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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!

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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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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!