Author Archive for Sarah Wengert

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!


Six Fabulous Fall Locations for Travel Nurses!

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

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

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


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Fall foliage in the beautiful Berkshires region of Massachusetts!

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

Click here to check out jobs in Massachusetts!


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

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

Click here to explore opportunities in Kentucky!


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Washington produces the most apples of any state!

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

Click here to find a great job in Washington!


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Golden aspens delight in colorful Colorado!

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

Click here for cool Colorado jobs!

New York

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Ah, to experience autumn in New York!

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

Click here to check out travel jobs in New York!


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

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

Click here to explore jobs in Missouri!

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


Clinical Corner: Nurse Burnout All Too Common

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

By Laura Friend, Clinical Nurse Manager at Medical Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


SeriousFun 2019: Moe’s Story

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

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

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

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

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

What is your name and what’s your title?

Monique ‘Moe’ Augustine RN, BSN

Tell us about your previous nursing experience.

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

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

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

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

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

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


New LTC Job Opportunities at Medical Solutions!

Medical Solutions and 360 Healthcare Staffing have merged, which means more job opportunities in the LTC and leadership space for Travelers, plus more great workforce solutions for facilities!

As you’ve likely heard, this year Medical Solutions officially joined forces with 360 Healthcare Staffing. 360, which is now fully integrated and operates as part of Medical Solutions, has been known for its savvy staffing of interim leadership positions and post-acute care jobs — also known as LTC/LTAC/long-term care.

We are elated by this union here at Medical Solutions, mainly because it offers our Travelers new long-term care and leadership opportunities while also better satisfying our client hospitals’ workforce needs! But, really, our CEO Craig Meier said it best:

“Bringing the expertise of 360 Healthcare Staffing under the Medical Solutions brand integrates our shared commitment to delivering an exceptional experience for our employees and clients. We understand the need for not only contingent labor, but the rising need for overall workforce solutions in healthcare. We’re committed to diversifying our services to better serve up customized solutions for our clients, provide care to more patients across the country, as well as provide more jobs and increased resources for our Travelers.” 

Our goal is always to increase opportunity and improve customer experience for all the people and facilities we serve, and we are confident that this is one big step in achieving that goal! As a result, you will notice a few new tabs (or at the very least increased activity in these tabs) within our job search tool:

Jobs in Long-Term Acute Care

If you’re looking for long-term acute care job opportunities, click here to explore your options.

Jobs in Long-Term Care Management

If you’re looking for long-term care management job opportunities, click here to explore a host of new options.

Jobs in Long-Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities

If you’re looking for job opportunities in long-term care/skilled nursing facilities, click here to check out your options.

Workforce Solutions for Facilities

Does your facility need a partner to help you staff LTAC, LTC management, or LTC/SNF professionals? Click here to learn more about how Medical Solutions can help!

In addition to the many new LTC job opportunities at Medical Solutions, we are consistently adding more job opportunities in various other specialties and settings. So, be sure to check out our job search tool where you can explore travel healthcare opportunities and search by title, specialty, and/or location!   


Clinical Corner: The Criminalization of Human Error and How to Protect Yourself

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Everyone makes mistakes, but as nurses, we must work diligently to avoid those that may put our patients’ lives in peril.

By Melissa Nguyen, Clinical Nurse Manager at Medical Solutions

I’ve been a nurse for 19 years and I remember my first medication error like it was yesterday. I was a new grad working in dialysis and I administered 5,000u heparin instead of 1,000u heparin. I recognized my error when my patient’s fistula wouldn’t stop bleeding when the needles were removed. I remember walking to the med counter and realizing the heparin label wasn’t the same color it usually was — the label looked exactly like the 1,000u heparin but the color of the label was a light blue instead of the usual light green. 

I still remember that feeling in the pit of my stomach that I was responsible for my patient’s excessive bleeding. How did I not notice the bottles were different? I contacted the nephrologist, notified my administrator, filled out an incident report, and sat with my patient for more than an hour and a half until the bleeding stopped. Aside from having to stay longer than normal until her bleeding stopped, I was lucky my patient didn’t have any further complications. 

Fast forward to February 1, 2019: That was the day that nurse RaDonda Vaught was indicted in Tennessee for reckless homicide in the death of her patient, Charlene Murphey due to a medication error at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. I couldn’t help but think of my own medication error and how drastically different Vaught’s error ended. 

In December 2017, Vaught was taking care of Murphey who was hospitalized for a subdural hematoma. Versed had been ordered by a physician prior to a full body scan to help ease her anxiety from claustrophobia. According to court records, Vaught was unable to find IV Versed in the patients ordered profile, so she enabled the ‘override’ function in the medication dispensing system and typed ‘VE’ into the search field. This break in protocol led to a series of mistakes that ultimately led to the death of her patient. 

According to prosecutors, Vaught ignored multiple warnings that the medication she was about to mistakenly remove was Vecuronium and not Versed. Vaught removed the Vecuronium, which unlike Versed, was a powder that had to be mixed before it could be given to a patient. She then mixed the medication and admitted to being “distracted” which caused her to miss the bright orange warning on the bottle stating “WARNING — PARALYZING AGENT.” Vaught then administered a lethal dose of Vecuronium, which ultimately paralyzed Murphey’s respirations leading to her untimely death. 

Co-workers described RaDonda Vaught as a respected, well-liked, competent nurse with a spotless track record. She admitted that she made a mistake by using the override feature and by not recognizing the warnings on the vial. Vaught’s supporters believe that criminalizing mistakes will lead to underreporting of errors and the inability to identify other factors that led to mistakes being made.

So, what can you learn from this case and how can you protect yourself?

Know the five basic rights of medication administration and use them every single time.

Right 1: Right patient

Right 2: Right medication

Right 3: Right dose 

Right 4: Right time

Right 5: Right route

Monitor your patients to watch for adverse effects.

In Vaught’s case, she did not record the administration of medication and left the room immediately without monitoring the patient. Murphey was found unresponsive and pulseless 30 minutes after the Vecuronium was given. Had Murphey been monitored, she would have shown signs of respiratory failure within minutes of receiving the medication. Be mindful of the medications you administer and the possible side effects that could occur.

Follow policy and procedures.

While overrides may need to be used under emergent situations, they are not to be used under routine circumstances. Safeguards are put in place for a reason. Should you find yourself in a similar situation where a medication is not showing up on a patient profile, do not override safeguards without contacting pharmacy, a charge nurse, or another fellow nurse to help troubleshoot. 

The blame should not be entirely placed on Vaught, as there were also failures identified within the hospital system. In the end, this is truly a tragic incident that led to the death of a patient and a nurse with pending criminal charges. No matter how you look at the situation, it is devastating for everyone involved. None of us are immune from making mistakes, however, it is our responsibility stay vigilant in adhering to basic fundamentals set in place that ensure patient safety!


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

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Congrats to June 2019 Traveler of the Month, Scott B., pictured here with his canine pal, Samson.

Many thanks and congrats to the June 2019 Traveler of the Month, Scott B., and also our Rising Star winner, Lori C.!

Traveler of the Month Scott is an RN specializing in Interventional Radiology who just finished an assignment in Oakland, California. He’s been in nursing for six years (two in ICU and four in IR) and traveling for three years. Scott works with Career Consultant Melissa Barks.

Scott’s favorite location so far is Denver, Colorado.  

“I loved Denver — hiking, snowboarding, camping, and a very lively city had everything someone could want,” he said.

Scott travels solo but he has a dog, Samson, and a fiancé who hold down the fort when he’s on assignment. He used Travel Nursing as a way to save money to buy his family a house to move into after their November 2019 wedding

“With this last contract I’ve finally reached my goal and we can be a family together,” says Scott. “Sadly, this means the end of my Travel Nurse career for the time being, but I’m excited to reach this new phase of my life.” 

While he’s moving on for now, Scott still loves the connections he’s built through Travel Nursing.

“I love the network I’ve been able to form. I now have friends and job opportunities all throughout the country. Anywhere I want to go to visit or work, I now feel like I have contacts there to help me navigate,” he says.  

Scott shared some wonderful advice for new or aspiring Travelers:

1. “Never say ‘At my last facility we did it this way.’ Constructive criticism is great, and being a Traveler we get to see how many units are run so we are in a unique position to help a unit grow, but just because something works at one facility doesn’t mean it will work everywhere.”

2. “Be flexible! Some of my best travel contracts came from being passed over for a position I really wanted. A job or facility may not have been your first choice but with a positive attitude you may find you have a great facility.”

3. “Explore the area while on assignment. Many people use traveling to save money, so I hear of people hermiting themselves in an apartment during a contract scared to spend anything. There are tons of free events in every city if you take the effort to meet new people and find them. And don’t forget to sometimes treat yourself — don’t go overboard, but from time to time its OK to go to that expensive restaurant for an amazing meal or buy that new piece of clothing.” 

4. “Have a purpose to travel. I was doing it to save money for a house. Some people are nomads and want to see the world. Some want to settle down but don’t know where, so they want to try a few cities/states out. Whatever your reason for traveling, define it in your mind or life can become searching for the next job/contract and not enjoying yourself.” 

Thanks so much for your great advice, Scott. We wish you all the best for a happy wedding and new adventures to come!

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June 2019 Rising Star, Lori C., has seen some pretty incredible sights as a Traveler. Congrats and thank you for all you do, Lori!

Rising Star Lori is a Labor & Delivery RN. She’s been in nursing for 14 years and is now on her second assignment as a Travel Nurse. Lori is currently on assignment in Gainesville, Florida, and works with Career Consultant Michelle White.

Lori travels solo but her husband and kids have come to visit during her assignments and she also flew back home often. Having come from Florida originally, she says she really enjoyed her first assignment in Arizona.  

“Coming from Florida I really enjoyed Arizona — no humidity or mosquitoes — plus, I was a short drive from Sedona, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and California.” 

Lori loves everything she gets to learn and see via Travel Nursing.  

“I love all the places you can go, experiencing different hospitals, and seeing how they do things, exploring new areas, and meeting new people,” she says. 

In fact, Lori’s husband says she’s a constant learner — the type who’d be a life-long student if she could get paid for it. Here are some great tips based on what she’s learned so far as a Travel Nurse:

“Most importantly, go in with an open mind,” she says. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t compare places — every place has something good to offer and is an opportunity to learn no matter how long you’ve been a nurse.”

Thank you for sharing your story and these helpful tips, Lori!

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

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


Clinical Corner: To Post or Not to Post — Social Media and Healthcare

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Be smart about social media — both on and off the job!

By Natalie Olson, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions & Sarah Wengert

Even though it’s become such an important part of our lives, social media is still a relatively new frontier — and it can certainly be a bit like the wild, wild west! The proliferation of websites and apps that allow users to engage in social networking with others, distribute information, and share their every thought, image, and lunch plate, come with great power and great responsibility. “To post or not to post” — that is the question — and healthcare professionals should be sure to ask themselves before they act!  

Using social media can significantly impact Travel Nurses and other allied health professionals, both at the individual level and in the workplace. It is important to understand that although there are positive aspects of social media use in healthcare, there are also negative consequences, as well as potential health consequences. As technology is increasingly applied in the healthcare field, this becomes increasingly true for all healthcare providers.

Benefits of Social Media on Nursing Practice

Nurses frequently use websites and apps that let them to share content with other nurses quickly, efficiently, and in real-time. In the travel industry, Travel Nurses and other allied health professionals often communicate with each other through online communities by asking questions about the industry, as well as sharing positive and negative experiences.

Ultimately, social media benefits Travelers, hospitals, and travel staffing agencies alike. One potential benefit that social media provides these three groups is that it improves provider communication. This can be a very effective way to help coordinate patient care and improve patient outcome. In some settings, nurses are required to use a smartphone to take photos of wounds and/or send text messages to physicians, which decreases the time to treatment.

Another benefit is the aforementioned ability to partake in professional nursing networks, like forums, blogs, Facebook groups, Instagram accounts, Twitter accounts, and other such platforms. These networks make it easy to share and obtain information, ask questions, and connect with others who have similar interests. Networking has become increasingly valuable because it lets nurses have open discussions with a more diverse community. This ample flow of information not only helps nurses personally and professionally, but it also enhances knowledge of best practices and real-world outcomes, which leads to better patient care overall.

Social Media Pitfalls

For nurses, one of the most common issues with social media use in the workplace is the violation of patient privacy. According to the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, “Violations of patient privacy are a serious concern for nurses, as these represent a violation of professional standards, and can result in termination or suspension. Privacy concerns are paramount for nurses, as we are self-regulating healthcare professionals.”

Another danger is when social media becomes a distraction or interrupts the workplace — and this can be particularly important for Travel Nurses to be aware of. Nurses are frequently reprimanded in the workplace for being caught on their personal cell phones. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon that Travelers are judged more harshly for having their personal cell phones out at work than permanent staff.

Social media can also be used for cyberbullying in the workplace. Nurses could face cyberbullying by direct defamation or attack via social media tools, and can also be impacted indirectly by being excluded from workplace social media groups or programs.

It is especially crucial as a Travel Nurse to be professional at all times and to make sure you’re aware of the privacy settings on all of your social media accounts. Doing so will help keep you safer from experiencing social media problems. Always adhere to published professional guidelines and policies when using social media. Don’t put yourself in a position where inappropriate use of social media leads to any professional ethical violations on your part!

Follow these social media rules to protect yourself and your patients:

  • Always protect patient identity
  • Take responsibility for everything you post
  • Be aware that termination is a real consequence
  • Optimize privacy settings
  • Never take pictures of patients on personal devices
  • Be cautious when connecting with patients and their families
  • Remember that information online is easily shared

As a Medical Solutions Traveler, if you are ever unsure about whether to post or not to post, you can ask your Career Consultant to put you in touch with one of our internal nurses for further guidance!


Celebrate a Magical Nurses Week with Medical Solutions!

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We can’t wait to celebrate YOU and your magic nurse ways this Nurses Week, May 6-12, at!

The most magical time of the year is nearly upon us — that’s right, Nurses Week 2019 is almost here! For Nurses Week, May 6-12, Medical Solutions is celebrating the magic powers of nurses everywhere with fun quizzes, a photo contest, music, and the chance for you to win one of 19 prizes over at

Here’s a bit more info about this magical Nurses Week celebration:

  • Take the “What’s Your Magic Power?” quiz for the chance to win one of seven $50 Amazon gift cards.
  • Take the “What’s Your Magic Destination?” quiz for the chance to win one of seven $50 Amazon gift cards — and find a great spot for your next assignment.
  • Enter the #NursesAreMagic Photo Contest for the chance to win one of five $300 Amazon gift cards.
  • Jam out to the Abracadabra Nurses Week Playlist — curated especially for you!

We are truly in awe of how nurses everywhere seem to pull rabbits out of hats every single day on the job to deliver great patient care. We think you are highly skilled, talented, downright magical people and we look forward to celebrating you this Nurses Week!

Please join in the fun at!


State Spotlight: Minnesota

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Beautiful Minneapolis is just one reason why Minnesota is great state for your next Travel Nursing gig!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to magnificent Minnesota! The North Star State is known for its natural beauty, abundance of lakes and outdoor activities, thriving cultural scene, incredible food, and mix of rural and urban areas. Read on to learn more about why Minnesota is a must-do state for Travel Nurses!

Travel Nursing in Minnesota

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The North Star State is known for having oodles of Travel Nurse jobs at excellent healthcare facilities. Meanwhile, Minnesota also has an incredible array of things to do and experience on your days off — making it an all-around marvelous destination for Travelers.

Minnesota is home to about 140 hospitals — 13 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Minnesota hospital, the famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, which is nationally ranked in 15 adult specialties and seven children’s specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one additional adult specialty and nine procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Minnesota are: Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud,  Mercy Hospital-Coon Rapids in Coon Rapids, and University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Minnesota an impressive #2 overall, as well as #2 for quality of life, #4 for opportunity, #6 for infrastructure, and #7 for health care! ranked Rochester, Duluth, Northfield, Edina, St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Moorhead, Shakopee, Eden Prairie, and Burnsville among some of the best places to live in Minnesota.

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

Minnesota Fast Facts

State Nickname: The North Star State

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Minneapolis’ iconic First Avenue and Mayo Clinic.

Capital: Saint Paul

Largest City: Minneapolis

National Parks: 5

State Parks: 75

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 33

State Motto: “L’Etoile du Nord” — meaning “The Star of the North”

State Flower: Pink & White Ladyslipper

State Tree: Red Pine

State Gemstone: Lake Superior Agate

State Bird: Common Loon

State Grain: Wild Rice

State Fish: Walleye

State Sport: Ice Hockey

Minnesota was the 32nd state.

Many an iconic music act hails from Minnesota, including Prince, Bob Dylan, The Replacements, Lizzo, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum, Atmosphere, and Hüsker Dü!

The Twin Cities — Minneapolis and Saint Paul — are home to one of the nation’s highest concentrations of Fortune 500 companies, including Target, General Mills, Best Buy, and Land O’Lakes.

Bloomington, Minnesota is home to the country’s biggest mall, the famed Mall of America — which has more than four miles of storefront footage!

Minnesota’s 38th governor (serving from 1999-2003) was former pro wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

The mighty Mississippi River starts in northern Minnesota’s petite Lake Itasca.

Furnace thermostats, grocery bags with handles, the Better Business Bureau, Greyhound Bus Lines, water skis, masking tape, Scotch tape, electronic autopilot, magnetic recording tape, Tonka trucks, cortisone, Bundt pans, snow blowers, black box flight data recorders, Twister, Nerf balls, NordicTrack, rollerblades, Sleep number beds, open heart surgery, pop-up toasters, Post-It Notes, and, of course, skyways were all invented in or originated in Minnesota!

Movies filmed in Minnesota include The Mighty Ducks, Jingle All The Way, Purple Rain, and Grumpy Old Men.

Minnesota is bordered by Canada, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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An artist renders one of Minnesota’s favorite sons, famed musician Prince, outside his former home, Paisley Park.

Minneapolis’ famous skyway system is the largest continuous skyway network in the world, connecting 69-plus city blocks across eight miles.

Every August, the Minnesota State Fair — one of the biggest state fairs in the nation, also known as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” — spans 10 glorious fun- and food-filled days.

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Minnesota include Bob Dylan, Chris Pratt, Judy Garland, Jessica Biel, Garrison Keillor, Josh Hartnett, Walter Mondale, Vince Vaughan, Yaya Shahidi, Winona Ryder, Charles Schulz, Lindsey Vonn, Jessica Lange, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mitch Hedberg, Dave Winfield, Jesse Ventura, Neil Gaiman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, and, of course, Prince.     

Minnesota has more miles of bike trails than any other state.

While one of its nicknames is “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota technically has more than 11,000 lakes! (Nearly 12,000 in all.)

With this abundance of water, Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline — beating out states like California, Florida, and Hawaii by a longshot!

Even though everyone knows how much Hawaii loves its SPAM, the iconic canned meat is actually manufactured in Minnesota.

In Minnesota there is one recreational boat for every six people.  

Minnesotan baseball commentator Halsey Hal coined the term “Holy Cow” during a baseball broadcast.

Rochester, Minnesota is home to the world-famous Mayo Clinic.

Madison, Minnesota is known as the “Lutefisk capital of the United States.”

To Do & See in Minnesota

From Great Lakes to great grub, music, and more, Minnesota is one of the true jewels of the Midwest!

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Minnehaha Falls is a Minnesota must-see.

The state’s most iconic urban area is comprised of the “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The cities are a perfect blend of big-city culture and amenities alongside midwestern sensibilities and green spaces. If you find yourself on assignment (or day tripping) in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area be sure to check out the Walker Art Center & Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Guthrie Theater, Minnehaha Falls Park, Mill City Museum, Como Park, Fitzgerald Theater, Grand Avenue (perfect for shopping and lunch), the stunning State Capitol, the Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mall of America, First Avenue, and Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. And don’t forget to take a stroll down Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian-friendly area with great restaurants and music venues where you can pose alongside the iconic Mary Tyler Moore statue.    

Minnesota is also home to many charming smaller towns that can transport visitors with their classic “Main streets,” Victorian homes, cute boutiques, cozy cafes, and more. Some of the North Star State’s best smaller towns to explore include Ely, Excelsior, Stillwater, Red Wing, Grand Rapids, Henderson, Nisswa, Fergus Falls, Park Rapids, Bemidji, Harmony, Little Falls, Blue Earth, and Grand Marais.

Sports fans will be happy to cheer on the home team, including North Star State pro teams like the Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, Lynx, United FC, Whitecaps, and Wind Chill. With its many lakes and rivers, Minnesota is home to many watersports and also has a some pretty great golf courses (the state has hosted many USGA championships, and the Walker, Curtis, and Ryder Cup). Additionally, from city bikes lanes to rugged mountain paths — and everywhere in between, Minnesota is known for being a super bike-friendly state.

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Lakes and natural beauty abound in Minnesota!

From the cozy winter months around the fireplace to lakeside summer days, Minnesota is a state that likes to eat! With an abundance of culinary influences, Minnesota is known for iconic faves like Swedish meatballs, wild rice soup, hot dish (you may know it as a casserole), artisan bread (the Twin Cities were once the “Flour Milling Capital of the World” after all), lefse, smoked fish, fresh walleye, Vietnamese fare like Pho, cheese curds, tater tots, krumkake, lutefisk, venison, booya, gravlax, fried food on a stick (a state fair standard!), and the famous Juicy Lucy burger with its molten cheese center. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Surly craft beer, Bloody Mary, or Caribou Coffee and you’ll be living like a true Minnesotan!

When it comes to outdoor adventure, Minnesota is chock full of opportunities for biking, hiking, fishing … oh, and you probably heard, they have plenty to do on the water, between the state’s rivers and 11,000-plus lakes! Be sure to explore the North Shore state parks which boast many beautiful waterfalls, forest trails, and views of Lake Superior. You also want to check out Itasca State Park, the Boundary Waters, Voyageurs National Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, Gunflint Trail, Mystery Cave State Park, Jay Cooke State Park, Great River Bluffs State Park, Interstate State Park, Spirit Mountain, Minneopa State Park, St. Croix Scenic Byway, and many more of Minnesota’s beautiful natural wonders.

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

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Congrats to the February 2019 Traveler of the Month, Allison H. (pictured), and also our Rising Star winner, Amanda M.!

Many thanks and congrats to the February 2019 Traveler of the Month, Allison H., and also our Rising Star winner, Amanda M.!

Traveler of the Month Allison is a Labor & Delivery RN, currently on assignment in Ashland, Wisconsin. She’s been in nursing for 10 years and traveling about a year and a half. Allison works with Career Consultant Jill Kent.

I’ve loved all of my locations but have especially liked Ashland,” says Allison. “Not only is the location ideal for all the outdoor activities I like to do, it is also close to family. I’ve made great friends with the staff and the unit is a nice mix of lower and higher acuity patients.”

Allison says she’s lucky to travel with her partner, Spencer, their Great Pyrenees, Willow, and her cat, Kitty Bon Bon. She also loves to eat and delights in trying new dishes.

The best thing about Travel Nursing is the knowledge that you can take an assignment anywhere,” says Allison.

Allison shared a few helpful Travel Nursing tips for aspiring Travelers:

  1. Be flexible! There is more than one right way to do the same task.
  2. Always ask questions. (Everyone knows that you don’t know where the clean utility is located!)
  3. Have open lines of communication with your recruiter. He/She is there to help and support you!

Thanks so much for your great advice and incredible dedication to great patient care, Allison!

Rising Star Amanda is an ICU RN. She’s been in nursing for 12 years and has been working as a Travel Nurse for two-plus years. Amanda is currently on assignment in Paducah, Kentucky, and works with Career Consultant Kayla Simpson.

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Rising Star Amanda (pictured at right) and her fellow Medical Solutions Traveler Brenda explore sunny California!

Nursing is a second career for Amanda, who originally graduated with a business degree that left her unfulfilled. Her father, who was diagnosed with cancer while she was still in school, passed away less than a year after his diagnosis.

“The wonderful care we all received from his nurses never left me,” says Amanda. “So, four years after he died I got accepted in a local nursing program and I’ve never looked back. I often say it was the best decision I ever made.” 

After working as a staff nurse at the same hospital for 10 years, Amanda decided to try Travel Nursing.

“I really felt as though I was getting burned out,” she says. “Traveling was the second best decision I’ve made.”

Amanda says the staff at her current assignment “is wonderful and they make you feel at home.” But a couple other locations top her list of favorites. 

“My favorite location has been Los Angeles. There’s so much to do in Southern California and the weather is amazing,” she says. “But another place that surprised me was Missouri. I absolutely loved it; there’s just something about the Midwest. I worked in a town called Joplin. Most people know it due to a horrible tornado that came through and destroyed one of the hospitals there. But I’ll always remember it as one of the friendliest, most welcoming facilities. I’ve made lifelong friends with the staff there and still talk to them on a regular basis. I always feel as though I take a little piece of a place with me when I leave. However, I feel as though I left a large chunk of my heart there.”

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Amanda explored gorgeous Joshua Tree National Park while on assignment.

It’s just those kinds of important connections that Amanda really loves about Travel Nursing.

“The best part of travel nursing is not only the experience and thrill of a new place but also the connections you make,” she says. “I’ve made lifelong friends with staff and some patient families. If you do this just for the money then you are missing out on the best part.” 

Amanda shared some great advice for Travelers about what to look for in an assignment and maintaining a great relationship with your recruiter.

“I really feel as though new Travel Nurses mess up and leave traveling feeling unfulfilled when they only chase the money. I always tell nurses that are considering traveling to do their homework. Try to go places that are very Traveler friendly. Sometimes it’s not all about the money,” she says. “Also, maintain a strong partnership with your recruiter. Don’t approach it as though they work for you. They don’t. Your recruiter works with you. I think that’s why I’ve been lucky — my recruiter knows me well enough to know what facilities I will and won’t enjoy.”

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your words of wisdom and for your incredible work!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions February 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Allison and Amanda, we are so grateful to both of you for your commitment to patient care and Travel Nursing!

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!