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

Brittney Travel Nurse

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

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

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

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

Brittney Travel Nurse Dogs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John and Corey Travel Nurse

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

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

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

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

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

John also shared some great tips for new Travelers.

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

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

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions August 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Brittney and John, we are super grateful for your commitment to excellent patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

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

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7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Fall

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

Fall is officially here! It’s the magical season filled with cozy cardigans, colorful leaves crunching underfoot, caramel apples, hot beverages, jack-o’-lanterns on the porch, soup on the stove, football and fall premieres on the TV, and more pumpkin-flavored delights than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!

So, where do you want to spend this gorgeous, transformative season? We offer for your consideration these 7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs!

Massachusetts

Autumn in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts

Fall foliage in the beautiful Berkshires region of Massachusetts!

This fall favorite is on everyone’s minds for good reason each autumn. From the beautiful, historic Boston area to the famous autumn colors of the Berkshires, taking a fall assignment in Massachusetts is your ticket to a magical New England fall! Explore colorful cranberry bogs throughout the Cape Ann region and see the gorgeous peaks of the Berkshire Mountains decorated in its fall best with colorful Sugar Maples and all kinds of other magnificent fall foliage. City slickers can enjoy perfect temps to explore beautiful Boston’s Freedom Trail, as well its iconic harbor, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine scene. Day trip alert: October is the perfect time to take a train up to Salem and explore the witchy city responsible for the Salem Witch Trials. Learn more about The Bay State here in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

Click here to find a magnificent Massachusetts Travel Nurse job!

WashingtonCouple walking dog in park

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

Click here to find a wonderful Washington gig!

ArizonaGrand Canyon National Park, AZ

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

Click here to find awesome Arizona Travel Nursing jobs!

VirginiaAutumn on Monument

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

Click here to discover very special Virginia jobs!

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

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

Click here to discover a cool California career!

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

For a famous New England fall foliage display, The Empire State is a fantastic home base location. The Big Apple looks great in fall, with gorgeous colors sparkling throughout Central Park, and plenty of history, theater, arts, dining, shopping, and sports to experience. Upstate hotspots like Lake George, Lake Otsego, Glimmerglass State Park, and The Adirondacks are famous for their plentiful fall activities, including scenic hikes and drives, orchards, pumpkin patches, hayrack rides, and much more. Pay tribute to the passing of the 2018 baseball season with a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Learn more about The Empire State here in our New York State Spotlight.

Click here to explore new, exciting New York jobs!

ColoradoHiker looking over view of fall colored aspens

The magnificent changing of aspens is the first thing that usually comes to mind when a Colorado fall is mentioned, and Aspen and Crested Butte are among popular places to peep those gorgeous gold leaves. Estes Park is another popular destination for fall, offering great colors, but also the unique opportunity to witness the elk bugling as mating season begins in Rocky Mountain National Park. There’s also no better time than spooky September and ominous October to visit the famously haunted historic Stanley Hotel, which inspired the setting of Stephen King’s The Shining. Colorado’s numerous scenic byways dazzle with fall colors statewide, so you really can’t go wrong here — and, if you’re a skier and winter-lover, you might look into starting an assignment here in the Centennial State in fall and extending through winter! Learn more about The Centennial State here in our Colorado State Spotlight.

Click here to explore jobs in colorful Colorado!

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

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State Spotlight: Colorado

Main Street Telluride Colorado

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

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

Travel Nursing in Colorado

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

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

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

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

Colorado Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Centennial State

Capital: Denver

Largest City: Denver

National Parks: 13

State Parks: 41

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 40

State Motto: “Nothing without providence.”

State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine

State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce

State Bird: Lark Bunting

State Gem: Aquamarine

State Animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Colorado was the 38th state.

Colorado means “colored red.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colorado is home to 222 state wildlife areas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Do & See in Colorado

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready for your adventure to colorful Colorado?!

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

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Clinical Corner: Delegation

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

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

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

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

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

Nursing Delegation

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

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

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

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

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

Kelsey C TotM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dalton has been Nicole’s only location so far.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Roundup River Ranch 2018: Candais’ Story

Candais RRR

Roundup River Ranch 2018: Candais’ Story

In 2018, Medical Solutions partnered once again with Roundup River Ranch, a Serious Fun camp in Gypsum, Colorado, that offers a free camp experience to children with serious illnesses. Part of our contribution to Roundup River Ranch includes helping recruit talented healthcare professionals to support campers’ medical needs. That’s also good news and a great opportunity for Medical Solutions Travelers who’ve always wanted to do good and go back to camp!

This summer we helped recruit three amazing Travel Nurses to spend the summer at Roundup River Ranch, and over this past summer, we’ve been sharing their camp stories with you. We’ve heard from nurses Katie and Urvee, and now we’ll hear Candais’ story!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you’re from?

My name is Candais. I have been an RN for 29 years and just recently retired from the hospital in Tupelo, Mississippi where I worked for over 25 years. I have worked in many different areas, including oncology, pediatrics, and the NICU, and decided I wanted to end my nursing career with contract nursing and traveling to different places.

What inspired you to work at Roundup River Ranch this summer?

I had a job offer in New York but decided not to take it because I knew this job at Roundup River Ranch would be a God-given, door-opening, life-changing opportunity. Sharon with Medical Solutions called me one morning and told me about the need for a summer staff nurse in Colorado. She said the nurse that was hired for the job broke her ankle. (When my husband heard this part, he started calling me Tonya Harding, of ice skating misfortune!) I immediately read the email, asked her to submit my application, was interviewed within 15 minutes and was offered the job within two hours of applying … all that and I hadn’t even told my husband I had applied yet! When he came home from work, I had my laptop open to information about Serious Fun camps and pictures of the camp in Colorado. He listened, looked to see how far away it was, asked questions, heard the excitement in my voice, and saw the eagerness on my face. He asked “You really want to do this, don’t you?” I replied, “Yes, you know how dear to my heart camps are and this sounds like a wonderful job.” He assured me, “Then we will make it happen.”

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook? Would you say you’ve become a better nurse? 

If Paul Newman were alive, I would give him a great big Southern hug and thank him profusely. This place changes lives, not just the campers, but the volunteers and staff. It has changed mine. I have camp experience, but I wasn’t prepared for this one. What camp has chefs preparing all the meals and tempur-pedic mattresses on all the beds, including the campers?! One of the nurses I used to work with asked if I was at “Camp Hilton,” but Roundup River Ranch is even better than that! Watching the campers make new friends, laugh with others, and accomplish things that seem impossible is so awesome. “Challenge By Choice” is a new terminology I have come to respect. No camper is forced to do anything, and they are not bullied or made fun of if they decide not to do it. I have grown not only as a nurse, learning new skills, but as a person. And I thank Roundup sincerely for the opportunity to witness both the campers’ flourishing and my own.

What would you tell other nurses about this camp?

Camp is so rewarding but it goes by so fast. Remember to stop and enjoy each day, look around at all the faces, see the new friendships, and feel the happiness of camp.

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

I have so many rewarding memories of camp. All the hugs and high fives, smiles and tears are like photographs running through my mind. All the memories are precious, but watching the smiles of the campers as they made it up the rock wall and the shouts of joy as they ziplined are some of the most treasured.

I will miss so many things about camp. I know that I will miss all the hugs and smiles, not only from the campers, but from the best group of young adults I have ever had the privilege to work beside. I have made new friends and have watched these dedicated people make sure that camp is an experience none of these campers will ever forget, including myself. Roundup River Ranch — you rock and are totally awesome!

Roundup River Ranch

Everybody loves camp!

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State Spotlight: Michigan

Pictured Rocks Kayaker Arch 2

Michigan has an abundance of water, beauty, and Travel Nursing jobs — making it a great spot for your next assignment!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to magnificent Michigan! The Great Lakes State is known for its beauty as well as its abundance of wonderful Travel Nursing career opportunities. Michigan has exciting cities, rolling hills, beautiful beaches, fascinating history, and so much more for you to explore on your days off. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nurse assignments in The Great Lakes State are totally great!

Travel Nursing in Michigan

State of MichiganMichigan is not only a beautiful state with lots to do and see on your days off, it also offers tons of career opportunities for Travel Nurses. In The Great Lakes State, you will discover an abundance of great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that let you build your resume and further develop your healthcare skills.

Michigan is home to more than 165 hospitals — 21 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 Michigan hospital, Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, which is nationally ranked in 14 specialties and 10 children’s specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one adult specialties and nine procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Michigan are: Royal Oak’s Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak, Troy’s Beaumont Hospital-Troy, Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health-Butterworth and Blodgett Campuses, and Detroit’s DMC Harper University Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Michigan #37 overall, as well as #20 for opportunity and #22 for economy.

As for licensing, Michigan is not a walk-through state but it is a NURSYS state. As of August 2018, Michigan had legislation pending to be a compact state within the eNLC. Click here for more, up to date info on licensing in Michigan.

Michigan Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Great Lakes State or The Wolverine State

Capital: Lansing

Detroit Aerial Panorama

Some call it Motor City, some call it Rock City, but everyone loves Detroit!

Largest City: Detroit

National Parks: 5

State Parks: 103

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 53

State Motto:If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you.” 

State Flower: Apple Blossom

State Tree: Eastern White Pine

State Bird: American Robin

State Fossil: Mastodon

State Reptile: Painted Turtle

Michigan was the 26th state.

Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas are connected by the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge — one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.

In reference to its shape, Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is often dubbed “the mitten.”

Grand Haven, Michigan is known for its famous singing sand beaches, which give off a whistling sound when walked on.

Ginger ale (also the nation’s first soda pop), fiber optics, baby food, synthetic penicillin, hospital beds, three-color traffic lights, the middle lines on roadways, techno music, Detroit-style pizza, the Motown sound, home-based sales (think Tupperware parties), cereal, public works programs, radio news shows, paint-by-numbers kits, and the automobile assembly line were all invented in Michigan!

The Great Lakes make up about 20% of freshwater in the world.

Michigan is home to more than 129 lighthouses and navigational lights.

While The Wolverine State is one of Michigan’s enduring nicknames, there are no longer any wolverines in the state. 

Michigan is home to the longest freshwater shoreline in the world — it also has more shoreline period than any other state but Alaska.

Lighthouse at Lake Michigan

Betsie Point Lighthouse is just one of Michigan’s many adorable lighthouses!

Fittingly, Michigan boasts the most boat registrations in the nation.

In 1879, Detroit phone customers became the nation’s first to get assigned telephone numbers.

Michigan is the only state to touch four out of five Great Lakes.

Battle Creek, Michigan is known as the “Cereal Capital of the World.”

The bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald — memorialized in a famous Gordon Lightfoot song — is displayed at Michigan’s Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

The first tribal-owned casino in the nation was Kings Club Casino, created by the Ojibwe Indians of Bay Mills.

Famous folks from Michigan include Serena Williams, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepherd, Diana Ross, Ken Jeong, Tom Selleck, Magic Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Henry Ford, Jack White, Francis Ford Coppola, Lily Tomlin, Kid Rock, Charles Lindbergh, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Michael Moore, Jemele Hill, Madonna, Christie Brinkley, Gilda Radner, John Hughes, David Spade, Terry Crews, Burt Reynolds, Kate Upton, Potter Stewart, and Bob Seger.

The first soda pop in the U.S. was Vernor’s ginger ale — which was created accidentally in Detroit in 1866.

Indian River’s Cross in the Woods Catholic shrine features a 31-foot high crucifix — the largest crucifix in the world.

The nation’s first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall was the Kalamazoo Mall.

Henry Ford formed the Ford Motor Company in 1903 in Detroit.

Mackinac Island State Park was the nation’s first National Park before it was transferred to the state.

Deep underneath the city of Detroit, Michigan are 1,400 acres of salt mines.

Colon, Michigan considers itself the “Magic Capital of the World” and it hosts a magician convention every August.

The Michigan Triangle — akin to the Bermuda Triangle — stretches over Lake Michigan near Ludington, Benton Harbor, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and is the site of lots of plane and ship disappearances.

In addition to Henry Ford’s influence, Detroit was dubbed the Motor City because it boasted the first mile of concrete highway, the first four-way three-color traffic light, and the first urban freeway.

To Do & See in Michigan                        

Paradise Cove on Lake Superior, Michigan

Michigan is a water lover’s wonderland! This is beautiful Paradise Cove on Lake Superior.

The Great Lakes State has all kinds of diverse activities for Travelers to do and so many beautiful sights to see. There’s an abundance of water, outdoor recreation, unique attractions, interesting history, and so much more. Michigan is a truly magnificent place for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

For city lovers, Michigan’s largest cities include Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, and Lansing. Cities like these show off what makes Michigan such a great place to live, work, and play.

Detroit is the urban crown jewel of The Great Lakes State, with its easy access to great dining, shopping, sports, museums, and so much more. Many people know Detroit as Motor City, with its proud history of innovation in automobiles, roadways, and other trappings related to cars. For others, Motown may spring to mind, because of the city’s proud musical tradition. Explore these aspects of the city’s rich history at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation or at the Motown Museum.

Other fun stops in Detroit include Belle Isle Park, Hart Plaza, The Fox Theatre, Detroit Historical Society, Greektown, Camp Martius Park, Detroit Institute of Arts, The Heidelberg Project, Belle Isle Aquarium, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Riverfront and Detroit Riverwalk, Grand Circus Park, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, “The Fist” monument to Joe Louis, the Guardian Building, and so much more!

Some of the state’s other must-sees and dos include Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival, Holland’s Tulip Festival, Ann Arbor’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Grand Rapids’ Meyer May House and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, the Michigan State Capitol and Michigan History Center in Lansing, and more.

Lovely small towns and beach towns in Michigan to visit include Saugatuck, Frankenmuth, Copper Harbor, Petoskey, Tecumseh, South Haven, and Paradise. These towns offer quaint scenery, rich history, lots of fun and unique activities and festivals, and more. You can also check out some of the state’s 129-plus quaint lighthouses!

Sports fans will cheer for assignments in Michigan as you’ll get the chance to root for Detroit’s Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, and Pistons — not to mention the state’s many other awesome pro, semi-pro and college teams.

Serving Detroit style pizza

Detroit-style (or Sicilian-style) pizza is just one example of all the good eats to be had in Michigan!

When it comes to food, Michigan has a great deal of snack appeal — the state is known for its historic contributions to the potato chip and cereal industries, and when Vernors Ginger Ale was accidentally invented in 1866 by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor, it became the nation’s first soda pop!

Additionally, Michigan is known for its Detroit-style square pizza, cherries, apple cider and cider doughnuts, Cornish pasties, incredible Greek cuisine, paczkis (Polish doughnuts), Mackinac Island fudge, blueberries, whitefish, zip sauce, chipati, coney dog, and Frankenmuth chicken dinner. Wash it all down with a Faygo soda, Hummer cocktail, or an ice-cold Bell’s Oberon and you’ll be living like a true Michiganian!

If you love the great outdoors, The Great Lakes State is a perfect fit for you! Particularly for those fond of beach days, boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and other watersports, Michigan is a wonderland for water lovers. From any point in Michigan, you are never more than 85 miles from a Great Lake! Incredible activities, views, and to-dos for the outdoorsy include Mackinac Island, Porcupine Mountains, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Thunder Bay, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Iron Mountain, Tawas Point State Park, Belle Isle State Park, and so much more

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Roundup River Ranch 2018: Urvee’s Story

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Urvee had a blast and learned a lot working an assignment at Roundup River Ranch this summer!

In 2018, Medical Solutions partnered once again with Roundup River Ranch, a Serious Fun camp in Gypsum, Colorado, that offers a free camp experience to children with serious illnesses. Part of our contribution to Roundup River Ranch includes helping recruit talented healthcare professionals to support campers’ medical needs. That’s also good news and a great opportunity for Medical Solutions Travelers who’ve always wanted to do good and go back to camp!

This summer we helped recruit three amazing Travel Nurses to spend the summer at Roundup River Ranch. Last month, we shared Katie’s story and this month we get to hear from Urvee!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you’re from?

I’m Urvee and I’m from Alabama, where I’ve been a pediatric ER nurse for three years.

What inspired you to work at Roundup River Ranch for the summer?

I was looking for a change of scenery and Travel Nursing out west was always a goal, so I signed up for email alerts from Medical Solutions. I received an email in January describing an opportunity to work at a camp in Colorado. After reading about Roundup River Ranch, I immediately contacted my recruiter to find out how to apply for the job. I did not want to let this unique opportunity go. Working in the ER, I often saw children at their sickest, especially those with the diagnoses Roundup serves. I didn’t know camps like this existed, where a child with a serious illness can have a once in a lifetime experience in a safe and supported environment.

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook? Would you say you’ve become a better nurse?

Working at Roundup River Ranch has taught me a lot about being a nurse, but more importantly, about the difficulties these kids face and how Roundup allows them to conquer these challenges. In a busy emergency department, I wasn’t able to establish a rapport with my patients and I knew little about their day-to-day life. Camp has introduced me to the mental, physical, and emotional obstacles children with serious illnesses overcome.

This job has transformed my outlook on my career and these amazing kids. I have learned to focus more on what these kids can do versus what they can’t do. I’m able to witness how resilient and autonomous they are as individuals.

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN? Which ones stand out as the most rewarding and why?

Each child I’ve met has a remarkable story to tell and a unique journey that has brought him or her to Roundup River Ranch. I will never forget the joy these children have when they conquer their fears and achieve their goals, all while meeting other children with similar illnesses and experiences. Wearing fun costumes and camp dancing with the kids has been one of my favorite parts of the day. The early mornings and late nights are worth it to witness the happiness camp brings to everyone involved.

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

To see is to believe. Roundup River Ranch is an irreplaceable part of the lives of many children, but it also has a profound effect on all of the staff and volunteers. This summer, I traded hospital walls and scrubs for camp dancing and no-hands spaghetti, and, if possible, I will definitely return to Roundup for future sessions.

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

I will miss the laughs of campers and staff.  I will miss the beauty of the camp — pictures don’t do it justice. Overall, I will miss the vibes of Roundup River Ranch.

Roundup River Ranch

Everybody loves camp!

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

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June Traveler of the Month, Wendy, is an RN who travels with her RT husband, John.

Many thanks and congrats to the June 2018 Traveler of the Month, Wendy O., and also our Rising Star winner, Amanda S.!

Traveler of the Month

Traveler of the Month Wendy is an RN specializing in ER, ICU, and PACU, who is currently on assignment in Monroe, Washington. She’s been a nurse for 21 years, has traveled for two-plus years, and works with Career Consultant Anthony Hudson.

Wendy travels with her husband John, a Registered Respiratory Therapist, who specializes in NICU.

“It can be tricky to put together assignments sometimes for both of us, especially since we both prefer day shift, but we are managing to make it work,” says Wendy. “We just bought a travel trailer this past winter so we are doing the living-in-a-camper life, which can be challenging if we are on different shifts. It is amazing how little space one actually needs to live comfortably — and it’s nice to not have to pack and unpack all the time.”

Wendy and John’s favorite location so far has been Grand Junction, Colorado, where the pair worked in the same hospital.

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Wendy and John relish the chance to go adventuring together!

“Western Colorado is very beautiful, and it’s a great jumping off point for seeing so many amazingly beautiful places, especially if you like the great outdoors,” says Wendy. “The hospital was small and felt very much like a small town or family. Our interim manager — now manager — was great to work with. The hospital had lost a lot of staff and management at the time we came, and the staff that was left seemed very discouraged. It was good for us — along with six other awesome Medical Solutions Travelers — to be able to come in and help get them back into a good staffing position. I also got to orient some new hires and that was very rewarding.”

Wendy was a military wife for many years which she says helped acclimate her to moving all the time. She says she actually likes change, so she doesn’t mind going to new jobs and learning new ways every few months. She also credits 13-plus years working in the ER for teaching her to “adapt continually and roll with the punches.”

Wendy’s favorite thing about Travel Nursing is “getting to see and experience new beautiful places and different cultures.”

“[I also appreciate] getting to touch people’s lives all over the country,” she says. “Every place is unique and I learn things daily at every new job. Also, I don’t need to worry about the politics or how to fix what needs improving. I’m there to help with staffing and be a good nurse and co-worker.”

Wendy shared some really great tips and insights for new and aspiring Travel Nurses: “Be flexible. Try not to complain too much. Keep your cell phone mostly put away. Stay off the internet. Be the kind of nurse you would want your loved ones to have and that you would want to work with. Help out your co-workers, even the not-nice ones. Be a listener. Work hard. There are lots of different ways to run a department, chart, assign staffing, reach doctors, divvy an assignment, etc. It may not be the way you prefer it, or the way you’ve seen it work better elsewhere, but it is the way it is done ‘here’ — and in a couple of weeks you’ll adjust just fine. Some assignments will be better than others. A bad assignment won’t kill you — at least you’re not permanent staff there — and you’ll be proud when you make it through.”

Thanks for sharing your story and excellent advice, Wendy! We appreciate all of your hard work.

Rising Star

Rising Star Amanda is an LTAC/Stepdown RN currently on assignment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She’s worked with Career Consultant Heather Mann for the past six months.

Heather says Amanda is a perfect fit for Travel Nursing.

“Amanda is committed to excellence and never gets involved in any of the drama on the floor,” says Heather. “She arrives with a hard-working spirit and leaves with that same attitude. She is a great help to her other team members.”

In addition to Amanda’s helpful on-the-job skill and expertise, Heather says she genuinely enjoys working with Amanda.

“My favorite thing about working with Amanda is how she always does her research and knows about other companies,” says Heather. “She is careful in her planning and decision-making — and that’s why she has chosen to be with Medical Solutions. I’m lucky to work with her!”

Thank you for all of your incredible, hard work, Amanda!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions June 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Wendy and Amanda, we are super grateful for your incredible commitment to excellent patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

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

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Clinical Corner: Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence helps nurses deliver superior patient care.

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

What comes to mind when you hear the term “emotional intelligence”? More importantly, what does emotional intelligence have to do with nursing? Emotional intelligence is an ever-evolving and changing concept, and something that’s becoming increasingly important in the realm of nursing and patient care.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage one’s emotions as well as the emotions of others they interact with. Possessing this ability is important in nursing because it enables nurses to make better decisions, manage their patients more efficiently, and improve relationships amongst their interdisciplinary teams — and it follows that emotional intelligence consequently has a big impact on the quality of care that patients receive. Due to the influence that emotional intelligence has on patient care, it is important to understand the concept and its relevance to nursing practice.

Many arguments have been made on whether emotional intelligence is a cognitive ability or a personality trait. Some believe that emotional intelligence can be learned, and others believe that it is simply a trait that some possess and some don’t. The most likely reality is that emotional intelligence is actually a combination of ability and a personality trait. The take-away from this controversy and difference in opinion is: How can we recognize traits of emotional intelligence and how can we instill these skills in our nurses at the bedside?

Traits associated with emotional intelligence include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management, and communication ability. Equally important to these traits is the ability to empathize with others and to motivate others and yourself. Individuals with emotional intelligence are motivated to want to try to understand their own internal emotions as well as other people’s emotions. It is reasonable to conclude from these findings and characteristics that nurses who are attentive to themselves and their own emotions and reactions tend to be nurses who possess emotional intelligence.

Implications for Patient Care

What does any of this have to do with patient care? If you think about nursing and the emotions that a nurse experiences throughout the day, you know that managing these emotions is crucial to providing the care needed for your patients.

For example, let’s say that you’re caring for a patient who is dying from diabetes. This patient is non-compliant and has been all their life. You, as the nurse, start to experience emotions in caring for this patient because your dad passed away from complications related to diabetes. Your dad, unlike your patient, was very diligent in caring for himself and he always did what he could to make sure he was as healthy as possible. For you as the nurse, this situation may expose some emotions that you didn’t know you had, like frustration, anger, or sadness. It is important to be able to recognize such emotions and to reflect on the situation so that you don’t take it out on the patient. Emotionally intelligent nurses are self-aware in that they know what they are feeling, and they know the emotion a certain situation elicits. They will be able to empathize with their patient and have the awareness to treat this patient professionally, rather than to get angry at the patient’s noncompliance.

Emotional intelligence is an up-and-coming concept that can really make an impact on patient care. Self-discovery can be a huge part of that for many nurses and healthcare professionals. It is time for the nursing profession and the healthcare industry at large to get on board and to implement this into nursing so that patient care can advance and progress in the right direction.