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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.

Carriage Ride through Colonial Williamsburg

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?!

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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

Kim B RSotY 2017

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!

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

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Congrats to Traveler of the Month, Dawn K., who travels with her canine companion, the ever-adventurous Stuart!

Many thanks and congrats to the December 2017 Traveler of the Month, Dawn K., and also our Rising Star winner, Rich K.!

Traveler of the Month Dawn is an ICU/MICU RN working in Chandler, Arizona. She’s been an RN for 25 years and a Traveler for nearly a year now. Dawn works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Erin Ventura.

Dawn’s learned a lot and faced many challenges in her 25 years in nursing.

“When I first got out of nursing school in 1992, I worked in Pediatric BMT and a few years later on an adult BMT unit,” says Dawn. “It was probably one of my most challenging, yet fulfilling areas I’ve ever worked in.”

Ever since taking on the fulfilling, new challenge of Travel Nursing, Dawn’s travelled with a very special friend.

“I travel with a small dog named Stuart. He’s a two-year-old “teddy bear” or Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu mix,” says Dawn. “He loves riding in the car and checking out all the new places/smells where we go — great lil’ travel companion.”

Dawn loves that Travel Nursing gives her the chance to roam and explore.

“My favorite thing about Travel Nursing is getting to visit and spend three months experiencing life in a new place,” says Dawn. “I’ve described my traveling experiences to others as a perpetual vacation. I love venturing out on my days off to explore. In my short time as a Traveler, I’ve met some wonderful people — both inside and outside the hospital.”

Dawn shared some helpful tips for new and aspiring Travelers.

“My best advice to other Travelers is stay positive — don’t get stuck in the circumstances of a bad day. Take lots of deep breaths and move forward.”

She also advises Travelers to:

“Be open to new ways of doing things — the medical world is ever-changing and there is more than one thought/way to do things.”

“Be a strong communicator with your new colleagues and never be afraid to ask a question.”

Thank you for the great advice and for being such an awesome Traveler, Dawn!

Rising Star Rich is a Med-Surg RN who has been working with Medical Solutions for nearly a year now. He’s currently located in Winslow, Arizona and he works with Career Consultant Meg Smith, who had some really nice things to say about why he makes such an amazing Travel Nurse!

“Rich is flexible, kind and compassionate,” says Meg. “He takes his job very seriously and strives to be the best nurse he can be!”

Meg also has high praise for how great it is on her end as recruiter to work with Rich.

“Rich is always such a positive guy,” she says. “He is so easy to talk to and loves what he does — he is easy to work with and loves a good challenge!”

Thanks for all you do, Rich — we appreciate you!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions December 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Dawn and Rich, we are incredibly grateful for your strong commitment to providing superior patient care and your great 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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Clinical Corner: Combatting Compassion Fatigue

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Compassion fatigue can hit nurses hard. Strategies for combatting it are essential to your wellness and proper patient care!

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

Compassion fatigue is a real problem in today’s nursing staff. And even though it has been identified as an issue, compassion fatigue is often overlooked or ignored. This is an alarming fact!

Healthcare already suffers from a shortage of nurses, and to make matters worse, compassion fatigue is exhausting the nurses that we do have at the bedside. To combat this problem, it’s important to understand that compassion fatigue is more than just physical exhaustion. Compassion fatigue is emotional, physical, AND spiritual exhaustion resulting from caring for patients and witnessing the pain and suffering they are going through. This exhaustion is directly correlated with the diminished ability to provide compassionate care, a decrease in quality care, and decisions to leave the workplace all together. Despite these profound consequences, few institutions offer support for compassion fatigue.

Unresolved compassion fatigue not only influences the nurse, but it also affects organizations in terms of increases of absenteeism, performance issues, decreased quality care, interpersonal issues, and increased staff turnover. To intervene against these harmful effects, it becomes important for agencies that Travel Nurses are employed with and healthcare facilities to take a stand against compassion fatigue.

Strategies for preventing and managing compassion fatigue include a call for nurses to strive for and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Nurses must practice self-care and they need to focus on sustaining emotional health. One strategy to manage this problem is finding activities and practices that replenish, comfort, and rejuvenate the spirit. Activities may include physical exercise, journaling, reading, spending time with family — basically, anything that promotes rest and comfort. It may also be helpful for nurses to establish a method of shedding the professional role at the end of the day including rituals such as playing music at the completion of a shift, putting your stethoscope and equipment away, or simply reflecting on your drive home from work.

Perhaps the most important thing that nurses and facilities can do to contend with this problem is to endorse a keen sense of self-awareness. Realizing what you are feeling and when compassion fatigue is setting in can have a huge influence on minimizing the consequences of this neglected problem. Self-awareness requires open discussion and honesty. It may be helpful and beneficial for the nurse to discuss their feelings with other colleagues. In fact, most nurses prefer conversations with close friends or co-workers for support and feedback. The support that is provided through colleagues increases development of self-care strategies to stay physically and emotionally healthy. Adopting these strategies for healthy living is much easier when self-awareness is present. It takes less effort to combat compassion fatigue when you have the support that you need and the self-awareness to know when a problem exists. Ultimately, the key to keeping nurses at the bedside is to diminish any effects that compassion fatigue could have on our workforce.

Take care of yourself and your colleagues out there — and remember that your Career Consultant and Medical Solutions’ Clinical Team are always here to support you when you need us!

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Everybody Wins When You Share the Medical Solutions Love

Share the Love Social 300x300 - Everybody Wins When You Share the Medical Solutions LoveAt Medical Solutions, we believe that sharing is caring. That’s why we’re launching a “Share the Love” initiative. Starting February 14th to March 31st, you can help us spread love and goodwill by referring your friends to Medical Solutions. How?

Well, for every qualified nurse you refer, Medical Solutions will donate $50 to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Abel Protiva. Abel, who was born with a congenital heart defect, underwent a heart transplant when he was just four months old. Thanks to the efforts of his outstanding medical team, Abel is now a thriving 1-year-old. All donations given in Abel’s name will help pay for the medical costs associated with his surgery. You can learn more about this brave little boy’s amazing story or donate directly to COTA here.

Plus, when one of your friends accepts a Travel Nursing assignment with us and works at least 30 days, you get a $500 referral bonus. That’s right, an easy $500 to go toward your next adventure or maybe a “treat yourself” day. There’s also no limit to the number of referrals or bonuses you can receive.

When you think about it, this deal is just too good to keep to yourself. Your friend gets a cool new job, while you get $500 and the totally rewarding knowledge that you made a difference to a family in need. We also value your opinion, and we appreciate you helping us reach out to more stellar nurses like yourself.

Are you feeling the love? Help us share the Medical Solutions love today!

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State Spotlight: Arizona

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Sunrise at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim in amazing Arizona. Let your next Travel Nurse adventure take you there!

As frigid temps persist throughout much of the nation this winter, January’s State Spotlight takes us to amazing Arizona! The Grand Canyon State is a perfect option for Travelers, with its diverse, plentiful natural beauty and warm temps, seasonally driven need for healthcare staff, Traveler-friendly facilities, and an amazing assortment of things to do, see, and experience on your days off. Read on to find out why Travel Nursing in Arizona is a truly grand and unforgettable experience!

State of Arizona

Get to know The Grand Canyon State!

Travel Nursing in Arizona

Due in part to its status as a popular retirement state and place to winter, Arizona is a busy state for Travel Nurses. The Grand Canyon State consistently has lots of really great job opportunities for Travelers where they can build their skills and resume, while also having some amazing experiences on their days off. Arizona has everything from big city beaten paths to quiet desert moments in store for you.

Arizona is home to nearly 100 hospitals — six of which are nationally ranked in various adult and children’s specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report. That includes Phoenix’s Mayo Clinic Phoenix, which U.S. News & World Report ranked the #1 hospital in Arizona. Rounding out the top six overall hospitals in Arizona are: Phoenix’s Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, Tucson’s Banner University Medical Center Tucson, Phoenix’s Banner Estrella Medical Center, Flagstaff’s Flagstaff Medical Center, and Phoenix’s St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

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Just another gorgeous Arizona sunset at Horseshoe Bend!

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Arizona the #34 overall state on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report also ranked Arizona #12 among the top states for infrastructure, #19 for economy, and #28 for healthcare. Arizona is also known as having a low cost of living and Livability.com and Money Magazine have both ranked Scottsdale, Arizona as one of the best cities to live in the nation.

As for licensing, Arizona is a walk-through state, a NURSYS state, and a compact state under the new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact! Stay tuned here for more info on the NLC to eNLC transition. Click here for more info on licensing in Arizona.

Arizona Fast Facts

Saguaro Cactus in Bloom

A beautiful Saguaro Cactus in bloom!

State Nickname: The Grand Canyon State

Capital: Phoenix

Largest City: Phoenix

National Parks: 22

State Parks: 35

National Historic Landmarks: 45

State Motto: “Ditat Dues” meaning “God enriches”

State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom

State Tree: Palo Verde

State Amphibian: The Arizona Treefrog

State Gem: Turquoise

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Serene turquoise is Arizona’s state gem.

State Metal: Copper

State Bird: Cactus Wren

Arizona was the 48th state — the last in the contiguous U.S. to enter the union when it joined on February 14, 1912.

Pima cotton, Ping golf clubs, jet skis, the Miranda Warning (AKA Miranda Rights), endrochronology (AKA tree ring dating), TASERs, rubberized asphalt concrete, Keystone Kool Decks for swimming pools, and the humble and delicious chimichanga were all invented in Arizona.

The (former) planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Arizona is the largest copper producing state in the U.S.

The Navajo Nation in Arizona represent the largest Native American reservation in the nation. It covers more than 27,400 square miles throughout Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico — making it larger than 10 of the nation’s 50 states!

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Mystical, magical rock goddess Stevie Nicks is from Arizona!

Arizona is home to nearly 4,000 mountain peaks and summits.

Sells, Arizona is home to the world’s largest solar telescope at Kitts Peak National Observatory.

Southern Arizona sees sunshine 85% of the time!

Arizona is one of the Four Corners states — where you can stand in four states at once where the borders of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona meet.

It can take up to 50 years for a Saguaro Cactus to grow one arm, and they can grow to be up to 50 feet tall and live to be 200 years old.

Arizona, which is in Mountain Time, does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Arizona’s Grand Canyon is 227 miles long and a mile deep, with an average width of 10 miles.

The name Arizona is derived from a native phrase meaning “place of small springs.”

In the 20 years after air conditioning was made widely available, the number of Arizona residents nearly tripled.

The first barrel of U.S.-produced tequila came from San Andres Distillery in Nogales, Arizona in 1936.

Famous folks from Arizona include Stevie Nicks, Emma Stone, Linda Ronstadt, Gabby Giffords, Glen Campbell, Chief Geronimo, Cochise, Wyatt Earp, John McCain, Sandra Day O’Connor, David Spade, Steven Spielberg, Kerry Strug, Charles Mingus, Barry Goldwater, Alice Cooper, Tanya Tucker,

The metropolitan Phoenix area is home to about two-thirds of all Arizona residents.

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See the actual London Bridge in Arizona of all places. For real!

The bolo tie became Arizona’s official state neckwear in 1971.

Southeast of Flagstaff, Arizona is home to the Meteor Crater — a mile-long crater that came about when a meteor slammed into the Earth with the force of 150 atomic bombs some 50,000 years ago.

Skydive Arizona is the largest skydiving center in the world, boasting around 135,000 jumps each year.

The world’s largest rose bush is in Tombstone, Arizona. Planted in 1885, it has a circumference of 12 feet and covers an area of 9,000 square feet.

What happened to the London Bridge after it was famously falling down, falling down? It was reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona!

Arizona’s state fish, the Apache Trout, can only be found in the state’s White Mountain range. It exists nowhere else in the world.

To Do & See in Arizona

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Slot Canyon is a sight to be seen!

Arizona is known as one of the nation’s literal hotspots. There’s so much variety in landscape, natural beauty, urban excitement, and things to do and see there!

On the urban tip, Arizona’s largest cities include Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Gilbert, and Tempe — offering all kinds of great entertainment, dining, shopping, art, culture, nightlife, and more.

Phoenix, Arizona’s capital and largest city, boast Camelback Mountain, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo, Piestewa Peak, South Mountain Park, Head Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum, Arizona Science Center, Papago Park, and so much more!

Fans of “America’s Pastime” will be interested in Mesa, Arizona, where some 10 Major League Baseball squads do spring training and compete in the Arizona Cactus League. Sports at-large fan will also want to take in a game or two with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, and Phoenix Mercury. Golf lovers will also be quite pleased to hit the links in the golf-friendly state!

Deep Fried Beef Chimichanga Burrito

The humble and delicious chimichanga originated in Arizona!

Arizona also offers unique, delicious cuisine with a heavy Mexican and Native American influence, like posole, Navajo tacos, chimichangas, Piki bread, Sonoran hot dogs, tamales, Eegees’ ranch fries, cheese crisps, elotes, and more varieties of salsa than you can shake a stick at. Wash it all down with an ice-cold glass of sun tea or a prickly pear cactus margarita and you’ll be living like a true Arizonian!

Adventurers will jump at the chance to try skydiving, and what better place than Skydive Arizona — the largest skydiving center in the world, located in the scenic Sonoran Desert between Phoenix and Tucson. If you’d really like to enjoy the view but aren’t ready to take the leap, try a helicopter or hot air balloon ride. There’s no better, more adventurous way to see Arizona’s gorgeous landscape!

When it comes the outdoors, The Grand Canyon is an absolute must-see when it comes to taking an assignment in Arizona. Additionally, you may want to check out the magical red rocks of Sedona, majestic Monument Valley, and the sensational Sonoran Desert, with it’s almost otherworldly flora and fauna. Not to mention Havasu Falls, Antelope Canyon, Petrified Forest National Park, Lake Mead, Oak Creek Canyon, Saguaro National Park, and so many other gorgeous natural attractions. Rock climbing, hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding — if you want outdoors adventure, Arizona will deliver and the weather’s almost certain to be sunny!

Ready for your adventure to The Grand Canyon State?!

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

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Get on the road to your next Travel Nursing adventure in Arizona!

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United Healthcare Discounts for Travelers

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Save more pennies for a rainy day with United Healthcare discounts for Travelers!

Health insurance … what a fun topic these days, right?! Maybe not so much, but what is fun is the fact that those who take insurance through Medical Solutions are entitled to get in on several United Healthcare discounts for Travelers!

We offer our Travelers day one medical insurance through United Healthcare that starts at just $16 per week for a single, basic policy — as well as day one dental and vision benefits. But, like the proverbial cherry on top of that delicious benefits sundae, United Healthcare discounts for Travelers make a good thing even better!

UHC’s health discount program can help you save 10-50 percent on health and wellness products and services that you already pay for out of pocket.

For those who elect to take Medical Solutions’ healthcare insurance, here are some of the ways you can save.

Visit a participating provider and save on:

  • Dental care — Cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening.
  • Vision care — Laser eye surgery.
  • Alternative care — Acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage therapy.
  • Long-term care services — Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and respite programs.
  • Infertility treatment — Infertility support services.
  • Hearing aids — Choose from brand-name manufacturers.

Additionally, you can save on wellness products and programs, including:

  • Weight management programs.
  • Nutrition counseling.
  • New memberships at fitness clubs including Anytime Fitness®, Curves®, Gold’s Gym®, Jazzercise®, MyGym® and Snap Fitness®.
  • Fitness equipment and apparel.
  • Groceries and nutrition.
  • Stress reduction and relaxation.
  • Smoking cessation.

Visit UnitedHealthAllies.com to sign up/register or for more information on the discounts available to you as a Medical Solutions Traveler with United Healthcare coverage. If you need help with the UHC health discount program or have questions, call 1.800.860.8773.

But wait — there’s more! In addition to UHC’s standing health discount program, you can also take advantage of a new partnership by UHC and Amazon that aims to offer you discounts on everyday health products in the following categories:

  • Allergy
  • Cough and cold
  • Fitness
  • Healthy living
  • Healthy snacks
  • Oral care
  • Pain relief
  • Stomach remedies
  • Vitamins and supplements

This is part of a new pilot program that will run through March 31, 2018, offering an additional 10 percent off eligible health and wellness products. Visit Amazon.com/UnitedHealthcare to opt in, learn more, and save now on Amazon!

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Nominate YOUR Career Consultant for 2017 Recruiter of the Year!

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Nominate YOUR Career Consultant for 2017 Recruiter of the Year!

The year 2018 is well underway, but there’s one last matter of 2017 business to attend to — and we need your help to do it! Nominate your Career Consultant for 2017 Recruiter of the Year and help recognize him or her for everything they do to help you build the career of your dreams.

Now through February 5, 2018, we want you to tell us why YOUR Career Consultant is the top dog, the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas … the wind beneath your well-traveled wings.

In February, we’ll announce two winners for Medical Solutions’ 2017 Recruiter of the Year award — as well as our Traveler of the Year and Rising Star of the Year winners!

Last year we recognized Career Consultants Stephanie B. and Jon L. as Recruiter of the Year winners. Travelers Joe W. and Trish O. were recognized with awards indicating what outstanding Travelers they are. You can learn more about 2016’s winning Travelers and Career Consultants here.

We can’t wait to hear from our awesome Travelers and to crown all the well-deserving 2017 winners! Thanks so much for taking the time to nominate YOUR amazing Career Consultant.

Click here now to nominate your Career Consultant for 2017 Recruiter of the Year!    

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

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Traveler of the Month, Judy H., embraces adventure and the great outdoors!

Many thanks and congrats to the November 2017 Traveler of the Month, Judy H., and also our Rising Star winner, Fernanda D.!

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Judy enjoys the water!

Traveler of the Month Judy is an OR RN working in Coupeville, Washington on beautiful Whidbey Island just outside of Seattle. She’s been an RN for 13 years, 12 of them in surgery, and just completed her first full year as a Traveler. Judy works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Doug Rowe, who she wanted to give a shout-out and a BIG thanks to.

“He has been amazing and ALWAYS has my back,” she says.

“My favorite location so far is my current assignment on Whidbey Island,” says Judy. “Medical Solutions provided me with a house that looks out on to the Puget Sound. I have seen orcas, eagles, seals, and amazing sunrises. The Island is gorgeous and has lots to see and do without having to travel long distances. It’s also close to Seattle if you want to hop on the ferry and spend a weekend at Pikes Place Market.”

Judy travels solo but her family and friends have a standing invitation to come visit her, which is a treat for all.

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Judy enjoys the view!

“My son Tyler visited me in Oregon and will be coming out in March for some charter fishing and a trip to Victoria, BC,” she says. “I can’t wait!”

Judy says she likes to take advantage of life and all it has to offer.

“I’m not extreme in any way, shape, or form but I’m always up for an new challenge, even the little ones,” she says. “My favorite thing about Travel Nursing is being able to see our amazing country and spend time doing things with new friends and fellow Travelers.

Judy shared some excellent advice for new and aspiring Travelers:

“Be flexible!!! Take advantage of new learning opportunities. Be kind to others and remember that a ‘Please’ and a ‘Thank You’ can go a long way. Take care of yourself and enjoy life,” she says.

Thank you for the great advice, kind words, and for being such an awesome Traveler, Judy!

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Rising Star of the Month, Fernanda, explores Salt Lake City with her husband, Aaron.

Rising Star Fernanda is an RN, BSN working in Labor and Delivery who’s been in nursing for about two years and traveling for about six months. She’s currently on assignment in Ronan, Montana, and she works with Career Consultant Aaron Bogren.

This is only my second location, but I’m really enjoying Montana,” says Fernanda. “The views here are incredible and this Arkansas girl loves the snow!”

Fernanda travels with quite the crew, so she gets to experience all her adventures with them.

“The traveling team includes my super hot, super smart husband, Aaron, and our two doggos, Charlie and Ollie,” says Fernanda. “I love experiencing other parts of the country, experiencing different cultures, opening my mind to new things, and doing it all with my best friend.”

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Rock on, SLC!

Fernanda’s fantastic advice for new and aspiring Travelers is to “just have a good attitude and greet everyone with a smile and respect, no matter if it’s the CEO or maintenance — everyone matters!”

Thanks for the awesome advice, great work, and for sharing your story, Fernanda!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions November 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Judy and Fernanda, we are so thankful for your incredible commitment to providing superior patient care and your strong 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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Fernanda and the doggos explore the gorgeous Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.