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Medical Solutions Traveler Becomes a Published Author

Never underestimate the power of the pen and yourself. At least, that’s what Medical Solutions Traveler and author Rachel F. would tell you.

That’s because Rachel recently published her first book. Part memoir and part self-help book, “The Power of Yourself” inspires others to live life to the fullest.

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Rachel’s book “The Power of Yourself” is now available online.

“I want others to know the great power that lies within themselves,” says Rachel.

Rachel, who is a traveling respiratory therapist by day, has always wanted to help people. Then, during a difficult time in her life, she began writing as a way to cope. Ultimately, this journey of self-discovery and faith led Rachel to write her book. 

“When I decided to let go of all that pain and hurt that I went through, with God, I became stronger and stronger every day,” recalls Rachel. “[I realized] I wanted to help encourage and motivate people to never give up no matter what.”

With 12 years of clinical experience under her belt, Rachel also knows first-hand how valuable each life is.

“Every day is a gift,” says Rachel. “In this profession, God allows me to see the beauty of things as well as the difficulty of things.”

And while “The Power of Yourself” is now available online, Rachel doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. She is currently on assignment with Medical Solutions in California, works with Career Consultant Jennifer Stewart, and plans to write another book soon.

Congratulations, Rachel on this amazing achievement! We are so excited to see where your career — both as a writer and traveling healthcare professional — will take you!

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

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Congrats to October 2019 Traveler of the Month Laura L., pictured here, getting ready to feast on a Maryland delicacy, crab.

Many thanks and congrats to the October 2019 Traveler of the Month, Laura L., and also our Rising Star winner, Justice O.!

Traveler of the Month Laura is an ER RN, BSN. Fun fact: Laura is no stranger to this award — she won Traveler of the Month for the first time in 2018. She has continued to provide outstanding patient care wherever she goes! Laura is currently on assignment in Nebraska, and she works with Career Consultant Jennifer Seay

Since we last checked in with Laura roughly two years ago, she’s been on a life-changing assignment in Maryland.

“I loved the East Coast and Maryland so much,” says Laura. “I ended up extending my contract to stay there for 8 months. I met a group of amazing people. They are my nearest and dearest friends, and I cannot wait to go back to Maryland for another assignment!”

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Laura travels with Oakley, her 9-year-old Collie/Shepard mix.

In the meantime, Laura continues to travel with Oakley, her furry partner-in-crime, a 9-year-old Collie/Shepard mix. And she’s looking forward to what the future has in store for her.

“I am so grateful that my life allows me to travel and gather all these new experiences!” says Laura. “I cannot wait to see where I go from here.”

Laura also shared this great advice for new travel nurses:

“Always remember: You’re there to help out because their current staffing is not ideal,” says Laura. “Be flexible, be positive, and willing to learn. Also, get to know the staff you work with. A lot of times, they are very willing to help travelers out by renting a room, and they get some extra cash in their pockets too!”

Laura, thank you for your dedication to your patients, and thanks also for the awesome advice and housing tip!

Rising Star Justice is a CRCST certified sterile processing tech currently on assignment in White Plains, New York. He works with Career Consultant Jake Zoucha.

Jake has been working with Justice for roughly a year now, and he says Justice deserves this incredible recognition and more.

“He’s a very hard worker, according to his on-site manager,” says Jake. “He’s someone you can count on and has taken on leadership responsibilities right off the bat!”

Thanks for being such a great traveler, Justice!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions October 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. Laura and Justice, we are so thankful to each of you for your incredible work!

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 2019’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to September 2019 Traveler of the Month, Michelle R., pictured here with her husband, Tom, open water diving with blacktip reef sharks in Freeport, Bahamas!

Many thanks and congrats to the September 2019 Traveler of the Month, Michelle R., and also our Rising Star winner, Christopher M.!

Traveler of the Month Michelle is a critical access BSN/RN who loves to float between OB, MS, and ER. She’s been in nursing for 10 years and working in travel healthcare for nearly four years.

Michelle works with Career Consultant Ashley Klein and is currently on assignment in Libby, Montana.

“Libby has an amazing hospital with a wonderful staff,” she says. “They all work well together and welcome travelers with open arms. The bonus is the area is so beautiful.”

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Michelle on a Fall 2019 adventure during her contract in Libby, Montana.

Michelle is all about getting out and adventuring. (See the end of this post for more of her amazing photos!)

“I have a 2015 Harley Freewheeler Trike,” she says. “I open water dive with my husband, Tom, and our favorite place to dive is Freeport, Bahamas, but we’ve also dived in Roatan and Cancun.”

Michelle travels with her 3-year-old Miniature Schnauzer, Floki — yes, from the TV show “Vikings,” she says — and hubby Tom loves to come visit her on contract, especially if there’s fly fishing involved.  

“My husband has five years and then he will retire from law enforcement and start traveling with me full time,” says Michelle.  

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Michelle’s canine travel companion, Floki, on the Clearwater River in Idaho.

When it comes to her favorite things about travel nursing, Michelle is all about variety and learning.

“I love the variety of places I can travel and learning new things at each travel assignment,” she says. “It has made me a better and more confident nurse.”

Michelle offered up some fabulous tips for new and aspiring travel healthcare professionals:

“Don’t start traveling too soon. Give yourself a chance to develop your skills. We don’t get orientation as a traveler so you must be confident in your skills. You worked too hard to get your RN, why risk it?

“Reach out to travelers who have been doing it a long time and ask many, many questions before you decide to start traveling. We are an ‘at will’ employee. Things change with a blink of an eye.” 

“Go to TravCon in Vegas. It’s in September and it is worth the money. They have re-certification courses, CEUs, and many, many wonderful lectures. You will learn a lot. You will also be able to talk to many companies and recruiters to see who fits you best as a traveler. All of our needs are different so one company doesn’t fit all.”  

Thank you for your awesome work, wise advice, and zest for life, Michelle!

Rising Star Christopher is a sterile processing tech who was most recently on assignment at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He’s been working with Career Consultant Branden Thomas since July 2019, and Branden had really great things to say about Christopher’s talent, skill, and work ethic. 

“Christopher works extremely hard and has received positive feedback from the facility,” says Branden. “In fact, they brought him on perm because of his stellar performance.”

Thanks for being such a great traveler and we wish you the best in your new adventure, Christopher!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions September 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. Michelle and Christopher, thank you both so much for your incredible work!

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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Michelle explored wonderful Washington Pass while on contract in Brewster, Washington.
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Michelle’s Harley trike, out for a ride in Idaho.
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Michelle stops for a photo op alongside the Kootenai River near Libby, Montana.
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A picturesque image from Yellowstone Falls, which Michele explored while she was on contract for a year in Rawlins, Wyoming.
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Roundup River Ranch 2016: Adrienne’s Adventure

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All summer long, Medical Solutions has been following our Travel Nurses at Roundup River Ranch, a special summer camp for kids with serious illnesses. We’ve featured Kelli’s journey and Lisa’s story, and today we’ll take a final look at the Colorado-based camp with the adventures of Travel Nurse Adrienne C., BSN, RN.

Thanks for chatting with Medical Solutions, Adrienne. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been an ER nurse for the last 6 ½ years and started Travel Nursing a little over a year ago.

Adrienne C., BSN, RN believes Roundup River Ranch helps remind caretakers to have fun with their patients.

Adrienne C., BSN, RN helps her patients smile with a dose of pure fun. She believes Roundup River Ranch reminds caretakers that laughter can sometimes be the best medicine.

How did you hear about Roundup River Ranch, and what first inspired you to work there?

Last year, I worked for the last half of the summer at Roundup River Ranch. I couldn’t come up for the full summer because I was still on contract. When I first started traveling, I had Colorado on my bucket list.  So, after I read the Medical Solutions email introducing the camp, I thought about what an awesome opportunity it would be to have that experience.

The challenge of trying something new with a population I was not 100% familiar with intrigued me and inspired me to get out of my comfort zone. I looked forward to getting a break from the usual hospital scene, the chance to take care of people who, although they may have extensive medical problems, aren’t acutely ill and supporting their health, and enjoying a Colorado summer outdoors.

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook?

Camp has given me a renewed sense of compassion. Caring for these kids while they have the time of their life and simply being a part of the magic has done wonders for my general outlook on those with major or chronic illnesses. So often, I had thought of all the negative aspects, what they could not or ought not be able to do. Then, I witnessed what happens when they feel empowered — it’s amazing what they’re able to accomplish.

I’ve learned to honor their independence and to work with them on their terms to accomplish their goals. (Even if it sometimes takes the patience of a saint.) It’s worth it to see them succeed. It is these successes that enables them to come home with more confidence and a sense of normalcy. These children have definitely made me a better nurse — I am now a wiser, more patient, and more empathetic person. I needed to remember that it’s OK to be silly and have fun while providing care.

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN?

My most vivid memories include meaningful conversations with the campers — I enjoyed watching them light up as they made new friends, tried something new, or overcame a fear or obstacle. I’ll remember the early mornings, the late nights, and the satisfying exhaustion that comes with knowing you did everything to ensure your campers had the best experience.

For me, some of the most rewarding moments happened when my campers revealed they loved their time here so much that they hoped to come back as counselors, nurses, and doctors to emulate those they have met. The staff I’ve worked with here have been phenomenal and inspirational in their efforts to provide life-changing moments for these campers.Roundup River Ranch Logo

What would you tell other nurses about this camp and would you recommend going back?

I believe every nurse should have the opportunity to come here. Assuming they have a passion for nursing, caring for children, and be willing to put in some long work days! I tell other nurses about the pure joy you get to see, the extraordinary level of dedication from staff and volunteers, and the opportunity to influence lives for the better. A dream of mine would be to continue coming back year after year.

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

In short, the atmosphere. Here is a place where everyone wants to do their absolute best and that creates an environment where one could believe in moving mountains. It is so uplifting and refreshing here. It makes it difficult to reenter the outside world of healthcare.

If you think you’d like to join Adrienne next summer at Roundup River Ranch as a Travel Nurse, contact your Medical Solutions Career Consultant today. You can also visit RoundupRiverRanch.org to learn more about this incredible summer camp experience.

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Roundup River Ranch 2016: Lisa’s Story

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Travel Nurse Bonds With Kids at Summer Camp

This month, we continue our inside look at the incredible work being done at Roundup River Ranch, a free summer camp for children with severe diseases. Medical Solutions, a longtime supporter of this cause, has donated more than $5,000 directly to the Colorado-based camp this year, helped recruit some of the nurses, and funded a portion of their pay for the summer.

One such Medical Solutions Travel Nurse, Lisa, S., RN, joins us today to explain why her Travel Nursing experience this summer has reinforced her desire to help children.

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Lisa S., RN, won’t soon forget the lessons she learned from the kids at Roundup River Ranch.

Thanks for chatting with Medical Solutions, Lisa. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure, I’m an RN specializing in Emergency Room nursing, and I’ve been a nurse for 6 years. I started traveling about 15 months ago. This is my first summer at Roundup River Ranch.

What inspired you to work there for the summer?

I worked as a camp counselor each summer between the ages of 14-21 and loved it. I never expected that I’d be able to return to camp as an adult. At my last assignment at Children’s Hospital, I spoke with a number of nurses there who had volunteered at Roundup River Ranch. They all had wonderful experiences. The decision basically made itself. I feel incredibly lucky to work with an amazing cadre of medical professionals and absolutely awe-inspiring kids. Plus, it’s so fun to be in here in the Colorado mountains in gorgeous weather!

How did you hear about this opportunity? From my incredible recruiter Keahna W. at Medical Solutions (thank you Keahna!)

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook?

My time at Children’s gave me a peek at how incredible and resilient children with chronic illness can be. My time at camp has given me the chance to actually get to know them, care for them for a longer time, and appreciate their experiences so much more. This camp leaves me so much more excited for more experience working with children. I also have a better understanding now of what I’m capable of as a nurse and as a person.

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN?

I will remember numerous smiling faces, and kids of all ages conquering their fears in favor of fun and joy. I also won’t forget the incredible bond I made with my Roundup family.

Which ones stand out as the most rewarding and why?

The most rewarding part was watching these kids overcome their personal obstacles. I witnessed pure joy in the face of so many challenges. We all have obstacles we face, and the degree of grace that we approach them with varies. Personally, I know I have been guilty of making a small problem into a much larger one in my head. These children really put things into perspective, and I hope to truly draw upon these memories moving forward in my life.

What wouldRoundup River Ranch Logo you tell other nurses about this camp and would you recommend going back?

I would definitely recommend going back. I would tell other nurses that in some ways you will work harder and longer then you ever have before, but it will be so worth it!

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

I’ll miss the kids, the family we have here at camp, and the beauty of living in the mountains.

If you loved reading about Lisa’s summer, look for the final installment on Medical Solutions’ Roundup River Ranch series next month. You can also look back on Kelli C’s experience at the camp here or learn more about this amazing summer camp at RoundupRiverRanch.org.

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Roundup River Ranch 2016: Kelli’s Journey

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Roundup River Ranch, initially envisioned by actor Paul Newman, is a free summer camp for children with serious illnesses. With medical support from healthcare professionals, these children can try activities they’ve never done before, build their confidence, and make new friendships.

Medical Solutions, a proud contributor to this amazing program, has inspired several Travel Nurses to work at the Colorado-based camp. You can read more about Medical Solutions’ past involvement here.

This summer, three Travel Nurses have shared their journeys of self-discovery at Roundup River Ranch. Take a second to read about Kelli C., NRP, RN, and her incredible experience at the camp so far:

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Kelli C., NRP, RN, believes Roundup River Ranch rejuvenated her passion for nursing.

Thanks for taking the time to chat today, Kelli. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

“I am a Paramedic/RN. I am currently a flight nurse for Medical Air Rescue based in Rapid City, SD.  I was a Travel Nurse from 2012 until June 2015. Medical Solutions has kept in contact with me since my departure from travel life, and thus, I found my way to Roundup River Ranch this summer. I couldn’t be more grateful for this experience. It was definitely God putting me right where I needed to be!”

What inspired you to work at Roundup River Ranch for the summer?

“This is my first summer at Roundup River Ranch. Honestly, what isn’t inspiring about this camp? After I submitted my application, I immediately went to their website. I fell in love with the kids and their stories.

I love working with kids, and unfortunately, I usually only get to see them in their most critical-life-threatening moments. I found myself smiling, and a little emotional as I browsed through the photo gallery, read testimonies, and reviews. I knew coming to Roundup River Ranch was exactly what I was looking for. The peace in my heart was overwhelming.”

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook?  Would you say you’ve become a better nurse?

“No one can prepare you for your experience at Roundup River Ranch. For me it began as a struggle. I grew up in an alcohol and drug infested family, and lived half of my life on the reservation. Working in emergency medicine had also hardened my emotions and the ability to feel those emotions.

Camp training seemed very similar to what I would call “group therapy.” I was reluctant to participate, and noticed an uncomfortable anxiety in myself. For so many years, I had not allowed myself to feel — I have always been the person in control, strong-willed, and the one people come to for support. Honestly, I didn’t know if I could do what was being asked of me. I was in my panic zone and shed many tears multiple nights.

As I continued to stretch myself in the efforts of “caring and sharing,” I realized there is a difference between feeling and feelings, and how disconnected mine had become. I came to realize that It was OK to be human and to feel. I have always viewed vulnerability as weakness, but it’s the exact opposite. Vulnerability takes immense strength.

Once session was in full swing, it finally came full circle for me. I embraced camp! I found myself putting on tutus, random costumes on a daily basis, dancing, being silly, and just being a kid again. Before, I didn’t know if I could take care of the campers, and still interact with them, laugh with them, cry with them. Through the “magic of camp” and God’s grace, I was able to do all of the above.

The support from my co-workers and staff at Roundup River Ranch was over the top. It was also something that has been missing from my adult professional life. It grieves my heart that the field of medicine has a difficult time embracing such a culture. For me, Roundup River Ranch has been a place of healing, and because of this, I am evolving into a new person and a better care provider.”

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN? Which ones stand out as the most rewarding and why?Roundup River Ranch Logo

“I will take all of Roundup River Ranch with me and empower others. I have learned and improved in multiple realms of life. The kids and their stories will be my biggest memory. Their struggle in life is like the challenge course. They have a 40-foot rock wall and 300-foot zip line towering over them, whispering “You can’t.” They nervously put their helmets and harness on, quietly express fears, and cling tightly to staff. But then, the constant cheering and clapping gets them started, and their determination finishes it. Watching this process can only be expressed through shared tears and hugs.”

What would you tell other nurses about this camp and would you recommend going back?

“I would tell other nurses, deep down inside, our professional path can weigh heavily on our souls, whether we want to admit it or not. Sometimes, we need to be a part of the healing process. River Ranch Roundup is that place. It is the place of escape from all that drains our strength and puts us on a destructive path of compassion fatigue. If one lets it, Roundup River Ranch can help begin the process of rejuvenation. I would come back in a heartbeat! Like I mentioned above, the support and enthusiasm is intoxicating.”

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

“I will miss the kids! Their smiles, laughter, dancing, and care-free, no-worries attitudes are refreshing. Their innate strength to fight every day with a positive outlook despite the challenges dealt them is inspiring. I will also miss the supportive environment, staff, and co-workers. Roundup River Ranch wants you to be the best you can be. They meet you right where you are, and help you grow … it’s the magic of camp!”

Stay tuned all summer to read more about Medical Solutions’ Travel Nurses’ amazing stories at the Roundup River Ranch. You can also visit RoundupRiverRanch.org to learn more about this incredible summer camp experience.

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Adventures in Travel Nursing: Lauren and Caleb’s Scrub Love

Lauren and CalebFor Medical Solutions Travelers Lauren C. and Caleb C., it’s all about love. Love of nursing, love of traveling, and the love they have for each other!

This dynamic husband and wife duo of nurses is living their dream through Travel Nursing — a journey they document on their awesome blog, Scrub Love.

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Lauren and Caleb smiling big in Banff National Park.

“We are so grateful to this company for fueling our adventure,” says Lauren. “We are having the time of our lives!”

Lauren RN, BSN, is an ER nurse and Caleb RN, BSN, is an ICU nurse. Both Lauren and Caleb have five years’ experience in nursing and about 2 years’ experience in Travel Nursing. The couple met in nursing school in Ohio, moved to Lauren’s hometown of Maryland where they were wed, and then packed everything up and hit the road!

“We love traveling together,” says Lauren. “We are each other’s adventure buddies, roomies, co-workers, and each other’s piece of home. Traveling across the country is exciting, but sharing it with my husband makes it that much more special. Dreaming up mini road trips for our days off or grabbing breakfast together after working a night shift — it’s just the best.

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Caleb gets out the map for some adventure scheming.

In addition to all of the awesome traveling they get to do together, Lauren says that Travel Nursing has also helped her and Caleb grow and develop as nurses.

“The professional experience we gain is invaluable. At the end of the day, a STEMI is a STEMI, but each hospital teaches us a little something different,” says Lauren. “I’ve worked with incredible nurses and doctors that have taught me so much and just validate why I love this field. And after a few assignments, we find that we are able to bring a skill set that has taken the best things from each hospital. It feels great to know that you can bring that to each team of nurses that we meet.”

Lauren says Boise has been the couple’s favorite location so far.

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Lauren enjoys the Bavarian charm of Leavenworth, Washington.

“It was a total surprise to us! We were waiting for our Washington licenses to go through so our Career Consultant Eileen suggested Idaho,” says Lauren. “She totally understands our adventurous hearts so we just trusted her. So glad we did! It’s the best ‘little big city.’ All the big city fun with a small town friendly/walkable/safe feel. We lived right downtown. We biked everywhere, floated the river that runs through the city, hit all the breweries and made amazing friendships. It’s a three-hour drive from the Sawtooth Mountains, which quickly became our favorite place in the country to camp. All the raw beauty without the people! Kayaking and rafting are also an hour away. The active, outdoor mentality was just right for us. That why we are headed back for our second summer there!”

Lauren and Caleb document all of their awesome adventures outdoorsy and urban adventures on their blog Scrub Love. If you’re looking for some inspiration for Travel Nursing, then you will absolutely LOVE their vibrant photos and sweet storytelling, peppered with perfectly insightful quotes.

“We love sharing our adventures with our family and friends across the country,” says Lauren. “It’s also become a scrap book of our trips that we will be able to look back on one day.”

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A beautiful day in Yosemite!

In addition to all of the gorgeous landscapes, cityscapes, and pictures of them with friends and family, the duo came up with a neat little initiative in 2015 called “The Foot Project.”

“We love taking pictures. But can you imagine how many pictures we’ll have after a few years of traveling to all these awesome places?! Too many to do anything with. So, I wanted to do something where at the end of this chapter in our lives, we could quickly flip through some highlights. The feet pictures seemed just right. We take them constantly. Every time we take a hike or explore a new city I am figuring out where to get the best shot. It takes a bit of skill too. Many involve us in a Pilates-esque V pose with our feet in the air. Good for the core. The other reason we decided on the feet — do you know what your face looks like after a 14-mile hike up a mountain?! Not the best! But our feet, sure that’s fine,” says Lauren.

Here’s a quick sampling of Lauren and Caleb’s Foot Project:

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Autumn in Boise.

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Live from Red Rocks Amphitheater!

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Relaxing at Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Having a hammock of a time in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Harvesting their own oysters on Quilcene Beach in Washington.

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Dog sledding in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

If you share Lauren and Caleb’s love of taking amazing pictures to document your travels, be sure to enter Medical Solutions’ Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest, which goes through June 1, 2016, for the chance to win one of eight $250 Amazon gift cards.
And remember, if you need any photo or travel inspiration, you will find it in spades over at Lauren and Caleb’s Scrub Love blog. We wish many more days of happy traveling to this dynamic, happy couple!
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Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest!

Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest

Attention, Travel Nurse shutterbugs! Enter the Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest for the chance to win one of eight $250 Amazon gift cards. The first 250 entrants will also receive a sweet Travel Nurse t-shirt just for playing!

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The many sights and special moments you experience on your journey as a Travel Nurse are truly amazing. We love sharing Traveler stories on this blog and we hear great ones all the time from our network of awesome Travel Nurses.
We hope you’ve been gathering photographic evidence of all the beautiful sights you’ve seen, because now’s your chance to share your story and pictures from your adventures in Travel Nursing by entering Medical Solutions’ Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest.

 

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  • Tell us your story and enter as many photos as you want for the chance to win one of eight $250 Amazon gift cards!
  • We want all kinds of photos in the four categories below — photos taken by you and photos of you. Show us your good side and get creative!
  • Each photo uploaded is good for one contest entry, up to 10 — but feel free to share as many pics as you like. The best snapshots will even be featured on the Medical Solutions website.
  • The first 250 people to enter the Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest will receive a sweet Travel Nurse t-shirt just for entering!
  • The contest closes June 1, 2016, so there’s plenty of time if you need to ramp up your photo album.
  • This contest is a snap to enter. Simply enter your info, upload your photos, and share your story.
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Travel Nurse FriendsTwo $250 Amazon gift cards will be awarded per each category.

Cityscape/Landscape: You’ve seen it all — from peaceful mountain hikes to bustling city scenes, riverside restaurant patios to picnics in national parks, wildflowers to Willis Tower. Show us the best of nature’s beauty and metropolitan marvels.

Adventure: Let the camera catch you in the act of adventure. Kayaking, zip-lining, snorkeling, riding a rollercoaster, attending your first opera, or maybe even trying sushi for the first time — no adventure is too big or too small for this category.

People: Gosh, you’re good lookin’! Nothing thrills us more than the stunning smiles of happy Travel Nurses. So say “cheese” and show us some great pics of yourself, your traveling companions, and/or new friends you’ve made on the road.

Pets: Make it rain photos of cats and dogs! We know the big picture just wouldn’t be complete for many of you without being able to bring your fur family on the road.

Visit Photos.MedicalSolutions.com to enter the Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest now!

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Adventures in Travel Nursing: Meet Nurse/Author Kelly Moore

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Medical Solutions Traveler/Author Kelly Moore’s book Broken Pieces. A sequel is coming this Spring!

You know that cool moment when newspaperman Clark Kent steps into a phone booth and emerges ready for his second shift as Superman? Well, that’s basically what life must be like for Travel Nurse/Author Kelly Moore.

Kelly is an RN of 12 years and a Traveler since June 2015. Her specialty is in Neuro ICU, but she says she’s learned to work in any ICU through her experiences as a Travel Nurse with Medical Solutions. She’s currently on assignment in Idaho and works with Career Consultant Jen B.

“Oregon, by far, is my favorite place that I have ever been, period,” says Kelly. “I worked in a small hospital in southern Oregon and I fell in love with the people and the state of Oregon. Being an outdoorsy person, I loved the camping, hiking, beaches, lighthouses, and chasing waterfalls.”

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Kelly is a big fan of the great outdoors.

After her first assignment, Kelly and her husband of 30 years, Roy, bought a fifth wheel. They travel with their 8-year-old lab Cy.

“The dog loves the adventure part as much as my husband and I do,” she says.

But while Kelly is an accomplished Travel Nurse, here’s where the Clark Kent/Superman comparison comes in: She is also author of Broken Pieces, an adult romance novel that tells the story of nurse practitioner Brogan Milby and ex-military yacht builder Kyren Nolan.

“This book moves fast, has some suspense, and lots of steamy scenes with a cliffhanger that left me speechless,” reads one review of the book that garners comparison to the famous 50 Shades of Grey. “Dying to read the rest of their story!”

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Cy loves reading as much as he loves to travel!

“I’ve always kept journals and I have always had stories in my head — no, not voices, stories,” says Kelly, who had a complete copy of the book done for about a year before she attempted to publish it.

A friend of mine actually encouraged me to send it in, so I did,” she says. “It was only a week later that I received a call that Page Publishing wanted to publish my book.”

Kelly’s sequel to Broken Pieces, Pieced Together, is slated for release in early Spring 2016. In order to better control pricing for her readers, Kelly elected to self-publish Pieced Together, rather than publish again through Page.

“This process has really been a lot of fun,” says Kelly. “I got the chance to interview several editors and ended up with one that I absolutely love. She tells me how it is and has taught me so much about writing. The other fun part was designing my cover. I hired an awesome graphic designer who has worked with me on the ideas that I wanted to convey on the cover. It is not your traditional cover with a hot couple on the front. The message of the book is on the cover.”

Travel Nurse Kelly Moore with Family

Kelly and Roy soak up nature’s beauty with their son Colton and his girlfriend Savannah.

Kelly also says she has learned a lot about promoting her books, and, in the meantime, she has literally kept on truckin’ in her fifth wheel in her other role as a Travel Nurse.

“My husband and I would have never had the chance to see our country without Travel Nursing,” says Kelly. “The memories and the friends we have made we will carry with us the rest of our lives.”

While we didn’t ask her for any writing tips, Kelly was kind enough to share her advice for new Travel Nurses.

“Go into each job with a heart to learn and help your coworkers,” she says. “Just be friendly. Even if I have not liked a facility, I have always liked the people. The people will make all the difference in the world.”

Thanks, Kelly, and best of luck with your exciting double career!

Visit KellyMooreAuthor.com to learn more about this multi-talented Traveler.

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Signs You’re a Travel Nurse

The Medical Solutions team created Travel Nurses Day in 2013 as one more way to honor all of the amazing Travelers out there. Once again this year, we had an awesome time celebrating the holiday with you leading up to Travel Nurses Day, October 9, 2015.

One of this year’s contests was the “Signs You’re A Travel Nurse” Instagram contest, and let me just say, many of you and your fellow Travel Nurses totally brought it! There were so many great pics posted on the Instagram hashtag (click here to see them all) showing off the fun and adventures Travelers have while on assignment. Whether it was a literal sign from your travels or a more figurative sign like being on the beach or inside of a glacier (for real; see below!), we want to extend a big thanks to you for sharing your awesome pics. It may sound corny, but you’re all winners to us!

Click here and scroll down to see the names of all the winners from this year’s Travel Nurses Day contests, but in the meantime, check out some of our champs and faves from the “Signs You’re A Travel Nurse” Instagram contest.

Drove through a tree!! #redwoods#bigoldtree #friends #sightseeing#SignsYoureATravelNurse

Drove through a tree!! #redwoods#bigoldtree #friends #sightseeing#SignsYoureATravelNurse

Signs Youre a travel nurse

A day on the ocean, led by captain @kennysteck … A day well spent. Collecting star fish with@janisblessed checking off bucket list items we never knew we had. Dreams come true on 80 degree days in the Prince William Sound. Thank you @kennysteck for such a glorious day taking family out to places we love… I loved my starfish boat!@myhammockplace @leah_carlson@naomicarlson @samcarlson5#medicalsolutions #signsyoureatravelnurse

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Love travel nursing #SignsYoureATravelNurse#medicalsolutions

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**Happy Nurse’s Week!**#signsyoureatravelnurse #medicalsolutions#wanderlust #gypsynurse #gypsyheart#nurseshavingfun #nursesunite#coloradointhefall #aspens #aspen#hitchhike #ontheroad #colorado#coloradoliving #travelbug #vagabond#adventure

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Last night firsts: first friends over for dinner, first time checking our own crab pots, first time holding a King crab. Shout out to captain@kennysteck ! What a night! We love our new, adventurous friends who rowed out to our crab pots before dinner to see what we could find. #juneauak#ilovecrabbing #signsyoureatravelnurse#medicalsolutions

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Words cannot truly express my emotions that I have felt within the last month. With my last day as an employee at Blount Memorial, I have been able to look back and cherish all the memories. I will always hold the happiness, tears, stress and pride that each patient, employee and mentor has instilled in me. It’s hard to believe this small town girl is headed to the big city, but I can’t wait to further my career. Blount Memorial has given me an incredible base as an individual as well as an RN. Please know that I love each and every one of you, you have all influenced and shaped me. I’m taking you all to Atlanta with me.#signsyoureatravelnurse#firsttimetraveler #bigcitylivin#atowndown #medicalsolutions

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Sign You're a Travel Nurse

Dreams really do come true#Sprinkles #cupcakeATM #fatkidatheart#thesecondoneisformypup#doggieslovecupcakestoo #Dallas #Texas#travelnurselife

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Signs Youre A Travel Nurse

Another day in the office#SignsYoureATravelNurse

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I met some of my ancestors from the 1620’s at Plymouth Plantation today.#signsyoureatravelnurse #medicalsolutions

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An evening sunset over the harbor after work… Life jacket? Check. Ready. #juneauak #medicalsolutions#signsyoureatravelnurse#alaskaadventures

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