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Congrats to August 2019’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to August 2019 Traveler of the Month, Susan D., and Rising Star, Janae C. (pictured)!

Many thanks and congrats to the August 2019 Traveler of the Month, Susan D., and also our Rising Star winner, Janae C.!

Traveler of the Month Susan is an OB Tech who’s currently on assignment in Flint, Michigan.

Since February 2019, Susan’s been working with Career Consultant Anna Howell, who had great things to say about her.

“I love Susan’s bubbly personality — she is always happy when I speak with her. She has a great work ethic, is a hard worker, and a team player,” says Anna.

Thank you for your great work, Susan, and congrats!

Rising Star Janae is a critical care ICU RN who’s currently assignment in Houston, Texas. She’s been in nursing for about six years, traveling for about six months, and she works with Career Consultant Billy Malcom.  

While her current assignment is her first outside of her home state, so she doesn’t have a favorite location yet, Janae says she is “enjoying a routine that is outside of my normality.”

One of Janae’s unique abilities is resilience, which she says has shaped her as person.

“My parents taught me to never give up and if I start something I have to see it through to the end,” she says. “This may not seem very unique, but because of this quality, I am who I am today and it’s what I attribute most of my blessings to.” 

Janae decided to try travel nursing to push herself and further develop her skill set.

“I find that the best thing about travel nursing is applying my skills that I’ve learned so far in new situations and proving myself competent,” she says. “I felt that I’d obtained fairly enough knowledge to be an efficient travel nurse and it was time to push and challenge myself!”

Janae shared some really great traveler tips — for new or aspiring traveling healthcare professionals.

“Be yourself! Don’t change how you nurse because you are somewhere new. If you’re a great nurse at one place, continue to be that same nurse someplace else. Your effort will speak for itself! Second, being able to adapt and being open to change is important. My desire for new challenges makes traveling exciting for me no matter the circumstances. Make sure you know exactly why you decided to travel and let that desire be your driving force to be the best travel nurse you can be.”

Thank you for your incredible dedication to patient care and awesome advice, Janae!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions August 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. Susan and Janae, we are so thankful to each of you for your incredible work!

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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Top Tips for Hiring in Long-term Care

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Say hello to experienced candidates with these helpful hiring practices.

Thanks to the nationwide nursing shortage, it takes substantial time and effort to find, recruit, and hire the ideal healthcare professional, especially in the post-acute care sector. With that in mind, our team at Medical Solutions would like to offer the following advice for hiring in this special niche.

Interview with cultural fit in mind: It’s no secret that providing long-term care requires a certain temperament and skill set. These clinicians mostly care for an elderly population, so that means the job calls for individuals who are familiar with end of life care, have the ability to handle grief and loss, and can manage the job’s often demanding physical needs. To address this, you should have an extensive behavioral interview process that goes through certain scenarios. Additionally, it’s a good idea to ask the same questions multiple times throughout the interview to gauge how well they can handle repetition. Clearly, if the interviewee becomes easily frustrated answering the same questions, he or she might not be the right fit. After all, the individual may easily have to repeat instructions to an Alzheimer’s patient.

Set up a recruitment pipeline: Partner with a university or nursing school that can help you find and educate students and new grads on the benefits of working in the senior care space. If a local nursing school partnership isn’t an option, you can also enlist the services of a staffing agency. For example, Medical Solutions has recruiting experts on board who can help you quickly find the post-acute clinicians you need.

Don’t forget about employer branding and the candidate experience: In today’s digital world, it’s no longer enough to simply post a job and let the applications roll in. You need to find out what sets your healthcare organization apart and advertise that in the right spaces. For example, social media ads are one such way to attract and direct job seekers to your healthcare organization’s website. Then, make sure these candidates can easily and quickly apply for your open positions. If your online application process is too difficult, they’ll stop half-way through and leave your site.

Did we miss any other pro tips for hiring in long-term care? Let us know what works for you and your healthcare organization in the comments below!  

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4 Habits of a Successful Interim Nurse Leader

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Interim nurse leaders must act quickly and decisively, boost confidence among staff, and plan purposefully.

Your long-term care facility needs an interim nurse leader. Now what? As you begin your search, you should know that an interim nurse leader is not the same as a permanent nurse leader, even though they’ll have similar skills. An interim nurse leader must act quickly and decisively, boost confidence among staff, and plan purposefully. When they do, the permanent nurse leader can seamlessly step in with a strategy already in place. With that in mind, you should consider the following four habits all successful interim nurse leaders have in common:

Builds relationships: Whether permanent or temporary, great leaders know that connecting with people is at the heart of what they do. When you start looking for an interim nurse leader, keep in mind you need someone with great people skills. A temporary leader must be able to bring people together and move forward in times of uncertainty.

Understands context: A successful temporary nurse leader must also understand the nature of their role. Sometimes, an interim position can mean “hold-down-the-fort-until-we-find-the-right-person” while other times, the temporary role could become permanent. Either way, an interim leader must be able to read between the lines and adopt the right attitude for the job.   

Thinks strategically: Interim nurse leaders have the opportunity to improve an organization’s overall productivity, but they must be strategic. An experienced interim leader knows which changes need to happen today and which ones can wait. After all, it’s part of his or her job to establish short-term goals for the team and recommend a long-term strategy for the future, permanent nurse leader.

Acts decisively: Since their roles are only temporary, skilled interim nurse leaders must hit the ground running. And that’s because nothing stops productivity in its tracks like indecisiveness. A successful interim nurse leader will make decisions as if the job were already theirs, and then explain the rationale behind those decisions to their staff. In the process, they’ll bring stability to the team during a transitional time.

Are you looking for an interim nurse leader? Medical Solutions helps post-acute care facilities fill leadership vacancies with the right interim leaders. Contact us today to learn more!

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Clinical Corner: Working in Various Types of Long-term Care Nursing Facilities

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It may take different levels of skills and experience to work in various types of long-term care nursing facilities — but it takes a big heart across the board to serve long-term care patients!

By Melissa Nguyen, Clinical Nurse Manager at Medical Solutions

While visiting my grandmother in a long-term care facility, I saw a handwritten sign on the employee lounge door that caught my attention. It read: “Our residents do not live in our workplace, we work in their home.”

This simple yet meaningful message really changed the way I looked at long-term care nursing — especially now that my grandmother was a resident. Most of her fellow residents were spending their final days, months, or years with healthcare professionals who were understaffed and underappreciated. Some residents never had visitors, some had family members regularly dissatisfied with their loved one’s care, and some wanted nothing more than for someone to just hold their hand. Each resident had a unique story and their nurses played an essential role in that story.   

Prior to working as a Clinical Nurse Manager at Medical Solutions, I did not realize there were differences in the types of long-term care facilities. Now I know there are skilled nursing facilities (SNF), long-term care (LTC), long-term acute care (LTAC), and assisted living facilities (ALF).

So, how are these various long-term care facilities different? And what type of experience should a travel nurse or allied health traveler have to successfully work in each specific type of long-term care facility? Read the following examples to learn more about the variety in long-term care facilities and what skills you’d need to succeed in each setting.

Mrs. Smith’s Case

Mrs. Smith is a 76-year-old recently diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s. Until recently, she’s been able to bathe and dress, make herself meals, and take all her prescribed medications as directed. Over the past few weeks, her daughter noticed Mrs. Smith forgetting to take her blood pressure medication and frequently skipping meals. 

Assisted living facility (ALF)

Mrs. Smith qualifies for assisted living because she is unable to safely live alone but does not require heavy nursing needs (such as wound care or IV medications). Assisted living will help Mrs. Smith stay on track with her medications and provide meal services every day.

Travelers — whether RNs or allied health professionals — interested in working in an assisted living facility would need basic knowledge of medication administration, the ability to obtain vital signs, and the ability to obtain labs. 

Skilled nursing facility (SNF)/long-term care (LTC)

Several months after moving to an assisted living facility, Mrs. Smith falls and breaks her leg. She goes to the hospital where she has surgery, however, she now needs assistance with dressing changes for her post-surgical site as well as rehabilitative services. She is discharged to a skilled nursing facility (SNF), where nursing staff will administer her medication and complete her dressing changes. She will also receive physical therapy and occupational therapy services. After several weeks, Mrs. Smith’s surgical wound has healed and she has completed her physical and occupational therapy, but she still requires assistance with mobility and taking medications. She is now transferred to the long-term care (LTC) side of the facility where nurses will help bathe and dress her, administer medications, and transfer her safely in and out of bed.

Travel nurses interested in working in SNF/LTC must have experience working in SNF/LTC with higher ratios than what is normally seen in acute care. It is not uncommon for an SNF/LTC RN to have a 1:20 ratio or higher. Nurses who have only worked acute care are generally not successful as they may struggle with higher ratios than what they are used to. 

Mr. Jones’ Case

Mr. Jones is a 50-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital after a 1,000-pound tree fell and crushed him. He suffered multiple broken bones, a collapsed lung, and a bruised heart. After several days, he stabilized, but required a tracheostomy and remained on the ventilator. 

Long-term acute care (LTAC) ICU

Mr. Jones’s injuries were healing, however, he needed to be weaned off the ventilator. He still needed intensive therapy to build strength and to learn how to breathe, talk, and walk again. He is transferred to a long-term acute care ICU where he begins the process of weaning off the ventilator.

Travel nurses interested in working in LTAC ICU must have experience working specifically in LTAC ICUs. Nurses who have only worked in an acute care hospital ICU are generally not successful as they struggle with the ratios in LTAC ICU (which often carry high acuity patient ratios of four or more). Nurses who have worked stepdown in an acute care facility may be considered if they have ventilator experience. Nurses who have only worked LTC would not be considered good candidates for this position as they do not have experience with acuity levels of LTAC patients. 

Long-term acute care (LTAC) med-surg

Mr. Jones has been successfully weaned off the ventilator and moved to the LTAC med-surg floor. He still requires IV antibiotics and frequent dressing changes for his wounds. In addition, he will continue intensive therapy learning how to walk, talk, and eat on his own. Travel nurses interested in working LTAC med-surg must have either worked in an LTAC med-surg unit in the past or have worked stepdown/tele, med-surg or float pool in an acute care facility and have experience taking ratios of at least 1:5. Nurses who have only worked LTC would not be considered good candidates for this position as they do not have experience with acuity levels of LTAC patients.

As the United States population ages, there will be a higher demand for long-term care and long-term acute care nurses. It is a specialty that comes with its set of challenges, but that equally has its rewards. For many residents, it is their final journey in life and as nurses, we can make a lasting impact on how their final chapter ends. As Maya Angelou famously said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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Save the Date for Open Enrollment 2019!

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Save the Date for Medical Solutions open enrollment, October 27-November 9!

The fall season means that many beloved favorites come back around: boots and sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, football, TV premieres, and everybody’s favorite — open enrollment for benefits!

In that spirit, please save the date for Medical Solutions open enrollment, which will run October 27-November 9, 2019.

During this open enrollment, you can make any changes you’d like to your elections for the 2020 plan year.

You do not need to take any action right now — this is just a heads up that open enrollment is coming soon. Current Medical Travelers will receive email communications with more information about next steps closer to the beginning of open enrollment.

It really is a great time of year to empower yourself to make any necessary changes to your benefits elections. In the meantime, click here to explore Medical Solutions’ benefits, or, feel free to ask your Career Consultant any questions!

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Four Practical Tips For Hiring Seasonal Healthcare Staff

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Flu season is upon us. For many healthcare leaders, this time of year can be unpredictable — patient volume can soar at a moment’s notice, and some of your perm staff may unexpectedly become sick. And while last year’s flu season was moderate in its severity, it lasted for a recording-breaking 21 weeks, according to the CDC.

To prepare for this year’s flu season, you’ll want to make strategic use of Travel Nurses and other temporary healthcare professionals. On that note, you should consider the following four practical tips for hiring seasonal healthcare staff:

Plan ahead: A last-minute approach to healthcare staffing can leave you short-staffed during the busiest time of the year, and that can be a costly mistake. To avoid these pitfalls, you should create your staffing strategy well ahead of the peak flu season. We recommend you start looking for temporary help in late September or early October. Hiring early also gives your temporary staff enough time to learn the ropes at your facility.

Team up with a staffing partner: A staffing firm, like Medical Solutions, can save you valuable time and resources by working on your behalf to pre-screen, interview, and recommend qualified candidates for your open positions. With their team of experts, you’ll be able to find the right healthcare professional who fits your organization’s culture. And when next year’s flu season rolls around, that same staffing partner can help you forecast your facility’s staffing needs using last year’s data.

Remember the candidate experience: Just like with permanent employees, competition is fierce when it comes to securing the best contingent clinical talent. If you make your candidates jump through hoops or complete several rounds of interviews, they’ll go elsewhere. A staffing partner can keep your hiring process short while simultaneously maintaining your high standards during a busy time.

Set expectations: This might seem obvious, but the Traveler should know how long the assignment will be. If there’s a chance for the temporary position to become a perm one, you should also let the candidate know ahead of time. Sometimes, a healthcare professional is merely traveling to test the waters at different facilities. If they know this temporary gig could become permanent, they might be more interested in applying in the first place.

For more information about how you can help prepare your facility for this year’s upcoming flu season, please contact Medical Solutions.

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Congrats to July 2019’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to July 2019’s Traveler of the Month, LaShawnda B. (pictured) and Rising Star winner, Heidi N.!

Many thanks and congrats to the July 2019 Traveler of the Month, LaShawnda B., and also our Rising Star winner, Heidi N.!

Traveler of the Month LaShawnda is an RN specializing in Long-term Care Management who’s currently on assignment in Kernersville, North Carolina. She’s been in nursing for 14 years and has been traveling for four years. LaShawnda works with Career Consultant Sheila Groff.

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LaShawnda travels with her adorable Maltese-Pomeranian mix, Angel.

“Picking my favorite location is not even possible, so I will say, my most rewarding assignment was in St. Louis, Missouri,” says LaShawnda. “The facility was very challenging and the staff was completely burned out. I wanted to run, but I had a talk with myself. I regrouped and realized this was not just a work ‘assignment.’ I vowed to come into that facility happy, non-judgmental, and pledged to go to brink to do my best. Long story short, I met some awesome people — residents and employees. I would like to think, my dedication and commitment renewed theirs. Facility morale was at an all-time high. The staff that was reportedly ‘not teachable’ were finally understanding what continuity of care meant. I extended too many times to remember. The hardest part, like every assignment, was saying, goodbye.”

Wow, that just goes to show how powerful positivity can be!

LaShawnda travels with Angel, her nine-year-old Maltese/Pomeranian mix pup. Uniquely, she says she hates days off, especially during the week, because unless she’s on vacation they give her anxiety!  

“The best things about Travel Nursing are the constant changing and meeting new people, conquering new challenges, and showing the world your gift,” says LaShawnda.

She shared some powerful advice for new or aspiring Travelers:

1. “Always keep an open mind.”

2. “There is no such thing as ‘that’s not my job’ when it comes to residents.”

3. “Never plan to leave on time.” 

4. “Always focus on making a difference.”

Thanks so much for your great advice and for making such a positive difference in the world, LaShawnda!

Rising Star Heidi is a PCU/Tele RN who most recently finished an assignment in Michigan.  

For about a year, Heidi’s been working with Career Consultant Stephanie Balkovec, who had only amazing things to say about her.

“Heidi is a wonderful, positive, resilient young woman who knocked it out of the park on her first assignment, despite it being a tough start. The facility raved about her flexibility and clinical assets,” says Stephanie.

Thank you for your incredible work ethic, Heidi!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions July 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. LaShawnda and Heidi, we are so thankful to you both for your incredible work!

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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Six Fabulous Fall Locations for Travel Nurses!

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Get ready for a fantastic season in one of the six fabulous fall locations for Travel Nurses!

That fantastic fall feeling is setting across the country. This magical season comes with cozy cardigans, colorful leaves crunching underfoot, caramel apples, hot beverages, jack-o’-lanterns on the porch, soup on the stove, football and fall premieres on the TV, and more pumpkin-flavored delights than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!

So, where would you like to spend this gorgeous, transformative season? Travel RNs, Allied Health Professionals, and Long-term Acute Care Nurses have all kinds of opportunities through Medical Solutions to connect with the perfect gig for autumn. In that spirit, please consider these six spectacular fall locations for travel nursing jobs!

Massachusetts

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Fall foliage in the beautiful Berkshires region of Massachusetts!

Massachusetts is especially known for its spectacular fall colors. From beautiful, historic Boston to the famous autumn colors of the Berkshires, fall assignments in Massachusetts are a perfect way to experience a magical New England fall! Explore colorful cranberry bogs throughout the Cape Ann region and see the gorgeous peaks of the Berkshire Mountains decorated in its fall best with colorful Sugar Maples and all kinds of other magnificent fall foliage. Moderate fall temperatures are perfect for exploring Boston’s famous Freedom Trail, plus the city’s iconic harbor, historic architecture, and many amazing restaurants. In the mood for a fun day trip? October is a great time to hop up to Salem and explore the spooky city responsible for the Salem Witch Trials. Learn more about The Bay State here in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

Click here to check out jobs in Massachusetts!

Kentucky

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A gorgeous stretch of road between horse farms in rural Kentucky.

The beautiful Bluegrass State is about 47 percent forested with some 175 different tree species, making it one of the nation’s most gorgeous locations to explore fall colors! The Daniel Boone National Forest, Red River Gorge, Wilderness Road Heritage Highway, and the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway are each wonderful routes for leaf-peeping drives. If you don’t feel like driving, hop on Kentucky’s South Fork Scenic Railway, sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. Even cities like Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, and others are fabulous for fall, with their classic, tree-lined streets and plenty more to do, see, and enjoy!

Click here to explore opportunities in Kentucky!

Washington

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Washington produces the most apples of any state!

Washington — with its timeless penchant for flannel — really knows how to do a fantastic fall! Seattle is dubbed the Emerald City because of its year-round penchant for green, and it stays pretty mild temperature-wise there during autumn. Visit the original Starbucks for your caffeine fix, explore the famous Pike Place Market, and take a ferry ride to beautiful Bainbridge Island — all with that iconic view of magnificent Mount Rainier in the background. In Washington, you’re never too far from a fun day trip like a pumpkin patch excursion, an apple orchard visit, or for a fun fall hike. Gorgeous fall colors abound on drives like the North Cascades Highway, Mount Rainier Loop, and Mount Baker Highway. Learn more about The Evergreen State here in our Washington State Spotlight

Click here to find a great job in Washington!

Colorado

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Golden aspens delight in colorful Colorado!

Colorado falls are famous for their gorgeous, golden aspens. Aspen, Estes Park, and Crested Butte are a few popular places to peep those colorful leaves and many other hues. Estes Park is also a must-do to experience otherworldly elk bugling as mating season begins in Rocky Mountain National Park. Plus, there is truly no better time than spooky September and ominous October to visit the famously haunted historic Stanley Hotel, which inspired the setting of Stephen King’s The Shining. Colorado’s many scenic byways dazzle with fall colors across the state, so you really can’t go wrong here — and, skiers and winter-lovers might want to start an assignment in the Centennial State in fall and extend through winter! Learn more about colorful Colorado here in our Colorado State Spotlight.

Click here for cool Colorado jobs!

New York

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Ah, to experience autumn in New York!

The Empire State is a fantastic jumping-off point for exploring famous New England fall foliage. The Big Apple is famous for its fall beauty, with gorgeous colors popping off throughout Central Park, and tons of history, theater, arts, dining, shopping, and sports to experience in mild fall weather. Upstate, places like Lake George, Lake Otsego, Glimmerglass State Park, and The Adirondacks are known for great traditional fall activities, like scenic hikes and drives, orchards, pumpkin patches, hayrack rides, and tons more. Pay tribute to the waning days of the 2019 baseball season with a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Learn more about The Empire State here in our New York State Spotlight.

Click here to check out travel jobs in New York!

Missouri

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The Ozarks are even prettier (and less crowded!) in the fall.

The Midwest is a wonderful place to be in the fall and Missouri is proof positive of that fact! The Show-Me State has many adventures in store for Travelers, plus a lots of great job opportunities. Enjoy some jazz and BBQ in KC. Admire the Arch, catch feelings for blues music, and sip on regional craft beer in St. Louis. Both of Missouri’s largest city centers also have great pro sports teams, delectable dining, exciting art, and great shopping. Don’t forget the sprawling Ozarks and lovably kitschy Branson! In fact, many people say the Ozark Hills around the Lake of the Ozarks are at their prettiest when sparkling with gold and maroon leaves. Hike or horseback ride through the beautiful hills, camp out, or enjoy the colors from a boat! Learn more here in our Missouri State Spotlight.

Click here to explore jobs in Missouri!

Wherever you land, we wish a fabulous fall and hope we can help make it even better by connecting you with a great gig. If you’ve got your heart set on another location for fall, click here to search all Travel Nurse, Allied Health Professional, and Long-term Care jobs now!

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Clinical Corner: Nurse Burnout All Too Common

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If you’re experiencing nurse burnout, you are not alone!

By Laura Friend, Clinical Nurse Manager at Medical Solutions

I had just turned 23 years old when I graduated nursing school and was offered my dream job in the emergency department where I’d worked as a tech during the few years prior. I was working overnights, as most new grads do. It was my third week off orientation, around 3:30 a.m., when the EMS radio started to crackle: “Medic 46 is in route to your facility with a 16-year-old female, unrestrained driver. Rollover accident. Code 99 at this time. ETA 6 minutes.”

As some of you know, “code 99” means the paramedics are doing CPR in the ambulance on their way to the hospital. I remember thinking, “This isn’t going to be good. I’ve never seen a code 99 from the field make it. Sixteen years old, that’s not that much younger than me. I wonder why she was out so late; she should’ve been at home, safe.” Right then, the sirens started blaring right outside our door. The paramedics wheeled the young patient in, chest compressions in progress. The code lasted less than five minutes in the ER. Cause of death: blunt force trauma to the head. Half of her face was gone.

I couldn’t sleep that day when I went home. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw what was left of her face — the only part of her body that even had a scratch on it. I heard her mother’s cries as I tossed and turned. I could still smell the metallic odor of blood, even though I’d already showered and washed my scrubs. I went to work that night on little sleep and saw that my coworkers from the night before hadn’t slept much either. None of us talked about it. We quietly went about our jobs and went home again. I made it about five years total in the ER before I left the specialty I loved and worked hard to be a part of because I realized I had grown hard, cynical, and jaded.

Nurse burnout is a hot topic in the healthcare field. According to a recent survey, almost 57 percent of nurses report feelings of burnout or feeling unengaged. Feelings associated with burnout include constant fatigue, a lack of enthusiasm about one’s job, compassion fatigue, or feeling unappreciated or unmotivated. Of the 57 percent of nurses who report having those feelings, 50 percent have no plans to leave their organization (Brusie, 2019). I wasn’t alone. Knowing that over half of all nurses feel some sort of burnout regarding their jobs, what can we do?

Research shows there are a few key items that would help nurse morale and engagement. These include giving nurses an opportunity to participate in decision-making that is directly related to their work, as well as giving nurses more autonomy when it comes to their skillset and expertise. It is also recommended to not only make employees feel like their hard work is meaningful, but to also give them goals in which to strive and recognize their accomplishments (Mudallal, Othman, & Hassan, 2017).

While those steps may take time, simpler and quicker ways to help decrease the effects of nurse burnout include talking about “the hard stuff” with coworkers, debriefing after events, and helping coworkers to take breaks at work. Individually, nurses must also take care of themselves, so they are able to best care for others; get enough sleep, exercise, and participate in enjoyable activities outside of work. Travel nursing also helps prevent burnout by securing better nurse to patient ratios at facilities in need. For those who choose to travel, the variety of travel nursing assignments available can also help them prevent their own burnout with frequent changes in scenery.

To our Medical Solutions nurses, we appreciate you! Thank you for all your hard work, day and night, to take such great care of your patients. Please remember to take care of yourselves as well as you care for your patients — and that our internal clinical team is always here to support you!  

Sources:

Brusie, C. (2019, April 7). Study Reveals Alarming Statistics on Nurse Burnout.

Mudallal, R. H., Othman, W. A. M., & Hassan, N. F. A. (2017). Nurses’ Burnout: The Influence of Leader Empowering Behaviors, Work Conditions, and Demographic Traits. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing, 54. doi: 10.1177/0046958017724944

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SeriousFun 2019: Moe’s Story

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Moe, who worked this summer at SeriousFun camp The Painted Turtle, is all smiles from the “pure joy” of camp! Here she is after her campers showered her in paint.

In 2019, Medical Solutions not only partnered once again with Roundup River Ranch, a SeriousFun camp in Gypsum, Colorado, but we also expanded our recruitment program to include three locations!

As we announced in January 2019, “SeriousFun Children’s Network (SeriousFun) is a non-profit organization which provides life-changing camp experiences to children living with serious illnesses and their families. The expanded program will provide recruitment services, including a scholarship program and financial donation to cover medical needs, to Roundup River Ranch located in Gypsum, Colorado, Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Florida (north of Orlando), and The Painted Turtle in Lake Hughes, California (north of Los Angeles).”   

This partnership has been a natural fit — good for the camps and those they serve while also providing incredible, unique job opportunities to members of Medical Solutions’ talented pool of traveling healthcare professionals. We are so honored to help connect the campers at three SeriousFun locations with incredible caregivers!

Each year we like to share stories from Travelers who have had the amazing opportunity to take an assignment at camp. This year — as summer 2019 draws to a close — we continue that tradition with Moe’s story!

What is your name and what’s your title?

Monique ‘Moe’ Augustine RN, BSN

Tell us about your previous nursing experience.

“I have been a pediatric nurse for over a decade. My career has opened tons of doors to wonderful opportunities for me. I thank God every day, because I get to touch other people’s lives and reciprocate that same joy.”

Tell us about your experience this summer working at The Painted Turtle, part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network.

“Thanks to Medical Solutions and The Painted Turtle I have added another great memory to my career. I have worked hard, learned more, cried a ton, and witnessed summer magic! The idea that ‘Camp never leaves you,’ is a real thing. I grew up camping, and for me and the majority of my family camping was the thing that made the rest of life doable. 

For any child that has to live the majority of their life in clinics, doctor’s offices, and hospitals, camp is a dream come true. The campers that experience a camp week at The Painted Turtle, don’t have to sit idly by and hear other kids talk about how great camp is. These campers get to join in the conversation with huge smiles on their faces and that warm, fuzzy feeling in their hearts that only camp can bring! This summer I got to be on the inside watching those dreams come true and it was pure joy!”

Thanks so much to our partners at SeriousFun and also to Moe and all of the other incredible healthcare pros who provided care at these three locations this summer!  

If you’re interested in working an assignment at a SeriousFun camp next year, please keep an eye out for recruitment communications from Medical Solutions in the early months of 2020. You can also tell your Career Consultant now, just so he or she can help remind you when recruitment is live. In the meantime, we’ll just to have to enjoy fall while we can and count down the days until Summer 2020!