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Recruiter of the Year

recruiter of the yearIs your recruiter beyond amazing?  Why not show them some love? Healthcare Traveler is hosting it’s 11th annual “Recruiter of the Year” Award.

To vote you must have worked with the recruiter during the 2012 year. Also, the recruiter must currently be employed at a professional placement capacity at a travel staffing agency or travel division. If you would like to nominate your recruiter, click here.



Ask a Travel Nurse Recruiter: What happens when I get sick during my assignment?

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What happens when I get sick during my assignment?


Well, I wish there was a simple answer but as most things in the travel nursing industry, it depends on the hospital.  I can tell you that all hospitals realize that nurses are human and do get sick, especially with their surroundings.  So, if a nurse gets a bug and needs to take a couple days off of work, its usually not a big deal and the nurse is encouraged to stay away from the hospital and patients until they recover.  The only time it could potentially become a problem is if the nurse is sick more than a few days and ends up taking multiple weeks off during an assignment.  At this point the hospital or company will probably want a note from the doctor to justify so much time off.  And by the way, its always good to get a doctors note to show the hospital or company if it’s possible to get one.

As far as pay goes, since the nurse is a contract worker and not on a fixed salary, the hospital will not pay a nurse for any time taken off for being sick.



Tara’s Tips for Nurse Wellness: Water Water Water

Water. This clear, tasteless liquid is vital to our health. It is the main component of the human body with approximately 2/3 of the human body consisting of water. Consuming an adequate amount of water benefits the body in numerous ways, below are just a few of those benefits:

  • Moisturizes the air in lungs
  • Helps with metabolism
  • Protects our vital organs
  • Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Detoxifies
  • Protects and moisturizes our joints
  • Fluid retention is alleviated
  • Liver functions improve, which increases the percentage of fat used for energy(fat loss)
  • Appetite decreases significantly
  • Metabolic functions improve
  • Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells

The sum of all of the previously stated benefits can equal a much improved state of health and fitness. Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is so important to drink enough fluid. An individual should drink at minimum 64 ounces of water a day. Individuals who are trying to decrease body fat should up their water intake by an additional 8 or more ounces per day. Increased exercise levels, especially in hot weather, also create a need to increase water consumption. Overall, the human body performs daily functions more efficiently with adequate amounts of water intake.

It is especially important for nurses to consume plenty of water so that they can perform at optimal levels no matter what shift they are working. Fatigue and headache can be a sign of dehydration. Drink water at every break and throughout your shift so that you stay hydrated and keep your body and your mind functioning at its best.



by Tara Trofholz, BS in Exercise Physiology, Team Manager at Medical Solutions


Educational Resources Page on

Have you checked out the Medical Solutions’ Educational Resources page ?travel nursing

Our website is not only a good tool to learn about Medical Solutions, but it’s filled with great content to help you throughout your assignments. Learn travel nurse tips on orientation, perfecting your interview, questions to ask your recruiter, making the most of your new location and city suggestions for your next assignment.

Plus, there are several tools and social sites you can join to meet and keep in touch with fellow travelers. Don’t miss out on these great resources to make your travel nurse experience the best it can be.



Medical Solutions is Growing!

We have an announcement! Medical Solutions is growing! We’ve recently partnered with Texex Capital Management and McCarthy Capital Fund V to help us grow and provide a better experience to our Travelers. Please read through this infographic to learn more.medical solutions is growing


14 Questions for Your Travel Nurse Recruiter

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Having a good recruiter is very important to your travel nursing career. They should be there for you through the good and bad assignments, helping you succeed each step of the way. But, how do you know which recruiter will be best for you?

Why not interview a few recruiters to get an idea of that will be like when you need them most. We’ve complied 14 questions for you to ask your future recruiter to make sure they are the right fit for you.

Download the PDf, “14 Questions for Your Travel Nurse Recruiter.”



Medical Solutions First Pinterest Contest “i heart traveling”

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We are very excited to launch the first Pinterest Contest in the Travel Nurse industry!

From June 11th through June 29th, Pinterest users are encouraged to create a board with pinned images that correspond to 7 travel-themed descriptions which will be provided. Boards will be judged based on uniqueness, creativity, travel spirit and adherence to the guidelines. The winner will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card.

Please visit for official rules. You can also follow us on Pinterest @MedSolutions. Happy Pinning!



Tara’s Tips for Nurse Wellness: Getting Rid of Love Handles

nurse wellnessby Tara Trofholz, BS in Exercise Physiology, Team Manager at Medical Solutions

Summer is just around the corner and most people can find an area on their body they would like to see a little smaller, a little firmer, or a little gone.  Unfortunately, it is not possible to spot reduce body fat in any one area or to “tone” fat.  Therefore, in order to make those love handles or hippy hips disappear, we must create an energy deficit.

An energy deficit means that the amount of calories burned exceeds the amount of calories consumed.  Some may respond to this by simply consuming less food (calories),  but exercise not only burns up to 600 calories an hour, it makes us feel good and maintains our overall health.  The key to successfully seeing those hard worked muscles and shedding the pounds is to combine cardiovascular training designed to burn calories, calories and more calories with weight training and a balanced diet.

Fortunately, nurses have a fast paced job that happens to burn a lot of calories.  A 12-hour nursing shift can burn anywhere from 1,000-3,000 calories depending on the activities of that day and your weight. Burning this many calories usually results in you being famished by the end of your shift. It’s tempting to get off and fill yourself with poorly chosen and high caloric fast food, don’t.  Many nurses do not realize come dinner time, they are eating back all the calories they burned that day. Take the time to plan out healthy meals and monitor your calories.

The bottom line is this:  You must burn more calories than you consume in order to see changes in the way your body looks.



Medical Solutions Brings Water to Thousands

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This past Christmas we partnered with the Planet Water Foundation to help bring fresh, clean water to the people living in the village of Phnov, located in the Tasom Commune, Angkor Chum District of Siem Reap, Cambodia. This gift was given on behalf of our travelers and client hospitals.

We are happy to announce that the water tower was erected in early May! Thank you to Planet Water and our Travelers for making this possible.

To learn more about how this system works and is giving the hope of a better life to thousands visit Planet Water.542541_444311858914668_125961827416341_1845497_1903933938_n


Nurses Week 2012!


Nurses Week 2012 is only a fews days away. We are just so excited, we couldn’t wait to tell you what we have planned!!!

Nurses Week is officially May 6th through May 12th. During this time, we will be giving away three $1,000 Scholarships for nursing students, and for our Travelers, we will be having a week of giveaways to those that participate in our daily contests. Contests include “Pictures from the Road” Photo Contest, Captions Contest, Florence Nightingale Quiz, Pictures with the Medical Solutions Logo, and a Special Drawing.

Winners will receive awesome prizes including:

3 Piece Hard Shell Luggage Set

Keurig Coffee Home Brewer

iPod Nano 6th Generation

Tom Tom Touch Screen GPS

Amazon Kindle and Kindle Fire

Polaroid Digital Instant Camera

Apple TV box w/ a 1 Year Subscription to Netflix

$200 Spa Finder Gift Card

$200 Gift Card to Amazon

Schwinn Cruiser Discovery Bicycle (guys or ladies)

$1,000 Vacation Voucher to any destination of your choice!


We are also currently holding our 3rd Annual Nurses Week Humerus T-shirt Design Contest.  Please see our Nurses Week 2012 page on more information for all of these events.