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Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a Travel Nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!

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Licensure and Specialty Certification Reimbursement

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Get where you want to go and save some cash along the way with our licensure and specialty certification reimbursement.

Licensure Reimbursement

One of the perks of a travel healthcare career is the ability to explore and work in new places, but this often means you will need a new license to practice in each new state where you plan to work.

Medical Solutions is happy to help you with the state licensing process, and once you’ve been placed on assignment with us, we will even reimburse you for the cost of one license per assignment!

Click here for licensing information for each state and info about the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).

Specialty Certification Reimbursement

Your professional growth is important to us, so when you travel with Medical Solutions we will reimburse the cost for you to earn certification in your specialty or a new specialty. You must be a current Medical Solutions traveler upon successful completion of the certification program, at which point costs will be reimbursed to you.

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Personalized Pay Package

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You deserve a pay package that meets your needs and helps you achieve your goals! At Medical Solutions, we tailor your compensation to reflect what matters most to you.

Your compensation package should align with your unique needs and accomplish your unique goals. That’s why our pay packages are flexible and can be customized to fit your needs. We believe that every traveler is different and one inflexible program can’t fit everyone’s individual compensation goals.

Your personalized pay package is:

• Crafted specifically to meet your needs

• One of the best in the travel healthcare industry

• Clear and easy to understand

Your career consultant will take the time to find out what’s most important to you — whether it’s hourly pay, stipends, bonuses, per diem, etc. They will then use this information to put a package together for you that outlines each item clearly.

401(k) with Company Contribution

Medical Solutions offers travelers a 401(k) plan through Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust, with auto-enrollment after your first 30 days of work and an employer contribution of 50% of your contribution up to 4%. That’s free money for you to plan for and achieve your retirement goals! Ask your career consultant for more information.

Loyalty Bonus

All Medical Solutions travelers earn a $600 loyalty bonus for every 600 hours worked. All you need to do is focus on what you do best — caring for patients — and we’ll take care of the rest. Each traveler is automatically enrolled in this program the second they start an assignment with us. We continuously keep tabs on your hours worked throughout the year and you can check the status of your loyalty bonus with your recruiter. While on call hours do not count toward the loyalty bonus, call back and all other hours do. Also, there is no limit to the number of times you can earn a loyalty bonus! Once you hit 600 hours and earn the $600 loyalty bonus, your hours count is reset and you start earning towards your next bonus. If you take a break from traveling with Medical Solutions, your hours we’ll keep your earned hours count and they’ll be here waiting for you when you return.

Referral Bonus

Share your love for Medical Solutions with your friends and co-workers! Simply have them call 1.866.633.3548 or apply online — just make sure they mention your name and ask for your career consultant. For every nurse you refer who is a new candidate to Medical Solutions, accepts a travel nursing travel allied healthcare professional position with us, and works at least 30 days, you get a $500 cash referral bonus! So, your friend gets a great job and you get a bonus — total win-win! Plus, there is no limit to the number of people you can refer or the number of referral bonuses you can receive.

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Voluntary Benefits for Travel Nurses

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In addition to standard medical, dental, and vision benefits, Medical Solutions offers seven voluntary benefits — including short-term and long-term disability — to help protect you, your family, and your pets.

Because we’ve always got your back, Medical Solutions offers seven voluntary traveler benefit options! Read on for more info on these voluntary benefits and how you can take advantage of them as a Medical Solutions travel nurse or travel allied health professional.

Short-Term Disability Insurance

We hope you always enjoy good health and freedom from catastrophe, but this benefit offers you important financial protection in case you’re ever in an accident and suffer a disabling injury. If you’re hurt and become unable to work, you’ll directly receive cash benefits that will help you cover medical costs and/or be able to continue paying your bills. In the event you need them and qualify, these benefits will be paid to you on a monthly basis, letting you use the money however you need!

Long-Term Disability Insurance

This benefit can help protect you financially should you ever need to recover from an illness or disabling injury for a long period of time. After a waiting period, our long-term disability insurance through Cigna provides income protection to age 65 with a reduced benefit duration after age 65, monthly payments to you, and the option to spend the benefit as you see fit.

Critical Illness Insurance

Again, we wish you eternal good health. But, life happens, and that can sometimes include illness. This benefit helps protect you financially should you be diagnosed with a critical illness. If you are diagnosed with a covered critical illness, you’ll be paid cash benefits and can use that money to cover your out of pocket costs however you see fit. These benefits are also available for your spouse and/or child(ren).

Accident Insurance

Accidents happen, but just because your body takes a hit that doesn’t mean your wallet should! Our accident insurance through Voya helps financially protect you and your dependents when unexpected accidents occur by providing gap protection to cover out-of-pocket expenses due to unforeseen events, a lump-sum payment made directly to you, and the option to spend the benefit as you see fit, whether that’s on medical equipment, daily expenses, bills, or caregiving assistance.

Hospital Indemnity Insurance

An unexpected hospital stay can really take a financial toll. Our hospital indemnity insurance through Voya helps reduce the financial impact on you and your dependents when unexpected health-related events occur by providing income and gap protection to cover out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages, a lump-sum payment made directly to you, and the option to spend the benefit as you see fit, whether that’s on medical equipment, daily expenses, bills, or caregiving assistance.

Voluntary Life Insurance

What would happen to your loved ones if you died tomorrow? With our voluntary life insurance through Cigna, you can rest easy knowing your loved ones will be financially protected in the event of your death. This life insurance policy provides income protection to help your family cover your lost future wages, a lump-sum payment made to your beneficiaries, and the option to spend the benefit however your loved ones see fit. Depending on the type and amount of coverage you select, you may need to provide evidence of insurability.

Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance Humans love our pets like children, so it’s important to be able to keep them healthy and happy! Our pet insurance through Nationwide helps you give your pets quality health care, no matter the cost, by providing access to any licensed veterinarian in the world, depending on the chosen vendor, and group rates and discounts for pet medical expenses like surgeries, lab fees, routine care, and treatments.

Want to enroll in any of these voluntary benefits or have more questions?

Like your medical, dental, and vision benefits, you have 14 days from the actual start date of your contract to make voluntary benefits elections. If you elect one of these benefits, coverage begins retroactively on the actual start date of your assignment.  

Contact your career consultant to enroll in voluntary benefits or if you have more questions!

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Thank You COVID-19 Healthcare Heroes!

By Sarah Wengert and Jennifer Stewart

Medical Solutions is SO lucky to employ talented, highly skilled, dedicated travel nurses and other healthcare travelers. With our high-quality standards, we hire only the best in our mission of connecting care countrywide. So, of course, we are not at all surprised to see our travelers showing up in incredible ways for patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you, COVID-19 healthcare heroes!

To celebrate you, and the thousands more like you on the frontlines, we are highlighting some of your stories.

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Erin is an ER nurse in northern California who is steadfast in everything she does. Her recruiter says she is “strong, smart, capable, and confident in a way that still portrays humility. She knows what she wants and she doesn’t hesitate to work hard for it.” Erin was recently recognized at her hospital for fostering a patient’s dog while he sought the care he needed. Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty!

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Heather is a travel nurse working in South Dakota. She has made a ton of sacrifices to help fight the pandemic, especially being a single mom of twin daughters. Much like most of us, she has to figure out how to juggle homeschooling her kids, staying healthy, and working in an environment that exposes her daily. Healthcare hero by day and supermom by night!

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Bianca is a travel nurse in an observation unit in Arizona. Bianca’s recruiter says she admires Bianca greatly! “She is who I want to be when I grow up,” says her recruiter, Jennifer Stewart. “She is classy, well-spoken, caring, and makes the most of her travel. Her Instagram page is full of amazing adventures and pictures you would see in a travel ad. She truly knows the meaning of work hard/play hard. Bianca has been asked to extend at every hospital I have had her work with me at which speaks to her positive attitude and on-point clinical skills.”

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Tonya is a travel nurse working on a unit designated for caring for COVID-19 patients. In addition to providing patient care, she has been researching the characteristics of COVID, how it affects iron levels, and feels like she has started to be able to predict when someone is on the upswing in their recovery. Tonya’s recruiter says she “takes nursing to a whole new level. She looks at every patient as a whole. She puts so much effort, care, and love into each person she comes across. She never fails to amaze me.”

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Celeste is a travel respiratory therapist helping out in New Hampshire. She is a very easy-going personality who seems to find the silver lining in everything. The start to her travel career had a few pretty big bumps in the road but she persevered, had a successful contract, and was even asked to stay longer than expected.

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Lisa’s recruiter says Lisa is one of her favorite people in the world. She is currently working in Los Angeles, California, maintaining her constant focus on other people, her selfless mindset, and her dedication to hard work.

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Connie is a long-time employee and a lifelong learner, currently on assignment in Pennsylvania with her next assignment cued up in Arkansas. She first started traveling with us as an LPN and has since worked her way up as an RN who can flourish in just about any unit, including rehab, med-surg, tele, ICU, and more.

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Elizabeth is currently working an ER travel job in Nebraska to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s sacrificing time away from her kids and family to help fill in the staffing gaps where she is needed. Liz continually has an attitude of gratitude no matter her circumstances.

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Rebecca is currently working in an ER in Newton, Massachusetts. To help herself destress she’s making time for hiking on her days off, re-watching her favorite movies, and indulging in the occasional long nap. Rebecca says she’s been deeply touched by “all the help coming in from the general public — mask donations, face shields, meals sent for the department … The last shift I worked, the day shift charge brought in a whole mess of scrub caps someone from her church had made, and each and every one had a little piece of paper saying ‘Thank you for choosing to be a nurse. Never doubt your patients truly appreciate the care, compassion, and comfort you provide. God bless you and keep you healthy.’ It just about brought me to tears.”

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Christy is an ER travel nurse working in Oregon. Her picture shows the toll a 12-hour shift in PPE can take on a person — but nothing keeps her down! Christy’s recruiter says that Christy is a great nurse, a loving mother and grandmother, and has proven that she’s incredibly adaptable and able to roll with every single punch that’s been thrown her way over her years of traveling.

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Charlotte is a travel ICU RN working in Virginia. What we love about Charlotte is her giant heart. Even when she’s facing her own troubles, she always takes the time to ask how others are doing, and she genuinely cares about their answers. Her recruiter says that “she is a great nurse with a ton of ICU experience. I would trust her with my own family any day!”

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Laorence is a travel ER nurse working in the heart of Los Angeles, California. His recruiter says he is probably the busiest man she knows. This husband and father to fur babies works full time, goes to school full time, and does his NP clinicals. His recruiter nicknamed him “Sunshine” because she says that’s the feeling he gives off every time she talks to him. “I’m sure his patients are grateful to have such warmth in this cold and difficult time,” says his recruiter.

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Emily is a travel nurse working in Washington. Like many others, she’s faced periods with a shortage of protective personal equipment. Despite the tough circumstances, Emily always finds a way to make light of a situation. Her recruiter says Emily has a talent for always making her laugh. We thank Emily for her hard work, dedication, and ability to laugh no matter what!

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Keydi is an ICU RN working in northern California. This is her first travel contract and she has really had to roll with the punches. Despite recently recovering from the flu, she’s been ready to do whatever it takes for quality patient care. Keydi has a positive attitude at all times and continues to impress everyone with her adaptability and flexibility.

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Sierra is a travel respiratory therapist working in Oklahoma. She has pushed through the challenge of being exposed to COVID-19 positive patients and has kept a positive attitude throughout the process. Some feedback we got from the hospital from her most recent assignment was: “Sierra has been an invaluable asset and is welcome back to work with us anytime.”

Travel nurse fighting COVID-19

Wanda is a travel CNA currently working in Iowa. She gave up a dream vacation to stick around and help the hospital in its time of need. Wanda’s recruiter says that Wanda has gotten an incredibly high amount of praises and extensions on her first travel assignment. Wanda is a wonderful CNA and her recruiter says she’d trust Wanda to care for any one of her own loved ones. “I know that every patient she interacts with feels the warmth she gives,” says her recruiter.

A major, heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to these healthcare heroes and the thousands more out there putting themselves on the line to protect public health and heal their patients. We appreciate all of you, and are especially grateful to those out there representing Medical Solutions so well.

If you’re ready to join Medical Solutions in the fight against COVID-19, apply now and get started!

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Compact State Guide for Travel Nurses

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Get out the map! Read on to learn the ins and outs of the Nurse Licensure Compact and how it can benefit you as a travel nurse.

By Kerrey Brennan and Sarah Wengert

As a travel nurse, you can be placed in assignments all over the nation, which means you’ll often be crossing state lines! Prior to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), travelers often had to acquire a lot of different licenses on a state-by-state basis in order to be able to practice in each state where they took a new assignment. While you may still need to get a specific state license in some states, the NLC is an amazing way to avoid that in the majority of states by getting your compact license.

As you may already know, the NLC is an agreement that allows nurses to practice reciprocally across state lines. It serves to increase access to care while also maintaining public health protection at the state level. The most recent major changes to compact state statuses occurred on January 19, 2018, when the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact went live. While a bundle of state-level updates were introduced then, the premise remains the same: If you are a licensed nurse in a member state (known as a compact state), you are eligible to get your compact license, making you licensed to practice in any of the other states that are also members.

Minor changes and updates to the Nurse Licensure Compact are typical throughout each year, so it can be a dynamic situation, but let’s explore some current and common compact info! 

Which States are Compact States for Nursing?

As of March 2020, there were 34 compact member states. All of these states share the same nursing requirements and recognize an NLC license:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (implementation on July 1, 2020)
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey (partial implementation)
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

There are also some states that will join the compact pending NLC legislation, including California, Minnesota, Alaska, and several others. For an always-current list of compact states, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website is an amazing resource. In fact, if you’re serious about travel nursing far and wide, I’d suggest you bookmark that bad boy!

Four Important Things About Your NLC License

Travel nursing can take you all over the country, which can lead to big changes in your living arrangements — for example, say you fall in love with a new city while on assignment and decide to move your permanent address there. Here are a few quick facts to remember about the Nurse Licensure Compact: 

  • You must be a primary resident of a current compact state in order to obtain an NLC license.
  • If you move and set up residency in a different compact state, you are required to obtain compact licensure in your new state.
  • In the same vein, if you acquire your license in a compact state but you are not a resident, you are not mutually recognized by the other NLC states.
  • The Nurse Licensure Compact includes RNs, LPNs, and LVNs, but not advanced practice nurses.

Updated Nurse Licensure Compact Info for the COVID-19 Era

Now, that’s our quick guide to compact states for travel nurses, but as with most things these days, COVID-19 may cause changes in the “normal” NLC process.

If anything, temporary changes due to COVID-19 and the corresponding need to ramp up staffing in certain specialties and regions may mean more flexibility in where you can work via means like emergency licensing waivers, expedited licensing protocol, and temporary licenses. But, changes to nurse licensing protocol and the NLC are even more dynamic and ever-evolving right now, so here are some handy ways to keep yourself in the know on nurse licensing and the NLC as the COVID-19 pandemic continues:

  • The NCSBN, as always, is a great resource here. They’ve established a COVID-19 news page, kind of a central command for related info that includes a bundle of helpful resources for nurses. You can also visit this regularly updated COVID-19 state response PDF, where you can search info state-by-state.  
  • This is also a great time to lean on your recruiter for current, relevant info. At Medical Solutions, we support your recruiter in this area with a large, in-house clinical team and licensure specialists. Our entire team has been receiving daily (sometimes even multiple times a day!) updates on licensing requirements and changes in the era of COVID-19. Please contact your recruiter with any licensing or NLC questions — you can be confident that they have access to the most up-to-date info!
  • Subscribe or continue to follow the Medical Solutions blog for updates on this topic and other major COVID-19 developments, wellness resources for our travelers, and tons more great content for travelers that has nothing to do with the pandemic — like becoming a travel nurse to begin with! 

We hope this quick compact state guide for travel nurses is helpful on your journey! As always, please contact your recruiter or our team with any questions, or, feel free to shout ’em out in the comments. Ready for your next adventure? Explore current job opportunities now

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COVID-19 Wellness Resources for Medical Solutions Travelers

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Most healthcare travelers are not enjoying such a serene view right now, due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we hope these wellness resources will help you stay centered and healthy amidst the chaos!

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a massive challenge for folks worldwide, but we know that it’s definitely hitting healthcare professionals extra hard and in unique ways.

In good times and bad times, our goal is to be the best partner we can be to the healthcare travelers and facilities we serve. In that spirit, we’d like to make sure you’re connected with all the resources we can possibly offer you in our ongoing pursuit to always have your back, so we’ve compiled some key COVID-19 wellness resources for Medical Solutions travelers to reference.

We hope the following info will help satisfy your curiosity, provide support for emotional and physical wellness, and provide peace of mind!   

Resources to Stay Centered

The CDC has a great resource page addressing the management of stress and anxiety during the pandemic. We love this page because it details common reactions, which can make us all feel a little less alone. It also has specific sections for high-risk individuals like healthcare workers and first responders, which offer great advice crafted just for you.  

If you haven’t already fallen in love with John Krasinski’s Some Good News series, get ready to get happy. The Office actor appears with a suit on top and jammie pants on the bottom, bedecked by SGN logos hand-drawn by his children, and shares the kind of feel-good news we all need a big dose of these days. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry happy tears, you’ll feel better for a minute!

When you need to commiserate, who better to turn to than fellow healthcare travelers? Join or visit a community like The Gypsy Nurse Network or one of the COVID-19 Nurse Support Groups that have recently formed online.

Keep Calm and Carry On: Maintaining Your Composure Amidst the Pandemic Panic is a helpful webinar from Cigna, accessible through the hyperlink. This session provides strategies for tackling stress and anxiety, addressing panic in the workplace, and when/how to reach out for further help and support.

We know that anxiety and stress are especially inflated for healthcare workers and travel nurses right now. Whether you’ve just gotten your contract canceled or you’re working so much overtime you can’t see straight, you must make time to care for yourself. Engage in self-care in any way that best supports your well-being. That could mean yoga classes online, meditation, taking a hot bath, Facetiming a friend or family member, or downing a pint of Cherry Garcia. No matter what, there’s no shame in your game — just take care of you and unwind when you can!

COVID-19 Questions Answered

Crazy times like these always mean we see and hear lots of questions. And that’s good! Questions are a healthy, wise way to navigate life when things are uncertain, and we encourage you to ask away. To address some of the more common questions we’re getting lately, we created this handy COVID-19 FAQs page, which is co-branded with our PPR Travel Nursing and Aureus Medical Group family members.

We encourage you to start here whenever a question pops into your mind, but if you don’t find a satisfying answer please know you can always contact your career consultant or call our toll-free main line at 1.866.633.3548. Remember, we are ALWAYS here for you and there will always be someone on the other end of the line to help!   

Wellness Benefits to Help Ease the Burden

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) — which is always available to all of our current travelers — provides support with everyday life stressors, including coping with anxiety, stress, or issues related to the impact of COVID-19. Our program provides three free face-to-face sessions with a counselor for you and/or your family members. You can download this brochure highlighting all offerings and how to access this benefit. 

Virtual visits are available for travelers who have insurance through Medical Solutions. This benefit offers virtual doctors to help answer questions about the virus, evaluate your risk, and provide support if you develop symptoms or have concerns. Doctors are available 24/7 via video or phone to support and advise you. If you’re enrolled in our health insurance plan, download the instructions on how to access virtual visits. If you are not on our insurance plan, we encourage you to research similar options, like Teladoc, Doctors on Demand, and AmWell. 

The Health Advocate program provides access to expert assistance with a wide range of healthcare and health insurance challenges. This is available to all current travelers regardless of whether you have insurance with us! Personal health advocates are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–12 midnight ET at 866.799.2725. 

If you are enrolled in our Short Term Disability voluntary benefit, you may qualify for financial assistance if you need to be off work due to an illness. To file a disability claim, call Keeler & Associates at 877.282.0808.

If you enrolled in Hospital Indemnity and Critical Illness voluntary benefits with us and are diagnosed with an illness, such as COVID-19, you may qualify for benefits under the plan. Hospital indemnity may provide a daily benefit for hospital confinement. Critical illness may provide a lump sum payment when diagnosed with a covered illness on or after your coverage effective date. To file a claim for one or both of these benefits, call Voya at 1.888.238.4840 for assistance.

We hope these benefits and resources will make your life a little easier and better! And please remember, the Medical Solutions team is always just a phone call away if you need further support.

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Top 7 Winter Locations for Healthcare Travel Jobs

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Where are you headed next, healthcare traveler? Consider one of these top 7 winter locations for healthcare travel jobs!

As winter’s chill settles in and we count down to 2020, now is a great time to pick your next destination for a fantastic healthcare travel job. Do you want to flee to somewhere warmer or travel to a place where you can truly enjoy the season of frosty festivities? However you choose to experience the season, we hope these top 7 winter locations for healthcare travel jobs get you excited for and brainstorming about your next gig!

Connecticut

Connecticut is a great choice if you’re seeking a picturesque New England winter. There’s a reason Christmas in Connecticut is an iconic, classic film — and that’s because this beautiful state looks so fine draped in snow and winter magic. There are plenty of places here for great skiing and snowboarding, for those who like to get out in the powder. For those who prefer to stay indoors, this state’s rich arts and history scenes mean tons of great museums to explore.  

Learn more about charming Connecticut in our Connecticut State Spotlight.

Click here to find a great healthcare travel job in Connecticut!

Florida

There’s no better place to beat the winter blues than The Sunshine State! For those who’d prefer to skip winter, you’ll love Florida’s warm temps, sunshine, and total lack of snow. In fact, Florida has the sunniest winter climate in the eastern U.S. and the highest average January temps in the whole nation! As you completely ignore the fact that winter is even a thing, treat yourself to experiences at famous literal hotspots like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Everglades National Park, Kennedy Space Center, Dry Tortugas National Park, the Florida Keys, Miami Beach, and more!

Learn more about fabulous Florida in our Florida State Spotlight.

Click here to check out healthcare travel job opportunities in Florida!

California

An assignment in The Golden State is on many a healthcare traveler’s to-do list. Kick off 2020 right in this gorgeous state with diverse landscapes including beaches, forests, prairies, deserts, and mountains. In Cali, you really can have it all, from theme parks to wine country, Hollywood to the redwoods, beaches to ski slopes, and so much more.  

Learn more about The Golden State in our California State Spotlight.

Click here to check out travel healthcare jobs in California!

Arizona

The Copper State is dreamy for a winter assignment whether you’re in it for mild weather or for the skiing. That’s right, Arizona is known not just for its year-round warm temps, brilliant deserts, national parks, and exciting cities. It also boasts great skiing for winter lovers at resorts in Flagstaff and Alpine. There’s also nothing like seeing the Grand Canyon dusted with snow — not to mention avoiding the hectic crowds of tourists seen in the peak summer season!

Learn more about amazing Arizona in our Arizona State Spotlight.

Click here to find a great healthcare travel job in Arizona!

Texas

If you prefer to fly south for winter, you might just want to mess with Texas! The Lone Star state stays comfortably warm throughout winter and has tons for travelers to see and do in both rural and urban spaces. There’s the Alamo, wonderfully weird Austin, the San Antonio boardwalk, Houston Space Center, Padre Island, and tons more. Texas is known for great shopping, dining, pro sports, museums, history, and so much more!

Learn more about The Lone Star State in our Texas State Spotlight.

Click here to explore jobs in Texas!

New York

From quaint upstate New York to The Big Apple, The Empire State is truly an. All-season wonderland. You can ski the Catskills, shop the after-Christmas sales, go ice skating in Bryant Park or Central Park, explore the state’s many museums and tourist attractions, take in a Broadway show, warm up with world-class cuisine, try cross-country skiing or snow-kiting, visit Winter Olympics venues in Lake Placid, and so much more in this gorgeous, versatile state.   

Learn more about The Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

Click here to explore healthcare travel jobs in New York!

Washington

The Evergreen State is a great place to winter for those who don’t like extreme temps and who love to see greenery year-round. Even in winter, Washington is an outdoorsy person’s dream, with ample opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, whale watching, and just plain ol’ gawking at the splendor of nature in famous places like Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Colombia River Gorge, and so many more. Places like Seattle are also wonderful for lovers of great coffee, craft beer, art, culture, food, shopping, and more.

Learn more about wonderful Washington in our Washington State Spotlight.

Click here to explore healthcare travel jobs in Washington!

Got your heart set on another location for your winter assignment? Click here to explore all of our travel nurse, allied health, and other healthcare travel jobs!

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Clinical Corner: Workplace Violence in Healthcare Facilities

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Workplace violence is all too common for healthcare workers, with the ANA citing the statistic that one in four nurses are assaulted on the job. Find out how to protect yourself and what to do if you are assaulted.

By Melissa Nguyen, Clinical Nurse Manager at Medical Solutions

Elise Wilson was 65 years old when she cheated death. She had been a nurse for 47 years and spent 36 of those years in the emergency room. The night of June 14, 2017, started like any other night in the ER. Elise took her patient’s vitals and the patient showed no obvious signs of being upset when she turned to enter the results in the computer. But when Elise looked over, she saw that the chair her patient had been sitting was now empty. She turned to look where he’d gone and he punched her in the head while also exposing a knife. Elise was stabbed in the neck and arm a total of 11 times, severing her brachial arterial and causing her to nearly bleed to death. The patient was briefly distracted by a security guard who was walking by and Elise was able to run out to the trauma room where she collapsed.  

In 2019, Lynne Truxillo was working at a behavioral health center in Louisiana when a patient began attacking another nurse. Truxillo intervened and the patient attacked her too, causing an injury to her right leg and a head injury from having her head struck against a desk. One week after the incident, Ms. Truxillo died from blood clots in her leg and both lungs, which coroners ruled had resulted from the previous week’s altercation.  

These are just a couple of upsetting stories, because unfortunately violence in the workplace is not an uncommon thing for healthcare workers to face. According to the American Nurses Association, one out of four nurses* are assaulted on the job. There is zero tolerance for violent behavior and under no circumstances should violence of any type be acceptable or considered just a part of working in nursing. 

Here are a few suggestions to protect yourself if you feel threatened in any way on the job:

Attempt to Escape

The first thing you should do is try to remove yourself from a dangerous situation. If you are unable to escape, make enough noise to gain attention to get help.

Find a Barrier

If you are unable to run far enough to get away, then find something that creates a barrier between you and the person assaulting you — a tray, computer, or piece of furniture could be used as barriers.  

Defend Yourself

If someone is threatening or attacking you, defend yourself with as much force as you can in order to get them to stop. At this point, you are acting in self-defense so fight back like your life depends on it. Continue to make as much noise as possible to gain attention to the situation.

Report the Assault

Report the incident immediately in accordance with your facility’s chain of command. 

Get Support

Experiencing workplace violence is not just a physical issue. It can also cause emotional and mental trauma. Seek help from your EAP (employee assistance program) or trauma counseling as needed.. 

If you are a survivor of workplace violence, you are not alone and it is not your fault. Please reach out to your supervisor, recruiter and/or Medical Solutions Clinical Team members to help and support you.

*Source: American Nurses Association (ANA). (2018). Workplace Violence.

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

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Congrats to September 2019 Traveler of the Month, Michelle R., pictured here with her husband, Tom, open water diving with blacktip reef sharks in Freeport, Bahamas!

Many thanks and congrats to the September 2019 Traveler of the Month, Michelle R., and also our Rising Star winner, Christopher M.!

Traveler of the Month Michelle is a critical access BSN/RN who loves to float between OB, MS, and ER. She’s been in nursing for 10 years and working in travel healthcare for nearly four years.

Michelle works with Career Consultant Ashley Klein and is currently on assignment in Libby, Montana.

“Libby has an amazing hospital with a wonderful staff,” she says. “They all work well together and welcome travelers with open arms. The bonus is the area is so beautiful.”

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Michelle on a Fall 2019 adventure during her contract in Libby, Montana.

Michelle is all about getting out and adventuring. (See the end of this post for more of her amazing photos!)

“I have a 2015 Harley Freewheeler Trike,” she says. “I open water dive with my husband, Tom, and our favorite place to dive is Freeport, Bahamas, but we’ve also dived in Roatan and Cancun.”

Michelle travels with her 3-year-old Miniature Schnauzer, Floki — yes, from the TV show “Vikings,” she says — and hubby Tom loves to come visit her on contract, especially if there’s fly fishing involved.  

“My husband has five years and then he will retire from law enforcement and start traveling with me full time,” says Michelle.  

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Michelle’s canine travel companion, Floki, on the Clearwater River in Idaho.

When it comes to her favorite things about travel nursing, Michelle is all about variety and learning.

“I love the variety of places I can travel and learning new things at each travel assignment,” she says. “It has made me a better and more confident nurse.”

Michelle offered up some fabulous tips for new and aspiring travel healthcare professionals:

“Don’t start traveling too soon. Give yourself a chance to develop your skills. We don’t get orientation as a traveler so you must be confident in your skills. You worked too hard to get your RN, why risk it?

“Reach out to travelers who have been doing it a long time and ask many, many questions before you decide to start traveling. We are an ‘at will’ employee. Things change with a blink of an eye.” 

“Go to TravCon in Vegas. It’s in September and it is worth the money. They have re-certification courses, CEUs, and many, many wonderful lectures. You will learn a lot. You will also be able to talk to many companies and recruiters to see who fits you best as a traveler. All of our needs are different so one company doesn’t fit all.”  

Thank you for your awesome work, wise advice, and zest for life, Michelle!

Rising Star Christopher is a sterile processing tech who was most recently on assignment at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He’s been working with Career Consultant Branden Thomas since July 2019, and Branden had really great things to say about Christopher’s talent, skill, and work ethic. 

“Christopher works extremely hard and has received positive feedback from the facility,” says Branden. “In fact, they brought him on perm because of his stellar performance.”

Thanks for being such a great traveler and we wish you the best in your new adventure, Christopher!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions September 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. Michelle and Christopher, thank you both so much 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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Michelle explored wonderful Washington Pass while on contract in Brewster, Washington.
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Michelle’s Harley trike, out for a ride in Idaho.
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Michelle stops for a photo op alongside the Kootenai River near Libby, Montana.
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A picturesque image from Yellowstone Falls, which Michele explored while she was on contract for a year in Rawlins, Wyoming.
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State Spotlight: Connecticut

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Get connected with an amazing travel nursing or other healthcare travel job in charming Connecticut!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to charming Connecticut! The Constitution State is known for its quaint seaside villages and rural areas, rich history, easy access to NYC and other east coast hotspots, overall New England charm, and so much more. There are also tons of great travel nurse, allied, and other travel healthcare jobs in this cool state. Read on to learn more about why you should get connected with a great travel healthcare gig in Connecticut!  

Travel Nursing in Connecticut

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Connecticut is a lovely place for a travel nursing or other travel healthcare assignment. In The Constitution State you’ll have plenty to do and see on your days off while you simultaneously build your skills and resume at work.

Connecticut is home to about 42 hospitals — according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019/2020 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Connecticut hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, which is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and nine pediatric specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one additional adult specialty and nine procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top three overall best hospitals in Connecticut are Hartford Hospital in Hartford and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best States” ranked Connecticut #21 overall, as well as #3 for health care and #6 for natural environment. According to Livability.com, some of the best places to live in Connecticut include Stamford, Weston, Westport, Bridgeport, New Haven, and Greenwich.

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

Connecticut Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Constitution State (or sometimes, The Nutmeg State)

Capital: Hartford

Largest City: Bridgeport

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 54

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 68

State Motto: “Qui Transtulit Sustinet,” which means “He Who Transplanted Still Sustains”

State Flower: Mountain Laurel

State Tree: The Charter Oak

State Animal: Sperm Whale

State Song: Yankee Doodle

State Cantata: The Nutmeg: Homeland of Liberty

Connecticut was the fifth state and one of the original 13 colonies.

Famed businessman and circus visionary P.T. Barnum is one of the state’s most famous residents. Today you can visit the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport to learn his story.     

Native Americans who lived in what is now Connecticut were largely of the Algonquian Indian family.

The global sandwich shop chain Subway started humbly as Pete’s Subway in Bridgeport in 1965.

The first telephone book — which featured a scant 50 listings — was created in New Haven in 1878.

Connecticut’s Hartford Courant launched in 1764 and is the country’s oldest continuously published newspaper. For perspective on this, George Washington once placed ads in the paper to rent out part of Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson once sued them for libel! (Jefferson lost that suit, by the way.)

Connecticut was one of two states (the other being Rhode Island) that never ratified the 18th Amendment which outlined Prohibition. Party on, CT!

In 1809, South Killingly, Connecticut’s Mary Kies was the first woman to receive a U.S. patent.  

The nation’s first automobile law was passed at the state level in Connecticut in 1901 — it set the speed limit at 12 miles per hour.

The frisbee, cotton gin, Colt .45, can opener, portable typewriter, submarine, vulcanized rubber, ESPN, hamburger, Polaroid cameras, helicopter, lollipops, vacuum cleaner, anesthesia, speed limit laws, and color television were all invented in Connecticut.

The World Wrestling Federation is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

Connecticut was the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars in 1937. 

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Connecticut include Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Lloyd, George W. Bush, Michael Bolton, Suzanne Collins, Justin Long, Annie Leibovitz, Meg Ryan, Glenn Close, John Mayer, Karen Carpenter, Ernest Borgnine, Ralph Nader, Paul Giamatti, Seth MacFarlane, P.T. Barnum, Mark McGrath, and Betsey Johnson.     

Noah Webster, author of the first American dictionary published in 1807, was born in West Hartford, Connecticut.

PEZ Candy is manufactured in Orange, Connecticut.

Yale University is ranked as one of the world’s greatest and wealthiest universities.

Cattle branding actually started in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark their pigs.

Famous traitor Benedict Arnold was born in Norwich, Connecticut.

To Do & See in Connecticut

The Constitution State may be small in size, but it offers travel nurses and other travel healthcare professionals a bounty of great places to live, work, and play! Connecticut offers seaside splendor, cool city centers, and beautiful countryside spaces, as well as historical attractions, outdoorsy opportunities, great cuisine, and cool culture — making it a lovely place to for your next travel healthcare adventure. 

For city lovers, The Constitution State’s largest cities include Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, and Stamford. But even as the state’s largest city, Bridgeport’s population hovers just under 150k, so it’s a great state for those who prefer small towns and humbly sized cities. (But don’t worry city mice — when you’re in Connecticut you’re never too far from a grand metropolis like NYC and Boston.)

Bridgeport is a historic seaport city where you can explore Seaside Park, Beardsley Zoo, The Barnum Museum, The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, and tons more. New Haven is another fun coastal city to explore and it’s famously the home of Ivy League Yale University. Yale, which was founded in 1701, is a really cool, historic campus to explore, and you’ll also want to check out the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Speaking of history, as the fifth state and one of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut has a ton of interesting historical sites to explore. There’s the Goodspeed Opera House, Mark Twain House and Museum, Gillette Castle State Park, Fort Trumbull State Park, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Olde Mistick Village, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Stonington Lighthouse Center, Castle Craig, and tons more throughout Connecticut’s urban and rural areas.

Connecticut was also heavily featured in two very seminal cultural artifacts: the movie Mystic Pizza and the TV show “Gilmore Girls.” Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Matt Damon, Annabeth Gish, and Vincent D’Onofrio, was shot largely in Mystic, Stonington, and Groton Connecticut. While the movie came out in 1988, tourists continue to flock to Mystic, Connecticut and the real-life Mystic Pizza restaurant that inspired the movie for their very own “slice of heaven.” And for “Gilmore Girls” fans, while the idyllic Stars Hollow is sadly a fictional town, it was also heavily inspired by real-life Connecticut charm. Showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino was staying at the Mayflower Grace Inn in Washington, Connecticut when she was inspired to create Stars Hollow in its image. Of course, Lorelai and Rory could also often be found downing coffee and chatting feverishly in Hartford and New Haven.         

Hungry from all this history and pop culture? Connecticut’s cuisine will have you licking your chops. From tiny cafes and diners to fine dining foodie hotspots, Connecticut offers a little bit of everything. With its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Connecticut is definitely known for its seafood, including its iconic white clam pizza.While on assignment in Connecticut you can enjoy other iconic faves like steamed cheeseburgers, homemade ice cream and donuts, hot dogs, apple cider, hot lobster rolls, New Haven-style pizza, grinders and sub sandwiches, shad (the state fish) and shad bake, kettle chips, steamer clams, cod and clambakes, historic Yankee fare, and more.Wash it all down with a Foxon Park Soda and you’ll be living like a true Connecticuter!

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