she says. “Also, I love working for Medical Solutions … and that isn’t just because I won an award. This company has really changed my life, and as long as I travel, I will never work for another company again.”

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

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Awww, thanks Sara, we’re getting a little misty over here! Medical Solutions is so fortunate to have dedicated Travelers like you on our team.

Congrats again on your well-deserved win and thank you for providing services that inspires.

Also, a big thank you to the many Travelers who were nominated by their Career Consultants for this year’s award. You are doing amazing work and it was very hard to choose just one winner!

Recruiter of the Year Winners

Congrats to our awesome 2015 Recruiter of the Year winners: Brad Bell and Jen Lyman!

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Congrats, Jen and Brad! You really are recruiter royalty!

These two exemplify what it means to be a Medical Solutions Career Consultant; they are great communicators, always available for their Travelers, and always keep Travelers’ best interests at the forefront of everything they do! Brad and Jen were chosen as the 2015 Recruiters of the Year based upon some really great Traveler nominations.

Here are a few of Brad’s nominations from his Travelers:

“Brad has definitely gone above and beyond my expectations for a recruiter. He shows a genuine concern for making sure I find the right fit for what I’m looking for, sets realistic expectations, and even checks in to make sure things are going well and I’m adjusting to my new assignment. It’s very evident that he takes a lot of pride in what he does and ensures that he advocates for the nurses he works with.”

“Brad is always on your team. He goes above and beyond and makes this a fun and rewarding journey.”

“Brad has always said he considered his nurses family, but this year he really showed it to me. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, Brad did everything he could to help. At one point I thought I would even break my contract early to go home. Brad was completely supportive even if it created difficulties in his job. I was able to finish the contract, and Brad helped get me a contract a couple hours from home. He regularly checks in on me and my family during dad’s treatments. He’s the best!”

Click here to learn more about Brad.

Here are a few of Jen’s nominations from her Travelers:

“Jen is honest about what to expect and listens to what I want in an assignment. She never tries to push you onto something you’re not interested in. She always gets back to me quickly and is always very helpful if I ever have any questions. I love having her as a recruiter and would recommend her to anyone!”

“Jen has become more than just my recruiter — she is also my friend. She only presents jobs that she knows will fit my needs and interests. She is always ready to answer questions, solve problems, or just let me vent. While I am on assignment she checks on me frequently — I never feel alone. Jen is the reason I stay with Medical Solutions. She has made each travel experience the best it can be.”

“I just love Jen! She really takes care of her nurses and ensures that when you have questions they’re answered promptly any time of the day. She communicates clearly and considerately, and there’s just something about her that’s intrinsically honest —and that’s hard to find in this industry. I never have to second guess anything she tells me and that’s invaluable. I also like that she works to get me competitive rates because while rapport is good, competitive compensation is imperative to a great, long term relationship.”

Click here to learn more about Jen.

Congrats again to Brad and Jen for winning this year’s Recruiter of the Year Awards!  We received TONS of great nominations for so many of our Career Consultants, so we also want to recognize that each of them is 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!