Category: Traveler of the Month

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Congrats to March 2019’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Many thanks and congrats to the March 2019 Traveler of the Month, Elizabeth O., and also our Rising Star winner, Chera L.!

Traveler of the Month Elizabeth is an RN, BSN, specializing in ER, who is currently on assignment in Phoenix, Arizona. She’s been in nursing for three and a half years, traveling for one year, and works with her Career Consultant Melissa Barks.

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Elizabeth O. and her furry friend, Suzie Q. kayaking on Lake Powell. Congrats, Elizabeth!

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

“Travel nursing is a great way to explore the country while doing what you love,” she says. “Traveling has allowed me to develop new interests and meet new people. A new location almost certainly brings about a love for a new hobby, fun activity, or budding friendship that you never expected.”

Elizabeth, who travels with her fur baby, Suzie Q, says her favorite assignment to date has been Colorado.

“Colorado has an absolutely magnificent natural landscape,” says Elizabeth, “I love the outdoors and staying active. Climbing, biking, hiking, and kayaking; you name it! Just about any outdoor activity can fit in right at home in Colorado.”

Elizabeth has a few wonderful pointers for new Travelers:

1. “Be adaptive. As the new nurse in the health care facility, you will have to make additional efforts to adapt to the new environment. It will be easier once you are acquainted with the rest of the staff. A good attitude and a positive approach can be helpful.”

2. “Get to know your destination.”

3. “Last but not least, don’t forget to have fun and make friends! Working in new places 3 to 4 times a year means you’ll experience new cultures, new sights, and new people.”

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

Rising Star of the Month Chera is a Cath Lab radiology technologist who is now on assignment in Bakersfield, California. She has more than 14 years of experience in her specialty — three of which she has spent traveling — and she works with Career Consultant Jackie Sleddens.

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Rising Star of the Month Chera L. enjoys meeting new people and seeing new places while on assignment!

As a Traveler, Chera has enjoyed living and working in several different cities across the U.S. In fact, seeing new places and meeting new people is why she loves her job so much. However, so far, San Francisco remains her all-time favorite assignment.  

“I absolutely loved the city, the job, and the people I worked with,” says Chera.

While Chera has downright magical clinical skills, she’s not particularly interested in who’s finally going to sit on the Iron Throne.

“I have never watched Game of Thrones,” she says proudly. Instead, this awesome tech prefers to play games and puzzles with family and friends.

Chera’s advice to new Travelers is simple.

“Just be yourself, be open to new ways of doing things, and enjoy your experiences,”

Thanks so much for all of your hard work and commitment to great patient care, Chera!

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 2019’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to the February 2019 Traveler of the Month, Allison H. (pictured), and also our Rising Star winner, Amanda M.!

Many thanks and congrats to the February 2019 Traveler of the Month, Allison H., and also our Rising Star winner, Amanda M.!

Traveler of the Month Allison is a Labor & Delivery RN, currently on assignment in Ashland, Wisconsin. She’s been in nursing for 10 years and traveling about a year and a half. Allison works with Career Consultant Jill Kent.

I’ve loved all of my locations but have especially liked Ashland,” says Allison. “Not only is the location ideal for all the outdoor activities I like to do, it is also close to family. I’ve made great friends with the staff and the unit is a nice mix of lower and higher acuity patients.”

Allison says she’s lucky to travel with her partner, Spencer, their Great Pyrenees, Willow, and her cat, Kitty Bon Bon. She also loves to eat and delights in trying new dishes.

The best thing about Travel Nursing is the knowledge that you can take an assignment anywhere,” says Allison.

Allison shared a few helpful Travel Nursing tips for aspiring Travelers:

  1. Be flexible! There is more than one right way to do the same task.
  2. Always ask questions. (Everyone knows that you don’t know where the clean utility is located!)
  3. Have open lines of communication with your recruiter. He/She is there to help and support you!

Thanks so much for your great advice and incredible dedication to great patient care, Allison!

Rising Star Amanda is an ICU RN. She’s been in nursing for 12 years and has been working as a Travel Nurse for two-plus years. Amanda is currently on assignment in Paducah, Kentucky, and works with Career Consultant Kayla Simpson.

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Rising Star Amanda (pictured at right) and her fellow Medical Solutions Traveler Brenda explore sunny California!

Nursing is a second career for Amanda, who originally graduated with a business degree that left her unfulfilled. Her father, who was diagnosed with cancer while she was still in school, passed away less than a year after his diagnosis.

“The wonderful care we all received from his nurses never left me,” says Amanda. “So, four years after he died I got accepted in a local nursing program and I’ve never looked back. I often say it was the best decision I ever made.” 

After working as a staff nurse at the same hospital for 10 years, Amanda decided to try Travel Nursing.

“I really felt as though I was getting burned out,” she says. “Traveling was the second best decision I’ve made.”

Amanda says the staff at her current assignment “is wonderful and they make you feel at home.” But a couple other locations top her list of favorites. 

“My favorite location has been Los Angeles. There’s so much to do in Southern California and the weather is amazing,” she says. “But another place that surprised me was Missouri. I absolutely loved it; there’s just something about the Midwest. I worked in a town called Joplin. Most people know it due to a horrible tornado that came through and destroyed one of the hospitals there. But I’ll always remember it as one of the friendliest, most welcoming facilities. I’ve made lifelong friends with the staff there and still talk to them on a regular basis. I always feel as though I take a little piece of a place with me when I leave. However, I feel as though I left a large chunk of my heart there.”

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Amanda explored gorgeous Joshua Tree National Park while on assignment.

It’s just those kinds of important connections that Amanda really loves about Travel Nursing.

“The best part of travel nursing is not only the experience and thrill of a new place but also the connections you make,” she says. “I’ve made lifelong friends with staff and some patient families. If you do this just for the money then you are missing out on the best part.” 

Amanda shared some great advice for Travelers about what to look for in an assignment and maintaining a great relationship with your recruiter.

“I really feel as though new Travel Nurses mess up and leave traveling feeling unfulfilled when they only chase the money. I always tell nurses that are considering traveling to do their homework. Try to go places that are very Traveler friendly. Sometimes it’s not all about the money,” she says. “Also, maintain a strong partnership with your recruiter. Don’t approach it as though they work for you. They don’t. Your recruiter works with you. I think that’s why I’ve been lucky — my recruiter knows me well enough to know what facilities I will and won’t enjoy.”

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your words of wisdom and for your incredible work!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions February 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Allison and Amanda, we are so grateful to both of you for your commitment 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 January 2019’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congratulations to our January 2019 Traveler of the Month winner, John S., and our Rising Star winner, Jacqueline B. (pictured)!

Many thanks and congrats to the January 2019 Traveler of the Month, John S., and also our Rising Star winner, Jacqueline B.!

Traveler of the Month John is an PCU RN, currently on assignment in Dalton, Georgia. John works withCareer Consultant Vince Odorisio.

“I have worked with John since October 2018 and he has been a great addition to the Medical Solutions team,” says Vince. “He puts in his work and completes all of his paperwork/compliance items on time. Great to work with!”

Vince also says he instantly felt a personal connection with John, due to John’s exceptional demeanor.

“After chatting the first time for only three-four minutes, John made me feel like we had been working together all year. He is very easy to talk to and, based on my own experiences, he is most likely very approachable at work with the staff, patients, and the patients’ family members.”

Vince also says John has a lot of great qualities that makes him a natural fit for nursing and traveling.

“I think John is a great RN because he goes with the flow,” says Vince. “Nothing gets under his skin — except maybe the ATL traffic! — and he has a passion for what he does. You can tell that he enjoys nursing and tries to be the best he can possibly be every shift.”

Thanks so much for all of your hard work and commitment to great patient care, John!

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Rising star winner Jacqueline’s “adoring pooch” Athena is such a cutie!

Rising Star Jacqueline is an RN, BSNspecializing in PCU/IMU.She’s been in nursing for five-and-a-half years and has been working as a Travel Nurse for three years. Jacqueline is currently on assignment in Salem, Oregon and works with Career Consultant Mike McSorley.

Jacqueline doesn’t have a favorite location — but only because she thinks they’re all great!

“Honestly, every location has its own spark,” she says. “Your assignments are only what you make them.”

Jacqueline, who shared a pic of her “adoring pooch Athena,” says the ability to travel and see new places is her favorite part of Travel Nursing.

“[The best thing is] being able to see parts of the U.S. I wouldn’t normally get to see,” says Jacqueline. “I love small towns since I come from such a big congested city. I love to eat. I try to find that hole in the wall and get recommendations from the locals. Bacon is life.”

Jacqueline shared some amazing tips for new or prospective Travelers:

1. “Patient population is nationwide, you have to like what you do and embrace it with all its quirks.”

2. “Go with an open mind, body, and spirit. Find what makes each place unique; I always find local art in each location.”

3. “Get along with your coworkers and work as a team. It’s easier to be part of a group than struggle on your own island. OFFER to help whenever you can if you see someone drowning, you will get the same in return.”

Thank you, Jacqueline, for sharing your words of wisdom, incredible work, and dedication to quality patient care!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions January 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! John and Jacqueline, we are so grateful to each of you for your commitment 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 December 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Many thanks and congrats to the December 2018 Traveler of the Month, Quincy H., and also our Rising Star winner, Ivy P.! 
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Many thanks and congrats to the December 2018 Traveler of the Month, Quincy H., and also our Rising Star winner, Ivy P.!

Traveler of the Month Quincy is an RN specializing in critical care, currently on assignment in New Orleans, Louisiana. He’s been in nursing for seven years and traveling for about six years. Quincy works withCareer Consultant Michelle White.

“After my first travel assignment I discovered what I love the most about Travel Nursing, which is the ability to be the boss of myself,” says Quincy. “I’m able choose not only the city and state, but the hospital I want to work at. Travel Nurses are able to choose what time of the year they want to work. You also meet so many different people and expand your knowledge of various cultures.”

Quinn, who travels with his fiancé, says his most memorable travel assignment so far was in Santa Clara, California.  

“The staff was awesome, not to mention the perfect location near the Bay Area with beautiful scenery, beach, and mountains that have seasonal snow,” he says.

Quinn says his unique ability to adapt to any situation or circumstance has been very important to his success as a Travel Nurse. He also shared these great tips for other Travelers.

“A few tips from an experienced traveler to a beginner traveler: Have flexibility, be open-minded, kind, and don’t be afraid to speak up when something doesn’t feel right,” he advises.  

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

Rising Star Ivy is an ER RNcurrently on assignment in Ottumwa, Iowa. She’s been in nursing for three years and traveling since October 2018. Ivy with Career Consultant Bill Thomson.

Ivy is known for smiling often, which makes her a great fit in the sometimes-challenging field of healthcare because she keeps the level of optimism high! Ottumwa is her first Travel Nursing job and she says the best thing about traveling is keeping things fresh.

“[I enjoy] meeting new people, new environments and new challenges,” says Ivy.

Ivy offered the following advice to new and aspiring Travelers: “Be open-minded and unafraid to ask questions and express concerns.”

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to quality patient care, Ivy!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions December 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Quincy and Ivy, we are so thankful 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 November 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to November 2018 Traveler of the Month, Laurel M. (pictured), and Rising Star winner, Chelsea G.!

Many thanks and congrats to the November 2018 Traveler of the Month, Laurel M., and also our Rising Star winner, Chelsea G.!

Traveler of the Month Laurel is an L&D RN, currently on assignment in Monterey, California. She’s been in nursing for 11 years and traveling for seven years. Laurel works withCareer Consultant Ashley Klein.

There’s tough competition for this experienced healthcare Traveler’s favorite assignment location!

“It’s a tie between Seattle, Washington, and Jackson, Wyoming — because I love the mountains,” says Laurel, who says she loves the flexibility Travel Nursing adds to her life.

But Laurel’s not done racking up favorite destinations just yet.

“I love to travel internationally and will be summiting Mount Kilimanjaro for my birthday this year,” she says.

We asked Laurel to share some tips for future and aspiring Travelers and she offered the following fabulous advice: “As a Travel Nurse, you need to stay open-minded and have a list of questions to ask during an interview.”

Thanks so much for your great work and helpful advice, Laurel!

Rising Star Chelsea is a BSN, RN specializing in NICU. She’scurrently on assignment in Danville, Pennsylvania and works with Career Consultant Mike McSorley.

Mike praises Chelsea for her incredible work and says she has a “wonderful personality” and is “very kind and polite.”

“Chelsea is hardworking and very knowledgeable,” says Mike, adding that these and other qualities make her a great success at Travel Nursing.

“She’s flexible and committed to top-notch patient care, day in and day out,” says Mike.

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to quality patient care, Chelsea!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions November 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Laurel and Chelsea, 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 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.!

Traveler of the Month

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

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

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

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

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Wendy and John relish the chance to go adventuring together!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rising Star

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

Heather says Amanda is a perfect fit for Travel Nursing.

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

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

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

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

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

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