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Holiday Working Bonus is Almost Here

Holiday-Working-Bonus-blogWhether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, the Winter Solstice, or even Festivus, the Holidays are a time packed with more sweet treats than you can shake a candy cane at. Well guess what? We are making your holidays even sweeter this year with the Holiday Working Bonus, which gives you a chance to win a prize for working certain Holidays.

We know that working over the Holidays takes away from time you could be spending with friends and family, but we also appreciate your dedication, as always, and want to reward you for working Holiday shifts. For every qualifying Holiday you work this season — that’s Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day — you will get an entry into a grand prize drawing to win a brand new Apple iPad Air! Each Holiday will have a unique drawing, so this gives you up to four chances to win.

How sweet it is to work for Medical Solutions, yeah?

Click here for full details on this sweet deal.

And once again, we appreciate you holding down the hospital fort while visions of sugarplums dance in folks’ heads!


Medical Solutions Statement on MTV’s “Scrubbing In”

ScrubbIn CastA few months ago we heard that MTV was going to be making a reality show that focused on Travel Nurses. Originally titled “Nurse Nation” and later changed to “Scrubbing In,” we were cautiously optimistic about the new show. As a Travel Nurse agency we were excited about the possibility that this new program would shine a light on the hard work of nurses within the travel industry, as well as other related topics such as the nurse shortage and the importance of patient care and safe nurse to patient ratios.

Now that we’ve been able to watch a couple of episodes of the highly publicized show we felt the need to express our disappointment in this show’s portrayal of Travel Nurses. As an agency that works hard to serve our Travelers and create lasting, personal bonds with them, we are disheartened by this portrayal and want to express that this is not how we think Travel Nurses should be shown as it is not representative of the hard-working, focused Travelers that we work with.

Beyond that we want to emphasize the point that what you see on “Scrubbing In” is not what we do nor does it reflect the high caliber of Travelers that we staff at Medical Solutions. We accept only the most qualified and professional Travelers, and send them through a 28-point screening process that covers professional, license, education, background, identification, and health requirements. We know that safe patient care depends on the Travelers we staff, and by extension, that it depends upon us.

As far as the personal off-the-job choices made by the cast, we do not judge them for that. But on the job some of the things depicted in the show, such as Travel Nurses arriving on a job without proper licensing or playing around out of their unit, would not fly with our highly professional Career Consultants and Travelers.

We hope that “Scrubbing In” goes on to portray more of the cast practicing nursing and less drama and, as the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) called it, “demeaning” footage of the featured Travel Nurses.

NACNS has joined National Nurses United, American Nurses Association, Canadian Nurses Association and a petition on in urging MTV to cancel the show. NACNS President Carol Manchester wrote, “This program portrays nurses in a disrespectful and unfair light for purely salacious purposes.  We urge you in the strongest possible terms to cancel it. As the largest group of health care professionals, nurses are central to providing and improving our nation’s health care. As you must be aware, the United States is facing a shortage of nurses and there are efforts underway across the country to encourage young people to enter nursing and increase enrollment in nursing schools. A television program that intentionally reinforces negative and antiquated stereotypes about nurses and that shows them in the worst possible light does nothing to support those efforts, and, in fact, serves to do the opposite.”

And it’s not just nurses who think the show is a miss, AJ Marechal, TV Reporter for Variety, said that the show, “struggles tonally, as scenes of the nurses working with sick patients are largely overshadowed by pointless, aggressive arguments between cast members.”

If any of our readers have watched the show, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments!



Congrats to September’s Nurse of the Month and Rising Star!

winning businessmanLet’s hear it for Medical Solutions September 2013 Nurse of the Month, Julianne D., and also for our Rising Star winner, Darlene K.!

Julianne is currently on assignment in Pennsylvania, has been in nursing for 13 years, and has completed 14 assignments with us with no terminations.

“I left the cardiac cath lab in Delaware to begin my travel adventure,” says Julianne. “A friend and I traveled to the same or close assignments for the first two years. The last 5 years I’ve continued exploring the country on my own. My favorite location was Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was beautiful in wintertime — snow covered mountains surround the city; plenty of skiing available.”

She also told us that her favorite thing about traveling is being able to pick up and change her location as needed, such as five years ago when her stepfather was ill and she was able to take an assignment an hour away from him and her mom. She also adds, “I love the mountains [and being] able to go where my interests and hobbies can be found.”

September Rising Star Darlene is being recognized for her first assignment in Kansas City where she fulfilled two 13-week contracts. She may be new to traveling but she got her first nursing license in 1985 in Illinois. She later went on to practice in Missouri for 10 years, among things.

Darlene says Kansas City is her favorite place to work: “My sister, her family, and many cousins live in the area and it was great being able to visit with them over the past six months. The excitement that a large city brings is exhilarating. I had ample time to explore the museums, fountains, drive-in movies, and go to a Royals baseball game.”

Her favorite thing about travel nursing is being able to live in areas she may not have been able to check  out as well just via a vacation.

“The ability to get to know the culture, the people, and the everyday things that makes each locale special becomes richer, than just being a tourist to the area,” says Darlene. “Having opportunities to work in different facilities enhances our nursing skills and leads to better adaptability to the ever-changing health care needs.”

Congrats to September’s Nurse of the Month and Rising Star winners — sounds like you are doing it right both on and off the job, and we appreciate your excellence!

For more details on our Traveling Nurse of the Month program, click here.


Medical Solutions Opens New Online Store, Stitches!

StitchesAt Medical Solutions, we love sending our Travelers all kinds of fun gear, or as the kids call it these days, “swag.”

We’ve created so much great apparel — from t-shirts and hoodies, to hats, scrubs, and more — that our office was starting to overflow from it all! Plus, Travelers loved our Medical Solutions gear so much that they wanted access to more. So, we decided to create an online store, called Stitches, where Travelers could go to find the latest in Medical Solutions swag.

Stitches features a variety of gear that makes great gifts for yourself, the nurse in your life, or anybody who appreciates creative, quality goods. Available now at Stitches are ball caps and stocking caps, hilarious nurse-themed t-shirts, polos, hoodies, jackets, coffee cups, pet gear, water bottles, lunch bags, scrubs, and more.

We want Stitches’ gear to remain affordable for you, so we are running the store without making any profit off of it. Of course, we have to cover the production and vendor costs, but outside of those we are offering these items to our customers with no additional markup.

Want to hear something even more awesome? Medical Solutions will donate $500 to Habitat for Humanity after Stitches receives its 50th order.

Click here to head on over to Stitches and get started filling your virtual shopping cart. I highly recommend the Bigfoot T-shirt that compels you to “Always Believe in Yourself.”


Medical Solutions’ Scott Anderson Named to Staffing Top 100

Congrats, Scott, for being included in the 2013 Staffing Top 100!

Congrats, Scott, for being included in the 2013 Staffing Top 100!

We are super duper happy to share the news that our co-founder, CEO, CFO, fearless leader, and all-around great guy, Scott Anderson, has been named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ Staffing 100 list for 2013. Congrats, Scott! We think you are just the bee’s knees and it’s great for you to be recognized on such an important list.

According to Staffing Industry Analysts, this list features, “The 100 most influential people in the staffing industry.”

Scott’s page on the Top 100 reads, “As co-founder and head of Medical Solutions L.L.C., Scott Anderson has taken the company to new heights. Under Anderson’s leadership, Medical Solutions was among the first staffing companies to achieve The Joint Commission healthcare staffing services certification. With its acquisition of On Assignment’s travel nurse division in February 2013, Medical Solutions became the third-largest travel nurse provider in the U.S. It was named a Best Staffing Firm to Work For by Staffing Industry Analysts in 2012 and 2013, among other accolades. Anderson also serves on the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics board.”

Anderson is ever-humble regarding this mega-honor, saying, “I’m so honored to be recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts. However, the real credit should be given to our great staff and nurses who have established a culture and commitment to service that allows Medical Solutions to thrive in the industry and set a solid example for others.”

For he’s a jolly good fellow, indeed. Congrats again, Scott. And thank you so much for all that you do for Medical Solutions, its employees and Travelers, and the healthcare staffing industry in general!


Happy Travel Nurses Day!

facebook--i-am-a-travel-nurseHey everybody, it’s finally here — Happy Travel Nurses Day! In the words of the wise Madonna Ciccone: “Holiday! Celebrate!”

Today, Friday, October 11, 2013, is the inaugural Travel Nurses Day and we are so excited to celebrate with you. Medical Solutions decided there was a need for you and all the other hardworking Travel Nurses out there to have your very own day to celebrate. Such a unique career that benefits so many patients and families definitely deserves its very own unique day.

As part of your festivities be sure to visit where you can play games and enter the grand prize raffle. Fifteen lucky winners of the Photo Observation game, Anagram Puzzle game, and Pictogram game, will win a $50 gift card from Starbucks, Spa Finder, or Zappos. One grand prize winner will take home a $250 gift card to Scrubadoo!

Fun and games aside, we want to truly thank you, Travel Nurses of the world, for the amazing, life-saving work you do every day. For your compassion, dedication, and skill we cannot thank you enough.

Now get out there and have some fun on Travel Nurses Day!


Let the Games Begin!

Let the Travel Nurses Day games begin!

Let the Travel Nurses Day games begin!

The first ever Travel Nurses Day is just one week away, on Friday, October 11, 2013. But we didn’t quite think that one day was a long enough time to be able to celebrate the awesomeness of our Travelers and travel nurses everywhere, so we are kicking off the fun today!

All of the fun games, contests, and more are now live at and you can play and/or enter any time now through the big day. We made some special games just for you to enjoy and to commemorate this momentous occasion. You can try your hand at the Pictograms, Photo Observation Game, and Anagram Puzzles. We’ll be giving away a total of 15 $50 gift cards to Zappos, Spa Finder, and Starbucks.

We’re giving away a total of 15 $50 gift cards to Starbucks, Zappos, and Spa Finder. Also, be sure to enter the raffle for the chance to win the Travel Nurses Day grand prize: a $250 Scrubadoo gift card. We will announce the 16 lucky winners on Travel Nurses Day, October 11. Yay — even more to celebrate!

Again, we are super excited to be able to celebrate this brand new holiday with you. We hope that you enjoy all the fun and maybe even win a prize, but most importantly, we just want you to take some time to marinate on how awesome you are for all that you do for your patients and the healthcare industry in general. We are so thankful for you, and we know your patients and their families and loved one are too!

Are you as excited for Travel Nurses Day as we are? Let us know in the comments if you’ll be doing anything special — besides hitting up of course! — to celebrate this brand new, awesome holiday.


Awesome for Autumn: Top 5 Fall Travel Nurse Job Destinations

Ahhh, fall. That magical time of year when pumpkins turn into lattes and leaves show their beautiful, true, fall colors. As a travel nurse, you get the chance to experience the beauty of fall in any location you desire, so wrap up in a cozy cardigan, pull on your finest fall boots, light up that mulled cider candle, settle in and check out our list of the Top 5 Fall Travel Nurse Job Destinations.

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While the East Coast in general is known for lovely fall colors, the Bay State’s stunning fall foliage particularly stands out. From Cape Cod, to the Berkshires, to the lovely Route 133 just north of Boston, a Massachusetts fall drive is a must. Besides the gorgeous leaves, you can see cool, crimson cranberry bogs just before harvest, charming New England towns, and beautiful back roads. And, if you’re feeling witchy, October is the perfect time to take a trip to Salem. Click here to view Massachusetts jobs.

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Another beautiful spot in the East is New York. Whether you’re upstate or in The Big Apple, New York is a great place to experience fall colors. Speaking of apples, The Empire State is known for its plentiful apple orchards. The Adirondack Mountain and Lake George areas are especially great for fall activities, including hiking, scenic drives, apple orchards and pumpkin patches, and more. Click here to view New York jobs.

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Portions of the Centennial State have had it kind of rough in the past month, and as a nurse your services may be needed there even more than ever. In addition to that, Colorado’s famous Aspens are currently putting on their dazzling display of gold and the mountain air takes on a special kind of crisp this time of year. It’s also a great place to do a fall-to-winter extension: Enjoy all the spoils of a colorful Colorado fall, and then stay on in a great skiing state for winter. Click here to view Colorado jobs.

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Fall is amazing throughout the Smokies. The Blue Ridge Parkway is known as one of the most beautiful drives in the U.S. year-round, but it is especially gorgeous in autumn. Virginia hosts an abundance of fall-themed festivals. North Carolina, from quaint mountain towns such as Asheville in the West to the beautiful beaches in the East, is just busting with fall fun and beauty. Click here to view Virginia jobs and here to view North Carolina jobs.

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There’s more than one reason that the Evergreen State is the perfect place to don a fall flannel. It’s also an amazing location to take a quintessential fall favorite day trip (or two … or more!) to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard. Click here to view Washington jobs.


Travel Nurses Day

facebook--i-am-a-travel-nursePrepare yourself to celebrate good times because … drumroll, please … Medical Solutions is sponsoring the first annual Travel Nurses Day, coming up this Friday, October 11, 2013.

That’s right, now you have your very own holiday! Travel nursing is such a unique field, why shouldn’t you have your own day? Travel nurses are the pinch hitters of the healthcare field. And when you arrive on a job we know that you always swing for the fences. You are always there to make sure that patient care never suffers in the face of personnel shortages or permanent staff burnout. You exude positivity and manage to continuously remain flexible in all kinds of new facilities and unfamiliar terrain, ready to jump in and help at a moment’s notice. For these reasons and so many more, we are so thankful for you.

Besides a whole day to honor everything you do, Medical Solutions will be sponsoring fun contests and giveaways during the week preceding the big day. Then, on Travel Nurses Day, October 11, we will announce the winners.

Be sure to visit to sign up for updates on Travel Nurses Day so you can stay posted and be the first to know about the contests and other fun. We look forward to celebrating with you!


Nominate Your Career Consultant for Recruiter of the Year

TRRDoes your Career Consultant make your day? Give you the warm fuzzies in a really good way? Help send you off on amazing adventures and build a solid career in travel nursing? If you have a totally radical recruiter, now’s your chance to nominate him or her to be recognized as Healthcare Traveler magazine’s Recruiter of the Year for 2013!

Travel nurses know that a good Recruiter is so many roles all rolled into one: part career counselor, part colleague, and part friend. Medical Solutions Career Consultants pride themselves on being the best in the business and truly caring about all of their Travelers on both a personal and professional level. I have heard so many stories of our Career Consultants working late, stepping up beyond their “expected” duties, and doing whatever it takes to go the extra mile for their Travelers. These people are truly invested in your career development, job satisfaction, and personal happiness. Medical Solutions Career Consultants are here to serve you at every step along your career path, so why not throw a little love back at them?

If you love your Career Consultant and are grateful for all that he or she does for you, make sure to let the whole world know. (It’d be pretty cool to be able to say that YOUR Career Consultant is THE Recruiter of the Year, too!) Nominate your Career Consultant for Recruiter of the Year here. It only takes a few minutes to enter a nomination. All entries must be received by October 7, 2013.

Do you have an AMAZING story about your Career Consultant? How has he or she helped you get great jobs, gone above and beyond, or even just made you laugh? Share your awesome Career Consultants stories with us in the comments.