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State Spotlight: Arizona

Grand Canyon

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.

Horseshoe Bend

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!

Stevie Nicks, 1970s (3)

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

Tourist inside slot canyon, Arizona, USA

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!

Empty road to Monument Valley, Arizona, USA

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

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United Healthcare Discounts for Travelers

Young Boy Nerd Saves Money in His Piggy Bank

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.”

Fernanda D Travel Nurse

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.

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Clinical Corner: 2018 Flu Season

Flu Season

How are you navigating the nasty 2018 flu season?

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

By now, you’ve no doubt heard that the 2018 flu season has made its way across the entire nation. So far this flu season, the influenza virus has claimed the lives of many Americans of all ages. In fact, this is the first year the flu’s had the same activity at the same time across the entire United States. Currently, the flu season is at its peak and we as nurses and healthcare providers must be diligent in preventing the spread and impact that it has for our patients across the nation. One way to prevent and minimize the chain reaction of events with the flu is to learn as much as possible about it including common myths about the flu, prevention techniques, treatment, and how the flu is spread.

Let’s first dive into how the flu is spread. Influenza can be spread between others from as far as approximately six feet away. It is spread by the droplets made by people when they sneeze, cough, or talk. These droplets can then either land in another’s mouth or nose. It can also be spread when a person touches a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touches their own mouth or nose. To avoid the spread of these germs you should stay away from others who are sick, wash your hands as often as possible, and avoid sharing any utensils, linens, or dishes belonging to someone who is sick. Most people will spread the flu up to one day prior to symptoms occurring and up to 5-7 days after getting sick. If you feel that you may have contracted the flu from someone, you should notice that symptoms will occur 1-4 days after the virus enters the body.

In addition to avoiding others who have the flu, it’s equally important to adopt other prevention strategies to minimize any risk of getting sick. The best way to prevent contracting the flu is to get vaccinated. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October before the flu season hits. For the 2017-2018 flu season, the CDC recommends an injectable vaccine rather than the nasal spray that has been used in past flu seasons.

In the event that you do get sick with the flu, it’s imperative that you stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. This will help tremendously in preventing any spreading of the flu virus to others. Other preventative techniques include covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, to avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and to clean and disinfect surfaces as often as possible.

If you do what you can to prevent the flu, but still manage to contract it in some way do not panic — there is treatment available. The treatment of choice for the flu is usually antiviral medications. When antivirals are used, they can lessen symptoms and shorten the amount of time that you are sick by 1-2 days. They can also help to prevent further complications related to the flu, like pneumonia. Studies show that antiviral drugs used to treat the flu work better when started within two days of getting sick. However, starting them later can be beneficial if the sick person has any risk factors for complications related to the flu. If you do not know for sure if you have the flu, it’s best to see a doctor if you’re displaying any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and/or sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

The last thing that’s important to understand about the flu are the common myths and misconceptions with the flu vaccine. First and foremost, many people often believe that getting the flu shot makes them sick. This is a common misconception because the flu vaccine cannot cause the flu because the vaccine is either an inactivated virus or it contains no flu viruses at all. If you happen to come down with a low-grade fever, headache, or muscles aches following the shot that does not mean you are sick; it is a side effect or reaction to the vaccine. Another common misconception from some is that even though they receive the vaccine they still manage to get sick during the flu season. The reason for this is one of the following explanations: they contracted another virus different than influenza, they got sick prior to developing immunity to the virus, or they were exposed to a flu virus that is different from the one that was contained in their vaccine. Understanding these misconceptions can help many — including nurses and healthcare professionals — not only remain healthy, but also able to educate patients so they can advocate for vaccines and prevention.

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State Spotlight: Florida

Florida Travel NursingAs temps take a dive nationwide, December’s State Spotlight takes us to fabulous Florida! The Sunshine State is a perfect option for Travelers, with its excellent facilities, seasonal need for more healthcare staff, opportunity for professional development, and an amazing assortment of things to do, see, and experience on your days off. Read on to find out why Florida Travel Nursing is one of the hottest tickets around!

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Florida is a busy, lucrative state for Travel Nurses because of its super high number of hospitals and high population of elderly folks. Because of this, The Sunshine State consistently has lots of really great job opportunities for Travelers where they will learn new skills and have some amazing experiences on their days off. Florida offers a lot of geographic diversity — from big-city flair to quaint, rural communities to state and national parks, plus a famously gorgeous bunch of beaches, to boot.

Florida is home to 315 hospitals — seven of which are nationally ranked in various adult and children’s specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report. That includes Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, which U.S. News & World Report ranked the #1 hospital in Florida. Rounding out the top five overall hospitals in Florida are: Tampa’s General Hospital, Gainesville’s UF Health Shands Hospital, Orlando’s Florida Hospital, and the Orlando Regional Medical Center.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida the #24 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 Florida #7 among the top states for economy, #9 for government, and #11 for infrastructure.

As for licensing, Florida is not a walk-through state, but it is a NURSYS state, and, effective January 19, 2018, it will be 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 Florida.

Florida Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Sunshine State

Capital: Tallahassee

Largest City: Jacksonville

National Parks: 11

State Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites: 175

West Indian Manatees

Manatees rule!

National Historic Landmarks: 46

State Motto: “In God We Trust”

State Flower: Orange Blossom

State Tree: Sabal Palm

State Marine Mammal: Manatee

State Beverage: Orange Juice

State Pie: Key Lime Pie

State Gem: Moonstone

Florida was the 27th state.

Key lime pie, sunscreen, Famous Amos Cookies, Gatorade, frozen concentrated orange juice, the IBM personal computer, personal luxury submarines, bondo, air conditioning, Hooters, Red Lobster, and Rum Runner cocktails were all invented in Florida.

Saint Augustine, Florida is the oldest continuing European settlement in the North America.

Aerial view of Fort Lauderdale's skyline

Fort Lauderdale is known as “The Venice of Florida” for its many canals!

Orlando is the United States’ most-visited amusement park destination.

Niceville, Florida is home to the annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival — an important celebration of business in the front, party in the back!

Because necessity is the mother of invention, pharmacist Benjamin Greene invented the first suntan cream in 1944 in Miami Beach.

Key West, Florida is home to the highest average temperature in the United States.

Miami was the first city to install an ATM especially for rollerbladers.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida is dubbed “The Venice of America” due to its 185 miles of local waterway canals.

From any point in Florida, you are never more than 60 miles from the ocean!

Islamorado is the Sports Fishing Capital of the World.

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RIP to Florida native and rock legend Tom Petty!

Key Largo is known as the Dive Capital of the World.

Florida is the only U.S. state that has two separate rivers with the same name — Withlacoochee in north Florida and Withlacoochee in central Florida.

Greater Miami is the only U.S. metro area that’s borders encompass two national parks — Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.

Famous folks from Florida include Tom Petty (RIP!), Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, Debbie Harry, Sidney Poitier, Rick Ross, Bob Ross, Wesley Snipes, Pitbull, Faye Dunaway, Marco Rubio, Norman Reedus, Jim Morrison, Eva Mendes, Maya Rudolph, Sarah Paulson, and, of course, Flor Rida!

Key West, Florida has the most bars per capita in the nation.

Florida has more golf courses than any other state in the U.S.

The Florida Everglades is the only place in the world where crocs and alligators coexist.

Florida’s St. Johns River is the state’s largest river and one of only a few major rivers that flows south to north.

Ocean Drive night scene at South Beach, Miami, USA

Sunset at Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami!

To Do & See in Florida

Florida is well-known as a paradise destination. There’s so much to do and see, and The Sunshine State is the perfect place to escape the deep freeze of winter!

On the urban tip, Florida’s largest cities include Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Tallahassee, Port St. Lucia, Cape Coral, and Fort Lauderdale. The region is home to all kinds of beaches, history, sports, theme parks, natural beauty, arts, and culture.

Popular destinations in Florida include Walt Disney World, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios Orlando, Islands of Adventure, the Florida Keys, Everglades National Park, Miami’s South Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Dry Tortugas National Park, Jungle Island, Daytona International Speedway, and so much more!

Arts and culture enthusiasts will want to check out Key West’s Ernest Hemingway House and St. Petersburg’s Salvador Dali Museum.

Vegan Key Lime Pie Slice and KeyLimes

Mmmmm, Key Lime Pie!

Sports fan will delight in the many awesome college teams as well as pro sporting events with teams like the Florida Marlins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Panthers, and Tamps Bat Lightning. Additionally, if you’re into NASCAR and/or golf — Florida is your jam!

A day at the beach can really work up an appetite and Florida delivers good eats! Some iconic Florida cuisine includes Stone Crab claws, Florida Rock Shrimp, fresh oranges and kumquats, Apalachicola oysters, gator bites, conch fritters, fish tacos, Cubano sandwiches — and all other kinds of Cuban delights, spiny lobster, and more. Key Lime Pie is what’s for dessert, of course, and you can wash it all down with a marvelous Mojito!

For the outdoorsy, Florida obviously offers and amazing array of beautiful beaches, but that’s not all. Adventurers can also take an Everglades airboat ride, swim with manatees, snorkel, kayak, scuba dive, go boating, ziplining, fishing, and so much more.

Ready for your adventure to The Sunshine State?!

Search now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Florida!

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Escape to Florida this winter for an amazing adventure!

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Medical Solutions Gives Announces 2017’s Say Thanks By Giving Winners

Medical Solutions Gives is donating $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

Medical Solutions Gives is donating $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

For the third year running, Medical Solutions Gives is donating $8,000 to some of our Travelers’ favorite causes … and we’re so excited to announce 2017’s Say Thanks By Giving Winners!

In November, we asked our amazing Travelers to nominate their favorite charity/nonprofit and express why the organization they love is so amazing and impactful. We sorted through about 100 incredible submissions and our team was so grateful to learn about all of these amazing charities and to read stories that mean so much to our Travelers.

Despite the outpouring of support for so many worthy organizations, we had to settle on just four deserving winners. Read on to learn more about the four charities that will each receive a $2,000 donation from Medical Solutions and the four Travelers who nominated them and got to take home a $100 Amazon gift card as an added bonus!

Medical Solutions give Sean CooleyLaura C., who works with Career Consultant Brad B., submitted Sean M. Cooley Citizen Soldier Nursing Scholarship Inc. as the cause she cares most about. Her submission had us all seriously misty-eyed. Laura wrote:

“This organization honors Sean M. Cooley, who was a member of the Army National Guard in Mississippi and was killed in action while serving in Iraq. Sean loved nursing and was a nurse in his local emergency room. He loved helping people in his community, and the scholarship is a way for him to keep on giving to his community. This non-profit is important to me because Sean was my husband and coworker. I have never met a more respected, kind, caring, and compassionate nurse and soldier.”

Thank you so much, Laura, for sharing your incredible story and letting us support this amazingly worthy cause in your name.

Medical Solutions Gives Rainbow House Barbara B., who works with Career Consultant Ava L., submitted Rainbow House, an organization that serves domestic violence survivors. In her submission Barbara wrote:

“Domestic abuse does not discriminate based on sex, age, income, education or race. It is prevalent in all geographic areas. Funds are always needed. It is more difficult to fundraise in rural areas with aging populations. Rainbow House serves a large geographic area and provides services to two Wisconsin communities and the adjacent Michigan county, which provides no funding for these services. This shelter believes in doing the right thing for all who suffer from abuse regardless of state lines or funding. They are near and dear to my heart. I was on the board of this organization until my Travel Nursing journey began and I found I was unable to fulfill my commitment. This funding would provide needed services to my home community.”

Thanks, Barbara, for your commitment to this important issue! We are elated to support this organization on your behalf.

Medical Solutions Gives Rainbow DSAWJennifer G., who works with Career Consultant Roy B., nominated Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin.

“The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (DSAW) matters to me because I have had people with Down Syndrome affect my life in many ways. I had a brother who had Down Syndrome but died as a baby when I was five. Even as a small child, I loved when the physical and speech therapists would come to our house to do therapy with him and would help out. When I was in grade school, my school had a St. Coletta Day School for children with developmental disabilities within our school. I had the opportunity to volunteer as a classroom aid for the art classes they held. I enjoyed being able to work with these special children and I’ve continued to work with people with disabilities as an adult through Special Olympics. This past year I was given the opportunity to help support DSAW through my friend Kim’s daughter who has Down Syndrome. We were able to raise more than $10,000 for Kitty’s Krew for their annual walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo. This organization helps families who have children who have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. They remind families and parents that they have been given a gift of a child and a community that will support them through all of their troubles and cheer them on for all of the triumphs their children make.”

Thank you for everything you do, Jennifer, and for helping us support this awesome organization in your name!

Medical Solutions Gives Rainbow Rally Foundation Jenny W., who works with Career Consultant Austin B., submitted Rally Foundation,  

“When I started my Travel Nursing adventures I never thought it would lead me to where I am today. After just one week at an assignment, I met my now-husband and three stepchildren. Thankfully, pediatric cancer has never been a thought in my mind, however, I quickly learned how desperately funding is needed for this cause.

My stepson is now eight years old, but at a mere three years of age he had to endure chemotherapy and a cadaver bone transplant for Ewing’s Sarcoma. This normally occurs in teenagers, but Jake, in true fashion, had to be the anomaly. The chemotherapy medications he received were outdated. My husband dedicated every ounce of energy he had into gathering donations, but pediatric cancer doesn’t receive funding like other cancers do.

Jake is a fun-loving kid with an infectious smile. He became the face for the Rally Foundation, and touched so many lives. As we sat down this past Thanksgiving, we couldn’t help but thank the Rally Foundation and all of the help that Jake received. Jake’s cancer returning is a fear that we all live with. No family should have to live that fear. NOT A SINGLE ONE. Pediatric cancer needs funding. It needs research. Jake and other children deserve more than a few years on this planet.”

Thank you, Jenny! We appreciate you sharing your story and giving us the chance to support this important foundation. We are all rooting for Jake and every kiddo with pediatric cancer!

Congratulations to the winners and all of the AMAZING Travelers who submitted the causes you care so much about and shared your stories! If your cause was not chosen this year, we hope to see you back again in 2018. Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions Gives.

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

Angie Travel Nurse

Congrats to October’s Traveler of the Month, Angela, pictured here with her dog, Athena.

Many thanks and congrats to the October 2017 Traveler of the Month, Angela C., and also our Rising Star winner, Bridgette D.!

Traveler of the Month Angela is an RN working in Surgical Services, and currently crossing over into Endoscopy, who’s been in nursing for 15 years and traveling about five years. The Tennessee native works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Ronnie E. and just started a new assignment in Port Angeles, Washington.

Angie Travel Nurse

In her time on the road Angie’s gotten to witness some pretty beautiful sights!

“The Pacific Northwest is quickly becoming a second home for me and my beautiful companion Athena, my Great Dane. We’ve completed several assignments and extensions in this area,” says Angela, who’s also traveled to New York, New Mexico, South Dakota, Idaho, all of which she calls “great areas with beautiful people.”

“I really enjoy being outside and hiking, so anywhere I could do that I’ve roamed … North Carolina, Virginia, I even followed my daughter to Kentucky throughout her freshman year of college at the University of Kentucky. You can’t get away from Mom if she’s a Travel Nurse!”

Angela’s top two remaining bucket list destinations are Hawaii and the Oregon coast. In addition to her faithful dog, Athena, Angela’s husband Kevin, an artist who can work from anywhere, joined her on the road in February 2017.

“The greatest thing about this career is that I meet literally hundreds of wonderful people and learn something every day,” says Angela.

“My advice to anyone who wants to do this: If you LIVE TO EXPLORE, do it. It’s definitely not easy being the new kid in town every time you blink, but if you’re flexible, open to learning, and love travel, then this is the job for you. I would also say that you definitely need experience before you get started. This is not a job for a weak spirit; it can be lonely but it’s also something I’ll never regret doing. And get a great company; I did. I went through at least two other companies in the beginning and almost stopped traveling all together until Medical Solutions.”

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

Rising Star Bridgette is an ER RN who’d been in nursing for about five years before completing her first travel contract in Texas, working with Career Consultant Kelly B. Bridgette recently took a staff position at her local hospital.

Kelly says she had the pleasure of working with Bridgette starting in March 2017, and adds, with caps and exactly this many exclamation points: “I LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Kelly describes Bridgette as sweet, funny, and great at her job, as well as very thorough and organized, which made her a dream to work with.

“She is so easy to work with,” says Kelly. “Compliance loved her too, she got all her paperwork done in record time.”

Thank you for your dedication to patient care, Bridgette, and we wish you all the best in your new adventure!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions October 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Angela and Bridgette, we are incredibly thankful for your 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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Clinical Corner: HCAHPS Scores

HCAHPS scores

It’s crucial for Travelers to grasp the importance of HCAHPS scores!

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

“If I had a nickel for every time I heard the term ‘HCAHPS scores’ when talking about healthcare, I would be rich.”

Do you find this statement to be true? Do you even know what HCAHPS stands for? I mean, let’s be honest for a minute, if you have not heard the term HCAHPS scores while working on a travel contract, then you might be living under a rock!

The term “HCAHPS” stands for Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. This survey and assessment has become so important for hospitals all around the country because they drive reimbursement. Not only that, but they have a massive impact on a hospital’s reputation and the HCAHPS survey gives patients a chance to be heard. It is important for all nurses to have a deep understanding of what HCAHPS scores are, what they tell us, and how they impact your employment as a travel nurse. Let’s investigate the significance that HCAHPS scores has on your future and the future state of healthcare in the United States.

The U.S. government and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid mandates this patient satisfaction survey. The results are publicly reported on the internet for all to see and excellent survey results and hospital performance keeps the hospitals financially stable. The survey addresses the 10 HCAHPS measures including questions on nurse communication, doctor communication, responsiveness of hospital staff, pain management, communication about medicines, discharge information, cleanliness of hospital environment, quietness of hospital environment, overall rating of hospital, and willingness to recommend hospital.

The survey results are reported quarterly and there are four modes of administration to patients including mail, telephone, mail with telephone follow-up, and interactive voice response. About 4,000 hospitals participate in HCAHPS and over three million patients complete the survey each year.

The HCAHPS survey is also employed in the Hospital Value Based Purchasing Program as one of the measures that a hospital is scored on. It is scored within the patient care experience along with the other measures including clinical care, efficiency and cost reduction, and patient safety. The patient care experience score is calculated into the hospital’s Total Performance Score (TPS). This TPS score is correlated with the reimbursement that a hospital receives for the care they provide.

All of this is important to know as a Traveler because as our healthcare moves more towards this model of care, Travelers must understand the impact they have on these scores while on assignment. More and more facilities are hiring candidates based on their understanding of HCAHPS and VBP because their understanding converts to quality care. It is important that you know the implications of your care and the consequences that it has on the hospital and its ability to continue to provide healthcare to the people around you. It is your responsibility to understand our healthcare system and to be a change agent for these programs, and I encourage you to be an advocate for strong performance on all fronts within each healthcare organization!

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8 Wonderful Winter Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Portrait of a Young Woman in the Snow Next to a Snowman

8 Wonderful Winter Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs! Where will your winter adventures take you?!

As temperatures cool and the holiday season heats up, there are so many amazing places to venture to for your 2017/2018 winter wonderland!

Whether you seek a home for the holidays or a new start come January 2018, you should start your job search now. Many Travelers take time off around the holidays, so there’s always a mad rush to find a new travel job in early January. The smart move is to steer clear of the rush and increased competition by securing your winter job now.

To help inspire your search, here are 8 wonderful winter locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Florida

Welcome to Florida USA

Fight off Seasonal Affective Disorder and find your winter paradise in The Sunshine State!

Florida is full of fun and excellent Travel Nurse jobs! With the sunniest winter climate in the nation’s east and the highest January temps in the country, this is a great place to land if you’re just not that into the whole winter thing. The Sunshine State has it all — gorgeous beaches, toasty temps, and tons to do and see. Explore Epcot, the Everglades, Dry Tortugas National Park, Disney World, the Florida Keys, Kennedy Space Center, Islands of Adventure, Miami Beach, and so much more. Orange you glad you’re a Travel Nurse, so you can go explore Florida this winter?!

Click here to search Florida Travel Nurse jobs.

California

California Wine

California wine country is just one of The Golden State’s gorgeous locales.

Cali is king when in comes to Travel Nursing. The Golden State always has lots of great Travel Nurse opportunities due to its ahead-of-the-curve staffing laws. Plus, it’s a gorgeous, diverse place that many Travelers quite enjoy calling their home for a few months at a time. From geography to activities, California really has wide range of options. From skiing, surfing, and climbing to shopping, spas, and wine tastings, this state is a true crowd-pleaser. Learn more about this magnificent state in our California State Spotlight.

Click here to find California Travel Nurse jobs.

Georgia

Savannah, Georgia, USA

Georgia’s a peachy keen place for Travel Nurses!

If Georgia’s on your mind, I like the way you think! The Peach State is another place where Travel Nurse jobs are lucrative and many. Its mild climate makes it a fabulous choice for winter, and there’s tons to do is this state that’s simply chock-full of history, natural beauty, sporting events, theme parks, outdoors activities, and scrumptious southern food. From beaches to swamplands to mountaintops, Georgia has something for every Traveler and it’s always a hit! Learn more about the sweet Peach State in our Georgia State Spotlight.

Click here to find your dream Travel job in Georgia.

Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

Remember, in addition to The Alamo, there’s tons to do and see in Texas!

They say everything’s bigger and better in Texas — and many Travel Nurses know this to be true! From Travel Nursing job opportunities to activities for your days off, Texas is a pretty great place to be. The temps in winter typically stay pretty warm, so if winter’s not your thing, Texas just might be! Don’t forget The Alamo — not to mention wonderfully weird Austin, the San Antonio boardwalk, Houston Space Center, Padre Island, and hoppin’ urban spots like Houston and Dallas. Shopping, pro sports, museums, history, and dining are all on point in this great state as well!

Click here to mess with Texas and find your perfect Travel Nurse job there.

New York

Winter holiday at Rockefeller Center

New York is a festive place to embrace winter and the holiday season!

Winter is a fine time for Travelers to take a bite out of the Big Apple! From world-class cities to idyllic small towns, concrete jungles to Finger Lakes, New York is a great destination — particularly for those who enjoy winter and may be vying for a White Christmas! With the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, holiday festivals and markets aplenty, Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular, ice skating in Bryant Park Winter Village, and more, New York is a lovely place to embrace the season, get cozy, and make merry. And I probably don’t have to tell you that New York is packed with exciting sightseeing, culture, world-class theater, dining, shopping, sports, and pretty much anything else you could ever want to do. Click here to learn more about The Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

Click here to check out New York Travel Nursing jobs.

Massachusetts

Alleyway view of a Boston winter

Boston’s Beacon hill is perfectly picturesque during winter!

Much like New York, Massachusetts is an absolutely idyllic place to spend the winter season. The Bay State is also home to some of the nation’s top healthcare facilities, so there are always tons of Travel Nurse jobs at great facilities where you can expand your skills and enhance your resume. And when you’re off the clock, Massachusetts is a true charmer with its abundance of delicious food, incredible historical sites, and breathtaking natural beauty. In the famed capital city of Boston, you’ll be very busy with so many spots to check out, like the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Boston Common & Public Garden, and New England Aquarium, as well as quirkier spots like the original Cheers and Boston Mapparium. Architecture and history buffs will be in heaven here! Learn more about magnificent Massachusetts in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

Click here to explore Massachusetts Travel Nursing jobs.

North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway in autumn and winter

As falls gives way to winter, North Carolina is a beautiful place to be!

From the majestic mountains in the west to the beautiful beaches in the east, North Carolina is a diverse, beautiful state — and a wonderful choice for your next Travel Nursing adventure. From scenic spins on the Blue Ridge Parkway to endless U.S. and Native American historical sites, there’s plenty to do and see statewide. The Appalachian Mountains are a breathtaking sight, which many Travelers flock too, and there are tons of other chances for outdoor fun in this state that stays pretty mild through winter. The more urban-inclined will be right at home in one of the state’s larger cities, which have tons of culture, sightseeing, sporting events, and so much more. And, in addition to drinking in the southern hospitality, you’ll love to gobble up the delicious southern food! Learn more about the great state of North Carolina in our North Carolina State Spotlight.

Click here to find your perfect Travel Nurse job in North Carolina.

Arizona

Horseshoe Bend (Arizona)

Arizona’s the best of both worlds in winter since it stays mild but also has opportunities for skiing and other winter activities!

The Grand Canyon State is a popular destination for wintertime Travel Nursing due to its abundant natural beauty, mild winters, and awesome job opportunities. One of the nation’s most marvelous sights, The Grand Canyon, is a huge draw year-round, and there are plenty of other gorgeous sights to see and exciting things to do in this southwestern state. Check out Horseshoe Bend, Cathedral Rock, Red Rock Scenic Canyon, Desert Boatanical Garden, and, even though it does remain mild in winter, Arizona offers skiers plenty to do in the snowy peaks of Flagstaff’s Snowbowl.

Click here to explore Travel Nursing jobs in Arizona.

Did we miss your dream winter location? Click here to search Travel Nursing jobs by job title, specialty, and/or state!