Category: Traveler Stories

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Adventures in Travel Nursing: Adrienne’s Roundup River Ranch Camp Diary

Roundup RIver RanchTravel Nurse “Dreams Big” at Very Special Summer Camp  

With summer drawing to a close and new Wet Hot American Summer happening on Netflix, it’s totally understandable to be feeling wistful for the good ol’ summer camp experience.Roundup River Ranch Logo

Medical Solutions has had the summer camp bug since this spring, when we learned about Colorado’s Roundup River Ranch — the amazing work they do and the help from nurses they require to do it. We fell in love with this free camp for children suffering from serious diseases and decided to donate $10,000 to support the camp’s efforts and to help them recruit the nurses they needed for a successful summer 2015.

As a result, one lucky, hard-working Medical Solutions Traveler is living the summer camp dream in 2015 at Colorado’s Roundup River Ranch, which was originally the brainchild of actor Paul Newman. Adrienne C., BSN, RN, specializing in ER, has been an important part of the camp’s staff this summer. Her Career Consultant is Danielle A., who worked with the Roundup River Ranch and Medical Solutions teams to make this experience happen for Adrienne.

Who better to explain what an important, amazing experience this can be for nurses than Adrienne herself? Here’s her first dispatch from camp:    

Adrienne’s Roundup River Ranch Camp Diary, Part 1

July 27, 2015

Travel Nurse Adrienne

Adrienne at work. Thanks for sharing your story, Adrienne!

When I first heard about the opportunity to work at Roundup River Ranch I immediately thought of how amazing it would be … for me. A chance to get out of the hospital setting for a time, living it up in the beautiful Colorado summertime, and so on. This initial focus, although accurate, was far from the truth I should have realized. This is about a camp for kids with chronic or serious illnesses wanting to feel like children again and not defined or limited by their disease. My job consists of providing routine medical care, staffing the medical building, and having an active presence as a first responder in the more high risk areas. However it is what my job description doesn’t include that I will treasure most.

Never in my life have I worn so many crazy costumes as a normal part of my day! Even if it is simply a funny hat, if I bring one smile or giggle out of anyone I consider it a success. These campers have had more than their fair share of seriousness, and somber adults are the last thing they want at camp. Some have defied odds most thought were insurmountable, and one would never know by merely looking at them. This is why I cheer, dance, play, and encourage just like their counselors when I’m not needed in my nursing role. They have overcome great obstacles, and I honor that feat by giving every last ounce of energy in whatever form best serves them.

Before campers arrive for the first day there is a session where the medical team presents basic information to all staff about some of the diagnoses to be encountered and how best to support them. This is taken quite seriously, often with notes taken, as sometimes the counselors may notice something before anyone else. The nurse assigned to the cabin will go over each camper with their counselors regarding any specifics that may need to be watched for or considered. This includes procedures that may need to be done and when the best time would be to do them so that they do not miss out on activities. These counselors and all the support staff and volunteers deserve so many accolades for their efforts to make this a successful experience for every single child.

It has been incredible to see how efficiently the medical team operates and how the influence has been integrated. The kitchen staff diligently works to provide safe and delicious meals for everyone. It is adapted to the week so that for kidney week, every single person ate a renal diet. For liver and GI week coming up the entire camp will be gluten free. Every effort is made to normalize any special restrictions, and it is heartwarming to see how relieved some are when they don’t have to worry if something is safe to eat. All the activities around camp have modifications to boost the chances of all campers having the ability to try them. For example, the challenge course has a canvas seat that can hoist a camper to the top of the rock wall so that they can go down the zip line despite being in a wheelchair.

This is such a small glimpse into camp life, but let it be known that I am proud to be here and stand alongside such a phenomenal team. I hope that others have a chance of being a part of something so profound yet simple. This is camp, but for some it is an escape from the confinement of a disease, it is hope for a brighter future, it may even become their happiest memory. It may be all about the campers, but it absolutely makes my heart full to be here with them. And so, for selfish and not-so-selfish reasons I will seek more opportunities like this. There truly is nothing quite like it, and I will miss it once summer comes to an end. As is often said around here though, I’ll continue to dream big.

—    Adrienne C.

Thanks so much for sharing your story, Adrienne. Sounds like a pretty unparalleled experience. Medical Solutions is excited about the relationship we’ve built with Roundup River Ranch and we hope to provide more support come summer 2016!

Click here to learn more about Roundup River Ranch.
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Adventures in Travel Nursing: A Snowy Boston Winter and the Aggiepalooza That Followed

Traveler Mary Agnes "Aggie" P. (center) and the Aggiepalooza crew take Boston!

Traveler Mary Agnes “Aggie” P. (center) and the Aggiepalooza crew take Boston!

There are tons of reasons to take a Travel Nursing assignment in the beautiful Boston area. The amazing history of the Freedom Trail. The deliciousness of the North End’s many Little Italy eateries. The quaint European streets of Beacon Hill. The roar of the crowd at iconic Fenway Park. And, it turns out, the very wonderful nurses that Traveler Mary Agnes “Aggie” P. met while on assignment there.

It’s hard to imagine now, from the poolside vantage point of July’s heat, but Boston’s 2014/2015 winter was a record-breaking doozy with more than 110 inches of snowfall, according to Weather.com. For perspective’s sake, Boston’s average seasonal snowfall is a mere 43 inches, and the city saw much more than that in February 2015 alone.

The famous Boston Swan Boats that inspired Aggiepalooza.

The famous Boston Swan Boats that inspired Aggiepalooza.

You probably saw the unbelievable mounds of snow on the national news, but Mary — who was born and raised in Miami Beach, by the way — was on a Travel Nurse assignment in Boston and got a front-row seat to the whole frosty debacle. Luckily, she had a wonderful team of nurses at her hospital who helped keep her warm throughout winter with their welcoming attitudes and even created an event in her honor when spring finally came.

That event would be known as Aggiepalooza.

“One night in the middle of the worst winter in the history of Massachusetts, I asked the evening shift nurses ‘When can I ride on the swan boats in Boston?’” recalls Mary. “They all laughed and stated that the Charles River had to thaw first! Justine said sometime in May.”

Justine, the charge nurse on the evening shift, who Mary calls “a lovely person,” made it her mission to see that Mary would get her swan boat ride — and then some.

"Can you believe it??" An Aggies fan was at the Red Sox game on Mary's big day!

“Can you believe it??” An Aggies fan was at the Red Sox game on Mary’s big day!

“She brainstormed, made reservations, and [created] a sign-up sheet for this all-day event,” says Mary. “She made t-shirts, a bag of party favors, and so on. She is so amazing and a great party planner!”

Originally dubbed “Aggathon” and later renamed Aggiepalooza, the big day was May 6, 2015. A whole group of nurses from the hospital donned their Aggiepalooza t-shirts for an agenda that included the Swan Boats, Duck Tour, lunch, strolling throughout the city, dinner, and a Red Sox game.

Mary, whose Medical Solutions Career Consultant is Jackie S., says that Aggiepalooza made her feel very fortunate.

“Very nice nurses. They spoiled me,” says Mary. “It was a non-stop, awesome day!”

I absolutely love this story, because it shows how Travelers can be so accepted — and in this case, even honored — by the perm staff at their hospitals. And Mary, I’ve got a feeling that you must be a pretty special nurse and person to have inspired Aggiepalooza!

If you, like Mary once was, are itching to ride the Swan Boats and discover all the other sights that make Boston a fantastic location, check out our Massachusetts job opportunities here. You’re bound to have a great time exploring the city and surrounding areas, but of course, we can’t guarantee that you’ll inspire your own holiday!

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Shine On, Brian H.!

Congrats to Medical Solutions Traveler, Brian H.!

Congrats to Medical Solutions Traveler, Brian H.!

We’re always saying Medical Solutions Travelers are the best, and we know that it’s indubitably true. We love to recognize our hard-working Travelers with awards like Traveler of the Month and Rising Star, but it’s also so cool when Travelers are recognized by their facilities for exceptional performance.

Case in point: Medical Solutions Traveler Brian H., who in April won the STAR (Service & Teamwork Achieve Results) Award while on assignment at a facility in New York State. The award recognizes “exemplary service” and a “commitment to providing a higher level of patient care and customer satisfaction.”

A patient said of Brian: “Brian helped calm my nerves before m cesarean in the OR. He provided me with calming feedback and me through a very difficult surgery. He took photos for me and even visited me the next day to check on me. He went above and beyond to make me feel safe and cared for. He deserves special recognition for his outstanding kindness and bedside manner.”

Excellent work, Brian! That kind of personal, compassionate care and attention to follow-up with patients is exactly why we are so proud to be able to call you a Medical Solutions Traveler.

Despite the relatively close proximity to The Big Apple, Brian notes the cool, quaint, country vibe of his assignment, adding that his award came with a handmade chocolate “gold star” from a regional dairy farm. Yum!

“I am happy that I was able to represent Medical Solutions in a very kind light once again,” says Brian, humbly, of the award.

Thank you, Brian, for your consistent delivery of excellent patient care on Medical Solutions’ behalf! You really are a Travel Nursing superstar.

If you’ve been recognized while on assignment for Medical Solutions, we would love to hear about it! Email sarah.wengert@medicalsolutions.com to tell us all about it.

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Share Your Travel Nursing Videos

Share your Travel Nursing videos!

Send us your Travel Nurse videos!

We’d like to introduce you to Medical Solutions Traveler, Kyle L., who has been posting some helpful videos on his YouTube channel Travel Nursing. Kyle’s Career Consultant Mark B. let us know about his video posts and we were humbled that he is such a Medical Solutions fan.

We also think what he’s doing is downright cool — providing a video resource for all Travel Nurses. Kyle says when he first started researching Travel Nursing he found mainly written resources. While blogs and other written resources are super helpful for aspiring Travelers, Kyle thought it would be neat to do his own video journal that would document the life of a Travel Nurse and help answer questions about salary, finding jobs, housing, travel and recreation tips for certain locations.

Check out Kyle’s introduction video below, and then we’d like to invite you to get in on the fun too!

Do you have a video to share? Some piece of sage wisdom to share with your fellow Travel Nurses? An excellent adventure worth showing everyone?

Shoot a quick video about anything related to Travel Nursing — from contracts to kayaking, salary to sunbathing — then upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and email us the link. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your knowledge with fellow and aspiring Travelers. Places everybody …. annnnd … ACTION!

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Meet Eichie the Traveling Horse

Eichie doin' what he does best: Barrel Racing!

Eichie doin’ what he does best: Barrel Racing!

Being a pet friendly company is hugely important to us here at Medical Solutions. We understand that for our Travelers to be able to bring their pets along on assignment is super important to their overall job and life satisfaction. That’s why we go above and beyond to make sure that our Travelers don’t have to fuss or worry over taking their furry, fuzzy, or scaled loved ones with them.

We see a variety of pets, but the majority is comprised of cats and dogs. Traveler Amanda T. has a verrrry unique pet named Eichie. He weighs 1200 pounds and his favorite treat is apples. Eichie is a quarter horse, and what’s more, Amanda barrel races with him! Amanda’s Career Consultant, Sarah K., told us about Eichie in November and we just had to ask Amanda for the full scoop.

“Eichie is a 16-year-old quarter horse, who I have owned since he was five,” said Amanda. “The first few years together were rough; he is off of the race track so we spent countless hours and days trying to get him to become a barrel horse. I took him to college with me and that really made us grow together as a team. I haven’t gone to many races here in California but do ride at least four nights a week.”

When we spoke with her, Amanda and Eichie were anticipating their first competition the following weekend. “I feel he is in perfect shape and ready to win some money,” she said.

Amanda is a surgical tech who’s been in the OR for five years.

“I’m only on my second assignment so this traveling is new to both Eichie and I,” said Amanda. “We are currently in Northern California and both have adjusted very well. I hauled my horse trailer down here and keep him at a nice boarding facility that I found on the internet.”

Although she’s new to it, Amanda is enjoying life as a Traveler.

“My favorite thing about traveling is meeting new people both in the hospital setting and at the barn,” she said. “I’m loving this new experience and look forward to continuing it with my best friend by my side.”

We’re very proud to have Amanda — and Eichie — as Medical Solutions Travelers. Do you have a unique pet or pet story to share? Send your story to sarah.wengert@medicalsolutions.com.

 

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Happy Medical Solutions Travelers

Lady LaughOne of our favorite things here at Medical Solutions is hearing from happy Travelers. Whether it’s that they love their unit and co-workers, or that they feel right at home in their new pad, that their pet is adjusting well to life on the road, or that they’ve just been on an awesome adventure nearby their latest assignment — we thrive on hearing stories and feedback from Travelers we are working with.

We consider our Travelers the heart of our organization and their satisfaction and, by extension, great patient care to be the endpoint of all we do. So when we see happy Medical Solutions travelers, we are happy.

Here’s what a few happy Medical Solutions travelers have to say about travel nursing and working with us:

Beth says that she’s been traveling for 3 years and absolutely loves it. She has gotten to see all kinds of places and had lots of adventures along the way. Beth’s a Traveler working in Interventional Radiology.

“From my first assignment in New York City, NY to San Francisco, CA, from Naples, FL to Fargo, ND and a lot of places in between… From repelling off Arches National Park, whitewater rafting down the Colorado River to Broadway Shows. This is the life.”

Tiffany, a Labor & Delivery Traveler, is having a great time getting to know her new co-workers and says she’s had “nothing but a positive experience with travel nursing.”

“I have been greatly welcomed by all staff members and my input means a great deal,” she continues. “I highly recommend travel nursing!!!!

Shawn, a Traveler in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, says, “I went to work for Medical Solutions through referral of a friend. I had been having [an] issue getting a company to really take me seriously. Sarah had me a job in 24 hours. It was great. I have been with them ever since.”

Want to join Beth, Tiffany, and Shawn, and get in on the fun? Then come on over and c’mon get happy. Get started with our fast app and check out some of our current jobs here.

 

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Nurses Who Serve, We Salute You!

iStock_000016453685XSmallWe hope you all had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. The holiday got me thinking about all of the brave, talented nurses who serve our country, and the many who have done so throughout history. They’re sort of the original travel nurses — going wherever their help and services are most needed to serve their country. Nurses who serve, we salute you!

Check out these links to stories about nurses who served from around the web. (Quick note: Historically, of course, nurses were mainly women and so these histories reflect that. We’re glad that nowadays the profession is open to all!)

 

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Check out this week’s awesome traveler story

travel nurse“When I found Medical Solutions I knew I found a good friend in my recruiter. She has held my hand through the whole process of my journey into travel nursing.

I decided to go into travel nursing so I could see family in Washington state and Texas. What a great experience my first hospital was. Great nurses and wonderful doctors and all were so helpful and excited to have me.

On my off days I have been to most of the mountains in the area, walking on hiking trails which have taken me by breathtaking waterfalls and experienced the Columbia River Gorge. I even got in some skiing. With this present assignment I already have nurses and doctors telling me about other places I should go to before I leave. I had the time off to visit my daughter and help her pick out a wedding dress. Then I went on to my next assignment and my recruiter arranged the timing so I could do all this.

I am so happy I made the choice to travel.”

Lora
ER (Emergency Room)
Healthcare Traveler
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Check out this week’s awesome traveler story

DarleanI have been working with Medical Solutions since 11/2010. I have had the pleasure of working with Greg Allen, my Career Consultant, and he has been a wonderful resource to make my experience professional and prosperous. My experience has had its pros and cons, but no job is perfect. Always put on a professional face, positive attitude, and a smile. When you combine these three things together you will represent the agency and yourself well, and also get more offers from that facility. 

I have had moments where I was not happy with a situation with my assignment, but because I have proven myself to be a great asset to the facility, I have been able to turn the situation around to my advantage. Use travel to your advantage and enjoy the ride.”

Darlean
ICU (INTENSIVE CARE UNIT)
HEALTHCARE TRAVELER

Visit MedicalSolutions.com to read more stories about travel nursing.