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Nurses Who Serve, We Salute You!

iStock_000016453685XSmallWe hope you all had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. The holiday got me thinking about all of the brave, talented nurses who serve our country, and the many who have done so throughout history. They’re sort of the original travel nurses — going wherever their help and services are most needed to serve their country. Nurses who serve, we salute you!

Check out these links to stories about nurses who served from around the web. (Quick note: Historically, of course, nurses were mainly women and so these histories reflect that. We’re glad that nowadays the profession is open to all!)

 

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Introducing Medical Solutions Advanced Practice

AP-Logo-Print-SmallWe are elated to announce the addition of Advanced Practice staffing services to the already strong Medical Solutions family!

With this addition, we now have a niche for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who want to apply for travel jobs with the help of our network of expert Career Consultants. Your skills are in high demand, allowing you lots of opportunity to travel the country while building your resumé and earning great pay and benefits.

Medical Solutions is one of the nation’s top travel companies, and we continue to grow because we take so much pride in serving our Travelers. We care about our Travelers as people, not just numbers, and serve to collaborate with each of them in planning, preparing for and achieving their individual career goals. We offer this personalized career-planning relationship along with top-notch in-house housing services, paid licensure, ever-present support staff and competitive benefits and pay.

Please visit our Medical Solutions Advanced Practice site to learn more about the exciting travel opportunities we have available for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Welcome! We’re so glad you could join us.

 

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Happy Nurses Week to our Fabulous Travelers!

Welcome to VegasJoin us as we celebrate this year’s Nurses Week, May 6-12, in grand Las Vegas style. Roll the dice on one of our daily Vegas-themed contests for your chance to win prizes such as iPad Minis, 3-piece luggage sets, gift cards galore, and even a trip for two to Las Vegas in October to attend the 2013 Travelers Conference.

Make sure to get in on all the sin city fun with these entertaining daily Facebook contests: RN Roulette Sweepstakes, “Let’s See Your Poker Face” Photo Contest, Hunka Hunka Caption Contest, “Viva Las Vegas” Trivia Game, and the “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” Instant Win Game. This year each contest will have two winners daily, so you can participate no matter which shift you’re on!

Career Consultants will be circulating details on how to win some of these great prizes, along with regular updates on all of the festivities. More details are available at We Love Our Nurses.com.

We also present Nurses of Tomorrow, our second annual scholarship competition, in honor of Nurses Week. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate nursing students in need of a little financial relief on their paths to becoming part of the next wave of skilled nurses, leaders, and educators, and easing the nursing shortage. Applicants will be judged on several criteria, including a 250-word essay answering the question: “What do you feel are the most important components needed for quality nursing care?” Three lucky winners will receive $1000 scholarships. Be sure to share this great opportunity with aspiring nurses you may know. For the full criteria and fine print on the competition, click here. Applications are due by June 6, 2013. 

At Medical Solutions we like make a BIG deal this time of year, because recognizing and honoring hardworking nurses is a VERY BIG deal to us. Thanks so much for all you do!

 

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Clinical Corner: New AHA Stroke Guidelines Part 2

by Joe Bryowsky RN, CCRN – Clinical Manager. This is the second part of Clinical Corner: New AHA Stroke Guidelines Part 1

Points to Ponder:

• Worldwide, stroke is the second leading cause of death, responsible for 4.4 million (9 percent) of the total 50.5 million deaths each year.
• Stroke is the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease (with which it is closely linked) and cancer.
• Stroke affects more than 700,000 individuals annually in the United States (approximately one person every 45 seconds). About 500,000 of these are first attacks, and 200,000 are recurrent attacks.
• Someone in the U.S. dies every 3.3 minutes from stroke
• Stroke is the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S.
• More than 4 million people in the United States have survived a stroke or brain attack and are living with the after-effects.
• Four out of five families will be somehow affected by stroke over the course of a lifetime.

Remember:

F.A.S.T.an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke:
• Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
• Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb?
• Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are you unable to speak, or are you hard to understand?
• Time to call 9-1-1: If you have any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately.

For more information regarding new stroke guidelines please visit: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

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Clinical Corner: New AHA Stroke Guidelines Part 1

by Joe Bryowsky RN, CCRN – Clinical Manager

On January 31, 2013 the American Heart Association announced the updated Guidelines for the Early management of Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke.The new recommendations replace the guidelines last issued in 2007.

While some of the guidelines from 2007 remain the same other guidelines have been added, changed or eliminated.

The revised and new recommendations:

• Supports aggressive treatment of acute stroke with IV tPA (Tissue plasminogen activator)

• Shows evidence that patients benefit from the development of stroke systems of care. (EMS along with Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals, Primary Stroke Centers (PSC’s), and Comprehensive Stroke Centers (CSC’s)

• Recognizes that the addition of telemedicine
(telestroke) has further expanded the radius of stroke care delivery

• Recommends that EMS bypass hospitals that do not have resources to treat acute stroke

• Highlights pre-hospital notification by EMS

• Reiterates that only a limited number of laboratory and radiologic tests are required before administering IV tPA (blood glucose check and non-contrast enhanced CT or MRI)

• States that door to tPA bolus time interval of 60 minutes or less maximizes benefits of IV tPA

• Suggests that intra-arterial mechanical thrombectomy has emerged as a promising therapy for a subset of stroke patients that are identified with advanced neuroimaging

• States that tPA can now be considered for a larger group of patients, including some who present up to 4.5 hours from stroke onset

These guidelines also address the lack of clinical evidence in the following for the treatment of acute stroke:

• The use of devices to augment cerebral blood flow
• Drug induced hypertension
• Volume expansion
• Hypothermia

Continue reading part 2 of Clinical Corner: New AHA Stroke Guidelines

For more information regarding new stroke guidelines please visit: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

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Improving Technology for You

medical solutions nurse portalAs you may know, it’s our goal to give you the best customer experience possible. Your time as a healthcare professional is valuable, that’s why we want to make sure we make things easy and convenient. With that in mind, we’re designing a… tah-dah! Nurse Portal (still thinking of a cool name for this.)

Ultimately, the nurse portal will be an online personal profile you can login to from your home computer, mobile phone or tablet. The goal is to be a tool where you will be able to track all of your paperwork, timesheets or anything you would like to see about an assignment.

But, we need your help! Please tell us what YOU would like to see in the nurse portal. Any suggestions are welcome, be creative! You can leave your suggestions and ideas here.

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Clinical Corner:Healthcare Staff Falls

Recently, we have received several reports of our healthcare staff having slips, trips and/or falls. It is important to ensure you are taking care of yourself, so you can in turn take care of your patients. Per the CDC’s website the following are the top hazards to healthcare staff:

  1. Fluids on floor
  2. Drains overflowing
  3. Uneven surfaces-indoors
  4. Uneven surfaces-outdoors
  5. Ice/Snow/Rain
  6. Poor lighting
  7. Stairs/lacking handrails
  8. Ladders/stools used to reach items
  9. Cords/tubing
  10. Floor mats not used correctly

It is important to be aware of your surrounding and wear appropriate footwear. If you should have the unfortunate incident of a fall, please make sure you get care for injuries sustained, contact your Career Consultant and complete a report.

For additional information regarding fall prevention please see the following link:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2011-123/pdfs/2011-123.pdf.

 

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#1 Staffing Company to Work for in the NATION!

Best Place to Work - Medical Solutions - Travel NursingYep, it’s true. Staffing Industry Analysts announced the winners of the 2013 Best Staffing Firms to Work for survey. Medical Solutions took the top spot at #1 for medium sized companies.

Also, in our hometown of Omaha, we were voted one of the top companies to work for 5 years running!

Both of these awards are truly an honor. We are dedicated to helping our employees reach their professional and personal goals, we are a company that understands work can be and should be fun, a company that makes everyone proud to be a part of and a company that understands that happiness leads to success for all.

And of course, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without all of you. Our happy employees mean you get the best customer service and dedication out there. So thank you for being fantastic Travelers.

 

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Welcome OA Nurse Travel to the Medical Solutions Family!

febnewsletterThis past week, we welcomed OA Nurse Travel to the Medical Solutions family. This means more available assignment locations and enhanced customer service for you.

OA Nurse Travel joined Medical Solutions because of our recognition of their strength, growth and exceptional team. We realize they do business the right way and they match our values.

But not to worry, besides having a bigger option for assignments-  nothing will change! Your team at Medical Solutions will remain the same.

Take a look at our fun illustration for the joining of the two companies here.

And to see the full press release click here.

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Our Travel Nurse Referral Program

travel nursing referral programDo you love Medical Solutions? Does working with us put a smile on your face and give you the warm fuzzies?

If so, we’d love for you to tell your friends about us too. The great part is that for every nurse you refer that works at least 30 days, you get your choice of:

  • $500 Cash – *only option for non-Medical Solutions employees and travelers.
  • A PC Laptop
  • A $500 Apple Gift Card

 

Sounds like a pretty great deal huh? There isn’t a limit to the amount of people your refer, either. Ready to spread the word? Learn how to refer a nurse to Medical Solutions.