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!

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Awesome for Autumn: Top 5 Fall Travel Nurse Job Destinations

Ahhh, fall. That magical time of year when pumpkins turn into lattes and leaves show their beautiful, true, fall colors. As a travel nurse, you get the chance to experience the beauty of fall in any location you desire, so wrap up in a cozy cardigan, pull on your finest fall boots, light up that mulled cider candle, settle in and check out our list of the Top 5 Fall Travel Nurse Job Destinations.

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While the East Coast in general is known for lovely fall colors, the Bay State’s stunning fall foliage particularly stands out. From Cape Cod, to the Berkshires, to the lovely Route 133 just north of Boston, a Massachusetts fall drive is a must. Besides the gorgeous leaves, you can see cool, crimson cranberry bogs just before harvest, charming New England towns, and beautiful back roads. And, if you’re feeling witchy, October is the perfect time to take a trip to Salem. Click here to view Massachusetts jobs.

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Another beautiful spot in the East is New York. Whether you’re upstate or in The Big Apple, New York is a great place to experience fall colors. Speaking of apples, The Empire State is known for its plentiful apple orchards. The Adirondack Mountain and Lake George areas are especially great for fall activities, including hiking, scenic drives, apple orchards and pumpkin patches, and more. Click here to view New York jobs.

Colorado FallColorado

Portions of the Centennial State have had it kind of rough in the past month, and as a nurse your services may be needed there even more than ever. In addition to that, Colorado’s famous Aspens are currently putting on their dazzling display of gold and the mountain air takes on a special kind of crisp this time of year. It’s also a great place to do a fall-to-winter extension: Enjoy all the spoils of a colorful Colorado fall, and then stay on in a great skiing state for winter. Click here to view Colorado jobs.

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Fall is amazing throughout the Smokies. The Blue Ridge Parkway is known as one of the most beautiful drives in the U.S. year-round, but it is especially gorgeous in autumn. Virginia hosts an abundance of fall-themed festivals. North Carolina, from quaint mountain towns such as Asheville in the West to the beautiful beaches in the East, is just busting with fall fun and beauty. Click here to view Virginia jobs and here to view North Carolina jobs.

harvest pumpkins, chrysanthemums and antique farm implementWashington

There’s more than one reason that the Evergreen State is the perfect place to don a fall flannel. It’s also an amazing location to take a quintessential fall favorite day trip (or two … or more!) to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard. Click here to view Washington jobs.

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Travel Nurses Day

facebook--i-am-a-travel-nursePrepare yourself to celebrate good times because … drumroll, please … Medical Solutions is sponsoring the first annual Travel Nurses Day, coming up this Friday, October 11, 2013.

That’s right, now you have your very own holiday! Travel nursing is such a unique field, why shouldn’t you have your own day? Travel nurses are the pinch hitters of the healthcare field. And when you arrive on a job we know that you always swing for the fences. You are always there to make sure that patient care never suffers in the face of personnel shortages or permanent staff burnout. You exude positivity and manage to continuously remain flexible in all kinds of new facilities and unfamiliar terrain, ready to jump in and help at a moment’s notice. For these reasons and so many more, we are so thankful for you.

Besides a whole day to honor everything you do, Medical Solutions will be sponsoring fun contests and giveaways during the week preceding the big day. Then, on Travel Nurses Day, October 11, we will announce the winners.

Be sure to visit TravelNursesDay.com to sign up for updates on Travel Nurses Day so you can stay posted and be the first to know about the contests and other fun. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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Nominate Your Career Consultant for Recruiter of the Year

TRRDoes your Career Consultant make your day? Give you the warm fuzzies in a really good way? Help send you off on amazing adventures and build a solid career in travel nursing? If you have a totally radical recruiter, now’s your chance to nominate him or her to be recognized as Healthcare Traveler magazine’s Recruiter of the Year for 2013!

Travel nurses know that a good Recruiter is so many roles all rolled into one: part career counselor, part colleague, and part friend. Medical Solutions Career Consultants pride themselves on being the best in the business and truly caring about all of their Travelers on both a personal and professional level. I have heard so many stories of our Career Consultants working late, stepping up beyond their “expected” duties, and doing whatever it takes to go the extra mile for their Travelers. These people are truly invested in your career development, job satisfaction, and personal happiness. Medical Solutions Career Consultants are here to serve you at every step along your career path, so why not throw a little love back at them?

If you love your Career Consultant and are grateful for all that he or she does for you, make sure to let the whole world know. (It’d be pretty cool to be able to say that YOUR Career Consultant is THE Recruiter of the Year, too!) Nominate your Career Consultant for Recruiter of the Year here. It only takes a few minutes to enter a nomination. All entries must be received by October 7, 2013.

Do you have an AMAZING story about your Career Consultant? How has he or she helped you get great jobs, gone above and beyond, or even just made you laugh? Share your awesome Career Consultants stories with us in the comments.

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Hey You, Show Us Your Scrubs!

scrubspresreleaseAs a nurse you spend a lot of time in your scrubs, and we think you ought to get something out of it … like more scrubs! Enter our latest contest and you could win one of four $100 gift cards to Scrubadoo.com.

Today, Medical Solutions is kicking off our “Show Us Your Scrubs” Instagram Contest. It’s fun and super easy to enter: Just take a picture of yourself wearing your favorite scrubs and post it to Instagram with the hashtags #medicalsolutions and #showusyourscrubs. That’s it, you’re entered! Now just sit back and enjoy the scrubalicious feed.

We’ll be judging entries in four categories: Best Themed Scrubs (holiday, sports, etc.), Craziest Print Scrubs, Most Creative Scrubs, and Best Character Scrubs. One winner in each category will win a $100 gift card to Scrubadoo.com.

If you aren’t on Instagram, you can still participate by sending your photo to jeannie.holmes@medicalsolutions.com and we’ll get it entered for you.

The contest runs today through Monday, September 9, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. CST, and winners will be announced by Friday, September 13. Click here for full “Show Us Your Scrubs” Instagram contest details and be sure to follow us at Instagram.com/MedicalSolutions.

We can’t wait to see all of your fly scrubs fashion and big, happy smiles. Say “cheese”!

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Medical Solutions Completes Integration with OA Nurse Travel

Medical Solutions co-founders Scott Anderson (left) and Dale Williams (right) celebrate the integration of OA Nurse Travel into Medical Solutions.

As of last weekend, OA Nurse Travel has officially become one with Medical Solutions.

Mazel tov, you two crazy kids!

We are super excited to move forward stronger than ever as a result of this union. With the combined forces of these two great organizations, Medical Solutions is bigger and better than ever, allowing us to provide our Travelers with even more jobs and locations to choose from.

Our high standard of service is one thing that won’t change. We look forward to continuing to deliver top-notch service to Travelers, working hard to advocate for their professional needs while also caring for every individual on a personal level.

After purchasing OA Nurse Travel in February 2013, our corporate team has been hard at work streamlining offices, technology, and procedures. Thanks so much everyone for the diligent efforts and rock-solid positivity throughout this process!

We are so excited to have retained amazing Travelers, Career Consultants, Client Managers, and other staff members from OA Nurse Travel. Bringing together people from the Omaha, San Diego, Cincinnati, and Tupelo offices has been a blast.

Thanks to all of our Travelers, Clients, and staff for taking this exciting leap forward with us. Here’s to the future!

 

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Happy Medical Solutions Travelers

One of our favorite things here at Medical Solutions is hearing from happy Travelers. Whether it’s that they love their unit and co-workers, or that they feel right at home in their new pad, that their pet is adjusting well to life on the road, or that they’ve just been on an awesome adventure nearby their latest assignment — we thrive on hearing stories and feedback from Travelers we are working with.

We consider our Travelers the heart of our organization and their satisfaction and, by extension, great patient care to be the endpoint of all we do. So when we see happy Medical Solutions travelers, we are happy.

Here’s what a few happy Medical Solutions travelers have to say about travel nursing and working with us:

Beth says that she’s been traveling for 3 years and absolutely loves it. She has gotten to see all kinds of places and had lots of adventures along the way. Beth’s a Traveler working in Interventional Radiology.

“From my first assignment in New York City, NY to San Francisco, CA, from Naples, FL to Fargo, ND and a lot of places in between… From repelling off Arches National Park, whitewater rafting down the Colorado River to Broadway Shows. This is the life.”

Tiffany, a Labor & Delivery Traveler, is having a great time getting to know her new co-workers and says she’s had “nothing but a positive experience with travel nursing.”

“I have been greatly welcomed by all staff members and my input means a great deal,” she continues. “I highly recommend travel nursing!!!!

Shawn, a Traveler in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, says, “I went to work for Medical Solutions through referral of a friend. I had been having [an] issue getting a company to really take me seriously. Sarah had me a job in 24 hours. It was great. I have been with them ever since.”

Want to join Beth, Tiffany, and Shawn, and get in on the fun? Then come on over and c’mon get happy. Get started with our fast app and check out some of our current jobs here.

 

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Let’s Get Festival!

One advantage to being a travel nurse is being in new, fun locations and being able to enjoy festivals and celebrations different from those you’re used to back home. Wherever in the world you are this August, we thought we’d share some fun festivals for you to enjoy nationwide before summer draws to a close:

Iowa State Fair, August 8-18, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa

They say “nothing compares” to the Iowa State Fair! This famous fest attracts more than a million folks every year with its music and comedy offerings, agriculture and industry expos, great eats (with 600+ concessionaires including 50+ foods on a stick!), art, demolition derby, parade, thriving midway, displays, exhibitions, and more. Whether participating or spectating, you’ll love the competitions galore, in areas like arm-wrestling, whistling, yodeling, yo-yoing, duck calling, beard growing, and many more — including the “best mullet” contest! And who could forget, the world-famous butter cow sculpture!

Elvis Week 2013, August 10-17, at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee

Over the week surrounding Elvis’ death fans of The King gather at Graceland to enjoy loads of Elvis impersonators and tribute artists, an Elvis trivia treasure hunt, screenings of films like “Aloha From Hawaii” and “Viva Las Vegas,” and even day-trips to Tupelo, Mississippi, where the man himself was born and reared. Enjoy all that Graceland offers year-round, plus all the extra festivities and a 100-vendor memorabilia fair nearby at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Outside Lands, Aug. 9-11, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

This fest celebrates music, food, wine, beer, and art. But in addition to that super fun spread, Outside Lands is known for being very eco-friendly in example and also through education. There is an entire “greening” section on the fest’s website featuring the Panhandle Solar Stage (completely powered by solar and alternative energy), a refillable water program, waste diversion, a farmers market by Full Belly Farm, urban gardening workshops, and more.

Burning Man, August 26-Sept. 2, near Gerlach in Black Rock Desert, Nevada

The idea of this festival is constructing a temporary city (dubbed Black Rock City) of tens of thousands of people all gathered together for a spontaneous celebration of “community, art self-expression, and self-reliance.” After one week everyone departs the desert leaving absolutely no physical trace. This year’s art theme for the atypical festival is “Cargo Cult.”

For more August festival fun across the U.S. consider some of these fun, festive affairs:

National Hot Air Balloon Classic, July 26-Aug. 3, Indianola, IA

Harlem Week, July 28-Aug. 24, Harlem, NY

North Carolina Watermelon Festival, July 30-Aug. 3, Murfreesboro, NC

Lollapalooza, Aug. 2-4, Chicago, IL

Virginia Highlands Festival, Aug. 2-11, Abingdon, VA

Rhode Island International Film Festival, Aug. 6-11, Newport, Rhode Island

Steamboat Wine Festival, Aug. 7-11, Steamboat Springs, CO

Tombstone Vigilante Days, Aug 9-10, Tombstone, AZ

Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival, Aug. 9-11, Toledo, Washington

DC Beer Week, Aug. 11-18, Washington, D.C.

Classic City BBQ Festival, Aug. 16-17, Athens, GA

Made in Hawaii Festival, Aug. 16-18, Honolulu, HI

Maha Music Festival, Aug. 17, Omaha, NE

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, Aug. 18, Kaneohe, HI

Washington State International Kite Festival, Aug. 19-25, Long Beach, WA

Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2, St. Paul, MN

New York State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2, Syracuse, NY

Alaska State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2, Palmer, AK

American Folk Festival, Aug. 23-25, Bangor, ME

Colorado State Fair, Aug. 23-Sept. 2, Pueblo, CO

Mason Dixon Frontier Festival, Aug. 24-25, Morris, PA

Ukrainian Festival, Aug. 28-31, McKees Rocks, PA

Southern Decadence Festival, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, New Orleans, LA

Electric Zoo Electronic Music Fest, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, New York, NY

North Carolina Apple Festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Hendersonville, NC

Bumbershoot Music & Art Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Seattle, WA

 

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Career Consultant Greg Allen in Healthcare Traveler Magazine

Our very own Senior Career Consultant, Greg Allen, was an expert source for an article in the July 2013 issue of Healthcare Traveler magazine. Yay, Greg!

The piece was called “Choosing the Right Staffing Firm,” with a subhead reading “When travelers are scouting assignments, the best recruiting firm relationships begin with communication.” Greg was a fantastic source for the piece, as communication and relationship building are two areas that he is truly an expert in. In fact, these are two areas that all of our Career Consultants work to excel at.

In the article Greg stresses the importance of a timely response time from a Career Consultant, adding that even if he gets a question he doesn’t immediately know the answer to he will reply right away anyway, just to let his Traveler know that he got their message and is on the case. This approach has won him the favor of people like Susan Pruitt, RN, one of Greg’s Travelers who was also quoted in the piece. She has been with Greg for three years and commends him on his excellent service.

Greg talks service before, during, and after an assignment. If someone is new to traveling and unsure exactly how they’d like to proceed, Greg works with them to “help them weigh their pros and cons” and narrow down to the best experience for them. Concerns at this stage, he says, often include “finding new and interesting challenges, increasing earnings, and venturing into different parts of the country.”

Once an RN is on assignment, Greg can help troubleshoot any unexpected on-the-job issues, like incomplete orientation, unfamiliar computer systems, higher than expected nurse to patient ratios, and more. Bottom line: “We encourage our Travelers to call us any time for any reason,” he tells Healthcare Traveler.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of working with Greg, who’s been with us since 2008, you already know that he is one of the best of the best here at Medical Solutions. He is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in the industry, which makes him a fantastic advocate for his Travelers. But even beyond all of his experience and industry savvy, Greg is a downright super nice guy! Always willing to chat and eager to help in any way he can, Greg is definition “Service That Inspires.”

Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Greg! Read the full article featuring Greg here.

 

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Best Travel Nursing Agency Blogs

Best Travel Nurse AgenciesWe’re #1, we’re #1!! At least, according to GuoTime, a website that’s “all about finding the best niche blogs and experts who can address people’s problems and needs.” The website looks for blogs with great, experience-specific content and matches them with their target audience. In a June 2013 post titled “Best travel nursing blogs for traveling nurses and (aspiring) R.N.” they’ve named Medical Solutions as the number one of the best travel nursing agency blogs.

Our blog is praised for its wealth of up-to-date information and they call Medical Solutions “the best in the business” and point out that it’s a company obviously run by passionate people. Man, they really have us pegged!

The post begins, “The subject of ‘travel nursing’ piqued my interest when my best friend’s wife took a series of travel nursing jobs as RN (registered nurse). It’s obviously one of the fastest growing job segments. However, many related websites come across a bit information-overloaded and too salesy. As an introduction to travel nursing, this article attempts to include key information, making it easier for job hunters, aspiring travel nurses to find relevant travel nursing information in one place.

There’s a lot of great other info on the page about some non-agency blogs related to travel nursing: Highway Hypodermics, The Gypsy Nurse, Travel Nursing Blogs, and The Nerdy Nurse. Also, the post has a really great introduction about what travel nursing is — good information for current or aspiring travel nurses. It also includes some travel nursing stats and demographics, as well as a handy infograph on “Top Travel-friendly Facilities for Nurses.”

Anyway, we’d like to thank the academy, and … thanks so much to all of YOU for reading. We really strive to provide quality info for our Travelers as well as those who are curious about travel nursing in general. We are proud to be recognized as number one of the best travel nursing agency blogs! Please let us know in the comments why you like this blog and/or anything we can do to make it better for our readers.

 

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Fourth of July Safety Guide for Travel Nurses

The Fourth of July is almost here, but the spirit is already upon us with smokebombs billowing from backyards and black cats cracking on street corners. If you’re working on and around the Fourth — especially in the ER — you’ll probably see increased traffic and some common injury trends. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s summer 2012 study of firework injuries, there were more than 5000 firework injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth (June 22-July 22) with an average of 200 people daily visiting the ER because of them. Check out CPSC’s great infograph here. Fingers and hands are the most vulnerable, accounting for 41% of firework injuries. Next are heads, faces and ears; torsos; legs; and eyes. More than half of 2012 firework injuries were burns. Men were three times as likely as women to be injured by fireworks and almost a quarter of injuries were in the 25-44 age range.

Whether you’ll be working or playing this upcoming 4th of July holiday we wish you all a safe, happy holiday. Here are some Fourth of July survival tips for you to share with friends, family, and patients — to help them keep all their digits and stay out of your unit!

Grill Safety

Appoint one person “The Grillmaster.” (Very often they will self-appoint!) That way someone is specifically responsible for minding the grill at all times and paying attention to avoid danger.

Use good common sense when positioning your grill and keep it away from other objects. A deck, garage, shed, or house aflame makes for a lousy firework! Consult your manual if you’re unsure.

Have a fire extinguisher on hand juuuust in case.

Firework Safety

Try to leave fireworks displays to the pros. Even the seemingly mild sparkler burns at more than 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause third-degree burns. But if you must do them yourself …

Just say “no” to illegal or homemade fireworks. All 6 reported firework-related deaths in 2012 involved them. DIY is great for many projects, but it’s not a good approach when it comes to explosive materials.

Never pick up a firework after it’s been lit and never try to relight or even pick up a “dud,” it could still be active. Instead, wait 20 minutes and soak in water. Keep a few pails of water around.

Sun & Hydration

Always wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy, and make sure it’s full- or broad-spectrum so it protects from UVA and UVB light. Reapply often, especially if you are sweating a lot or swimming.

Be shady: Umbrellas, trees, hats, sunglasses, and other such shade-providers are your friends and keep you free from the awful possibility of sunstroke.

Hit the H2O hard! You’re out in the sun, you may be drinking alcohol; staying hydrated is super important to your health and you’ll feel better and have more fun when you drink plenty of water.

Remember, the red-white-&-blue celebration may be held on the fourth, but it’s important that safety comes first. Have a great holiday, everyone!

 

 

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