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Congrats to June 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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June Traveler of the Month, Wendy, is an RN who travels with her RT husband, John.

Many thanks and congrats to the June 2018 Traveler of the Month, Wendy O., and also our Rising Star winner, Amanda S.!

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Traveler of the Month Wendy is an RN specializing in ER, ICU, and PACU, who is currently on assignment in Monroe, Washington. She’s been a nurse for 21 years, has traveled for two-plus years, and works with Career Consultant Anthony Hudson.

Wendy travels with her husband John, a Registered Respiratory Therapist, who specializes in NICU.

“It can be tricky to put together assignments sometimes for both of us, especially since we both prefer day shift, but we are managing to make it work,” says Wendy. “We just bought a travel trailer this past winter so we are doing the living-in-a-camper life, which can be challenging if we are on different shifts. It is amazing how little space one actually needs to live comfortably — and it’s nice to not have to pack and unpack all the time.”

Wendy and John’s favorite location so far has been Grand Junction, Colorado, where the pair worked in the same hospital.

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Wendy and John relish the chance to go adventuring together!

“Western Colorado is very beautiful, and it’s a great jumping off point for seeing so many amazingly beautiful places, especially if you like the great outdoors,” says Wendy. “The hospital was small and felt very much like a small town or family. Our interim manager — now manager — was great to work with. The hospital had lost a lot of staff and management at the time we came, and the staff that was left seemed very discouraged. It was good for us — along with six other awesome Medical Solutions Travelers — to be able to come in and help get them back into a good staffing position. I also got to orient some new hires and that was very rewarding.”

Wendy was a military wife for many years which she says helped acclimate her to moving all the time. She says she actually likes change, so she doesn’t mind going to new jobs and learning new ways every few months. She also credits 13-plus years working in the ER for teaching her to “adapt continually and roll with the punches.”

Wendy’s favorite thing about Travel Nursing is “getting to see and experience new beautiful places and different cultures.”

“[I also appreciate] getting to touch people’s lives all over the country,” she says. “Every place is unique and I learn things daily at every new job. Also, I don’t need to worry about the politics or how to fix what needs improving. I’m there to help with staffing and be a good nurse and co-worker.”

Wendy shared some really great tips and insights for new and aspiring Travel Nurses: “Be flexible. Try not to complain too much. Keep your cell phone mostly put away. Stay off the internet. Be the kind of nurse you would want your loved ones to have and that you would want to work with. Help out your co-workers, even the not-nice ones. Be a listener. Work hard. There are lots of different ways to run a department, chart, assign staffing, reach doctors, divvy an assignment, etc. It may not be the way you prefer it, or the way you’ve seen it work better elsewhere, but it is the way it is done ‘here’ — and in a couple of weeks you’ll adjust just fine. Some assignments will be better than others. A bad assignment won’t kill you — at least you’re not permanent staff there — and you’ll be proud when you make it through.”

Thanks for sharing your story and excellent advice, Wendy! We appreciate all of your hard work.

Rising Star

Rising Star Amanda is an LTAC/Stepdown RN currently on assignment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She’s worked with Career Consultant Heather Mann for the past six months.

Heather says Amanda is a perfect fit for Travel Nursing.

“Amanda is committed to excellence and never gets involved in any of the drama on the floor,” says Heather. “She arrives with a hard-working spirit and leaves with that same attitude. She is a great help to her other team members.”

In addition to Amanda’s helpful on-the-job skill and expertise, Heather says she genuinely enjoys working with Amanda.

“My favorite thing about working with Amanda is how she always does her research and knows about other companies,” says Heather. “She is careful in her planning and decision-making — and that’s why she has chosen to be with Medical Solutions. I’m lucky to work with her!”

Thank you for all of your incredible, hard work, Amanda!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions June 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Wendy and Amanda, we are super grateful for your incredible commitment to excellent patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Congrats to May 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to May Traveler of the Month, Marsha, (pictured) and Rising Star, Marisa.

Many thanks and congrats to the May 2018 Traveler of the Month, Marsha T., and also our Rising Star winner, Marisa F.!

Traveler of the Month Marsha is a Special Procedure Tech for Cath/EP/EV/IR — certified as a RT(R) — currently working in Maine. She’s been traveling for nearly a year and works with Career Consultant Stephanie Weeden.

In addition to her current Maine assignment, Marsha also did an assignment in Chicago, Illinois, with several extensions.

“My favorite assignment has been Chicago, due to the amazing staff and physicians.  I learned a lot there,” she says. “But location-wise Maine would be the best. It is beautiful here. I had the most uplifting and freeing hike in the woods of Maine alone and it was invigorating!”

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Some of the gorgeous scenery Marsha’s seen on her Travel Nurse journey.

Marsha travels solo, but makes a point to have visits from her 19-year-old son so the two of them can explore new areas together.

“We are very close and he loves the experience,” says Marsha.

Marsha is very satisfied in her profession and says that drives her to do her best work.

“I love what I do. I work a lot and take a lot of call,” she says. “I believe anything worth doing is worth doing correctly and with all your heart. Outside of work I am just a family person that would rather be with family than anyone else.”

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More gorgeous scenery!

Marsha loves to learn and see new places, which makes her a perfect fit for Travel Nursing.

“The best thing about traveling is that I get to see new places while making good money,” she says. “It is also awesome that I get to learn new things and learn how to do the same things in a new way.”

Marsha shared some great tips for new and aspiring Travel Nurses.

“My recommendation for a new Traveler is to always be willing to lend a hand, even when it isn’t ‘your room or your case,’” says Marsha. “Second recommendation is to stay off your phone and stay busy stocking, cleaning, or visiting with your coworkers — you can learn a lot about the area you are in and how to be better at what you do. My third recommendation is something I am just learning and that is to explore. I didn’t venture out much my first location because I was alone, but in Maine, I have been exploring and it is amazing. Just because you are alone, don’t let it hold you back. It’s an amazing, beautiful world out there and you have the great privilege of being able to explore it while getting paid. Have fun and grow as a person and a healthcare professional. Explore and enjoy being a Traveler!”

Thanks for your insightful advice and awesome work ethic, Marsha! We appreciate you.

Rising Star Marisa is an Oncology RN, BSN, currently on assignment in Massachusetts, who’s been in nursing for six years and traveling for two years. She works with Career Consultant Tom Huber.

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Congrats to May Rising Star, Marisa! She’s been collecting animals along her way, including this handsome guy, Otis, whom she describes as a “65-pound brown and tan mutt — part husky, part trash compactor, part Houdini, part your guess is as good as mine.”

Marisa is a natural fit for Travel Nursing, as she’s been moving around the country for the past 15 years even prior to becoming a Travel Nurse.

“I’ve almost seen all 50 states, and I’m working on getting to the last two — North Dakota and Hawaii,” says Marisa.

With all the places she’s traveled, Marisa’s favorite assignment so far has been in Fort Collins, Colorado.

“It’s a pretty town with beautiful mountains and through my patients I got to meet a lot of interesting people,” says Marisa. “People who still do cattle ranching on spreads thousands of acres big, farriers, former rodeo cowboys, retirees from the coasts who came chasing the western life dream, scientists, students, engineers, professors, smoke jumpers, sheriffs, folks who were ‘diverted’ to our hospital from six hours away in South Dakota and Wyoming — imagine driving six hours through open country with no cell service to see your doctor, members of Native American tribes and descendants of people who originally came to that part of the country in covered wagons. Their stories made for a very interesting experience. That and the fact that one day on my drive into work I had to stop and call the police station because there were a bunch of cows loose in the road. (All cattle were safely rounded up later.) I loved my commute, pretty mountain vistas, you could watch thunderstorms sweep across the landscape from miles away, all the pretty horses in the fields, and the staff was great to work with there.”

Marisa says her favorite part about traveling is “the people you meet, the places you go, and what you learn from both,” but she also travels with a great crew of her own — which she describes quite humorously.

“I travel with my 65-pound brown and tan mutt, Otis — part husky, part trash compactor, part Houdini, part your guess is as good as mine — whom I found in Colorado, and with my orange cat whom we simply call ‘Orange Cat,’ whom I found in Mississippi (part foot warmer, part paperweight),” says Marisa. “I found my significant other in Louisiana and he wanders the nation with me as well. His duties include dog and cat wrangling and being the voice of reason so that we don’t pick up a stray animal in each state.”

Marisa offered this great advice for fellow or future Travelers: “Travel light. Roll with the punches. Be flexible. Realize how much you’re appreciated by coming in and helping out and the huge impact you can make on the patients and staff. Remember to get out and enjoy each area while you can, it’s unique and you may never be there again. Eat healthy, exercise, and enjoy. Master the art of saying hello and goodbye, and don’t be surprised when leaving is bittersweet for both you and the people you meet.”

Thanks for the great advice and for being such a wonderful Traveler, Marisa!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions May 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Marsha and Marisa, we are so thankful for your solid commitment to excellent patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Congrats to April 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Eleonora and Kendra, you guys win the gold for April 2018!

Many thanks and congrats to the April 2018 Traveler of the Month, Eleonora D., and also our Rising Star winner, Kendra D.!

Traveler of the Month Eleonora is an Medsurg/Tele RN who has been working with Career Consultant Jenny Groen for about a year and a half. Eleonora just completed a travel assignment at in Mammoth Lakes, California and now she’s home for the summer and taking a break from traveling.

“El is a delight to work with and has become a friend,” says Jenny. “She makes every place she travels to her home. She always fits in perfectly with other Travelers and the perm staff and steps up to help in every way she can. El likes to travel to see the country and experience adventure — she takes advantage of making the best of every situation!”

Jenny says she truly enjoys her time with El and admires her personally and professionally.

“When I talk to El, it is like talking to one of my friends,” says Jenny. “She is passionate about what she does, and I am passionate about making sure she gets an amazing experience out of every travel assignment with Medical Solutions. I have her back in every situation and am thankful for the opportunity to have a nurse and friend like her in my life!”

Thanks for your hard work and for everything you do in the name of delivering great patient care, Eleonora!

Rising Star Kendra is an RN, BSN currently on assignment in Louisville, Kentucky. She works with Career Consultant Jennifer Heese and has been with Medical Solutions since January 2018.

“Kendra is a fantastic nurse,” says Jennifer. “She is very flexible and always willing to do what is needed to make sure her patients are taken care of. She even floats to other units where she is needed and is always willing to do so without question. She truly understands that we are a team in this. If she needs something from me she is a priority and she 100% does the same for me. I hope to be working with her for many assignments to come. I am excited to get her started on her next assignment on the west coast!”

Jennifer says she is continuously impressed with how Kendra represents Medical Solutions and serves her patients.

“Kendra is a great representation of Medical Solutions and has been so wonderful to work with,” says Jennifer. “She has had great feedback from patients she has taken care of and from the hospital staff as well. She got a perfect evaluation from her manager! I know she goes in every day and gives it her all. I am so lucky to have her on my team.”

Jennifer says even aside from Kendra’s amazing nurse prowess, Kendra is someone she truly admires as a person.

“Not only is she a great nurse, but I just love the way she talks about her grandkids,” says Jennifer. “She is a great role model for them and they are lucky to have her. I hope they truly see what an inspiration she is.”

Thanks for being such an amazing Traveler, Kendra! We appreciate you.

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions April 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Eleonora and Kendra, we are so thankful for your incredible commitment to superior patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Congrats to March 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to our March Traveler of the Month, Laura L. (pictured here with her dog, Oakley) and Rising Star, David F.!

Many thanks and congrats to the March 2018 Traveler of the Month, Laura L., and also our Rising Star winner, David F.!

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Laura’s canine crew!

Traveler of the Month Laura is an ER RN, BSN currently working in Iowa. She’s been a nurse for six years and has been traveling since November 2017. Laura works with Career Consultant Jennifer Seay.

Laura’s been to assignments in Iowa and Colorado and she says she can’t pick a favorite.

“I’ve had amazing experiences at both places!” she happily reports.

Laura has three dogs and she took her oldest, Oakley, a seven-year-old Collie/Shepard mix, with her on her first assignment.

“He loved it,” Laura says of Oakley. “He’s very independent compared to the younger two!”

On her current assignment, she’s flying solo, but her pups aren’t very far away.

“The pups are home with my boyfriend, but I am much closer to home this assignment, so I get to see them often,” she says.

Laura loves the people she gets to me through Travel Nursing.

“My favorite part about Travel Nursing is the experiences with the people you meet along the way,” she says. “I’ve met some pretty awesome people whom I know will be around for many years to come!”

Laura shared some awesome advice for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. “Trust in your recruiter! A lot of the information on the blogs and Facebook groups you read is FALSE! Just ask my recruiter, Jen, I contacted her panicking a few times after reading some of the things people post out there! When in doubt, ask and trust your recruiter! They’ve got your back!”
  2. “Be flexible! Your schedule might not be ideal, but remember, you’re here to help out! Trade shifts, pick up extra, do what you can to help the team you’re working with! Trust me, they’re probably tired and burnt out, they’ll appreciate it!”
  3. “Smile and have a positive attitude! Have a thick skin and don’t take things too personally. Always being the new kid is hard. It’s not fun, nobody likes it. Just remember, to smile, do your job the best you can, and stay positive! Not every assignment is going to be great 100% of the time, but if you can stay positive and learn from your experience, you will come out with much more in the end!”
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Oakley enjoys the view while on assignment in Colorado.

Thanks for your hard work and for everything you do in the name of delivering great patient care, Laura! We appreciate you sharing this great advice. 🙂

Rising Star David is an OR RN currently on assignment in Michigan. He works with Career Consultant Sharon Hetrick.

Sharon has been working with David since December 2017 and says he is a wonderful Travel Nurse.

“David is awesome! He scrubs and circulates, he’s flexible, and he is always willing to pitch in and help others,” says Sharon.

In addition to his great work in the hospital setting, Sharon really likes working with David.

“David is always upbeat, humble, does a great job for the hospital, completes paperwork in a timely fashion, returns calls and texts promptly … he is a great all-around Traveler,” says Sharon.

Thanks for being such an amazing Traveler, David!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions March 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Laura and David, we are incredibly grateful for your solid commitment to superior patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

 

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Congrats to February 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to our February and Rising Star, Sue G. (pictured) and Traveler of the Month, Holly D.!

Many thanks and congrats to the February 2018 Traveler of the Month, Holly D., and also our Rising Star winner, Susan G.!

Traveler of the Month Holly is an ER RN who did two assignments with Medical Solutions — one in Pennsylvania and one in New York. She worked with Career Consultant Eileen Begley before moving on recently from traveling.

Although Holly has transitioned away from Travel Nursing for now, she was an incredible Medical Solutions Traveler during her tenure.

“Holly was very liked by the staff at her assignments,” says Eileen. “She is very easy work with and has a great sense of humor!”

Thanks so much for your hard work and for everything you do in the name of great patient care, Holly!

Rising Star Susan is a Med-Surg RN currently on assignment in McHenry, Illinois. She’s been an RN for four years and started traveling in November 2017. Sue works with Career Consultant Shane Erickson.

Sue enjoyed her first assignment in McHenry so much that she elected to do an extension there.

“The friends that I’ve made here are amazing,” says Sue. “The best thing about traveling is all the different experiences and friendships that I will make. Plus, I’m able to spend time with family members that live far away — and also to be able to get out of the snowy Illinois winters.”

Sue shared some wise advice to help new and aspiring Travel Nurses succeed.

“Be dependable, do your best, and care about what you’re doing,” she advises.

At the end of the day, Sue’s flexible, positive attitude is what makes her such a great fit for Travel Nursing.

“I’m happy in life no matter what happens,” she says. “I make the best of every situation and enjoy my life no matter what.”

Thanks for being such an amazing Traveler and for sharing this great advice, Sue!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions February 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Holly and Sue, we are so grateful for your incredible commitment to providing superior patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Congrats to January 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to our January Traveler of the Month, Aaron F., pictured here with his son Hayden.

Many thanks and congrats to the January 2018 Traveler of the Month, Aaron F., and also our Rising Star winner, Brent B.!

Traveler of the Month Aaron is a Critical Care RN working in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s been an RN for six years and a Traveler for about two years. Aaron works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Melissa Hirschauer.

Aaron is passionate about nursing and his son Hayden, whom he calls “the center of my world.” Luckily, his career in Travel Nursing has allowed Aaron to full foster a great career and a great balance as a dad.

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Aaron calls Hayden “the center of my world.” So sweet!

“I’m a local Travel RN who specializes in critical care and working with Melissa has been great for getting me set up in Travel Nursing assignments that keep me close to home,” says Aaron. “My son spends half his time with me and half with his mom; I credit my Travel Nursing career with helping to strike that balance. Being able to afford time off to spend with my son is by far the most important thing about Travel Nursing for me. So, my situation is probably really unique to most Travel Nurses, but it has worked in a way that allows me to be where I want the most.”

Although Aaron now fully embraces his career as a Traveler he admits he was originally not sure if he even wanted to try Travel Nursing.

“I admit I was timid to try Travel Nursing because of how I had seen them be used when I was a staff nurse, but I couldn’t go back on staff at this point,” says Aaron. “My favorite location has been Piedmont Fayetteville Hospital. They recognized my abilities and have put them to use in a way that helped me flourish — and I feel like they deserve as much credit for this achievement as myself, or Melissa for getting me there.”

Aaron offered some sage advice for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. “Get in there and help without being pushy.”
  2. “Be yourself, but recognize that you aren’t staff.”
  3. “Always try to overachieve to set a higher standard.”

Thanks so much for your hard work and awesome advice, Aaron!

Brent B Travel Nurse

Congrats to Brent B., our January 2018 Rising Star of the Month, pictured here with his wife Rachel and daughters Zadie and Mattie in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Rising Star Brent is a Telemetry RN who just wrapped up an assignment in Garberville, California and started a new one in Santa Cruz, California! He’s been an RN for eight years, traveling for nearly two years, and he works with Career Consultant Nick Ocken.

Brent’s favorite location so far has been Boise, Idaho.

“I got to cycle the Boise River Greenbelt to work every day, plus they have good fishing, hiking, camping, a great downtown, even river surfing!,” he says.

Brent says the best part of Travel Nursing for him is “meeting new people who are excited about life.” He travels with his wife Rachel, two daughters, Zadie (age 7) and Mattie (age 6), and two wiener dogs, Pip and Luna.

“We remodeled an Airstream travel trailer and have been traveling in it for a year and a half,” says Brent.

Here are Brent’s word-to-the-wise tips for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. “Learn to be adaptable/flexible.”
  2. “Be part of the team at every job, even though you are temporary.”
  3. “Use Nick Ocken as your recruiter! Haha, but seriously, a good recruiter makes all the difference.”
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Brent and family on the day they got the Airstream!

Thanks for Being such an amazing Traveler and for sharing this great advice, Brent!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions January 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Aaron and Brent, we are very thankful for your dedication to providing superior patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Congrats to December 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to Traveler of the Month, Dawn K., who travels with her canine companion, the ever-adventurous Stuart!

Many thanks and congrats to the December 2017 Traveler of the Month, Dawn K., and also our Rising Star winner, Rich K.!

Traveler of the Month Dawn is an ICU/MICU RN working in Chandler, Arizona. She’s been an RN for 25 years and a Traveler for nearly a year now. Dawn works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Erin Ventura.

Dawn’s learned a lot and faced many challenges in her 25 years in nursing.

“When I first got out of nursing school in 1992, I worked in Pediatric BMT and a few years later on an adult BMT unit,” says Dawn. “It was probably one of my most challenging, yet fulfilling areas I’ve ever worked in.”

Ever since taking on the fulfilling, new challenge of Travel Nursing, Dawn’s travelled with a very special friend.

“I travel with a small dog named Stuart. He’s a two-year-old “teddy bear” or Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu mix,” says Dawn. “He loves riding in the car and checking out all the new places/smells where we go — great lil’ travel companion.”

Dawn loves that Travel Nursing gives her the chance to roam and explore.

“My favorite thing about Travel Nursing is getting to visit and spend three months experiencing life in a new place,” says Dawn. “I’ve described my traveling experiences to others as a perpetual vacation. I love venturing out on my days off to explore. In my short time as a Traveler, I’ve met some wonderful people — both inside and outside the hospital.”

Dawn shared some helpful tips for new and aspiring Travelers.

“My best advice to other Travelers is stay positive — don’t get stuck in the circumstances of a bad day. Take lots of deep breaths and move forward.”

She also advises Travelers to:

“Be open to new ways of doing things — the medical world is ever-changing and there is more than one thought/way to do things.”

“Be a strong communicator with your new colleagues and never be afraid to ask a question.”

Thank you for the great advice and for being such an awesome Traveler, Dawn!

Rising Star Rich is a Med-Surg RN who has been working with Medical Solutions for nearly a year now. He’s currently located in Winslow, Arizona and he works with Career Consultant Meg Smith, who had some really nice things to say about why he makes such an amazing Travel Nurse!

“Rich is flexible, kind and compassionate,” says Meg. “He takes his job very seriously and strives to be the best nurse he can be!”

Meg also has high praise for how great it is on her end as recruiter to work with Rich.

“Rich is always such a positive guy,” she says. “He is so easy to talk to and loves what he does — he is easy to work with and loves a good challenge!”

Thanks for all you do, Rich — we appreciate you!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions December 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Dawn and Rich, we are incredibly grateful for your strong commitment to providing superior patient care and your great sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Congrats to November 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Traveler of the Month, Judy H., embraces adventure and the great outdoors!

Many thanks and congrats to the November 2017 Traveler of the Month, Judy H., and also our Rising Star winner, Fernanda D.!

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Judy enjoys the water!

Traveler of the Month Judy is an OR RN working in Coupeville, Washington on beautiful Whidbey Island just outside of Seattle. She’s been an RN for 13 years, 12 of them in surgery, and just completed her first full year as a Traveler. Judy works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Doug Rowe, who she wanted to give a shout-out and a BIG thanks to.

“He has been amazing and ALWAYS has my back,” she says.

“My favorite location so far is my current assignment on Whidbey Island,” says Judy. “Medical Solutions provided me with a house that looks out on to the Puget Sound. I have seen orcas, eagles, seals, and amazing sunrises. The Island is gorgeous and has lots to see and do without having to travel long distances. It’s also close to Seattle if you want to hop on the ferry and spend a weekend at Pikes Place Market.”

Judy travels solo but her family and friends have a standing invitation to come visit her, which is a treat for all.

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Judy enjoys the view!

“My son Tyler visited me in Oregon and will be coming out in March for some charter fishing and a trip to Victoria, BC,” she says. “I can’t wait!”

Judy says she likes to take advantage of life and all it has to offer.

“I’m not extreme in any way, shape, or form but I’m always up for an new challenge, even the little ones,” she says. “My favorite thing about Travel Nursing is being able to see our amazing country and spend time doing things with new friends and fellow Travelers.

Judy shared some excellent advice for new and aspiring Travelers:

“Be flexible!!! Take advantage of new learning opportunities. Be kind to others and remember that a ‘Please’ and a ‘Thank You’ can go a long way. Take care of yourself and enjoy life,” she says.

Thank you for the great advice, kind words, and for being such an awesome Traveler, Judy!

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Rising Star of the Month, Fernanda, explores Salt Lake City with her husband, Aaron.

Rising Star Fernanda is an RN, BSN working in Labor and Delivery who’s been in nursing for about two years and traveling for about six months. She’s currently on assignment in Ronan, Montana, and she works with Career Consultant Aaron Bogren.

This is only my second location, but I’m really enjoying Montana,” says Fernanda. “The views here are incredible and this Arkansas girl loves the snow!”

Fernanda travels with quite the crew, so she gets to experience all her adventures with them.

“The traveling team includes my super hot, super smart husband, Aaron, and our two doggos, Charlie and Ollie,” says Fernanda. “I love experiencing other parts of the country, experiencing different cultures, opening my mind to new things, and doing it all with my best friend.”

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Rock on, SLC!

Fernanda’s fantastic advice for new and aspiring Travelers is to “just have a good attitude and greet everyone with a smile and respect, no matter if it’s the CEO or maintenance — everyone matters!”

Thanks for the awesome advice, great work, and for sharing your story, Fernanda!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions November 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Judy and Fernanda, we are so thankful for your incredible commitment to providing superior patient care and your strong sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

 

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Fernanda and the doggos explore the gorgeous Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

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Congrats to October 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to October’s Traveler of the Month, Angela, pictured here with her dog, Athena.

Many thanks and congrats to the October 2017 Traveler of the Month, Angela C., and also our Rising Star winner, Bridgette D.!

Traveler of the Month Angela is an RN working in Surgical Services, and currently crossing over into Endoscopy, who’s been in nursing for 15 years and traveling about five years. The Tennessee native works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Ronnie E. and just started a new assignment in Port Angeles, Washington.

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In her time on the road Angie’s gotten to witness some pretty beautiful sights!

“The Pacific Northwest is quickly becoming a second home for me and my beautiful companion Athena, my Great Dane. We’ve completed several assignments and extensions in this area,” says Angela, who’s also traveled to New York, New Mexico, South Dakota, Idaho, all of which she calls “great areas with beautiful people.”

“I really enjoy being outside and hiking, so anywhere I could do that I’ve roamed … North Carolina, Virginia, I even followed my daughter to Kentucky throughout her freshman year of college at the University of Kentucky. You can’t get away from Mom if she’s a Travel Nurse!”

Angela’s top two remaining bucket list destinations are Hawaii and the Oregon coast. In addition to her faithful dog, Athena, Angela’s husband Kevin, an artist who can work from anywhere, joined her on the road in February 2017.

“The greatest thing about this career is that I meet literally hundreds of wonderful people and learn something every day,” says Angela.

“My advice to anyone who wants to do this: If you LIVE TO EXPLORE, do it. It’s definitely not easy being the new kid in town every time you blink, but if you’re flexible, open to learning, and love travel, then this is the job for you. I would also say that you definitely need experience before you get started. This is not a job for a weak spirit; it can be lonely but it’s also something I’ll never regret doing. And get a great company; I did. I went through at least two other companies in the beginning and almost stopped traveling all together until Medical Solutions.”

Thank you for the great advice, kind words, and for being such an awesome Traveler, Angela!

Rising Star Bridgette is an ER RN who’d been in nursing for about five years before completing her first travel contract in Texas, working with Career Consultant Kelly B. Bridgette recently took a staff position at her local hospital.

Kelly says she had the pleasure of working with Bridgette starting in March 2017, and adds, with caps and exactly this many exclamation points: “I LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Kelly describes Bridgette as sweet, funny, and great at her job, as well as very thorough and organized, which made her a dream to work with.

“She is so easy to work with,” says Kelly. “Compliance loved her too, she got all her paperwork done in record time.”

Thank you for your dedication to patient care, Bridgette, and we wish you all the best in your new adventure!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions October 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Angela and Bridgette, we are incredibly thankful for your commitment to providing superior patient care and your strong sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!

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Congrats to September 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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September 2017 Traveler of the Month, Kayla P., gazes out over Lake Tahoe!

Many thanks and congrats to the September 2017 Traveler of the Month, Kayla P., and also our Rising Star winner, Kim B.!

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Congrats Kayla P.! (left)

Traveler of the Month Kayla is an ICU Stepdown BSN, RN who’s been in nursing for nearly three and a half years and traveling a little more than two years. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Tiffanie H. and is currently on assignment was in Newark, New Jersey.

Kayla currently travels solo, but for her first five contracts she traveled with her friend, Dara, who she had also worked with at her first nursing job out of nursing school.

Kayla’s favorite location so far has been Carson City, Nevada.

“I worked as an overnight float nurse and loved everyone I worked with — the hospital was out of this world, set away in the mountains with sunrises like you’d never imagine,” says Kayla. “The hospital was also a quick drive to Lake Tahoe, where I spent the majority of my time off. The views, hikes, microbreweries, and eats have my heart forever.”

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Kayla (left) and her friend Dara on their Nevada adventure!

Interestingly, Kayla never planned to become a nurse!

“I just kind of transferred into the major in college, got my BSN, and took my career places I never thought imaginable when I became a Traveler,” she says.

Her favorite thing about Travel Nursing is the people she’s met along the way.

“I have friends and coworkers across the country and back,” she says. “Not only have I made friends at each institution I’ve worked in, but also other Traveler friends along the way, and not even just Travel Nurses, but also other ‘wanderlusts’ traveling our U.S. of A. I’ve had the pleasure of taking care of people amongst a large spectrum of cultures.”

Kayla shared these awesome tips for new and aspiring Travelers:

1). “ALWAYS BE A TEAM PLAYER! Don’t let the fear of being the ‘newbie’ shy you from joining the team. Introduce yourself and put yourself out there as the ‘newbie’ so they know to have your back. Let them know you’re new to the unit, but not to nursing and you will return the help as much as it’s provided.”

2). “BE OPEN! Just because you don’t land your dream assignment every contract, be willing to try new places and sign up for contracts you’d never expect you’d get into. Carson City was not on my list, it just kind of landed in my lap, and seven contracts later, it’s still my favorite!”

3). “GET OUT THERE! Take every opportunity with your free time in your assignments to explore, talk to people, and let them know what you’re doing there. You’d be surprised how interested everyone is in your journey. Everyone has a story to tell, but I promise, Travel Nurse stories take the cake!

Thank you for the great advice and for being such an awesome Traveler, Kayla!

Rising Star winner for September, Kim B., gets her hike on!

Rising Star winner for September, Kim B., gets her hike on!

Rising Star Kim is and RN, BSN, CMSRN who’s been in nursing for eight years and started traveling in May 2017.

Kim works with Career Consultant Lynda G. and is currently on assignment in Sunnyside, Washington. Her favorite location so far has been Spokane, Washington.

“I’m from Florida but love the northwest, so I headed to Washington for my first travel assignment this past May in Spokane,” she says. “I loved the location and the beautiful lakes in that area.”

Kim is a self-proclaimed “Disney fanatic” and lover of all things Disney.

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Kim B. enjoys the view!

“I’m a Disney World passholder in Florida and excited to be on the west coast and making a trip to Disneyland soon,” she says.

Kim loves Travel Nursing chiefly because it gives her “the opportunity to experience such a wide variety of settings both geographically and in nursing.”

She also shared a few great tips for new or aspiring Travelers.

“My tips for new Travel Nurses are to be flexible and open-minded when you enter into a new assignment, to take time to get to know your coworkers, and to network with other Travel Nurses whenever possible as they can be such a great resource for tips, support, even housing connections — it’s a unique and special community of nurses,” says Kim.

Thank you for your dedication to patient care and for sharing this great advice, Kim!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions September 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Kayla and Kim, we are incredibly thankful for your commitment to providing superior patient care and your strong sense of adventure!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!