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Congrats to April 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

gold medal travel nurse

Eleonora and Kendra, you guys win the gold for April 2018!

Many thanks and congrats to the April 2018 Traveler of the Month, Eleonora D., and also our Rising Star winner, Kendra D.!

Traveler of the Month Eleonora is an Medsurg/Tele RN who has been working with Career Consultant Jenny Groen for about a year and a half. Eleonora just completed a travel assignment at in Mammoth Lakes, California and now she’s home for the summer and taking a break from traveling.

“El is a delight to work with and has become a friend,” says Jenny. “She makes every place she travels to her home. She always fits in perfectly with other Travelers and the perm staff and steps up to help in every way she can. El likes to travel to see the country and experience adventure — she takes advantage of making the best of every situation!”

Jenny says she truly enjoys her time with El and admires her personally and professionally.

“When I talk to El, it is like talking to one of my friends,” says Jenny. “She is passionate about what she does, and I am passionate about making sure she gets an amazing experience out of every travel assignment with Medical Solutions. I have her back in every situation and am thankful for the opportunity to have a nurse and friend like her in my life!”

Thanks for your hard work and for everything you do in the name of delivering great patient care, Eleonora!

Rising Star Kendra is an RN, BSN currently on assignment in Louisville, Kentucky. She works with Career Consultant Jennifer Heese and has been with Medical Solutions since January 2018.

“Kendra is a fantastic nurse,” says Jennifer. “She is very flexible and always willing to do what is needed to make sure her patients are taken care of. She even floats to other units where she is needed and is always willing to do so without question. She truly understands that we are a team in this. If she needs something from me she is a priority and she 100% does the same for me. I hope to be working with her for many assignments to come. I am excited to get her started on her next assignment on the west coast!”

Jennifer says she is continuously impressed with how Kendra represents Medical Solutions and serves her patients.

“Kendra is a great representation of Medical Solutions and has been so wonderful to work with,” says Jennifer. “She has had great feedback from patients she has taken care of and from the hospital staff as well. She got a perfect evaluation from her manager! I know she goes in every day and gives it her all. I am so lucky to have her on my team.”

Jennifer says even aside from Kendra’s amazing nurse prowess, Kendra is someone she truly admires as a person.

“Not only is she a great nurse, but I just love the way she talks about her grandkids,” says Jennifer. “She is a great role model for them and they are lucky to have her. I hope they truly see what an inspiration she is.”

Thanks for being such an amazing Traveler, Kendra! We appreciate you.

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions April 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Eleonora and Kendra, we are so thankful for your incredible commitment to superior patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Clinical Corner: Sentinel Event Alert #59 — Violence Against Healthcare Workers

Stop Violence

The Joint Commission’s recent Sentinel Event Alert #59 focuses on physical and verbal violence against healthcare workers.

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workers in healthcare settings are four times more likely to be victims of workplace violence than workers in other industries. Workplace violence includes disruptive, violent events as well as the verbal abuse that many healthcare workers face daily.

In April 2018, The Joint Commission issued Sentinel Event Alert #59, which deals with physical and verbal violence against healthcare workers. This alert focuses not just on violence, but also serves as an aid to help organizations to recognize and acknowledge violent behaviors, better prepare staff to handle the threat and risk to safety, and more effectively address the aftermath.

Effective management of violence starts with an investigation of the contributing factors that may exist to precipitate violent situations or behaviors. One of the biggest factors is the setting in which healthcare workers operate. It comes at no surprise that the emergency department and inpatient psychiatric settings have the most recorded incidents. The home care setting presents unique challenges because of the disorganized and uncontrolled environment the patient care occurs in. Sixty-one percent of home care workers report workplace violence each year. The LTC setting for cognitively impaired patients also presents special challenges to managing violence and the most common characteristic exhibited by perpetrators of violence is altered mental status associated with underlying dementia, delirium, substance abuse, or other mental impairments.

Such elements associated with the perpetrators and the healthcare setting in which they exist are just a few of the contributing factors to violence. Other factors associated with violence are stressful conditions, long wait times, lack of organizational policies and training, domestic disputes amongst patients and families, inadequate security, understaffing, staff working in isolated areas, lack of access to emergency communication, unrestricted access to hospital rooms and clinics, and lack of community mental health care. These contributing factors can lead to low staff morale, lawsuits, and high worker turnover which leads to burnout. To combat the factors associated with workplace violence, The Joint Commission suggests several actions to take to look beyond solutions that merely increase security presence.

The first suggestion is to clearly define what workplace violence is and to put systems into place across the organization that enable staff to report the violence. The goal in establishing systems and procedures within an organization is zero harm to patients and staff, create a culture of reporting all events of physical and verbal violence, encourage conversations about violence, develop protocols, guidelines, or tools that make identifying potential perpetrators simple and easy. Another key step to reducing these incidents is tracking them and keeping records of the incidents. Gathering information on the different incidents and keeping a centralized database will be extremely beneficial to analyze and track worker injury and workplace violence.

Tracking each event will help to look for trends in the contributing factors associated with the violent act. It is also important to remember that follow-up should occur with the victims associated with the act. This follow-up is necessary to provide support to the victims but also the witnesses and this may include psychological counseling, debriefing, and trauma-informed care if necessary. Once a follow-up or debriefing has taken place it is always essential to analyze the contributing factors to the incident. According to OSHA, this includes a worksite analysis and hazard identification but furthermore, it is a demonstration on the value that reporting plays in communicating to staff the risk assessment and interventions taken in similar situations. Once the data has been analyzed and the problem has been identified implementation of cost-effective, evidence-based solutions specific to the problems identified at the local or unit level should be initiated.

Launching a new solution is more complex than just putting the procedure in place. Training all staff including security personnel on de-escalation, self-defense, and response to emergency codes is the next step in improvement with workplace violence. Self-defense training may include de-escalation techniques, alarms, security support, safe rooms, escape plans, and emergency communication procedures. The emergency response codes should be practiced with a variety of mock violent situations so that staff are adequately prepared to react in any types of violent events. Amidst the adoption of new strategies, keeping abreast of any changes will help to establish quality and an evidence-based practice approach in preventing any violence within the healthcare setting.

Click here to learn more about The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Alert #59.

 

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2018 Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest

Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest

Calling all nurse shutterbugs! Enter the Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest for the chance to win one of four $100 Amazon gift cards.

A career in nursing can be a real roller coaster ride — but at least that means you’re never short on adventure! We are constantly inspired by our Travel Nurses, their hard work on the job and their zest for life after hours, so we adore seeing photographic evidence of their fabulousness.

For our 2018 Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest, we want to see your best images of what it means to be living that nurse life! It could be a cute scrubs selfie, pics of the family or furry friend you come home to after a long day, photos of your amazing day off, or the large coffee (or glass of wine!) that help you conquer it all in style — anything that depicts what inspires you personally or professionally.

Want to hear about the cherry on top? You could be one of four lucky folks to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Ready to Share Your Snapshot? Here are the details:

  • Submit your entries at photos.medicalsolutions.com. You can share as many photos as you like but will be limited to your first 10 entries for contest purposes.
  • Submissions will be accepted June 25th through July 11th.
  • Our panel of judges will choose four lucky winners, each of whom will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Winners may be asked to provide proof that they’re employed as a healthcare professional.

We can’t wait to see all of your amazing images and we wish you the best of luck! If you need some inspiration, be sure to check out our Instagram or peruse our website to see some of the sweet pics our Travel Nurses have shared with us in the past.

And if you’re raring to go now, click here to submit your entry to the 2018 Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest!

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Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

Discover your destiny with these Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs!

Summer’s almost here and that means two things: the livin’ will be easy and tons of great Travel Nursing jobs will be at your fingertips!

This fair season means the whole world comes alive from coast to coast, and there’s no better time to spin your compass, pack your bags, take the leap, become a Travel Nurse, and explore the nation.

May we suggest one of these Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs as you embark on your next adventure?

Ready, set, go!

Couple in canoe on tranquil sunny summer lake

Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, making it a great summer location for Travelers!

Minnesota

Summer is the absolute best time of the year to visit the Land of 10,000 Lakes! Minnesota summers are all about lakes, camping, festivals, fresh food, and fun. Canoe the boundary waters, shop the Mall of America, take in a Twins game, visit Minnehaha Falls, do a pilgrimage to Prince’s former home Paisley Park, rock out on First Avenue, kayak Lake Harriet or Lake Minnetonka, meet the famous Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox — and so much more. From exciting city streets to the majestic great outdoors, Minnesota is full of thrills for your next summer adventure!

Click here to find your dream job this summer in Minnesota!

travel in LA

The Golden State is a hotspot for Travelers, whether you’re into rural or urban vibes!

California

California is on everyone’s bucket list for LOTS of reasons. California is such a popular Travel Nursing destination because there’s so much to see and do. You could learn how to surf in the ocean one day and then walk amongst the impressive redwoods in the Redwood National Park the next day. California also offers the best of both urban and rural settings, with tons of great city perks like the arts, concerts, shopping, pro sports, dining, and more as well as an abundance of picturesque towns. Everything from the Hollywood Hills to the wide-open Pacific Ocean to the Northern Cali mountains awaits. What are you waiting for? California is the perfect place for a summer adventure!

Check out our California State Spotlight to learn more about The Golden State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in California now!

Boston Boating

Spend your Massachusetts summer boating, whale watching, touring historic places, cheering at a Red Sox game, and so much more!

Massachusetts

The Bay State is home to an incredible coast which makes it a fabulous location for a summer Travel Nursing assignment! The state offers some of the best whale watching in the world and there’s no better time than summer to check that out. Enjoy Cape Cod, see a Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park, stroll The Freedom Trail, dine on fresh seafood ’til your heart’s content, visit spooky Salem, have cheers at the original Cheers bar, and explore all of the state’s amazing history. In addition to lots to do on your days off, Massachusetts is home to some of the nation’s top facilities, so there are professional development opportunities galore here!

Check out our Massachusetts State Spotlight to learn more about The Bay State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Massachusetts now!

Atlantic City Boardwalk

New Jersey’s Atlantic City Boardwalk is the longest in the world! Atlantic City is also known for its casinos, great nightlife, delicious food, and beautiful beaches!

New Jersey

Come summertime you want to get the Jersey Shore faster than you can say “Cabs are here!” The rumors are true: The Boss’ home state is totally boss! The Garden State is great place for Travelers to adventure and explore. Jersey offers lots of beautiful nature, including 127 miles of coastline and 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a great jumping off point for exploring the East Coast, and it’s no surprise that there’s an abundance of great eats throughout “the diner capital of the world.” There’s also a ton of great museums and truly intriguing history to check out in Jersey.

Check out our New Jersey State Spotlight to learn more about The Garden State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in New Jersey now!

Tourist inside slot canyon, Arizona, USA

Arizona’s Slot Canyon is a sight to be seen!

Arizona

Some like it hot, and for them, Arizona is just the ticket in the summertime! The state has tons of great opportunity with its high aging population. In addition to a great selection of jobs, there is so much natural beauty to explore here, like happening Havisu Falls, amazing Antelope Canyon, mystical Sedona’s Cathedral Rock, Page’s majestic Horseshoe Bend, the iconic Grand Canyon, spectacular Saguaro National Park, magnificent Monument Valley, and so much more. After you work up an appetite in the great outdoors, relax with some of the stat5e’s awesome native and Tex-Mex food and have cheers with a fine prickly pear margarita!

Check out our Arizona State Spotlight to learn more about The Grand Canyon State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Arizona now!

Ice cream lady

Ohio is a rocking place to enjoy great lakes, great food, and so much more!

Ohio

OH boy is Ohio a great destination for Travel Nurses! Great job opportunities, Great Lakes, and great activities for your days off. Into sports or music? Get your hall of fame game on fleek with a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland or the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Explore the state’s 70+ unique Native American burial mounds, the most famous being the Serpent Mound, treat yourself to some pierogis and kielbasa, and hop on some of the country’s craziest roller coasters at Cedar Point! Outdoor enthusiasts will for sure want to make a stop at the otherworldly Hocking Hills State Park, which has dramatic waterfalls, cliffs, and gorges galore.

Check out our Ohio State Spotlight to learn more about The Buckeye State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Ohio now!

Virginia is for Lovers, state motto and welcome sign

Virginia has the power to take you back in time AND help you discover your future!

Virginia

In addition to always having a lot of excellent job opportunities for Travel Nurses, Virginia has mountains, beaches, and lakes, which make it a great state to explore come summertime. Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway for some of the best driving views in the nation, raise a glass of some of Virginia’s amazing home state wine, or jog on over to D.C. to visit the nation’s capital. History lovers will be totally thrilled with the abundance of historical sites this state has to offer as well, like Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, and so many more destinations.

Check out our Virginia State Spotlight to learn more about The Old Dominion State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Virginia now!

BONUS LOCATION! Did you know that Wisconsin is home to 14,000-plus lakes?! Check out this month’s State Spotlight on Wisconsin for another great summer location!

Wanna head somewhere else this summer? Click here to search all locations to find your perfect summer Travel Nursing job!

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Congrats to March 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Traveler of the Month, Laura L

Congrats to our March Traveler of the Month, Laura L. (pictured here with her dog, Oakley) and Rising Star, David F.!

Many thanks and congrats to the March 2018 Traveler of the Month, Laura L., and also our Rising Star winner, David F.!

Laura Traveler

Laura’s canine crew!

Traveler of the Month Laura is an ER RN, BSN currently working in Iowa. She’s been a nurse for six years and has been traveling since November 2017. Laura works with Career Consultant Jennifer Seay.

Laura’s been to assignments in Iowa and Colorado and she says she can’t pick a favorite.

“I’ve had amazing experiences at both places!” she happily reports.

Laura has three dogs and she took her oldest, Oakley, a seven-year-old Collie/Shepard mix, with her on her first assignment.

“He loved it,” Laura says of Oakley. “He’s very independent compared to the younger two!”

On her current assignment, she’s flying solo, but her pups aren’t very far away.

“The pups are home with my boyfriend, but I am much closer to home this assignment, so I get to see them often,” she says.

Laura loves the people she gets to me through Travel Nursing.

“My favorite part about Travel Nursing is the experiences with the people you meet along the way,” she says. “I’ve met some pretty awesome people whom I know will be around for many years to come!”

Laura shared some awesome advice for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. “Trust in your recruiter! A lot of the information on the blogs and Facebook groups you read is FALSE! Just ask my recruiter, Jen, I contacted her panicking a few times after reading some of the things people post out there! When in doubt, ask and trust your recruiter! They’ve got your back!”
  2. “Be flexible! Your schedule might not be ideal, but remember, you’re here to help out! Trade shifts, pick up extra, do what you can to help the team you’re working with! Trust me, they’re probably tired and burnt out, they’ll appreciate it!”
  3. “Smile and have a positive attitude! Have a thick skin and don’t take things too personally. Always being the new kid is hard. It’s not fun, nobody likes it. Just remember, to smile, do your job the best you can, and stay positive! Not every assignment is going to be great 100% of the time, but if you can stay positive and learn from your experience, you will come out with much more in the end!”
Laura Traveler

Oakley enjoys the view while on assignment in Colorado.

Thanks for your hard work and for everything you do in the name of delivering great patient care, Laura! We appreciate you sharing this great advice. 🙂

Rising Star David is an OR RN currently on assignment in Michigan. He works with Career Consultant Sharon Hetrick.

Sharon has been working with David since December 2017 and says he is a wonderful Travel Nurse.

“David is awesome! He scrubs and circulates, he’s flexible, and he is always willing to pitch in and help others,” says Sharon.

In addition to his great work in the hospital setting, Sharon really likes working with David.

“David is always upbeat, humble, does a great job for the hospital, completes paperwork in a timely fashion, returns calls and texts promptly … he is a great all-around Traveler,” says Sharon.

Thanks for being such an amazing Traveler, David!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions March 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Laura and David, we are incredibly grateful for your solid commitment to superior patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

 

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State Spotlight: Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to 14,000-plus lakes!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to wonderful Wisconsin! The Badger State is chock full of brilliant career opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as 14,000-plus lakes, rolling hills, exciting cities, unique history, and appreciation for music, food, and beer. Read on to find out why assignments in America’s Dairyland are the big cheese of Travel Nursing gigs!

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a wonderful state for Travel Nursing!

Travel Nursing in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has a high demand for Travelers and that means there are lots of great Travel Nursing jobs for you to choose from. Besides these great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that allow you the chance to develop your resume and build your skills, The Badger State offers all a plethora of fun things to do, see, and experience on your days off. Wisconsin has beautiful lakes, delicious dairy, rolling hills, a true love of music, and so many more adventures that await you!

Wisconsin is home to more than 150 hospitals — nine of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Wisconsin hospital, Madison’s University of Wisconsin hospitals, which is nationally ranked in nine specialties and six pediatric specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in two more adult specialties and eight procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Wisconsin are: Milwaukee’s Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Wausau’s Aspirus Wausau Hospital, and Madison’s SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Madison.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Wisconsin #11 overall, as well as #3 for quality of life, #8 for opportunity, and #17 for healthcare.

As for licensing, Wisconsin is not a walk-through state but it is a compact state and a NURSYS state. Click here for more info on licensing in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Badger State

Capital: Madison

Largest City: Milwaukee

Skyscrapers of Milwaukee skyline with Lake Michigan,Wisconsin

The Milwaukee skyline on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 66

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 61

State Motto: “FORWARD”

State Flower: Wood Violet

State Tree: Sugar Maple

State Animal: Badger

State Dance: Polka

Wisconsin was the 30th state.

Blenders, Social Security, round silos, bone marrow transplants, turbo taps, kindergarten, American Girl Dolls, malted milk, ice cream sundaes, snowmobiles, the typewriter keyboard, the solid-body guitar, and, believe it or not, the modern surfboard(!?) were all invented in Wisconsin.

Native American tribes that originally inhabited Wisconsin include the Winnebago, Menominee, and Dakota.

Wisconsin has more than 14,000 lakes and nearly 7,500 rivers and streams.

With more cows than any other state, Wisconsin is dubbed “America’s Dairyland.

The famous cheesehead hat actually debuted at a Brewers game before being adopted by Packers fans.

Wisconsin repealed its Prohibition laws in 1929, four years before federal repeal!

Wisconsin Welcome sign at Marinette WI

Wisconsin welcomes Travel Nurses!

Averaging 2,500 performers, Milwaukee’s Summerfest is the largest music festival in the United States.

In 1884, the first-ever Ringling Brothers Circus happened in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

You would think it’d be abroad, but Monroe, Wisconsin is considered the Swiss Cheese Capital of the World.

Barbie hails from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.

Harley Davidson Motorcycles calls Wisconsin home.

The nation’s first kindergarten classes were held in Wisconsin in 1856 at a German couple’s house.

The Washington House in Two Rivers, Wisconsin lays claim to having served the first ice cream sundae in 1881.

The largest wooly mammoth ever found was excavated in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Green Bay is the oldest city in Wisconsin.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin is known as the “Bratwurst Capital of the World” despite the fact that Madison throw the “World’s Largest Brat Fest” every Memorial Day weekend.

Wisconsin native Les Paul was dubbed the Wizard of Waukesha for his many innovations to the makeup of guitars, playing, and recording.

Timm’s Hill at 1,951 feet is the highest natural point in Wisconsin.

Famous folks from Wisconsin include Les Paul, Frank Lloyd Wright, Willem Dafoe, Bob Uecker, Orson Welles, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Farley, Gene Wilder, Charlotte Rae, Spencer Tracy, Gena Rowlands, Liberace, Georgia O’Keeffe, Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick, Heather Graham, and Dustin Diamond.

In addition to being a hotspot for dairy, Wisconsin leads the nation in exports of ginseng root.

Wisconsin offers a Master Cheesemaker program that requires 10 years of cheesemaking experience to apply and takes three years to complete.

The first hydroelectric plant in the nation was built in 1882 at Fox River.

To Do & See in Wisconsin

Beer Battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Cheese is on a whole other level in America’s Dairyland!

Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland, but The Badger State has tons more to offer than merely delicious dairy. (Not that creating heavenly cheese is a small contribution by any means!) There’s plenty to do and see here — from exciting urban areas to quaint towns and rolling hills. Wisconsin is a truly wonderful spot for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

On the urban tip, Wisconsin’s largest cities include Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, and Appleton. Each of these cities offers a great glimpse into what makes Wisconsin a great place to live, work, and play — with various bits of cool culture, scintillating sports, divine drinks and eats, and so much more.

Schlemeil, Schlimazel, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! Milwaukee is more than just the hometown of Laverne and Shirley. Wisconsin’s capital city is a great place to hang and kick back with a brewski. You can kayak the Milwaukee River, rev it up at the Harley Davidson Museum, bike the Oak Leaf Trail, check out some art at Sculpture Milwaukee, kick back at Bradford Beach, explore historic Brady Street, and so much more!

But you needn’t depend solely on the big city for fun in The Badger State. Because of Wisconsin’s proud agricultural history, the state is home to oodles of quirky towns, delightfully strange roadside attractions, and gorgeous scenery. Some of Wisconsin’s most charming small towns to day trip to include Chippewa Falls, Princeton, New Glarus, Minocqua, Mount Horeb, and Spring Green. These towns offer great history, heritage, activities, and, of course, great food.

Small Boats on Shore

Serene lake time is just the ticket to de-stress after a hard day at work!

Speaking of food, Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland. So, if you do dairy, you’re in for a real treat! The Badger State’s lush grasslands, glacial water supply, sheer amount of bovines, and legacy of cheesemakers create the perfect storm for some of the world’s best cheese.

In addition cheese in its many glorious forms — curds, beer cheese soup, cheese plates, and so much more— Wisconsin is famous for many other eats, like butter burgers, frozen custard, Danish kringle, bratwurst, Cornish pasty, cream puffs, roesti, fish fries, wild rice, hot ham and rolls, and Chicken Booyah. Wash it all down with a brewski from one of the state’s incredible craft breweries and you’ll be living like a true Wisconsinite!

Sports fans will love assignments in Wisconsin for the chance to root for the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Admirals, and so many other great pro, semi-pro and college teams. Madison is the quintessential college town and football fans will be right at home cheering for the home team there!

If you’re into embracing the great outdoors, Wisconsin is a great place for lake lovers, with its 14,000-plus lakes and abundance of rivers! Some of the state’s most beloved lakes include Lake Winnebago, Lake Pepin, Petenwell Lake, Lake Mendota, Lake Michigan, Minocqua Lake, Castle Rock Lake, Lake Superior, Allequash Lake, Lake Wingra, Lake Chippewa, and many, many more.  

Ready for your adventure to Wisconsin?!

Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Wisconsin!

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Clinical Corner: Differences in Hospitals

Hospital Differences

Not all hospitals are the same! Learn how that matters to you as a Travel Nurse.

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

Did you know that the total number of hospitals across the U.S. is nearly 5,534? States like California, Florida, and Texas have upwards of 200-300 hospitals in their state alone. Every day Travelers clock in and out at many of the nation’s hospitals, yet every hospital is different. Many misconceptions exist amongst all the different facilities and it is crucial for Travelers to know what these differences are so they can understand the impact that such variances can have on patient care.

One type of hospital that’s often misunderstood is the critical access hospital (CAH), as many healthcare workers don’t realize the limitations these facilities have on the resources that are available for patient care. A critical access hospital is a rural hospital with 25 or less acute care beds. It is also located at least 35 miles from another hospital and the average length of stay for acute care patients is 96 hours or less. The critical access hospital designation is given to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and to improve access to healthcare for rural communities. Providing care in these facilities can be very different than any other hospitals. Most often the staff that work in these facilities (mostly nursing) are skilled in a variety of areas. For example, a medical-surgical nurse would be required to work the ER and may also float to take care of critical care patients. Some labor and delivery nurses will be required to work a variety of areas outside of their specialty including medical-surgical units or even the ER as well. Another important thing to remember is that CAH may not have some of the luxuries that bigger hospitals have. For example, they may have little to no help in terms of nursing aides. They also may not have secretaries, unit clerks, administration, etc. This will require nurses to know how to do more of these clerical tasks that they may not have had experience with while working in a larger facility.

Other types of facilities that are misunderstood are long-term care facilities (LTC) and sub-acute care facilities (LTAC). The main difference between these two facilities is the length of stay and the patient acuity. The acuity of the patients within an LTAC facility is much higher than the acuity within an LTC facility. Many times, the patients within an LTC facility need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). These patients are also receiving care for extended periods of time. The patients within an LTAC facility are getting care that is more complex. These patients need intensive medical treatment for an extended period (usually 25 days or greater). Much of the patient population within an LTAC facility will require chronic ventilator care and other complex medical treatments not offered in an LTC facility.

To better understand the differences in acuity amongst these facilities it is helpful to understand the treatment levels. The highest acuity and treatment level is a short-term acute care hospital. This would be considered your average hospital. The second acuity level would be the LTAC facility and then acute care rehab, sub-acute rehab, and lastly long-term care (LTC). Acute care rehab would be considered a rehab facility within a hospital setting. The sub-acute rehab setting would be considered a rehab unit within an LTAC facility. Understanding each of these facilities and the patients they care for is extremely important for travel nurses to know so they are aware of the expectations coming into their assignment.

Travel Nursing is not just about finding a hospital and working. It’s much more than that. It is finding the right hospital or facility for your skillset so that you can provide quality care to each patient. Knowing the difference amongst the number of hospitals or healthcare facilities around the nation is extremely important to know when you are embarking on your Travel Nurse adventures. Ask a lot of questions and advocate for yourself to make sure the contract you are accepting is the right fit for you!

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Congrats, 2018 Nurses Week Winners!

Nurses Week

Congrats, 2018 Nurses Week Winners! But really, you’re all winners 🙂

Thank you to all of the amazing Travelers and Nurses who celebrated Nurses Week with us this year! We had 50+ prizes up for grabs over at WeLoveOurNurses.com and — drumroll, please! — here are the lucky winners:

$1,500 Grand Prize Winner

Stephanie S.

$50 Amazon Gift Cards

Lynn A.

Rhenda A.

Patricia C.

Ariel C.

Anastasia F.

Scott H.

Krystal S.

Sarah C.

Elizabeth M.

Sandra B.

Dacia V.

Patrice J.

Laura S.

Rachel G.

Babette M.

Barbara C.

Kimberly D.

Jaclynn C.

Amber B.

Lakeysha J.

Susan M.

Denise Z.

Sarah D.

Katrina L.

Lauren B.

Blake N.

Sara T.

Shawn B.

Leah M.

Jonah P.

Hope H.

Stacey B.

One-Year HULU Subscription

Rondi P.

Tearra C.

Aleksander A.

North Face Recon Backpack

Lyndsey S.

Aubrey S.

Vayola J.

Littman Classic III Stethoscope

Justin H.

Shawn P.

Jill H.

Ripley & Rue Bandana

Kasey E.

Jacqueline H.

Wendy P.

Alegria TRAQ Smart Shoe Gift Card

Stacie B.

Charlotte L-B.

Megan F.

Wonder Wink Scrub Set Gift Card

Stephanie BC.

Emily W.

Kayla W.

CONGRATS, winners and a big thank you to ALL of the amazing healthcare professionals who celebrated Nurses Week with Medical Solutions!

We’ll see same time, same place next year. In the meantime, we’d love to keep you in the loop with our monthly newsletter which offers all kinds of clinical articles, Travel Nurse tips and info on job locations, Medical Solutions news, contests, and more! Subscribe here.

Additionally, if you’re ready to shop for your next adventure, check out our job search tool here.

Cheers, Nurses, and thanks much for everything you do!

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Get Inspired This Nurses Week!

Nurses Week 2018

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year — that’s right, Nurses Week!

It’s almost that magical time of year again as Nurses Week 2018 is nearly upon us! In addition to sending exclusive, custom gifts to our current Travelers, Medical Solutions is celebrating Nurses Week, May 6-12, at WeLoveOurNurses.com, with festivities that will inspire, entertain, and reward healthcare’s most unsung heroes.

Here’s more info about how we’re celebrating YOU this Nurses Week:

Daily Trivia Challenge & Grand Prize

Show off your smarts by answering daily nurse-related trivia questions for the chance to win a $1,500 grand prize! For each day you get the answer correct you’ll receive one additional entry to win the grand prize.

The “Which Inspirational Quote Are You?” Quiz

Get inspired and find out which wise words hit the bullseye of YOUR soul! Every participant who completes this quiz will be entered to win one of the following 50 prizes:

  • Thirty-Two $50 Amazon Gift Cards
  • Three Classic III Littmann Stethoscopes
  • Three One-Year Memberships to HULU
  • Three North Face Recon Backpacks
  • Three Ripley & Rue Bandanas
  • Three $120 Alegria Shoe Gift Cards for Their New TRAQ smart shoe
  • Three $60 Wonder Wink Scrub Gift Cards

The 7th Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship

We believe the nurses are our future! In an effort to support future nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators, Medical Solutions will award three lucky undergrad nurse scholars each with a $2,000 scholarship. Learn more here.

“Love in the Scrubs” Nurse Video Tribute

Medical Solutions and musician C. Young collaborated to create this original music video tribute to nurses everywhere!

Nurses Week Music That Inspires Playlist

At Medical Solutions, we’re all about “Service That Inspires” so we assembled this Spotify playlist of music that inspires to help keep the vibes high this Nurses Week!

Custom Nurses Week eCards

These unique Nurses Week cards are a fun way to celebrate the occasion with your colleagues and friends. Download and email to others or share them on your own social media channels.

Be sure to visit WeLoveOurNurses.com to join the celebration! We’ll also be celebrating throughout the week on our Facebook page. Happy (almost) Nurses Week — and thanks so much for everything you do!

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2018 Planet Water Update

Medical Solutions Project 24

Medical Solutions was proud to sponsor Planet Water’s Project 24 effort again in 2018!

Last March we told you about Medical Solutions’ 2018 sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 — an initiative that celebrates World Water Day by bringing clean water to communities in need worldwide. Just as when we sponsored Planet Water filtration towers in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Medical Solutions team was once again incredibly proud to be a part of this wonderful effort to provide 24 clean water filtration systems to 24 impoverished communities in just 24 hours.

Planet Water is a great fit with our Medical Solutions Gives initiatives. In fact, our internal team also passed the hat and pitched in on World Water Day, donating an extra $6,123 to support Planet Water’s important work!

The 2018 effort was a great success — with Medical Solutions’ sponsorship bringing clean water to the people of Buntog! (Click here to revisit last month’s blog and learn more about this small, rural village and the challenges its citizens face.)

The Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration tower went up Thursday, March 22nd, at Buntog Elementary School in the rural farm community of Buntog, Philippines. Students were trained in water health and hygiene, and, although the tower is located at the school, it will also benefit the entire community of 2,000!

The Medical Solutions team is inspired every day by our amazing Travel Nurses — which motivates us to help in this important effort to save and improve lives with clean water.

“We are inspired each day by the life-saving, life-changing efforts of our Travel Nurses, and being a part of Project 24 is a great way to honor them by doing our part to help make a real difference in people’s lives — just as they do every day on the job,” says Medical Solutions CEO, Craig Meier.

Thank you, Travelers, for inspiring us!

Planet Water shared some amazing photos of Buntog students and other community members before, during, and after the water tower was erected. These pictures tell an awesome story and reaffirm our commitment to support this good work — check it out!

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