Category: Medical Solutions News

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Medical Solutions Opens New Online Store, Stitches!

StitchesAt Medical Solutions, we love sending our Travelers all kinds of fun gear, or as the kids call it these days, “swag.”

We’ve created so much great apparel — from t-shirts and hoodies, to hats, scrubs, and more — that our office was starting to overflow from it all! Plus, Travelers loved our Medical Solutions gear so much that they wanted access to more. So, we decided to create an online store, called Stitches, where Travelers could go to find the latest in Medical Solutions swag.

Stitches features a variety of gear that makes great gifts for yourself, the nurse in your life, or anybody who appreciates creative, quality goods. Available now at Stitches are ball caps and stocking caps, hilarious nurse-themed t-shirts, polos, hoodies, jackets, coffee cups, pet gear, water bottles, lunch bags, scrubs, and more.

We want Stitches’ gear to remain affordable for you, so we are running the store without making any profit off of it. Of course, we have to cover the production and vendor costs, but outside of those we are offering these items to our customers with no additional markup.

Want to hear something even more awesome? Medical Solutions will donate $500 to Habitat for Humanity after Stitches receives its 50th order.

Click here to head on over to Stitches and get started filling your virtual shopping cart. I highly recommend the Bigfoot T-shirt that compels you to “Always Believe in Yourself.”

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Medical Solutions’ Scott Anderson Named to Staffing Top 100

Congrats, Scott, for being included in the 2013 Staffing Top 100!

Congrats, Scott, for being included in the 2013 Staffing Top 100!

We are super duper happy to share the news that our co-founder, CEO, CFO, fearless leader, and all-around great guy, Scott Anderson, has been named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ Staffing 100 list for 2013. Congrats, Scott! We think you are just the bee’s knees and it’s great for you to be recognized on such an important list.

According to Staffing Industry Analysts, this list features, “The 100 most influential people in the staffing industry.”

Scott’s page on the Top 100 reads, “As co-founder and head of Medical Solutions L.L.C., Scott Anderson has taken the company to new heights. Under Anderson’s leadership, Medical Solutions was among the first staffing companies to achieve The Joint Commission healthcare staffing services certification. With its acquisition of On Assignment’s travel nurse division in February 2013, Medical Solutions became the third-largest travel nurse provider in the U.S. It was named a Best Staffing Firm to Work For by Staffing Industry Analysts in 2012 and 2013, among other accolades. Anderson also serves on the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics board.”

Anderson is ever-humble regarding this mega-honor, saying, “I’m so honored to be recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts. However, the real credit should be given to our great staff and nurses who have established a culture and commitment to service that allows Medical Solutions to thrive in the industry and set a solid example for others.”

For he’s a jolly good fellow, indeed. Congrats again, Scott. And thank you so much for all that you do for Medical Solutions, its employees and Travelers, and the healthcare staffing industry in general!

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Travel Nurses Day

facebook--i-am-a-travel-nursePrepare yourself to celebrate good times because … drumroll, please … Medical Solutions is sponsoring the first annual Travel Nurses Day, coming up this Friday, October 11, 2013.

That’s right, now you have your very own holiday! Travel nursing is such a unique field, why shouldn’t you have your own day? Travel nurses are the pinch hitters of the healthcare field. And when you arrive on a job we know that you always swing for the fences. You are always there to make sure that patient care never suffers in the face of personnel shortages or permanent staff burnout. You exude positivity and manage to continuously remain flexible in all kinds of new facilities and unfamiliar terrain, ready to jump in and help at a moment’s notice. For these reasons and so many more, we are so thankful for you.

Besides a whole day to honor everything you do, Medical Solutions will be sponsoring fun contests and giveaways during the week preceding the big day. Then, on Travel Nurses Day, October 11, we will announce the winners.

Be sure to visit TravelNursesDay.com to sign up for updates on Travel Nurses Day so you can stay posted and be the first to know about the contests and other fun. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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Medical Solutions Completes Integration with OA Nurse Travel

Medical Solutions co-founders Scott Anderson (left) and Dale Williams (right) celebrate the integration of OA Nurse Travel into Medical Solutions.

As of last weekend, OA Nurse Travel has officially become one with Medical Solutions.

Mazel tov, you two crazy kids!

We are super excited to move forward stronger than ever as a result of this union. With the combined forces of these two great organizations, Medical Solutions is bigger and better than ever, allowing us to provide our Travelers with even more jobs and locations to choose from.

Our high standard of service is one thing that won’t change. We look forward to continuing to deliver top-notch service to Travelers, working hard to advocate for their professional needs while also caring for every individual on a personal level.

After purchasing OA Nurse Travel in February 2013, our corporate team has been hard at work streamlining offices, technology, and procedures. Thanks so much everyone for the diligent efforts and rock-solid positivity throughout this process!

We are so excited to have retained amazing Travelers, Career Consultants, Client Managers, and other staff members from OA Nurse Travel. Bringing together people from the Omaha, San Diego, Cincinnati, and Tupelo offices has been a blast.

Thanks to all of our Travelers, Clients, and staff for taking this exciting leap forward with us. Here’s to the future!

 

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Career Consultant Greg Allen in Healthcare Traveler Magazine

Our very own Senior Career Consultant, Greg Allen, was an expert source for an article in the July 2013 issue of Healthcare Traveler magazine. Yay, Greg!

The piece was called “Choosing the Right Staffing Firm,” with a subhead reading “When travelers are scouting assignments, the best recruiting firm relationships begin with communication.” Greg was a fantastic source for the piece, as communication and relationship building are two areas that he is truly an expert in. In fact, these are two areas that all of our Career Consultants work to excel at.

In the article Greg stresses the importance of a timely response time from a Career Consultant, adding that even if he gets a question he doesn’t immediately know the answer to he will reply right away anyway, just to let his Traveler know that he got their message and is on the case. This approach has won him the favor of people like Susan Pruitt, RN, one of Greg’s Travelers who was also quoted in the piece. She has been with Greg for three years and commends him on his excellent service.

Greg talks service before, during, and after an assignment. If someone is new to traveling and unsure exactly how they’d like to proceed, Greg works with them to “help them weigh their pros and cons” and narrow down to the best experience for them. Concerns at this stage, he says, often include “finding new and interesting challenges, increasing earnings, and venturing into different parts of the country.”

Once an RN is on assignment, Greg can help troubleshoot any unexpected on-the-job issues, like incomplete orientation, unfamiliar computer systems, higher than expected nurse to patient ratios, and more. Bottom line: “We encourage our Travelers to call us any time for any reason,” he tells Healthcare Traveler.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of working with Greg, who’s been with us since 2008, you already know that he is one of the best of the best here at Medical Solutions. He is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in the industry, which makes him a fantastic advocate for his Travelers. But even beyond all of his experience and industry savvy, Greg is a downright super nice guy! Always willing to chat and eager to help in any way he can, Greg is definition “Service That Inspires.”

Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Greg! Read the full article featuring Greg here.

 

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Best Travel Nursing Agency Blogs

Best Travel Nurse AgenciesWe’re #1, we’re #1!! At least, according to GuoTime, a website that’s “all about finding the best niche blogs and experts who can address people’s problems and needs.” The website looks for blogs with great, experience-specific content and matches them with their target audience. In a June 2013 post titled “Best travel nursing blogs for traveling nurses and (aspiring) R.N.” they’ve named Medical Solutions as the number one of the best travel nursing agency blogs.

Our blog is praised for its wealth of up-to-date information and they call Medical Solutions “the best in the business” and point out that it’s a company obviously run by passionate people. Man, they really have us pegged!

The post begins, “The subject of ‘travel nursing’ piqued my interest when my best friend’s wife took a series of travel nursing jobs as RN (registered nurse). It’s obviously one of the fastest growing job segments. However, many related websites come across a bit information-overloaded and too salesy. As an introduction to travel nursing, this article attempts to include key information, making it easier for job hunters, aspiring travel nurses to find relevant travel nursing information in one place.

There’s a lot of great other info on the page about some non-agency blogs related to travel nursing: Highway Hypodermics, The Gypsy Nurse, Travel Nursing Blogs, and The Nerdy Nurse. Also, the post has a really great introduction about what travel nursing is — good information for current or aspiring travel nurses. It also includes some travel nursing stats and demographics, as well as a handy infograph on “Top Travel-friendly Facilities for Nurses.”

Anyway, we’d like to thank the academy, and … thanks so much to all of YOU for reading. We really strive to provide quality info for our Travelers as well as those who are curious about travel nursing in general. We are proud to be recognized as number one of the best travel nursing agency blogs! Please let us know in the comments why you like this blog and/or anything we can do to make it better for our readers.

 

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Improving Technology for You

medical solutions nurse portalAs you may know, it’s our goal to give you the best customer experience possible. Your time as a healthcare professional is valuable, that’s why we want to make sure we make things easy and convenient. With that in mind, we’re designing a… tah-dah! Nurse Portal (still thinking of a cool name for this.)

Ultimately, the nurse portal will be an online personal profile you can login to from your home computer, mobile phone or tablet. The goal is to be a tool where you will be able to track all of your paperwork, timesheets or anything you would like to see about an assignment.

But, we need your help! Please tell us what YOU would like to see in the nurse portal. Any suggestions are welcome, be creative! You can leave your suggestions and ideas here.

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#1 Staffing Company to Work for in the NATION!

Best Place to Work - Medical Solutions - Travel NursingYep, it’s true. Staffing Industry Analysts announced the winners of the 2013 Best Staffing Firms to Work for survey. Medical Solutions took the top spot at #1 for medium sized companies.

Also, in our hometown of Omaha, we were voted one of the top companies to work for 5 years running!

Both of these awards are truly an honor. We are dedicated to helping our employees reach their professional and personal goals, we are a company that understands work can be and should be fun, a company that makes everyone proud to be a part of and a company that understands that happiness leads to success for all.

And of course, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without all of you. Our happy employees mean you get the best customer service and dedication out there. So thank you for being fantastic Travelers.

 

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Welcome OA Nurse Travel to the Medical Solutions Family!

This past week, we welcomed OA Nurse Travel to the Medical Solutions family. This means more available assignment locations and enhanced customer service for you.

OA Nurse Travel joined Medical Solutions because of our recognition of their strength, growth and exceptional team. We realize they do business the right way and they match our values.

But not to worry, besides having a bigger option for assignments-  nothing will change! Your team at Medical Solutions will remain the same.

Take a look at our fun illustration for the joining of the two companies here.

And to see the full press release click here.

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Recruiter of the Year

recruiter of the yearIs your recruiter beyond amazing?  Why not show them some love? Healthcare Traveler is hosting it’s 11th annual “Recruiter of the Year” Award.

To vote you must have worked with the recruiter during the 2012 year. Also, the recruiter must currently be employed at a professional placement capacity at a travel staffing agency or travel division. If you would like to nominate your recruiter, click here.

 

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