Category: Travel Nursing News

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Medical Solutions Statement on MTV’s “Scrubbing In”

ScrubbIn CastA few months ago we heard that MTV was going to be making a reality show that focused on Travel Nurses. Originally titled “Nurse Nation” and later changed to “Scrubbing In,” we were cautiously optimistic about the new show. As a Travel Nurse agency we were excited about the possibility that this new program would shine a light on the hard work of nurses within the travel industry, as well as other related topics such as the nurse shortage and the importance of patient care and safe nurse to patient ratios.

Now that we’ve been able to watch a couple of episodes of the highly publicized show we felt the need to express our disappointment in this show’s portrayal of Travel Nurses. As an agency that works hard to serve our Travelers and create lasting, personal bonds with them, we are disheartened by this portrayal and want to express that this is not how we think Travel Nurses should be shown as it is not representative of the hard-working, focused Travelers that we work with.

Beyond that we want to emphasize the point that what you see on “Scrubbing In” is not what we do nor does it reflect the high caliber of Travelers that we staff at Medical Solutions. We accept only the most qualified and professional Travelers, and send them through a 28-point screening process that covers professional, license, education, background, identification, and health requirements. We know that safe patient care depends on the Travelers we staff, and by extension, that it depends upon us.

As far as the personal off-the-job choices made by the cast, we do not judge them for that. But on the job some of the things depicted in the show, such as Travel Nurses arriving on a job without proper licensing or playing around out of their unit, would not fly with our highly professional Career Consultants and Travelers.

We hope that “Scrubbing In” goes on to portray more of the cast practicing nursing and less drama and, as the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) called it, “demeaning” footage of the featured Travel Nurses.

NACNS has joined National Nurses United, American Nurses Association, Canadian Nurses Association and a petition on Change.org in urging MTV to cancel the show. NACNS President Carol Manchester wrote, “This program portrays nurses in a disrespectful and unfair light for purely salacious purposes.  We urge you in the strongest possible terms to cancel it. As the largest group of health care professionals, nurses are central to providing and improving our nation’s health care. As you must be aware, the United States is facing a shortage of nurses and there are efforts underway across the country to encourage young people to enter nursing and increase enrollment in nursing schools. A television program that intentionally reinforces negative and antiquated stereotypes about nurses and that shows them in the worst possible light does nothing to support those efforts, and, in fact, serves to do the opposite.”

And it’s not just nurses who think the show is a miss, AJ Marechal, TV Reporter for Variety, said that the show, “struggles tonally, as scenes of the nurses working with sick patients are largely overshadowed by pointless, aggressive arguments between cast members.”

If any of our readers have watched the show, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments!

 

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Happy Travel Nurses Day!

facebook--i-am-a-travel-nurseHey everybody, it’s finally here — Happy Travel Nurses Day! In the words of the wise Madonna Ciccone: “Holiday! Celebrate!”

Today, Friday, October 11, 2013, is the inaugural Travel Nurses Day and we are so excited to celebrate with you. Medical Solutions decided there was a need for you and all the other hardworking Travel Nurses out there to have your very own day to celebrate. Such a unique career that benefits so many patients and families definitely deserves its very own unique day.

As part of your festivities be sure to visit TravelNursesDay.com where you can play games and enter the grand prize raffle. Fifteen lucky winners of the Photo Observation game, Anagram Puzzle game, and Pictogram game, will win a $50 gift card from Starbucks, Spa Finder, or Zappos. One grand prize winner will take home a $250 gift card to Scrubadoo!

Fun and games aside, we want to truly thank you, Travel Nurses of the world, for the amazing, life-saving work you do every day. For your compassion, dedication, and skill we cannot thank you enough.

Now get out there and have some fun on Travel Nurses Day!

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Happy Nurses Week to our Fabulous Travelers!

Join us as we celebrate this year’s Nurses Week, May 6-12, in grand Las Vegas style. Roll the dice on one of our daily Vegas-themed contests for your chance to win prizes such as iPad Minis, 3-piece luggage sets, gift cards galore, and even a trip for two to Las Vegas in October to attend the 2013 Travelers Conference.

Make sure to get in on all the sin city fun with these entertaining daily Facebook contests: RN Roulette Sweepstakes, “Let’s See Your Poker Face” Photo Contest, Hunka Hunka Caption Contest, “Viva Las Vegas” Trivia Game, and the “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” Instant Win Game. This year each contest will have two winners daily, so you can participate no matter which shift you’re on!

Career Consultants will be circulating details on how to win some of these great prizes, along with regular updates on all of the festivities. More details are available at We Love Our Nurses.com.

We also present Nurses of Tomorrow, our second annual scholarship competition, in honor of Nurses Week. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate nursing students in need of a little financial relief on their paths to becoming part of the next wave of skilled nurses, leaders, and educators, and easing the nursing shortage. Applicants will be judged on several criteria, including a 250-word essay answering the question: “What do you feel are the most important components needed for quality nursing care?” Three lucky winners will receive $1000 scholarships. Be sure to share this great opportunity with aspiring nurses you may know. For the full criteria and fine print on the competition, click here. Applications are due by June 6, 2013. 

At Medical Solutions we like make a BIG deal this time of year, because recognizing and honoring hardworking nurses is a VERY BIG deal to us. Thanks so much for all you do!

 

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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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Medical Solutions First Pinterest Contest “i heart traveling”

pinterest contest

We are very excited to launch the first Pinterest Contest in the Travel Nurse industry!

From June 11th through June 29th, Pinterest users are encouraged to create a board with pinned images that correspond to 7 travel-themed descriptions which will be provided. Boards will be judged based on uniqueness, creativity, travel spirit and adherence to the guidelines. The winner will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card.

Please visit www.medicalsolutions.com/pinterestcontest for official rules. You can also follow us on Pinterest @MedSolutions. Happy Pinning!

 

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Medical Solutions Brings Water to Thousands

This past Christmas we partnered with the Planet Water Foundation to help bring fresh, clean water to the people living in the village of Phnov, located in the Tasom Commune, Angkor Chum District of Siem Reap, Cambodia. This gift was given on behalf of our travelers and client hospitals.

We are happy to announce that the water tower was erected in early May! Thank you to Planet Water and our Travelers for making this possible.

To learn more about how this system works and is giving the hope of a better life to thousands visit Planet Water.

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We have launched a new travel nurse loyalty program

Medical Solutions Super Easy Loyalty BonusWe love when our travel nurses love their experience of working with us so much that take assignment after assignment. And now we are excited to be offering our new 2012 Loyalty Program so we can reward them for that loyalty.

The program is super simple. We made it that way for two reasons.

First, you have enough to worry about while you are a travel nurse so we did not want to add to that.

And second, we wanted a program that didn’t take a magnifying glass and calculus degree to figure out if you qualified or what your hours were.

Click here to learn more about the Travel Nursing Loyalty Bonus.

Click here to read the press release.

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Our award winning travel nursing website!

STAFFING ROBOT WINS EHEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR BEST HEALTHCARE WEBSITE DESIGN

Earlier this year we resdesigned our website to be one that put the focus on you, travel nurses, instead of us as a travel nursing company.

We have heard tons of positive feedback on it and were glad our travelers liked it. And now we are also excited to announce that it is an award winning site.

The company that we worked with to design it Staffing Robot won the Ehealthcare Leadership Award For Best Healthcare Website Design.

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Don’t forget to enter the Medical Solutions Room 2 Roam Mobile Sweepstakes

This contest is super easy to enter and we are giving away prizes weekly. So if you have a smart phone and 10 seconds then you should definitely enter.

Click here for more information on how to enter this great contest for travel nurses.

Here is what you can win:

Room 2 Roam Contest Prize

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Does your travel nurse recruiter rock?

Does your recruiter rock?Does your Medical Solutions Career Consultant rock as a recruiter? Then be sure to vote for them for Healthcare Traveler Magazine’s 2011 Recruiter of the Year Contest.

Here is a link to submit your rectuiter: 2011 Recruiter of the Year Nomination Form

All entries have to be received before September 15, 2011. So hurry, your Career Consultant deserves some love.