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Celebrate Travel Nurses Day 2018 with Medical Solutions!

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Thank you for all that you do for your patients! We wish you a very Happy Travel Nurses Day!

That magical time of year is almost here! Travel Nurses Day is this Friday, October 12th, 2018!

Six years ago, the Medical Solutions team created this annual holiday to honor and recognize your hard work as a Travel Nurse. This year we decided to start the festivities early so you can jumpstart your celebration too. We invite you to visit TravelNursesDay.com where you can enter contests, take quizzes, listen to music—and best of all—win prizes!

Here’s the Travel Nurses Day 2018 lineup:

#PostCardsFromTheRoad Instagram Photo Contest: Do you have postcard-worthy photos from your travels? Show us what you’ve got! It can be snapshots of your friends and co-workers, that breathtaking ocean view from your last beach day, or an artsy take on your morning latte. There’s just one rule — it must be a picture from your travel nurse adventures. If your picture makes our top five, you could win a $300 Amazon gift card!

To enter, use the hashtags #PostcardsFromTheRoad and #MedicalSolutions when you share your images on Instagram. Don’t forget — Your Instagram account must be set to public in order to win.

What’s Your Adventure Style? Quiz: What kind of experiences inspire you to send a postcard home? Whether you’re an explorer with a penchant for mountain views, a foodie with exotic tastes, or a sky-diving thrill seeker, we know travel nurses of all stripes love a good adventure! Take this quiz to discover your adventure style. When you do, you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards!

Where Should You Travel Next? Quiz: At some point in your Travel Nursing career, you’ll find yourself wondering where you should travel to next. So, we’ve made it easy for you to find that next Travel Nursing adventure with this fun quiz! Five randomly selected winners will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Car Concert Spotify Playlist: What’s a road trip without great music? No matter where your Travel Nurse journey takes you, we’ve got you covered with this perfect collection of tunes for the road! We dare you to sing like no one is watching.

 

Start your Travel Nurse Day celebration now and visit TravelNursesDay.com. Happy Travel Nurses Day and good luck! Thank you for all that you do in the name of patient care!

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Get Inspired This Nurses Week!

Nurses Week 2018

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year — that’s right, Nurses Week!

It’s almost that magical time of year again as Nurses Week 2018 is nearly upon us! In addition to sending exclusive, custom gifts to our current Travelers, Medical Solutions is celebrating Nurses Week, May 6-12, at WeLoveOurNurses.com, with festivities that will inspire, entertain, and reward healthcare’s most unsung heroes.

Here’s more info about how we’re celebrating YOU this Nurses Week:

Daily Trivia Challenge & Grand Prize

Show off your smarts by answering daily nurse-related trivia questions for the chance to win a $1,500 grand prize! For each day you get the answer correct you’ll receive one additional entry to win the grand prize.

The “Which Inspirational Quote Are You?” Quiz

Get inspired and find out which wise words hit the bullseye of YOUR soul! Every participant who completes this quiz will be entered to win one of the following 50 prizes:

  • Thirty-Two $50 Amazon Gift Cards
  • Three Classic III Littmann Stethoscopes
  • Three One-Year Memberships to HULU
  • Three North Face Recon Backpacks
  • Three Ripley & Rue Bandanas
  • Three $120 Alegria Shoe Gift Cards for Their New TRAQ smart shoe
  • Three $60 Wonder Wink Scrub Gift Cards

The 7th Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship

We believe the nurses are our future! In an effort to support future nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators, Medical Solutions will award three lucky undergrad nurse scholars each with a $2,000 scholarship. Learn more here.

“Love in the Scrubs” Nurse Video Tribute

Medical Solutions and musician C. Young collaborated to create this original music video tribute to nurses everywhere!

Nurses Week Music That Inspires Playlist

At Medical Solutions, we’re all about “Service That Inspires” so we assembled this Spotify playlist of music that inspires to help keep the vibes high this Nurses Week!

Custom Nurses Week eCards

These unique Nurses Week cards are a fun way to celebrate the occasion with your colleagues and friends. Download and email to others or share them on your own social media channels.

Be sure to visit WeLoveOurNurses.com to join the celebration! We’ll also be celebrating throughout the week on our Facebook page. Happy (almost) Nurses Week — and thanks so much for everything you do!

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Save The Date: Travel Nurses Day 2017 is Coming!

Travel Nurses Day 2017

Save the Date, Travel Nurses!

Once upon a time, back in 2013, Medical Solutions was so continuously inspired by our AMAZING arsenal of Travel Nurses, that we decided there ought to be a holiday to recognize them. So, we created Travel Nurses Day, a day when traveling healthcare professionals are exalted and celebrated as the heroes they are!

It’s almost that time again, so save the date for Travel Nurse Day 2017, Friday, October 13th! We’ll be celebrating at TravelNursesDay.com, with quizzes, activities, music, photos, and, best of all PRIZES for Travel Nurses!

Here are a few things you can look forward to this Travel Nurses Day:

  • A #NurseLaughLove Photo Contest
  • Two quintessentially cool quizzes — Where Should I Travel Next? and What’s Your Ultimate Source of Bliss?
  • Two sets of fantastically fun Photofinds
  • Two sets of terrifically tremendous Travel Libs
  • A custom-made Find Your Bliss Playlist to keep you rocking through your special day
  • 35 wonderful prizes, including Amazon Tap Alexa-enabled Speakers, WonderWink scrub sets, North Face Recon backpacks, $100 Amazon gift cards, Alegria shoes, LeSport Sac bags, and so much more!

Right now at TravelNursesDay.com you can see all the lucky winners from last year, but very soon we will unveil the 2017 website and invite you to join in the fun. So be on the lookout for Travel Nurses Day updates in the coming weeks — and prepare to treat yo’self to some Travel Nurses Day fun!

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$750 New Traveler Bonus is Here!

750 Ads 970x250 e1505159261119 - $750 New Traveler Bonus is Here!There are TONS of reasons to try a career in Travel Nursing, but right now at Medical Solutions there are an additional 750 more reasons than ever! That’s because now through January 10, 2018, Travelers who are new to Medical Solutions are eligible for our limited time $750 New Hire Bonus once they complete a full assignment!

If you’ve ever considered trying Travel Nursing, or even if you’re a veteran Traveler looking for a new company that better fits your needs, now is the perfect time to make the leap — and Medical Solutions will have your back every step of the way.

To receive the $750 New Hire Bonus, you must:

  • Have not previously worked a standard assignment with Medical Solutions
  • Sign and start an assignment with us anytime from August 21, 2017, through January 10, 2018
  • Complete your full assignment

It’s that easy! Travel Nursing is already like the fudge sundae of careers, so go ahead, put that cherry on top with Medical Solutions’ $750 New Hire Bonus.

Click here to learn more or to apply now!

Not a Medical Solutions newbie? No worries, you can still get in on the bonus fun by referring a friend or co-worker and earning a $500 referral bonus! Just imagine, you get $500, your friend gets $750, Medical Solutions gets a great Traveler, patients get great care … it’s win-win-win-win — so many wins you’ll lose track!

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Happy Nurses Week 2017!

Medical Solutions Nurses Week

Let’s get this party started, Nurses!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Nurses Week!

We hope you are making the most of this week that’s meant to honor YOU and all of your hard work as the backbone of the healthcare industry.

Make sure to snag a free Cinnabon this week and also to make time to visit WeLoveOurNurses.com, where you can join the celebration and take the “What Kind of Party Are You?” quiz to be entered to win one of 50 awesome prizes!

There’s also a bundle of shareable Nurses Week eCards, a Spotify Party Playlist, scholarship opportunity, and more, including this original music video tribute to nurses. Check it out below — and enjoy your Nurses Week!

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Party Like It’s Nurses Week 2017!

Medical Solutions Nurses Week

Let’s get this party started, Nurses!

 

Nurses Week is coming up, May 6-12, 2017, and at Medical Solutions, that means we absolutely can’t wait to party with our Travelers and all of the amazing Nurses out there!

Unless you simply hate fun, you won’t want to miss this year’s shindig at WeLoveOurNurses.com, which is filled with music, prizes, a quiz, scholarship contest, shareable eCards, and a very special video tribute to Nurses.

Here are some more details about the festivities at WeLoveOurNurses.com:

Medical Solutions Celebrates Nurses Music Video

Nurses are forever our muse! That’s why Medical Solutions had our pal C. Young create a very special jam honoring nurses everywhere. This week and always, we have so much love for the scrubs. This video is just one way for us to express our heartfelt gratitude for everything you do for your patients and the healthcare field in general.

Medical Solutions Nurses Week 2017 Spotify Playlist 

What’s a party without great music? Well, just a way less cool party, basically. To make sure this celebration is truly off the chain, we’ve created a special Nurses Week 2017 playlist on Spotify that is sure to keep the good times rolling in style. Go ahead — dance like no one is watching!

“What Kind of Party Are You?” Quiz

As we party hearty, you can take this quiz to answer the long-burning question: What kind of party are you anyway?! BONUS: Taking the quiz is how you get entered to win one of 50 totally awesome party favors — er, prizes — including:

  • Thirty $50 Amazon Gift Cards
  • Five Amazon Tap Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speakers
  • Three Apple iPad Mini 2s
  • Three Pizza Parties Catered in for You and Your Unit
  • Three $120 Alegria Shoes Gift Cards
  • Three $60 Wonder Wink Scrubs Gift Cards
  • Three $25 Sockwell Socks Gift Cards

Medical Solutions’ 6th Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest

Nursing school is where the healthcare professional party gets started! That is why this annual contest supports the development of the next generation of Nurse leaders and educators. Three lucky undergraduate Nurse Scholars will each win $2,000 to offset their education costs. It’s like a party in your bank account!

Click here to learn more and to enter the 6th Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest. Be sure to share this incredible opportunity with the nursing students in your life!

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One of three awesome, shareable Nurses Week eCards!

Shareable Nurses Week eCards

Bring the Nurses Week party to social media and beyond with three exclusive shareable eCards! You can post the eCards to your Facebook page and then tag your nurse friends and co-workers — or share them to their walls, too. The eCards can also be downloaded so that you can share them on other sites or email them to your favorite nurses.

Discover Travel Nursing

If you’re new to the party when it comes to Travel Nursing, Medical Solutions shares some info on this amazing career path — including some Travel Nurse FAQs and the chance to get your travel career kick-started.

Ready to get in on all of this incredible nurse-related revelry? Visit WeLoveOurNurses.com now to join the party!

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Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2016 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Medical Solutions is so very proud of and thankful for our 2016 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiter of the Year Award winners.

We know that all of our Travelers and Career Consultants are the very best in the business, and we look forward to these annual awards as a way to recognize several of our top team members for everything they do in the pursuit of providing great patient care nationwide.

Read on to learn more about these incredible 2016 winners!

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Congrats to our Traveler of the Year, Patricia “Trish” O., pictured her with her dog, Chinook, and her youngest son, Eric.

Traveler of the Year

Congrats to Patricia “Trish” O., our 2016 Traveler of the Year, who won an Apple iPad Air, a $50 Amazon gift card, and some cupcakes and other yummy baked goods delivered for her and her whole unit! Trish works with Career Consultant Aaron B. who thinks she is just the bee’s knees.

Traveler of the Year is chosen annually from the pool of 12 Traveler of the Month winners from throughout the year. Trish is an RN who specializes in Geriatrics, with experience in Rehab and Med Surg, and she was the June 2016 Traveler of the Month. She’s been traveling about four years now, but she’s been in the nursing field in one way or another since age 16!

“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. She now hits the road with her Alaskan Husky, Chinook, who she says is great company.

Trish’s 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 and we hope she finds plenty of inspiration through her travels!

Here’s some great advice from Trish for new or aspiring Travel Nurses:

“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!”

We are SO thankful for you, Trish! You are an amazing caregiver and one of the strongest people we know. Congrats!

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2016 Service That Inspires Award Winner, Joe W., and his crew are all smiles at the beach in Marcos Island!

Service That Inspires Award Winner

Joe and Brennen

Joe and his partner Brennen are an amazing RN duo!

Congrats to our 2016 Service That Inspires Award Winner, Joe W., who won an Amazon Echo Tap, a $50 Amazon gift card, and dinner catered in for him and his unit!

Joe is a BSN, RN working in ICU and he travels with Career Consultant Jen L. Here’s some of what Jen had to say in her nomination of Joe:

“Joe is one of the most amazing nurses I have ever worked with! Joe came to me wanting to travel along with his partner who is also an ICU RN. At the hospital where we found a job for Joe, the manager said in the interview that she does not hire traveling pairs. Joe and his partner decided Joe should take the job anyway and his partner would join at a later date on another assignment. Just weeks after Joe’s arrival, the manager changed her mind and his partner is now working there with him based on his work ethic, his knowledge, and how well he gets along with the staff!

On multiple occasions, patient families have sung the praises of Joe’s professionalism, character, and his empathy for their situations. One family member even handed Joe his very own nomination for a Daisy award, not knowing that Joe wasn’t supposed to know about it and it was to go to the manager.

Another family member who lost his father while in the ICU wrote a letter to the VP of Nursing Services, CEO, COO, and CMO praising Joe for his care of the family and helping them through the most difficult decision of removing the family member off of life support.

Joe is the nurse that I would want taking care of myself or my family member. He is funny, kind, caring, compassionate, and he is exactly the kind of nurse that we want representing Medical Solutions.”

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Bailey loves hitting the road with her dads!

Joe has a total of 18 years of patient care experience; he was an EMS for 15 years and has been in nursing for three years. He’s currently on assignment in Indiana, where he says “the people are awesome!” Joe travels with his partner Brennen, who is also a Travel Nurse, and their English Springer Spaniel, Bailey.

Joe says the best thing about Travel Nursing is “meeting new people and learning new things.” Here’s his advice for succeeding as a Travel Nurse.

Definitely keep an open mind and be open to change. Being flexible with schedules and patient assignments helps beyond measure! A positive attitude and patience will go a long way.”

Thank you, Joe, for being such a great nurse and for providing service that inspires!

Recruiter of the Year Winners

Congrats to our amazing 2016 Recruiter of the Year winners, Stephanie Balkovec and Jon Laubert!

Stephanie and Jon were chosen as 2016 Recruiter of the Year winners based on glowing nominations from their happy Travelers. These two represent exactly what it means to be a Medical Solutions Career Consultant: They truly care about their Travelers and are always there for them any time of day or night, and in any matter personal or professional. Many of their Travelers said that Jon and Steph are not just great recruiters (though, make no mistake, they are that too!), but that they are also really great friends to their nurses before, during, and after their assignments!

Here are some comments from Stephanie’s Traveler nominations:   

Recruiter of the Year

This is Stephanie back in the day. She was born adorable! Congrats, Stephanie!

“Stephanie is a rock star!! She is on her game 100% of the time and I can depend on her no matter what! She is also extremely kind, thoughtful, and seems to check in when I need her the most! Our working styles are very similar and because of this she has helped make my travel dreams come true!! I am SO GRATEFUL for her!!

“Stephanie works extremely hard with me as a team to make sure I have the contracts and assignments I want. She continues to meets my needs as a professional Travel Nurse with a personal touch. As my Career Consultant, she is a great listener, understands and caters to my likes, dislikes, and any concerns I may have. I have had many recruiters, in the past with different companies, none like Stephanie Balkovec and Medical Solutions. The absolute best!”

“Stephanie has been so wonderful during the last nine months of correspondence. Even before I officially signed with Medical Solutions she spent countless hours answering my questions via phone and email. Now, during my first assignment, she is always available and quick to respond with continuous questions. I couldn’t ask for this transition to go any smoother. And she sent me a lil’ sweet treat after my first month. It’s always great to receive mail so far away from home. Thank you Stephanie!”

Click here to learn more about Stephanie.

Here are some comments from Jon’s Traveler nominations:   

Recruiter of the Year

And here’s Lil’ Jon back in the day! Congrats, Jon!

“Jon is always willing to do anything and everything in his power to help me succeed. He’s available 24/7 for anything I needed help with. Whether it’s a friendly reminder for a timesheet so that I got paid on time or trying to get me out of a sticky situation, he was always there! Very respectful of the fact that I work nights as well. A huge plus for a night shifter!! He was Robin to my Batman and I’ll always be grateful for his service and expertise!”

“As a newer Traveler with tons of questions, Jon has always come to my rescue. He makes me feel like I truly am top priority even when I know he is busy. He works very hard to get me the best job possible and I truly appreciate everything he does.  You truly have a winner here and you should never let him go!!!”

“Jon is more than my recruiter and he always goes above and beyond. He’s always accessible and I feel like it’s not just his job but his mission to make sure I always have what I need. He’s there to share in my successes, but more importantly he is a supportive friend when I need a someone to vent my frustrations to. I never feel like he is rushed or distracted when we speak and it feels like I’m dealing with an old friend who’s genuinely interested in what is going on while I’m fulfilling my assignment. Medical Solutions is a better company because of his dedication to his Travelers. I feel fortunate to have crossed paths with Jon and look forward to many years of successful assignments because of his dedication.”

Click here to learn more about Jon.

Congrats again to Stephanie and Jon for winning this year’s Recruiter of the Year Awards! We received TONS of truly amazing nominations for many of our Career Consultants, so we also want to recognize that all of them are 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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Start Your Medical Solutions Career with a $500 Bonus!

Medical Solutions BonusThere are already SO MANY reasons to start a Travel Nursing career with Medical Solutions — and now there are 500 more.

For a limited time, brand new Medical Solutions Travelers will be eligible for a $500 bonus after completing their first five weeks on assignment.

So, if you or someone you know is thinking about taking the plunge into the wonderful world of Travel Nursing, now is the perfect time. And remember, Medical Solutions also offers a $500 referral bonus, so you and your friend could each end up with an extra $500.

Plus, Medical Solutions offers a $600 loyalty bonus for every 600 hours worked, so you and your crew could have bonuses coming out the wazoo!

To receive the Medical Solutions $500 new Traveler bonus, you must:

  • Have not previously worked a standard travel assignment with Medical Solutions
  • Start an assignment with us anytime from October 1, 2016 through January 14, 2017
  • Complete at least five weeks of your assignment

Medical Solutions Travelers report that their careers allow them freedom from hospital politics, the flexibility to take assignments and time off whenever they choose, amazing skill development and resume-building opportunities, the ability to travel with families and/or pets in tow, the chance to explore new, bucket list-level places, and so much more.

Still on the fence? Visit our homepage and check out some of our Travelers’ beautiful pictures and stories about their wonderful experiences. Here’s a quick sample of the thousands of amazing stories we hear from Medical Solutions Travel Nurses.

Lauren S. said: “Travel Nursing has helped me become a braver person and ziplining through the Redwoods is part of the new me.”

Medical Solutions Travel Nurse Jordan

Jordan W. and her pup are very happy Travelers!

Jessica said: “What better way to see the country, be a permanent tourist, advance your nursing skills, and figure out where you want to live when you grow up? Travel Nursing is the best!”

Jordan W. said: “Being a Travel Nurse is amazing because with each new assignment comes the chance to grow in my career. Thanks to Medical Solutions, I am becoming a more diverse nurse. Medical Solutions has always been there for me. I honestly think I have the best recruiter possible.”

Click here to take your first step on an amazing journey and career, in which an extra $500 is just one among many bonuses — financial and otherwise — that await you!

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Meet Us in Las Vegas for TravCon 2016!

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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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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!