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2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest

2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest

Click here for more details or to enter the 2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest.

Each year, in celebration of Nurses Week, May 6-12, Medical Solutions hosts the Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest.

The scholarship awards are even larger this year, thanks to additional sponsorship from Medical Solutions’ RN to BSN Academy partner, Nebraska Methodist College. That means that three outstanding undergraduate or postgraduate nurse scholars will each receive $2,000 to go towards their education costs.

The 2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest is provided in an effort to help promote the education of future nurses, nurse leaders and educators. We believe that nurse education is hugely important when it comes to addressing the nursing shortage!

In addition to good academic standing and other criteria, entrants will write a 250-word essay answering the question: What does being a patient advocate mean to you?

Click here to learn more about the 2015 Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest. And be sure to share this great opportunity with all the nurse scholars you know!

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Happy Nurses Week 2015 from Medical Solutions!

Happy Nurses Week 2015 from Medical Solutions!

Happy Nurses Week 2015 from Medical Solutions! Click here to join in the Nurses Week fun.

It’s that time of year again — time to celebrate all of the hard work, dedication, and skill displayed by nurses everywhere!

National Nurses Week is each year, May 6-12, ending on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. It’s a great opportunity for nurses to get showered with love, props, and appreciation for everything they do.

Medical Solutions works to make sure you’re recognized for your awesomeness all throughout the year, but it is especially fun to celebrate National Nurses Week with you. We want to thank you so much for everything you do for your patients, colleagues, and the healthcare industry as a whole. Nurses like you are truly our heroes!

In celebration of you and your fellow nurses, we’ve planned some fun, interactive happenings at WeLoveOurNurses.com. Here’s what Medical Solutions has on tap for Nurses Week 2015:

The Real Nurses of Nurses Week

Back by popular demand is this live Instagram feed of nurses from throughout the world. Check out photos from other nurses and be sure to share yours with the hashtag #yournursesweek for the chance to win one of the following prizes:

Fourth Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity is back for a fourth year with one change … a bigger scholarship fund! In order to help support the development of the next generation of nurses, nurses leaders and educators, three lucky undergraduate or postgraduate nurse scholars will each win $2000 to help with their education costs. Entries will be accepted here through June 6, 2015.

Nurses Week eCards

Enjoy these free shareable and downloadable cards in celebration of Nurses Week. You can post them on Facebook, tag your friends, and download them to share via email or through other social sites.

Nurses House 

Medical Solutions supports this national fund for nurses in need, and has started a team fundraising page for their annual Nurses Week effort, Dolphins for Nurses. Many Travelers have told us that they wanted to give back for Nurses Week, so we invite you to join the team and help support Nurses House. Click here to learn more or to donate.

Again, Happy Nurses Week, thank you so much for all that you do, and don’t forget to visit WeLoveOurNurses.com to have some fun this week. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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Planet Water Project 24 Update

Planet Water Medical Solutions Tower

Lek Seihak, Planet Water’s Program Manager for Cambodia, leads the implementation of education programming. Here he teaches children and teachers about the water system.

Last month we let you know about Medical Solutions’ sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 — a celebration of World Water Day. You can revisit that blog here to get the full story about Planet Water Foundation’s efforts to erect 24 clean water filtration systems in 24 impoverished communities in just 24 hours.

We can happily report that Project 24 was a great success in bringing clean water to so many folks in need! As nurses know, clean water goes a very long way in terms of preventing and treating serious waterborne diseases and other health issues caused or exacerbated by unsanitary water.

The Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration went up Sunday, March 22nd, at 2 p.m. EST, at the Watslatromchey Primary School in the Cambodian Village of Preah Kau.

“The education program has now been implemented at the school,” says Carolina Bravo, Manager of Partnership Development for Planet Water.  “Our team will return to the site every four months over the course of the next five years to implement our sustainability program and to check the system to ensure everything is functioning correctly.”

Planet Water shared these great photos of Preah Kau’s schoolchildren learning about and enjoying their new, clean water source.

Medical Solutions Planet Water Tank

Medical Solutions Planet Water Tank

Medical Solutions Planet Water Tank

Medical Solutions Planet Water Tank

You can learn more and view the video of the tower installation at the Medical Solutions’ Project 24 microsite. You can also still donate there, if you choose. Project 24 was a success, but there is still a lot more to be done in ensuring clean water and all of the health benefits it brings for everyone across the globe.

Click here to read more about Medical Solutions’ ongoing commitment to Planet Water’s awesome mission.

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Traveler Tips for Travel Nurses

Medical Solutions Traveler Tips for Travel Nurses

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No matter where you’re at in your professional Travel Nursing journey, the sage advice of industry experts can be a huge help as your career moves forward.

And who better to offer Travel Nursing advice than the true experts — fellow Travelers who are out there in the field!

That’s why we put together Travel Tips for Travel Nurses — an awesome assemblage of advice from Travelers that lets you learn from their mistakes and successes.

These are priceless tips for Travel Nurses by Travel Nurses.

The advice includes 11 tips from Medical Solutions Clinical Nurse Manager, Joe B., RN, Alumnus CCRN and former Traveler, as well as many more from actual Medical Solutions Travelers who’ve received perfect hospital evaluations and won the Traveler of the Month or Rising Star awards.

Here are few quick examples of the road-tested wisdom of Medical Solutions’ top Travelers:

Adapt to new coworkers and facilities. 

“The job not only requires knowledge in nursing, but an ability to assimilate with other people and organizational structures. My career as a traveling nurse has given me a whole new life that I highly recommend for others.”

—    Traveler Nina C., Traveler of the Month March 2014

Ask for help.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help — all those stories of hospital staff disliking Travelers are not true 99% of the time; they like the extra help. Be adventurous and enjoy your temporary new home.”

—    Traveler Danielle A., Traveler of the Month July 2014

Make time for adventure.

“You’re a Travel Nurse, so travel! Check out as many sights as you can! I know you are tired after 3-plus 12-hour shifts, but there is life to live. So whether that means relaxing in a coffee shop, taking a hike on the ocean hillsides, or exploring a new neighborhood in town, get going! Adventure is out there!”

—    Traveler Dan A., Traveler of the Month August 2014 

For more great advice visit the Traveler Tips slideshow here, where we’ll continue to add tips from our Traveler of the Month and Rising Star winners.

You can also save this handy PDF version or print it — especially if you’re a crossword fan and want to complete Travel Nurse-themed puzzle at the end!

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Congrats to February 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Excellence compass

Congrats to Traveler of the Month Kevin L. and Rising Star Evelyn K.!

What pair shares a commitment to awesome patient care and has first names with a shared rhyming sound, too? That would be February 2015 Traveler of the Month, Kevin L., and our Rising Star winner, Evelyn K.

Congrats “Kev” and “Ev”!

Traveler of the Month Kevin is an RN working primarily in the Operating Room. He’s been an RN for 29 years, a Travel Nurse for the past 10 years, and works with Career Consultant Stephanie B. Kevin is also a veteran, having retired from the U.S. Navy in 2000.

Kevin typically takes assignments in the Southeastern United States, but he is currently working in Northern California. He travels with his wife, Maria, who is an RN working in ICU/PACU/ER.

“Clermont, Florida was our best assignment because it had good people, was a good location, and there was lots to do,” says Kevin.

Kevin says that what he and Maria like most about Travel Nursing is “the freedom to come and go as we like, take time off when we want and travel.”

Medical Solutions Travel Nurses Kevin and Maria

Cheers to you, Kevin and Maria!

Kevin’s advice to others is to research future assignments online and to ask yourself, “What do you want to accomplish while on assignment?”

Whether your goals are professional development, recreation, sightseeing, etc., Kevin says going in with a clear vision of what you want out of an assignment is helpful.

“Keep an open mind, be positive, and listen more than you speak initially,” Kevin also advises.

Rising Star winner Evelyn is an OR RN with more than 15 years of experience.

“Evelyn is a very passionate nurse,” says her Career Consultant Drew H. “She was inspired to travel by her son, Mario, who was previously a top notch Traveler himself.”

In fact, Drew says Evelyn took her most recent assignment in the Dallas area to be close to her son.

Drew’s been working with Evelyn for nearly a year and says that their relationship has been an absolute pleasure due to Evelyn’s work ethic and unparalleled dedication to excellence.

“Every step of the way, from gathering paperwork, to providing excellent patient care in the hospital, Evelyn represented herself and Medical Solutions as an exemplary nurse, worthy of every perfect evaluation she received,” he says.

Drew adds that Evelyn has been an inspiration to him.

“Evelyn has a fantastic disposition but the true value she brings to everyone she works with, including myself, is her humble and inspiring commitment to diligence and desire to lead by example,” says Drew. “Moving forward, I’m personally thrilled about the prospect of helping Evelyn write the next chapter in her ever-growing success story. Any hospital would be lucky, as I am, to have Evelyn join their team, and I feel blessed to know someone like her. “

Thank you, Kevin and Evelyn, for your commitment to excellent patient care!

What does it take to become a Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Experienced Nurses Needed for Roundup River Ranch Medical Team

Roundup River Ranch LogoTravel Nurses get to experience all kinds of new locations and awesome adventures. But has a job ever given you the opportunity to go back to camp?!

Now’s your chance, because experienced nurses are needed for a wet, hot, rewarding American summer at the Roundup River Ranch in Gypsum, Colorado. ER specialty is particularly needed and pediatric experience is a plus for nurse staff positions, but there are also many volunteer opportunities for nurses in other specialties as well as people in other professions.

Roundup River Ranch, originally envisioned by actor Paul Newman, offers an old-fashioned, camp experience for children suffering from serious illnesses and their families. It gives them an invaluable chance to disconnect from being a patient and to reconnect with being a kid. They also benefit from the important healing power of happiness, laughter, and cultivating new friendships, all while having experiences that may have otherwise seemed off limits to them. Even better, this camp is provided free of charge to the kids and their families.

RRR Joy

While fun is the focus at Roundup River Ranch, the medical needs of the campers must also be met by professional, trained staff.

That’s where amazing summer staff and volunteers come in!

Roundup River Ranch Camper

A happy camper at the Roundup River Ranch!

Besides being a wonderful cause and a great use of your clinical skills, Roundup River Ranch also offers a great time, gorgeous location, and classic summer camp experience for its medical staff. Just imagine your “unit” is located in a gorgeous mountain valley! Click here to read about the medical care and facilities.

Positions at the Roundup River Ranch are not staffed through Medical Solutions. We just think this is a great opportunity for nurses and wanted to share it with you! As a Travel Nurse, it’s one you could easily take advantage of in between contracts without missing a beat.

To learn more, apply to be summer staff, or volunteer, please contact Roundup River Ranch’s Nursing Director, Lauren Andersen, BSN, RN, CEN at lauren@roundupriverranch.org or by calling 970.524.5711.

Visit RoundupRiverRanch.org to learn more about this amazing camp experience.

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Celebrate Nurses Week 2015 with Medical Solutions

Celebrate Nurses Week 2015 with Medical SolutionsWith every blossoming flower and every emerging leaf we’re getting closer to May and the annual celebration of nurses everywhere — National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

We’re very excited to recognize you and would like to cordially invite you to celebrate Nurses Week 2015 with Medical Solutions! Here’s a bit about this year’s festivities at WeLoveOurNurses.com:

The Real Nurses of Nurses Week

See and share with this live Instagram feed of nurses from across the globe. Don’t forget to hashtag your photos #yournursesweek.

Nurses of Tomorrow

The fourth annual Nurses of Tomorrow scholarship means more than ever in 2015 — literally. With the help of our amazing RN to BSN Academy partner, Nebraska Methodist College, this year’s scholarships have increased to $2000 for three lucky winners.

Shareable e-Cards

Post Your Nurses Week e-Cards on Facebook — and be sure to tag your friends and colleagues! You can also download and email these festive greetings.

Nurses House Charity

Learn more about Nurses House, a national fund for nurses in need.

Feel free to stop by WeLoveOurNurses.com any time to learn more and get ready to celebrate Nurses Week 2015 with Medical Solutions. Now, just a couple more weeks to wait for the big celebration!

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

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

Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 for World Water Day, Sunday, March 22.

More than most, nurses understand that access to clean, safe water has major importance when it comes to health. Wherever you live or travel to in the U.S., most Americans are lucky enough to have access to a safe supply of water. But for many others throughout the world, the lack of safe access to that most valuable of resources, can be the source of illness, suffering, and even death.

Just as you work every day on the job to keep your patients healthy and their hearts beating, Planet Water Foundation strives to bring clean water to disadvantaged communities worldwide by installing community-based water filtration systems and providing educational programs on water health and hygiene. Efforts are often focused near schools, catering to children but making a huge impact community-wide.

This year on World Water Day, Sunday, March 22, Medical Solutions proudly sponsors Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24.

In response to heartbreaking statistics like the fact that every 24 hours 4000 children worldwide die from water-related illnesses, the mission of Project 24 is “to move the hands of time forward in 24 impoverished communities by installing and commissioning 24 clean water filtration systems in just 24 hours.”

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

Without access to clean water, a young girl from Preah Kau collects water from an open well.

On Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. (EST) the Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration system will go up at the Watslatromchey Primary School in the Cambodian village of Preah Kau, providing access to clean water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning to 122 students, 145 households, and 794 other beneficiaries in the small, rural village.

The installation in Preah Kau will be webcast live via Medical Solutions’ Project 24 sponsor site, where you can also learn more about the village and even donate with us, if you choose.

Sponsoring Project 24 is part of an ongoing commitment for Medical Solutions. In 2012, we sponsored Planet Water’s delivery of two clean water filtration systems — one on behalf of our company, and the other in honor of our wonderful Travelers — to the Cambodia village of Phnov. Click here to learn more about the 2012 effort.

Don’t forget to visit Medical Solutions’ Project 24 sponsor site here to learn more about the effort, watch the live webcast on World Water Day, find out how you can help, and more.

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

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Congrats to January 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Medical Solutions Rising Star Travel Nurse Arlene M

January Rising Star Winner Arlene shows off her acrobatic talents in downtown Fort Worth.

Congrats and thanks to the January 2015 Traveler of the Month, Robin B., and also our Rising Star winner, Arlene M.

Traveler of the Month Robin is an ER RN who has been with Medical Solutions since June 2014. Robin just wrapped up an assignment in western Michigan.

Robin’s Career Consultant Jake Zoucha has only the best things to say about her demeanor and her commitment to providing great patient care,

“Robin is a very calm person, easy to work with, very much a patient advocate, very caring and highly skilled,” says Jake. “She’s so nice she even baked me some banana bread and sent it to me after I talked to her about how much I loved it. I told her my grandma used to put cherries in hers, and so she tried it and sent it to me. It was delicious!”

Medical Solutions Rising Star Travel Nurse Arlene M

Adventures with Arlene: The 7th Street Bridge between downtown Fort Worth and the cultural district.

Rising Star winner Arlene is a Progressive Care/Telemetry RN with three years’ nursing experience who just completed her first assignment in the Fort Worth, Texas area.

I have loved my experience in Fort Worth,” she says. “I recently completed my assignment there and enjoyed every bit of it.”

Arlene began Travel Nursing flying solo, but recently rescued a dog from the Humane Society who she says is now her “friendly companion in travel.”

“The idea of walking into the unknown can be scary, but at the same time the adventure of it is exhilarating. Meeting new people and discovering new places is most fun,” says Arlene.

Arlene’s #1 tip for new Travelers is to “be mentally prepared for whatever comes your way.”

Medical Solutions Rising Star Travel Nurse Arlene M

Adventures with Arlene: Fort Worth Zoo edition!

“Having to get accustomed to a new environment and way of doing things may seem challenging at first,” she says, “but essentially, you’re a nurse and you can do anything!”

Thanks and congrats to Robin and Arlene! We truly appreciate you and everything you do in the name of healthcare and adventure.

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers! Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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Super Awesome Nurse T-Shirt Contest WINNER

Announcing Super Awesome Nurse T-Shirt Slogan Contest Winner

Done and done, for the Super Awesome Nurse T-Shirt Slogan Contest Winner, Mallory B.!

A new tastemaker has emerged in the high stakes world of t-shirt high fashion … and that would be Medical Solutions Traveler and Super Awesome Nurse T-shirt Slogan Contest winner, Mallory B.!

In February, we invited all of you to enter the Super Awesome Nurse T-shirt Slogan Contest, for the chance to create the new Medical Solutions t-shirt, which will be given out to Travelers for the next year and featured at MedicalSolutions.com.

Mallory’s winning slogan, as you can imagine, is pretty super awesome:

“North, South, East, or West, Travel Nurses do it Best”

In addition to having her slogan featured on Medical Solutions’ website and Traveler t-shirts for the next year, Mallory will also receive a $100 Amazon gift card and 25 t-shirts bearing her slogan that she can share with friends and fellow Travel Nurses.

It was a blast to go through all of your great slogan suggestions — they were truly super awesome, and many of them were super funny to boot. Thanks so much to all of you wonderful Travelers who entered, and even though Mallory took the t-shirt crown as Super Awesome Nurse T-shirt Slogan Contest Winner, we really do think you’re all winners!