Category: Traveler of the Month

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Congrats to September 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Matthew

Matt ain’t afraid of no ghost — nor thrilling Travel Nurse adventure! Congrats to Rising Star Matthew and Traveler of the Month, Shanetha!

Many thanks and congrats to the September 2016 Traveler of the Month, Shanetha S., and also our Rising Star winner, Matthew L.!

Traveler of the Month Shanetha is an RN, BSN working in ICU. She works with Career Consultant Geri K. and is currently on assignment in Texas. Shanetha has been in nursing for five years and started Travel Nursing in 2016.

“One of the best things about Travel Nursing is the opportunity to see the many sides of nursing,” says Shanetha. “This has allowed me to identify the direction that I want to advance my career in from various locations and pursue it.”

In addition to taking on Texas, Shanetha also enjoyed her assignment in San Francisco, where she appreciated the “various outdoor activities and attractions to visit.”

Shanetha is an excellent listener — she can listen for hours without interruption — which also makes her very wise. Here are her top tips to help new or aspiring Travelers succeed:

  1. “I would tell new Travel Nurses to review your contract very carefully before signing it, especially in regards to floating to various units and guaranteed hours.”
  2. “Remember that your attitude truly makes a difference and that not everything is going to be perfect, but in the end, it is only for a short time. So ask questions and be prepared.”
  3. “Lastly, enjoy the days off. Being alone in an unfamiliar area can get very lonely. So, plan something on the days off and relax.”

Rising Star Matthew is an RN, BSN in ER/Trauma and he works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Joe T. He’s been a nurse for two and a half years, has been traveling for nearly a year, and is currently on assignment in New Hampshire.

So far, Matthew’s favorite location has been Nashville, Tennessee.

“Great people, great city, and close to my hometown,” he says.

Matthew enjoys the many personal and professional opportunities Travel Nursing has provided him.

“It’s a great experience to see different places, different cities, and to exercise different nursing skills with each new environment,” says Matthew. “You also meet a lot of really incredible fellow colleagues, which presents infinite opportunities to learn and teach each other.”

Fun fact about Matthew: When he’s not focused on being a nursing pro, you might find him flexing his pipes!

“I’ve always loved singing,” says Matthew. “I’ve performed at Carnegie Hall and I have a four-octave vocal range — E1 to G#5; obviously working on a five-octave!”

Here are some excellent tips from Matthew to keep folks from singing the new Traveler blues and help them succeed in Travel Nursing:

  1. “Be open minded and don’t be afraid of what’s out there. If you survived nursing school for a few years, you can survive even your least favorite contract for a few months! Chances are, though, that you’ll love each one for its own positives.”
    2. “Always be confident in yourself and your skills; you’re nothing less than an asset and you can make a big difference in the lives of patients and coworkers alike.”
    3. “Your Career Consultant is the best resource you have for anything. You are a team, and he or she wants to help you succeed above all else. Never be afraid to reach out to your recruiter for anything!”

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions September 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Shanetha and Matthew, we are so grateful for your amazing dedication and commitment 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 August 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month Christine O

Traveler of the Month Christine O. flexes her muscles in beautiful Hawaii!

Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month Christine O

Christine takes her new moped for a spin in Honolulu.

Many thanks and congrats to the August 2016 Traveler of the Month, Christine O., and also our Rising Star winner, Lora C.!

Traveler of the Month Christine is an RN, BSN specializing in NICU. She works with Career Consultant Mike M. and is currently on assignment in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii! Christine has been in nursing for six years and traveling for one year.

Even though she’s living the life so many dream of in the literal paradise of Hawaii, Christine says that picking her favorite location is tough.

“I’m loving Hawaii for the location, but Delaware was awesome due to the people I worked with,” she says.

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Christine chasin’ waterfalls in the good way!

Instead of a car, Christine just bought her first moped in Hawaii to get around town and explore.

The thing she loves most about Travel Nursing?

“I get to travel the globe for my job!,” she says.

Christine offers some great advice for newer Travelers:

  1. Ask a lot of questions of other Travel Nurses.
  2. Research, research, research the places you’re considering.
  3. Have fun and don’t be timid!

Thanks for your hard work and awesome advice, Christine!

Rising Star Lora is a PACU RN who’s been in nursing for six years and works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Sapan S.

Lora just finished her first Travel Nurse assignment in Providence, Rhode Island — which she found to be a fantastic location.

“I loved the teamwork and skill level of my coworkers,” she says. “Plus, it was a nice city and area to explore.”

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Rising Star Lora C. LOVES playing outside!

Lora loves playing outside, and fittingly, she’s been a Grand Canyon River Guide for 23 years! She has an eclectic batch of interests — for example, she also plays old-time string band music on both the fiddle and the banjo.

Lora also loves the freedom and exploration that come with being a Travel Nurse, plus she loves constantly learning new things as she goes.

“I love to travel and explore new areas, learning new things professionally and regionally,” she says. “I also love the flexibility and meeting new people.”

Lora advises new Travelers to: “Keep a great attitude, always offer the best nursing care, and be genuine and be yourself.”

The Travel Nurse life is lucky to have ya, Lora! Thanks for everything you do.

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions August 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Christine and Lora, we are so grateful for your amazing skills, dedication, zest for adventure, and commitment to providing top-notch 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 July 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Travel Nurse Lee U. at Moab

July Traveler of the Month, Lee U., explores the Colorado River in beautiful Moab!

Many thanks and congrats to the July 2016 Traveler of the Month, Lee U., and also our Rising Star winner, Meaghan L.!

Traveler of the Month Lee is an RN, BSN, CCRN specializing in ICU and ER. He works with Career Consultant Erin A. and is currently on assignment in beautiful western Oregon. Lee’s in his 21st year of nursing, having traveled six years straight, as well as an additional three years periodically earlier in his career.

Lee travels solo, but returns home often during assignments to see his “wife, kids, cats, dog, rat, chickens, and lizards.” In addition to having a uniquely full house of human and animal loved ones, Lee is also unique in that he only purchases cars with a stick shift. ( Hey, me too, Lee! But we’re definitely a rare breed 🙂 )

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Lee’s wife and daughters excitedly “flirt with danger” in front of a buffalo at Yellowstone.

“I truly have not not liked any place I’ve been,” says Lee. “Perhaps some of the hospitals were less desirable, but one of the beauties of Travel Nursing is that we are in a different location regularly and get to explore the area, see new things, meet new people, and this aspect is completely separate from the job.”

“I love Travel Nursing for the fact that I get to meet so many people and am never tethered to weather a circumstance that is painfully undesirable,” says Lee. “As Travelers, we can move on whenever we want.”

Lee offers three great tips for new and prospective Travelers:

  1. “They don’t care very much how it was where you were, so when in Rome do as the Romans do.”
  2. “Anyone can stay positive and smile for 13 weeks. If it’s hard, for whatever reason, fake it. You get to leave soon, they don’t.”
  3. “If you find yourself in a position to Travel Nurse: enjoy yourself, don’t work yourself into the ground (like I often do), mix up making good money with learning about new areas and people … I know that’s pretty obvious, but not to everyone. Enjoy traveling!!”

Thanks for the helpful advice and for being so awesome, Lee!

Travel Nurse Meaghan L

Rising Star Meaghan L. and her adorable pup Casey explore Reflection Lake near Mount Rainier in Washington.

Rising Star Meaghan is an RN specializing in ICU & PACU who’s been in nursing for 8+ years and traveling nearly a year — she was an Active Duty Army Nurse for more than seven years before switching to traveling. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Anthony H. and she’s currently on assignment in beautiful Boston.

Meaghan travels with her dog, Casey, who she says is “a great road trip buddy,” and her favorite location in her travels so far has been Seattle, Washington.

“I love the outdoors, and the mountains in Washington are absolutely beautiful,” she says. “The best part of Travel Nursing is having the opportunity to explore different parts of the country.”

Meaghan’s advice to fellow Travelers is to work hard, learn lots, and have fun.

“Travel Nursing is an incredibly rewarding and fun way to visit new areas. However, a steep learning curve and high level of expectation can be slightly intimidating, even to a seasoned nurse,” she says. “Working hard alongside fellow nurses and appreciating the opportunity to learn from different hospitals that I work for are major keys to my success as a Travel Nurse. And of course, of have fun!”

Thanks for the great advice and hard work, Meaghan!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions July 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Lee and Meaghan, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment 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 maybe 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 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to our June Traveler of the Month, Patricia O., pictured her with her dog, Chinook, and her youngest son, Eric.

Many thanks and congrats to the June 2016 Traveler of the Month, Patricia “Trish” O., and also our Rising Star winner, Kelly T.!

Traveler of the Month Trish is an RN specializing in Geriatrics, who also has experience in Rehab and Med Surg. She works with Career Consultant Aaron B. and is currently on assignment in central Nebraska — her favorite location so far in her career.

“I like the town; it’s not too big or too small and has a lot to offer,” says Trish, who’s been in nursing since age 16, an RN since her late 30s, and traveling for three and a half years.

“I really enjoy seeing different states and meeting new people,” she says. “I also like learning new things in the nursing field as they come along.”

Trish traveled with her significant other, Larry, until he sadly passed away in June 2016.

“I have since gotten a dog, an Alaskan Husky, and we travel together now. She is great company,” says the uber-strong Trish of her pretty pup, Chinook.

She says her focus in nursing is “just to take care of people and hope I make a difference.” In her free time, Trish likes to crochet and write stories — she hopes to get a story published one day!

She advises new Travelers to soak up as much info as they can in their assignments.

“One thing that I’ve found works for me in my travels, is to make the unit I am on mine,” she says. “I learn everything I can about the unit, the workings, policies, everything, so when a patient asks a question I can answer them thoughtfully instead of just saying ‘I’m only a Traveler and I don’t know.’ I’m willing to learn anything they’re willing to teach me — instead of saying, ‘I’m just a Traveler and I don’t need to know that.’ I just like to learn and no one is too old to learn anything. I feel I learn something new every day and it’s great!”

Thank you so much for your insight and wonderful service, Trish!

Travel Nurse Kelly T

Congrats to Rising Star, Kelly T., pictured here with cutie-pie pup, Cocoa.

Rising Star Kelly is an RN/CEN specializing in ER who’s been in nursing for 31 years and traveling since 2002. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Julie F. and she’s currently on assignment in South Dakota.

“I travel with my husband Ray, who is retired from the state of Texas, and my seven-month-old Chihuahua, Cocoa,” says Kelly.

Her favorite location so far in her travel career has been central California, because she had the benefit of working in a great facility and was close to Yosemite National Park and the Sierras.

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Kelly, Ray, and Cocoa rule the road in this awesome fifth wheel!

“Travel Nursing is like a working vacation,” says Kelly. “You have time to explore everything in the area you work.”

That’s an extra special bonus for Kelly, whose hobby is genealogy.

“I love photographing old tombstones and I’ve photographed over 65,000 tombstones across the U.S.,” she says. “I post them online to free sites so others can find their ancestors and it helps to preserve history.”

Kelly offers solid advice for new and aspiring Travel Nurses.

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do — follow their policies and procedures and do things how they do it,” she says. “Be flexible.”

Great advice, Kelly!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions June 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Trish and Kelly, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment 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 maybe 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 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Donna F May 2016 Traveler of the Month

Congrats to our awesome Traveler of the Month for May 2016, Donna F.!

Many thanks and congrats to the May 2016 Traveler of the Month, Donna F., and also our Rising Star winner, Therese C.!

Traveler of the Month Donna is an RN specializing in Cardiac, who’s been in nursing for 15 years and traveling since fall of 2015. She’s currently located in Missouri and works with Career Consultant Jennifer S.

Donna’s favorite location so far has been an awesome facility in central Virginia.

“They treated me like family and the area was beautiful,” she says.

“My husband travels with me,” says Donna. “He takes care of everything while I am working. I could not do this without his support!”

Donna keeps plenty busy between her nursing career and school — she’s also a full-time student in graduate school for FNP.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is that I get paid to go on vacation,” says Donna. “We pick a location and instead of cramming all the sightseeing into a few short days, we get 13 weeks to explore.”

This rock star nurse offers the following tips for new Travelers:

“ENJOY! Your assignment is what you make of it, take the time to explore, don’t get so wrapped up in work … Travelers have the best job in the world!”

Thank you, Donna!

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Congrats to our amazing Rising Star for May 2016, Therese C., pictured here with her buddy Dexter.

Rising Star Therese is a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist who’s been in the Cath Lab for three years. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Jackie S.

Therese liked her first Travel Nurse assignment in Oakland, California so much that she decided to extend. She’s also a fan of Florida.

“I travel with my toy poodle, Dexter. He’s made it a lot more difficult to find housing, but totally worth having him here with me — a companion in a new world,” says Therese.

Medical Solutions is always happy to help you find pet-friendly housing, Therese and Dexter!

Therese enjoys the perspective on life, locations, and colleagues that Travel Nursing offers her.

“So far my favorite thing about traveling is being able to see different places, how people do things, and just the similarities in personalities at each location,” she says.

Here are Therese’s tips for Travelers:

1. “Drive to your location, because two suitcases are just not enough! Plus, a rental car for 13+ weeks is incredibly expensive.”

2. “When you agree to an assignment get the number of required called days in writing.”

3. “Talk to other Travelers, there is so much you just don’t know.”

Great advice, Therese!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions May 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Donna and Therese, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

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

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Congrats to April 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Tess C Travel Nurse

Congrats to our Traveler of the Month, Tess C.!

Many thanks and congrats to the April 2016 Traveler of the Month, Theresa “Tess” C., and also our Rising Star winner, Anesha E.!

Traveler of the Month Tess is a Staff Nurse and Educator in Perioperative Services who has worked with Career Consultant Jennifer B.

Although Tess is not currently on a travel assignment, she’s been a nurse since 1976 and has worked as a Travel Nurse since the early 2000s.

Tess’ favorite assignment location so far was in California, between San Francisco and Sacramento.

“I was able to pursue my passion for teaching with the full support of the staff,” she says. “The whole experience there was incredibly rewarding.”

Tess travels solo, preferring to fully focus on her job, but she says her husband Andrew is very supportive while she’s away and takes great care of the couple’s cat, Teddy.

Want to hear a fun fact about Teddy — as well as Tess and Andrew, too? They live across the pond!

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Tess (middle) and her most recent team.

“Since 2013 I have lived in Brittany, North-Western France, in the medieval town of Dinan,” says Tess. “I’ve had the pleasure of living in Europe for the last 15 years, mostly in the UK as my husband is British.”

Wow. Tess really knows how to put the “Travel” in Travel Nursing!

“I love Travel Nursing as it allows me the flexibility of choosing work around my personal schedule, great travel, and educational opportunities,” she says.

Here are Tess’ tips for new Travel Nurses:

  1. “Be professional at all times, to your company and to your work colleagues.”
  2. “Always maintain good communication with your recruiter and support staff. Difficult situations inevitably arise from time to time, and the company has always been of great help and support to me.”
  3. “Relax and enjoy it!”

Thanks, Tess!

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Congrats to April’s Rising Star Anesha E., pictured here with her adorable dog, Ty.

Rising Star Anesha is an OR Surgical Tech currently on assignment in Alabama. She’s been a Surgical Tech since 2006 and has been traveling since 2015. Her specialty is Neuro, but she also dabbles in general, OB/GYN, vascular, and ENT.

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Rising Star Anesha enjoys the Travel Nurse lifestyle both on and off the job.

Anesha’s recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Sharon H., and her favorite location so far has been in western Iowa.

“The people were really nice, and the doctors were as well, which made my hospital a good place to work,” she says.

Anesha loves the color blue and working out — especially cycling, walking, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, and circuit classes. She travels with her dog “Ty” — an 8-year-old, 11-pound, half schnauzer/half dachshund.

“I like travel nursing because it gives me the opportunity for my work to finally speak for itself and I get to see the world while doing what I do best,” says Anesha.

Her advice for new Travelers?

“Remember to take it one day at a time on each assignment because each day does get better, and don’t get discouraged or overwhelmed by the size of the facility because either way you can only do one room at a time.”

Awesome advice, Anesha!

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Ty is ready to hit the road!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions April 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Tess and Anesha, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

Who will be the next Medical Solutions Rising Star or Traveler of the Month?

All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to new Medical Solutions Travelers.

Click here to learn more about the Traveler of the Month program, and maybe just maybe YOU could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card as recognition for a job well done!
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Congrats to March 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Roberta T Medical Solutions Travel Nurse

Congrats to the March 2016 Rising Star winner, Roberta T.!

Many thanks and congrats to the March 2016 Traveler of the Month, Patricia “Trish” W., and also our Rising Star winner, Roberta T.!

Medical Solutions December 2015 Rising Star Trish W.

Medical Solutions’ March 2016 Traveler of the Month winner, Trish W., also just won Rising Star in December 2015. Way to go, Trish!

Traveler of the Month Trish is an OR CST working with Career Consultant Todd L. She just wrapped up a contract in Minnesota and is taking some time off for summer 2016.

Trish’s Traveler of the Month win is extra special because she was just recently awarded the Rising Star win for December 2015! When her win was announced we shared on the blog that Trish has been a CST for 21 years, that she and her husband are avid Harley riders, and that she travels with her cat Spunky.

Trish also had this awesome advice for new Travelers: “Be confident but humble about what you know, admit what you don’t know, and be flexible. Take pride in the job you do!”

Trish’s Career Consultant Todd, who’s had the pleasure of working with Trish since January 2015, says she is honest, loyal, communicative, and sincere.

“Trish takes her job very seriously, and she always seeks to resolve issues with communication and understanding,” says Todd.

We hope you enjoy an awesome summer of long Harley rides and other wonderful activities, Trish!

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Rising Star Roberta is a total pro at adventuring!

Rising Star Roberta is an RN, BSN specializing in PCU/Tele who’s been in nursing for two years and traveling for one year. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Bobby J., and she’s in beautiful Seattle for her current assignment!

“The staff is beyond welcoming and friendly,” says Roberta. “There’s also a potluck every other Saturday!”

As you can tell from her awesome pictures, Roberta is a pro at adventuring — which is one of her favorite things about Travel Nursing.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is meeting new people and exploring new places,” she says. “There’s always a new sight to see and an adventure to take! I’m able to network and build bonds like never before through Travel Nursing, and I’ve also gained more experience and have learned to adapt and adjust to change quickly.”

As a Louisiana native, Roberta has a Southern charm that she says allows her to “build a rapport with patients as well as staff to provide the best care possible.” Her advice to new or aspiring Travelers?

“Be kind and willing to be a team player, be willing to go the extra mile and help or pick up an extra shift for awesome pay, and utilize your resources,” she advises. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions or consult with other nurses if you need help!”

Excellent advice, Roberta!

Congratulations again to the March 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Thank you so much, Trish and Roberta, for your amazing talent, hard work, and dedication to providing excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Rising Star or Traveler of the Month? Travelers who get a perfect hospital evaluation are in the running to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to new Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to learn how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and get recognized for the great work you do!

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Congrats to February 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Brandi P Medical Solutions Travel Nurse

Traveler of the Month, Brandi, and her feline friend, Hank, celebrating Christmas last year.

Many thanks and congrats to the February 2016 Traveler of the Month, Brandi P., and also our Rising Star winner, Alexandra B.!

Traveler of the Month Brandi is an RN, BSN specializing in NICU and currently on assignment in Washington state. She’s been in nursing for five years and Travel Nursing for just over two years. Brandi works with Career Consultant Nick P.

Brandi’s favorite location so far has been Corpus Christi, Texas.

“The hospital I worked for was absolutely amazing, and my co-workers were even better,” she says. “They not only accepted me into their staff with open arms, but they really made me feel like part of the family. Plus the location is amazing. Padre Island is beautiful and a very short drive from the city. Texas in general is a beautiful place, and there is always something to do and somewhere to go. That said, Washington is a close second — this place is stunningly beautiful!”

Brandi travels accompanied by herhandsome fur-child, Hank.”

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Handsome Hank looking very dapper!

He’s a cat I rescued (more like he rescued me) from the SPCA on my very first travel assignment when he was four months old. He’s been traveling by my side ever since,” she says.

Brandi grew up in a town of 800 people and, before Travel Nursing, she says she had never lived more than an hour from her hometown.

“My first assignment took me 28 hours and 1500 miles from home,” she says. “It was definitely a huge change.”

But it’s been a change Brandi has fully embraced and one that’s brought her a wealth of amazing experiences!

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is really the ability to go anywhere your heart desires, and be able to broaden your mind, your knowledge in your specialty, and your cultural experiences,” she says. “What other career gives you the option to explore the world, learn from new cultures, care for others, and gain an immense amount of educational experience all while being within the flexible terms of your short contract?”

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Brandi adventuring at Madison Falls. “Another Travel Nurse and I just did a two-day road trip and hiked to six different waterfalls around the Olympic Peninsula,” she says.

 

Brandi offered up three excellent tips for new Travel Nurses:

“Remain flexible. The whole reason behind Travel Nursing is to relieve a hospital that is in need of help. We are there to help. That means keeping an open mind, being flexible — but safe with patient assignments and shifts. It’s very easy in this particular profession to forget why it is you’re there and to become greedy and selfish with everything. Which leads me into my next tip … ”

“Always stay humble and remember your true intentions for Travel Nursing. We’re in this career to serve others through medicine and healing hands. It’s so very easy to get lost in the beautiful wonders of traveling and exploring, that we forget why we’re in this location in the first place. Whatever the reason it is that you got into Travel Nursing, always remember that reason. Stay humble, kind, respectful and responsible at all times. And remember, a simple smile really goes a long way!”

“Enjoy it and embrace it. Travel Nursing really is a once in a lifetime endeavor and while it can be incredibly stressful, it’s an amazing way to live this beautiful life we have!”

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Congrats to our February 2016 Rising Star, Alexandra!

Rising Star Alexandra is an RN, BSN specializing in ER. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Renee C., and her current assignment has taken her to the beautiful Bluegrass State, Kentucky.

Alexandra has been in nursing for nearly two years and has been Travel Nursing with Medical Solutions for a little more than four months.

Alex travels solo for the time being, but she hopes to bring her adorable and “super cuddly” pet hedgehog, Wilbur, along on her next assignment. In the meantime, Wilbur stays at home with Alex’s husband Shane, who is active duty Army and must remain close to his base. When they get the chance, she and Shane like to go to Nashville Predators hockey games together.

Alexandra’s favorite location so far has been her first assignment, in Wisconsin, just northeast of Madison.

“The staff were so friendly and quickly took me in as a part of their team,” says Alexandra of the dedicated team at the Community Hospital where she worked in Wisconsin. “They provide excellent medical care and are an invaluable resource for their community.”

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Alex’s pet, Wilbur, the cuddliest hedgehog ever!

Alex’s passion for Travel Nursing is rooted in learning new things and supporting overworked perm nurses.

“The best part of being a Travel Nurse is seeing how different facilities and providers administer care in different ways,” she says. “Helping hospitals fill staffing needs to take strain off of their core staff is one of the most rewarding parts of traveling. I’ve been that overworked nurse, before I decided to go travel, and it was like a breath of fresh air when Travelers came in to help.”

Alex’s tip for new Travelers?

“As a brand new Travel Nurse I found it really helpful to stay flexible, be positive, and try to make the most out of every place I go,” she says.

That is excellent advice, Alex!

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Alex and her husband Shane taking in a hockey game!

Congratulations again to the February 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Thank you so much, Brandi and Alexandra, for your amazing dedication, talent, and hard work in providing superior patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All 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 find out what’s it’s all about and to see how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and the pride that comes from being recognized for doing such great work!

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Congrats to January 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Travel Nurse Matt

Traveler of the Month Matt enjoys a beautiful day at “dream assignment” Myrtle Beach with his wife Jess and their three digs.

Many thanks and congrats to the January 2016 Traveler of the Month, Thomas “Matt” P., and also our Rising Star winner, Fabienne L.!

Traveler of the Month Matt is an Oncology/Med-Surg RN currently on assignment in Virginia. He’s been in nursing for six years and Travel Nursing for about a year and a half. Matt works with Career Consultant Shane M.

Matt says he doesn’t really have a favorite assignment location, but has especially enjoyed working in Virginia, Iowa, and Ohio.

“Mostly because of the people I worked with at these facilities,” he says. “I have made some great friends at all three.”

The best thing about Travel Nursing to Matt is seeing the different areas of the United States and meeting new people. He loves the beach, but has yet to take an assignment at a beach location. Sounds like Myrtle Beach — which he calls his “dream assignment/permanent home” — is in his future at some point though!

“I travel with my wife, Jess, and our three Labrador retrievers Cocoa, Sadie, and Mellow, and, of course, the good Lord above,” says Matt.

Matt shares the following tips for new and aspiring Travelers: “Be yourself and be genuine. Always be willing to help out and go the extra mile. We are able to travel because places need our help for many reasons — be grateful for the opportunity to do God’s will and help people.”

Rising Star Fabienne is a Med-Surg RN who was recognized for her awesome hospital evaluation and excellent work. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Scott H. and her most recent assignment was in the beautiful state of Wisconsin.

Scott says Fabienne is a really great Travel Nurse that he’s been happy to have the opportunity to work with.

“Fabienne is a very hard worker and extremely detailed in her daily tasks,” says Scott. “She’s very thorough and has good personal skills.”

Congrats again to the January 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Thank you so much, Matt and Fabienne, for your dedication, skill, and hard work in delivering excellent patient care!

Who will be next month’s Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who get a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and the pride that comes being recognized for doing such great work!

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Congrats to December 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month Stephanie

Medical Solutions December 2015 Traveler of the Month Stephanie H. enjoys a hike along the Spokane River while on assignment in Washington.

Many thanks and congrats to the December 2015 Traveler of the Month, Stephanie H., and also our Rising Star winner, Patricia “Trish” W.!

Traveler of the Month Stephanie H. is an RN, MSN, with a focus in Critical Care Nursing. Coming up in June 2016 she will celebrate her 10-year nursing anniversary. Stephanie has been traveling for three years and works with Career Consultant Greg A.

Stephanie’s favorite location so far through her travels has been Spokane, Washington.

“The area was amazing! I loved the beauty of the outdoors and the opportunity to hike and explore some amazing places,” she says.

For her first four assignments, Stephanie traveled with her best friend, also a Travel RN working with Medical Solutions.

“Those were the best because I had my ‘bestie’ with me to explore each new place we came to,” she says.

In addition to being an awesome nurse, Stephanie loves to sing — a talent she incorporates both on and off the job.

“I grew up singing for church, weddings, banquets, things like that,” she says. “I sometimes sing to my patients, and I have been asked by my coworkers to sing for them as well. I suppose it’s a unique way to bring cheer into the lives of those around me, and is therefore an extension of my nursing skills.”

For Stephanie, the best thing about Travel Nursing is the opportunity to meet so many people and see so many wonderful things. She also appreciates how it prevents Travelers from becoming “tunnel visioned.”

“You see how different hospitals do things differently,” she says. “In this way, you can better judge what works and what doesn’t. You have the opportunity to positively impact a lot of hospital cultures. Also, you do not have time to get too burnt out with working in the same environment with the same people. It keeps you sharp.”

Stephanie offers several excellent tips to help new Travel Nurses succeed.

  1. “Do not let your fear cripple you. Nursing is nursing. Jump in there and learn what I call the ‘local flavor.’ It may look a little different from what you are used to, but at the core, nursing skills are the same no matter where you are. Be confident in what you know.”
  2. “Be humble. Do not try to revolutionize the existing systems into which you are coming. You may have a better way, but be respectful of the nurses and managers with whom you are working. Once you have established a rapport with them, you can make suggestions on how improvements may be made. Otherwise, you may generate some negative feelings thereby creating an unpleasant work environment for yourself.”
  3. “Work hard! You are there to fill a need. Do your best at it. I have had some hospitals tell me that they have been displeased with past Travelers because of their laziness and/or incompetence. Do not be one of those. Raise the bar and represent Medical Solutions at your best!”
Medical Solutions December 2015 Rising Star Trish W.

December 2015 Rising Star Trish W.

Rising Star Trish is an OR CST currently on assignment in Minnesota. She’s been a CST for 21 years and works with Career Consultant Todd L.

Trish is an avid Harley rider, and she and her husband enjoy taking long bike rides in the summer. She currently travels with her cat Spunky and her current location is her favorite.

“I am on my third assignment here and I love the staff, doctors, family atmosphere, teamwork, management staff … I love it here! The city is amazing also,” she says.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is meeting new people, learning new things, and going places you’ve never been,” says Trish. “Being able to pick your time off between assignments is also an aspect of being a Traveler that I love.”

Medical Solutions December 2015 Rising Star Trish W. Cat Spunky

Trish’s adorable travel companion, Spunky.

Trish also has some pretty great advice for new Travelers.

“Be confident but humble about what you know, admit what you don’t know, and be flexible,” she advises. “Take pride in the job you do!”

Congrats and many thanks again to the December 2015 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Thank you so much, Stephanie and Trish, for your hard work, talent, and dedication to awesome patient care!

Could you be next month’s Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to rookie Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and, of course, major bragging rights!

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