Category: Traveler of the Month

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

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Congrats to October Traveler of the Month, Laura M.!

Many thanks and congrats to the October 2018 Traveler of the Month, Laura M., and also our Rising Star winner, Elizabeth L.!

Traveler of the Month Laura is an RN, BSN specializing in neonatal ICU, currently on assignment in Boston, Massachusetts. She’s been in nursing for nearly seven years and works with Career Consultant Wade Tatem. Laura has also previously worked in med surg and labor & delivery. She traveled with Medical Solutions a few years back as an L&D nurse, went perm for a bit, switched to NICU, and returned to Travel Nursing in August 2018.

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Laura travels with her cutie-pie pup, Hank.

Laura travels with her adorable one-year-old pup, Hank.

“It’s always nice to come home to him,” says Laura. “He makes sure that we get outside wherever we are and find new places to walk and hike.”

In addition to traveling, Laura loves to sew and knit.

“I don’t sew so much when I travel — too much stuff to drag around — but now that it’s winter, I can’t wait to knit some warm hats for Christmas and for the little babies at work!”

Laura loves Travel Nursing because of the potential to see so many different places while not having to “worry about the job part!”

“Traveling, even for this short time, has helped me develop so much as a person and a nurse. Being forced out of your comfort zone is how people grow,” she says. “I was just in Delaware and really enjoyed it. I was near Philly and Baltimore to go sight-see and not far from the beach, which I love. I made some really good friends there as well.”

Laura shared a few great tips for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. “Be flexible! It’s actually something I have to remind myself of a lot — whether it’s with housing, learning the unit, or just figuring out your new routine in a new city.”
  2. “Leave lots of time to get where you need to go and do a test drive to the hospital. Figure out parking, coffee on the way, etc., before your first day.”
  3. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You don’t want to make a mistake because you made an assumption. Every place does things a little different.”

Thanks so much for your great work ethic and awesome advice, Laura!

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Congrats to October Rising Star, Elizabeth!

Rising Star Elizabeth is a cardiac progressive care RN who’s been in nursing for three years and traveling since March 2018. She’s currently on assignment in Cookeville, Tennessee and works with Career Consultant Megan Gerwick.

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Elizabeth travel with her husband and two-year-old daughter.

Nursing is Elizabeth’s second career. She has a degree in Athletic Training and worked in that field for about five years before going back to school for her BSN. She travels with her husband and two-year-old daughter.

“I wouldn’t be able to do this if they didn’t come with me — I don’t know how most Travelers are able to be away from family like they are,” says Elizabeth. “My husband is a stay-at-home dad, so he watches our daughter on the days I work and then we get to go explore and have adventures all together on my days off!”

Of the two locations she’s worked thus far, Elizabeth says both have been wonderful.

“My first assignment I ended up staying on there for seven months and really got to feel like I was a part of the team and was treated like one of the ‘regular’ employees,” she says. “It was a wonderful experience. I got to learn a lot and make so many new friends!”

Elizabeth’s favorite part about Travel Nursing is the experiences she has along the way.

“I have the opportunity to travel and see so many places that most people don’t,” she says. “Not only can I visit new places, but I get to step inside different hospitals and see how they work. I get to see the good and the bad, learn new ways of doing things, learn different steps and processes that can make things run more smoothly — or not, and learn so much from other nurses I meet!” 

She shared some wonderful Traveler tips:

  1. “Don’t get too hung up on what ‘you’ve always done.’ Every place is different, and I’ve seen Travelers come in and say they don’t like things or things aren’t done right there. Constructive criticism isn’t a bad thing, but we kind of have to consider ourselves guests inside someone else’s home.”
  2. “If you offer help when you can and do what you can to make your floor run smoothly, other nurses will help you. If you want to be island, they’ll let you be an island.”

Thank you for sharing your story and this great Travel Nursing advice, Elizabeth!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions October 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Laura and Elizabeth, we are so grateful to each of you for your dedication to patient care and Travel Nursing!

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 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Traveler of the Month, Amanda, and her significant other Shea, travel with their four adorable pups Gia, Rudy, Juno, and Maple.

Many thanks and congrats to the September 2018 Traveler of the Month, Amanda S., and also our Rising Star winner, Nicole M.!

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Amanda met Shea on her first travel assignment!

Traveler of the Month Amanda is an RN specializing in the neonatal intensive care unit, who just wrapped up an assignment in Manchester, New Hampshire. She’s been in nursing for five-and-a-half years, traveling for about a year-and-a-half, and works with Career Consultant Devin Juel.

Amanda has had a heck of a great time on her first assignment in Manchester — she went skydiving and met her significant other there! She says she also enjoyed this location because she really loves Maine and it allowed her to visit there on her days off.

“I travel in an RV with my significant other, Shea, who is a travel occupational therapist, and our four small dogs Gia, Rudy, Juno, and Maple,” says Amanda of her awesome Travel Nurse crew. “I would say the best thing about travel nursing is getting to see all the pretty places in the country and getting to explore them with my other half and our four little fur babies.”

Amanda shared some really great advice for new and aspiring Travelers.

  1. “First, find a recruiter that is a good fit for you. Having a recruiter that works hard for you and cares about your overall traveling experience and what makes you happy in the jobs and places you go makes a difference. So, find a good match for you!”
  2. “No matter how scary coming out of your comfort zone is and taking the first step to travel, it’s going to be OK. I was terrified when I left home for my first assignment. However, I had a good support system back home and a good recruiter in my corner, and now I absolutely love it and wouldn’t change it for the world! Adventures and challenges in life are not always meant to be easy … but they are meant to be worth it!”

Thanks so much for your hard work, dedication, and great advice, Amanda!

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Amanda also went skydiving on her first assignment!

Rising Star Nicole is a stepdown RN who’s been in nursing for four years and traveling for two years. She’s currently on assignment in Portland, Oregon and works with Career Consultant Jon Laubert.

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Rising Star winner Nicole has been to some incredible locations on assignment!

Nicole has traveled for the past two years with her best friend, Brianna, and more recently her super cute puppy, Bentley. She is also a proud auntie to “quite possibly the coolest kid in the world” and since moving to Oregon she’s become obsessed with buying house plants and succulents, joking that she “seriously may need an intervention!”

“My favorite location I have worked in would be Oahu, Hawaii — for obvious reasons! Beautiful beaches, hiking, and I made some amazing friends,” says Nicole. “My favorite hospital I have worked in was Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, California. Seriously the best most welcoming staff ever and I would recommend this hospital to everyone!”

Nicole says her favorite part of Travel Nursing by far is the amazing friends she’s gained along the way. But she also loves the travel and skills-building aspects.

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Isn’t Nicole puppy Bentley just theeee cutest?!

“Also, getting to live in some pretty amazing places all over the country like Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Texas, and California,” she says. “I have been lucky enough to work on many different floors and specialties, and I’m always learning something new with each assignment.”

Nicole shared this great advice for future Travelers: “Some tips I would share with new Travel Nurses would be to just be open to different assignments and locations. Sometimes the location or floor that you may not think is your favorite ends up being the best assignment! Also, befriend the staff nurses. They have so many awesome suggestions for things to do and places you must see.”

Thank you for sharing your story, all of your hard work, and the great Travel Nursing advice, Nicole!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions September 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Amanda and Nicole, we are so thankful for your commitment to superior patient care and your incredible 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 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to August Traveler of the Month Brittney — not just for winning this honor, but also for getting engaged to her Travel Nurse fiancé, Agustin, on her last assignment!

Many thanks and congrats to the August 2018 Traveler of the Month, Brittney C., and also our Rising Star winner, John T.!

Traveler of the Month Brittney is a cardiac stepdown RN, who is currently on assignment in Henderson, Nevada. She’s been in nursing for two-and-a-half years, traveling for one year, and works with Career Consultant Melissa Hirschauer.

Brittney travels with her fiancé, Agustin, who also is a Travel Nurse, specializing in ICU.

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Zazu and Balou love to voyage with their Traveler parents, Brittney and Agustin!

“We have two dogs named Zazu and Balou who also travel with us everywhere we go,” she says.

While Brittney says that Long Island, New York has been her favorite location so far due to the beauty of the area in summer, Agustin helped make it extra special and memorable.

“He proposed in Montauk, right on the eastern tip of Long Island over the ocean — so that place will always be very special to us,” she says.

Brittney says her favorite thing about Travel Nursing is getting to travel the country and meet new people.

“You always end up learning a lot of different things in each specific hospital you’re at, so that’s very cool, too,” she adds.

Brittney kindly shared some advice for folks just starting out as Travel Nurses.

“Be open-minded when starting a new assignment because there are many ways to do different things,” she says. “Take the opportunity to always adventure out in the specific location you are in — that’s what we enjoy the most.”

Thanks for all of your hard work, as well as for sharing your story and advice, Brittney!

Rising Star John is an ICU RN who’s been in nursing since January 2017 and traveling since June 2018. He’s currently taking some time off between assignments, but wisely already has his next assignment in the North Bay area of California all lined up! John works with Career Consultant Evan Clapper.

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Congrats to the August Rising Star, John, pictured here with his wife, Corey.

John enjoyed his first assignment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but says he’s sure he’s also going to love California — where he’ll be joined by his wife, Corey, and dogs, Bella, Sadie, and Peridot. In addition to being an all-star RN, John plays the drums.

“Finding a place that won’t get annoyed with a little banging around is always a good — and sometimes difficult — thing to do,” he says. “Maybe a traveling RN band is in the future!”

What a fabulous idea, John! When it comes to his favorite thing about Travel Nursing, John is a people person.

“I enjoy meeting new people and getting to work in different facilities,” he says. “There are so many interesting people out there. Get to know them!”

John also shared some great tips for new Travelers.

“Don’t be shy if you have questions. Speak up! You have a lot of knowledge from your experiences as nurse — use it wherever you are,” he says. “You’re representing yourself, but also other Travelers, so show off your skills! Get out and explore! Do things you don’t normally get to do. Enjoy your time in each place.”

Thank you for your hard work, for sharing your story, and for the great Travel Nursing advice, John!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions August 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Brittney and John, we are super grateful for your 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 July 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to our July Traveler of the Month, Kelsey (pictured), and Rising Star, Nicole!

Many thanks and congrats to the July 2018 Traveler of the Month, Kelsey C., and also our Rising Star winner, Nicole M.!

Traveler of the Month Kelsey is an RN, BSN specializing in progressive care/step down, who is currently on assignment in Monterey, California. She’s been a nurse just over two years, has been traveling since January 2018, and works with Career Consultant Jon Laubert.

“My favorite location is Monterey where I am now, and I just extended my contract,” says Kelsey. “The hospital is amazing. They really care about the nurses and have a lot of policies in place that make our everyday job easier which allows us to spend more time with the patients.”

“The best part of Travel Nursing is the freedom to go wherever you want on an assignment,” says Kelsey. “It’s so fun traveling to different states, meeting new people, and having new experiences. You get to see the diversity of geography, lifestyle. and culture within our own country. I also get to learn new skills and different policies at each hospital, which helps to enhance my overall nursing knowledge.”

Thanks for all of your hard work and for sharing your story, Kelsey!

Rising Star Nicole is a RN, BSN, CNOR currently on assignment in Dalton, Georgia. She’s been in nursing for eight years and has been traveling for three months, working with Career Consultant Travis Pond.

Dalton has been Nicole’s only location so far.

“I loved [the job in Dalton] because the staff members were so nice,” says Nicole.

Nicole, who loves to weightlift and read in her spare time, enjoys the independence that Travel Nursing affords her.

“[The best thing about Travel Nursing] is the lifestyle of freedom it provides,” says Nicole.

Nicole’s advice to new or aspiring Travelers is to “be flexible, easygoing, and kind.” 

Thank you for sharing your Travel Nursing advice and for all of your incredible work, Nicole!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions July 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Kelsey and Nicole, we are very thankful to each of you for your incredible dedication 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 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.

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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!”
Laura Traveler

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!

Sue G RS Travel Nurse

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!

Aaron F Travel Nurse

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.

Aaron F Travel Nurse

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.”
Brent Travel Nurse

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!