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Elena Barker is a professional writer for Medical Solutions, one of the nation's largest travel nurse staffing companies. Elena specializes in writing about the healthcare staffing industry.


State Spotlight: Iowa

By Aubrey Schieuer

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The dramatic, beautiful Loess Hills are just one part of Iowa’s appeal for your next Travel Nurse gig!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to incredible Iowa! The Hawkeye State is known for the bike enthusiasts of RAGBRAI, the quirkiness of the Iowa State Fair, and some remarkably affordable places to live. Read on to see why Iowa is a fun destination for Travel Nurses of all backgrounds.

Travel Nursing in Iowa

Travel Nurses will appreciate how living in Iowa balances practical things like affordability, safety, and stability with amazing opportunities to see unique landscapes and places. Iowa is home to about 125 hospitals — 6 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 Iowa hospital, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, which is nationally ranked in 7 adult specialties and 4 children’s specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in four additional adult specialties and four procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Iowa are: Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids, UnityPoint Health-Iowa Methodist in Des Moines, and Genesis Medical Center in Davenport.

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U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list put Iowa at the very top as the #1 state in the country. Along with the coveted best spot, Iowa ranked #1 for ultra-fast internet access, #2 for housing, #3 for affordability, and #3 for health care! How’s that for the cream of the crop? Also, ranked Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Ames, Marion, Waterloo, Sioux City and Iowa City as among the best places to live in Iowa.

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

Iowa Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Hawkeye State

Capital: Des Moines

Largest City: Des Moines

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 87

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 35

State Motto: “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.”

State Flower: Wild Rose

State Tree: Oak

State Bird: American goldfinch

State Rock: Geode

Iowa was the 29th state.

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This iconic painting, American Gothic, was inspired by an Iowan home.

Remember that famous painting, American Gothic? The artist, Grant Wood, lived and painted in Iowa, and most of his work was based on typical Midwestern scenes. You can even visit the house that inspired the iconic painting in Eldon and get your picture taken while wearing the same clothes as the painting. 

Iowa is bordered by Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

Inventions from Iowa include sliced bread, the trampoline, the radio, and the digital computer!

More than 25% of Iowa’s electricity comes from wind power.

Iowa’s state flag is patterned after the national French flag, since before statehood, Iowa used to be part of French Louisiana.

Think Iowa is just farmland? Think again! Iowa’s urban population outnumbers its rural population 61.1% to 38.9%.

Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are formed entirely by rivers.

Famous people hailing from Iowa include James Dean, Johnny Carson, Donna Reed, Gene Wilder, Andy Williams, Ashton Kutcher, Shawn Johnson, Elijah Wood, and President Herbert Hoover. Iowa is also the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk.

Iowa has more golf courses per capita than any other state.

At a concert in Des Moines in 1982, the famous singer Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of a bat. Yes, really! A fan threw the bat onstage and Ozzy thought it was a rubber toy. He went to the hospital immediately after the show to get treated for rabies.

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Add the Field of Dreams movie site to your bucket list!

The Field of Dreams film was shot in Dyersville. You can visit the movie site yourself and participate in Ghost Sundays. Other movies filmed in Iowa include Children of the Corn, The Bridges of Madison County, and Twister.

Sabula is Iowa’s only island city. With a small population of 576, Sabula boasts beaches and a campground, and is a popular tourist destination for the people of Chicago.

The number of chickens in Iowa outnumbers the human populations of California and Texas combined!

There’s a National Hobo Convention that meets the second week of August every year. Since 1900, the town of Britt has hosted this unique gathering of people. Annual traditions include a Saturday morning parade and the crowning of the Hobo King and Queen.

To Do & See in Iowa

Iowa has so much more than you might think! There are lots of fun places to go and things to do in a state full of opportunities and adventure.

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Sculptures made of butter? You bet!

The first Iowa State Fair was held at Fairfield in 1854, at a cost of just $323. Nowadays, over 1 million people come every year to Des Moines to listen to music, ride the Ferris wheel, and see lots and lots of well-bred animals. And you can’t miss the annual butter sculpture – the quirkiest tribute to art and butter you’ll ever see. Previous butter sculptures include the Peanuts gang, The Last Supper by Da Vinci, Star Trek characters, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Adventureland is a fun amusement park located outside Des Moines. There are roller coasters for thrill-seekers, a water park called Adventure Bay, and live entertainment from magic shows and circus acts to live music and juggling. With over 100 rides, shows, and attractions, you’re sure to have a great time!

On the eastern side of the state, you can explore natural formations at the Maquoketa Caves State Park, which contains more caves than any other state park. There are walk-in caves to explore, as well as caves that you need to crawl through on your hands and knees. Journey on over to the western side of Iowa to see the Loess Hills, a unique landscape of prairie and forest-covered steep bluffs. Don’t forget your camera! The Loess Hills make for some beautiful hiking and breathtaking scenery.

Do you love to bike? RAGBRAI is the largest bike touring event in the world. The full name, Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, is a bit of a mouthful. RAGBRAI has been going on since 1973 and thousands make the week-long bicycle trek across the state. Usually held in July, the event is limited to 8,500 riders. And beyond one-time biking events like RAGBRAI, there are 1,800 miles of bike trails for you to explore across the beautiful state.

Oh, and it goes without saying that you won’t be disappointed with Iowa’s food offerings. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a Maid-Rite, a loose meat sandwich that was first made in Iowa. Scotcharoos, rhubarb pie, and puppy chow are unique Iowan dessert experiences you can’t find anywhere else. Wash it all down with a Boone Valley IPA or some Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey and you’ll be living like a true Iowan!

Ready for your adventure to incredible Iowa?! Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Iowa! Or, search all jobs here.


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

Many thanks and congrats to the March 2019 Traveler of the Month, Elizabeth O., and also our Rising Star winner, Chera L.!

Traveler of the Month Elizabeth is an RN, BSN, specializing in ER, who is currently on assignment in Phoenix, Arizona. She’s been in nursing for three and a half years, traveling for one year, and works with her Career Consultant Melissa Barks.

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Elizabeth O. and her furry friend, Suzie Q. kayaking on Lake Powell. Congrats, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth’s favorite part about Travel Nursing is the experiences she has along the way.

“Travel nursing is a great way to explore the country while doing what you love,” she says. “Traveling has allowed me to develop new interests and meet new people. A new location almost certainly brings about a love for a new hobby, fun activity, or budding friendship that you never expected.”

Elizabeth, who travels with her fur baby, Suzie Q, says her favorite assignment to date has been Colorado.

“Colorado has an absolutely magnificent natural landscape,” says Elizabeth, “I love the outdoors and staying active. Climbing, biking, hiking, and kayaking; you name it! Just about any outdoor activity can fit in right at home in Colorado.”

Elizabeth has a few wonderful pointers for new Travelers:

1. “Be adaptive. As the new nurse in the health care facility, you will have to make additional efforts to adapt to the new environment. It will be easier once you are acquainted with the rest of the staff. A good attitude and a positive approach can be helpful.”

2. “Get to know your destination.”

3. “Last but not least, don’t forget to have fun and make friends! Working in new places 3 to 4 times a year means you’ll experience new cultures, new sights, and new people.”

Thanks so much for your hard work and great advice, Elizabeth!

Rising Star of the Month Chera is a Cath Lab radiology technologist who is now on assignment in Bakersfield, California. She has more than 14 years of experience in her specialty — three of which she has spent traveling — and she works with Career Consultant Jackie Sleddens.

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Rising Star of the Month Chera L. enjoys meeting new people and seeing new places while on assignment!

As a Traveler, Chera has enjoyed living and working in several different cities across the U.S. In fact, seeing new places and meeting new people is why she loves her job so much. However, so far, San Francisco remains her all-time favorite assignment.  

“I absolutely loved the city, the job, and the people I worked with,” says Chera.

While Chera has downright magical clinical skills, she’s not particularly interested in who’s finally going to sit on the Iron Throne.

“I have never watched Game of Thrones,” she says proudly. Instead, this awesome tech prefers to play games and puzzles with family and friends.

Chera’s advice to new Travelers is simple.

“Just be yourself, be open to new ways of doing things, and enjoy your experiences,”

Thanks so much for all of your hard work and commitment to great patient care, Chera!

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!


Congrats to our 2019 Nurses Week Winners!

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Congrats to our 2019 Nurses Week winners!

Thank you to all the hard-working nurses out there who celebrated Nurses Week with Medical Solutions! We love our Travel Nurses and their magical nurse skills. Accordingly, we had 19 awesome prizes ready for the taking over at Without further ado, here are the lucky winners:

$50 Amazon Gift Card Winners

Tocinda J.

Cathy S.

Stephanie G.

Jill C.

Debra S.

Shannon E.

Brittney G.

Genie G.

Rachael H.

Robb S.

Karen A.

Kendra F.

Brittany N.

Audrey R.

$300 Amazon Gift Card Winners

Siham A.

Farida L.

Liz O.

Amory M.

Jordan C.

Again, a huge congrats to the winners and thanks to ALL the nurses everywhere who helped make this Nurses Week so special.

We hope to see you at next year’s Nurses Week festivities, but why wait until then? We’d love to keep in touch with you. Our monthly newsletter can keep you in the know and offers a variety of clinical articles, Travel Nurse career advice, job location highlights, Medical Solutions news, and more! You can subscribe here.

Also, if you’re ready to expand your horizons and your clinical experience, check out our open positions here. 

Many thanks for all that you do in the name of excellent patient care!


7 Spectacular Spring Locations for Travel Nurses

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Spring is a time for new beginnings and new career opportunities!

Spring is finally here! That means it’s time to shake off winter, embrace the sunny weather, and check out these fresh Travel Nurse job opportunities. For your reading pleasure, we’ve put together the following 7 Spectacular Spring Locations for Travel Nurses.


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Nothing says spring quite like azaleas.

Georgia’s on our mind year-round, but especially in the spring! With blooming flowers everywhere and delightful daily temperatures, it’s easy to imagine the Peach State invented spring. The season here is full of festivals, like the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the famous International Cherry Festival. Even better, spring is prime berry-picking time in Georgia. Across the state, there are several farms where you can pick your own bushel of fresh strawberries or blueberries. As for job opportunities, Georgia is home to more than 175 hospitals, so Travel Nurses are sure to find an assignment they love! Georgia is a compact and a NURSYS state. Check out our Georgia State Spotlight to learn more about The Peach State.

Click here to find your dream Travel job in Georgia.


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We love the Golden Gate Bridge in springtime!

California really is the state that has it all. With its amazing beaches, impressive mountains, and famous cities, it’s no secret that Cali is a favorite assignment location among Travel Nurses. Plus, thanks to strict staffing laws here, the Golden State also has plenty of Travel Nurse job opportunities. From surfing, hiking, and skiing, to sightseeing, shopping, and wine-tasting, there’s so much to see and do here that your only problem will be deciding what to do first! Check out our California State Spotlight to learn more about The Golden State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in California!

New York

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Central Park and spring were simply made for each other!

Who doesn’t love New York in the spring? In particular, New York City just blossoms this time of year with flower festivals, film festivals, and even Shakespeare festivals. However, if outdoor festivals aren’t your thing, New York offers a wide range of famously diverse experiences. Plus, the Empire State is a great place to gain tons of clinical experience in your Travel Nursing career! New York is not a walk-through state, nor is it a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state!  Learn more about this great state in our New York State Spotlight.

Click here to find your next Travel Nurse job in New York!


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Spring is the best time of year in Arizona!

If you’re ever going to travel to Arizona, spring is the time to do it! Why? Well, for starters, it’s Spring Training, which means you can follow your favorite baseball team as they gear up for the season. Not a huge sports fan? No problem! Arizona also offers serene desert views (hello, Grand Canyon), hiking trails, and glamping experiences galore in the spring. It’s also the perfect time to relax by the poolside and enjoy the amazing local food here! Even better, the Travel Nurse jobs are plentiful in Arizona, due in part to a high elderly population. Just an FYI — Arizona is a walk-through state, a NURSYS state, and a compact state under the new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact! Learn more about The Grand Canyon State with our Arizona State Spotlight.

Click here to explore Travel Nurse jobs in Arizona!


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Wave hello to a pod of whales in Cape Cod this spring!

The Bay State is also an awesome spring getaway destination. That’s because spring is the perfect time of year to go whale-watching and Massachusetts is one of the top 10 whale-watching spots in the world. For rock-climbing and trail-hiking enthusiasts, there are also plenty of beautiful state parks to explore here. The city of Boston is also full of historical tours and world-class dining experiences. Learn more about The Bay State in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

Click here to find a magnificent Massachusetts Travel Nurse job!


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Mount Vernon is a must-see attraction in the spring!

Virginia may be for lovers, but it’s also the state for Travel Nurses! As America’s birthplace, Virginia is full of fun, historic sites like Mount Vernon, the Jamestown Settlement, and the colonial village of Williamsburg. Other must-see spring attractions include theme parks like Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion near Richmond. Nature lovers can also embrace the spring season here by visiting several of Virginia’s state parks, which have been consistently voted “America’s Best.” Virginia is a compact state and a NURSYS state. It is not a walk-through state. Check out our Virginia State Spotlight to learn more about this great state.

Click here to explore Travel Nursing jobs in Virginia!


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Kansas City is the perfect place to welcome spring!

This spring location guide wouldn’t be complete without the Show-Me State. Missouri is a sight to behold in the spring and there’s always something going on here. Popular spring attractions include the Lake of the Ozarks, the Hermann Wine Trails, Missouri Botanical Gardens, and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Plus, there’s always something to see and do in Kansas City, Missouri or St. Louis! As for licensing, Missouri is a walk-through state, a compact state, and a NURSYS state! Learn more about The Show-Me State in our Missouri State Spotlight.  

Click here to explore Travel Nursing jobs in Missouri!

Did this Spring Locations for Travel Nurses guide skip over your desired destination? Not to worry — there are plenty of great jobs across the nation to choose from. Click here to search by state, specialty, and/or job title to find your next adventure!


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 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 Happy Travel Nurses Day and good luck! Thank you for all that you do in the name of patient care!


Everybody Wins When You Share the Medical Solutions Love

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Well, for every qualified nurse you refer, Medical Solutions will donate $50 to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Abel Protiva. Abel, who was born with a congenital heart defect, underwent a heart transplant when he was just four months old. Thanks to the efforts of his outstanding medical team, Abel is now a thriving 1-year-old. All donations given in Abel’s name will help pay for the medical costs associated with his surgery. You can learn more about this brave little boy’s amazing story or donate directly to COTA here.

Plus, when one of your friends accepts a Travel Nursing assignment with us and works at least 30 days, you get a $500 referral bonus. That’s right, an easy $500 to go toward your next adventure or maybe a “treat yourself” day. There’s also no limit to the number of referrals or bonuses you can receive.

When you think about it, this deal is just too good to keep to yourself. Your friend gets a cool new job, while you get $500 and the totally rewarding knowledge that you made a difference to a family in need. We also value your opinion, and we appreciate you helping us reach out to more stellar nurses like yourself.

Are you feeling the love? Help us share the Medical Solutions love today!


New Website Celebrates Travel Nurses, Offers More Resources

Take advantage of our new website! Find Travel Nursing jobs faster and save your favorite ones with the new "Save Jobs" feature.

Take advantage of our new website! Find Travel Nursing jobs faster and save your favorite ones with the new “Save My Jobs” feature.

So you’ve probably noticed by now, there’s something different about Medical Solutions. That’s right — we’ve got a fancy new website!

Medical Solutions redesigned the site with your busy Travel Nurse lifestyle in mind. That means you have access to even MORE beneficial Travel Nurse resources and tools right at your fingertips. We’ve made it even easier for you to:

  • Find Travel Nursing jobs quicker with the improved jobs board search results
  • Take control of your Travel Nursing job hunt with a “Save My Jobs” feature
  • Chat with a Career Consultant online
  • Access the site while you’re on the road with your smartphone or mobile device
  • Log into “My Medical Solutions” faster

Plus, the user-friendly site is now full of pictures and testimonials from the adventures of your fellow Travelers! It’s just another way we wanted to celebrate YOU and your hardworking, adventurous career. So, what are you waiting for? Stay awhile, and check out our new online digs. Don’t forget to let us know what you think — contact your Career Consultant today!


Medical Solutions Has Your License to Adventure

State Licensure Reimbursement

Developing and practicing your nursing skills across state lines is easy when you travel with Medical Solutions. We’ll reimburse you for any state license and specialty certification fees you incur while on assignment.

During your time as a Travel Nurse, you’ve stacked up some pretty impressive stats — you’ve explored some amazing cities, met tons of new people, and sharpened your clinical skills. While it’s always fun to discover new places, many Travel Nurses quickly learn it can also be expensive and timely to pay for new state licenses or to earn specialty certification.

Luckily, when you travel with Medical Solutions, we offer to reimburse you for state licenses or specialty certification. Sounds pretty great, right?

Here’s how it works:

If you incur expenses for your license because of your assignment, we will reimburse you for the cost of one license reimbursement per assignment!  Likewise, Medical Solutions will also reimburse the cost for you to earn certification in your specialty. Please note you must be a current Medical Solutions Traveler upon your successful completion of the certification program before costs will be reimbursed to you.

Plus, as a Medical Solutions Traveler, you’re covered for all health-related, pre-screening items needed before you start an assignment. That means you don’t have to pay for any flu shots, vaccines, physicals, and/or drug screening tests. Medical Solutions also pays for your background, employment verification and reference checks.

Medical Solutions is here to help you advance your Travel Nursing career, whether that means reimbursing you for a state license or specialty certification. Want to learn more about these amazing benefits? Click here for more information about the state licensure reimbursement or here for specialty certification reimbursement.


Medical Solutions’ Pet Benefits are the Cat’s Meow

Medical Solutions knows it's not home unless your fur-babies are there!

Medical Solutions knows it’s not home unless your fur babies are there. That’s why we make it easy for you to travel with your pets.

Where would Dorothy be without Toto? And who’s Turner without Hooch?

At Medical Solutions, we understand the powerful bond pet owners have with their pets. They’re not just your pets — they’re family! That’s why we pride ourselves on being the pet-friendliest Travel Nurse company out there. When you travel with Medical Solutions, we do everything possible to make sure that you have safe, secure, pet-friendly housing.

In fact, we’ll find housing alternatives for you if your pet is considered an aggressive breed by most properties, and we place up to four pets per apartment. We will even upfront the cost of your pet deposit for you, so you’ll have one less thing to worry about during the moving process. Please note that you are still responsible for your pet(s) if they should cause any damage.

Whether your pet is of the furry, fluffy, or feathery variety, Medical Solutions understands that traveling with your buddy can be challenging. For example, you might ask yourself:

  • How will your furry sidekick handle moving to a new location?
  • Where should you go if your feathery friend gets sick while you’re on assignment?
  • Where’s the nearest dog park?

As a Medical Solutions Travel Nurse, taking your pet along for the ride is one thing you don’t have to worry about. We take all the guesswork out of traveling with pets, and provide access to all kinds of pet tips, advice, and educational resources. Plus, we offer tons of discounts on important pet needs and supplies, such as pet health insurance and pet medications. We even honor your pets with a Pet of the Month recognition program. At the end of the day, Medical Solutions wants you and your pet to worry less about moving and focus more time on belly rubs and chew toys.

Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions’ pet-friendly benefits!




Roundup River Ranch 2016: Adrienne’s Adventure

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All summer long, Medical Solutions has been following our Travel Nurses at Roundup River Ranch, a special summer camp for kids with serious illnesses. We’ve featured Kelli’s journey and Lisa’s story, and today we’ll take a final look at the Colorado-based camp with the adventures of Travel Nurse Adrienne C., BSN, RN.

Thanks for chatting with Medical Solutions, Adrienne. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been an ER nurse for the last 6 ½ years and started Travel Nursing a little over a year ago.

Adrienne C., BSN, RN believes Roundup River Ranch helps remind caretakers to have fun with their patients.

Adrienne C., BSN, RN helps her patients smile with a dose of pure fun. She believes Roundup River Ranch reminds caretakers that laughter can sometimes be the best medicine.

How did you hear about Roundup River Ranch, and what first inspired you to work there?

Last year, I worked for the last half of the summer at Roundup River Ranch. I couldn’t come up for the full summer because I was still on contract. When I first started traveling, I had Colorado on my bucket list.  So, after I read the Medical Solutions email introducing the camp, I thought about what an awesome opportunity it would be to have that experience.

The challenge of trying something new with a population I was not 100% familiar with intrigued me and inspired me to get out of my comfort zone. I looked forward to getting a break from the usual hospital scene, the chance to take care of people who, although they may have extensive medical problems, aren’t acutely ill and supporting their health, and enjoying a Colorado summer outdoors.

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook?

Camp has given me a renewed sense of compassion. Caring for these kids while they have the time of their life and simply being a part of the magic has done wonders for my general outlook on those with major or chronic illnesses. So often, I had thought of all the negative aspects, what they could not or ought not be able to do. Then, I witnessed what happens when they feel empowered — it’s amazing what they’re able to accomplish.

I’ve learned to honor their independence and to work with them on their terms to accomplish their goals. (Even if it sometimes takes the patience of a saint.) It’s worth it to see them succeed. It is these successes that enables them to come home with more confidence and a sense of normalcy. These children have definitely made me a better nurse — I am now a wiser, more patient, and more empathetic person. I needed to remember that it’s OK to be silly and have fun while providing care.

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN?

My most vivid memories include meaningful conversations with the campers — I enjoyed watching them light up as they made new friends, tried something new, or overcame a fear or obstacle. I’ll remember the early mornings, the late nights, and the satisfying exhaustion that comes with knowing you did everything to ensure your campers had the best experience.

For me, some of the most rewarding moments happened when my campers revealed they loved their time here so much that they hoped to come back as counselors, nurses, and doctors to emulate those they have met. The staff I’ve worked with here have been phenomenal and inspirational in their efforts to provide life-changing moments for these campers.Roundup River Ranch Logo

What would you tell other nurses about this camp and would you recommend going back?

I believe every nurse should have the opportunity to come here. Assuming they have a passion for nursing, caring for children, and be willing to put in some long work days! I tell other nurses about the pure joy you get to see, the extraordinary level of dedication from staff and volunteers, and the opportunity to influence lives for the better. A dream of mine would be to continue coming back year after year.

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

In short, the atmosphere. Here is a place where everyone wants to do their absolute best and that creates an environment where one could believe in moving mountains. It is so uplifting and refreshing here. It makes it difficult to reenter the outside world of healthcare.

If you think you’d like to join Adrienne next summer at Roundup River Ranch as a Travel Nurse, contact your Medical Solutions Career Consultant today. You can also visit to learn more about this incredible summer camp experience.