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Roundup River Ranch 2018: Urvee’s Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

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

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Everybody loves camp!

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Roundup River Ranch 2018: Katie’s Story

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Medical Solutions Traveler, Katie, shares her Roundup River Ranch camp story this month!

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

This summer we helped recruit three amazing Travel Nurses to spend the summer at Roundup River Ranch, and over the next few months, we’ll share their camp stories with you. First up, here is Katie’s story.

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

My name is Katie! I’m originally from New York and currently live in Arizona. I have been working in the Emergency Department for the last five-and-a-half years and have been traveling for the last two years with my adorable dog, Acey!

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

My entire nursing career has been in the Emergency Department. I see people on one of the worst days of their lives. Sometimes we get to medical issues in the ER, but many times we just stabilize our patients and don’t get to see them cured and healthy. When I saw the opportunity to work at Roundup River Ranch it was the only thing I could think of for days. The idea of working with kids with serious illnesses, but outside of the hospital, and seeing them on one of the BEST days of their lives sounded like exactly what I needed in my life! I read all about Roundup River Ranch — their mission, vision, and guideposts, and along with seeing pictures and YouTube videos from camp, it literally brought me to tears! Applying to work here was definitely the easiest decision I’ve ever made!

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

Working at Roundup River Ranch has not only made me a better nurse but also a better person! Camp has changed my life in so many ways; it has made me a happier person and so grateful for what I’ve been blessed with. These campers are truly my heroes. They face so many obstacles in their daily life, but never let it get them down. At camp there are no obstacles for them — at Roundup there is NOTHING they can’t do!

At camp we have 10 guideposts that remind the campers and staff what Roundup is all about, and my favorite two that will always stay with me are “embrace joy” and “give 110%.” When I leave camp, I want to always remember and live by those two guideposts for the rest of my life! I want to find the joy in every situation and everywhere I go and I want to always give my all, and then some — both at work and personally!

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

I have learned so much as a nurse working at Roundup! Some of our campers require special treatments while at camp, many of which were new to me. I had wonderful professors in school, but I have to say my favorite teachers were those campers! They weren’t concerned that I’ve never done their specific procedure before. They taught me what to do and by the end of the week I was a professional — just like them!

I have so many amazing memories from camp! Watching our campers who are paralyzed and in wheelchairs climb the rock wall with only their upper arm strength, seeing campers who are shy and reserved come out of their shell at stage night (AKA, the talent show), camp dancing, campers riding a horse for the first time, catching a fish, no hands spaghetti, bedtime cabin chats … the list goes on and on.

One memory that will remain with me long after camp is over, would be the goodbyes, which are never fun. Having these kids come running up to give you a hug goodbye and telling you how much they are going to miss you, after only knowing you for a week, was so special. The bond we created and the trust we built with our campers in such a short period of time was truly remarkable, and definitely unlike anything I get to experience while working in the ER!

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

GO! If you ever get the opportunity to go, GO! It will be the best decision of your life! I’ve never worked at a summer camp before; didn’t know exactly what I was getting myself into, but I had the absolute best time I could imagine! You need to see just how life-changing this place is — for the campers and for you!

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

I’ll miss the friendships! Living in close quarters with about 60 other nurses, program leaders, cabin leaders, and volunteers for three months straight, we all became a family real fast! We all worked together to create the best week possible for every camper!

I’ll miss the smiles. Every day you’d be hard pressed to find someone not smiling and not having an amazing day.

I’ll miss the costume closet. Having lunch with a camper dressed like a princess to your right, and someone else dressed as a hotdog to your left was just normal meal time for us!

I’ll miss the scenery. It’s picture perfect up here! The mountains look like a backdrop, and the stars really are so much closer and brighter here!

Mostly I’ll miss the campers, the pure joy on their faces every day, the carefree attitude, and their strength! They are truly what makes the magic of this camp come alive!

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Everybody loves camp!

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2018 Planet Water Update

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Medical Solutions was proud to sponsor Planet Water’s Project 24 effort again in 2018!

Last March we told you about Medical Solutions’ 2018 sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 — an initiative that celebrates World Water Day by bringing clean water to communities in need worldwide. Just as when we sponsored Planet Water filtration towers in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Medical Solutions team was once again incredibly proud to be a part of this wonderful effort to provide 24 clean water filtration systems to 24 impoverished communities in just 24 hours.

Planet Water is a great fit with our Medical Solutions Gives initiatives. In fact, our internal team also passed the hat and pitched in on World Water Day, donating an extra $6,123 to support Planet Water’s important work!

The 2018 effort was a great success — with Medical Solutions’ sponsorship bringing clean water to the people of Buntog! (Click here to revisit last month’s blog and learn more about this small, rural village and the challenges its citizens face.)

The Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration tower went up Thursday, March 22nd, at Buntog Elementary School in the rural farm community of Buntog, Philippines. Students were trained in water health and hygiene, and, although the tower is located at the school, it will also benefit the entire community of 2,000!

The Medical Solutions team is inspired every day by our amazing Travel Nurses — which motivates us to help in this important effort to save and improve lives with clean water.

“We are inspired each day by the life-saving, life-changing efforts of our Travel Nurses, and being a part of Project 24 is a great way to honor them by doing our part to help make a real difference in people’s lives — just as they do every day on the job,” says Medical Solutions CEO, Craig Meier.

Thank you, Travelers, for inspiring us!

Planet Water shared some amazing photos of Buntog students and other community members before, during, and after the water tower was erected. These pictures tell an awesome story and reaffirm our commitment to support this good work — check it out!

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Medical Solutions Sponsors Planet Water’s Project 24 for World Water Day 2018

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Medical Solutions is proud to help the people of Buntog, Philippines gain access to clean, safe water!

Did you know that 50% of all hospital beds worldwide are occupied by people with easily preventable waterborne diseases? Or, how about the grim reality that a whopping one in eight people on Earth do not have access to safe, clean water!?

Unfortunate stats like these are why Medical Solutions is gearing up once again to sponsor Planet Water’s Project 24 in 2018. In celebration of World Water Day, Thursday, March 22, 2018, this effort will bring clean water to 24 communities in just 24 hours by installing school-based water filtration systems within villages in need worldwide.

Medical Solutions backs this annual effort because we are constantly inspired by the hard work and compassion that our amazing Travel Nurses display every day in their quest to save and improve lives. YOU are the inspiration for our company to support this amazing cause!

This year, the Medical Solutions-sponsored water filtration tower will go up at Buntog Elementary School in the rural farming community of Buntog, Philippines. The community’s main water source is a deep well nearly a mile away, where people line up to collect unsafe water for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and bathing. Compounding the issue, Buntog is a largely impoverished community, with many households earning less than the U.S. equivalent of $150 per month, making them unable to buy clean, bottled drinking water or have transportation to travel the 7.5 miles to the nearest clean water source.

“I am a solo parent earning 7,000 pesos ($135 USD) a month. I have three children and I just let them drink water from the deep well most of the time because I cannot afford purified water,” says Marge, a Buntog community member.

Most Americans are fortunate enough to have access to transportation, but even with that, can you even imagine if you had to travel 7.5 miles for a glass of clean water?! To put it into perspective, I just walked about 20 feet to my nearest clean water source!

The lack of accessibility of clean water causes frequent illness and other health issues, and also creates an obstacle to learning for the village’s children.

“The water from our deep well is for washing purposes only,” says Jobert, a third-grade teacher at Buntog Elementary School. “I reprimand my students if they drink it since it is not safe, but I still catch a lot of them drinking it because they couldn’t buy purified water. I am not surprised that there are many reports of amoebiasis and diarrhea — not just among children but adults as well.”

There is a general lack of knowledge in the area regarding water health and hygiene. As a part of Project 24, Planet Water will not only erect the Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water tower, they will also provide crucial water health and hygiene education! Just as Medical Solutions’ sponsorship helped thousands of villagers in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017, our 2018 effort will benefit Buntog’s population of 2,000 people — including 237 students throughout 489 households.

Please join the Medical Solutions team in taking a moment to be extra grateful for the easy access to clean water that most of us enjoy in the United States — and to learn more about Buntog, Project 24, and Planet Water Foundation.

Thank you for continuously inspiring us to make the world a better place, Travel Nurses!

 

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Medical Solutions Gives Announces 2017’s Say Thanks By Giving Winners

Medical Solutions Gives is donating $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

Medical Solutions Gives is donating $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

For the third year running, Medical Solutions Gives is donating $8,000 to some of our Travelers’ favorite causes … and we’re so excited to announce 2017’s Say Thanks By Giving Winners!

In November, we asked our amazing Travelers to nominate their favorite charity/nonprofit and express why the organization they love is so amazing and impactful. We sorted through about 100 incredible submissions and our team was so grateful to learn about all of these amazing charities and to read stories that mean so much to our Travelers.

Despite the outpouring of support for so many worthy organizations, we had to settle on just four deserving winners. Read on to learn more about the four charities that will each receive a $2,000 donation from Medical Solutions and the four Travelers who nominated them and got to take home a $100 Amazon gift card as an added bonus!

Medical Solutions give Sean CooleyLaura C., who works with Career Consultant Brad B., submitted Sean M. Cooley Citizen Soldier Nursing Scholarship Inc. as the cause she cares most about. Her submission had us all seriously misty-eyed. Laura wrote:

“This organization honors Sean M. Cooley, who was a member of the Army National Guard in Mississippi and was killed in action while serving in Iraq. Sean loved nursing and was a nurse in his local emergency room. He loved helping people in his community, and the scholarship is a way for him to keep on giving to his community. This non-profit is important to me because Sean was my husband and coworker. I have never met a more respected, kind, caring, and compassionate nurse and soldier.”

Thank you so much, Laura, for sharing your incredible story and letting us support this amazingly worthy cause in your name.

Medical Solutions Gives Rainbow House Barbara B., who works with Career Consultant Ava L., submitted Rainbow House, an organization that serves domestic violence survivors. In her submission Barbara wrote:

“Domestic abuse does not discriminate based on sex, age, income, education or race. It is prevalent in all geographic areas. Funds are always needed. It is more difficult to fundraise in rural areas with aging populations. Rainbow House serves a large geographic area and provides services to two Wisconsin communities and the adjacent Michigan county, which provides no funding for these services. This shelter believes in doing the right thing for all who suffer from abuse regardless of state lines or funding. They are near and dear to my heart. I was on the board of this organization until my Travel Nursing journey began and I found I was unable to fulfill my commitment. This funding would provide needed services to my home community.”

Thanks, Barbara, for your commitment to this important issue! We are elated to support this organization on your behalf.

Medical Solutions Gives Rainbow DSAWJennifer G., who works with Career Consultant Roy B., nominated Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin.

“The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (DSAW) matters to me because I have had people with Down Syndrome affect my life in many ways. I had a brother who had Down Syndrome but died as a baby when I was five. Even as a small child, I loved when the physical and speech therapists would come to our house to do therapy with him and would help out. When I was in grade school, my school had a St. Coletta Day School for children with developmental disabilities within our school. I had the opportunity to volunteer as a classroom aid for the art classes they held. I enjoyed being able to work with these special children and I’ve continued to work with people with disabilities as an adult through Special Olympics. This past year I was given the opportunity to help support DSAW through my friend Kim’s daughter who has Down Syndrome. We were able to raise more than $10,000 for Kitty’s Krew for their annual walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo. This organization helps families who have children who have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. They remind families and parents that they have been given a gift of a child and a community that will support them through all of their troubles and cheer them on for all of the triumphs their children make.”

Thank you for everything you do, Jennifer, and for helping us support this awesome organization in your name!

Medical Solutions Gives Rainbow Rally Foundation Jenny W., who works with Career Consultant Austin B., submitted Rally Foundation,  

“When I started my Travel Nursing adventures I never thought it would lead me to where I am today. After just one week at an assignment, I met my now-husband and three stepchildren. Thankfully, pediatric cancer has never been a thought in my mind, however, I quickly learned how desperately funding is needed for this cause.

My stepson is now eight years old, but at a mere three years of age he had to endure chemotherapy and a cadaver bone transplant for Ewing’s Sarcoma. This normally occurs in teenagers, but Jake, in true fashion, had to be the anomaly. The chemotherapy medications he received were outdated. My husband dedicated every ounce of energy he had into gathering donations, but pediatric cancer doesn’t receive funding like other cancers do.

Jake is a fun-loving kid with an infectious smile. He became the face for the Rally Foundation, and touched so many lives. As we sat down this past Thanksgiving, we couldn’t help but thank the Rally Foundation and all of the help that Jake received. Jake’s cancer returning is a fear that we all live with. No family should have to live that fear. NOT A SINGLE ONE. Pediatric cancer needs funding. It needs research. Jake and other children deserve more than a few years on this planet.”

Thank you, Jenny! We appreciate you sharing your story and giving us the chance to support this important foundation. We are all rooting for Jake and every kiddo with pediatric cancer!

Congratulations to the winners and all of the AMAZING Travelers who submitted the causes you care so much about and shared your stories! If your cause was not chosen this year, we hope to see you back again in 2018. Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions Gives.

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Last Call for Say Thanks By Giving 2017!

Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

The holiday season is all about celebrating gratitude and giving freely to others, that’s why Medical Solutions wants to help you support your favorite cause with a $2,000 donation — plus a little something for you to boot!

Our third annual Say Thanks By Giving event lets you nominate a nonprofit you hold dear for the chance to win a $2,000 donation from Medical Solutions made in your name. As an added bonus, if your charity is chosen you’ll also win a $100 Amazon gift card for yourself.

Nominations are open here through December 1, 2017 — so you have to act fast!  

In the past two years Medical Solutions has helped our Travelers support the following charities through Say Thanks By Giving:

  • Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program — nominated by Traveler Michael C.
  • Puppies Behind Bars — nominated by Traveler Karen G.
  • Team Jack Foundation — nominated by Traveler Frances B.
  • CASA of Ohio Valley — nominated by Traveler Kathy G.
  • Remote Area Medical — nominated by Traveler Leigha C.
  • Cattaraugus County SPCA — nominated by Traveler Jennifer G.
  • The Cure Starts Now Foundation — nominated by Traveler Erica P.
  • Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey — nominated by Traveler Gabriel T.

So, tell us: What nonprofit and/or charitable organization matters most to you — and why? It could be a place you’ve personally volunteered or one that has helped you personally!

Just imagine, if you could help support any charity or nonprofit organization that makes the world a better place, who would it be? Got your answer? Great! Now be sure to submit your cause for consideration before December 1, 2017!

In December, we’ll announce four winners — each of whom will receive a $100 Amazon gift card for themselves AND get $2,000 donated to the cause they nominated!

Click here now to share what you care about!

 

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2017 Planet Water Update

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Medical Solutions was proud to sponsor Planet Water’s successful Project 24 again in 2017!

In March we told you about Medical Solutions’ 2017 sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 — a celebration of World Water Day and an initiative to bring clean water to communities in need worldwide. After sponsoring Planet Water filtration towers in 2012, 2015, and 2016, the Medical Solutions team was once again extremely proud to be a part of this amazing effort to provide 24 clean water filtration systems to 24 impoverished communities in just 24 hours.

In fact, our internal team also passed the hat and pitched in on World Water Day, donating an extra $5,284 to support Planet Water’s work!

The 2017 effort was a great success — with Medical Solutions’ sponsorship bringing clean water to the people of Ranca Asem! (Click here to revisit last month’s blog and learn more about this small Indonesian village.)

The Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration tower went up Wednesday, March 22nd, at 9 p.m. EST, at Cikasungka IV School on the border of Tangerang and Bogor in the Indonesian village of Ranca Asem. Students were trained in water health and hygiene, and, although the tower is located at the school, it will also benefit the entire community of 2,400!

The Medical Solutions team is constantly inspired by our amazing Travel Nurses — which motivates us to help in this important effort to save and improve lives with clean water.

“We are inspired each day by the life-saving, life-changing efforts of our Travel Nurses, and being a part of Project 24 is a great way to honor them by doing our part to help make a real difference in people’s lives — just as they do every day on the job,” says Medical Solutions CEO, Craig Meier.

Thank you, Travelers, for inspiring us!

Planet Water shared some amazing photos of Ranca Asem students and other community members before, during, and after the water tower was erected. These pictures tell an awesome story — check it out!

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Planet Water’s team constructs the water filtration tower in Ranca Asem.

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The tower goes up …

 

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And it’s up!

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Hooray! The team hands a certificate to a local educator.

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Happy students wash their hands with clean water in Ranca Asem.

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The students prepare to drink clean water!

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More happy villagers applaud their new clean water source.

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Students learn about water hygiene and health.

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The students put their clean water and new hygiene knowledge to good use!

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The gift of gratitude from some happy students!

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Medical Solutions Sponsors Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 for World Water Day 2017

Medical Solutions Sponsors Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 for World Water Day 2016

Nurses are well aware of the importance of clean water in treating and preventing illness, but may still be shocked by statistics like the fact that 50% of all hospital beds in the world are occupied by people with easily preventable waterborne diseases. Or the fact that a whopping one in eight people on Earth do not have access to safe, clean water!

Unfortunate stats like these are why Medical Solutions will sponsor Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 again in 2017. In celebration of World Water Day, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, this initiative will bring clean water to 24 communities in just 24 hours by installing school-based water filtration systems within villages in need.

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Villagers in Ranca Asem will benefit from a clean water tower and water health & hygiene education.

The Medical Solutions team sponsors this annual effort because we are consistently inspired by the hard work and compassion that our Travel Nurses display every day in their quest to save lives. YOU are the inspiration for our company to support this amazing cause!

This year, the Medical Solutions-sponsored water filtration tower will go up at 9 p.m. EST at SDN Cikasungka IV School on the border of Tangerang and Bogor in the Indonesian village of Ranca Asem. The community’s main water source is a deep well that often runs dry, causing people to use unsafe water from a nearby river for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and bathing. The lack of accessibility of clean water has caused frequent skin issues, diarrhea, typhoid, and other issues, as well as creating an obstacle to learning for the village’s children.

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People in Ranca Asem routinely use questionable water sources that create sickness and barriers to education.

“At home we do not have clean water,” says 9-year-old villager Muhamad Fadli Rizky. “To meet the need of drinking water every day, my mother fetches water from the well. When I go to school I bring water from home, but if I forget to bring it, I ask a friend. Sometimes I drink tap water directly, but as a result of drinking water from the faucet, sometimes I feel stomach pains. I have to ignore them because there is no other choice.”

There is a general lack of knowledge in the area regarding water health and hygiene. As a part of Project 24, Planet Water will not only erect the Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water tower, they will also provide crucial water health and hygiene education! Just as Medical Solutions’ sponsorship helped thousands of villagers in 2012, 2015, and 2016, our 2017 effort will benefit Ranca Asem’s population of 2,400 people — including 380 students throughout 600 households.

Please join the Medical Solutions team in taking a moment to be grateful for the easy access to clean water that most of us enjoy in the United States and to learn more about Ranca Asem, Project 24, and Planet Water Foundation.

Thank you for constantly inspiring us, Travel Nurses!

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Announcing 2016’s Say Thanks By Giving Winners …

Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

For the second year running, Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of our Travelers’ favorite causes!

Throughout November we asked Medical Solutions Travelers to nominate their favorite charitable organizations and share what makes each of them so awesome. After combing through nearly 100 submissions, we chose four amazing winners. It was a joy to read all of the awesome stories and submissions, but it can’t be overstated that choosing the winners was a very hard task because there were just so many awesome submissions and causes!

Read on to learn about the four charities that will each receive a $2,000 donation from Medical Solutions, as well as the four Travelers who nominated them and who will each get a $100 Amazon gift card!

Children's Hospital Colorado Burn Camps ProgramMichael C., whose Career Consultant is Curt H., submitted Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program, an organization that works to “improve the lives of burn-injured children through the use of enriched curriculum and path of adventure in a safe environment.”

“I was burned at age 12, along with my brother,” writes Michael in his submission. “In a time which could have been the most difficult in our lives, we were fortunate enough to attend this camp and meet with other survivors of a similar injury. The foundation teams up with Camp Cheley in Estes Park Colorado to create an incredibly unique and transformative experience for burn victims from all across the nation in their struggle to adapt with their new injuries, and oftentimes, changed body image related to burn scars. They integrate firefighters, nurses, PT/OT, and clinical psychologists combined with handpicked counselors from the traditional summer camp, all on a volunteer basis to create a weeklong summer camp which continuously proves to be positively life-changing … One must almost witness firsthand to fully understand the tremendous amount of good and uplifting spirit this program pushes out into our world. Burn victims face a very specialized need in their mental and physical rehabilitation process, and this foundation successfully manages those needs in beautiful confidence and with open heart. It has changed my life, helped me decide not to be a burn victim but instead a burn survivor, and now thriver. I see it doing the same for dozens of other children every year that I return.”

Puppies Behind BarsKaren G., whose Career Consultant is Brad B., submitted Puppies Behind Bars, an organization that “trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.” According to PBB, “Puppies enter prison at the age of eight weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve.”

“This charity is meaningful to me in two ways,” writes Karen in her submission. “One, it recognizes the importance of rehabilitation in prisoners rather than just biding time of a sentence, and two, it helps veterans suffering from PTSD and other psychological and physical ailments directly acquired through service. As a child of a veteran with PTSD, I would have loved if this service was available to the veterans of my father’s generation.”

Team Jack FoundationFrances B., whose Career Consultant is Ted M., submitted Team Jack Foundation, an organization that works “collaboratively with families impacted by pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancer foundations” with the objective of funding [pediatric brain cancer] research at the top research centers in the world as swiftly as possible.

“Team Jack Foundation started with my friend Jack who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011,” writes Frances in her submission. “Back in 2011 there had been very little research for pediatric brain cancer and Jack was treated with ancient drugs and therapies, so it became a goal for his parents to raise funds for further research. To date, Team Jack has raised 2.6 million for research, with Jack himself involved in experimental drugs. Many of the kids have to travel a great distance to get the care needed. For example, Jack’s made many trips to Boston away from friends and family. One of the first things Jack asked me when we met was if I had flown in an airplane. When I replied “yes” he confirmed that he had also, but his eyes did not display the joy of flying to Disney World or Omaha Zoo — more like the fear of the unknown: the fear of more surgeries, more tests, more needles, more scans, more drugs, more pain. Help me stop that fear for kids with cancer. No kid should die from cancer. Help that become a reality.”

CASAKathy G., whose Career Consultant is Jon L., submitted CASA of Ohio Valley, an organization that recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers to “represent the best interests of children who enter the Daviess and Ohio County Court systems as a result of dependency, abuse, or neglect.”

“There is strong evidence that suggests children who have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma will have altered brain development,” writes Kathy in her submission. “Abused children are at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, mental illness, suicide, drug abuse, promiscuity, and criminal activity. Positive adult influences can make all the difference in a child’s life … Children need love and care, and if their parents aren’t able to provide it, they will look for it elsewhere. Sometimes all they have is a CASA advocate to provide this. It takes money to provide the training necessary to educate and train these volunteers. As a past CASA volunteer from 2001 to 2005, I can attest to the influence that these volunteers have on the lives of these children. I currently stay in contact with a past child that I was fortunate to advocate for. Through this organization, she was able to see that there are adults who do care and are not there to hurt you. She now has a family of her own and I’m proud to say is a wonderful mother.”

Congrats to our winners and thanks so much to ALL of our wonderful Travelers who submitted their causes and beautiful stories! Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions Gives.

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Say THANKS by GIVING is Back!

Medical Solutions Say Thanks By Giving

Click here to share what you care about and let us say THANKS by GIVING $2,000 to your favorite cause! (You could also win a $100 Amazon gift card for yourself!)

Want to support your favorite cause with a $2,000 donation? Let us help you with that!

In 2016, inspired by our selfless Travelers, Medical Solutions continued our legacy of donating time, money, and services to charitable organizations. Our Travel Nurses give SO much of themselves towards making the world a better place and we’re just trying to do our part, too.

To help achieve that as fully as possible, we’re bringing back Say Thanks By Giving again this year. It’s a very simple, very awesome way you can help us help you and let us say THANKS by GIVING to your favorite cause — plus a little something for you too!

So, tell us: What nonprofit and/or charitable organization matters most to you — and why?

Your favorite cause could be small and local or big and international. It could be a place you’ve personally volunteered, or one that has helped you personally!

Just imagine, if you could help support any charity or nonprofit organization that makes the world a better place, who would it be? Got your answer? Great! Now be sure to submit your cause for consideration before November 30, 2016!

In December, we’ll announce four winners — each of whom will receive a $100 Amazon gift card for themselves AND get $2,000 donated to the cause they nominated!

Last year through Say Thanks By Giving, Medical Solutions donated to:

  • Remote Area Medical — nominated by Traveler Leigha C.
  • Cattaraugus County SPCA — nominated by Traveler Jennifer G.
  • The Cure Starts Now Foundation — nominated by Traveler Erica P.
  • Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey — nominated by Traveler Gabriel T.

We are so excited to read your submissions again this year and help several of you support the cause that matters most to you! Thank you all so much everything you give of yourself throughout the year as hardworking Travel Nurses.

Click here now to share what you care about!