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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.

Travel Nurse Joe D

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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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!