Category: Traveler of the Month

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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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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!

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

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Congrats to our August Traveler of the Month, Jackie G., and our Rising Star, Alana B. (pictured)

Many thanks and congrats to the August 2017 Traveler of the Month, Jackie G., and also our Rising Star winner, Alana B.!

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Jackie gets down with some science stand-up at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Traveler of the Month Jackie is BSN, RN in Child/Adolescent Psych who’s been in nursing for seven years and traveling for about a year and a half. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Erin A. and her most recent assignment was in Denver, Colorado.

The Mile-High City has actually been Jackie’s favorite Travel Nursing location.

Denver is breathtakingly beautiful,” says Jackie. “There are so many cool things to explore, both in the city and beyond, and I have made some great friends. Plus, I got to reconnect with cousins living in Denver who I hadn’t seen in decades.”

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Jackie’s adorable pup, Mac, is a pro Traveler! Here he is in Arizona’s Painted Desert.

Jackie travels with her 10-year-old Japanese Chin dog, Mac.

“He is the best little Traveler —he actually packs his carry case with a toy and gets in when he sees me pull out a suitcase!”

Jackie, who’s traveled to all seven continents, says her favorite thing about Travel Nursing is “getting paid to explore the U.S. and meet new friends.”

She shared some great tips for new or aspiring Travelers:

  1. “Explore your new town and take advantage of new opportunities! I entered (and won!) a trivia contest in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and performed science stand-up in Denver, which I never would have had the opportunity or guts to do back home!”
  2. “Ask questions! As a Traveler, you’re not expected to know everything about a unit right away, and your co-workers will appreciate your asking questions rather than guessing. They are also your best resources for finding things to do in your new town.”
  3. “Practice self-care! It can be hard being far away from friends, family, and familiar surroundings. Make sure you take time to recharge your batteries between shifts by spending time outdoors, exercising, reading, calling loved ones back home- whatever brings you peace and happiness.”

Thank you for the excellent pointers and for being an awesome Traveler, Jackie!

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Jackie took this great shot of the view from the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Rising Star Alana enjoys the view with her pup, Reeses.

Rising Star Alana is a Home Health RN who’s been in nursing for seven years and has been traveling about a year and a half.

Alana works with Career Consultant Paul D. and is currently on assignment in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her favorite location so far has been Manchester, New Hampshire.

Alana travels with her husband, Armond, and toy poodle, Reeses.

Alana’s favorite thing about Travel Nursing is the travel and connections with others it affords her.

“[I love] going to new locations and states I would not normally be able to,” says Alana. “Meeting new people and making new connections is great.”

Alana shared some quick, helpful hints for new and aspiring Travel Nurses:

“Stay organized, flexible, and positive. Keep in connection with your recruiter.”

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Alana travels with Reeses and her husband, Armond.

Thank you for your commitment to patient care and great advice, Alana!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions August 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Jackie and Alana, we are incredibly thankful for your dedication to providing superior patient care!

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!

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Happy travels, Alana!

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

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Congrats and thanks to Traveler of the Month, Melanie M., pictured here with her husband, Phil.

Many thanks and congrats to the July 2017 Traveler of the Month, Melanie M., and also our Rising Star winner, Karen H.!

Traveler of the Month Melanie is an L&D RN who’s spent a total of 15 years in nursing — five as an RN, seven as an L&D OR tech, and three as a post-partum clerk/CNA. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Geri K. and has worked as a Travel Nurse for about a year and a half.

When we caught up with her, Melanie, a Utah native, she was on assignment in Nephi, Utah.

“Between the two places I’ve been — Gillette, Wyoming and Nephi, Utah, I’d say Gillette was my favorite experience because it was a new adventure,” says Melanie.

Melanie traveled solo, although she and her husband, Phil, would travel to visit one another frequently.

In addition to being a rockstar RN, Melanie has also conquered the world of bodybuilding!

“I spent my 30th birthday on stage, in my first bodybuilding competition,” she says. “I was in the best shape of my life after 10 months of training and preparation … and I placed first!”

Melanie says the best thing about Travel Nursing to her was being employed by Medical Solutions. Awwww, thanks, Melanie!

Here are Melanie’s words of wisdom for new and aspiring Travelers.

“Be good to your new co-workers, offer to help, and in turn they will be happy to help you when you inevitably have a bunch of questions,” she says. “Renegotiate pay if offered an extension. Be good to your recruiter and submit your timecard on-time.”

Thank you for being an awesome Traveler, Melanie!

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Rising Star winner, Karen H., took this gorgeous pic during the sandhill crane migration in Kearney, Nebraska.

Rising Star Karen is a NICU RN who’s been in nursing since 1985 and has been traveling since January 2016.

Karen works with Career Consultant Austin B. and is currently on assignment in Kearney, Nebraska. Karen has something in common with Melanie, because her favorite location so far throughout her Travel Nursing career has also been Gillette, Wyoming. Wow, way to impress, Wyoming!

“Gillette is a great little town with wonderful people,” says Karen. “It’s also fairly close to so many great places to visit when you’re not working. There are the Black Hills of South Dakota which are filled with great things so see and do. There are the Bighorn Mountains close by in Wyoming; so beautiful. The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone are an easy drive, and Sheridan, Cody, and Cheyenne are fun cities to visit, too.”

Karen travels with her cat, who doesn’t love riding in the car but always settles in easily wherever the pair lands. Her daughter has also come out to stay with her in the summertime while she was on assignment.

“We went lots of places on my days off work, camping at Keyhole State Park, Glacier National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Springs, and Cheyenne Wyoming for Frontier Days just to name a few,” says Karen.

And while Karen loves having the chance to travel on her days off, she’s also grateful for the professional enrichment Travel Nursing has offered her.

“To me, the best thing about Travel Nursing is not only all the places I’ve been able to see but all the things I’ve learned,” she says. “I’ve learned about how other places do things in the hospital, cultures and values of different people in different parts of the country, and so much more!”

“I love what I do and it shows,” Karen continues. “I began Travel Nursing because I want to see the country and to be able to pay as much as I can for my daughter’s college education. I’m just a mom who loves being a mom more than anything else in this world.”

Here are Karen’s tips for new and aspiring Travelers:

“To be successful as a Travel Nurse I’ve found that you need to be open-minded,” she says. “There is often more than one way to do things and just because you did it one way does not mean that is the only way to do something. There are different ways that are not wrong, just different. Just go with it.”

Being helpful is another key to Traveler success, according to Karen.

“Always offer to do things. If another nurse is busy and says, ‘I have to run to the lab,’ offer to go for them — even if you don’t know where it is. You’ll find it; I did! Also, keep your mouth shut. Don’t tell what your hospital always did, no one wants to hear that. Don’t get involved in politics or gossip. Just let it go, mind your own business, and treat people the way you would like to be treated — ALL people, from housekeeping to patients to patient families to doctors.”

Thank you for your great work and advice, Karen!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions July 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Melanie and Karen, we are incredibly thankful for your dedication to providing superior patient care!

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 June 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to our June Rising Star, Lucretia L!

Many thanks and congrats to the June 2017 Traveler of the Month, Karey C., and also our Rising Star winner, Lucretia L.!

Traveler of the Month Karey is an ER RN with more than two years of experience in nursing. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Scott S. and has been Travel Nursing since January 2016.

Karey is currently working in Boston, which is her favorite location so far — mainly because she appreciates the many historical sites available in Beantown.

“There’s tons of great history here, I have a few friends that attend Tufts Medical School, and there are so many great places to explore,” says Karey.

Karey says she is always “open to new experiences and any adventures I can get my hands on.” She’s met several like-minded Travelers along the way that she keeps in touch with.

Karey shared some great advice for new or aspiring Travelers:

“Be organized so it helps the transitions from jobs go smoothly, especially since you change jobs so often.”

“Learn how to pack light — my first assignment I tried to take everything I owned, which was a disaster.”

“Don’t be nervous, you’re going to have so much fun on your new assignment!”

Thank you, Karey!

Rising Star Lucretia an RN, BSN specializing in Critical Care/Cardiac Cath Lab. She’s been in nursing for 18 years and has been traveling on and off for about five years.

Lucretia works with Career Consultant Anthony H. and is currently on assignment in College Station, Texas. Her favorite location so far throughout her Travel Nursing career has been Oakland, California.

“I had great experiences in the area and made friends with some fantastic people,” says Lucretia.

Lucretia is ambitious and motivated to achieve her goals — which makes her a perfect fit for Travel Nursing. She says her favorite part about traveling is being able “to do a job that I love while also exploring new areas.”

Lucretia also offers some great advice for new Travelers.

“Be organized, professional, and flexible,” she says. “It is a great experience if you let yourself enjoy it.”

Thank you for your great work, Lucretia!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions June 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Karey and Lucretia, we are incredibly grateful for your awesome commitment to providing superior patient care!

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 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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May 2017 Traveler of the Month, Maria K., visiting Th White House!

Many thanks and congrats to the May 2017 Traveler of the Month, Maria K., and also our Rising Star winner, Elena L.!
Traveler of the Month Maria an RNC-OB specializing in Labor and Delivery. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Joe T. and has been in nursing nearly five years and Travel nursing nearly three years.

Maria is currently working in beautiful Nantucket, Maine — which just so happens to be her favorite location thus far.

“Summer here is a dream and the beaches are pristine,” Maria says of Nantucket. “I also love sailing, so the island has a lot to offer.”

In fact, Maria sails often and this sailing aficionado has even participated in a few regattas!

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is growing in my skills as a nurse and making new friends,” she says, adding these helpful tips for new Travelers:

  1. “Never be afraid to ask questions.”
  2. “Make the most of an assignment. Explore the area you are in! Learn something new!”

Great advice, Maria!

Rising Star Elena is an OR nurse who works with Career Consultant Julie F. and is currently on assignment in El Centro, California.

Julie says she loves working with Elena, who’s been with Medical Solutions since December 2016.

“Elena is a wonderful nurse,” says Julie. “She is a leading example of being the best in healthcare. She steps up and achieves anything that is asked of her. She never complains. Elena really knows the meaning of going above and beyond for patient care and her team. She is just a delight to work with. Simply the best!”

Julie can’t say enough good things about Elena, whom she says is “a special person inside and out.”

“You can tell from the first moment of speaking with her that she is very patient and kind. Elena is an amazing Travel Nurse because she knows how to be flexible and is very dependable,” says Julie. “She’s able to adapt to change and is a true team player. She is also a very kind person — she can go anywhere and her team would love her.”

Thank you for your great work, Elena!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions May 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Maria and Elena, thanks so much for your rock-steady commitment to providing awesome patient care!

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 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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

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

Many thanks and congrats to the April 2017 Traveler of the Month, Laurin P., and also our Rising Star winner, Jon F.!

Traveler of the Month Laurin is an RN, BSN, specializing in NICU. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Meg H. Laurin won Traveler of the Month while on assignment in Georgia and is currently working in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Laurin’s been in nursing for seven years and has been traveling for nearly a year now. Her favorite location so far has been Salem, Oregon.

“I could say so many great things about Oregon, but Salem itself was a great location that was very convenient for exploring the state,” she says. “The people in Salem were very friendly and welcoming. The town is within Willamette Valley, which has a plethora of wonderful wineries to visit.”

Laurin travels with her husband, who works from home.

“I’m very fortunate that my husband is able to travel with me,” she says. “Things lined up in life and we decided before we settled down that we should travel for a while and explore the U.S.”

Laurin likes that Travel Nursing has exposed her to various places throughout the United States.

“Coming from Tampa Bay, Florida, getting to experience different weather, seasons, and terrain [has been great],” she says. “While I was in Atlanta I was able to experience spring — never knew that I was missing out on that in life. The states are beautiful and traveling has let me truly enjoy everything out there.”

Laurin offers these great tips for aspiring Travel Nurses:

“Stay organized from the beginning — upload everything nursing related to somewhere you can access from anywhere, i.e. Google Drive.”

“When thinking about time off to write into your contract, do a quick Google search of events happening in the area so you can experience it while you’re there.”

Thanks for everything you do, Laurin!

Rising Star Jon is an RN, BSN who specializes in ICU. He works with Career Consultant Mike M. and is currently on assignment in New Mexico.  

Mike says Jon is an amazing Traveler whom he’s had the pleasure of working with the past year-and-a-half.

“Jon travels with his wife Morgan in an RV,” says Mike. “I consider Jon and Morgan great friends and hope to someday, meet them in person.”

“Jon is a great Traveler for many reasons,” adds Mike. “He’s always had excellent reviews from his hospitals which obviously translates to great patient care and representation of Medical Solutions. He’s excellent at communication, and always stays on top of paperwork/expiring items. In addition, he adapts to the changing job market by always being flexible in selecting his next assignment.”

We appreciate you, Jon!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions April 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Laurin and Jon, we thank you so much for your steadfast commitment to providing awesome patient care!

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 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Shad

Congrats to our March Traveler of the Month, Shad, pictured here with his traveling companions, his wife, Leidy, son Hazard, and dog, Jack!

Many thanks and congrats to the March 2017 Traveler of the Month, Shad B., and also our Rising Star winner, Marcisha H.!

Traveler of the Month Shad is a Tele Med Surg RN who works with Career Consultant Greg A., whom he says is a “top-notch” recruiter. He’s currently working in beautiful northern California.

Shad’s been a nurse for six years and Travel Nursing for two years. His favorite location thus far was Sheridan, Wyoming.

“My family loves the western culture out there and my son was born there,” says Shad. “I travel with my lovely wife, Leidy, 16-month old son, Hazard, and a dog named Jack. We live in a 5th wheel RV.”

Shad’s passions include his family, racquetball, and chess.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is the freedom to roam and choose where you will work,” he says.

Shad shared these great tips for new Travel Nurses: “It would be wise to really research where your assignment is, so as not to have negative surprises when you get there,” he says. “As for when you’re on the assignment, helping your CNAs out will do wonders for your reputation in the facility.”

Marcisha Travel Nurse

Congrats to our March Rising Star, Marcisha!

Rising Star Marcisha is a Cath/EP/ER RN who’s been a nurse for four years. She’s started Travel Nursing for about a year in 2014 before taking a break to learn Cath and EP. Marcisha returned to Travel Nursing in January 2017 and works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Jackie S. We’re so glad to have you back, Marcisha!

Marcisha is currently on Oakland, California, which she loves!

“I’ve worked in some pretty amazing places, but my favorite so far would have to be Oakland,” says Marcisha. “Coming from a smaller city in Ohio, I have never seen anything like Oakland. Oakland is filled with so much culture, diversity, pride, and history. I realized I couldn’t experience all of the Bay Area in 13 weeks so I had to extend my stay. Oakland has everything at your fingertips including: hiking and biking trails, museums, art, food from all over the world, wineries, breweries, professional sports teams, and most importantly accessible transportation!”

Marcisha says she’s not afraid of the unknown and lives her life by one of her favorite quotes: “If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means you should do it.”

That makes Marcisha a perfect fit for traveling!

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is that it allows me to step out of my comfort zone and essentially become a better nurse,” says Marcisha. “I am able to meet and care for people from all walks of life and build friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Here are Marcisha’s tips for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. “No hospital or unit is going to be perfect, you have to learn how to find a happy medium.”
  2. “Always be flexible! It shows the staff you are willing to step in and help them during their time of need.”
  3. “Enjoy your time in every new place. Get out and explore, meet new people, build friendships, and just embrace every moment of this adventure we call life!”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions March 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Shad and Marcisha, we thank you so much for your incredible talents and amazing commitment to providing awesome patient care!

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!