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State Spotlight: New York

State of New York

New York is wonderful land of opportunity for Travel Nurses!

They say if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere … that’s right, this month’s State Spotlight takes us to New York. Many an American — heck, many a global citizen — dreams of taking a bite out of The Big Apple or rolling through idyllic Upstate. Lucky for Travel Nurses, your career makes spending some time in New York a very real possibility!

Travel Nursing in New York

Statue Of Liberty By Cityscape Against Blue Sky

Visit iconic sites like The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island!

New York is a wonderfully unique state and an absolute wonderland for Travel Nurses. The Empire State has TONS of great job opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as countless chances for adventure and exploration with the many urban and rural activities available throughout the state.

New York state is home to hundreds of hospitals, and, because of its dense population New York City alone is home to more acute care hospitals than many state’s have total within their borders. That includes New York City’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in New York, and which is nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in New York are: Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Morristown Medical Center — all of which are located in New York City.

Additionally, New York is home to four hospitals — New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital — that are ranked in five or more children’s specialties.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked New York the 13th best state for healthcare and the 17th best state overall. New York is the nation’s third-largest economy, buoyed by financial services, health care, and other industries.

As for licensing, New York 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 New York.

To Do & See in New York

They say the neon lights are brighter ON BROADWAY!

When it comes to what to do and see in New York, the real problem is how can one do it all?! New York City is what first springs to mind for most folks, because of the incredible city’s amazing history, art, culture, and more. On TripAdvisor, the top 10 things to do in NYC based on traveler rankings include: Central Park, The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Grand Central Terminal, Broadway, and the Empire State Building.

Some other perennial favorites include visits to Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, Coney Island, and Washington Square Park.

Broadway, as mentioned earlier, is a huge draw for theater fans, but NYC also offers all kinds of great off-Broadway plays and musicals, not to mention amazing music and comedy scenes. Same thing goes for art enthusiasts, who can visit some of the world’s top museums and view classic works, and they can also seek out small, hole in the wall galleries where they can enjoy the works of up and coming artists.

Sports fans will find plenty to do in New York, considering the abundance of teams and games to check out. Some of New York’s pro sports teams include the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Mets, New York Yankees, New York City FCs, New York Rangers, New York Knicks, and so many more! Fans of America’s favorite pastime will want to make the trip to Cooperstown to check out the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Bagels and coffee and cabs, oh my!

Just as New York City is beautifully diverse, New York is home to nearly every kind of cuisine under the sun resulting in a delicious spread of restaurants to choose from. Throughout the state of New York you can dine in some of the world’s fanciest restaurants with world-class chefs at the helm or grab a meal at small-yet-mighty, unforgettable mom and pop eateries — and either way, you’re in for a delicious treat!

New York-style pizza is first on many Travelers’ list when it comes to snagging a slice of the local flavor. NYC is also famous for its cheesecake, Eggs Benedict, Manhattan Clam Chowder, deli-style sandwiches like pastrami on rye, General Tso’s Chicken, bagels, strip steak, and hot dogs. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Manhattan cocktail and you will be living the New York dream.

Famous Upstate foods include Buffalo Wings, Beef on Weck, White Hots, Tomato Pie, Thousand Island dressing, black and white cookies, Peppermint Pig, the Garbage Plate (no really, it’s delicious), salt potatoes, and grape pie.

Outside of NYC, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, White Plains, Utica, Yonkers, Brookhaven, and Islip are some other cool urban areas to check out.

And, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, New York is alternately known for its idyllic Upstate areas. One of the country’s most stunning sights, the raging Niagara Falls, is located on the Canada-U.S. border and this is must-see for any Traveler headed to New York!

Niagara Falls is a must-see when travelling to New York!

Nature lovers will also revel in a trip to the scenic Finger Lakes. Iroquois legend says that the long, narrow lakes west of Syracuse were formed by an impression left by the fingers of the Great Spirit. This is a beautiful landscape to drink in and the lakes provide lots of opportunities for getting out on the water. Hikers will want to check out the Cayuga Trails, Seneca Lake Trail, and the Keuka Trail.

When winter comes, Travelers will want to check out Lake Placid, which is the only place in the U.S. ever to host the Winter Olympics twice. It’s known for its great skiing but there is lots of other great winter recreation to be had here.

Thousand Islands is a 50-mile stretch of the St. Lawrence river decorated with thousands of tiny islands. The Adirondacks offer scenic, forested hills with several lakes and all kinds of outdoor adventure like hiking and canoeing. The Adirondacks are also a very popular spot to take in the fall foliage. There’s also Lake George, Watkins Glen State Park, Letchworth State Park, the seaside beauty of Montauk, Mohonk Preserve, Fire Island, the Erie Canalway, Catskills, and sooooo much more!

Big Apple

Take a bite outta The Big Apple!

New York Fast Facts


State Nickname: The Empire State

Capital: Albany

Largest City: New York City

National Parks: 23

State Parks: 180

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 296

State Motto: “Excelsior” — meaning, “ever upward.”

State Flower: Rose

State Animal: Beaver

New York was the 11th state.

Toilet paper, Teddy Bears, credit cards, Scrabble, the remote control, Kodak cameras, Jello-O, tuxedos, Pacemakers, Pyrex, chicken nuggets, Bloody Marys, typewriters, traffic lights, synthetic penicillin, and, of course, cronuts were all invented in New York.

Oneida, New York is home to the world’s smallest church, which measures 51” x 81”.

One theory states that “The Big Apple” is a term coined by musicians which celebrated playing the big time.

New York has more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Batter up! Cooperstown, New York is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Dairy is HUGE in New York, which has 18,000+ dairy farms.

If the Titanic had finished its intended journey it would have docked at Chelsea Piers on April 16, 1912.

It’s estimated that more than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

Lake Placid, New York is the only American city that has hosted the Winter Olympics twice — in 1932 and 1980.

The country’s first women’s rights convention was hosted in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Women earned the right to vote in New York in 1917.

Famous folks from New York include Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Cyndi Lauper, Arthur Miller, Denzel Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Walt Whitman, Lucille Ball, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Vin Diesel, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Al Pacino, Spike Lee, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Neil Diamond, Ani Difranco, Jon Stewart, and so many others!

New York’s name was New Amsterdam until 1664 when the English took it over from the Dutch and named it after the Duke of York and Albany.

New York City is home to more than 700 miles of subway lines.

New York City has a larger population than roughly 80% of U.S. States!

Cooperstown, New York is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fourteen million tourists visit Niagara Falls each year.

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8 Great Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Fall Swing Woman

Swing into a fabulous fall season with your next Travel Nurse job!

Another summer is nearly in the books — from Wonder Woman on the big screen to “Despacito” on repeat to total eclipse fever, Summer 2017 definitely delivered the goods. But now, as the days grow slowly shorter, we prepare to turn our attention to the joys of fall — like colorful leaves, Halloween costumes, the kickoff of football, fall TV premieres, and pumpkin everything! So, break out your cutest boots, get your pumpkin spice latte in hand, and read on to learn more about these 8 great fall locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Massachusetts

This fall favorite is on everyone’s minds for a reason each autumn. From the exciting, historic Boston area to the famous autumn colors of the Berkshires, taking a fall assignment in Massachusetts is your ticket to a magical New England fall! Explore colorful cranberry bogs throughout the Cape Ann region and see the gorgeous peaks of the Berkshire Mountains decorated in its fall best with colorful Sugar Maples and all kinds of other magnificent fall foliage. City slickers can enjoy perfect temps to explore beautiful Boston’s Freedom Trail, as well its iconic harbor, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine scene. Also, day trip alert: October is the perfect time to take a train up to Salem and explore the witchy city responsible for the Salem Witch Trials.

Click here to find a magnificent Massachusetts Travel Nurse job!

California

California is the most popular state for Travel Nursing regardless of what the calendar says, but it’s an extra special spot for those who like their fall days to coincide with their beach days! Enjoy sunny SoCal spots like San Diego and Los Angeles, and still have the option to head north and hit the slopes if you want. Not to mention wine country, Hollywood, amazing shopping, dining, pro sports, and more are available in The Golden State. Pro tip: California’s Pacific Coast Highway is actually an unsung hero for peeping pretty fall views. Learn more here in our California State Spotlight.

Click here to discover a cool California career!

Washington

At one time famous for their flannels, Washington really knows how to do a fabulous fall season! They call Seattle the Emerald City because of its year-round penchant for green, and it stays pretty temperate there even as fall unfurls. Visit the first-ever Starbucks for your caffeine fix, check out the famous Pike Place Market, and take a ferry to beautiful Bainbridge Island — all with a perfect view of magnificent Mount Rainier as a backdrop. Throughout the Evergreen State, you’re never too far from a fun day trip whether to a pumpkin patch, to an apple orchard, or for a fun fall hike. Gorgeous fall colors can be found on drives like the North Cascades Highway, Mount Rainier Loop, and Mount Baker Highway.

Click here to find a wonderful Washington gig!

New Jersey

The rumors are true: The Boss’ home state is totally boss! The Garden State is great place for Travelers to adventure and explore. Jersey offers lots of beautiful nature, including 127 miles of coastline and 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a great jumping off point for exploring the East Coast, and it’s no surprise that there’s an abundance of great eats throughout “the diner capital of the world.” There’s also a ton of great museums and truly intriguing history to check out in Jersey. Learn more here in our New Jersey State Spotlight.

Click here to search incredible jobs in Jersey!

Arizona

The Grand Canyon State offers the best of both worlds when it comes to fall: the temps stay nice and warm, but you can still see lots of pretty fall leaves. The San Francisco Peaks are very well known for their abundance of gorgeous gold Aspens and an autumnal rainbow is on display at Phoenix’s Boyce Thompson Arboretum. There’s a lot of great opportunity in Arizona, particularly in fall and winter, as older populations travel here to escape the colder months. In addition to a great selection of jobs, there is so much natural beauty to explore here, like mystical Sedona’s Cathedral Rock, Page’s majestic Horseshoe Bend, the iconic Grand Canyon, and so much more!

Click here to find awesome Arizona Travel Nursing jobs!

Virginia

The Blue Ridge Parkway, AKA one of the most gorgeous drives in the nation, runs through Virginia, making this a prime spot for fall lovers to take an autumn assignment. Plus, this is one state that really knows its way around a fall festival — from wine festivals to corn mazes to pumpkin patches to ghost tours. There’s an abundance of cool historical sites to be seen here as well, like Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery and so many more. Not only does Virginia have TONS of great jobs for Travelers, the state’s central location also opens up the possibility for all kinds of cool regional day trips and excursions.

Click here to discover very special Virginia jobs!

Missouri

Nothing beats a nice Midwestern fall and Missouri is a great place to experience one. The Show-Me State has lots of great adventures in store for Travel Nurses as well as a wide array of jobs to choose from. Go out for jazz and BBQ in KC. Admire the Arch, take in some blues music, and check out some craft beer breweries in St. Louis. Both of Missouri’s largest city centers also have great pro sports teams, world-class dining, amazing art, and sensational shopping. And don’t forget the sprawling Ozarks and lovably kitschy Branson! Learn more here in our Missouri State Spotlight.

Click here to find marvelous Missouri jobs for Travel Nurses!

North Carolina

The Tar Heel State is known for beautiful beaches on the east and stunning mountain ranges on the west. Cool mountain town Asheville is a great spot for an assignment or day trip if you love good food, music, and culture — not to mention incredible mountain views. From Asheville, you can hop on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway which is one of the very best fall drives in the country, with stunning colors and stately peaks around every corner. And, while the surf does cool a tad in fall, North Carolina’s beaches still boast gorgeous sunsets and wildlife views that can be enjoyed in autumn. Learn more here in our North Carolina State Spotlight.

Click here to find a keen career opportunity in North Carolina!

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Secure Your Next Travel Nurse Contract Before the January Rush!

Happy Travel Nurse

Plan ahead to secure your next Travel Nursing job and you’ll be sitting pretty!

Some patterns are so predictable you can almost set your watch by them. Pumpkin spice cravings in the fall. Discount candy after Halloween. “Quick” trips to Target turning into a cartful of things you didn’t even know you needed.

In the Travel Nursing world, one of the biggest patterns we see is Travelers waiting until early January to secure their next assignment after the holidays. Every year this results in a bottleneck of Travelers facing high competition for the same jobs. So, here’s the 411 on how and why you should secure your next Travel Nurse contract before the January rush!

Timing is Everything

At the start of January, many Travelers want to start off the new year with a new contract. And I do mean many. That’s not a bad idea, but it can be a frustrating experience if you wait until January to find a new job. Travelers are wise to be aware of these types of seasonal rushes and to plan ahead with their recruiter to avoid high competition and the added stress of trying to get a job during this kind of hectic, peak time.

October is another busy month for Travelers wanting to start a new job, so if you know you want to start a contract in October, the best thing to do is to go ahead and get in touch with your recruiter in early September to get the ball rolling. This will help you secure the best job for you without any last-minute stress.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

If you already know roughly when you’d like to begin your next job, it’s never too early to sign on! Doing so protects you from excess competition, gives you a good batch of jobs to choose from, and allows you plenty of time to get everything planned out ahead of your next adventure. A good rule of thumb is to start looking for your next assignment about 6-8 weeks into a 13-week contract.

Alternately, you might consider a contract extension, if that’s available to you. That way you’re all locked in and good to go. Besides, who wants to move in January anyway?! (It really is the perfect time to extend.) If you’re interested in extending a contract, the best time to start discussing that with your recruiter is about midway through your current contract, so again, about 6-8 weeks into a traditional 13-week assignment.

Make Your Contract Work for You

The reason for the January rush of Travelers trying to secure new assignments is largely because people want to take time off for the holidays. But that is not your only option! When signing a contract that will go through the holidays, you can always look into taking certain days off by having that written into your contract. If that’s important to you, be sure to discuss this with your recruiter.

Ask and You Shall Receive

Along those same lines, remember that your Career Consultant is a true expert in helping their Travelers find jobs and negotiate contracts that best serve their Travelers. They have seen dozens of other Travelers through all kinds of assignments and scheduling scenarios, so be sure to explain what you want to them and ask their expert advice on how best to get it! Tell them what you want — whether it’s certain days off or to be in a certain location for the holidays. They may not be able to grant your every wish, but they’ll do their best to make it happen and can provide crucial guidance to position you as best as possible depending on your needs and desires.

Ready to beat the rush? Click here to search jobs now and get in touch with your Career Consultant now so you make a plan to snag the best job for you!

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Clinical Corner: Build a Strong Travel Nurse Resume

African woman with resume

Perfect your resume and take the Travel Nursing world by storm!

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

Each interaction you have with others around you — whether social or professional — shapes the impression they have of you. A positive first impression typically leads to a better relationship, more opportunities, and better long-term outcomes. For obvious reasons, first impressions are extremely important when applying for a job or meeting someone for the first time. Translated into the Travel Nursing world, a positive first impression comes in the form of a well-structured, accomplished resume. A winning resume will get you noticed first for the best positions and can facilitate further development for your career and future.

So, how do you build a winning resume? The first step in becoming a champion resume builder is to present your value in terms of the objective. Paint a personalized picture of what you can offer and contribute. Include a narrative statement that outlines your goals, specialty area, level of experience, and expertise. Present a clear illustration of what you can contribute and why you would be the best fit for the position. Once you have put together your objective, you are ready to continue with the body of the resume.

There are several templates available to build a resume, but the secret is finding one that’s organized, clean, and detailed. Once you’ve chosen a template you are ready to continue with the other highlights of your resume. Adding in an expertise section will capture a brief account of your skills and it will make it easier for hiring managers to know what areas you’re an expert in. It may be helpful to include your certifications and qualifications in nursing in this section as well. Overall, this part of the resume should be a representation of your nursing skills and the diseases/illnesses that you are competent in.

To further highlight your competency in your resume, you should include a detailed description of your nursing experience. This should include what type of facilities you have worked at (acute, outpatient, long-term care), how long you worked there, the nurse to patient caseload, and the area or unit you specialized in. Additionally, while listing your past experiences, it is essential to list out patients that you cared for, the skills that you have performed, and the tasks that you were responsible for. The more details, the easier it is for employers to get an exact idea of your skill level and experience. It would also be relevant to provide information about your experience with electronic computer documentation, education, state licensure, etc. in this section to establish your qualifications.

The most important thing to feature in this section is a demonstration of your top performance. With each job that you present in the resume, make sure you include a narrative about how you went above and beyond your job duties including serving on committees, boards, and/or task forces. Listing out any accomplishments that you had on the job would also be important including any initiatives you were a part of, any health promotion campaigns or accreditation assistance, etc. The focus here is your confidence, competency, and contributions. It’s important to convey these qualities and to show what you can provide. By doing this, you will be able to make yourself more marketable in the Travel Nursing world, which gets increasingly competitive every day.

Upon completion of your flawless resume, you will be ready to apply for several nursing positions. Many nurses will be submitting resumes for various travel positions and the market is very competitive. Nonetheless, there is no cause for concern because you have set yourself apart from the rest. Your high-quality resume and the marketing approach you used in your resume will speak for itself. Before you know it, you will be on your way to an interview and job offer!

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Congrats to June 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Lucretia Traveler

Congrats to our June Rising Star, Lucretia L!

Many thanks and congrats to the June 2017 Traveler of the Month, Karey C., and also our Rising Star winner, Lucretia L.!

Traveler of the Month Karey is an ER RN with more than two years of experience in nursing. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Scott S. and has been Travel Nursing since January 2016.

Karey is currently working in Boston, which is her favorite location so far — mainly because she appreciates the many historical sites available in Beantown.

“There’s tons of great history here, I have a few friends that attend Tufts Medical School, and there are so many great places to explore,” says Karey.

Karey says she is always “open to new experiences and any adventures I can get my hands on.” She’s met several like-minded Travelers along the way that she keeps in touch with.

Karey shared some great advice for new or aspiring Travelers:

“Be organized so it helps the transitions from jobs go smoothly, especially since you change jobs so often.”

“Learn how to pack light — my first assignment I tried to take everything I owned, which was a disaster.”

“Don’t be nervous, you’re going to have so much fun on your new assignment!”

Thank you, Karey!

Rising Star Lucretia an RN, BSN specializing in Critical Care/Cardiac Cath Lab. She’s been in nursing for 18 years and has been traveling on and off for about five years.

Lucretia works with Career Consultant Anthony H. and is currently on assignment in College Station, Texas. Her favorite location so far throughout her Travel Nursing career has been Oakland, California.

“I had great experiences in the area and made friends with some fantastic people,” says Lucretia.

Lucretia is ambitious and motivated to achieve her goals — which makes her a perfect fit for Travel Nursing. She says her favorite part about traveling is being able “to do a job that I love while also exploring new areas.”

Lucretia also offers some great advice for new Travelers.

“Be organized, professional, and flexible,” she says. “It is a great experience if you let yourself enjoy it.”

Thank you for your great work, Lucretia!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions June 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Karey and Lucretia, we are incredibly grateful for your awesome commitment to providing superior patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and 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 Meets Finn!

A couple months ago, the Medical Solutions team danced for Finn. Not long after we busted a move in support of this tough little guy, and he and his family’s inspirational journey, the incredible happened: We got to meet Finn and fam!

Check out this video to see how excited our Omaha team was to meet this adorable little warrior — and click here to learn more about the incredible Finn and his wonderful family.

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State Spotlight: Missouri

Night view of the arch in the St. Louis skyline

Travel Nurse jobs abound in The Show-Me State, where adventure also awaits!

From cool caves to serene parks to exciting city centers, The Show-Me State is such a grand place to spend the summer that this month’s State Spotlight takes us to Missouri. As one of Missouri’s favorite sons, Mark Twain, famously said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Travel Nursing in Missouri        

State of MissouriMissouri is a wonderful state for Travel Nursing — with its great, central location, loads of activities and attractions in the state/region, and plenty of excellent healthcare facilities to call home for 13 weeks at a time.

According to Health.MO.Gov, Missouri is home to 164 hospitals and medical centers, including St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in Missouri, and which is nationally ranked in 12 specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Missouri are: St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, and Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield.

Additionally, Children’s Mercy Kansas City and St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University are both nationally ranked in 10 children’s specialties.

As for licensing, Missouri is a walk through state, a compact state, and a NURSYS state! Click here for more info on licensing in Missouri.

To Do & See in Missouri

Nelson Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City

Larger than life shuttlecocks outside the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City.

The Show-Me State has so very much to show you, with its unique blend of urban hotspots and rural retreats! Get ready to dig into some delectable BBQ, kick back lakeside, explore unique landscapes, get down with some blues tunes, and rock out your latest Travel Nurse adventure.

St. Louis and Kansas City are the state’s top urban spots, and each one has its own unique flair and offerings.

KC boasts great museums with the amazing Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Harry S. Truman Presidential library and Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, National World War I Museum and Memorial, Arabia Steamboat Museum, and more. Shoppers and fashionistas will want to flock to the famous Country Club Plaza, Zona Rosa, Crown Center, and Town Center Plaza. Daredevils will want to spend some time at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun amusement parks. Kansas City is also home to hundreds of fountains to behold!

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Cheer on the Royals at Kauffman Stadium!

In St. Louis you can see and visit the famous Gateway Arch, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park, Cahokia Mounds, Missouri Botanical Gardens and so much more. My St. Louis favorite to-do is the eccentric City Museum! There’s nothing quite like this strange, wondrous place filled with whimsical structures for climbing and viewing, thrilling 5-story and 10-story slides, indoor caves, and all kinds of strange nooks and crannies to explore.

City Museum

St. Louis’ City Museum is an oddball wonderland!

Missouri was the first place in the United States to host the Olympic Games, when the 1904 Summer Olympics were held in St. Louis. Fittingly, sports fans will love the opportunity to check out one of Missouri’s pro sports teams, which include the Kansas City Chiefs, 2015 World Series champs the Kansas City Royals, Sporting Kansas City, St. Louis Blues, and St. Louis Cardinals. Missouri is also home to a ton of great college and minor league football, soccer, baseball, ice hockey, tennis, and more.

With a unique blend of German, French, Italian, and other influences, Missouri has an awesomely unsung culinary scene. Additionally, the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis alone is well known for the introduction and/or popularization of TONS of great food faves like hot dogs, iced tea, club sandwiches, cotton candy, and even the beloved ice cream cone!

Kansas City-style barbeque is known for being some of the best in the country!

Kansas City first comes to mind when most people think of Missouri’s solid rep for mouthwatering BBQ, but truth be told, you’ll find amazing ribs and burnt ends statewide. My personal favorite in KC is Joe’s — go to the original gas station location and be prepared for a well-worth-it wait or go in between peak meal times to avoid the mega lines. Other famous BBQ joints in KC include Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, and Jack Stack. Throughout the rest of Missouri, you can get a great BBQ fix at Wabash BBQ in Excelsior Springs, Shotgun Pete’s in Columbia, Missouri Hick BBQ in Cuba, Bogart’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, Hickory Log in Dexter, and Big R’s in Joplin.

St. Louis-style pizza is beloved in Missouri and characterized by having a thin, crispy crust, cut into squares, and is often topped with provel cheese. What’s provel cheese? Another of Missouri’s iconic foods, provel is a white processed cheese combo of Swiss, cheddar, and provolone cheeses that melts very easily and is most popular in St. Louis.

city of fountains

Kansas City has thousands of gorgeous fountains!

To go with your pizza, how about some delicious toasted ravioli dunked in marinara? Missouri made ravioli even better by frying it to crispy perfection. As the state that pioneered toasted ravs, you will want to be on the lookout for lots of creative versions of this toasted treat throughout the state. For example, Salt + Smoke in St. Louis makes a version filled with chopped, oak-smoked burnt ends, sprinkled with garlic and herbs, and served with a white barbecue sauce for dipping.

With the Anheuser-Busch brewery being founded in St. Louis in 1852, it’s really no surprise that Missouri continues its tradition of stellar suds. Brewers like Mother’s Brewing Company, 4 Hands Brewing Co., Boulevard Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales, Schlafly Beer, and many others are actively keeping the tradition alive.

Lake Ozarks

MO loves its water-based activities at spots like the gigantic Lake of the Ozarks.

Other famous Missouri eats include Red Hot Riplets, gooey butter cake, slingers (a breakfast hangover cure staple with eggs, hamburger, hash browns, and chili), pork steak, Ted Drewes frozen custard, deep dish apple pie, and the St. Paul sandwich (egg foo young with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and may on white bread). Wash it all down with one of Missouri’s great craft beers from Boulevard or Abraxas and you’ll be living your best life like a true Missourian!

Most people don’t realize that Missouri’s diverse landscape includes facets like plains, mountains, rivers, and mountains. There’s a ton of freshwater in Missouri, including the famous Lake of the Ozarks, nicknamed “The Magic Dragon” for its shape. Lake of the Ozarks is Missouri’s largest reservoir, stretching across four counties! Water and swimming enthusiasts will also enjoy Table Rock Lake, Creve Couer Lake, Stockton Lake, Mark Twain Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and many others. Despite its heartland location, Missouri loves water-based sports and activities like river floats, water skiing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating, and more.

MO Caves

Missouri has more than 6,400 caves!

Missouri is also famous for its 6,400+ caves, including many show caves where visitors can explore. Fantastic Caverns offers tram tours of the underground caverns, and other great cave experiences can be found at Jacob’s Cave, Marvel Cave, Bridal Cave, Talking Rocks Cavern, Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, Meramec Caverns, and many others.

In addition to the Show-Me State’s 12 National Parks, Sites, and Trails, outdoor enthusiasts will love the Missouri state park system, which boasts 91 state parks and historic sites. In fact, Missouri is consistently ranked as having one of the country’s top four state park systems! In addition to the beautiful Ozark Mountains, you’ll want to check out the Mark Twain National Forest, the 240-mile long Katy Trail, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and many other outdoorsy places!

In keeping with the City Museum’s rep for lovable oddness, other offbeat attractions in Missouri include Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins, Devil’s Icebox, KC’s Giant Bookshelf, Jesse James Home Museum, Boathenge, the World’s Largest Rocking Chair, Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, The Pony Express National Historic Trail and Museum — and don’t forget famous attractions like Silver Dollar City and the showy, live music-filled town of Branson!

Plus, in addition to the state’s many exciting sights and attractions, with a whopping eight bordering states, Missouri provides plenty of chances to adventure into neighboring states and destinations throughout the Midwest and the South, depending upon where you’re situated.

Missouri Fast Facts

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You’ve got Missouri to thank for waffle cones!

State Nickname: The Show-Me State

Capital: Jefferson City

Largest City: Kansas City

National Parks, Sites, and Trails: 12

State Parks and Historic Sites: 91

State Motto: “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.”

State Flower: Hawthorn

State Animal: Missouri Mule

Missouri is the 24th state.

Waffle cones, 7UP, Lear jets, iced tea, Dr. Pepper, monster trucks, microchips, the 8-track stereo, ragtime music, and instant pancake mix were all invented in Missouri or by Missourians.

St. Louis, Missouri was the first American city to play host to the Olympic Games in Summer 1904.

MO Famous peeps

Tons of interesting folks are from The Show-Me State, including Chuck Berry, Jon Hamm, Sheryl Crow, Mark Twain, and many others.

Missouri was the first state situated entirely west of the Mississippi to be admitted to the Union.

If you love Europe, you’ll love Kansas City. KC was constructed with the vision that it would have “more boulevards than Paris and more fountains than Rome” — so it has tons of both!

The George Washington Carver National Monument outside of Diamond was the country’s first national monument that honored a non-president and the first honoring an African-American.

 

Chillicothe, Missouri was home to the first bread slicing machine.

At eight, Missouri ties with Tennessee as the state with the most bordering states. Missouri’s neighbors are Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Missouri features more than 6,400 caves. In Richmond, Missouri, you can even visit The Cave Restaurant and Resort where you can dine inside a cave!

The world’s largest rocking chair can be found in Fanning, Missouri.

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Woah! Missourian Valentine Tapley grew a 12-foot, six-inch beard out of political spite!

Famous folks from Missouri include Brad Pitt, John Goodman, Mark Twain, Dick Van Dyke, Jon Hamm, Jenna Fischer, Sheryl Crow, George Washington Carver, Jesse James, Yogi Berra, Molly Brown, Josephine Baker, Vincent Price, Maya Angelou, Chuck Berry, Ellie Kemper, Don Cheadle, Langston Hughes, Kevin Kline, Kevin Nealon, Shelley Winters, Ginger Rogers, Edwin Hubble, Misty Copeland, Kate Spade, Eminem, Harry S. Truman, and Redd Foxx.

Missouri Democrat Valentine Tapley pledged he’d never shave his beard again if Abraham Lincoln was elected president. After Abe was inaugurated, Tapley kepy his promise and didn’t shave for a whopping 50 years! He died in 1910 with a beard that was 12 feet & six inches long.

In 1865 Missouri was the first state to free its slaves.

Search Travel Nursing jobs now and find your dream gig in Missouri!

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Get a $500 Referral Bonus!

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Make it rain Medical Solutions referrals and you could earn unlimited $500 referral bonuses and be swimming cash!

If you love Medical Solutions as much as we love you, referring your friends to work with us is a total no-brainer. Your friends get a sweet gig, we get more amazing employees, patients at hospitals nationwide get superior care … and YOU get a $500 referral bonus!

That’s right, for every nurse you refer who’s a new candidate to Medical Solutions and who works at least 30 days with us, you will receive a $500 referral bonus.

While we’re guessing you are probably most likely to refer a great nurse to us, the same bonus actually applies to any referrals you might make to our internal as well. Plus, there’s absolutely no limit to the number of referral bonuses you can receive!

Ready to easily earn a cool $500? Simply have your referral call us at 1.866.633.3548 or apply online to get started — just make sure that they mention your name and ask for your Career Consultant.

We highly value the opinion of our stellar Travelers, so we really appreciate you putting us in touch with more amazing nurses like yourself. And thankfully, it’s a win-win-win situation and a great, easy way for you to make an extra $500!

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Congrats to May 2017’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

May 2017 Traveler of the Month, Maria K., visiting Th White House!

Many thanks and congrats to the May 2017 Traveler of the Month, Maria K., and also our Rising Star winner, Elena L.!
Traveler of the Month Maria an RNC-OB specializing in Labor and Delivery. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Joe T. and has been in nursing nearly five years and Travel nursing nearly three years.

Maria is currently working in beautiful Nantucket, Maine — which just so happens to be her favorite location thus far.

“Summer here is a dream and the beaches are pristine,” Maria says of Nantucket. “I also love sailing, so the island has a lot to offer.”

In fact, Maria sails often and this sailing aficionado has even participated in a few regattas!

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is growing in my skills as a nurse and making new friends,” she says, adding these helpful tips for new Travelers:

  1. “Never be afraid to ask questions.”
  2. “Make the most of an assignment. Explore the area you are in! Learn something new!”

Great advice, Maria!

Rising Star Elena is an OR nurse who works with Career Consultant Julie F. and is currently on assignment in El Centro, California.

Julie says she loves working with Elena, who’s been with Medical Solutions since December 2016.

“Elena is a wonderful nurse,” says Julie. “She is a leading example of being the best in healthcare. She steps up and achieves anything that is asked of her. She never complains. Elena really knows the meaning of going above and beyond for patient care and her team. She is just a delight to work with. Simply the best!”

Julie can’t say enough good things about Elena, whom she says is “a special person inside and out.”

“You can tell from the first moment of speaking with her that she is very patient and kind. Elena is an amazing Travel Nurse because she knows how to be flexible and is very dependable,” says Julie. “She’s able to adapt to change and is a true team player. She is also a very kind person — she can go anywhere and her team would love her.”

Thank you for your great work, Elena!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions May 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Maria and Elena, thanks so much for your rock-steady commitment to providing awesome patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and 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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Clinical Corner: Workplace Injuries & Workers’ Comp Process

Careful! Understanding the workers’ compensation process will help protect you as a Medical Solutions Traveler!

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

Have you ever been injured on the job? Do you know about and understand workers’ compensation?

If you answered ‘no’ to either of these questions, consider yourself lucky. You never know how long it might be before you encounter a situation that requires you to know what to do in the event of a workplace injury. If you answered ‘yes’ you should still read this month’s Clinical Corner, so that you fully understand the workers’ comp process you’d need to follow if you’re injured on the job while working for Medical Solutions.

While we hope that you never experience any injury while taking care of your patients, if you do, here are some pointers to remember while traveling with us.

  1. The first step to remember when an injury occurs is to seek medical attention, if necessary. It is important to know where your hospital sends injured employees and travelers whether it be to the ER, urgent care, or employee health. For any needle sticks and/or blood or body fluid exposure, make sure you get blood drawn immediately from the patient you were exposed to and yourself if necessary. It will be your responsibility to be your own patient advocate in a situation as such, so make sure this blood drawn is done as soon as possible. It is also important that YOU are the one following up on the blood results with the hospital in case of a serious exposure.
  2. The next step in the process is to notify your career consultant (recruiter) and to have someone from Medical Solutions complete an incident report. If at any time, you are injured on the job you must report this to Medical Solutions and must be done within 24 hours of the injury or incident and Medical Solutions will need to know as much detail as possible to file the report and workers’ compensation claim. This step is important because billing will not be covered until the report is made with Medical Solutions.
  3. If you are off work for any amount of time due to the injury you must notify your career consultant. We will need copies of any restrictions you received because of the injury or treatment AS WELL AS a release saying that you are okay to return to work. This is required prior to returning to any work.
  4. Once you have spoken with someone from Medical Solutions about the details surrounding your injury, we will file the workers’ compensation claim with Sedgwick Claims Management Services. Once this is filed, you will receive an email that contains your claim number, contact information for Sedgwick, and instructions on how to register online to track your claim. Once you have received that claim number you should be able to view the status of your claim and any other information regarding the claim through Via One Express. You can register with Via One Express through claimlookup.com. Using this website and dashboard will allow you to upload any files associated with your claim or case, including bills which will allow for quicker payment. You can and should also communicate any billing items or questions about benefits to your claim adjuster through Sedgwick.

Please Note: If the injury occurs in Ohio, North Dakota, Washington, or Wyoming the injury still needs to be reported to Medical Solutions BUT you will need to follow hospital protocol for further information on the workers’ compensation process.

Knowing the proper process involved with workers’ compensation claims is very important to providing coverage to our Travelers as well as ensuring their health is managed and they are taken care of. The number one, most important important thing to remember if any workplace injury occurs is to communicate with Medical Solutions and your Career Consultant right away. No matter what the injury or the severity, Medical Solutions needs to be aware of what happened and that all starts with knowing the process and communicating overall!

 

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