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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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Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

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

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

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

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

Ready, set, go!

Couple in canoe on tranquil sunny summer lake

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

Minnesota

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

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

travel in LA

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

California

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

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

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in California now!

Boston Boating

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

Massachusetts

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

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

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Massachusetts now!

Atlantic City Boardwalk

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

New Jersey

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

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

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

Tourist inside slot canyon, Arizona, USA

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

Arizona

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

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

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Arizona now!

Ice cream lady

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

Ohio

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

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

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Ohio now!

Virginia is for Lovers, state motto and welcome sign

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

Virginia

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

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

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in Virginia now!

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

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

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

Traveler of the Month, Laura L

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

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

Laura Traveler

Laura’s canine crew!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laura shared some awesome advice for new and aspiring Travelers:

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

Oakley enjoys the view while on assignment in Colorado.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for being such an amazing Traveler, David!

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

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

 

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State Spotlight: Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to 14,000-plus lakes!

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

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a wonderful state for Travel Nursing!

Travel Nursing in Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

Wisconsin Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Badger State

Capital: Madison

Largest City: Milwaukee

Skyscrapers of Milwaukee skyline with Lake Michigan,Wisconsin

The Milwaukee skyline on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 66

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 61

State Motto: “FORWARD”

State Flower: Wood Violet

State Tree: Sugar Maple

State Animal: Badger

State Dance: Polka

Wisconsin was the 30th state.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisconsin Welcome sign at Marinette WI

Wisconsin welcomes Travel Nurses!

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

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

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

Barbie hails from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.

Harley Davidson Motorcycles calls Wisconsin home.

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

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

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

Green Bay is the oldest city in Wisconsin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Do & See in Wisconsin

Beer Battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds

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

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

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

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

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

Small Boats on Shore

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

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

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

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

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

Ready for your adventure to Wisconsin?!

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

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Clinical Corner: Differences in Hospitals

Hospital Differences

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

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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Congrats, 2018 Nurses Week Winners!

Nurses Week

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

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

$1,500 Grand Prize Winner

Stephanie S.

$50 Amazon Gift Cards

Lynn A.

Rhenda A.

Patricia C.

Ariel C.

Anastasia F.

Scott H.

Krystal S.

Sarah C.

Elizabeth M.

Sandra B.

Dacia V.

Patrice J.

Laura S.

Rachel G.

Babette M.

Barbara C.

Kimberly D.

Jaclynn C.

Amber B.

Lakeysha J.

Susan M.

Denise Z.

Sarah D.

Katrina L.

Lauren B.

Blake N.

Sara T.

Shawn B.

Leah M.

Jonah P.

Hope H.

Stacey B.

One-Year HULU Subscription

Rondi P.

Tearra C.

Aleksander A.

North Face Recon Backpack

Lyndsey S.

Aubrey S.

Vayola J.

Littman Classic III Stethoscope

Justin H.

Shawn P.

Jill H.

Ripley & Rue Bandana

Kasey E.

Jacqueline H.

Wendy P.

Alegria TRAQ Smart Shoe Gift Card

Stacie B.

Charlotte L-B.

Megan F.

Wonder Wink Scrub Set Gift Card

Stephanie BC.

Emily W.

Kayla W.

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

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

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

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

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Get Inspired This Nurses Week!

Nurses Week 2018

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

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

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

Daily Trivia Challenge & Grand Prize

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

The “Which Inspirational Quote Are You?” Quiz

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

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

The 7th Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship

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

“Love in the Scrubs” Nurse Video Tribute

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

Nurses Week Music That Inspires Playlist

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

Custom Nurses Week eCards

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

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

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2018 Planet Water Update

Medical Solutions Project 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you, Travelers, for inspiring us!

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

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

Sue G RS Travel Nurse

Congrats to our February and Rising Star, Sue G. (pictured) and Traveler of the Month, Holly D.!

Many thanks and congrats to the February 2018 Traveler of the Month, Holly D., and also our Rising Star winner, Susan G.!

Traveler of the Month Holly is an ER RN who did two assignments with Medical Solutions — one in Pennsylvania and one in New York. She worked with Career Consultant Eileen Begley before moving on recently from traveling.

Although Holly has transitioned away from Travel Nursing for now, she was an incredible Medical Solutions Traveler during her tenure.

“Holly was very liked by the staff at her assignments,” says Eileen. “She is very easy work with and has a great sense of humor!”

Thanks so much for your hard work and for everything you do in the name of great patient care, Holly!

Rising Star Susan is a Med-Surg RN currently on assignment in McHenry, Illinois. She’s been an RN for four years and started traveling in November 2017. Sue works with Career Consultant Shane Erickson.

Sue enjoyed her first assignment in McHenry so much that she elected to do an extension there.

“The friends that I’ve made here are amazing,” says Sue. “The best thing about traveling is all the different experiences and friendships that I will make. Plus, I’m able to spend time with family members that live far away — and also to be able to get out of the snowy Illinois winters.”

Sue shared some wise advice to help new and aspiring Travel Nurses succeed.

“Be dependable, do your best, and care about what you’re doing,” she advises.

At the end of the day, Sue’s flexible, positive attitude is what makes her such a great fit for Travel Nursing.

“I’m happy in life no matter what happens,” she says. “I make the best of every situation and enjoy my life no matter what.”

Thanks for being such an amazing Traveler and for sharing this great advice, Sue!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions February 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Holly and Sue, we are so grateful for your incredible commitment to providing superior patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

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

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State Spotlight: Tennessee

Tennessee Smoky Mountains

Find out why an assignment in terrific Tennessee is music to so many Travelers’ ears!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to terrific Tennessee! The Volunteer State has many great career opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as majestic mountains, rolling hills, exciting cities, beautiful music, unique history, and so much more. Read on to find out why an assignment in Tennessee is music to so many Travelers’ ears!

Travel Nursing in Tennessee

Tennessee State Postage Stamp "Greetings From America" Retro Postcard Theme

The Volunteer State is a great place for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

Demand for nurses is high in Tennessee and that means there are lots of great Travel Nursing jobs to choose from. In addition to great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that allow you the chance to build your resume and enhance your skills, The Volunteer State offers all kinds of fun things to do, see, and experience when you’re off the clock. Tennessee has gorgeous natural scenery, a proud tradition of bluegrass and country music, and so many more adventures that await!

Tennessee is home to about 150 hospitals — 8 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Tennessee hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in 7 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Tennessee are: University of Tennessee Medical Center, CHI Memorial Hospital, Methodist Hospitals of Memphis, and St. Thomas West Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Tennessee #26 overall, as well as #5 for fiscal stability, #13 for economy, and #15 for infrastructure. And, according to Smart Asset, rent in Tennessee is generally below the U.S. average, which is a good trend for Travel Nurses!

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

Tennessee Fast Facts

Neon signs on Lower Broadway (Nashville) at Night

Nashville’s Broadway Street is always bumping on Honky Tonk Row!

State Nickname: The Volunteer State

Capital: Nashville

Largest City: Nashville

National Parks: 12

State Parks: 56

National Historic Landmarks: 30

State Motto: “Agriculture and commerce”

State Flower: Iris

State Tree: Tulip Poplar

State Horse: Tennessee Walking Horse

State Bird: Mockingbird

Tennessee was the 16th state.

Cotton candy, typewriter ribbon, tow trucks, miniature golf, Mountain Dew, touchscreen monitors, MoonPies, and GooGoo Clusters, were all invented in Tennessee.

Sunset in a Mountain Landscape

Beautiful Smoky Mountain sunsets await when you adventure to Tennessee!

On a clear day, you can see seven states from Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga.

Bristol, Tennessee is the birthplace of Bluegrass music.

State Capital, Nashville, is affectionately known as Music City. As the country music capital of the world, Nashville is a proper home to the Country music Hall of Fame.

Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry has broadcast every weekend since 1925, making it the world’s longest continuously running live radio program.

Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake is known as the Turtle Capital of the World.

The catchphrase “good to the last drop” was coined by Teddy Roosevelt while he enjoyed a cup of joe at the Maxwell House Hotel.

Shelby County has more horses per capita than any other U.S. county.

The first woman to become a U.S. Senator, Hattie Caraway was born in Bakersville, Tennessee.

Elvis Presley’s famous home Graceland, located in Memphis, Tennessee is the second most visited house in the United States.

Thirty different species of salamanders live in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.

Tennessee’s state nickname “Volunteer State” dates back to the War of 1812 when many volunteer soldiers from Tennessee served honorably at the Battle of New Orleans.

The biggest earthquake in U.S. history, the New Madrid Earthquake, happened in northwestern Tennessee during the winter of 1811-1812.

Due to its high volume of energy research, Oak Ridge, Tennessee is dubbed the Energy Capital of the World.

Jack Daniels Old No 7 Whiskey

Make a cheers to Travel Nursing with Tennessee’s favorite whiskey!

Knoxville, Tennessee hosted the 1982 World’s Fair.

The National Civil Right Museum is at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel — where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

Famous folks from Tennessee include Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Sequoyah, Justin Timberlake, Kathy Bates, Miley Cyrus, Morgan Freeman, Minnie Pearl, Duane Allman, Young Buck, Megan Fox, Carl Perkins, Roy Acuff, Kid President, Kenny Chesney, Johnny Knoxville, Lisa Marie Presley, Cybil Shepherd, Aretha Franklin, Lester Flatt, Lucy Hale, Quentin Tarantino, Shannon Doherty, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lori Petty, Chris Parnell, Bettie Page, Wilma Rudolph, and Davy Crockett.

Tennessee is bordered by eight states — which ties Missouri for the most bordering states.

The largest artificial skiing surface is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, which offers 5 acres of all-weather skiing.

Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek tribes of Native Americans originally lived in various regions of Tennessee.

Jack Daniels, who created the world-famous whiskey, died after kicking a safe in anger which lead to a fatal blood infection.

It’s illegal to catch a fish with a lasso in Tennessee.

To Do & See in Tennessee

Country Music Hall of Fame

Swing on by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum! The museum opened in 1961 and preserves the history of country music.

Tennessee has a proud legacy as a music hub as well as some breathtaking scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains and other such natural features. There’s plenty to do and see here — from exciting cities to quaint towns and rural areas. It’s a wonderful backdrop for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

On the urban tip, Tennessee’s largest cities include Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg, Clarksville, and Murfreesboro — which offer all kinds of magnificent music, scrumptious Southern dining, cool culture, scintillating sports, and so much more.

Nashville is a must-see — make that a must-hear! — for music fans. Tennessee’s capital city earned the nickname “Music City” due to its live music legacy. Explore music of the past at the Country Music Hall of Fame or mosey into famous venues like The Bluebird Café, Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, The Station Inn, The Basement, or one of the dozens of other joints Nashville is known for.

A visit to Broadway — aka Honky Tonk Row — on any given night will allow you to wander in and out of bustling venues. Another spot for music lovers to check out is Music Row, just southwest of downtown. Here you can take a casual tour of Nashville music hotspots like the historic RCA Studio B where the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Roy Orbison recorded hundreds of hits. You’ll also encounter many other record labels, radio stations, recording studios, and other iconic fixtures of Nashville music past and present.

Hot Chicken with Beans, Potatoes and Beer

Legend has it that Nashville’s Thornton Prince discovered that revenge is a dish best served HOT — resulting in the city’s iconic Hot Chicken dish.

The iconic and delectable Nashville Hot Chicken has a funny backstory: Legend has it that it originated when a scorned lover heavily spiced up Thornton Prince’s fried chicken as an act of revenge. Turns out Prince actually loved the spicy dish and eventually opened his own restaurant serving it. They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but in Prince’s case, HOT was just the ticket!  

Tennessee is famous for many other eats, like fried pickles, cornbread, Meat and Three, biscuits and gravy, country ham and red-eye gravy, fried chicken, barbecue nachos, fried catfish, banana pudding, Goo Goo Clusters, and Moon Pies. Wash it all down with a fine glass of Tennessee whiskey or a local craft beer and you’ll be living like a true Tennessean! And don’t let The Volunteer State’s down-home grub fool you, many larger cities in Nashville are home to exquisite farm-to-table restaurants and other eateries that kick it up a notch.         

Sports fans will love assignments in Tennessee for the chance to root for the Memphis Grizzlies, Nashville Predators, and Tennessee Titans — in addition to many great semi-pro and college teams. With Tennessee’s abundance of horses, equestrian sports and horseback riding are naturally a big to-do here as well.

Dollywood Sign in Pigeon Forge

Dollywood is a must-see when in Tennessee!

No trip to Tennessee would be complete without a visit to Dollywood — the state’s “complete Smoky mountain getaway” which offers rides and entertainment galore! Launched by famous Tennessee native and literal earth angel, Dolly Parton, Dollywood is a fabulous spot for families, couples, and solo adventurers alike.

If you’re into embracing the great outdoors, Tennessee is a fabulous place to do so! From horseback riding in the iconic rolling hills of Tennessee bluegrass to exploring the Great Smoky Mountains, The Volunteer State offers majestic and accessible natural beauty galore. Some stand-out adventures include a trip to Foster Falls, Thunderhead Mountain, the Narrows of Harpeth, Little River Trail, Seven Islands State Birding Park, Baker’s Bluff Trail, Couchville Lake, and, of course, The Appalachian Trail.

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Clinical Corner: Autism Awareness

Autism awareness month

April is the prime time to recognize Autism, which affects so many patients and families year-round.

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

The stats on Autism speak volumes. This developmental disability affects nearly 2.8 million people and their families. Nearly one percent of the world’s population suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorders and it is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States. On average, Autism costs a family nearly $60,000 a year and there is no medical detection or cure.

As we wrap up April, join us in celebrating National Autism Awareness Month. This year the Autism Society has pushed this nationwide effort beyond merely promoting Autism awareness and looks to encourage friends and families to become active partners in the movement towards acceptance and appreciation. For many years, Autism awareness has been about supporting individuals with Autism. Let’s embrace a new perspective, one in which we focus on the rest of us. We should aim to advocate for acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities. We, as a society, should promote appreciation for the unique aspects of all people and we should value these individuals for their unique talents and abilities.

To truly make an impact in our society, nurses across the country should push to promote patience and compassion for patients who suffer from Autism. To gain the trust of this patient population we first need to understand what exactly Autism Spectrum Disorders are. They are a cluster of disorders characterized by impaired social skills, communication difficulties, cognitive delays, and repetitive behaviors. It is highly likely that many nurses will take care of patients who suffer from Autism within their career and it is important to know how to care for them.

Some recommended tips and strategies to adequately provide the proper care for this patient population are to:

  • Secure a non-stimulating environment
  • Talk with the child’s parents first and include them in your nursing care
  • Perform physical assessment away from the child but progressively move centrally towards them
  • If needing to use medical equipment, use them on the child’s parent first
  • Lower yourself to the child’s height level
  • Be gentle and consistent with your behavior and actions
  • Limit encounters with healthcare personnel
  • Stick to a schedule
  • Reward good behaviors

These tactics can be helpful when you are working to establish rapport with your patient but to also get them the necessary care that is needed.

One of the biggest challenges with Autism is knowing what care is needed and the source of the problem. There is no known single cause for Autism Spectrum Disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Although researchers do not know the exact cause of Autism, many theories are being investigated including links among heredity, genetics, and medical problems.

If you want to make a difference this month and raise awareness for Autism, there are several ways to get involved in your community. One way of getting involved is searching the Nationwide Autism-Related Services and Supports with Autism Source. This database will help to get you in contact with the Autism organization in your region. You can also reach out to your local affiliate for information and education on how to get involved.

Additionally, there’s free e-newsletter through the Autism Society that anyone can sign up for. It offers the latest updates, news, research, education, etc.

If you wish, you can also attend an Autism event or take a free online course on Autism that increases general knowledge on the disorder.

Lastly, if you simply want to make a small difference this month or any time throughout the year, please take any opportunity that you can to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an Autism diagnosis each year. While this may seem small, the ripple effect that it will create is much larger in comparison.