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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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8 Exciting Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

8 Exciting Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Hooray, it’s almost autumn! Where do you want to spend this beautiful fall season? Check out these 8 exciting fall locations for Travel Nursing jobs for inspiration!

I hope that you’re squeezing the last bits of goodness out of summer 2016, with the anticipation of a beautiful new fall season looming on the horizon. As the leaves prepare to change colors, we also prepare to change up our wardrobes and ways — football and fall TV hit the airwaves, sweaters hit the racks, chili hits the stove, pumpkin spice everything hits everywhere you can imagine, and festive fall holidays line up in the distance.

So, where will you spend your leaf peeping, boot wearing, hot cider drinking days this magical fall season? To help inspire you to fall for an awesome location this autumn, we suggest these 8 exciting fall locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Oregon
Oregon in Fall

Oregon is famous for its fiery fall foliage.

The Beaver State is known for colorful fall foliage that spectacularly pops against a background of dark evergreen. From the fiery hues of Portland’s picture-perfect Japanese Gardens to the abundant golden Aspen leaves studding the leash-free hike to Tumalo Falls (that’s right, dog lovers!), fall is one of Oregon’s best looks. Autumn is also a great time to visit the well-known Cannon Beach — AKA the famously rock-studded beach from The Goonies! The harvest is bountiful, the days are sunny, and the nights are crisp — the perfect backdrop for hiking, biking, rafting, camping, fall drives, train rides and other adventures that let you escape the city. Winos will love touring Oregon’s South Willamette Valley wineries and craft beer connoisseurs will appreciate Portland’s Bike and Brew Tour.

Click here to find Travel Nurse jobs in Oregon.

 

Apple barrel with leaves

Pennsylvania has more fall festivals than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!

Pennsylvania

The Keystone State loves a good fall festival. Get your fall apple fix at the annual Applefest in Franklin or go one step further at Canton’s yearly Apple ‘n Cheese Festival. Celebrate the fungus among us at the annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” If you’re hungry for more be sure to check out Philadelphia’s Philly Cheesesteak Festival, a celebration of the cheesy, meaty masterpiece of a sandwich that the City of Brotherly Love is so loved for! While you digest, you can take in historic sites like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Gettysburg Museum and National Cemetery. If art’s your thing, you’ll love the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. Whisk yourself away to the beautiful Poconos and keep New York and other east coast hotspots in mind for future fall getaways!

Click here for Pennsylvania Travel Nurse jobs.

 

Iowa fall road

From Zombie Burger, to Hawkeyes games, to beautiful country drives, Iowa is an iconic fall destination.

Iowa

You may have missed the famous Iowa State Fair, but don’t fret. There are plenty of autumn activities to keep you busy in The Hawkeye State. College football is a popular fall tradition, so you might want to experience a proper tailgate in Ames or Iowa City before cheering the home team to victory. Adventurers will want to make the trek to Iowa’s picturesque outdoor areas, like Waubonsie State Park, Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, Maquoketa Caves State Park, and Pikes Peak State Park. Iowa also boasts a lot of wonderfully quirky destinations, like the Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk in Riverside and West Bend’s Grotto of the Redemption. The Halloween season is the perfect backdrop for visiting the Villisca Axe Murder House, the scene of unsolved murders in the early 1900s and now rumored to be a real-life haunted house. You can also pass the time until “The Walking Dead” returns this fall by dining at the aptly named Zombie Burger restaurant in Des Moines!

Click here to explore Iowa Travel Nurse jobs.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall

Virginia is for *fall* lovers who’d be in heaven driving the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in autumn.

Virginia

You know what they say, “Virginia is for Lovers.” Fall lovers that is! Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and experience one of the most beautiful autumn drives in the nation. 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.

Click here to check out Travel Nurse jobs in Virginia.

 

Dawn in the Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA.

Wake up to gorgeous Tennessee sights like the Smoky Mountains in fall!

Tennessee

The Volunteer State is famous for vibrant fall hues throughout the Great Smoky Mountains, that eventually give way to mild winters. Music-lovers can take in a show at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry or explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum there. Fans of the “Smoky Mountain Songbird” AKA “Backwoods Barbie” AKA Dolly Parton, will definitely want to make the trip to Pigeon Forge for a visit to Dollywood. Over in Memphis, audiophiles can make the famous pilgrimage to Elvis Presley’s home-turned-museum, Graceland, and catch some current tunes down on Beale Street. Speaking of Memphis, Tennessee is home to some of the country’s best barbecue, which comes in traditional form like ribs, brisket, and pulled pork but also branches out to incorporate barbecue pizza, nachos, and spaghetti!

Click here for Tennessee Travel Nursing jobs.

 

Bixby Creek Bridge on Highway #1 at the US West Coast traveling south to Los Angeles

California has a bit of everything for everyone in the fall.

California

While California is truly an all-season champ of a state, it’s still no slouch when it comes to fall colors. In fact, because of the state’s geographic diversity, various parts of Cali see fall colors from August all the way through December! Fall in The Golden State brings an abundant harvest, so there are tons of great food festivals celebrating delicious delights like apples, avocados, eggplant, olives, pumpkins, almonds, grapes, and more. Speaking of grapes, a fall trip to Napa is always a great way to check out the winemaking experience in its full, harvest swing. Napa Valley is also known for some of California’s most colorful fall foliage from late September to late November. The fall weather in southern California is beautifully mild and all the hotspots like Los Angeles and San Diego beckon year-round. If you’re the type that’s not into a traditional fall, make like a local and hit up San Diego’s less-crowded beaches all the way into October!

Click here to explore California Travel Nurse jobs.

 

"Atlanta skyline from Piedmont park. Anonymous people playing frisbee. Shallow depth of field focusing on tree in the foreground, keeping people anonymous."

If Georgia’s on your mind, you’re in for a spectacular fall season!

Georgia      

You’ll want to make it down to The Peach State in time for its famous annual Oktoberfest in the adorably picturesque Bavarian town of Helen. Foodies will be in heaven at events like October’s Taste of Atlanta and November’s Savannah Food and Wine Festival. A milder climate allows for great weather for hiking and biking in the beautiful Georgia Mountains, and, speaking of mountains, the popular, multi-faceted Stone Mountain Park hosts events and has select activities open throughout fall! Sports fans enjoying a fall assignment in Atlanta can watch the Braves wind down their season and the Falcons wind theirs up! There’s also a wealth of shopping, museums, dining, and sights to explore in Atlanta. Fall is also the perfect backdrop for another fabulous Georgia city, Savannah, which is said to be chock-full of haunted places and offers ample ghost tours!

Click here to find Georgia Travel Nurse jobs.

 

harvested pumpkins in wagon

Texas is a great state to get your fall pumpkin and football fix while also enjoying warm temps!

Texas

The Lone Star State is a vast playground to explore and fall is a great time to enjoy perfect Texas temps in the high 70s/low 80s. Perhaps no state is more into its football than Texas, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch some games — whether that’s under the local high school’s Friday Night Lights, watching one of the state’s many division one college teams, or even catching the big league Dallas Cowboys on their home turf. You may be living like a local, but don’t be shy to get your tourist time on at one of Texas’ many historic, beautiful, or otherwise significant sites like the Alamo, San Antonio Riverwalk, Six Flags, Houston Space Center, Padre Island, Austin’s many music districts, and much, much more!

Click here to see Texas Travel Nurse jobs.
Did we leave out your dream location? Not to worry! Click here to choose your own adventure and search Travel Nursing jobs by title, specialty, and/or state.

 

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Meet Us in Las Vegas for TravCon 2016!

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

The Medical Solutions crew can’t wait to see you in Vegas for TravCon this September!

We’ve been singing “Viva Las Vegas” around the Medical Solutions office lately as we gear up for Travelers Conference 2016!

That’s right, THE annual conference for traveling healthcare professionals is coming up September 25-27, 2016, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the famous Las Vegas Strip. It’s the place to be, so you know Medical Solutions will be there — and we hope you will be too!

In its ninth year, Travelers Conference will once again offer you the opportunity to meet and network with fellow Travelers and reps from agencies nationwide, while also earning CEUs and learning more about the industry.

This year’s sessions will cover topics including:

  • What to pack
  • The submittal process
  • Contract negotiation
  • Finding a recruiter with integrity
  • Tax fundamentals for traveling healthcare professionals

Travelers Conference There’s also a Newbie Boot Camp, Medical Spanish Intensive (back this year by popular demand), and so much more!

Medical Solutions will once again be bringing you a very special TravCon experience — with prizes to boot — so be sure to stop by our booth if you make the trip to this year’s conference!

With a $109 price tag (until September 1, 2016, when the rate rises to $125), what do you have to lose? If nothing else, you’ll have an awesome weekend in Vegas — the fun capital of the world — and we’re pretty sure you’ll also benefit from the networking opportunities, learn new things, and make some great new friends.

Whether we’ll be meeting you for the first time or we’re tried and true buds already, our team definitely wants to be friends! So don’t forget to stop by the Medical Solutions booth for fun, games, prizes, friend-making, and more.

Do you want to meet us in Las Vegas for TravCon? Click here to learn more and to get registered for this year’s big event!

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Congrats to June 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Patricia Travel Nurse

Congrats to our June Traveler of the Month, Patricia O., pictured her with her dog, Chinook, and her youngest son, Eric.

Many thanks and congrats to the June 2016 Traveler of the Month, Patricia “Trish” O., and also our Rising Star winner, Kelly T.!

Traveler of the Month Trish is an RN specializing in Geriatrics, who also has experience in Rehab and Med Surg. She works with Career Consultant Aaron B. and is currently on assignment in central Nebraska — her favorite location so far in her career.

“I like the town; it’s not too big or too small and has a lot to offer,” says Trish, who’s been in nursing since age 16, an RN since her late 30s, and traveling for three and a half years.

“I really enjoy seeing different states and meeting new people,” she says. “I also like learning new things in the nursing field as they come along.”

Trish traveled with her significant other, Larry, until he sadly passed away in June 2016.

“I have since gotten a dog, an Alaskan Husky, and we travel together now. She is great company,” says the uber-strong Trish of her pretty pup, Chinook.

She says her focus in nursing is “just to take care of people and hope I make a difference.” In her free time, Trish likes to crochet and write stories — she hopes to get a story published one day!

She advises new Travelers to soak up as much info as they can in their assignments.

“One thing that I’ve found works for me in my travels, is to make the unit I am on mine,” she says. “I learn everything I can about the unit, the workings, policies, everything, so when a patient asks a question I can answer them thoughtfully instead of just saying ‘I’m only a Traveler and I don’t know.’ I’m willing to learn anything they’re willing to teach me — instead of saying, ‘I’m just a Traveler and I don’t need to know that.’ I just like to learn and no one is too old to learn anything. I feel I learn something new every day and it’s great!”

Thank you so much for your insight and wonderful service, Trish!

Travel Nurse Kelly T

Congrats to Rising Star, Kelly T., pictured here with cutie-pie pup, Cocoa.

Rising Star Kelly is an RN/CEN specializing in ER who’s been in nursing for 31 years and traveling since 2002. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Julie F. and she’s currently on assignment in South Dakota.

“I travel with my husband Ray, who is retired from the state of Texas, and my seven-month-old Chihuahua, Cocoa,” says Kelly.

Her favorite location so far in her travel career has been central California, because she had the benefit of working in a great facility and was close to Yosemite National Park and the Sierras.

Travel Nurse Kelly T

Kelly, Ray, and Cocoa rule the road in this awesome fifth wheel!

“Travel Nursing is like a working vacation,” says Kelly. “You have time to explore everything in the area you work.”

That’s an extra special bonus for Kelly, whose hobby is genealogy.

“I love photographing old tombstones and I’ve photographed over 65,000 tombstones across the U.S.,” she says. “I post them online to free sites so others can find their ancestors and it helps to preserve history.”

Kelly offers solid advice for new and aspiring Travel Nurses.

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do — follow their policies and procedures and do things how they do it,” she says. “Be flexible.”

Great advice, Kelly!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions June 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Trish and Kelly, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

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 maybe 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: Zika Virus Update

Zika Virus in USA

What’s the latest Zika buzz? This month’s Clinical Corner will help keep you educated on the Zika virus and keep yourself and your patients as safe as possible!

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

Clinical Corner gave you a Zika update way back in February. Unfortunately, the virus has since spread and the CDC has new information about Zika. We always try to stay on top of current public health crises and state the facts from trustworthy sources.

The CDC has issued a travel warning for Florida. Pregnant women and couples trying to become pregnant are advised to not travel to Miami. Local mosquitos have become infected and are spreading Zika in Miami. As of now, Zika-infected mosquitos are confined to a specific neighborhood, but that could change. The Florida government, FEMA, CDC, and other government agencies are doing their best to contain the virus but there is still a chance it will spread.

Zika has been linked to birth defects, specifically microcephaly, as well as neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome. Though most people will still experience no to mild symptoms, pregnant women and fetuses are still most at risk when it comes to the Zika virus.

It has also since been confirmed that Zika is spread by sexual contact. It’s especially important that you use protection if you or your partner have been in any areas facing a Zika outbreak. Individuals infected by Zika can still spread the virus long after their symptoms have subsided. CDC recommends, for couples where either partner has been infected, that women wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms and men wait at least 6 months after symptoms before trying to conceive.

We will continue to monitor the Zika virus in the event of it spreading and always give you the facts. We want our nurses to be informed in case any patients you take care of have Zika and, as always, we want YOU to be as safe as possible!

Here are a few more resources to help you stay educated on the Zika virus:

  • If you are in the Florida area, the CDC released a new update here.
  • Click here for a map showing all areas effected by a Zika outbreak.
  • To see the plan for Zika the CDC has put forth, you can read the full interim plan by clicking here.
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Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Winners for 2016

Congrats Isabelle!

Congrats, Isabelle L.!

Let’s hear it for Medical Solutions’ Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship winners for 2016!

The lucky and hardworking nurse scholars who aced this year’s competition are:

  • Katherine W., Junior, UNMC College of Nursing in Nebraska
  • Isabelle L., Senior, Alma College in Michigan
  • Katelyn S., Junior, Concordia University in Wisconsin

Medical Solutions hosts the Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest as part of our annual Nurses Week celebration. We believe this is an important way for us to help support the nursing pipeline in the face of a national nurse shortage and ensure the development of the next generation of nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators.

In addition to other scholarship criteria, each entrant wrote a 250-word essay answering the question: “How do you feel that being a Nurse will change your perspective on life?”

Medical Solutions received SO many amazing entries — thank you to everyone who entered! In the end, our team of judges determined that Katherine, Isabelle, and Katelyn were at the head of the class. Here are their awesome essays.

Congrats, Katherine W.!

Congrats, Katherine W.!

“When I began nursing, I thought I knew what compassion was. Compassion is a nice word and the word prompted me to envision Clara Barton mopping up the bloody wounds of a union soldier. But now I see that compassion runs far deeper. Compassion is treating the patient calling you every name in the book with respect and dignity. Compassion is answering the call light that just went off even though you haven’t sat down all day. Compassion is taking the time to talk with your patient diagnosed with a terminal illness. Compassion is loving in the face of difficulty and sacrificing the needs of oneself for the sake of another. Not only has nursing redefined the meaning of compassion for me, it has taught me so much about how great the impact of ones’ actions can be. Who would have known that a respectful bed bath is able to provide a person with dignity? Who would have known that a nurse’s confidence and knowledge would reassure a patient frightened to their wit’s end? Who would have known that the nurses’ smile would be a person’s last memory before they pass away? It is both a privilege and a responsibility that nurses are in a prime position to have an enormous impact on the lives of those around them. Nursing is redefining what I thought I knew about life. Nursing changes the way I view the world. Nursing changes the nurse forever.” — Katherine W.

“Nearing the end of my studies, my exposure to nursing has changed my perspective on a number of practical things: I can now hold my pee longer than any human should and obsessively make beds with hospital corners, even at home when I don’t need to. Triviality aside, nursing has made monumental and fundamental changes to the way I perceive life. I thought I knew what love was, yet what I knew as love cannot compare to the emotion I’ve seen in a woman, back bent with advanced age, saying goodbye to her only sister. Companions since birth, she reassures her sister it’s OK to go, with the faith that they’ll both be OK. I thought I knew what it was to be fearless. But in truth, I have only begun to understand what it is to be unafraid, whether it’s of blood, vomit, or finding the courage to care for an individual in need of compassion and understanding as much as nursing expertise. I thought I already knew what it was to be an advocate, yet my experience of nursing has shown me the fierceness needed when advocating for patients, as well as for myself. I thought I understood gratitude. This profession will show me great sorrow, and sometimes great joy. How can I not be grateful for all of my advantages: good health, education, a supportive family? Nursing has and will make me wise beyond my years. It will make me a more committed and compassionate individual.” — Isabelle L.

Congrats, Katelyn S.!

Congrats, Katelyn S.!

“Laryngotracheobronchitis. Epistaxis. Easy medical terminology, right? But define this term: servant leadership. Sure, check my giant nursing textbooks but I am fairly certain servant leadership will not be mentioned. It is not a body part or pathological process, but rather, the simple yet significant philosophy that is transforming into the core of not only my nursing education and career, but my life. In the rawest form, servant leadership means putting other’s needs above mine. It embraces selfless caring and a dedicated attitude of compassion to fuel the vigilant care I provide. However, the real challenge rises as servant leadership carries me from clinics into communities where I can make a positive impact daily. I see servant leadership guiding how I treat my neighbors, friends, family, and even individuals who are deeply difficult to care for. Committing to servant leadership will change my life perspective as I move beyond listening not just to heart and lung sounds, but auscultating patient’s unspoken needs. Sadly, these needs are not easily met. To nurse leaders, holistic care means considering abuse, poverty, racism, addiction, malnutrition, and depression as broken parts of individuals that need just as much care as a broken bone. In my future as a nurse, I feel called to alleviate these tragedies like never before. Even when the only treatment available is my smile, my hand to hold, my shoulder to cry on, or better yet, a selfless presence. I thrive off the purpose nursing has and will give my life. — Katelyn S.

Congrats to Katherine, Isabelle, and Katelyn, our Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship winners for 2016!

As we wait for Nurses Week and the scholarship to roll back around on the calendar, aspiring nurses and Travel Nurses to be are welcome to visit YOUniversity.MedicalSolutions.com, where we offer you all kinds of resources, info, and fun that can help you unlock the wide, wonderful world of Travel Nursing!

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Congrats to May 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Donna F May 2016 Traveler of the Month

Congrats to our awesome Traveler of the Month for May 2016, Donna F.!

Many thanks and congrats to the May 2016 Traveler of the Month, Donna F., and also our Rising Star winner, Therese C.!

Traveler of the Month Donna is an RN specializing in Cardiac, who’s been in nursing for 15 years and traveling since fall of 2015. She’s currently located in Missouri and works with Career Consultant Jennifer S.

Donna’s favorite location so far has been an awesome facility in central Virginia.

“They treated me like family and the area was beautiful,” she says.

“My husband travels with me,” says Donna. “He takes care of everything while I am working. I could not do this without his support!”

Donna keeps plenty busy between her nursing career and school — she’s also a full-time student in graduate school for FNP.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is that I get paid to go on vacation,” says Donna. “We pick a location and instead of cramming all the sightseeing into a few short days, we get 13 weeks to explore.”

This rock star nurse offers the following tips for new Travelers:

“ENJOY! Your assignment is what you make of it, take the time to explore, don’t get so wrapped up in work … Travelers have the best job in the world!”

Thank you, Donna!

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Congrats to our amazing Rising Star for May 2016, Therese C., pictured here with her buddy Dexter.

Rising Star Therese is a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist who’s been in the Cath Lab for three years. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Jackie S.

Therese liked her first Travel Nurse assignment in Oakland, California so much that she decided to extend. She’s also a fan of Florida.

“I travel with my toy poodle, Dexter. He’s made it a lot more difficult to find housing, but totally worth having him here with me — a companion in a new world,” says Therese.

Medical Solutions is always happy to help you find pet-friendly housing, Therese and Dexter!

Therese enjoys the perspective on life, locations, and colleagues that Travel Nursing offers her.

“So far my favorite thing about traveling is being able to see different places, how people do things, and just the similarities in personalities at each location,” she says.

Here are Therese’s tips for Travelers:

1. “Drive to your location, because two suitcases are just not enough! Plus, a rental car for 13+ weeks is incredibly expensive.”

2. “When you agree to an assignment get the number of required called days in writing.”

3. “Talk to other Travelers, there is so much you just don’t know.”

Great advice, Therese!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions May 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Donna and Therese, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

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

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Clinical Corner: How to Avoid Common Summer Injuries

Man with grill fire

This Grill is on Fy-ahhh! And not in the good way … be sure to keep all sources of fire in check this summer.

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

We’re right in the thick of the sweltering summer season. This means pool parties, bicycling, margaritas, hiking, camping, boating, and, of course, the occasional injury. In fact, July is the most dangerous month, according to the Department of Labor. These injuries range from common minor injuries such as sunburns to more serious injuries like heat stroke. You spend such a large portion of your life taking care of others’ health, but don’t forget to take the time to take care of YOU, too! Here are some tips on how to avoid common summer injuries this year:

1. Sunburns

This one is easy, yet often overlooked. Use sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Up that SPF depending on how long you will spend outside and how fair your skin is. And if you’ll be taking a dip, I recommend following this wise rhyme: “Don’t be shy, reapply!”

2. Strains and Sprains

The most common injury ever! Avoid overexerting yourself and wear proper clothing and footwear for the activity you are doing.

Sun protection woman

Don’t Be Shy, Reapply! Choose your SPF wisely and slather up to avoid sunburns.

3. Fire

Everyone likes fire until it gets out of control. Only start fires in fire pits that are not close to any dry brush. Keep a fire deterrent such as a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher near.

4. Lawn Mowers 

Be sure whatever you are mowing is clear or any debris that could be thrown by the lawnmower blades. Make sure nothing is in the way of your mower and never mess with it unless you are sure that it is turned off.

5. Dehydration

If you are outside and active, you need to be drinking 6 ounces of water every 15 minutes. Normally women need about 2.2 liters and men need about 3 liters of water a day. If you’re outdoors and sweating (or glistening) then you need to up your water game. Remember alcohol will make you more dehydrated, so be sure you’re drinking water in between those beers!

6. Bug Bites

woman drinks water

Water, Water, Everywhere! Be sure to stay hydrated in the face of hot temps and increased outdoor activity.

Unfortunately, summer means bugs are back. Avoid mosquitos and ticks by using insect repellant and covering up with breathable long-sleeved clothes. Keep an eye on any bug bites you happen to receive and if you have a “bulls-eye” bug bite, see your doctor immediately.

7. “Hold My Beer” Moments

If anyone says that phrase or any phrase like it, do not let that person do whatever it is they are planning on doing. “Hold my beer” is usually said before someone tries to ride a skateboard off a roof, launch their car over a pool, or light up 30 fireworks at the same time. While the end results can be pretty rad, the chances of someone getting injured are exceptionally high and some risks should never be taken.

Summer can be a load of fun but can also be dangerous. Be sure you’re being safe no matter what activity you’re doing and always be aware of your surroundings. Trust your gut instincts! Be safe and enjoy the rest of your summer.

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Join Rally, Earn Free Gift Cards!

UHC RallyAs a Medical Solutions Traveler, one of your many benefits is access to health insurance through United Healthcare — starting at just $15 a week for a basic, single policy. I’m a United Healthcare user myself, and recently discovered a really cool program called Rally, which United Healthcare offers all their insurance users. In the past two months, I’ve earned $100 in gift cards through this free program, so needless to say, I am big fan. Read on to learn about all the perks that come with United Healthcare’s Rally Program and how you too can get free gift cards!

To join Rally, simply log in to your UHC account at UHC.com, then click the Rally ad in the slider or the tab that reads “Rally Health Survey” to get started.

UHC Rally

UHC offers Rally, and Medical Solutions offers Travelers UHC insurance starting at just $15 per week for a single, basic policy!

Once you’re all signed up, you can get a free $25 gift card right away for completing a quick health survey that offers you personalized tips on how to achieve your optimum health. You can also earn gift cards for doing a healthcare cost estimate and completing three Missions (more on Missions below). Because we all have our own preferences, Rally lets you choose your gift card from a TON of retailers, including Amazon, Target, and Starbucks!

Rally Rewards is a tab where you can view your rewards and check for new opportunities. You can also track the Rally coins you earn for most actions on the website and spend them on entries to win prizes. Some of the prizes currently available as I write this are an iPad mini, Fire HD 7 Tablet, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo, GermGuardian Air Cleaning System, Fitbit Aria, Oster Digital Food Steamer, and a Starbucks gift card.

Rally Missions are a great way to stay on track with your wellness goals while earning coins and other rewards. Each mission falls under one of four categories: Move, Eat, Feel, and Care. Some of my favorite missions so far are Be Grateful Each Day, Cook at Home More, Work up a Sweat, Focus on Fruits and Veggies, and Do Something Creative — but there are dozens of missions covering all aspects of personal wellness, so there’s something for everybody! Users check in to share progress on their missions, which earns them coins and free gift cards when they hit certain milestones.

Rally Challenges lets users join public challenges, like virtual races, as well as private ones. Users earn coins for challenges and there’s also a handy page for viewing your completed challenges.

Rally Communities is a way for users to gain support and join conversations related to specific physical and mental health concerns. The communities are centered on topics like Fitness and Exercise, Food and Nutrition, Living Mindfully, Women’s Health, Parenting, Stress and Anxiety, as well as allergies, specific diseases and conditions, specific forms of exercise, and much more.

In summary, if you’re on United Healthcare’s insurance Rally offers you fun, free, user-friendly tools to help manage your wellness. Whether you’re into that or I had you at free gift cards (or both!), let’s Rally!

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Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest Winners!

Medical Solutions has crowned the Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest Winners. We put out the call for awesome snapshots of your lives in Travel Nursing and the way you answered absolutely blew us and our expectations away.

Whether you were in front of or behind the camera, at the top of the world or under the sea, with your BFF or man’s best friend, THANK YOU for sharing such outstanding snapshots of your life as a Travel Nurse!

And the winners are …

People Category
Jessica S.
Courtney T.

Adventure Category
Nicole S.
Adrienne O.

Landscape/Cityscape Category
Caleb C.
Mary Ann B.

Pets Category
Laurie F.
Jocelyn G.

It cannot be overstated that we received SO many amazing submissions for this contest, which made judging it incredibly difficult. Whether you won this contest or not, our team is totally inspired by all of you and you are clearly winning at the Travel Nurse life!

Here are the winning photos from the Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest:

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Thank you, Courtney T., for this awesome picture. We HEART you!

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Congrats, Jessica S.! What a good-lookin’ crew of folks!

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Congrats, Adrienne O.! Now THAT’S an adventure!

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Might as well JUMP, Nicole S.! Thanks for the rad picture, and may you have many more great adventures in Travel Nursing.

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Woah, Caleb C! We love that your landscape includes such a starry, starry night. Congrats!

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Congrats, Mary Ann B.! This unique landscape makes our imaginations run wild in the best way!

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Jocelyn G., you’ve outdone yourself with this gem! Your canine pal is very lucky to have you — and quite photogenic to boot!

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Congrats, Laurie F.! Who wouldn’t fall in love with this pup?!

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Clinical Corner: 9 Quick Tips for Rocking Your Travel Nurse Performance Evaluation

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Rock your Travel Nurse performance eval like the rock star you are!

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

At the end of every Travel Nursing assignment you take with Medical Solutions, the hospital is given a form to evaluate your performance. Performance evaluations are a reflection of you and the work you put in at each hospital. These evaluations will stay with you for your entire career at Medical Solutions, so it is important to have some rock star level performance evaluations!

Performance evaluations cover everything from clinical skills to communication between you and full-time staff to personal hygiene. The factors you’re rated on are intentionally broad and cover a wide range of topics, so to help you prepare, here are 9 quick tips for rocking your Travel Nurse performance evaluation:

  1. Focus on patient care.
  2. Be aware of the hospital’s policies and follow these policies.
  3. Document appropriately.
  4. Remember the five rights of medication administration.
  5. Be courteous and respectful to patients and staff.
  6. Communicate with your team and doctors.
  7. Do not be late for shifts.
  8. Ask your team and charge nurse questions.
  9. Shower — and otherwise maintain your personal hygiene.

Every assignment you take will be different, every hospital will have different policies, and you will always have a new team to work with. In order to rock performance evaluations, you need to adapt to every situation you find yourself in. There will always be different policies or ways of documenting. However, the one thing that is constant in every assignment you take is you. You have the power to communicate effectively, treat patients how you would want to be treated, and follow hospital policies. Not to get too motivational speaker sounding, but you’ve totally got this — you have the skill and will to adapt and wow the hospitals, your patients, and all the teams you will work with!

Performance evaluations are an important part of Travel Nursing. They reveal quite a bit of information about both Travelers and hospitals. This will help your Career Consultant find optimum facilities for you where you would be a perfect fit. It also helps our Client Managers learn more about the culture of each hospital. Remember that these performance evaluations reflect your work and if you are a rock star, then you will get an awesome performance eval!

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