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Congrats to February 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Sue G RS Travel Nurse

Congrats to our February and Rising Star, Sue G. (pictured) and Traveler of the Month, Holly D.!

Many thanks and congrats to the February 2018 Traveler of the Month, Holly D., and also our Rising Star winner, Susan G.!

Traveler of the Month Holly is an ER RN who did two assignments with Medical Solutions — one in Pennsylvania and one in New York. She worked with Career Consultant Eileen Begley before moving on recently from traveling.

Although Holly has transitioned away from Travel Nursing for now, she was an incredible Medical Solutions Traveler during her tenure.

“Holly was very liked by the staff at her assignments,” says Eileen. “She is very easy work with and has a great sense of humor!”

Thanks so much for your hard work and for everything you do in the name of great patient care, Holly!

Rising Star Susan is a Med-Surg RN currently on assignment in McHenry, Illinois. She’s been an RN for four years and started traveling in November 2017. Sue works with Career Consultant Shane Erickson.

Sue enjoyed her first assignment in McHenry so much that she elected to do an extension there.

“The friends that I’ve made here are amazing,” says Sue. “The best thing about traveling is all the different experiences and friendships that I will make. Plus, I’m able to spend time with family members that live far away — and also to be able to get out of the snowy Illinois winters.”

Sue shared some wise advice to help new and aspiring Travel Nurses succeed.

“Be dependable, do your best, and care about what you’re doing,” she advises.

At the end of the day, Sue’s flexible, positive attitude is what makes her such a great fit for Travel Nursing.

“I’m happy in life no matter what happens,” she says. “I make the best of every situation and enjoy my life no matter what.”

Thanks for being such an amazing Traveler and for sharing this great advice, Sue!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions February 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Holly and Sue, we are so grateful for your incredible commitment to providing superior patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

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

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State Spotlight: Tennessee

Tennessee Smoky Mountains

Find out why an assignment in terrific Tennessee is music to so many Travelers’ ears!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to terrific Tennessee! The Volunteer State has many great career opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as majestic mountains, rolling hills, exciting cities, beautiful music, unique history, and so much more. Read on to find out why an assignment in Tennessee is music to so many Travelers’ ears!

Travel Nursing in Tennessee

Tennessee State Postage Stamp "Greetings From America" Retro Postcard Theme

The Volunteer State is a great place for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

Demand for nurses is high in Tennessee and that means there are lots of great Travel Nursing jobs to choose from. In addition to great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that allow you the chance to build your resume and enhance your skills, The Volunteer State offers all kinds of fun things to do, see, and experience when you’re off the clock. Tennessee has gorgeous natural scenery, a proud tradition of bluegrass and country music, and so many more adventures that await!

Tennessee is home to about 150 hospitals — 8 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Tennessee hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in 7 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Tennessee are: University of Tennessee Medical Center, CHI Memorial Hospital, Methodist Hospitals of Memphis, and St. Thomas West Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Tennessee #26 overall, as well as #5 for fiscal stability, #13 for economy, and #15 for infrastructure. And, according to Smart Asset, rent in Tennessee is generally below the U.S. average, which is a good trend for Travel Nurses!

As for licensing, Tennessee is not a walk-through state but it is a compact state and a NURSYS state. Click here for more info on licensing in Tennessee.

Tennessee Fast Facts

Neon signs on Lower Broadway (Nashville) at Night

Nashville’s Broadway Street is always bumping on Honky Tonk Row!

State Nickname: The Volunteer State

Capital: Nashville

Largest City: Nashville

National Parks: 12

State Parks: 56

National Historic Landmarks: 30

State Motto: “Agriculture and commerce”

State Flower: Iris

State Tree: Tulip Poplar

State Horse: Tennessee Walking Horse

State Bird: Mockingbird

Tennessee was the 16th state.

Cotton candy, typewriter ribbon, tow trucks, miniature golf, Mountain Dew, touchscreen monitors, MoonPies, and GooGoo Clusters, were all invented in Tennessee.

Sunset in a Mountain Landscape

Beautiful Smoky Mountain sunsets await when you adventure to Tennessee!

On a clear day, you can see seven states from Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga.

Bristol, Tennessee is the birthplace of Bluegrass music.

State Capital, Nashville, is affectionately known as Music City. As the country music capital of the world, Nashville is a proper home to the Country music Hall of Fame.

Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry has broadcast every weekend since 1925, making it the world’s longest continuously running live radio program.

Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake is known as the Turtle Capital of the World.

The catchphrase “good to the last drop” was coined by Teddy Roosevelt while he enjoyed a cup of joe at the Maxwell House Hotel.

Shelby County has more horses per capita than any other U.S. county.

The first woman to become a U.S. Senator, Hattie Caraway was born in Bakersville, Tennessee.

Elvis Presley’s famous home Graceland, located in Memphis, Tennessee is the second most visited house in the United States.

Thirty different species of salamanders live in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.

Tennessee’s state nickname “Volunteer State” dates back to the War of 1812 when many volunteer soldiers from Tennessee served honorably at the Battle of New Orleans.

The biggest earthquake in U.S. history, the New Madrid Earthquake, happened in northwestern Tennessee during the winter of 1811-1812.

Due to its high volume of energy research, Oak Ridge, Tennessee is dubbed the Energy Capital of the World.

Jack Daniels Old No 7 Whiskey

Make a cheers to Travel Nursing with Tennessee’s favorite whiskey!

Knoxville, Tennessee hosted the 1982 World’s Fair.

The National Civil Right Museum is at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel — where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

Famous folks from Tennessee include Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Sequoyah, Justin Timberlake, Kathy Bates, Miley Cyrus, Morgan Freeman, Minnie Pearl, Duane Allman, Young Buck, Megan Fox, Carl Perkins, Roy Acuff, Kid President, Kenny Chesney, Johnny Knoxville, Lisa Marie Presley, Cybil Shepherd, Aretha Franklin, Lester Flatt, Lucy Hale, Quentin Tarantino, Shannon Doherty, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lori Petty, Chris Parnell, Bettie Page, Wilma Rudolph, and Davy Crockett.

Tennessee is bordered by eight states — which ties Missouri for the most bordering states.

The largest artificial skiing surface is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, which offers 5 acres of all-weather skiing.

Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek tribes of Native Americans originally lived in various regions of Tennessee.

Jack Daniels, who created the world-famous whiskey, died after kicking a safe in anger which lead to a fatal blood infection.

It’s illegal to catch a fish with a lasso in Tennessee.

To Do & See in Tennessee

Country Music Hall of Fame

Swing on by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum! The museum opened in 1961 and preserves the history of country music.

Tennessee has a proud legacy as a music hub as well as some breathtaking scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains and other such natural features. There’s plenty to do and see here — from exciting cities to quaint towns and rural areas. It’s a wonderful backdrop for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

On the urban tip, Tennessee’s largest cities include Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg, Clarksville, and Murfreesboro — which offer all kinds of magnificent music, scrumptious Southern dining, cool culture, scintillating sports, and so much more.

Nashville is a must-see — make that a must-hear! — for music fans. Tennessee’s capital city earned the nickname “Music City” due to its live music legacy. Explore music of the past at the Country Music Hall of Fame or mosey into famous venues like The Bluebird Café, Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, The Station Inn, The Basement, or one of the dozens of other joints Nashville is known for.

A visit to Broadway — aka Honky Tonk Row — on any given night will allow you to wander in and out of bustling venues. Another spot for music lovers to check out is Music Row, just southwest of downtown. Here you can take a casual tour of Nashville music hotspots like the historic RCA Studio B where the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Roy Orbison recorded hundreds of hits. You’ll also encounter many other record labels, radio stations, recording studios, and other iconic fixtures of Nashville music past and present.

Hot Chicken with Beans, Potatoes and Beer

Legend has it that Nashville’s Thornton Prince discovered that revenge is a dish best served HOT — resulting in the city’s iconic Hot Chicken dish.

The iconic and delectable Nashville Hot Chicken has a funny backstory: Legend has it that it originated when a scorned lover heavily spiced up Thornton Prince’s fried chicken as an act of revenge. Turns out Prince actually loved the spicy dish and eventually opened his own restaurant serving it. They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but in Prince’s case, HOT was just the ticket!  

Tennessee is famous for many other eats, like fried pickles, cornbread, Meat and Three, biscuits and gravy, country ham and red-eye gravy, fried chicken, barbecue nachos, fried catfish, banana pudding, Goo Goo Clusters, and Moon Pies. Wash it all down with a fine glass of Tennessee whiskey or a local craft beer and you’ll be living like a true Tennessean! And don’t let The Volunteer State’s down-home grub fool you, many larger cities in Nashville are home to exquisite farm-to-table restaurants and other eateries that kick it up a notch.         

Sports fans will love assignments in Tennessee for the chance to root for the Memphis Grizzlies, Nashville Predators, and Tennessee Titans — in addition to many great semi-pro and college teams. With Tennessee’s abundance of horses, equestrian sports and horseback riding are naturally a big to-do here as well.

Dollywood Sign in Pigeon Forge

Dollywood is a must-see when in Tennessee!

No trip to Tennessee would be complete without a visit to Dollywood — the state’s “complete Smoky mountain getaway” which offers rides and entertainment galore! Launched by famous Tennessee native and literal earth angel, Dolly Parton, Dollywood is a fabulous spot for families, couples, and solo adventurers alike.

If you’re into embracing the great outdoors, Tennessee is a fabulous place to do so! From horseback riding in the iconic rolling hills of Tennessee bluegrass to exploring the Great Smoky Mountains, The Volunteer State offers majestic and accessible natural beauty galore. Some stand-out adventures include a trip to Foster Falls, Thunderhead Mountain, the Narrows of Harpeth, Little River Trail, Seven Islands State Birding Park, Baker’s Bluff Trail, Couchville Lake, and, of course, The Appalachian Trail.

Ready for your adventure to Tennessee?!

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Clinical Corner: Autism Awareness

Autism awareness month

April is the prime time to recognize Autism, which affects so many patients and families year-round.

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

The stats on Autism speak volumes. This developmental disability affects nearly 2.8 million people and their families. Nearly one percent of the world’s population suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorders and it is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States. On average, Autism costs a family nearly $60,000 a year and there is no medical detection or cure.

As we wrap up April, join us in celebrating National Autism Awareness Month. This year the Autism Society has pushed this nationwide effort beyond merely promoting Autism awareness and looks to encourage friends and families to become active partners in the movement towards acceptance and appreciation. For many years, Autism awareness has been about supporting individuals with Autism. Let’s embrace a new perspective, one in which we focus on the rest of us. We should aim to advocate for acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities. We, as a society, should promote appreciation for the unique aspects of all people and we should value these individuals for their unique talents and abilities.

To truly make an impact in our society, nurses across the country should push to promote patience and compassion for patients who suffer from Autism. To gain the trust of this patient population we first need to understand what exactly Autism Spectrum Disorders are. They are a cluster of disorders characterized by impaired social skills, communication difficulties, cognitive delays, and repetitive behaviors. It is highly likely that many nurses will take care of patients who suffer from Autism within their career and it is important to know how to care for them.

Some recommended tips and strategies to adequately provide the proper care for this patient population are to:

  • Secure a non-stimulating environment
  • Talk with the child’s parents first and include them in your nursing care
  • Perform physical assessment away from the child but progressively move centrally towards them
  • If needing to use medical equipment, use them on the child’s parent first
  • Lower yourself to the child’s height level
  • Be gentle and consistent with your behavior and actions
  • Limit encounters with healthcare personnel
  • Stick to a schedule
  • Reward good behaviors

These tactics can be helpful when you are working to establish rapport with your patient but to also get them the necessary care that is needed.

One of the biggest challenges with Autism is knowing what care is needed and the source of the problem. There is no known single cause for Autism Spectrum Disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Although researchers do not know the exact cause of Autism, many theories are being investigated including links among heredity, genetics, and medical problems.

If you want to make a difference this month and raise awareness for Autism, there are several ways to get involved in your community. One way of getting involved is searching the Nationwide Autism-Related Services and Supports with Autism Source. This database will help to get you in contact with the Autism organization in your region. You can also reach out to your local affiliate for information and education on how to get involved.

Additionally, there’s free e-newsletter through the Autism Society that anyone can sign up for. It offers the latest updates, news, research, education, etc.

If you wish, you can also attend an Autism event or take a free online course on Autism that increases general knowledge on the disorder.

Lastly, if you simply want to make a small difference this month or any time throughout the year, please take any opportunity that you can to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an Autism diagnosis each year. While this may seem small, the ripple effect that it will create is much larger in comparison.

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8 Great Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Enjoying in springtime

The season of new beginnings is the perfect time to find a fresh, new Travel Nursing job! Find your match with our list of 8 Great Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs!

The promise of a fresh, new season chock-full of pretty flowers and warmer temps really makes you want to ditch your winter coat and winter ways! There’s no better time than the season of new beginnings to find your next fabulous career adventure. That’s why we put together this guide of 8 Great Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs. Read on for spring location inspiration, then spin your compass and go live your best life this spring!

Virginia is for Lovers, state motto and welcome sign

Virginia has the power to take you back in time AND help you discover your future!

Virginia

Virginia is known for compelling history, beautiful beaches, and wonderful wine — just to name a few of the state’s great features.  This compact is home to many great hospitals as well as historical sites like Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown settlement, and tons more! Being next door to D.C. means you’ll probably be able to explore the nation’s capital too, depending upon where your job is. The Old Dominion State is also a dream for the outdoorsy, with it ample beaches, beautiful state parks, and scenic attractions like the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Mountains, James River, and so much more!

Check out our Virginia State Spotlight to learn more about this beautiful state.

Click here to explore Travel Nursing jobs in Virginia!

 

6 Sweet Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs Texas

San Antonio’s Riverwalk is a great place to take a spring stroll.

Texas

Ready to mess with Texas? The Lone Star State has all kinds of great opportunities for Travel Nurses, from big cities to peaceful ranchland to sweet small towns. Spring is the best time to take a job in Texas, but it gets spring on earlier than most places in the nation and you’re able to enjoy exploring before the crazy-hot summer temps roll in. From pro sports to museums to history to the great outdoors, there is so much to do, see, and love about Texas. Keep it weird in Austin, stroll the San Antonio Riverwalk, see the Cowboys in Dallas, remember (to visit) The Alamo, and reach for the stars at the Houston Space Center. The Tex-Mex and BBQ are off the chain here too — so raise your margarita glass to the idea of spending spring in The Lone Star State!

Click here to discover Travel Nurse gigs in Texas!

 

Stone Bridge with Waterfall

Get your adventure on in outstanding Ohio!

Ohio 

OH boy is Ohio a great destination for Travel Nurses! Great job opportunities, Great Lakes, and great activities for your days off. Into sports or music? Get your hall of fame game on fleek with a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland or the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Explore the state’s 70+ unique Native American burial mounds, the most famous being the Serpent Mound, treat yourself to some pierogis and kielbasa, and hop on some of the country’s craziest roller coasters at Cedar Point! Outdoor enthusiasts will for sure want to make a stop at the otherworldly Hocking Hills State Park, which has dramatic waterfalls, cliffs, and gorges galore.

Check out our Ohio State Spotlight to learn more about The Buckeye State.

Click here to check out Travel Nursing jobs in Ohio!

 

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Start spreadin’ the news … New York totally rules!

New York

Ready for an amazing adventure in one of the nation’s greatest states? You know what they say, if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere. It’s like that saying was made with Travel Nurses in mind! New York is chock-full of Travel Nurse job opportunities and, obviously, an amazing array of things to keep you busy on your days off. Take a big ol’ bite out of The Big Apple and explore NYC’s world-class dining, shopping, sightseeing, theater, sports, and so much more. And while we all think of the big city first, New York also offers some smaller and mid-sized cities that might be just right for you. Not to mention some seriously beautiful options for those who love to get out in nature, like the Finger Lakes, Montauk, Niagara Falls, and so much more!

Learn more about The Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

Click here to find your next Travel Nurse job in New York!

 

Kansas City

Missouri is in bloom in the spring months!

Missouri  

The Show-Me State is a beautiful combination of urban excitement and outdoors adventure. The abundance of Travel Nurse jobs make it a fabulous place to find your next opportunity and you’ll never be bored on your day off! St. Louis and Kansas City are the big two if you’re into the great dining, sports, museums, music, and so much more offered in these urban centers. But Midwestern charm and scenery abound statewide in Missouri. The state also has same really great amusement parks, more than 6,400 caves to explore, gorgeous state parks, the famous Lake of the Ozarks, and so much for you to check out this spring!

Learn more about The Show-Me State in our Missouri State Spotlight.  

Click here to explore Travel Nursing jobs in Missouri!

 

 

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Get your beach on in sunny Florida!

Florida  

Where better to go to kick-start spring than beautiful, sunny Florida?! Hit the beach early this year while the rest of the country is just starting to dip their toes back into their sandal collection! Savor a Cuban sandwich in Miami, explore the canals in Fort Lauderdale (known as the Venice of Florida!), track down Mickey and his crew in Orlando, and explore beautiful Dry Tortugas National Park. Lovers of beaches, boating, seafood, and sunshine will absolutely love it here. The orange juice is fresh and the jobs are abundant here! Because of its high population of elderly residents, Florida consistently has loads of great Travel Nursing jobs to choose from — making it a great state to build your resume and enhance your skills in!

Check out our Florida State Spotlight to learn more about The Sunshine State.

Click here to check out Travel Nursing jobs in Florida! 

 

Horseshoe Bend

Just another gorgeous Arizona sunset at Horseshoe Bend!

Arizona

Arizona is a compact state and a beautiful place to explore this spring! Check out otherworldly natural beauty like the Grand Canyon, Slot Canyon, the Sonoran Desert, mystical Sedona, Havasu Falls, Lake Mead, Saguaro National Park, Horseshoe Bend, and so much more! The temps are perfect in Arizona in springtime and the jobs are always plentiful in this state with a high population of elderly folks. In Mesa, Arizona you can get even more in the spring spirit with the many Major League Baseball teams that do their spring training here.

Learn more about The Grand Canyon State with our Arizona State Spotlight.

Click here to explore Travel Nurse jobs in Arizona!

 

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Come explore California!

California   

California is basically an all-season wonder when it comes to Travel Nursing. This state always offers an abundance of Travel Nurse jobs due to its strict nurse to patient ratio and labor laws, which is good for nurses and patients alike and means lots of opportunity for Travelers! Of course, California’s amazing, diverse geography and world-famous sights and attractions don’t hurt either! Sample the wine in Sonoma and Napa, gaze at the Redwoods or ski up north, marvel at the Hollywood sign, take a dip in beachy San Diego, and explore quirky San Francisco. Cali has it all, which means there’s no end to the fun and adventure here!

Check out our California State Spotlight to learn more about The Golden State.

Click here to find Travel Nursing jobs in California!

Itching to go elsewhere this spring? Click here now to search jobs in all 50 states by specialty, title, and location!

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State Spotlight: Ohio

Stone Bridge with Waterfall

Get your adventure on in outstanding Ohio!

I am OH so excited to focus this month’s State Spotlight on outstanding Ohio! Get ready to learn about the three Cs — Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati (home to one of Medical Solutions’ five offices!) — and so much more. The Buckeye State has so much goodness in store for Travel Nurses, from Great Lakes to even greater job opportunities. Read on to find out why-oh-why-oh-why-oh Travel Nurses love Ohio!

Travel Nursing in Ohio

State of Ohio

OH my goodness, does Ohio ever offer a ton of great adventure and opportunity for Travel Nurses!

Demand for nurses is high in Ohio, which means tons of great Travel nursing jobs. In addition to great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that allow you the chance to build your resume and enhance your skills, The Buckeye State offers all kinds of fun things to do, see, and experience when you’re off the clock. Ohio has gorgeous natural scenery, exciting cities, and so much more for you to explore!

Ohio is home to 13 health systems and about 200 hospitals — 26 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Ohio hospital, the world-famous Cleveland Clinic, which is nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties and 9 pediatric specialties. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Ohio are: Cleveland’s University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Columbus’ Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital, and Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Ohio #25 in opportunity and #18 for crime and corrections. And, according to Wallet Hub, Ohio has low cost of living, the seventh-largest state economy by GDP and an unemployment rate of just 4.8 percent, plus, The Buckeye State is home to 25 Fortune 500 companies.

As for licensing, Ohio is not a walk-through state nor is it a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state. Click here for more info on licensing in Ohio.

Ohio Fast Facts

Cleveland Waterfront Panorama

Cleveland Rocks, Cleveland Rocks!

State Nickname: The Buckeye State (aka The Mother of Presidents, The Heart of It All, The Birthplace of Aviation)

Capital: Columbus

Largest City: Columbus

National Parks: 8

State Parks: 74

National Historic Landmarks: 72

State Motto: “With God, all things are possible.”

State Flower: Scarlet Carnation

State Tree: Buckeye

State Gem: Ohio Flint

State Bird: Cardinal

Ohio was the 17th state.

When it comes to famous home-state inventions, Ohio has the deck pretty stacked considering one Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio! But The Buckeye State also boasts a lot of other great inventors as well. The lightbulb, phonograph, early motion picture camera, automobile, electric car motor, vulcanized rubber, pop-top can, cash register, Teflon, Lifesavers, golf balls, Quaker oatmeal, gas masks, Superman, and of course, the airplane were all invented in Ohio.

The nation’s first pro baseball team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869.

In 1914, Cleveland had the first traffic light.

Before he launched his infamous TV show, Jerry Springer was the mayor of Cincinnati.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland.

Ohio lays claim to having pioneered the first chewing gum in 1869 and the first hot dog in 1900.

Ohio is known as “The Birthplace of Aviation” because the Wright Brothers, out of Dayton, Ohio, invented the first airplane.

Fittingly, with its grand history of aviation, Ohio is the home of 25 astronauts, including John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon.

Fostoria, Ohio is the only city to be located in three different counties.

Akron, Ohio is the rubber capital of the world. Akron’s native son Charles Goodyear pioneered the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839.

Founded in 1833, Oberlin College was the first interracial and coeducational college in the nation.

Ohio is sometimes known as the “Mother of Presidents” or the “Mother of Modern Presidents,” as the state has sent a whopping eight native Ohioans to The White House.

The largest basket in the world — it’s the size of a building! — is located in Dresden, Ohio’s Basket Village USA.

About 50 percent of the entire U.S. population lives within a 500-mile radius of Columbus, Ohio.

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Ohio is the only state that doesn’t have a rectangular flag!

Ohio is home to the highest concentrations of Amish people.

In 1879, Cleveland became the first city to be lit by electricity.

Famous folks from Ohio include Jesse Owens, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Thomas Edison, Erma Bombeck, Lebron James, Steven Spielberg, Dave Grohl, Clark Gable, Dean Martin, Cy Young, Doris Day, Annie Oakley, Jack Nicklaus, Arsenio Hall, Pete Rose, R.L. Stine, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Bob hope, Halle Berry, Drew Carey, Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison, Paul Newman, Ted Turner, Stephen Curry, Simone Biles, Marilyn Manson, and Tecumseh.

Not to be outdone by the loch Ness Monster, Ohio has the Lake Erie Monster — AKA Bessie — a serpent-like creature that’s been spotted by many.

Ohio’s state flag is the only one in the nation that’s not a rectangle shape.

Cleveland DJ Alan Freed was the one who coined the term “rock and roll.”

Cleveland was home to the first-ever police car in 1899, which reached a top speed of 18 MPH.

The first-ever Superman comics were created in Cleveland, Ohio.

To Do & See in Ohio

Ohio has tons of great history and a cool combo of unique urban and rural areas, as well as smaller towns, to explore and call your home for 13 weeks.

On the urban tip, Ohio’s largest cities include Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, and Dayton — which offer all kinds of fun entertainment, delicious dining, supreme shopping, amazing art, cool culture, scintillating sports, and more.

History comes alive here with a visit to the birthplace of famous American inventor Thomas Edison in Milan, Ohio. History buffs will also want to check out the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, and many presidential homes.

The state also has 70+ Indian mounds, which were burial sites of the Adena and Hopewell tribes who lived in southern and central Ohio from roughly 3,000 BCE through the 16th century. The Serpent Mound near Chillicothe, Ohio is the most dramatic and well-known of the mounds; it’s also the largest effigy earthwork worldwide at 1,370-feet long! Other intriguing mound sites include the Hopewell Cultural National Historic Site, Newark Earthworks, and the Miamisburg Mound.

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Serpent Mound is Ohio’s most famous of its 70+ Native American mounds.

Ohio is home to famed amusement parks like Cedar Point — basically heaven for roller coaster lovers — Coney Island, and Kings Island. And if you’re into the hall of fame game, Ohio’s got you covered with Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame! There’s also the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Great Lakes Science Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, German Village in Columbus, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and last but not least — you can visit the house from A Christmas Story in Cleveland, which is now a museum with film memorabilia!

Speaking of sports, Ohio is obviously a huge state for college football, with its eight NCAA Division I teams. Pro sports also abound in Ohio, with plenty of opportunities to catch games of the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, and Ohio Machine.

Ohio’s famous for eats like peanut butter-chocolate Buckeyes, Cincinnati or Skyline Chili, Ohio Lemon Pie, Goetta Hash, pierogis, kielbasa and Polish Boys, City Chicken (which is actually made of pork), popcorn, fired lake perch, baby Swiss cheese, Cleveland BBQ, and corned beef. Wash it all down with a fine glass of tomato juice (the state beverage!) or a nice Bloody Mary and you’ll be living like a true Ohioan!

If you’re into embracing the great outdoors, Ohio is a great place to do that! Hocking Hills State Park has majestic waterfalls, cliffs, and gorges, with lots of chances to swim, fish, hike, bike, and more. There’s also Lake Erie, which Toledo and Cleveland are situated near, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Mohican State Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, South Bass Island, and so much more!

Ready for your adventure to Ohio?!

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Congrats to January 2018’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Aaron F Travel Nurse

Congrats to our January Traveler of the Month, Aaron F., pictured here with his son Hayden.

Many thanks and congrats to the January 2018 Traveler of the Month, Aaron F., and also our Rising Star winner, Brent B.!

Traveler of the Month Aaron is a Critical Care RN working in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s been an RN for six years and a Traveler for about two years. Aaron works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Melissa Hirschauer.

Aaron is passionate about nursing and his son Hayden, whom he calls “the center of my world.” Luckily, his career in Travel Nursing has allowed Aaron to full foster a great career and a great balance as a dad.

Aaron F Travel Nurse

Aaron calls Hayden “the center of my world.” So sweet!

“I’m a local Travel RN who specializes in critical care and working with Melissa has been great for getting me set up in Travel Nursing assignments that keep me close to home,” says Aaron. “My son spends half his time with me and half with his mom; I credit my Travel Nursing career with helping to strike that balance. Being able to afford time off to spend with my son is by far the most important thing about Travel Nursing for me. So, my situation is probably really unique to most Travel Nurses, but it has worked in a way that allows me to be where I want the most.”

Although Aaron now fully embraces his career as a Traveler he admits he was originally not sure if he even wanted to try Travel Nursing.

“I admit I was timid to try Travel Nursing because of how I had seen them be used when I was a staff nurse, but I couldn’t go back on staff at this point,” says Aaron. “My favorite location has been Piedmont Fayetteville Hospital. They recognized my abilities and have put them to use in a way that helped me flourish — and I feel like they deserve as much credit for this achievement as myself, or Melissa for getting me there.”

Aaron offered some sage advice for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. “Get in there and help without being pushy.”
  2. “Be yourself, but recognize that you aren’t staff.”
  3. “Always try to overachieve to set a higher standard.”

Thanks so much for your hard work and awesome advice, Aaron!

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Congrats to Brent B., our January 2018 Rising Star of the Month, pictured here with his wife Rachel and daughters Zadie and Mattie in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Rising Star Brent is a Telemetry RN who just wrapped up an assignment in Garberville, California and started a new one in Santa Cruz, California! He’s been an RN for eight years, traveling for nearly two years, and he works with Career Consultant Nick Ocken.

Brent’s favorite location so far has been Boise, Idaho.

“I got to cycle the Boise River Greenbelt to work every day, plus they have good fishing, hiking, camping, a great downtown, even river surfing!,” he says.

Brent says the best part of Travel Nursing for him is “meeting new people who are excited about life.” He travels with his wife Rachel, two daughters, Zadie (age 7) and Mattie (age 6), and two wiener dogs, Pip and Luna.

“We remodeled an Airstream travel trailer and have been traveling in it for a year and a half,” says Brent.

Here are Brent’s word-to-the-wise tips for new and aspiring Travelers:

  1. “Learn to be adaptable/flexible.”
  2. “Be part of the team at every job, even though you are temporary.”
  3. “Use Nick Ocken as your recruiter! Haha, but seriously, a good recruiter makes all the difference.”
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Brent and family on the day they got the Airstream!

Thanks for Being such an amazing Traveler and for sharing this great advice, Brent!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions January 2018 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Aaron and Brent, we are very thankful for your dedication to providing superior patient care and your amazing sense of adventure!

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

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Medical Solutions Sponsors Planet Water’s Project 24 for World Water Day 2018

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Medical Solutions is proud to help the people of Buntog, Philippines gain access to clean, safe water!

Did you know that 50% of all hospital beds worldwide are occupied by people with easily preventable waterborne diseases? Or, how about the grim reality that a whopping one in eight people on Earth do not have access to safe, clean water!?

Unfortunate stats like these are why Medical Solutions is gearing up once again to sponsor Planet Water’s Project 24 in 2018. In celebration of World Water Day, Thursday, March 22, 2018, this effort will bring clean water to 24 communities in just 24 hours by installing school-based water filtration systems within villages in need worldwide.

Medical Solutions backs this annual effort because we are constantly inspired by the hard work and compassion that our amazing Travel Nurses display every day in their quest to save and improve lives. YOU are the inspiration for our company to support this amazing cause!

This year, the Medical Solutions-sponsored water filtration tower will go up at Buntog Elementary School in the rural farming community of Buntog, Philippines. The community’s main water source is a deep well nearly a mile away, where people line up to collect unsafe water for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and bathing. Compounding the issue, Buntog is a largely impoverished community, with many households earning less than the U.S. equivalent of $150 per month, making them unable to buy clean, bottled drinking water or have transportation to travel the 7.5 miles to the nearest clean water source.

“I am a solo parent earning 7,000 pesos ($135 USD) a month. I have three children and I just let them drink water from the deep well most of the time because I cannot afford purified water,” says Marge, a Buntog community member.

Most Americans are fortunate enough to have access to transportation, but even with that, can you even imagine if you had to travel 7.5 miles for a glass of clean water?! To put it into perspective, I just walked about 20 feet to my nearest clean water source!

The lack of accessibility of clean water causes frequent illness and other health issues, and also creates an obstacle to learning for the village’s children.

“The water from our deep well is for washing purposes only,” says Jobert, a third-grade teacher at Buntog Elementary School. “I reprimand my students if they drink it since it is not safe, but I still catch a lot of them drinking it because they couldn’t buy purified water. I am not surprised that there are many reports of amoebiasis and diarrhea — not just among children but adults as well.”

There is a general lack of knowledge in the area regarding water health and hygiene. As a part of Project 24, Planet Water will not only erect the Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water tower, they will also provide crucial water health and hygiene education! Just as Medical Solutions’ sponsorship helped thousands of villagers in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017, our 2018 effort will benefit Buntog’s population of 2,000 people — including 237 students throughout 489 households.

Please join the Medical Solutions team in taking a moment to be extra grateful for the easy access to clean water that most of us enjoy in the United States — and to learn more about Buntog, Project 24, and Planet Water Foundation.

Thank you for continuously inspiring us to make the world a better place, Travel Nurses!

 

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Clinical Corner: Fall Prevention Technology of 2018

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Learn the latest in fall prevention technology in this month’s Clinical Corner!

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

Did you know that every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall? Or how about the fact that every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall?

Falls are the leading causes of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. The financial toll related to the falls of older adults is expected to increase as the population ages and it may reach $67.7 billion by the year 2020. This an astounding statistic and it’s no wonder that every healthcare facility around the country places a large emphasis on reducing falls in every way possible. Even though there are several successful fall prevention techniques that have been adopted throughout time, it is always important to stay abreast of changes and adopt new strategies as appropriate, so that falls can be prevented as much as possible!

A few current and widely used fall prevention interventions include locking the bed and keeping it in the lowest position, putting bed rails up and keeping call light and other personal belongings within reach, non-slip footwear, clutter-free room, appropriate use of sensory aids, dry floor and adequate lighting, hourly rounding, and patient and family education. These are just to name a few. Despite implementing these strategies, falls still occur and there’s further work to be done to further decrease fall rates.

New Strategies

One newer strategy that’s been adopted is the use of “virtual sitter” technology. This technology can monitor a patient’s movements under ambient light and it can also be used to create and draw virtual zones, trip wires, and other trigger points within the field of view. These lines or zones are used to detect when a patient moves across those boundaries and then an alert is sent to the monitor tech to warn them of the potential danger to the patient. Additional features of this continuous live video feed include two-way audio, voice recognition, patient privacy modes, and customizable alerting. When an alert is sent to the monitor technician, they can intervene in several ways: using two-way audio to direct the patient to remain in bed or assess the patients’ needs, contact the patient’s RN or nurse’s aide, or contact the unit supervisor for emergent situations. This modern technology has been shown to not only reduce the number of falls, but also that it can decrease fall-related costs for the hospital.

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Did you know that every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall? Or how about the fact that every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall?

Another innovative way of using technology involves monitoring people with sensors to increase the ability to predict when falls can occur. Using sensor measurements to determine walking speeds and stride length has helped to correlate a slow walking pace to the risk of falling. The shortening of a person’s stride also determines the likelihood that a fall could occur within three weeks. When the sensor system detects notable changes in a person’s gait, an alert is sent to the caregiver so he or she can take steps or enhance precautions to prevent falls in the foreseeable future.

One unconventional way of predicting falls is considering what goes on in people’s brains. By tracking the brain activity with walking, talking, and walking while talking it has been determined that the front part of the brain works harder while multi-tasking. This could potentially explain why cognitively impaired people tend to fall at a higher rater than those with normal cognition. The goal with using this approach is to be able to detect if a person is at higher risk of falls before any physical symptoms manifest.

These innovative strategies are extremely important because they push us to think beyond the conventional prevention techniques. To get a true grasp on minimizing falls, we must understand why they are occurring and how to prevent them. Part of prevention includes focusing on ways to predict if and when a person is likely to fall. If we can implement emerging technologies with the techniques that we currently have in place, we may be onto something. When it comes to falls, the most important thing we must do is to stay up to date with changes in our patients but also changes in best practices.

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State Spotlight: Virginia

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Spread your Travel nurse wings in Virginia!

Since February is undoubtedly the month of love, and everybody knows that “Virginia is for Lovers,” February’s State Spotlight takes us to the very cool state of Virginia! The Old Dominion State is a wonderful option for Travelers, with its abundance of Travel Nurse job opportunities, Traveler-friendly facilities, and an amazing assortment of things to do, see, and experience throughout the region on your days off. Read on to find out why so many Travel Nurses fall head over heels for Virginia!

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Virginia is for Lovers — and Travel Nurses!

Travel Nursing in Virginia

Virginia sits adjacent to our nation’s capital in a busy region that means lots of jobs for Travel Nurses. The Old Dominion State consistently has lots of really great job opportunities for Travelers where they can build their skills and resume, while also having some seriously life-changing experiences on their days off. Virginia has everything from cute, quaint towns to big city excitement to offer Travelers.

Virginia is home to nearly 130 hospitals — 19 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes Charlottesville’s University of Virginia Medical Center, which U.S. News & World Report ranked the #1 hospital in Virginia. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Virginia are: Norfolk’s Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Roanoke’s Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Richmond’s VCU Medical Center, and Lynchburg’s Centra Lynchburg General Hospital.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Virginia the #11 overall state on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, healthcare, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report also ranked Virginia #2 among the top states for government, #11 for opportunity, #10 for education, and #25 for healthcare.

Virginia is also known for having some great cities to call home — for an assignment or two! Livability named Charlottesville the #5 Best Place to live in 2017 and National Geographic named it among the Best Small Cities in the U.S. Roanoke is a seven-time All-America City, per the National Civic League, and Livability also named it among 2018 Best Affordable Places to Live.

As for licensing, Virginia is not a walk-through state, but it is a NURSYS state and a compact state under the new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact! Click here for more info on licensing in Virginia.

Virginia Fast Facts

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Virginia Beach is an amazing spot for sun, sand, and fun along the boardwalk!

State Nickname: The Old Dominion State

Capital: Richmond

Largest City: Virginia Beach

National Parks: 22

State Parks: 37

National Historic Landmarks: 121

State Motto: “Sic Semper Tyrannis” meaning “Thus always to tyrants”

State Flower and Tree: Dogwood

State Fish: Brook Trout

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Virginia’s state tree and state flower is the beautiful Dogwood!

State Shell: Oyster

State Bird: Cardinal

Virginia was the 10th state.

Chapstick, streaking, U.S. patent grants, the modern microphone, over the counter enemas and laxatives, the first successful electric streetcar, the first fraternity, the mechanical reaper for grain, the Smallpox vaccine needle, the first law school, and swivel chairs were all invented in Virginia.

No wonder Virginia is for lovers! The 1987 fan favorite film Dirty Dancing was filmed almost entirely at Pembroke, Virginia’s Mountain Lake Lodge, which still offers a “Dirty Dancing Package” for fans and has a stone monument to Patrick Swayze.

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in America and was also Virginia’s original capital.

Virginia is dubbed the “Mother of Presidents” because it’s produced more U.S. presidents than any other state. The eight U.S. presidents born in Virginia are: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

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Pharrell Williams is one of Virginia’s famous sons.

In colonial Virginia, many elections were decided by which candidate provided voters with the most free food and alcohol. It’s estimated that when he ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758, George Washington provided nearly a half-gallon of alcohol to each voter!

Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, Monticello, is the nation’s only private home to be named a United Nations World Heritage site.

Although there’s no proof of hobbit heritage, in 1634, Virginia was the only colony that was divided into shires. A few years later, the shires were rechristened as counties.

Virginia is also sometimes known as “the birthplace of a nation” since the American Revolution ended in Yorktown with the surrender of British General Cornwallis.

Kentucky and West Virginia were created out of sections of Virginia.

Virginia was named for Elizabeth I, England’s “Virgin Queen.”

Founded in 1693, Williamsburg’s College of William and Mary is the nation’s second-oldest college. (Harvard is the oldest.)

The first peanut crop in the U.S. was grown in Virginia.

More than 2,200 of the 4,000 battles fought in the Civil War were fought in Virginia.

The Pentagon in Arlington is the world’s largest office building, with twice the office space of the Empire State Building.

More Pentagon trivia: The Pentagon has some 68,000 miles of internal telephone lines — enough to stretch from Florida to Washington state more than 22 times!

Famous folks from Virginia include Katie Couric, Rob Lowe, Gabby Douglas, Warren Beatty, Wanda Sykes, Ella Fitzgerald, Jason Sudekis, Pharell, Arthur Ashe, Patsy Cline, Wayne Newton, Aimee Mann, Neko Case, June Carter Cash, Pocahontas, George Washington, Missy Elliott, Sandra Bullock, George C. Scott, and Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt, and Tom Wolfe.

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A carriage ride through quaint, Colonial Williamsburg!

At 301 acres, Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the world.

North America’s first Thanksgiving was held in 1619 in Virginia.

Native American tribes that lived in Virginia included the Cherokee, Powhatan, Manahoac, Meherrin, Monacan, Nahyssan, Nottaway, Occaneechi, Saponi, Shawnee, and Tutelo.

Tobacco is Virginia’s biggest cash crop and the industry employs many Virginians.

Wild ponies roam the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, and have done so for centuries.

At 18 miles. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is the largest bridge-tunnel complex in the world.

Virginia is known as the Internet Capital due to estimates that 70 percent of all internet traffic happens via Virginia data centers.

To Do & See in Virginia

Monticello with tulips in foreground

President Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, is pretty in spring.

Virginia is known for its incredible natural beauty, multitude of historical sites, and proximity to many east coast hotspots. There’s a ton of great activities to do and beautiful, awe-inspiring things to see there!

On the urban tip,Virginia’s largest cities include Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Newport News, and Alexandria — offering all kinds of great entertainment, dining, shopping, art, culture, nightlife, and more.

History abounds throughout the Old Dominion state and history buffs will absolutely love it here. Visit sites like Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Mount Vernon, the Richmond State Capitol, the Jamestown settlement, the Yorktown battlefield, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknowns, and so many others for intriguing glimpses into our nation’s history.

Virginia Beach is the perfect place for lovers of sand, sun, and fun! Just east of Norfolk this expansive stretch of beach also boasts amusement parks, a boardwalk, and all kinds of beachy fun. Check out the Ocean Breeze Water Park, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, and so much more!

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Most people don’t know that Virginia has quite the winery scene. Cheers!

Virginia is also known for some downright delicious cuisine like peach cobbler, apple pie, Brunswick stew, Chesapeake Bay crabs, deviled eggs, homegrown peanuts, apple butter, stone-ground pancakes, oysters, ham biscuits, and Smithfield county ham with all the fixins like greens, black-eyed peas, and cornbread. Wash it all down with a fine glass of fabulous, regional Virginia wine and you’ll be living like a true Virginian!

Outdoorsy adventurers will love that Virginia has everything from beaches to mountains to lakes and more, with a generally fairly temperate climate. Virginia’s abundance of fishing, boating, hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, and many other outdoors activities are sure to satisfy. Don’t miss out on the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah Caverns, False Cape State Park, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, James River, and so much more!

Ready for your adventure to Virginia?!

Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Virginia!

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Congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2017 Traveler, Rising Star, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

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Congrats to our amazing Traveler of the Year, Angie C., and her travel companion, Athena!

We want to say a warm thank you and a mega congrats to Medical Solutions’ 2017 Traveler, Rising Star, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!

Our company prides itself on hiring only the best and brightest Travelers and the most wonderful Career Consultants to serve them. So we get really excited about recognizing them with these well-deserved annual awards! From among our 12 Traveler of the Month winners and 12 Rising Star of the Month winners from 2017, we’ve crowned our 2017 Traveler of the Year and 2017 Rising Star of the Year. We also got some great feedback from Travelers on their Career Consultants and named two 2017 Recruiter of the Year award winners. Without further ado, here are the amazing winners!

Traveler of the Year

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Wise words from Traveler of the Year Angie: “My advice to anyone who wants to do this: If you LIVE TO EXPLORE, do it.”

Our Traveler of the Month award goes to a Medical Solutions Traveler who is part of the group of Travelers that received perfect hospital evaluations that month, and is chosen from that bunch by our Clinical Team. Our Traveler of the Year, determined by our internal Clinical Team from among the year’s 12 monthly winners, is the amazing Angie C.!

Angie was Traveler of the Month in October 2017. She’s an RN working in Surgical Services and crossing over into Endoscopy, who’s been in nursing for 15-plus years and traveling about five years. She works with Career Consultant Ronnie E., who she says deserves a lot of cred.

“He’s always had my back,” says Angie, who told us that she almost quit traveling altogether before finding Ronnie and Medical Solutions.

Angie won a $500 Amazon gift card as her award for being named Traveler  of the Year. We are so grateful for you, Angie! Thank you!

Click here to learn more about Angie.

Rising Star of the Year

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Kim’s wise words of advice: “My tips for new Travel Nurses are to be flexible and open-minded when you enter into a new assignment, to take time to get to know your coworkers, and to network with other Travel Nurses whenever possible as they can be such a great resource for tips, support, even housing connections — it’s a unique and special community of nurses.”

Our monthly Rising Star award goes to a Medical Solutions Traveler who is newer to working with us and is chosen by our Clinical Team from the group of new Travelers that received perfect hospital evaluations that month. Our Rising Star of the Year, also determined by our internal Clinical Team from among the year’s 12 monthly winners, is the amazing Kim B.!

Kim was the Rising Star winner in September 2017. She’s an RN, BSN, SMSRN with eight-plus years of nursing experience who started traveling in May 2017. She works with Career Consultant Lynda G.

Kim’s a Florida native, who has discovered her love of the Pacific Northwest through Travel Nursing, and a self-proclaimed Disney fanatic. Kim loves the diverse geographic and nursing experiences she has while Travel Nursing.

She won a $500 Amazon gift card as her award for being named Rising Star of the Year. Thanks so much for everything you do, Kim! We appreciate you!

Click here to learn more about Kim.

Recruiter of the Year Winners    

At Medical Solutions, we know how crucial it is to a Traveler’s success to have an amazing recruiter who always has your back and helps you build the life and career of your dreams. That’s why we call them Career Consultants — because their focus is always on helping our Travelers live their best lives and create the exact career they envision. We have a TON of amazing, dedicated, hardworking, trustworthy Career Consultants, but here are the two that earned the title 2017 Recruiter of the Year.

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Erin was born for this. What a cutie!

Erin Altman, Senior Career Consultant and Team Lead, started with Medical Solutions in December 2012 and has been an indispensable part of the team ever since! Erin’s Travelers love her positivity and consistent follow-up. Here are some of the amazing things Erin’s Travelers said about her when nominating her for Recruiter of the Year:

She is an amazing recruiter!!! She is always happy, energetic and is always available for any questions. She is always there for you and in my opinion goes up and above all my expectations. I don’t ever want to have another recruiter because Erin is definitely the BEST!!!”

“Erin is the most amazing recruiter ever!! She has found me the most amazing positions and makes sure that I am paid and treated fairly. She is always there for me and answers her calls, texts, and emails almost instantly. Even when she is dealing with the horrible weather in California or personal illness, she is always bright and cheerful and willing to go the extra mile for her nurses. She is a joy to work with and absolutely deserves to be Recruiter of the Year!”

“Erin restored my faith in recruiters. I was being used and abused by lazy agents and bad companies, until Erin was recommended by a friend. Best decision I could have made for my Travel Nurse career.”

“Erin went above and beyond to think outside the box to get me the area I wanted for my next assignment. Erin is always personable and friendly and gets back to me quickly when I have a question. Her customer service has made me switch from another company to Medical Solutions.” 

“Erin is the best recruiter I have ever known. She would go above and beyond any length to make sure you are comfortable, happy, and satisfied. What I love about Erin is she makes you feels like a friend and not a client. I also love that Erin calls to make sure I’m safe and happy at all times.”

“I cannot say enough about Erin. She has been phenomenal and continues to go above and beyond through every phase of my journey with Medical Solutions. I could not have chosen a better company or recruiter than who I have been blessed to work with. Erin is #1. Love her.”

“I’m a new Traveler on my first assignment and Erin has been so helpful! Always cheerful, always encouraging, promptly returns phone calls and after our conversation I’ve always felt like my questions were answered. She has continued to contact me every week so I never feel alone. I’m so thankful for what she does.”

Learn more about Erin here.

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Even as young kiddo, Austin was preparing to get back to his Travelers with lightning speed and helpful advice!

Austin Deupree, Senior Career Consultant and Team Lead, established himself early on as a talented, thoughtful Career Consultant, and someone who Travelers really connect with and trust. Here are some of the amazing things Austin’s Travelers said about him when nominating him for Recruiter of the Year:

“Austin is professional and always ready to go for an extra mile to  provide support for his employees. I have found him to be quite knowledgeable about the company and is always available to provide guidance as needed.”

“My wife and I have very specific travel needs and he delivers EVERY SINGLE TIME. Awesome assignments with great pay and no BS.”

“Austin always finds way to show you he cares about you as a person, and not just as a nurse. He has always had my back throughout the entire time we worked together.  Even when I was no longer working with him on a contract, he still took the time to write a note asking about my family. He always worked very hard to secure a contract for me and even had me a contract within 24 hours of me needing one. He goes above and beyond to help with anything. He deserves this award!”

“Austin is available to my husband and I 24/7/365. I can be super type A and have lots of questions and he never passes me off or leaves me hanging. I was ready to throw in the towel on the idea of Travel Nursing until we got in touch with Austin. Most other Travelers I know work with multiple agencies/recruiters but my husband and I have found no reason to not work exclusively with Austin. He is honest, efficient, and he puts in work to find us exactly the contracts we want, where we want, and when we want. He’s honestly the best. I am grateful to have a recruiter with whom we have fostered a great professional relationship but that we both consider a friend as well.”

“He is always going above and beyond to make sure that I’m happy where I’m at and that I have everything I need.”

“Austin is ALWAYS one step ahead of the game, whether it be finding assignments, getting contracts signed, or needing something while his nurses are out on the road. He may even have a little ESP … it seems every time I think ‘Oh, I need to call Austin about that’ I will get a text or a phone call from him first asking me if there is anything he can do for me! Austin is amazing at his job in all aspects!”

“He succeeded where previous recruiters failed. Recruiter for another company was slow to respond and not at all proactive. Swapped to Austin through a personal reference and, boom, had a job interview in two days! Can’t beat that. And since then he has kept in touch and guided us through this process as first-time Travelers. And yeah, he works with me and my wife. A travel duo. All great things so far. Thanks Austin.”

Learn more about Austin here.

We are incredibly grateful for ALL of the amazing Travelers and Career Consultants whom we happily consider members of the Medical Solutions family. Thanks so much to all of you and congratulations to our 2017 Traveler, Rising Star, and Recruiter of the Year Award Winners!