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Save The Date: Travel Nurses Day 2017 is Coming!

Travel Nurses Day 2017

Save the Date, Travel Nurses!

Once upon a time, back in 2013, Medical Solutions was so continuously inspired by our AMAZING arsenal of Travel Nurses, that we decided there ought to be a holiday to recognize them. So, we created Travel Nurses Day, a day when traveling healthcare professionals are exalted and celebrated as the heroes they are!

It’s almost that time again, so save the date for Travel Nurse Day 2017, Friday, October 13th! We’ll be celebrating at TravelNursesDay.com, with quizzes, activities, music, photos, and, best of all PRIZES for Travel Nurses!

Here are a few things you can look forward to this Travel Nurses Day:

  • A #NurseLaughLove Photo Contest
  • Two quintessentially cool quizzes — Where Should I Travel Next? and What’s Your Ultimate Source of Bliss?
  • Two sets of fantastically fun Photofinds
  • Two sets of terrifically tremendous Travel Libs
  • A custom-made Find Your Bliss Playlist to keep you rocking through your special day
  • 35 wonderful prizes, including Amazon Tap Alexa-enabled Speakers, WonderWink scrub sets, North Face Recon backpacks, $100 Amazon gift cards, Alegria shoes, LeSport Sac bags, and so much more!

Right now at TravelNursesDay.com you can see all the lucky winners from last year, but very soon we will unveil the 2017 website and invite you to join in the fun. So be on the lookout for Travel Nurses Day updates in the coming weeks — and prepare to treat yo’self to some Travel Nurses Day fun!

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$750 New Traveler Bonus is Here!

750 Ads 970x250 e1505159261119 - $750 New Traveler Bonus is Here!There are TONS of reasons to try a career in Travel Nursing, but right now at Medical Solutions there are an additional 750 more reasons than ever! That’s because now through January 10, 2018, Travelers who are new to Medical Solutions are eligible for our limited time $750 New Hire Bonus once they complete a full assignment!

If you’ve ever considered trying Travel Nursing, or even if you’re a veteran Traveler looking for a new company that better fits your needs, now is the perfect time to make the leap — and Medical Solutions will have your back every step of the way.

To receive the $750 New Hire Bonus, you must:

  • Have not previously worked a standard assignment with Medical Solutions
  • Sign and start an assignment with us anytime from August 21, 2017, through January 10, 2018
  • Complete your full assignment

It’s that easy! Travel Nursing is already like the fudge sundae of careers, so go ahead, put that cherry on top with Medical Solutions’ $750 New Hire Bonus.

Click here to learn more or to apply now!

Not a Medical Solutions newbie? No worries, you can still get in on the bonus fun by referring a friend or co-worker and earning a $500 referral bonus! Just imagine, you get $500, your friend gets $750, Medical Solutions gets a great Traveler, patients get great care … it’s win-win-win-win — so many wins you’ll lose track!

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

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Congrats and thanks to Traveler of the Month, Melanie M., pictured here with her husband, Phil.

Many thanks and congrats to the July 2017 Traveler of the Month, Melanie M., and also our Rising Star winner, Karen H.!

Traveler of the Month Melanie is an L&D RN who’s spent a total of 15 years in nursing — five as an RN, seven as an L&D OR tech, and three as a post-partum clerk/CNA. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Geri K. and has worked as a Travel Nurse for about a year and a half.

When we caught up with her, Melanie, a Utah native, she was on assignment in Nephi, Utah.

“Between the two places I’ve been — Gillette, Wyoming and Nephi, Utah, I’d say Gillette was my favorite experience because it was a new adventure,” says Melanie.

Melanie traveled solo, although she and her husband, Phil, would travel to visit one another frequently.

In addition to being a rockstar RN, Melanie has also conquered the world of bodybuilding!

“I spent my 30th birthday on stage, in my first bodybuilding competition,” she says. “I was in the best shape of my life after 10 months of training and preparation … and I placed first!”

Melanie says the best thing about Travel Nursing to her was being employed by Medical Solutions. Awwww, thanks, Melanie!

Here are Melanie’s words of wisdom for new and aspiring Travelers.

“Be good to your new co-workers, offer to help, and in turn they will be happy to help you when you inevitably have a bunch of questions,” she says. “Renegotiate pay if offered an extension. Be good to your recruiter and submit your timecard on-time.”

Thank you for being an awesome Traveler, Melanie!

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Rising Star winner, Karen H., took this gorgeous pic during the sandhill crane migration in Kearney, Nebraska.

Rising Star Karen is a NICU RN who’s been in nursing since 1985 and has been traveling since January 2016.

Karen works with Career Consultant Austin B. and is currently on assignment in Kearney, Nebraska. Karen has something in common with Melanie, because her favorite location so far throughout her Travel Nursing career has also been Gillette, Wyoming. Wow, way to impress, Wyoming!

“Gillette is a great little town with wonderful people,” says Karen. “It’s also fairly close to so many great places to visit when you’re not working. There are the Black Hills of South Dakota which are filled with great things so see and do. There are the Bighorn Mountains close by in Wyoming; so beautiful. The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone are an easy drive, and Sheridan, Cody, and Cheyenne are fun cities to visit, too.”

Karen travels with her cat, who doesn’t love riding in the car but always settles in easily wherever the pair lands. Her daughter has also come out to stay with her in the summertime while she was on assignment.

“We went lots of places on my days off work, camping at Keyhole State Park, Glacier National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Springs, and Cheyenne Wyoming for Frontier Days just to name a few,” says Karen.

And while Karen loves having the chance to travel on her days off, she’s also grateful for the professional enrichment Travel Nursing has offered her.

“To me, the best thing about Travel Nursing is not only all the places I’ve been able to see but all the things I’ve learned,” she says. “I’ve learned about how other places do things in the hospital, cultures and values of different people in different parts of the country, and so much more!”

“I love what I do and it shows,” Karen continues. “I began Travel Nursing because I want to see the country and to be able to pay as much as I can for my daughter’s college education. I’m just a mom who loves being a mom more than anything else in this world.”

Here are Karen’s tips for new and aspiring Travelers:

“To be successful as a Travel Nurse I’ve found that you need to be open-minded,” she says. “There is often more than one way to do things and just because you did it one way does not mean that is the only way to do something. There are different ways that are not wrong, just different. Just go with it.”

Being helpful is another key to Traveler success, according to Karen.

“Always offer to do things. If another nurse is busy and says, ‘I have to run to the lab,’ offer to go for them — even if you don’t know where it is. You’ll find it; I did! Also, keep your mouth shut. Don’t tell what your hospital always did, no one wants to hear that. Don’t get involved in politics or gossip. Just let it go, mind your own business, and treat people the way you would like to be treated — ALL people, from housekeeping to patients to patient families to doctors.”

Thank you for your great work and advice, Karen!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions July 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Melanie and Karen, we are incredibly thankful for your dedication to providing superior patient care!

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: Adaptability in Travel Nursing

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Adaptability and flexibility are key qualities for Travel Nurses!

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

What is the key to success in Travel Nursing? This question is frequently asked when nurses or other healthcare professionals decide to embark on a contingency staffing career. Although there are many different qualities that make a Traveler successful, there is one trait that will directly impact your progress throughout your journey. The quality central to success is adaptability. Embracing change can be a challenge, however, if you become accustomed to this process you will possess a skill that is highly sought after by many potential employers.

To become someone who is adaptable you must learn to seek out opportunities for growth and development. Adaptable nurses and Travelers will challenge what they know to be right or correct and then mold that thinking into a new process or idea. By doing this they can investigate their habits to determine what leads to success and what does not. Examining their behaviors and processes will help them to make changes to what may or may not become the new normal and this directly reflects adaptability.

Another key characteristic of adaptability is being inventive and knowing what or who is available to you as a resource and asset. These resources can include other nurses, managers, physicians, ancillary staff, etc. Recognizing the individuals of your department that can assist you in adapting to a change in environment, policy, or process will help you to achieve the flexibility that is needed to be deemed an adaptable nurse. And never forget, your Career Consultant is always here for you as a very valuable resource as well!

Living in the moment is a mentality that’s prevalent in individuals who possess adaptability. What this translates to is the ability to take things one day at a time and to not focus on the what-ifs or what might happen. Being present in the moment allows nurses to stay centered on their job and avoid any complaints and bad attitudes. Nonetheless, adaptable nurses maintain the competency and capacity to look ahead. This pertains to discovering and uncovering opportunities for improvement.

The last few characteristics that define adaptability are acceptance and positivity. When it comes to positivity it is not just having a good attitude. It’s much more than that! Positivity is the ability to think positive about yourself and the situation. Taking a moment to breathe in a stressful situation will help to refocus your attention and energy and to shift your thoughts from anger, aggression, and frustration to patience, harmony, and confidence in your ability to handle the situation. This influence on your mind will advance to comprehensive control and long-term acceptance. Acceptance means that you do not place blame on others or seek out revenge when something goes awry. By accepting your part in the situation, you are taking responsibility and homing in on your ability to be adaptable.

Adaptability is important for Travel Nurses because it leads to success and it makes you more marketable to potential employers. The characteristics that I mentioned today will all help you as a nurse to achieve flexibility and to adapt to your surroundings. Travel Nurses that blend in will go unnoticed by other hospital staff because, to them, they are one of their own. This is the ultimate outcome to achieve when striving to become adaptable.

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State Spotlight: New York

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New York is wonderful land of opportunity for Travel Nurses!

They say if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere … that’s right, this month’s State Spotlight takes us to New York. Many an American — heck, many a global citizen — dreams of taking a bite out of The Big Apple or rolling through idyllic Upstate. Lucky for Travel Nurses, your career makes spending some time in New York a very real possibility!

Travel Nursing in New York

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Visit iconic sites like The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island!

New York is a wonderfully unique state and an absolute wonderland for Travel Nurses. The Empire State has TONS of great job opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as countless chances for adventure and exploration with the many urban and rural activities available throughout the state.

New York state is home to hundreds of hospitals, and, because of its dense population New York City alone is home to more acute care hospitals than many state’s have total within their borders. That includes New York City’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in New York, and which is nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in New York are: Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Morristown Medical Center — all of which are located in New York City.

Additionally, New York is home to four hospitals — New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital — that are ranked in five or more children’s specialties.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked New York the 13th best state for healthcare and the 17th best state overall. New York is the nation’s third-largest economy, buoyed by financial services, health care, and other industries.

As for licensing, New York is not a walk-through state, nor is it a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state! Click here for more info on licensing in New York.

To Do & See in New York

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They say the neon lights are brighter ON BROADWAY!

When it comes to what to do and see in New York, the real problem is how can one do it all?! New York City is what first springs to mind for most folks, because of the incredible city’s amazing history, art, culture, and more. On TripAdvisor, the top 10 things to do in NYC based on traveler rankings include: Central Park, The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Grand Central Terminal, Broadway, and the Empire State Building.

Some other perennial favorites include visits to Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, Coney Island, and Washington Square Park.

Broadway, as mentioned earlier, is a huge draw for theater fans, but NYC also offers all kinds of great off-Broadway plays and musicals, not to mention amazing music and comedy scenes. Same thing goes for art enthusiasts, who can visit some of the world’s top museums and view classic works, and they can also seek out small, hole in the wall galleries where they can enjoy the works of up and coming artists.

Sports fans will find plenty to do in New York, considering the abundance of teams and games to check out. Some of New York’s pro sports teams include the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Mets, New York Yankees, New York City FCs, New York Rangers, New York Knicks, and so many more! Fans of America’s favorite pastime will want to make the trip to Cooperstown to check out the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Bagels and coffee and cabs, oh my!

Just as New York City is beautifully diverse, New York is home to nearly every kind of cuisine under the sun resulting in a delicious spread of restaurants to choose from. Throughout the state of New York you can dine in some of the world’s fanciest restaurants with world-class chefs at the helm or grab a meal at small-yet-mighty, unforgettable mom and pop eateries — and either way, you’re in for a delicious treat!

New York-style pizza is first on many Travelers’ list when it comes to snagging a slice of the local flavor. NYC is also famous for its cheesecake, Eggs Benedict, Manhattan Clam Chowder, deli-style sandwiches like pastrami on rye, General Tso’s Chicken, bagels, strip steak, and hot dogs. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Manhattan cocktail and you will be living the New York dream.

Famous Upstate foods include Buffalo Wings, Beef on Weck, White Hots, Tomato Pie, Thousand Island dressing, black and white cookies, Peppermint Pig, the Garbage Plate (no really, it’s delicious), salt potatoes, and grape pie.

Outside of NYC, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, White Plains, Utica, Yonkers, Brookhaven, and Islip are some other cool urban areas to check out.

And, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, New York is alternately known for its idyllic Upstate areas. One of the country’s most stunning sights, the raging Niagara Falls, is located on the Canada-U.S. border and this is must-see for any Traveler headed to New York!

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Niagara Falls is a must-see when travelling to New York!

Nature lovers will also revel in a trip to the scenic Finger Lakes. Iroquois legend says that the long, narrow lakes west of Syracuse were formed by an impression left by the fingers of the Great Spirit. This is a beautiful landscape to drink in and the lakes provide lots of opportunities for getting out on the water. Hikers will want to check out the Cayuga Trails, Seneca Lake Trail, and the Keuka Trail.

When winter comes, Travelers will want to check out Lake Placid, which is the only place in the U.S. ever to host the Winter Olympics twice. It’s known for its great skiing but there is lots of other great winter recreation to be had here.

Thousand Islands is a 50-mile stretch of the St. Lawrence river decorated with thousands of tiny islands. The Adirondacks offer scenic, forested hills with several lakes and all kinds of outdoor adventure like hiking and canoeing. The Adirondacks are also a very popular spot to take in the fall foliage. There’s also Lake George, Watkins Glen State Park, Letchworth State Park, the seaside beauty of Montauk, Mohonk Preserve, Fire Island, the Erie Canalway, Catskills, and sooooo much more!

Big Apple

Take a bite outta The Big Apple!

New York Fast Facts


State Nickname: The Empire State

Capital: Albany

Largest City: New York City

National Parks: 23

State Parks: 180

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 296

State Motto: “Excelsior” — meaning, “ever upward.”

State Flower: Rose

State Animal: Beaver

New York was the 11th state.

Toilet paper, Teddy Bears, credit cards, Scrabble, the remote control, Kodak cameras, Jello-O, tuxedos, Pacemakers, Pyrex, chicken nuggets, Bloody Marys, typewriters, traffic lights, synthetic penicillin, and, of course, cronuts were all invented in New York.

Oneida, New York is home to the world’s smallest church, which measures 51” x 81”.

One theory states that “The Big Apple” is a term coined by musicians which celebrated playing the big time.

New York has more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

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Batter up! Cooperstown, New York is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Dairy is HUGE in New York, which has 18,000+ dairy farms.

If the Titanic had finished its intended journey it would have docked at Chelsea Piers on April 16, 1912.

It’s estimated that more than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

Lake Placid, New York is the only American city that has hosted the Winter Olympics twice — in 1932 and 1980.

The country’s first women’s rights convention was hosted in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Women earned the right to vote in New York in 1917.

Famous folks from New York include Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Cyndi Lauper, Arthur Miller, Denzel Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Walt Whitman, Lucille Ball, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Vin Diesel, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Al Pacino, Spike Lee, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Neil Diamond, Ani Difranco, Jon Stewart, and so many others!

New York’s name was New Amsterdam until 1664 when the English took it over from the Dutch and named it after the Duke of York and Albany.

New York City is home to more than 700 miles of subway lines.

New York City has a larger population than roughly 80% of U.S. States!

Cooperstown, New York is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fourteen million tourists visit Niagara Falls each year.

Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nursing gig in New York!

 

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8 Great Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

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Swing into a fabulous fall season with your next Travel Nurse job!

Another summer is nearly in the books — from Wonder Woman on the big screen to “Despacito” on repeat to total eclipse fever, Summer 2017 definitely delivered the goods. But now, as the days grow slowly shorter, we prepare to turn our attention to the joys of fall — like colorful leaves, Halloween costumes, the kickoff of football, fall TV premieres, and pumpkin everything! So, break out your cutest boots, get your pumpkin spice latte in hand, and read on to learn more about these 8 great fall locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Massachusetts

This fall favorite is on everyone’s minds for a reason each autumn. From the exciting, historic Boston area to the famous autumn colors of the Berkshires, taking a fall assignment in Massachusetts is your ticket to a magical New England fall! Explore colorful cranberry bogs throughout the Cape Ann region and see the gorgeous peaks of the Berkshire Mountains decorated in its fall best with colorful Sugar Maples and all kinds of other magnificent fall foliage. City slickers can enjoy perfect temps to explore beautiful Boston’s Freedom Trail, as well its iconic harbor, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine scene. Also, day trip alert: October is the perfect time to take a train up to Salem and explore the witchy city responsible for the Salem Witch Trials.

Click here to find a magnificent Massachusetts Travel Nurse job!

California

California is the most popular state for Travel Nursing regardless of what the calendar says, but it’s an extra special spot for those who like their fall days to coincide with their beach days! Enjoy sunny SoCal spots like San Diego and Los Angeles, and still have the option to head north and hit the slopes if you want. Not to mention wine country, Hollywood, amazing shopping, dining, pro sports, and more are available in The Golden State. Pro tip: California’s Pacific Coast Highway is actually an unsung hero for peeping pretty fall views. Learn more here in our California State Spotlight.

Click here to discover a cool California career!

Washington

At one time famous for their flannels, Washington really knows how to do a fabulous fall season! They call Seattle the Emerald City because of its year-round penchant for green, and it stays pretty temperate there even as fall unfurls. Visit the first-ever Starbucks for your caffeine fix, check out the famous Pike Place Market, and take a ferry to beautiful Bainbridge Island — all with a perfect view of magnificent Mount Rainier as a backdrop. Throughout the Evergreen State, you’re never too far from a fun day trip whether to a pumpkin patch, to an apple orchard, or for a fun fall hike. Gorgeous fall colors can be found on drives like the North Cascades Highway, Mount Rainier Loop, and Mount Baker Highway.

Click here to find a wonderful Washington gig!

New Jersey

The rumors are true: The Boss’ home state is totally boss! The Garden State is great place for Travelers to adventure and explore. Jersey offers lots of beautiful nature, including 127 miles of coastline and 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a great jumping off point for exploring the East Coast, and it’s no surprise that there’s an abundance of great eats throughout “the diner capital of the world.” There’s also a ton of great museums and truly intriguing history to check out in Jersey. Learn more here in our New Jersey State Spotlight.

Click here to search incredible jobs in Jersey!

Arizona

The Grand Canyon State offers the best of both worlds when it comes to fall: the temps stay nice and warm, but you can still see lots of pretty fall leaves. The San Francisco Peaks are very well known for their abundance of gorgeous gold Aspens and an autumnal rainbow is on display at Phoenix’s Boyce Thompson Arboretum. There’s a lot of great opportunity in Arizona, particularly in fall and winter, as older populations travel here to escape the colder months. In addition to a great selection of jobs, there is so much natural beauty to explore here, like mystical Sedona’s Cathedral Rock, Page’s majestic Horseshoe Bend, the iconic Grand Canyon, and so much more!

Click here to find awesome Arizona Travel Nursing jobs!

Virginia

The Blue Ridge Parkway, AKA one of the most gorgeous drives in the nation, runs through Virginia, making this a prime spot for fall lovers to take an autumn assignment. Plus, this is one state that really knows its way around a fall festival — from wine festivals to corn mazes to pumpkin patches to ghost tours. There’s an abundance of cool historical sites to be seen here as well, like Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery and so many more. Not only does Virginia have TONS of great jobs for Travelers, the state’s central location also opens up the possibility for all kinds of cool regional day trips and excursions.

Click here to discover very special Virginia jobs!

Missouri

Nothing beats a nice Midwestern fall and Missouri is a great place to experience one. The Show-Me State has lots of great adventures in store for Travel Nurses as well as a wide array of jobs to choose from. Go out for jazz and BBQ in KC. Admire the Arch, take in some blues music, and check out some craft beer breweries in St. Louis. Both of Missouri’s largest city centers also have great pro sports teams, world-class dining, amazing art, and sensational shopping. And don’t forget the sprawling Ozarks and lovably kitschy Branson! Learn more here in our Missouri State Spotlight.

Click here to find marvelous Missouri jobs for Travel Nurses!

North Carolina

The Tar Heel State is known for beautiful beaches on the east and stunning mountain ranges on the west. Cool mountain town Asheville is a great spot for an assignment or day trip if you love good food, music, and culture — not to mention incredible mountain views. From Asheville, you can hop on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway which is one of the very best fall drives in the country, with stunning colors and stately peaks around every corner. And, while the surf does cool a tad in fall, North Carolina’s beaches still boast gorgeous sunsets and wildlife views that can be enjoyed in autumn. Learn more here in our North Carolina State Spotlight.

Click here to find a keen career opportunity in North Carolina!

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Secure Your Next Travel Nurse Contract Before the January Rush!

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Plan ahead to secure your next Travel Nursing job and you’ll be sitting pretty!

Some patterns are so predictable you can almost set your watch by them. Pumpkin spice cravings in the fall. Discount candy after Halloween. “Quick” trips to Target turning into a cartful of things you didn’t even know you needed.

In the Travel Nursing world, one of the biggest patterns we see is Travelers waiting until early January to secure their next assignment after the holidays. Every year this results in a bottleneck of Travelers facing high competition for the same jobs. So, here’s the 411 on how and why you should secure your next Travel Nurse contract before the January rush!

Timing is Everything

At the start of January, many Travelers want to start off the new year with a new contract. And I do mean many. That’s not a bad idea, but it can be a frustrating experience if you wait until January to find a new job. Travelers are wise to be aware of these types of seasonal rushes and to plan ahead with their recruiter to avoid high competition and the added stress of trying to get a job during this kind of hectic, peak time.

October is another busy month for Travelers wanting to start a new job, so if you know you want to start a contract in October, the best thing to do is to go ahead and get in touch with your recruiter in early September to get the ball rolling. This will help you secure the best job for you without any last-minute stress.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

If you already know roughly when you’d like to begin your next job, it’s never too early to sign on! Doing so protects you from excess competition, gives you a good batch of jobs to choose from, and allows you plenty of time to get everything planned out ahead of your next adventure. A good rule of thumb is to start looking for your next assignment about 6-8 weeks into a 13-week contract.

Alternately, you might consider a contract extension, if that’s available to you. That way you’re all locked in and good to go. Besides, who wants to move in January anyway?! (It really is the perfect time to extend.) If you’re interested in extending a contract, the best time to start discussing that with your recruiter is about midway through your current contract, so again, about 6-8 weeks into a traditional 13-week assignment.

Make Your Contract Work for You

The reason for the January rush of Travelers trying to secure new assignments is largely because people want to take time off for the holidays. But that is not your only option! When signing a contract that will go through the holidays, you can always look into taking certain days off by having that written into your contract. If that’s important to you, be sure to discuss this with your recruiter.

Ask and You Shall Receive

Along those same lines, remember that your Career Consultant is a true expert in helping their Travelers find jobs and negotiate contracts that best serve their Travelers. They have seen dozens of other Travelers through all kinds of assignments and scheduling scenarios, so be sure to explain what you want to them and ask their expert advice on how best to get it! Tell them what you want — whether it’s certain days off or to be in a certain location for the holidays. They may not be able to grant your every wish, but they’ll do their best to make it happen and can provide crucial guidance to position you as best as possible depending on your needs and desires.

Ready to beat the rush? Click here to search jobs now and get in touch with your Career Consultant now so you make a plan to snag the best job for you!

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Clinical Corner: Build a Strong Travel Nurse Resume

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Perfect your resume and take the Travel Nursing world by storm!

By Kora Behrens, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Solutions

Each interaction you have with others around you — whether social or professional — shapes the impression they have of you. A positive first impression typically leads to a better relationship, more opportunities, and better long-term outcomes. For obvious reasons, first impressions are extremely important when applying for a job or meeting someone for the first time. Translated into the Travel Nursing world, a positive first impression comes in the form of a well-structured, accomplished resume. A winning resume will get you noticed first for the best positions and can facilitate further development for your career and future.

So, how do you build a winning resume? The first step in becoming a champion resume builder is to present your value in terms of the objective. Paint a personalized picture of what you can offer and contribute. Include a narrative statement that outlines your goals, specialty area, level of experience, and expertise. Present a clear illustration of what you can contribute and why you would be the best fit for the position. Once you have put together your objective, you are ready to continue with the body of the resume.

There are several templates available to build a resume, but the secret is finding one that’s organized, clean, and detailed. Once you’ve chosen a template you are ready to continue with the other highlights of your resume. Adding in an expertise section will capture a brief account of your skills and it will make it easier for hiring managers to know what areas you’re an expert in. It may be helpful to include your certifications and qualifications in nursing in this section as well. Overall, this part of the resume should be a representation of your nursing skills and the diseases/illnesses that you are competent in.

To further highlight your competency in your resume, you should include a detailed description of your nursing experience. This should include what type of facilities you have worked at (acute, outpatient, long-term care), how long you worked there, the nurse to patient caseload, and the area or unit you specialized in. Additionally, while listing your past experiences, it is essential to list out patients that you cared for, the skills that you have performed, and the tasks that you were responsible for. The more details, the easier it is for employers to get an exact idea of your skill level and experience. It would also be relevant to provide information about your experience with electronic computer documentation, education, state licensure, etc. in this section to establish your qualifications.

The most important thing to feature in this section is a demonstration of your top performance. With each job that you present in the resume, make sure you include a narrative about how you went above and beyond your job duties including serving on committees, boards, and/or task forces. Listing out any accomplishments that you had on the job would also be important including any initiatives you were a part of, any health promotion campaigns or accreditation assistance, etc. The focus here is your confidence, competency, and contributions. It’s important to convey these qualities and to show what you can provide. By doing this, you will be able to make yourself more marketable in the Travel Nursing world, which gets increasingly competitive every day.

Upon completion of your flawless resume, you will be ready to apply for several nursing positions. Many nurses will be submitting resumes for various travel positions and the market is very competitive. Nonetheless, there is no cause for concern because you have set yourself apart from the rest. Your high-quality resume and the marketing approach you used in your resume will speak for itself. Before you know it, you will be on your way to an interview and job offer!

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

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Congrats to our June Rising Star, Lucretia L!

Many thanks and congrats to the June 2017 Traveler of the Month, Karey C., and also our Rising Star winner, Lucretia L.!

Traveler of the Month Karey is an ER RN with more than two years of experience in nursing. She works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Scott S. and has been Travel Nursing since January 2016.

Karey is currently working in Boston, which is her favorite location so far — mainly because she appreciates the many historical sites available in Beantown.

“There’s tons of great history here, I have a few friends that attend Tufts Medical School, and there are so many great places to explore,” says Karey.

Karey says she is always “open to new experiences and any adventures I can get my hands on.” She’s met several like-minded Travelers along the way that she keeps in touch with.

Karey shared some great advice for new or aspiring Travelers:

“Be organized so it helps the transitions from jobs go smoothly, especially since you change jobs so often.”

“Learn how to pack light — my first assignment I tried to take everything I owned, which was a disaster.”

“Don’t be nervous, you’re going to have so much fun on your new assignment!”

Thank you, Karey!

Rising Star Lucretia an RN, BSN specializing in Critical Care/Cardiac Cath Lab. She’s been in nursing for 18 years and has been traveling on and off for about five years.

Lucretia works with Career Consultant Anthony H. and is currently on assignment in College Station, Texas. Her favorite location so far throughout her Travel Nursing career has been Oakland, California.

“I had great experiences in the area and made friends with some fantastic people,” says Lucretia.

Lucretia is ambitious and motivated to achieve her goals — which makes her a perfect fit for Travel Nursing. She says her favorite part about traveling is being able “to do a job that I love while also exploring new areas.”

Lucretia also offers some great advice for new Travelers.

“Be organized, professional, and flexible,” she says. “It is a great experience if you let yourself enjoy it.”

Thank you for your great work, Lucretia!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions June 2017 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Karey and Lucretia, we are incredibly grateful for your awesome commitment to providing superior patient care!

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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Medical Solutions Meets Finn!

A couple months ago, the Medical Solutions team danced for Finn. Not long after we busted a move in support of this tough little guy, and he and his family’s inspirational journey, the incredible happened: We got to meet Finn and fam!

Check out this video to see how excited our Omaha team was to meet this adorable little warrior — and click here to learn more about the incredible Finn and his wonderful family.