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State Spotlight: Rhode Island

Photograph with rear view of two women meditating on beach, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Find out why Travel Nursing assignments in The Ocean State tend to go just swimmingly!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to remarkable Rhode Island! The Ocean State is known for its natural seaside beauty, quaint cities, delicious seafood, and a wealth of incredible Travel Nursing career opportunities. Notoriously tiny, Rhode Island’s tourism website refers to the state as “fun-sized” but there sure is a ton of flavor and fun packed into its scant 1,214 square miles. Read on to find out why Travel Nursing assignments in The Ocean State tend to go just swimmingly!

Travel Nursing in Rhode Island

Rhode IslandRhode Island may be small, but it offers tons of career opportunities for Travel Nurses. Build your resume and develop your skills at Traveler-friendly hospitals in an atmosphere with lots to do and see on your days off!

Rhode Island is home to about 15 hospitals — several of which are ranked as “High Performing” in specific procedures on U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes Warwick’s Kent County Memorial Hospital (High Performing in two procedures/conditions), Providence’s Miriam Hospital (High Performing in two adult specialties and five procedures/conditions), Newport’s Newport Hospital (High Performing in one procedure/condition), Providence’s Rhode Island Hospital (High Performing in two procedures/conditions), and Wakefield’s South County Hospital (High Performing in one procedure/condition).

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Rhode Island #28 overall, as well as #8 for healthcare.

As for licensing, Rhode Island is not a walk-through state nor a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state. Click here for more, up-to-date info on licensing in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Fast Facts

High rise buildings on Providence waterfront, Rhode Island, United States

Picturesque Providence.

State Nickname: The Ocean State

Capital: Providence

Largest City: Providence

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 15

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 46

State Motto: “Hope”

State Flower: Violet

State Tree: Red Maple

State Bird: Rhode Island Red

State Shell: Quahaug

State Marine Mammal: Harbor Seal

Colorado was the 13th state — the last of the original 13 colonies.

Notoriously tiny, you can cross Rhode Island north-to-south in 48 miles and east-to-west in 37 miles.

In 1776, Rhode Island was the first of the 13 colonies to renounce its allegiance to Great Britain, but was the last to ratify the Constitution in 1790 after insisting on adding the Bill of Rights.

Rhode Island shares a state water border with New York.

Rhode Island Governor Ambrose Burnside is said to be the originator of sideburns.

Mr. Potato Head, Pell grants, American Tourister luggage, Glee gum, the modern sprinkler system, pizza strips, coffee milk, the diner, clam cakes, the fast break play in basketball, and sideburns were all invented in or originated in Rhode Island!

More than 400 Rhode Islands could fit inside Alaska.

Glendale, Rhode Island claims to be home to the world’s oldest penny arcade.

The first golf open was hosted in Rhode Island in 1895.

Although it’s far north of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, the nation’s first jazz fest was held in Newport, Rhode Island in 1954.

Some of the largest pumpkins in U.S. history have been grown in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island is often credited with hosting the first lawn tennis championship in 1899 — nowadays we call it badminton.

The Rhode Island State House is home to the fourth-largest self-supporting dome in the world — behind St. Peter’s Basilica, the Minnesota state capital, and the Taj Mahal!

Rhode Island son Gilbert Stuart drew the portrait of George Washington that is featured on the dollar bill.

Ann Hutchinson became the first woman to establish an American town when she launched Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1640.

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Rhode Island include Viola Davis, Meredith Viera, H.P. Lovecraft, Debra Messing, Taylor Swift, Seth MacFarlane, Lamar Odom, Charlie Day, Olivia Culpo, Richard Jenkins, The Farrelly Brothers, Christine Amanpour, Harry Anderson, Cormac McCarthy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Ruth Buzzi, James Marsden, Mena Suvari, and Pauly D.

Rhode Island son George M. Cohan penned the famous patriotic songs “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

Rhode Island was the first state to take an anti-slavery stance via laws passed as early as 1652.

Newport’s Pelham Street was the nation’s first gas lit street.

Rhode Island was home to both the first Baptist church and the first synagogue built in America.

The first American outdoor polo match was hosted in Rhode Island in 1876.

Watch Hill, Rhode Island is home to the nation’s oldest carousel, The Flying Horse Carousel.

To Do & See in Rhode Island

VisitRhodeIsland.com cleverly refers to The Ocean State as “fun-sized.” But despite its small stature — you can cross Rhode Island north-to-south in 48 miles and east-to-west in 37 miles — the state offers lots to do and see, including its 400-some miles of shore.

dusk at Castle Hill

Dusk at Castle Hill.

Urban explorers will find locales like Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and Pawtucket good places to find great dining, shopping, culture, history and so much more. Good stops to make in Providence include Federal Hill, Waterplace Park, the Rhode Island State House, India Point Park Playground and Mosaic Mural, College Hill, Kennedy Plaza, The Providence Athenaeum, the first Baptist church in America, Benefit Street, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Roger Williams Park, and more.

Jazz lovers will want to make a point to visit in the summertime when Newport hosts its famous Newport Jazz Festival, which began in 1954. The state is also home to quirky museums like the Newport Car Museum, The Breakers, Rosecliff, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Green Animals Topiary Gardens, among others.

Outside of the city scene, Rhode Island offers considerable natural beauty in places like Mohegan Bluffs, Sachuest Beach, Narragansett Beach, Clayhead Nature Trail, Brenton Point State Park, Fort Adams State Park, Mansion Beach, Scarborough State Beaches, and many other locations throughout the state. Additionally, with the easy drive across the state, an assignment in Rhode Island puts you in close proximity to taking an adventure outside of the state’s borders throughout the east coast and New England areas!

After all that urban or rural adventuring, you’ve probably worked up quite the appetite. You’re in luck because Rhode Island is home to some delicious eats! The Ocean State is known for its tasty seafood chowder, lobster bisque, clam cakes, Irish brown bread, Del’s frozen lemonade, doughboys, hot wieners, clams casino, pizza strips, Johnnycakes, clam chowder, stuffies (stuffed quahogs), lobster ravioli, clam bakes, and calamari. Wash it all down with an iconic coffee milk and you’ll be living like a true Rhode Islander!

Ready for your adventure to remarkable Rhode Island?!

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

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Postcards From the Road Photo Contest Winners!

Thanks to everyone who celebrated Travel Nurses Day with us this past October 12th! We hope you had fun and we wish a warm congrats to all of our winners who took the quizzes or submitted photos.

In fact, our Postcards From the Road Photo Contest winners brought it so hard that we wanted to share their incredible submissions with you. We received more than 600 pretty-as-a-postcard entries which meant our judges really had their work cut out for them. That said, here they are, the cream of the photographic crop, our Postcards From the Road Photo Contest winners!

Postcards From the Road Photo Contest Winners

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Congrats, Erica C.!

Kourtney W

Congrats, Kourtney W.!

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Congrats, Anna W!

Courtney F

Congrats, Courtney F.!

Emma K

Congrats, Emma K.!

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Congrats, Curtrelle R.!

Postcards From the Road Photo Honorable Mention Winners

Caitlyn B

Congrats, Caitlyn B.!

Kayla S

Congrats, Kayla S.!

Shelby K2

Congrats, Shelby K.!

Natasha L

Congrats, Natasha L.!

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Medical Solutions Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest

Pet Costume

We can’t wait to see your BOO-tiful pets in all their CLAW-some glory!

Days can be pretty routine for a pet: Nap on the ottoman, chase the laser pointer, a scratch behind the ear here, a belly rub there, kibble for dinner, rinse, repeat.

But what if your pet could be Black Panther for a day? Wonder Woman? A Ghostbuster?

Thankfully for the Fidos and Fluffies of the world, the Medical Solutions Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest is here! Now through Friday, November 2nd, we invite you to show off your BOO-tiful pets in all their CLAW-some Halloween glory.

Simply upload a pic of your pet in their Halloween costume for the chance to be one of three winners who will each receive a $100 PetSmart gift card and a $50 Amazon gift card! Winners will be determined based on photo quality and overall Halloween spirit.

Click here to enter now!  

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Clinical Corner: Travel Nurse Interview Tips

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Bring your A-game to your next Travel Nurse interview.

By Phil Niles, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

Hello, my traveling friends! I’m Phil, a Clinical Nurse Manager for Medical Solutions and I’ll be taking over Clinical Corner. I’m a RN BSN with 16-plus years of experience in ICU, acute dialysis, and management. My work at Medical Solutions has given me the opportunity to support all of you fine people in a variety of ways as you craft your career. But for this installment of Clinical Corner, I want to focus on one specific area where I provide support: Interviews!

I don’t have to tell you that as a Traveler you’re constantly interviewing and selling your skills and experience to hospitals — typically over the phone as opposed to in person. I conduct pre-screen interviews for our hospital partners and have experienced quite a few bad interviews in my time. They had the skills and the experience but were terrible in the interview. In the spirit of not being that guy or gal who fails to represent yourself to fullest in your interviews, here are a few tips that may help you land that next assignment:

Be on time!

Even though this is most likely a phone interview, it is very important to be ready a couple minutes before any scheduled call. Often the interviewer has multiple candidates to call and will not be able to accommodate you 10 minutes after the scheduled time. Be ready early.

Treat it like an in-person interview.

Most sane people would not swear, sigh, eat, or be confrontational during an interview, but these are things that I have personally witnessed. For example, you wouldn’t walk into an interview eating a sandwich, talking with your mouth full, and chatting up a buddy you brought with you, right? Be polite, engaged, and undistracted. Impress them with your professionalism.

Mature African American man talking on cell phone and working at laptop at kitchen table

Most Traveler interviews happen by phone. Be sure to call from a quiet location where you have good service!

Call when you have good service.

“I’m going through a tunnel … *static* … ” This is not the best first impression to give to a prospective employer. Make sure you’re somewhere you have uninterrupted service, even if this means pulling over on the side of road at the top of a hill. A cellphone cutting out constantly during an interview may lose you an opportunity with a great employer.

Call from a quiet location.

I’ve experienced being called from a mall, fast food drive-thru, at a train station with a train going through, and in what sounded like a day care with 50 screaming children. Now, many things are hard to predict and you cannot control everything around you, but make your best effort to find a spot that is quiet and as free from distraction as possible.

Be honest about your skillset.

“Oh yeah, I’ve done it all — open heart, brain surgery, face transplant, and delivered five babies at once.” It may be tempting to talk up skills that you are rusty on or have little experience in. However, the interviewer will take you at your word and expect you to be able to perform everything you spoke to. Be honest, be open, and highlight what you are good at. If you’re asked if you have experience that you do not possess, then be transparent. Often, managers do not expect you to be proficient in addressing every single patient experience they see on their unit. They just want to be sure you can cover the majority of what they see.

Be clear, informative, and succinct with your answers.

Beware the urge to tell a long story when a shorter, direct answer will work.

Manager: “Tell me about some of the patients you see in ICU?”

You: “Well, I was born in 1994 on a cold, crisp, winter eve … ” 

Personal examples are excellent when you’ve been asked “Give me an example of X” type questions.

Also, one word or “canned answers” should be avoided. An interviewer will likely see this as a red flag and try to catch you off guard by asking multiple follow-up questions. Think of compelling, unique answers for standard strengths and weaknesses type questions. Instead of saying the cliché “great team player” line, switch it up to something like “I’m a strong resource for my team and I never let anyone down.”  Make yourself memorable!

Interviews can be stressful, and nerves may get the better of you if you let them. Always remember you are just talking about you — and you are the expert on you! Therefore, this the absolute best topic you could ever talk about! There is no reason to worry about what they’re going to ask. You already know all the answers. So, take a deep breath, remember that you are a rock star, and knock ’em dead!

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

Brittney Travel Nurse

Congrats to August Traveler of the Month Brittney — not just for winning this honor, but also for getting engaged to her Travel Nurse fiancé, Agustin, on her last assignment!

Many thanks and congrats to the August 2018 Traveler of the Month, Brittney C., and also our Rising Star winner, John T.!

Traveler of the Month Brittney is a cardiac stepdown RN, who is currently on assignment in Henderson, Nevada. She’s been in nursing for two-and-a-half years, traveling for one year, and works with Career Consultant Melissa Hirschauer.

Brittney travels with her fiancé, Agustin, who also is a Travel Nurse, specializing in ICU.

Brittney Travel Nurse Dogs

Zazu and Balou love to voyage with their Traveler parents, Brittney and Agustin!

“We have two dogs named Zazu and Balou who also travel with us everywhere we go,” she says.

While Brittney says that Long Island, New York has been her favorite location so far due to the beauty of the area in summer, Agustin helped make it extra special and memorable.

“He proposed in Montauk, right on the eastern tip of Long Island over the ocean — so that place will always be very special to us,” she says.

Brittney says her favorite thing about Travel Nursing is getting to travel the country and meet new people.

“You always end up learning a lot of different things in each specific hospital you’re at, so that’s very cool, too,” she adds.

Brittney kindly shared some advice for folks just starting out as Travel Nurses.

“Be open-minded when starting a new assignment because there are many ways to do different things,” she says. “Take the opportunity to always adventure out in the specific location you are in — that’s what we enjoy the most.”

Thanks for all of your hard work, as well as for sharing your story and advice, Brittney!

Rising Star John is an ICU RN who’s been in nursing since January 2017 and traveling since June 2018. He’s currently taking some time off between assignments, but wisely already has his next assignment in the North Bay area of California all lined up! John works with Career Consultant Evan Clapper.

John and Corey Travel Nurse

Congrats to the August Rising Star, John, pictured here with his wife, Corey.

John enjoyed his first assignment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but says he’s sure he’s also going to love California — where he’ll be joined by his wife, Corey, and dogs, Bella, Sadie, and Peridot. In addition to being an all-star RN, John plays the drums.

“Finding a place that won’t get annoyed with a little banging around is always a good — and sometimes difficult — thing to do,” he says. “Maybe a traveling RN band is in the future!”

What a fabulous idea, John! When it comes to his favorite thing about Travel Nursing, John is a people person.

“I enjoy meeting new people and getting to work in different facilities,” he says. “There are so many interesting people out there. Get to know them!”

John also shared some great tips for new Travelers.

“Don’t be shy if you have questions. Speak up! You have a lot of knowledge from your experiences as nurse — use it wherever you are,” he says. “You’re representing yourself, but also other Travelers, so show off your skills! Get out and explore! Do things you don’t normally get to do. Enjoy your time in each place.”

Thank you for your hard work, for sharing your story, and for the great Travel Nursing advice, John!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions August 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Brittney and John, we are super grateful for your commitment to excellent 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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Celebrate Travel Nurses Day 2018 with Medical Solutions!

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Thank you for all that you do for your patients! We wish you a very Happy Travel Nurses Day!

That magical time of year is almost here! Travel Nurses Day is this Friday, October 12th, 2018!

Six years ago, the Medical Solutions team created this annual holiday to honor and recognize your hard work as a Travel Nurse. This year we decided to start the festivities early so you can jumpstart your celebration too. We invite you to visit TravelNursesDay.com where you can enter contests, take quizzes, listen to music—and best of all—win prizes!

Here’s the Travel Nurses Day 2018 lineup:

#PostCardsFromTheRoad Instagram Photo Contest: Do you have postcard-worthy photos from your travels? Show us what you’ve got! It can be snapshots of your friends and co-workers, that breathtaking ocean view from your last beach day, or an artsy take on your morning latte. There’s just one rule — it must be a picture from your travel nurse adventures. If your picture makes our top five, you could win a $300 Amazon gift card!

To enter, use the hashtags #PostcardsFromTheRoad and #MedicalSolutions when you share your images on Instagram. Don’t forget — Your Instagram account must be set to public in order to win.

What’s Your Adventure Style? Quiz: What kind of experiences inspire you to send a postcard home? Whether you’re an explorer with a penchant for mountain views, a foodie with exotic tastes, or a sky-diving thrill seeker, we know travel nurses of all stripes love a good adventure! Take this quiz to discover your adventure style. When you do, you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards!

Where Should You Travel Next? Quiz: At some point in your Travel Nursing career, you’ll find yourself wondering where you should travel to next. So, we’ve made it easy for you to find that next Travel Nursing adventure with this fun quiz! Five randomly selected winners will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Car Concert Spotify Playlist: What’s a road trip without great music? No matter where your Travel Nurse journey takes you, we’ve got you covered with this perfect collection of tunes for the road! We dare you to sing like no one is watching.

 

Start your Travel Nurse Day celebration now and visit TravelNursesDay.com. Happy Travel Nurses Day and good luck! Thank you for all that you do in the name of patient care!

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7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Fall

Where do you want to spend this gorgeous, transformative fall season? Check out these 7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs!

Fall is officially here! It’s the magical season filled 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 do you want to spend this gorgeous, transformative season? We offer for your consideration these 7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs!

Massachusetts

Autumn in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts

Fall foliage in the beautiful Berkshires region of Massachusetts!

This fall favorite is on everyone’s minds for good reason each autumn. From the beautiful, historic Boston area to the famous autumn colors of the Berkshires, taking a fall assignment in Massachusetts is your ticket to 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. City slickers can enjoy perfect temps to explore beautiful Boston’s Freedom Trail, as well its iconic harbor, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine scene. Day trip alert: October is the perfect time to take a train up to Salem and explore the witchy city responsible for the Salem Witch Trials. Learn more about The Bay State here in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

Click here to find a magnificent Massachusetts Travel Nurse job!

WashingtonCouple walking dog in park

At one time famous for their flannels, Washington really knows how to do a fabulous fall season! They call Seattle the Emerald City because of its year-round penchant for green, and it stays pretty temperate there even as fall unfurls. Visit the first-ever Starbucks for your caffeine fix, check out the famous Pike Place Market, and take a ferry to beautiful Bainbridge Island — all with a perfect view of magnificent Mount Rainier as a backdrop. Throughout Washington, you’re never too far from a fun day trip whether to a pumpkin patch, to an apple orchard, or for a fun fall hike. Gorgeous fall colors can be found 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 wonderful Washington gig!

ArizonaGrand Canyon National Park, AZ

The Grand Canyon State offers the best of both worlds when it comes to fall: the temps stay nice and warm, but you can still see lots of pretty fall leaves. The San Francisco Peaks are very well known for their abundance of gorgeous gold Aspens and an autumnal rainbow is on display at Phoenix’s Boyce Thompson Arboretum. There’s a lot of great opportunity in Arizona, particularly in fall and winter, as older populations travel here to escape the colder months. In addition to a great selection of jobs, there is so much natural beauty to explore here, like mystical Sedona’s Cathedral Rock, Page’s majestic Horseshoe Bend, the iconic Grand Canyon, and so much more! Learn more about The Grand Canyon State here in our Arizona State Spotlight.

Click here to find awesome Arizona Travel Nursing jobs!

VirginiaAutumn on Monument

You know what they say, “Virginia is for Lovers.” Fall lovers that is! The Blue Ridge Parkway, AKA one of the most gorgeous drives in the nation, runs through Virginia, making this a prime spot for fall lovers to take an autumn assignment. Other leaf-peeping opportunities abound at Shenandoah National Park, Back of the Dragon (Route 16), Smith Mountain Lake, Big Walker Lookout, Breaks Interstate Park, and many other beautiful locations. History buffs will be in heaven with sites like Mount Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, and a wealth of awesome museums. Coastal Virginia offers still-warm sand as fall begins, sailing, fresh seafood, and views of migrating birds. Ghost tours, corn mazes, fall wine festivals, and pumpkin patches round out the fun fall activities in this multi-faceted state. Learn more about The Old Dominion State here in our Virginia State Spotlight.

Click here to discover very special Virginia jobs!

CaliforniaWoman with camera in autumn landscape, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

California is the very most popular state for Travel Nursing regardless of what the calendar says, but it’s an extra special spot for those who like their fall days to coincide with their beach days! Enjoy sunny SoCal spots like San Diego and Los Angeles, and still have the option to head north and hit the slopes if you want. Not to mention wine country, Hollywood, amazing shopping, dining, pro sports, and more are available in The Golden State. Pro tip: California’s Pacific Coast Highway is actually an unsung hero for peeping pretty fall views. Learn more about The Golden State here in our California State Spotlight.

Click here to discover a cool California career!

New YorkYoung woman enjoying New York skyline and autumn colors in Central Park, NY, USA

For a famous New England fall foliage display, The Empire State is a fantastic home base location. The Big Apple looks great in fall, with gorgeous colors sparkling throughout Central Park, and plenty of history, theater, arts, dining, shopping, and sports to experience. Upstate hotspots like Lake George, Lake Otsego, Glimmerglass State Park, and The Adirondacks are famous for their plentiful fall activities, including scenic hikes and drives, orchards, pumpkin patches, hayrack rides, and much more. Pay tribute to the passing of the 2018 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 explore new, exciting New York jobs!

ColoradoHiker looking over view of fall colored aspens

The magnificent changing of aspens is the first thing that usually comes to mind when a Colorado fall is mentioned, and Aspen and Crested Butte are among popular places to peep those gorgeous gold leaves. Estes Park is another popular destination for fall, offering great colors, but also the unique opportunity to witness the elk bugling as mating season begins in Rocky Mountain National Park. There’s also 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 numerous scenic byways dazzle with fall colors statewide, so you really can’t go wrong here — and, if you’re a skier and winter-lover, you might look into starting an assignment here in the Centennial State in fall and extending through winter! Learn more about The Centennial State here in our Colorado State Spotlight.

Click here to explore jobs in colorful Colorado!

Did your dream autumn location not make our list? Search all Travel Nursing jobs here!

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State Spotlight: Colorado

Main Street Telluride Colorado

Colorful Colorado is a great spot for your next Travel Nurse gig!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to colorful Colorado! The Centennial State is known for its natural beauty and its abundance of exciting Travel Nursing career opportunities. Colorado has majestic mountains, fascinating history, hip urban hotspots, and so much more for you to explore on your days off. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nurse assignments in The Centennial State are 100% awesome!

Travel Nursing in Colorado

Colorado StampColorado is an absolutely majestic state with plenty of natural beauty to explore on your days off and the state also offers tons of career opportunities for Travel Nurses. In The Centennial State, you can access an abundance of great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that let you build your resume and further develop your healthcare skills.

Colorado is home to about 100 hospitals — 12 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Colorado hospital, Aurora’s University of Colorado Hospital, which is nationally ranked in 11 specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one adult specialty and six procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Colorado are: Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital, Parker’s Parker Adventist Hospital, Denver’s Rose Medical Center, and Loveland’s UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies.    

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Colorado #10 overall, as well as #1 for economy, #9 for healthcare, and #10 for quality of life.

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

Colorado Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Centennial State

Capital: Denver

Largest City: Denver

National Parks: 13

State Parks: 41

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 40

State Motto: “Nothing without providence.”

State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine

State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce

State Bird: Lark Bunting

State Gem: Aquamarine

State Animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Colorado was the 38th state.

Colorado means “colored red.”

Colorado is the only state to turn down the Olympics. Sixty-two percent of Colorado voters spurned the 1976 Olympics due to concerns about cost and pollution.

The Mt. Evans Scenic Byway in Colorado is the highest paved road in North America.

Colorado is home to more mircobreweries per capita than any other state.

The cheeseburger, the wheel clamp aka “The Boot,” root beer float, Otterbox phone cases, Crocs, Jolly Ranchers, Coors, outdoor Christmas lights, tampons, Chipotle, the prototype for the helicopter, sign language translating gloves, teddy bears, and shredded wheat were all invented in or originated in Colorado!

The U.S. federal government own more than 30% of Colorado’s land.

Denver is home to Colfax Avenue — the longest contiguous street in the nation.

The Denver capital building’s 13th step is exactly one mile above sea level.

Colorado is home to 222 state wildlife areas.

The iconic song “America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates after she saw the inspirational view from Pikes Peak.

Dove Creek, Colorado is the “Pinto Bean Capital of the World.”

The world’s first rodeo was held in 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado.

Native Americans tribes in Colorado were Apache, Kiowa, Comanche, Pawnee, and Ute.

The first license plate on a car in the nation was issued in Denver, Colorado in 1908.  

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Colorado include Tim Allen, Amy Adams, Roseanne Barr, Kristin Cavallari, Kristin Davis, Duane “Dog” Chapman,  Ouray, Jon Heder, T.J. Miller, Hattie McDaniel, Bill Murray, Kristen Schaal, Trey Parker, Pam Grier, AnnaSophia Robb, John Kerry, Matthew Shepherd, Heidi Montag, Ken Kesey, Hannah Hart, Melissa Benoist, Chauncey Billups, Jack Dempsey, and Sheryl Lee.      

Colorado Springs is home to the United States Air Force Academy. 

Grand Mesa, Colorado is home to the world’s largest flattop mountain. 

Glenwood Springs, Colorado is home to the world’s largest natural hot springs which covers two blocks.

Denver hosts the world’s largest rodeo each year, the Western Stock Show.

Colorado is one of four states which meet creating the “four corners.” The other three states are Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

The Continental Divide is in Colorado. This natural boundary separates North America’s river systems. Water that flows to the west runs to the Pacific Ocean and water that flows to the east travels to the Atlantic Ocean.

To Do & See in Colorado

The Centennial State has an abundance of diverse activities for Travelers to do and some truly incredible sights to see — including its famously majestic mountains. The state is home to tons of opportunities for outdoor recreation, sightseeing, unique attractions, fascinating history, and so much more — making Colorado the perfect location for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

For urban explorers, Colorado’s largest cities include Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Centennial, and Pueblo. Cool, exciting, unique cities like these really display what makes Colorado such a great place to live, work, and play.

Denver — AKA The Mile-High City — is an exciting playground for Travelers with its great outdoor scene, dining, shopping, sports, museums, scenery, and so much more. Fun stops to check out in and around Denver include Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, Elitch Gardens, Coors Field, City Park, Downtown Aquarium, Colorado State Capital, Cherry Creek, Water World, Molly Brown House Museum, Civic Center, and so much more!

Sports fans will cheer for assignments in Colorado as you’ll get the chance to root for Denver’s Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies, Avalanche, and Rapids — as well as the state’s many other awesome pro, semi-pro and college teams.

Outside of the capital city, Colorado has an abundance of mid-sized cities and quaint hamlets alike. Visit Estes Park for a trip to the iconic Stanley Hotel, featured as a prominent character in Stephen King’s The Shining, then head into Rocky Mountain National Park to hear the elk bugling. Take a day trip to cool Fort Collins and get down with the chill, college town vibe and excellent eats. Longmont is home to the Left Hand Brewing Company, just one of Colorado’s many, many craft beer outlets and microbreweries. Tune in with nature and visit natural hot springs in Idaho Springs, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Telluride, Ouray, Durango, and many other locations throughout the state.

Nature lovers will most definitely find their happy place in colorful Colorado. The Centennial State offers incredible, world-class skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, breathtaking views and vistas, and so much more. Top spots for lovers of the great outdoors include Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of the Gods, Trail Ridge Road, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Mesa Verde National Park, the Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monuments, Colorado National Monument, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, and so much more.

If all that outdoor adventure has you famished, you’re in luck, because Colorado cuisine is as tasty as its ski slopes! The Centennial State is known for its delectable peaches, lamb, green chili, fresh trout, elk sausage, bison burgers, Rocky Ford cantaloupe, sopapillas, pizza crust dipped in honey, and, for the adventurous eater — the infamous Rocky Mountain Oysters. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Colorado craft beer or Colorado Snowball and you’ll be living like a true Coloradoan!

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Clinical Corner: Delegation

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

One of the most underrated skills that nurses possess is delegation. This skill is so very important to providing quality care in the healthcare environment. Furthermore, it has an even bigger impact as time moves on and the nursing shortage grows. More than ever, nurses need to work effectively to utilize their resources and assistive personnel. Proficient delegation is not always taught and it can be hard to master. It’s now more important than ever to have competent and appropriately supervised personnel in the delivery of affordable, quality care.

To achieve this outcome, the RN must assign tasks based on the needs and conditions of the patient, potential for harm, stability of the patient’s condition, complexity of the task, predictability of outcomes, abilities of the staff to whom the task is delegated to, and the context of the patient’s needs. One of the biggest rules to abide by with delegation that many nurses are not aware of are the five rights of delegation. These five rights include:

  1. The right task
  2. Under the right circumstances
  3. To the right person
  4. With the right directions and communication
  5. Under the right supervision and evaluation

When following the five rights of delegation, nurses must use good critical thinking and professional judgment. Please refer to the following decision tree for assistance with delegation:

Nursing Delegation

Delegation is a crucial skill in the delivery of patient care. This decision tree provides assistance with delegation.

To assign a task to assistive personnel, the right communication must also occur to make sure directions are clear, concise, correct, and complete. The nurse must also assess the comprehension of the assistive personnel. To assess their understanding the nurse should ask how they will accomplish the task and when or how the information should be reported. The nurse should also determine what the assistive personnel’s expectations are and provide any clarification, as needed. In addition, the nurse should pursue the role of teacher provide guidance and support to the assistant.

Once the nurse has delegated a task to the assistant it is then his/her responsibility to monitor their performance and ensure that it meets the standards of practice as well as policy and procedures within the facility. This is the hardest portion of delegation as a Travel Nurse. Knowing all of the different equipment as well as policies and procedures is one thing, but to know the skill level of all assistive personnel and whether or not they are compliant with policies and procedures of the facility is even more challenging. The important thing to know as a Traveler is that diligent follow up is needed. Patients should be monitored frequently, but the nurse should also follow up with the assistant to determine areas of difficulty or gaps in comprehension.

The last and perhaps the most important part of delegation is feedback. The nurse should take a moment to reflect on all delegation to determine areas of difficulty and areas of strength. This will help tremendously in continuing to delegate and adjusting overall patient care according to changes or learning needs. This step is often overlooked or forgotten, and it is crucial to for nurses to evaluate the effectiveness in their delegation skills. Evaluation leads to development and this equates to better delegation which ultimately leads to improvement in patient care!

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

Kelsey C TotM

Congrats to our July Traveler of the Month, Kelsey (pictured), and Rising Star, Nicole!

Many thanks and congrats to the July 2018 Traveler of the Month, Kelsey C., and also our Rising Star winner, Nicole M.!

Traveler of the Month Kelsey is an RN, BSN specializing in progressive care/step down, who is currently on assignment in Monterey, California. She’s been a nurse just over two years, has been traveling since January 2018, and works with Career Consultant Jon Laubert.

“My favorite location is Monterey where I am now, and I just extended my contract,” says Kelsey. “The hospital is amazing. They really care about the nurses and have a lot of policies in place that make our everyday job easier which allows us to spend more time with the patients.”

“The best part of Travel Nursing is the freedom to go wherever you want on an assignment,” says Kelsey. “It’s so fun traveling to different states, meeting new people, and having new experiences. You get to see the diversity of geography, lifestyle. and culture within our own country. I also get to learn new skills and different policies at each hospital, which helps to enhance my overall nursing knowledge.”

Thanks for all of your hard work and for sharing your story, Kelsey!

Rising Star Nicole is a RN, BSN, CNOR currently on assignment in Dalton, Georgia. She’s been in nursing for eight years and has been traveling for three months, working with Career Consultant Travis Pond.

Dalton has been Nicole’s only location so far.

“I loved [the job in Dalton] because the staff members were so nice,” says Nicole.

Nicole, who loves to weightlift and read in her spare time, enjoys the independence that Travel Nursing affords her.

“[The best thing about Travel Nursing] is the lifestyle of freedom it provides,” says Nicole.

Nicole’s advice to new or aspiring Travelers is to “be flexible, easygoing, and kind.” 

Thank you for sharing your Travel Nursing advice and for all of your incredible work, Nicole!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions July 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Kelsey and Nicole, we are very thankful to each of you for your incredible dedication to excellent 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!