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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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5 Important Qualities for Travel Nurses

What qualities do you need to be successful as a travel nurse?

Travel nurses must have all of the great qualities of perm staff — plus. In order to provide great patient care you have to be in excellent professional standing plus have some more essential qualities. Most of these will benefit any nurse, but they are especially crucial qualities for travel nurses. Agencies and hospitals look specifically for nurses who have these traits. Here are 5 important qualities for travel nurses to master:

Experienced

Before you hit the road you’ll need at least 1 year hospital experience; some facilities prefer 2. The most important thing is that you feel you have the experience needed to be successful as a Traveler. Remember that your career is a long-term project and you want to situate yourself as well as possible. Don’t rush into it if you are not prepared. Lay a good foundation for yourself.

Positive Outlook

Positivity and an “attitude if gratitude” can go so far when you’re traveling. A positive travel nurse can actually impact the perm staff’s attitude, creating a better environment for all. And one silver lining, you can always find as a travel nurse is that even if you are unhappy or just not clicking at a job, your contract isn’t forever!

Good Communicator

While good communication is an asset for all nurses, travel nurses are regularly dealing with new people, coworkers and superiors. This makes it especially key for you to be able to express yourself (and also listen to others) in a way that makes for constructive communication. Being a good listener, a level-headed speaker, and adaptable to the communication styles of others will serve you well on the road.   

Flexibility

You’re expected to be able to enter your hospital and immediately hit the ground running. Orientation is extremely short, so you must be able to quickly adapt to a new facility and work very flexibly within the established system there.

Reliability

Travel nurses fill a marked need in a facility and so hospitals need to really be able to count on you to show up for your job, be dependable on a daily basis, and see the entire contract through. You’re an unproven entity when you start at a new hospital. Prove how awesome and helpful you are and you enhance your personal reputation along with the rep of travel nursing in general.

Besides these 5 important qualities for travel nurses, are there any other traits you see as especially helpful?

 

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Best Spots for Summer Travel Nurse Assignments

Ah, those lazy, hazy days of summer. Well, maybe not quite lazy for hardworking Travel Nurses on summer contracts. You may have to work, but you want to enjoy the fairer season too. Luckily, populations in need of healthcare tend to flock to great summer states creating a need for Travel Nurses to follow. So what are some of the best spots for a summer Travel Nurse assignment?

North Carolina

The Tar Heel State has it all. From mountain-nestled, arts-centric Asheville in the west all the way east to Cape Hatteras and NC’s beautiful beach scene. Hop on the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, known as one of the U.S.’s most scenic drives — 469 miles through the Appalachian Mountains, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Shenandoah Skyline Drive. Along whatever portion of the drive you take there are great stop-off points, from Mount Mitchell (the eastern U.S.’s highest peak) to scattered quaint towns with excellent Carolina BBQ. Beat the summer heat at Linville Caverns where you can explore the inside of a mountain and the temp is a cool 52 degrees year-round. Thirsty for more? Visit New Bern, NC, the birthplace of Pepsi. Click here to view North Carolina jobs.

 

Arizona

Summer in the desert can be a sweaty affair, but Arizona has so much going it for it that with the modern wonder of A/C, the classic wonder of cold iced tea, and all the fun in store you won’t mind the heat. There’s actually a lot of aquatic fun to be had here in the desert, from Lake Havasu (known as “Arizona’s playground”) to Salt River (famous for its tubing trips) to fishing hub Lake Pleasant. A summer here practically requires you visit the Grand Canyon, one of America’s most amazing natural wonders. On the city side, visit the many museums, shops, sporting events and other attractions of Phoenix’s metropolitan hub. Arizona is also world-famous for its spas so you can relax there in style. And, Arizona’s brilliant sunsets are at their prettiest in summer months. Kick back after a hard day’s work and gaze at the orange-purple-pink sky splendor. Click here to view Arizona jobs.

 

Washington

If you prefer a slightly cooler climate, Washington State is a great bet for a summer contract. The Evergreen State boasts that iconic Pacific Northwest outdoor beauty, from Mount Rainier to Olympic National Park, and beyond. Use the ferry system to visit the various island communities off the coast, enjoying the journey across the magnificent Puget Sound. Seattle has it all when it comes to culture, concerts, sports, shops, restaurants. Spend a lazy day perusing the famous Pike Street Market and feast on some of the country’s best seafood. Don’t forget the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Gasworks Park, and various botanical gardens, arboretums and museums like the hip Experience Music Project and the Museum of Flight. Click here to view Washington jobs.

 

Georgia

The South is so much fun in the summer and there’s a reason why folks have Georgia on their minds. Atlanta offers big city excitement and a host of metropolitan attractions as well as being home to great athletics like the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Thrashers, and, for racing fans, the Atlanta Motor Speedway, host to NASCAR, Friday Night Drags, car shows, and other races. As for the outdoors, Stone Mountain is the most popular destination with camping, amusement park rides, golf, a Swiss-style cable car skyride, historic tours, museums, a scenic railroad and more. Georgia’s landscape is also great for growing grapes and the state is dotted with wineries. Don’t forget to savor the simple pleasure of a perfectly ripe Georgia summer peach. . Click here to view Georgia jobs.

 

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Nurses Who Serve, We Salute You!

We hope you all had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. The holiday got me thinking about all of the brave, talented nurses who serve our country, and the many who have done so throughout history. They’re sort of the original travel nurses — going wherever their help and services are most needed to serve their country. Nurses who serve, we salute you!

Check out these links to stories about nurses who served from around the web. (Quick note: Historically, of course, nurses were mainly women and so these histories reflect that. We’re glad that nowadays the profession is open to all!)

 

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Introducing Medical Solutions Advanced Practice

We are elated to announce the addition of Advanced Practice staffing services to the already strong Medical Solutions family!

With this addition, we now have a niche for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who want to apply for travel jobs with the help of our network of expert Career Consultants. Your skills are in high demand, allowing you lots of opportunity to travel the country while building your resumé and earning great pay and benefits.

Medical Solutions is one of the nation’s top travel companies, and we continue to grow because we take so much pride in serving our Travelers. We care about our Travelers as people, not just numbers, and serve to collaborate with each of them in planning, preparing for and achieving their individual career goals. We offer this personalized career-planning relationship along with top-notch in-house housing services, paid licensure, ever-present support staff and competitive benefits and pay.

Please visit our Medical Solutions Advanced Practice site to learn more about the exciting travel opportunities we have available for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Welcome! We’re so glad you could join us.

 

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Happy Nurses Week to our Fabulous Travelers!

Join us as we celebrate this year’s Nurses Week, May 6-12, in grand Las Vegas style. Roll the dice on one of our daily Vegas-themed contests for your chance to win prizes such as iPad Minis, 3-piece luggage sets, gift cards galore, and even a trip for two to Las Vegas in October to attend the 2013 Travelers Conference.

Make sure to get in on all the sin city fun with these entertaining daily Facebook contests: RN Roulette Sweepstakes, “Let’s See Your Poker Face” Photo Contest, Hunka Hunka Caption Contest, “Viva Las Vegas” Trivia Game, and the “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” Instant Win Game. This year each contest will have two winners daily, so you can participate no matter which shift you’re on!

Career Consultants will be circulating details on how to win some of these great prizes, along with regular updates on all of the festivities. More details are available at We Love Our Nurses.com.

We also present Nurses of Tomorrow, our second annual scholarship competition, in honor of Nurses Week. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate nursing students in need of a little financial relief on their paths to becoming part of the next wave of skilled nurses, leaders, and educators, and easing the nursing shortage. Applicants will be judged on several criteria, including a 250-word essay answering the question: “What do you feel are the most important components needed for quality nursing care?” Three lucky winners will receive $1000 scholarships. Be sure to share this great opportunity with aspiring nurses you may know. For the full criteria and fine print on the competition, click here. Applications are due by June 6, 2013. 

At Medical Solutions we like make a BIG deal this time of year, because recognizing and honoring hardworking nurses is a VERY BIG deal to us. Thanks so much for all you do!

 

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