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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 January 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Travel Nurse Matt

Traveler of the Month Matt enjoys a beautiful day at “dream assignment” Myrtle Beach with his wife Jess and their three digs.

Many thanks and congrats to the January 2016 Traveler of the Month, Thomas “Matt” P., and also our Rising Star winner, Fabienne L.!

Traveler of the Month Matt is an Oncology/Med-Surg RN currently on assignment in Virginia. He’s been in nursing for six years and Travel Nursing for about a year and a half. Matt works with Career Consultant Shane M.

Matt says he doesn’t really have a favorite assignment location, but has especially enjoyed working in Virginia, Iowa, and Ohio.

“Mostly because of the people I worked with at these facilities,” he says. “I have made some great friends at all three.”

The best thing about Travel Nursing to Matt is seeing the different areas of the United States and meeting new people. He loves the beach, but has yet to take an assignment at a beach location. Sounds like Myrtle Beach — which he calls his “dream assignment/permanent home” — is in his future at some point though!

“I travel with my wife, Jess, and our three Labrador retrievers Cocoa, Sadie, and Mellow, and, of course, the good Lord above,” says Matt.

Matt shares the following tips for new and aspiring Travelers: “Be yourself and be genuine. Always be willing to help out and go the extra mile. We are able to travel because places need our help for many reasons — be grateful for the opportunity to do God’s will and help people.”

Rising Star Fabienne is a Med-Surg RN who was recognized for her awesome hospital evaluation and excellent work. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Scott H. and her most recent assignment was in the beautiful state of Wisconsin.

Scott says Fabienne is a really great Travel Nurse that he’s been happy to have the opportunity to work with.

“Fabienne is a very hard worker and extremely detailed in her daily tasks,” says Scott. “She’s very thorough and has good personal skills.”

Congrats again to the January 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Thank you so much, Matt and Fabienne, for your dedication, skill, and hard work in delivering excellent patient care!

Who will be next month’s Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who get a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and the pride that comes being recognized for doing such great work!

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The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert 56: Suicide Prevention

The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert 56: Suicide Prevention

The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert 56: Suicide Prevention

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

The Joint Commission occasionally pushes out Sentinel Event Alerts with information about particular issues they find concerning. These issues range from preventing falls to healthcare worker fatigue, much like the topics addressed here on Clinical Corner. The alerts are very important, so we want to make sure that this info is available to all of our Travelers. The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert #56 is all about detecting and treating suicide.

The rate of suicide is increasing in the United States. Suicide claims more people every year than both traffic accidents and homicides. More often than not, people who become victims of suicide often receive healthcare services in the year prior to their death. Detection and treatment of suicidal thoughts are becoming increasingly important. Suicide victims are often thought to fit a profile — such as a person who abuses drugs, has a history of trauma, or is socially isolated. People who have these risk factors are more likely to become suicide victims, however, that certainly does not mean that these risk factors will always lead to suicide or that the absence of them means an individual is safe from suicide. With this alert, The Joint Commission is seeking to motivate nurses and organizations to use a comprehensive behavioral health plan to identify and prevent suicide.

The Joint Commission has several recommendations for nurses in a general hospital or clinical settings:

  1. Review each patient’s personal and family medical history for suicide risks.
  2. Screen all patients for suicide ideation using a brief, standardized, evidence-based screening tool.
  3. Review screening questionnaires before the patient leaves the appointment or is discharged.
  4. Take actions using assessment results to inform the level of safety measures needed.

Patients most at risk for suicide will need to have immediate access to behavioral health. Restrict access to lethal means, such as prescription medications, and conduct a safety plan. Give every patient at risk for suicide the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Conduct safety planning by collaboratively identifying coping strategies with the patient and providing resources to reduce risk.

The advice in this alert applies to all patients in all settings. Using the above recommendations might just change someone’s life. Just remember, identifying risk factors is very important in preventing suicide, but not every victim of suicide has these factors. It is important to make sure every patient you come in contact with feels valued and comforted in every interaction.

This article was only a small snippet of information for this Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert. Click here to view the entire document.

If you, a family member, or a patient needs immediate help, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1.800.273.8255.

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6 Sweet Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Spring is in the Air! Where will have your springtime adventure this year?

Spring is in the Air! Where will have your springtime adventure this year?

All the early telltale signs of spring are here: days are getting longer, fish fry Fridays are flourishing, Girl Scout cookie sales are in swing, and pitchers & catchers have all reported! In our neck of the woods, the birds are back in town and there have been several windows-open days — the kind where all that fresh air goes to your head in the best way and puts you right in sync with the promise of spring.

So, what kind of location do you want for your upcoming fling with Spring 2016? Here are six sweet spring locations for Travel Nursing jobs to get you excited for your next assignment!

6 Sweet Spring Travel Nursing Jobs New Mexico

New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, is even more enchanting in spring. Click to find your next assignment in New Mexico!

New Mexico

This southwestern state is so full of scenic glory and so stacked with rich history that it’s rightfully been dubbed the “Land of Enchantment.” From White Sands to Carlsbad Caverns, nature’s beauty is on full display in this state that is also well known for arts, culture, museums, outdoors activities, southwestern cuisine, and so much more. And speaking of spring, New Mexico is home to some of the best hot springs and mineral baths on the planet! Whether your prefer to relax and enjoy a luxury spa style experience or your jam is hiking into a more rustic hot spring experience, New Mexico is the place to experience hot springs — and spring is the perfect time to do it.

Click here to find a hot new start with a spring assignment in New Mexico.    

6 Sweet Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs California

Yosemite is especially sweet in spring. Click here to check out California jobs!

California

The Golden State is gorgeous year-round, but spring is an extra special time here! You’ll find the clearest skies all year in the San Francisco Bay Area, snowmelt-fueled waterfalls flourishing in Yosemite, and bearable temps in desert destinations like Palm Springs and Anza-Borrego. All the typical reasons for taking an assignment in Cali also apply: beaches, wine country, plus world-class shopping, dining, and attractions. California here we come!

Click here to do some California dreamin’ about your next assignment.

6 Sweet Spring Location for Travel Nursing Jobs Louisiana

New Orleans knows how to let the good times roll. Click here to find a great assignment in Louisiana!

Louisiana

Much like California, springtime temps are just about perfect down south in the Pelican State. It’s also a great time to let the good times roll, as they say, with one of the many fun spring music festivals the state has to offer. The French Quarter Fest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Festival International de Louisiane, and the Bayou Country Superfest are some of the top spring music fests at which to sample and celebrate the proud musical traditions of this great state. While you’re there you’ll also get to sample scrumptious Cajun and Creole cuisine!

Click here if you want to let the good times roll this spring in Louisiana.

6 Sweet Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs Nebraska

Sandhill cranes gather against the backdrop of a gorgeous Nebraska sunset. Click here to check out jobs in Nebraska!

Nebraska

The Cornhusker State is chock-full of Midwestern charm and the gentle natural beauty of the plains. Beyond the prairie, birdwatchers gather here in spring to see the world’s largest migration of sandhill cranes, and outdoors enthusiasts will also enjoy the Niobrara River and Nebraska National Forest. Omaha and Lincoln offer bustling metro areas with thriving arts, culture, music, and food scenes. Extend into June and you can catch the “Greatest Show on Dirt,” the College World Series.

Click here for jobs that prove there is no place like Nebraska in the springtime.

6 Sweet Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Tulips make for a pretty Washington Spring. Click here to see what jobs Washington has to offer!

Washington

In many areas, the Evergreen State maintains its emerald hue through winter, but it’s still a treat when the daffodils and tulips begin to bloom here. You can celebrate spring in floral style at the famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival or the La Conner Daffodil Festival. Outdoorsy types will be in heaven with an abundance of hiking, biking, and boating to do, and all types will appreciate the state’s majestic mountain views whether you’re hiking on Mount Rainier or admiring it through a coffeehouse window from quirky, artsy Seattle.

Click here to see what’s up for Washington jobs this spring.

6 Sweet Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs Texas

San Antonio’s Riverwalk is a great place to take a spring stroll. Click here to check out jobs in Texas!

Texas

Guess how Texas does spring? BIG, just like everything else in the Lone Star State! Texas never really goes to sleep in the winter and temps remain relatively warm year-round — but an assignment there this time of year means an earlier spring than you’ll see up north, as the fields come alive with bluebonnets and roaming Longhorns. Austin keeps it weird and wonderful as the capital city welcomes spring each year with the famed South By Southwest Festival in March. Stroll the San Antonio riverwalk, swim and surf along the Texas Gulf Coast, and don’t forget the Alamo as you explore the many attractions Texas has to offer.

Click here for springtime opportunities deep in the heart of Texas.

Looking for an adventure beyond these 6 sweet spring locations for Travel Nursing jobs? Click here to search by state and specialty.

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Adventures in Travel Nursing: Meet Nurse/Author Kelly Moore

Travel Nurse Kelly Moore Broken Pieces

Medical Solutions Traveler/Author Kelly Moore’s book Broken Pieces. A sequel is coming this Spring!

You know that cool moment when newspaperman Clark Kent steps into a phone booth and emerges ready for his second shift as Superman? Well, that’s basically what life must be like for Travel Nurse/Author Kelly Moore.

Kelly is an RN of 12 years and a Traveler since June 2015. Her specialty is in Neuro ICU, but she says she’s learned to work in any ICU through her experiences as a Travel Nurse with Medical Solutions. She’s currently on assignment in Idaho and works with Career Consultant Jen B.

“Oregon, by far, is my favorite place that I have ever been, period,” says Kelly. “I worked in a small hospital in southern Oregon and I fell in love with the people and the state of Oregon. Being an outdoorsy person, I loved the camping, hiking, beaches, lighthouses, and chasing waterfalls.”

Travel Nurse Author Kelly Moore

Kelly is a big fan of the great outdoors.

After her first assignment, Kelly and her husband of 30 years, Roy, bought a fifth wheel. They travel with their 8-year-old lab Cy.

“The dog loves the adventure part as much as my husband and I do,” she says.

But while Kelly is an accomplished Travel Nurse, here’s where the Clark Kent/Superman comparison comes in: She is also author of Broken Pieces, an adult romance novel that tells the story of nurse practitioner Brogan Milby and ex-military yacht builder Kyren Nolan.

“This book moves fast, has some suspense, and lots of steamy scenes with a cliffhanger that left me speechless,” reads one review of the book that garners comparison to the famous 50 Shades of Grey. “Dying to read the rest of their story!”

Cy Broken Pieces

Cy loves reading as much as he loves to travel!

“I’ve always kept journals and I have always had stories in my head — no, not voices, stories,” says Kelly, who had a complete copy of the book done for about a year before she attempted to publish it.

A friend of mine actually encouraged me to send it in, so I did,” she says. “It was only a week later that I received a call that Page Publishing wanted to publish my book.”

Kelly’s sequel to Broken Pieces, Pieced Together, is slated for release in early Spring 2016. In order to better control pricing for her readers, Kelly elected to self-publish Pieced Together, rather than publish again through Page.

“This process has really been a lot of fun,” says Kelly. “I got the chance to interview several editors and ended up with one that I absolutely love. She tells me how it is and has taught me so much about writing. The other fun part was designing my cover. I hired an awesome graphic designer who has worked with me on the ideas that I wanted to convey on the cover. It is not your traditional cover with a hot couple on the front. The message of the book is on the cover.”

Travel Nurse Kelly Moore with Family

Kelly and Roy soak up nature’s beauty with their son Colton and his girlfriend Savannah.

Kelly also says she has learned a lot about promoting her books, and, in the meantime, she has literally kept on truckin’ in her fifth wheel in her other role as a Travel Nurse.

“My husband and I would have never had the chance to see our country without Travel Nursing,” says Kelly. “The memories and the friends we have made we will carry with us the rest of our lives.”

While we didn’t ask her for any writing tips, Kelly was kind enough to share her advice for new Travel Nurses.

“Go into each job with a heart to learn and help your coworkers,” she says. “Just be friendly. Even if I have not liked a facility, I have always liked the people. The people will make all the difference in the world.”

Thanks, Kelly, and best of luck with your exciting double career!

Visit KellyMooreAuthor.com to learn more about this multi-talented Traveler.

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Congrats to December 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month Stephanie

Medical Solutions December 2015 Traveler of the Month Stephanie H. enjoys a hike along the Spokane River while on assignment in Washington.

Many thanks and congrats to the December 2015 Traveler of the Month, Stephanie H., and also our Rising Star winner, Patricia “Trish” W.!

Traveler of the Month Stephanie H. is an RN, MSN, with a focus in Critical Care Nursing. Coming up in June 2016 she will celebrate her 10-year nursing anniversary. Stephanie has been traveling for three years and works with Career Consultant Greg A.

Stephanie’s favorite location so far through her travels has been Spokane, Washington.

“The area was amazing! I loved the beauty of the outdoors and the opportunity to hike and explore some amazing places,” she says.

For her first four assignments, Stephanie traveled with her best friend, also a Travel RN working with Medical Solutions.

“Those were the best because I had my ‘bestie’ with me to explore each new place we came to,” she says.

In addition to being an awesome nurse, Stephanie loves to sing — a talent she incorporates both on and off the job.

“I grew up singing for church, weddings, banquets, things like that,” she says. “I sometimes sing to my patients, and I have been asked by my coworkers to sing for them as well. I suppose it’s a unique way to bring cheer into the lives of those around me, and is therefore an extension of my nursing skills.”

For Stephanie, the best thing about Travel Nursing is the opportunity to meet so many people and see so many wonderful things. She also appreciates how it prevents Travelers from becoming “tunnel visioned.”

“You see how different hospitals do things differently,” she says. “In this way, you can better judge what works and what doesn’t. You have the opportunity to positively impact a lot of hospital cultures. Also, you do not have time to get too burnt out with working in the same environment with the same people. It keeps you sharp.”

Stephanie offers several excellent tips to help new Travel Nurses succeed.

  1. “Do not let your fear cripple you. Nursing is nursing. Jump in there and learn what I call the ‘local flavor.’ It may look a little different from what you are used to, but at the core, nursing skills are the same no matter where you are. Be confident in what you know.”
  2. “Be humble. Do not try to revolutionize the existing systems into which you are coming. You may have a better way, but be respectful of the nurses and managers with whom you are working. Once you have established a rapport with them, you can make suggestions on how improvements may be made. Otherwise, you may generate some negative feelings thereby creating an unpleasant work environment for yourself.”
  3. “Work hard! You are there to fill a need. Do your best at it. I have had some hospitals tell me that they have been displeased with past Travelers because of their laziness and/or incompetence. Do not be one of those. Raise the bar and represent Medical Solutions at your best!”
Medical Solutions December 2015 Rising Star Trish W.

December 2015 Rising Star Trish W.

Rising Star Trish is an OR CST currently on assignment in Minnesota. She’s been a CST for 21 years and works with Career Consultant Todd L.

Trish is an avid Harley rider, and she and her husband enjoy taking long bike rides in the summer. She currently travels with her cat Spunky and her current location is her favorite.

“I am on my third assignment here and I love the staff, doctors, family atmosphere, teamwork, management staff … I love it here! The city is amazing also,” she says.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is meeting new people, learning new things, and going places you’ve never been,” says Trish. “Being able to pick your time off between assignments is also an aspect of being a Traveler that I love.”

Medical Solutions December 2015 Rising Star Trish W. Cat Spunky

Trish’s adorable travel companion, Spunky.

Trish also has some pretty great advice for new Travelers.

“Be confident but humble about what you know, admit what you don’t know, and be flexible,” she advises. “Take pride in the job you do!”

Congrats and many thanks again to the December 2015 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Thank you so much, Stephanie and Trish, for your hard work, talent, and dedication to awesome patient care!

Could you be next month’s Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to rookie Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and, of course, major bragging rights!

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Travel Nurse Contract Extensions — In a Jimute

Got a minute? Good! It’s time for the latest installment of Medical Solutions’ In a Jimute video series. This series helps current and aspiring Travelers alike learn more about Travel Nursing — in a Jimute.

Jim’s latest video offers information on Travel Nurse contract extensions — in a Jimute!

Give us the 411, Jim!

When an assignment goes well — meaning both the Traveler and hospital are satisfied with the fit — and the hospital’s staffing need continues beyond the contract end date, a contract extension may be possible. If you’re really enjoying your current assignment and location, contract extension may be a great option for you!

As Jim said, it’s a good idea to think and plan ahead if you are interested in extending your current contract. Communicating openly with your recruiter and the facility about your interest in extending will go a long way towards getting the outcome you desire. You should tell your recruiter you’d like to extend about 6 weeks ahead of your contract end date so that he or she can pursue the possibility. Of course, not every contract is available for extension, but it is a common practice, so speak up early if you’re interested!

Do you have a Travel Nursing curiosity and not a lot of time to spare? Just click here to send Jim your very own Travel Nursing question. While you’re at it, be sure to check the other In a Jimute videos on that page!

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The Zika Virus: What Travel Nurses Need to Know

The Zika Virus: What Travel Nurses Need to Know

Lots of folks are buzzing about the Zika virus, but it’s important to separate fact from fiction and theory as the threat evolves.

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

There’s been a lot of buzz about the Zika virus lately and right now there is a ton of sensationalized information out there. Because of this, I wanted to share some facts straight from the CDC and the WHO pages and statements about the virus with Medical Solutions Travelers, to help you be the most well-informed nurses wherever you may be located!

The Zika virus is currently found in Mexico, South and Central America, and the southern Caribbean Islands. The virus is spread primarily by mosquito bites, however it can also spread through blood transfusion and as an STD. Additionally, Zika can spread from mother to fetus and possibly through breastfeeding. Birth defects — specifically microcephaly (incomplete fetal brain development) — have skyrocketed in countries that are experiencing a Zika virus outbreak. The Zika virus has not yet been confirmed as causing birth defects but it very, very likely is. In the countries experiencing an outbreak, many infants with microcephaly have been found infected with Zika. The CDC states that Zika will not affect future pregnancies and will only effect fetuses if the mother gets Zika while currently pregnant. The Zika virus might cause Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) as well, a rare disorder that causes muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. Brazil has seen a sudden rise people affected by GBS but it is not currently confirmed that Zika will make a person more susceptible to GBS.

As of now, the Zika virus has only been brought to the continental United States by people who have been infected overseas and there have been no locally acquired cases. The CDC finds the Gulf States, including Florida, to be at risk for Zika-spreading mosquitos. Puerto Rico has had several confirmed locally acquired cases.

Common symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, and/or conjunctivitis. About 1 in 5 infected people will become ill with symptoms typically lasting several days to a week. Hospitalization for the Zika virus is uncommon and, to date, there have been no confirmed deaths from Zika. There are no vaccines or medications available for Zika.

If you happen to be infected, the treatment for Zika is rest and fluids. Take medicine such as acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain but do not take aspirin until dengue (another virus spread by mosquitos that causes internal hemorrhaging) can be ruled out. There are currently no vaccines to prevent Zika, nor specific medicine to treat Zika.

So how does this affect you as a nurse? First, if you or anyone you know has recently traveled to any of the above-mentioned locations and are feeling the symptoms of Zika, they should see a primary care physician. The tropics have all sorts of not-so-lovely diseases, viruses, and parasites and Zika’s symptoms are common to many other ailments. If you are infected with Zika, avoid being bitten by mosquitos, as the mosquitos will become infected and spread Zika. If you are taking care of a patient that has the Zika virus, be sure you are taking the necessary precautions and wearing your PPE.

It’s currently unknown what the ultimate human costs and spread of the Zika virus will be. Zika originates from Africa and was considered a benign disease until recently. It became a public health concern when it spread quickly in the densely populated areas of South America. Most people that become infected generally experience no symptoms and those who do face very minor symptoms. There have been no confirmed deaths in adults from Zika. What is most concerning about Zika is the effect it can have on pregnant women and fetuses.

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, the CDC and the WHO advise against travel to affected areas during the Zika outbreak. If you are planning to travel to any of these areas in the near future, click here for information from the CDC on the current situation in each county and how to prevent Zika.

For more information about Zika, please click the following links to visit the CDC’s Zika info page or the WHO’s Zika fact sheet.
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Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

We’d like to say a big thanks and congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners.

Medical Solutions is blessed with the best Travelers and Career Consultants around. We love to celebrate their awesomeness and mutual dedication to facilitating excellent patient care, and these annual awards are just one great way to do that.

Read on to learn more about the amazing, inspiring 2015 winners!

Traveler of the Year

Congrats and kudos to Barbara H., our 2015 Traveler of the Year, who was awarded with a Sonos Play 1 Bluetooth Speaker, a $50 Amazon gift card, and lunch catered in for her and her unit!

Traveler of the Year is chosen annually from the pool of 12 Traveler of the Month winners from throughout the year. Barb was the November 2015 Traveler of the Month — but guess what else? Barb was also our May 2014 Traveler of the Month, and we were able to surprise her with that good news in person. Check it out! (But mind your volume button at you watch — the cheers got pretty loud for Barb!)

Barb is a nursing vet of 33 years with experience in ICU/ER, Home Health, Hospice, and PACU. She began traveling in the late ’80s and says traveling has become so much easier with the increased technology like smartphones, computers, and GPS. Barb travels with her canine companions, Kona and Lucy.

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Barb’s dog Kona is one of her adventuring companions.

“I love the challenge of coming to a new area and hospital and learning their processes,” says Barb. “It keeps my brain young. I want to thank my recruiter Ronnie E. for being my guide through this adventure for the past three years. Traveling is not all roses but if you are up for something different it is fun.”

Barb’s Career Consultant Ronnie E. praises her “phenomenal attitude” and he says it makes her a joy to work with.

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Lucy also loves an adventure!

“Barb always gets great reviews from hospitals and personnel,” he says. “You can just tell by talking with her that she really cares about her job. We have a mutual trust and respect for one another. I LOVE having Barb on the team. She is definitely an MVP in my book.”

For new or aspiring Travel Nurses, Barb shared some fabulous advice with us when she won her first Traveler of the Month award back in 2014:

“Be flexible. Assignments and details can change in a heartbeat; you need to go with the flow and not get stressed. Always be courteous and gracious at an assignment. If three different people say the same thing to you thank each and every one of them. They are not doing it to belittle you they just don’t know what other people have told you. Show confidence in your skill, not arrogance, for that radiates to the staff nurses. Go do things with staff members if asked, a great way to see the area and form a friendship with the staff.”

Thanks for the great advice and dedication to patient care, Barb, and congrats on a well-deserved award!

Services That Inspires Award Winner

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Service That Inspires Award winner, Sara O., more than makes the cut for her patients!

The 2015 Service That Inspires Award winner is Sara O., RN, BSN, OCN. Like Barb, Sara was awarded with a Sonos Play 1 Bluetooth Speaker, a $50 Amazon gift card, and lunch catered in for her and her unit!

Sara is an Oncology nurse, currently on assignment in Idaho, who’s been in nursing for eight years and traveling for about three years. Her Career Consultant Derek F. nominated Sara for the Service That Inspires Award because of her day-to-day commitment to patient care and a very special story from her recent Seattle assignment.

“Sara’s level of patient care is out of this world,” says Derek. “The passion and energy she puts forth comes from a place within that is genuine and truly heartfelt. I’ve been lucky to have worked with her, but she has also turned out to be a great friend. It’s people like her that are positively infectious to work with.”

As for that very special story … we’ll let Sara tell it in her own words:

“I was working in Seattle and had a 20-year-old kid with lymphoma. She always had the best attitude and we instantly bonded. She would bring some of her family members and sometimes her boyfriend and we always had a good time while she was getting her treatments. Well, one day she came in to my clinic and told me she was starting to lose her hair. I told her that she needed to have a shaving party and invite all her family and friends over and shave off her hair. Then I said that if she decided to have a shaving party, I would come and she could shave my head first … so that’s what we did! On the day of the shaving party, we took some before and after pictures and three other people besides myself decided to participate. Her boyfriend, her uncle, and a dear family friend that had shoulder length hair. My patient did the honors, shaving my head first, followed by the rest of the participants. She was last; each person took turns and I did the honors of completing the job. It is a day I will always remember, with a patient I will never forget.”

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

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Sara obviously truly cares for her patients, but she also loves the adventure and flexibility afforded to her through her career on Travel Nursing.

“Travel Nursing is a great way to LIVE and not just exist. You explore, experience, love, and learn. One of my favorite things currently is that I get to live close to my grandparents, which is the first time my entire life that has been the case,” she says. “Also, I love working for Medical Solutions … and that isn’t just because I won an award. This company has really changed my life, and as long as I travel, I will never work for another company again.”

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

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Awww, thanks Sara, we’re getting a little misty over here! Medical Solutions is so fortunate to have dedicated Travelers like you on our team.

Congrats again on your well-deserved win and thank you for providing services that inspires.

Also, a big thank you to the many Travelers who were nominated by their Career Consultants for this year’s award. You are doing amazing work and it was very hard to choose just one winner!

Recruiter of the Year Winners

Congrats to our awesome 2015 Recruiter of the Year winners: Brad Bell and Jen Lyman!

Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2015 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Congrats, Jen and Brad! You really are recruiter royalty!

These two exemplify what it means to be a Medical Solutions Career Consultant; they are great communicators, always available for their Travelers, and always keep Travelers’ best interests at the forefront of everything they do! Brad and Jen were chosen as the 2015 Recruiters of the Year based upon some really great Traveler nominations.

Here are a few of Brad’s nominations from his Travelers:

“Brad has definitely gone above and beyond my expectations for a recruiter. He shows a genuine concern for making sure I find the right fit for what I’m looking for, sets realistic expectations, and even checks in to make sure things are going well and I’m adjusting to my new assignment. It’s very evident that he takes a lot of pride in what he does and ensures that he advocates for the nurses he works with.”

“Brad is always on your team. He goes above and beyond and makes this a fun and rewarding journey.”

“Brad has always said he considered his nurses family, but this year he really showed it to me. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, Brad did everything he could to help. At one point I thought I would even break my contract early to go home. Brad was completely supportive even if it created difficulties in his job. I was able to finish the contract, and Brad helped get me a contract a couple hours from home. He regularly checks in on me and my family during dad’s treatments. He’s the best!”

Click here to learn more about Brad.

Here are a few of Jen’s nominations from her Travelers:

“Jen is honest about what to expect and listens to what I want in an assignment. She never tries to push you onto something you’re not interested in. She always gets back to me quickly and is always very helpful if I ever have any questions. I love having her as a recruiter and would recommend her to anyone!”

“Jen has become more than just my recruiter — she is also my friend. She only presents jobs that she knows will fit my needs and interests. She is always ready to answer questions, solve problems, or just let me vent. While I am on assignment she checks on me frequently — I never feel alone. Jen is the reason I stay with Medical Solutions. She has made each travel experience the best it can be.”

“I just love Jen! She really takes care of her nurses and ensures that when you have questions they’re answered promptly any time of the day. She communicates clearly and considerately, and there’s just something about her that’s intrinsically honest —and that’s hard to find in this industry. I never have to second guess anything she tells me and that’s invaluable. I also like that she works to get me competitive rates because while rapport is good, competitive compensation is imperative to a great, long term relationship.”

Click here to learn more about Jen.

Congrats again to Brad and Jen for winning this year’s Recruiter of the Year Awards!  We received TONS of great nominations for so many of our Career Consultants, so we also want to recognize that each of them is amazing at what they do.

If you’re a Traveler and you’ve yet to find your perfect Career Consultant match, click here to get to know our team members!

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Travel Nurse Referral Bonus — In a Jimute

It’s time for another installment of Medical Solutions’ In a Jimute video series! This series helps aspiring and veteran Travelers alike learn more about Travel Nursing — in a Jimute.

The latest installment offers information on how you can get a $500 Travel Nurse referral bonus — in a Jimute!

Take it away, Jim!

That’s a pretty easy way to earn $500! Jim’s absolutely correct: At Medical Solutions we have such great Travelers that to us there is no higher praise than a referral from one of them. For every person you refer who accepts a position with Medical Solutions and works at least 30 days with us, you get your choice of $500 cash, a $500 Amazon gift card, or a $500 Apple gift card.

Click here to learn more and to refer as many people as you want — then sit back, wait, and watch those $500 bonuses roll in!

Do you have a burning Travel Nursing question for Jim to answer in roughly 60 seconds? Simply click here to submit your very own Travel Nursing question for Jim — and be sure to check out the other In a Jimute videos while you’re there!

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Congrats to November 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to November 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Traveler of the Month, Barb H., loves the beautiful scenery she gets to see while on assignment.

Cheers and congrats to the November 2015 Traveler of the Month, Barbara H., and also our Rising Star winner, Gina C.!

Traveler of the Month Barbara H. has been an RN for 33 years and this is not her first Traveler of the Month rodeo! Barb was also awarded Traveler of the Month in May 2014, when we even got to surprise her in person with news of her win! (Click here for video of the surprise and to learn more about Barb’s first win.)

Barb travels with the help of her trusty Career Consultant, Ronnie E., whom she thanks for “being my guide through this adventure for the past three years.”

Congrats to November 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

More beautiful scenes from Barb’s travels!

“I am so honored to have received this award for the second time,” says Barb. “I love traveling. The places I have been and the people I have met have enriched my life.”

Barb is currently on assignment in Omaha and says she has yet again met an amazing group of people, though her favorite assignment so far was in South Dakota.

“I spent a year there. The area is beautiful and so much to explore and see. The PACU/Preop team were the best,” says Barb.

Barb continues to travel with her “two fur babies” Kona, a 12-and-a-half-year-old lab, and Lucy, a lab mix who provide great company on the road.

“I am always amazed how well they adjust,” says Barb.

(For another very special announcement about Barb, click here.)

Rising Star Gina is a Certified Surgical Technologist of 21 years who is currently in Louisiana on her second travel assignment. She works with Career Consultant Todd L. Gina’s current assignment is her favorite yet and she’s enjoyed being exposed to a culture there that’s entirely different from what she’s accustomed to.

Congrats to November 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Congrats to November Rising Star, Gina C.!

Being a Traveler takes flexibility and inner strength, and Gina’s got those qualities in spades. About five years ago, she suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed and unable to speak.

“In time I recovered with little residual effects,” says Gina. “I’m grateful for what it taught me about my own strength.”

She says she’s also learned a great deal from Travel Nursing.

“Traveling has opened my eyes to different ways of doing things on many levels,” says Gina. “It has also provided the opportunity to see things I never would have being in a permanent position.”

Gina’s advice for new Travelers is to stay focused and maintain a good attitude.

“As a new Traveler it’s important to stay positive, work hard, and not concern yourself with what others are doing,” says Gina.

She also shares some wise words from Harry Potter author JK Rowling: “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

Again, congrats to the November 2015 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star — and thank you so much, Barbara and Gina, for your tremendous talents and hard work, as well as your dedication to delivering the best patient care!

Do you have what it takes to be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for the two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to new Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and, of course, major bragging rights!

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