Category: Traveler of the Month

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

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.!

Jackie G Travel Nurse Medical Solutions

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.”

Jackie Travel Nurse Dog

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!

Pike's Peak

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

Alana Travel Nurse

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.”

Alana Travel Nurse

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!

Alana Travel Nurse

Happy travels, Alana!

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

Travel Nurse Melanie

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!

Karen H Travel Nurse

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!

Lucretia Traveler

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!

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!

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

gold medal travel nurse

Candice R. and Angela O., you guys win the gold for February 2017!

Many thanks and congrats to the February 2017 Traveler of the Month, Candice R., and also our Rising Star winner, Angela O.!

Traveler of the Month Candice is an ER RN who works with Career Consultant Aaron B. She’s currently working in beautiful western New York.

Aaron has worked with Candice since fall of 2016 and thinks she’s more than worthy of her Traveler of the Month honors!

“Candi is remarkably easy to work with and always on time,” says Aaron of his star Traveler. “She communicates very well and regularly refers other nurses to Medical Solutions.”

Candice’s hospital thinks she’s pretty great, too. Which is why they gave her an excellent evaluation! Aaron is pretty sure he knows the root of Candice’s success on assignment.

“Candi is an absolute pleasure to work with,” he says.

Thank you Candice, for your total commitment to patient care and for making Medical Solutions look extra smart for working with an all-star like you!

Rising Star Angela is an ER RN who’s been in the medical field for 14 years and a Registered Nurse for six years. She’s been Travel Nursing for one year and works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Austin D.

Angela is currently on assignment in wonderful southern Indiana.   

Angela’s only taken a few assignments thus far, but her favorite so far has been in a small community just outside of Omaha, Nebraska.  

“The location is close to home for me,” she says. “It felt like a family there.”

Angela travels with her good friend Jill, who she says got her started doing Travel Nursing.

Her favorite things about being a Travel Nurse include both personal and professional elements.

“The best things [about Travel Nursing] are getting to see places I normally would not get to travel to and getting to see how ERs work across the U.S.,” she says.

Angela’s advice for new Travelers is: “There are no two hospitals alike, be prepared for anything, have fun and enjoy the experience whether it is a good or a bad one.”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions February 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Candice and Angela, we thank you so much for your incredible talents and unwavering 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 January 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Star

Congrats to the January 2017 Rising Star, Michelle H.! She’s joined in victory by Traveler of the Month, Tiffany D.

Many thanks and congrats to the January 2017 Traveler of the Month, Tiffany D., and also our Rising Star winner, Michelle H.!

Traveler of the Month Tiffany is a Stepdown/Tele RN, BSN who works with Career Consultant Rob B. She’s been in nursing for six years, Travel Nursing for three years, and is currently working in beautiful Georgia.

“Tiffany is a great person — professional and dependable!” says Rob. “She’s the ideal Traveler and always represents herself and Medical Solutions well. We are lucky to have such a great nurse and wonderful person on our team.”

Tiffany says her favorite location so far has been San Leandro, California.

“California is a beautiful place with lots of things to explore,” says Tiffany. “It’s like working and vacationing at the same time.”

“The best thing about being a Travel Nurse is the freedom to choose where you want to work and to change scenery and hospitals whenever you want,” she says. “Also, meeting new people and being a Travel Nurse has given me such a strong knowledge base and confidence in my skills.”

Tiffany’s awesome tips for new Travelers are:

  • “Every hospital and state is different, so use this opportunity to learn as much as you can. Be teachable!”
  • “As a new Traveler, choose a place where you know someone so you won’t feel alone. It’s always nice to have a familiar face.”
Michelle Rising Star Travel Nurse

Here’s Michelle with her life AND travel partner, Mark.

Rising Star Michelle is an RN of 34 years and a Traveler for one year with experience in Critical Care (ICU, CCU, CVICU, and transplants) and, more recently, Home Health & Hospice. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Shane M. and is currently on assignment in wonderful Virginia with her travel partner and husband of 30 years, Mark.

Michelle’s favorite location thus far has been Lynchburg, Virginia.

“I love Virginia — the mountains are beautiful, the people are friendly and warm, and it is a very family-oriented environment. There is always an adventure within a 60-mile radius,” says Michelle.

Michelle Rising Star and Family

Michelle with Mark and their two beautiful children, Morgan and Matthew, who Michelle calls “the joys of our life.”

“The best things about Travel Nursing are new places, new faces, new ways of doing things, and wonderful benefits and pay,” adds Michelle.

Here is Michelle’s excellent advice for new Travel Nurses: “Be positive, look at every new assignment as an adventure, embrace your new job, and become part of the team. Give every assignment your all!”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions January 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Tiffany and Michelle, we are so thankful to you for your amazing skill and commitment to 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 December 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Margaret H

Congrats to our December 2016 Traveler of the Month, Margaret H.!

Many thanks and congrats to the December 2016 Traveler of the Month, Margaret H., and also our Rising Star winner, Tina D-A.!

Traveler of the Month Margaret is an RN who specializes in Critical Care and ER. She works with Career Consultant Doug R. and is currently working at a rural critical access hospital in Eastern Nebraska.

Margaret says she’s spent more than half of her 27 years in nursing as a Traveler or temporary staff.

“I like traveling because it’s an adventure — always something new,” she says.

Margaret travels with her faithful yellow lab, Lena. Her favorite assignment throughout her years of traveling was in Portland, Oregon.

“[I liked] returning to my home state and catching up with family and friends,” says Margaret.

Travel Nurse Margaret H Lena

Margaret travels with her adorable yellow lab, Lena.

Outside of her professional realm, Margaret enjoys a diverse, eclectic range of interests — anything from knitting to motorcycling to construction to gardening to history!

As an awesome veteran Traveler, Margaret offers this advice to “Travelers young and old” — “Never turn down an opportunity to learn something new.”

Thanks for the great advice and for everything you do, Margaret!

Rising Star Tina is an RN Case Manager with a background in ICU and Cardiology Office Nursing, as well as additional experience in hospital regulatory compliance. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Taylor W. and is currently on assignment in Central California.

Tina’s been in nursing since 1988, but is new to Travel Nursing — with about six months under her belt now!

“The best thing about traveling is seeing the country, meeting wonderful people and making lots of new friends,” says Tina.

Travel Nurse Tina DA

Congrats to December 2016’s Rising Star winner, Tina D-A.!

She loved her first assignment — 16 weeks in Kansas City, Missouri — which she says she especially enjoyed because it was just six hours away from her grandbabies.

In addition to her nursing chops, Tina’s other talents include being able to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the ukulele. And, while many Travelers journey with spouses, kids, and pets, when asked who she travels with Tina had a perfectly unique answer that illustrates her good humor and zest for life.

“I travel with Hello Kitty and the Lord Jesus!” she says.

Here are Tina’s tips for new Travel Nurse:

  • “Establish a genuine relationship with your recruiter — mine is invaluable!”
  • “Love what you do and have faith in the Lord above!”

Thank you, Tina!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions December 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Margaret and Tina, we are so grateful to you for your amazing talent, hard work, and dedication to providing excellent 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 find out 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 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Brooke S

Congrats to Traveler of the Month for November 2016, Brooke S.! Here’s Brooke and her boyfriend Ian exploring Times Square in NYC.

Many thanks and congrats to the November 2016 Traveler of the Month, Brooke S., and also our Rising Star winner, Allyson M.!

Traveler of the Month Brooke is an RN working in ER. She works with Career Consultant Rob B. and is currently transitioning from an assignment in New York to one in Denver, Colorado. Brooke has been in nursing for three and a half years and Travel Nursing since September 2015.

Brooke Travel Nurse

Brooke’s brother Matt came to visit her on assignment and they got to check out Rockefeller Center together!

Brooke is a practiced at the art of traveling — both for work and pleasure. She spent the beginning of 2016 backpacking around Southeast Asia!

“My favorite assignment was in White Plains, New York,” says Brooke. “The facility was much smaller and more community oriented than the huge, high volume, inner-city hospitals I have previously worked in. It was definitely a nice change of pace. During my assignment I lived in Brooklyn and had the opportunity to explore NYC on my days off!”

Brooke says she’s glad to be fortunate enough to be able to travel with her boyfriend Ian

“He works remotely which affords us the opportunity to move around the country together,” says Brooke. “My beta fish also used to travel around with us. Unfortunately, he left us for the giant fishbowl in the sky recently. RIP Ferdinand.”

For Brooke, there are several factors that keep her a happy Traveler.

“Beyond the obvious benefits of being able to travel the U.S., Travel Nursing is great for so many reasons,” she says. “Personally, Travel Nursing has helped push me to continuously work to learn and improve my nursing skills. It has taught me to be flexible and adaptable in unfamiliar situations. I believe Travel Nursing has ultimately led me to be a better, well-rounded, more competent ER nurse.”

Brooke enjoys a gorgeous sky on a weekend trip to Acadia National Park last fall!

Brooke shared a couple awesome tips for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. When you are new to a unit, don’t consistently compare how things work at the new hospital to previous hospitals you have worked in. Each facility is unique and has its own flow. It will be a lot harder to adapt and make friends with your new coworkers if you are constantly comparing.
  2. It’s okay to ask questions! Don’t come in and pretend like you know everything. Be humble, ask questions, and admit when you are not sure of things. You are not expected to know everything from 1-2 days of orientation. It is your responsibility to identify your weakness and seek out appropriate education/training.

Rising Star Allyson is a NICU RN Cardiac and has worked with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Kelly R. Her most recent Travel Nurse job was in Delaware.

“Allie seemed to adapt seamlessly with Travel Nursing and the hospital absolutely loved her for it,” says Kelly. “She is very kind, courteous and has a great personality. She was a joy to work with!”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions November 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Brooke and Allyson, we are so thankful for your amazing skills, dedication, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

Want to know if you 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 find out 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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