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COVID-19 Wellness Resources for Medical Solutions Travelers

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Most healthcare travelers are not enjoying such a serene view right now, due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we hope these wellness resources will help you stay centered and healthy amidst the chaos!

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a massive challenge for folks worldwide, but we know that it’s definitely hitting healthcare professionals extra hard and in unique ways.

In good times and bad times, our goal is to be the best partner we can be to the healthcare travelers and facilities we serve. In that spirit, we’d like to make sure you’re connected with all the resources we can possibly offer you in our ongoing pursuit to always have your back, so we’ve compiled some key COVID-19 wellness resources for Medical Solutions travelers to reference.

We hope the following info will help satisfy your curiosity, provide support for emotional and physical wellness, and provide peace of mind!   

Resources to Stay Centered

The CDC has a great resource page addressing the management of stress and anxiety during the pandemic. We love this page because it details common reactions, which can make us all feel a little less alone. It also has specific sections for high-risk individuals like healthcare workers and first responders, which offer great advice crafted just for you.  

If you haven’t already fallen in love with John Krasinski’s Some Good News series, get ready to get happy. The Office actor appears with a suit on top and jammie pants on the bottom, bedecked by SGN logos hand-drawn by his children, and shares the kind of feel-good news we all need a big dose of these days. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry happy tears, you’ll feel better for a minute!

When you need to commiserate, who better to turn to than fellow healthcare travelers? Join or visit a community like The Gypsy Nurse Network or one of the COVID-19 Nurse Support Groups that have recently formed online.

Keep Calm and Carry On: Maintaining Your Composure Amidst the Pandemic Panic is a helpful webinar from Cigna, accessible through the hyperlink. This session provides strategies for tackling stress and anxiety, addressing panic in the workplace, and when/how to reach out for further help and support.

We know that anxiety and stress are especially inflated for healthcare workers and travel nurses right now. Whether you’ve just gotten your contract canceled or you’re working so much overtime you can’t see straight, you must make time to care for yourself. Engage in self-care in any way that best supports your well-being. That could mean yoga classes online, meditation, taking a hot bath, Facetiming a friend or family member, or downing a pint of Cherry Garcia. No matter what, there’s no shame in your game — just take care of you and unwind when you can!

COVID-19 Questions Answered

Crazy times like these always mean we see and hear lots of questions. And that’s good! Questions are a healthy, wise way to navigate life when things are uncertain, and we encourage you to ask away. To address some of the more common questions we’re getting lately, we created this handy COVID-19 FAQs page, which is co-branded with our PPR Travel Nursing and Aureus Medical Group family members.

We encourage you to start here whenever a question pops into your mind, but if you don’t find a satisfying answer please know you can always contact your career consultant or call our toll-free main line at 1.866.633.3548. Remember, we are ALWAYS here for you and there will always be someone on the other end of the line to help!   

Wellness Benefits to Help Ease the Burden

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) — which is always available to all of our current travelers — provides support with everyday life stressors, including coping with anxiety, stress, or issues related to the impact of COVID-19. Our program provides three free face-to-face sessions with a counselor for you and/or your family members. You can download this brochure highlighting all offerings and how to access this benefit. 

Virtual visits are available for travelers who have insurance through Medical Solutions. This benefit offers virtual doctors to help answer questions about the virus, evaluate your risk, and provide support if you develop symptoms or have concerns. Doctors are available 24/7 via video or phone to support and advise you. If you’re enrolled in our health insurance plan, download the instructions on how to access virtual visits. If you are not on our insurance plan, we encourage you to research similar options, like Teladoc, Doctors on Demand, and AmWell. 

The Health Advocate program provides access to expert assistance with a wide range of healthcare and health insurance challenges. This is available to all current travelers regardless of whether you have insurance with us! Personal health advocates are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–12 midnight ET at 866.799.2725. 

If you are enrolled in our Short Term Disability voluntary benefit, you may qualify for financial assistance if you need to be off work due to an illness. To file a disability claim, call Keeler & Associates at 877.282.0808.

If you enrolled in Hospital Indemnity and Critical Illness voluntary benefits with us and are diagnosed with an illness, such as COVID-19, you may qualify for benefits under the plan. Hospital indemnity may provide a daily benefit for hospital confinement. Critical illness may provide a lump sum payment when diagnosed with a covered illness on or after your coverage effective date. To file a claim for one or both of these benefits, call Voya at 1.888.238.4840 for assistance.

We hope these benefits and resources will make your life a little easier and better! And please remember, the Medical Solutions team is always just a phone call away if you need further support.

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5 Things You Need to Do to Become a Travel Nurse

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Learn the 5 things you need to do to become a travel nurse and get on your new career path now!

By Kerrey Brennan

Being a nurse is one of the noblest and rewarding jobs one can pursue. And becoming a travel nurse means you get to follow your passion to help others while also traveling and experiencing different cities and states across the nation. The demand for travel nurses is higher than ever. But the big question is, where do you start?

In this blog, we’ll discuss what you need to do to become a travel nurse — everything from getting your nursing degree to choosing the perfect travel nurse agency and getting your first travel job. Follow these steps and, at the end of the road, you’ll have an exciting career as a travel nurse. You’ll get to go on temporary assignments that can last anywhere between 13 to 26 weeks at a time. You’ll also be able to learn new techniques and try different specialties along the way.

Here are 5 things you need to do to become a travel nurse:

1. Earn Your Degree in Nursing

Your first step is to become a registered nurse (RN). To do this, you need to earn either an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN/AND) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). It typically takes two to three years to acquire an ASN/AND degree. This degree offers a combination of classroom lectures and clinical rotations. A BSN, on the other hand, is a four-year program. While it too offers a combination of classroom lectures and clinical rotations, it also prepares RNs for jobs in leadership roles. Whichever educational path you choose, both of these degrees will make you eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. And that’s your next step toward becoming a travel nurse.

2. Pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)

Once you’ve earned your degree, you need to get your RN or LPN license. To do that, you have to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination, designed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). This exam will test your basic understanding and knowledge of nursing and will determine whether or not it is safe for you to begin practicing as an entry-level nurse. To take this exam, you must apply for a nursing license in the state in which you plan to work.

3. Gain Working Experience as a Registered Nurse

Now that you have your degree and your license to practice, it’s time to get some experience under your belt. Before becoming a travel nurse, you’ll need at least one year of permanent nursing experience at a hospital or other type of healthcare facility. This is when you can/should determine the specialty that interests you the most. Choosing a specialty in a high-demand area is a great way for you to more easily get a job as a travel nurse. This includes emergency room, ICU, labor and delivery, OR, telemetry, and much more.

4. Consider Professional Development Opportunities and Volunteer Work

Once you’ve had at least a year’s worth of experience as a practicing nurse, you are an eligible candidate for becoming a travel nurse. But, to get an edge over other candidates, there are some additional things you can do to make you more in demand.

For starters, the more facilities you work in, the more appealing you are. Travel nurses must quickly adapt to new hospitals and medical facilities, so if you can show that you’re capable of that, your travel nurse resume will stand out. A great way to do this without hopping from job to job regularly is to take advantage of professional development opportunities and resources.

Another way to stand out is to volunteer. Consider devoting your spare time to assisting underprivileged areas. This can mean exploring local opportunities or even traveling abroad and will help the healthcare industry combat nurse burnout. Both will help you gain valuable experience and show potential employers that you are capable of working with people from different backgrounds.

5. Find a Travel Nursing Agency

Once you’ve acquired your degree, your license, and you’ve got a good deal of on-site experience, it’s time to find your first job as a travel nurse. To make that happen, you now want to find a company that offers the benefits you desire, access to plenty of jobs to choose from, and a recruiter you can trust. To toot our own horn a bit, at Medical Solutions we work for you and in service of your career goals. With hospitals and healthcare facility connections nationwide, we help travelers find great travel nursing opportunities according to their desired location and specialty. Our recruiters are the best in the business because they focus on building a genuine relationship with each of their travelers. We also offer great pay, industry-leading benefits, and can assist with housing and relocation arrangements — anything to make the transition from assignment to assignment as smooth as possible.

As you can see, the path to travel nursing is not an easy one, nor is it a fast process. But it is certainly gratifying, and it’s a great way to ensure you’re in a profession that is always in demand — wherever your work may take you.

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COVID-19: What Traveling Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

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As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities and the world, traveling healthcare professionals like you will likely be caring for patients with the coronavirus disease. As you know, the known modes of transmission include respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes and by touching the eyes, nose, or mouth after contact with an infected surface.

While you will be at an increased risk of exposure to this virus, there are things you can do to protect yourself and others:

  • Follow the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations for infection prevention and control
  • Provide updated training on the proper use of personal protective equipment
  • When caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19, use droplet and contact precautions.  If a patient is undergoing an aerosolizing procedure — such as intubation, suctioning, etc.— an N95 mask is required.
  • Continue to practice good hand hygiene
  • Practice routine cleaning and disinfection procedures
  • Remember to eat healthy foods and get plenty of rest

Now, more than ever, we are grateful for your commitment to patient care in these challenging times. Please know that Medical Solutions is here to support you. Our Clinical Team is here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. Additionally, should you be exposed to COVID-19 while on assignment and are quarantined, Medical Solutions will pay your guaranteed hourly wages as well as your meals and housing stipends while you are away from home for up to 14 days.

To best keep up to date with news regarding COVID-19, please regularly consult the following sources:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The American Nurses Association

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Six Spring-tastic Spots for Healthcare Travel Jobs

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Spring into action and find your next healthcare travel job opportunity!

There’s a season for just about everything, and job hunting is no exception. In fact, spring might be the best time of year to find a new job, according to Glassdoor. If you’ve got spring fever and are looking for that next great opportunity, consider the following top spring locations for healthcare travel jobs:

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Enjoy warm weather, bluebonnets, and outdoor festivals during your Texas spring!

Texas: The Lone Star State is wonderful year-round, but spring is an exceptional time to visit. For starters, the weather is practically perfect, bluebonnets are blooming, and outdoor festivals are in full swing. Stop by the capital city of Austin, shop and dine along the San Antonio River Walk, and remember the Alamo as you embrace Texas in the spring. You can learn more about The Lone Star State in our Texas State Spotlight.

Click here to explore jobs in Texas!

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Drink in the beautiful California landscape as you savor a glass of wine.

California: The Golden State’s sandy beaches, majestic mountains, famous redwood forests, and rolling vineyards make Cali a dream destination for many traveling healthcare professionals. Strict staffing laws and big-city populations also mean there are tons of job opportunities here. Check out our California State Spotlight to learn more about The Golden State.

Click here to find healthcare travel jobs in California!

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Take a New York minute to stop and smell the flowers in Central Park.

New York: New York has plenty of job opportunities for the traveling healthcare professional, and it’s also the perfect place for spring activities. Fall in love with the outdoors as you tour the beautiful upstate region—behold Niagara Falls, explore the hiking trails of the famed Adirondacks, or jump into the Finger Lakes. And it almost goes without saying that the Big Apple has all the delights of a world-famous city: Broadway, museums, shopping, and dining experiences galore! Learn more about the Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

Click here to explore healthcare travel jobs in New York!

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Enjoy scenic desert views, Southwestern cuisine, shopping, golfing, and more in Arizona this spring.

Arizona: This spring list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Arizona. From pro sports and hiking to shopping and sightseeing, Arizona has it all. Plus, there are tons of open jobs for traveling healthcare professionals here, thanks to the state’s sizeable snowbird population. Arizona is a walk-through state, a NURSYS state, and a compact state. You can learn more about the Grand Canyon State in our Arizona State Spotlight.

Click here to find a great healthcare travel job in Arizona!

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Spring is the perfect time to explore the sandy beaches in North Carolina!

North Carolina: Searching for the ultimate spring assignment? Look no further than North Carolina. With mountains to the west and beaches to the east, the state offers plenty of outdoor fun on your days off. As for urban adventures, you can enjoy a shopping trip in Charlotte, catch a Bulls baseball game in Durham, or grab a beer at one of several awesome breweries across the state. After all, April in North Carolina is Beer Month. Learn more about the Tar Heel State in our North Carolina State Spotlight.

Click here to find healthcare travel jobs in North Carolina!

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Watch the spring season unfold in Boston’s public gardens.

Massachusetts: From antique shopping to rock climbing, the Bay State offers visitors tons of diverse experiences suitable for spring. Catch a whale-watching tour near historic Plymouth Rock, stroll along Boston’s famous Freedom Trail, visit the witchy town of Salem, or hike the trails around the Berkshires. Learn more about The Bay State in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

Click here to find healthcare travel jobs in Massachusetts!

Longing to go somewhere else this spring? Click here to explore all of our travel nurse, allied health, and other healthcare travel jobs!

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

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Traveler of the Month Jennifer U. is an ER nurse.

Many thanks and congrats to the December 2019 Traveler of the Month, Jennifer U., and also our Rising Star winner, Cassandra K.!

Traveler of the Month Jennifer is an ER RN. She works with Career Consultant Ted Merkin and is on assignment in Iowa. Jennifer, who started traveling in the fall of 2019, is already in love with her current location.

“The staff here has been so kind and helpful,” says Jennifer.

In fact, Jennifer loves the travel nurse lifestyle so much she encourages other nurses to give it a try.

“What I love about traveling is I can take care of my patients, meet new people, and avoid [office] politics,” says Jennifer.

Thank you so much for everything you do, Jennifer!

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Rising Star Cassandra K. has been in the healthcare industry since she was 16.

Rising Star Cassandra K. is an ER nurse as well. She’s been an RN for roughly three years now, but she’s been working in the healthcare industry since she was 16. Today, Cassandra is currently on assignment in Pennsylvania and she works with Career Consultant Jon Laubert.

When it comes to travel nursing, she loves the variety that comes with the gig.

“Every facility will do things a little differently,” says Cassandra. “This will make you a better RN, not only in the capacity of your skills, but also in how you navigate patient, physician, and family situations.”

Cassandra also shared a few pearls of wisdom for the new travelers out there.

  1. “Always be kind and smile. You are never too important to be kind!”
  2. “Make sure you are comfortable with your recruiter. You should be able to feel comfortable talking to them, asking questions, and voicing fears or concerns — Jon has pulled me from the edge several times!”
  3. “Don’t be afraid to ask for a certain price point. The worst thing that could happen is they say no.”

Thank you for your great advice and for your inspiring dedication to patient care, Cassandra!

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Travel Nurse Taxes: The Difference Between W-2 and 1099

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Tax season for a travel nurse can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be.

Travel nurses lead an adventurous lifestyle — they get to travel across the country and meet new people while growing their medical skills. For some travel nurses, there’s just one downside: tax season. Fortunately, you can easily avoid that gloom-and-doom feeling during tax time with a few helpful tips.

We talked to the tax experts over at GBE and here’s what they want you to know. First and foremost, you need to understand the difference between being a W-2 employee and a 1099 contractor because the two groups are taxed very differently by the IRS.

What does it mean to be a W-2 employee?

Most healthcare staffing companies classify their travelers as W-2 employees. For travel nurses, this means you can enjoy applicable group benefits, such as a 401(k), health insurance, disability insurance, and life insurance. Additionally, your employer will deduct various state and federal taxes from your paycheck and directly send these taxes to the IRS on your behalf. As a W-2 employee, you’ll find your tax return will be fairly straightforward because you’ve been paying these taxes all year long.

So, what’s a 1099 contractor?

Then, there’s the 1099 contractor, which is an IRS classification primarily used for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. As a 1099 contractor, you can claim several tax deductions that W-2 employees cannot. To do so, however, you must track all your job-related expenses and income throughout the year. While the responsibility to report and pay your taxes falls on you, you could also reap the rewards in the form of a large refund check come spring.

Regardless of how you’re classified, you should also keep in mind the following tax essentials:

  • Keep a copy of all your travel contracts: Your contracts prove where you worked and for how long.
  • Prepare for tax season early: It’s easy to put off your taxes and record-keeping until the final deadline. However, try your best to stay ahead throughout the year to avoid unnecessary stress at tax time.
  • Retain all tax-related documents for at least seven years: When you do, you’ll be able to quickly prepare future or amended tax returns to the IRS.
  • Consider finding a tax expert to help you: Filing your taxes can be a difficult process to manage even when you aren’t constantly on the road for your job. A tax expert can ensure your tax return is done correctly and on time.
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Clinical Corner: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Performance Evaluations

By Melissa Nguyen, Medical Solutions Clinical Nurse Manager

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Here’s everything you need to know about performance reviews so you can come out on top!

Performance evaluations. As a traveler, you don’t have to worry about them anymore, right? Wrong! As a Clinical Nurse Manager to travel nurses, the majority of nurses I speak to are not aware of how frequently performance evaluations are given and how they can potentially impact their travel career. On average, nurses who work in permanent positions are given evaluations on a yearly basis. In contrast, travel nurses are evaluated after every assignment, which could mean up to four evaluations a year! So what do performance evaluations really mean to you and your travel career?

Performance evaluations give us feedback on how you represent Medical Solutions. There are 10 elements supervisors are asked to evaluate you on:

Adaptability (How quickly did you adapt to the assignment.)

Communication skills with your peers and managers

Communication skills with patients and families

Dependable/Punctuality (This is the number 1 reason travelers receive poor evaluations or ‘DNR’ evaluations)

Documentation

Assessment skills

Can you identify, develop and implement care plans?

Overall clinical skills

Overall job performance

Would they hire you again?

Poor performance evaluations or DNR (Do Not Rehire) evaluations could impact you long after that assignment. 

A DNR evaluation for some facilities will make you a DNR for their entire healthcare system. For example, you received a DNR evaluation from St. Mary Hospital, which is part of the XYZ Healthcare System. Now, you are not only a ‘Do Not Rehire’ for St. Mary Hospital, but you could also be a ‘Do Not Rehire’ for ALL XYZ hospitals.

A DNR evaluation may make you a ‘Do Not Rehire’ for Medical Solutions or put you on ‘Caution’ status.  Being placed on ‘Caution’ status means there have been issues with your performance and too many issues during future assignments will eventually lead to becoming a ‘Do Not Rehire’ for Medical Solutions.  A ‘Do Not Rehire’ with Medical Solutions means you will no longer be able to travel with the company.

On the other hand, you can be rewarded for outstanding evaluations. There are several awards that Medical Solutions offers for travelers who have exceptional evaluations.  Those include:

Traveler of the Month: You must receive a ‘Perfect Evaluation,’ where every element on the evaluation form receives the highest possible rating. One traveler will be chosen each month and will receive a $100 Visa or Amazon Card.

Rising Star of the Month: You must receive a ‘Perfect Evaluation’ AND be a first-time traveler.  One traveler will be chosen each month and receive a $50 Visa or Amazon Card.

If you are having issues or concerns while you are on assignment, you also have resources available to assist you.  For non-clinical concerns (for example, you are having issues with bullying behavior from other staff), it is imperative to notify your recruiter. For clinical concerns, there are Clinical Nurse Managers on staff who will help guide and advocate for you. If you find yourself concerned with something clinical in nature, notify your recruiter and they will have a Clinical Nurse Manager from Medical Solutions call you as soon as possible.

Staying on top of issues as they arise will prevent future issues that lead to poor evaluations. Here at Medical Solutions, we pride ourselves on advocating and supporting our travelers, so please reach out should you need any assistance while on assignment.  

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How Employee Appreciation Pays Off

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Meaningful employee recognition can lead to other positive outcomes.

When was the last time you said “thank you” to one of your nurses? These two simple words can have a lasting impact on your staff, which in turn, can trickle down to your facility’s patients. If your facility’s recognition program is a bit lackluster, you’ll need to take action and show your nurses you care. Here’s why employee appreciation is important: 

It affects patient care outcomes:

There’s plenty of evidence that supports the idea that happy nurses equal healthier patients. According to the American Nurses Association’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, a 25 percent increase in nurse job enjoyment over a two-year span was linked with an overall quality of care increase between 5 and 20 percent. Conversely, a National Institute of Nursing Research study found that as the proportion of nurses working shifts of more than 13 hours increased, patients’ dissatisfaction with care increased. While these results aren’t necessarily surprising, they do highlight the need for employers to invest in their healthcare professionals.

It increases staff morale:

According to a Gallup study, only one in three U.S. workers strongly agrees that they received recognition or praise for doing good work in the past seven days. That’s a problem because little to no recognition can cause staff morale to suffer. After all, your nurses went into healthcare to make a difference, and they deserve to be rewarded and recognized for their work. Additionally, meaningful employee recognition can often act as a morale booster and reinforce your facility’s positive workplace culture.

It boosts retention and recruitment efforts:

When your nurses are engaged at work, they’re less likely to leave, and that means higher retention rates. Likewise, these happy nurses are much more likely to encourage those in their professional network to apply for your facility’s open positions. This word-of-mouth can be a powerful recruitment tool and help you quickly find the experienced clinicians you need.

Acknowledging your top nurses’ work will make them feel valued and appreciated. In turn, this recognition can lead to other positive workplace outcomes.

What do you do to show your staff you appreciate them? Let us know in the comments below!

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State Spotlight: New Mexico

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Check out the brilliant red rock formations in northern New Mexico on your next assignment!

If traveling more was one of your New Year’s resolutions, then you’re in luck! This month’s State Spotlight takes us to notable New Mexico. The Land of Enchantment is known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. Read on to learn why New Mexico should be on your list for your next travel assignment!

Travel Nursing in New Mexico

Travel nurses have lots of opportunities to work and play in this beautiful Southwestern state. New Mexico is home to about 54 hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019/2020 Best Hospitals list. That includes the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is rated “High Performing” in four adult procedures/conditions. Other top hospitals in New Mexico include Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Hospital in Acoma and Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico Medical Center in Las Cruces. Plus, the best places to live in New Mexico are Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Las Cruces, according to Livability.com.

As for licensures, New Mexico is not a walk-through state; however, it is a compact and NURSYS state.

New Mexico Fast Facts

State Nickname: “Land of Enchantment”

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Capital: Santa Fe

Largest City: Albuquerque

National Parks: 3

National Forests: 7

State Parks: 32

State Motto: Crescit eundo (It grows as it goes)

State Flower: Yucca

State Tree: Piñon

State Animal: Black Bear

State Song: “O Fair New Mexico”

In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state to join the Union.

At 7,199 feet above sea level, Santa Fe is the highest state capital in the nation.

New Mexico has more PhDs per capita than any other state.

More than one-third of the land in New Mexico is protected by the federal government.

On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb exploded in the Jornada del Muerto desert in south-central New Mexico.

Roswell, New Mexico is famous as the site of an alleged 1947 UFO crash.

It is illegal in New Mexico to dance while wearing a sombrero.

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Colorful hot air balloons soar above Albuquerque every year during the International Balloon Fiesta.

New Mexico is home to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.

Famous people from New Mexico include Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Hilton hotel owner Conrad Hilton, actress Demi Moore, actor Val Kilmer, actor Neil Patrick Harris, singer/actress Demi Lovato, singer/songwriter John Denver, animator William Hanna, and artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

To Do & See in New Mexico

With plenty of picturesque views, it’s no wonder New Mexico is called “The Land of Enchantment.” Plus, the state is known for its comfortable weather and minimal rainfall, which means instant success for any outdoorsy excursions. Spend a day exploring the famous Glia Cliff Dwellings, once the home of the Tularosa Mogollon families. Other must-see spots include visiting the impressive Carlsbad Caverns and admiring the gorgeous views at White Sands National Park.

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Santa Fe is known for its art galleries, southwestern food, and scenic beauty.

For big-city adventures, look no further than Santa Fe. As the country’s third-largest art market, this gem of a city has been a favorite among art lovers for years. It’s also recently been recognized as one of the top travel destinations for 2020 by Conde Nast Traveler, and it’s easy to see why. You can relax and unwind in one of Santa Fe’s many celebrated spas, ski or hike around the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains, browse among the shops in the Santa Fe Plaza, or enjoy the sights and sounds at the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera House.

Plus, don’t forget to sample some of the state’s authentic Southwestern cuisine. The chile pepper is king here, so if you want to eat like a local, try the famous green chile cheeseburger, a bowl of posole, or a plate of red chile pork tamales.

Ready for your adventure to novel New Mexico?! Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in New Mexico! Or, search all jobs here.

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

Many thanks and congrats to the November 2019 Traveler of the Month, Dana B., and also our Rising Star winner, Cheyenne M.!

Traveler of the Month Dana, who is an OR technician, is currently on assignment in New York. Dana has been traveling with Medical Solutions for about two years now, and her award comes as no surprise to her recruiter Tom Huber.

“She has a great work ethic,” says Tom. “She is always willing to help, and every hospital she has been to absolutely loves her.”

Thanks for being such a great traveler, Dana!

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Rising Star of the Month for November 2019 Cheyenne M. and her husband.

Rising Star Cheyenne is an ER nurse and she works with Career Consultant Tyler Nieland. The Gracemont, Oklahoma native is currently on assignment in sunny Puerto Rico. Cheyenne has been a nurse for four years, with about one and a half years of travel nursing under her belt.

“My favorite part about traveling is that I get to be exposed to brilliant nurses from across the nation, learn new skills, and see different management styles,” says Cheyenne. “I have grown so much as a nurse because of traveling.”

And while she loves to explore her current island location with her husband and her dog, Dally, her first assignment in Charlotte, North Carolina still stands out.

“We were able to see so many new sights between the mountains and beach,” recalls Cheyenne. “What a variety!”

Her advice to new and aspiring travel nurses is direct.

“Be humble, patient, and always look for something new to learn,” recommends Cheyenne.

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions November 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. Dana and Cheyenne, we are so thankful to each of you for your awesome work!

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