Category: Traveler of the Month

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Congrats to March 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

A big thumbs up to Nina C. and Thomas C.!

A big thumbs up to Nina C. and Thomas C.!

Congratulations and a big thank you go out to our March Traveler of the Month, Nina C., and also our Rising Star winner, Thomas C.

Traveler of the Month for March, Nina C., has been in Travel Nursing for four years. Her RN specialty is Cath Lab.

“I love my job and I love traveling, therefore, four years ago I combined my two loves,” she says.

Nina touches on why Travel Nurses must be adaptable when she says that Travel Nursing “not only requires knowledge in nursing, but also an ability to assimilate with other people and organizational structures.”

Nina’s favorite place to work is the east coast, and she’s currently working in a facility just north of New York City.

“I am with a great group of people who truly give exceptional care to their community,” she says. “This gives me a great deal of satisfaction to work with people I can admire and trust.”

Nina loves Travel Nursing and advocates it as an excellent option for many nurses.

“My career as a Traveling Nurse has given me a whole new life, one that I highly recommend for others,” she says.

March’s Rising Star winner Thomas C. was a Nurse Aid for three years and has now been an RN for three years. He’s been Travel Nursing for two years and his specialty is ICU.

So far Thomas’ favorite location has been Evansville, Indiana, where he encountered great people and really enjoyed the general attitude and feel of the city.

Besides getting to experience great, new favorite places Thomas really enjoys how Travel Nursing allows him to grow professionally.

“I like the new techniques I learn at each place and how the job never seems to get boring,” he says.

His advice for Travel Nurses who are just starting out?

“Find out how the facility you’re working at does things, and never speak badly of a place you work at no matter what,” he says.

Thanks so much again to Nina and Thomas for your hard work and dedication to providing great patient care!

To learn more about Medical Solutions’ Traveler of the Month program, click here.  

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Congrats to February 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

And the trophies go to ... Lee Ann S. and Barbara P.!

And the trophies go to … Lee Ann S. and Barbara P.!

Many thanks and congrats to our February Traveler of the Month, Lee Ann S., and also the February Rising Star winner, Barbara P.!

February Traveler of the Month, Lee Ann, is a PACU RN who has been in nursing for nearly 30 years and has been traveling almost 7 years.

Her favorite assignment/location was her first time in Fairbanks, Alaska — where she says the scenery was “breathtaking.”

Lee Ann enjoying the breathtaking scenery of her adventure.

Lee Ann enjoying the breathtaking scenery of her adventure.

 

 

“The adventures and scenery [there] were awesome,” she says. “I had such cool and exciting experiences up there!”

While Lee Ann is super dedicated to nursing and providing great patient care, she’s also definitely in Travel Nursing for the adventure.

“The best part of traveling is all the new and exciting places I get to see,” says Lee Ann. “It’s like a working vacation for me and I love it.”

“Thanks to Medical Solutions and, of course, my awesome recruiter Sarah K.!”

The February Rising Star, Barbara, is an RN who has been in nursing almost 34 years. She began traveling in December 2013, when her first assignment took her to Connecticut.

“My first assignment was very fun and exciting,” she says. “It was a short train ride from New York City and I spent New Year’s Eve in Times Square.”

Barbara (at left) and her sister, at Rockefeller Center on New Year's Eve.

Barbara (at left) and her sister, at Rockefeller Center on New Year’s Eve.

Barbara is currently on her second assignment, in Arizona, while also taking online classes to earn her Bachelor’s degree. And, she has a new pal along for the ride this time around.

“I didn’t travel with my dog, Gunner, [the first] time because I was unsure how he would acclimate,” she says.

But, Barbara was able to bring Gunner on her current Arizona assignment and he turned out to be quite the Traveler, just like her!

“I am so happy he is with me on this trip. Turns out he is a great travel companion and it’s dog heaven here,” she says.

Barbara loves the variety and adventure of traveling.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is the freedom to choose what and where you would like to work,” says Barbara. “I have lived and visited places I never would have been able to afford without Medical Solutions. The diverse group of people I have met is incredible.”

And even though she’s off adventuring, Barbara still gets to enjoy time with her loved ones on a regular basis.

“I was blessed with four children and two grandchildren in the Midwest, and I travel back between assignments to spoil them. However, my family has been very supportive and also travel to see me often,” she says.

As a Christmas gift, Barbara’s children even gave her a large wall map to place pins in to document her locations as she travels!

Thanks so much again to Lee Ann and Barbara for providing an excellent example when it comes to being pros at both nursing and adventuring! We truly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to patient care.

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Congrats to January 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Niccole H.. and Blair C., you guys win the gold for January 2014!

Niccole H.. and Blair C., you guys win the gold for January 2014!

We are very happy to congratulate our January 2014 Traveler of the Month, Niccole H., and also our Rising Star winner, Blair C.!

Niccole is an RN currently working in the NICU in the Seattle, Washington area. She has been a nurse for 14 years and has been traveling for the past two years.

Her home base is Indianapolis, IN, but through Travel Nursing she has also worked contracts and lived in Dallas, Texas, and Fresno, California.

Niccole’s favorite adventure so far?

“So far, Seattle is my favorite,” she says. “I have traveled here twice.”

I love that she says “so far” — it means she knows there are so many more adventures to come! And adventure is definitely one of the reasons Niccole says she love to travel.

“I enjoy exploring new places, trying new things, and learning all the different ways there are to do the same thing in the different hospitals I have worked,” she says.

Blair has been an RN for three years and traveling for one. His first assignment was at a revered teaching hospital in California.

Blair checks in at the Taj Mahal!

Blair checks in at the Taj Mahal!

“My time there was wonderful,” he says. “The culture of the nurses that I worked with was one of support, humor, and camaraderie. Also, working in a teaching hospital was a super positive experience.”

Blair loves the freedom and adventure of Travel Nursing — but says he really loves every aspect of the job.

“I enjoyed every part of the experience, from patient interactions to peer collaboration with the utmost of professionalism,” he says. “One rewarding part of traveling is that when my contract is complete it is my choice as to what next … and right now that is a three-month vacation that started with a month of backcountry skiing in Utah and Colorado, followed by a month in India where I am now, and finishing up with three weeks of surfing in Bali!”

Wow, what an adventure. Hang 10, Blair! And thanks so much to both Niccole and Blair for being superstars and for providing awesome patient care while on assignment with Medical Solutions. We really appreciate everything you do!

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Congrats to December 2013’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

And the trophies go to ... Austin H. and Chris A.!

And the trophies go to … Austin H. and Chris A.!

Many thanks and congratulations to Medical Solutions’ December 2013 Traveler of the Month, Austin H., and also our Rising Star winner, Chris A. 

Austin H. is an RN currently working Cardiac Cath Lab in Fort Worth, Texas. He has been in nursing for more than four years and has been traveling about two. His fiancé Crystal travels with him.

“It was a joint decision to begin traveling, and we have not looked back since,” he says.

His favorite location so far is Montana, which he loves for the breathtaking scenery.

Austin H. hanging at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in Chicago.

Austin H. hanging at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Chicago.

“We were a 90 minute drive from Yellowstone National Park,” he says. “There were times I was basically face to face with a buffalo.”

What an adventure! But Austin says the best part of traveling is the confidence he has gained in his abilities as a nurse.

“I am able to walk into new surroundings, evaluate the situation, and be up and running within a shift, maybe two,” says Austin. “I enjoy the ability to see how nursing practice varies in different parts of the country, and I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing nurses that have taught me skills that I have adapted into my daily routines.”

Chris A., an RN with 13 years nursing experience, was honored to be chosen as Rising Star for working her first travel assignment in Washington State.

Chris A. exploring Washington's natural beauty.

Chris A. exploring Washington’s natural beauty.

“The hospital, staff and patients were such a pleasure to be with. I truly loved my assignment and learned a lot from my co-workers,” she says.

Chris also loved the west coast and exploring the diversity of the area. She was excited to be able to hit the beach and the slopes in one day.

“I’m an outdoor girl and love to hike up a mountain or two,” she says. “The west side of Washington was perfect! So many mountains, so little time.”

Chris is accompanied on the road by her two “rambunctious” cats, DeVa and Babs, who she says have adjusted just great to their adventures. Chris’ husband stayed home to hold down the fort, with the couple’s other cat, two dogs, and a horse. She says they have “accumulated quite a four legged family in rescues.”

DeVa and Babs love the adventure of the travel nurse lifestyle too.

DeVa and Babs love the adventure of the travel nurse lifestyle too.

Winning Rising Star for her hard work in Washington is an honor, but Chris is already looking ahead to her next big adventure.

“I am equally excited for my next assignment in Virginia, which will give me the opportunity to be close to my son at West Point military academy,” she says. “I love to see the country and the though I am just there to help, I learn a lot from the people I work with.”

Austin and Chris, congrats again and thank you both so much for providing excellent patient care while working on assignment with Medical Solutions. We really appreciate all of your hard work!

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Congrats to November 2013’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Lara K. and Shawn F., you guys win the gold!

Lara K. and Shawn F., you guys win the gold!

We are very happy to congratulate our November 2013 Traveler of the Month, Lara K., and also our Rising Star winner Shawn F.!

Lara is an RN currently working in an ER unit in California. She has been in nursing for a total of 15 years, the first 10 as an LPN and the last 5 as an RN. She has traveled for 5 of her LPN years and 1 year as an RN.

Lara’s favorite location so far has been Laramie, Wyoming.

“[I] loved the area, but the people really made it special,” she says.

Lara’s favorite aspect of Travel Nursing is getting paid to explore new areas and meet new people. She also says that you “learn something new with each assignment.” Lara plans on getting a dog after her current assignment.

Shawn is an RN also and is currently working in Massachusetts. He’s been in nursing for 4 and a half years and has been traveling six months. Shawn has been on just two travel contracts and so far Massachusetts has been his favorite location.

Shawn’s favorite thing about Travel Nursing?

“The challenge of being put in an unfamiliar place and working through the anxiety and stress that that can bring, and coming out a better nurse and person for going through it,” he says.

Congrats again to Lara and Shawn. These wins were based upon excellent hospital evaluations, and thus, were totally earned. Thanks to you both for providing excellent patient care while on assignment for Medical Solutions! We really appreciate what you do in the name of nursing and we’re honored to have you travel with our staffing agency.

For more details on Medical Solutions’ Traveler of the Month program, click here.

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Congrats to October 2013’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

A big thumbs up to Roseanna C. and Beth M.!

A big thumbs up to Roseanna C. and Beth M.!

A big congrats is in order for October 2013 Traveler of the Month, Roseanna C., and also for our Rising Star winner Beth M.!

A quick word on the name change of this award: We’ve changed it from “Nurse of the Month” to “Traveler of the Month” in order to include all of the amazing healthcare professionals we work with.

We recently checked in with Rising Star Beth M. who has been working as a nurse for three years. She says her first assignment with Medical Solutions was “nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River in Williamsport.”

“I have traveled all over the U.S.A. and this happens to be one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been!” she says.

Beth adds that she enjoys traveling solo and finds one of the biggest perks of traveling is meeting new friends. And it sounds like she has the perfect personality for it. “I’ve never met a stranger,” she says. “Ever.”

She also has an excellent philosophy when it comes to traveling:

“The best thing about being a traveler is knowing you are ‘temporary,’” says Beth. “If it’s the hardest 12-hour shift, you can tell yourself you’re not going to be there forever. If it’s the best hospital and best staff, you know not to take it for granted and to make the most of it.”

Let’s hear it again for Traveler of the Month Roseanna C., and Rising Star winner Beth M.! Your excellence on the job is what Travel Nursing is all about. Thank you for being such a great reflection on your field and on Medical Solutions!

Could you be the next Traveler of the Month or Rising Star winner? Click here for more details on the Traveler of the Month program.

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

winning businessmanLet’s hear it for Medical Solutions September 2013 Nurse of the Month, Julianne D., and also for our Rising Star winner, Darlene K.!

Julianne is currently on assignment in Pennsylvania, has been in nursing for 13 years, and has completed 14 assignments with us with no terminations.

“I left the cardiac cath lab in Delaware to begin my travel adventure,” says Julianne. “A friend and I traveled to the same or close assignments for the first two years. The last 5 years I’ve continued exploring the country on my own. My favorite location was Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was beautiful in wintertime — snow covered mountains surround the city; plenty of skiing available.”

She also told us that her favorite thing about traveling is being able to pick up and change her location as needed, such as five years ago when her stepfather was ill and she was able to take an assignment an hour away from him and her mom. She also adds, “I love the mountains [and being] able to go where my interests and hobbies can be found.”

September Rising Star Darlene is being recognized for her first assignment in Kansas City where she fulfilled two 13-week contracts. She may be new to traveling but she got her first nursing license in 1985 in Illinois. She later went on to practice in Missouri for 10 years, among things.

Darlene says Kansas City is her favorite place to work: “My sister, her family, and many cousins live in the area and it was great being able to visit with them over the past six months. The excitement that a large city brings is exhilarating. I had ample time to explore the museums, fountains, drive-in movies, and go to a Royals baseball game.”

Her favorite thing about travel nursing is being able to live in areas she may not have been able to check  out as well just via a vacation.

“The ability to get to know the culture, the people, and the everyday things that makes each locale special becomes richer, than just being a tourist to the area,” says Darlene. “Having opportunities to work in different facilities enhances our nursing skills and leads to better adaptability to the ever-changing health care needs.”

Congrats to September’s Nurse of the Month and Rising Star winners — sounds like you are doing it right both on and off the job, and we appreciate your excellence!

For more details on our Traveling Nurse of the Month program, click here.

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