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Clinical Corner: How to Avoid Common Summer Injuries

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This Grill is on Fy-ahhh! And not in the good way … be sure to keep all sources of fire in check this summer.

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

We’re right in the thick of the sweltering summer season. This means pool parties, bicycling, margaritas, hiking, camping, boating, and, of course, the occasional injury. In fact, July is the most dangerous month, according to the Department of Labor. These injuries range from common minor injuries such as sunburns to more serious injuries like heat stroke. You spend such a large portion of your life taking care of others’ health, but don’t forget to take the time to take care of YOU, too! Here are some tips on how to avoid common summer injuries this year:

1. Sunburns

This one is easy, yet often overlooked. Use sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Up that SPF depending on how long you will spend outside and how fair your skin is. And if you’ll be taking a dip, I recommend following this wise rhyme: “Don’t be shy, reapply!”

2. Strains and Sprains

The most common injury ever! Avoid overexerting yourself and wear proper clothing and footwear for the activity you are doing.

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Don’t Be Shy, Reapply! Choose your SPF wisely and slather up to avoid sunburns.

3. Fire

Everyone likes fire until it gets out of control. Only start fires in fire pits that are not close to any dry brush. Keep a fire deterrent such as a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher near.

4. Lawn Mowers 

Be sure whatever you are mowing is clear or any debris that could be thrown by the lawnmower blades. Make sure nothing is in the way of your mower and never mess with it unless you are sure that it is turned off.

5. Dehydration

If you are outside and active, you need to be drinking 6 ounces of water every 15 minutes. Normally women need about 2.2 liters and men need about 3 liters of water a day. If you’re outdoors and sweating (or glistening) then you need to up your water game. Remember alcohol will make you more dehydrated, so be sure you’re drinking water in between those beers!

6. Bug Bites

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Water, Water, Everywhere! Be sure to stay hydrated in the face of hot temps and increased outdoor activity.

Unfortunately, summer means bugs are back. Avoid mosquitos and ticks by using insect repellant and covering up with breathable long-sleeved clothes. Keep an eye on any bug bites you happen to receive and if you have a “bulls-eye” bug bite, see your doctor immediately.

7. “Hold My Beer” Moments

If anyone says that phrase or any phrase like it, do not let that person do whatever it is they are planning on doing. “Hold my beer” is usually said before someone tries to ride a skateboard off a roof, launch their car over a pool, or light up 30 fireworks at the same time. While the end results can be pretty rad, the chances of someone getting injured are exceptionally high and some risks should never be taken.

Summer can be a load of fun but can also be dangerous. Be sure you’re being safe no matter what activity you’re doing and always be aware of your surroundings. Trust your gut instincts! Be safe and enjoy the rest of your summer.

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Going Back to School with Medical Solutions

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The Online RN to BSN Academy is available across the U.S. So you can earn your BSN degree whenever and wherever you are!

With the end of summer in sight, and local stores stocking up on school supplies, you might find yourself wondering about the next step in your Travel Nursing career. You’ve always wanted to go back to school, but you’ve been holding back. You think it wouldn’t fit your nomadic lifestyle, or maybe you’re worried about the financial burden. Whatever your doubts, know that Medical Solutions is here for you.

We know how important professional development can be for your career. That’s why Medical Solutions has teamed up with Nebraska Methodist College to help busy Travel Nurses like you earn your BSN degree. Medical Solutions also provides financial assistance to our Travel Nurses with at least one assignment under their belt. It’s just one of the many benefits we offer our awesome Travelers.

If you’re still not convinced, here are just a few more reasons why you should earn your BSN degree through our RN to BSN Academy with Nebraska Methodist College:

  • It’s 100% online so you can learn at your convenience
  • The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • You can earn your BSN degree in roughly 7 semesters
  • Multiple start dates throughout the year allow you to schedule with flexibility
  • Medical Solutions offers financial assistance to our Travelers in this program

So, let’s recap. As a Medical Solutions Travel Nurse, you have an opportunity to further your career while still working and get paid for it. When you put it like that, the decision practically makes itself. It’s time to advance your career and become a leader in the healthcare field.

To learn more about our RN to BSN program with NMC, click here or contact your Career Consultant today!

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Roundup River Ranch 2016: Lisa’s Story

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Travel Nurse Bonds With Kids at Summer Camp

This month, we continue our inside look at the incredible work being done at Roundup River Ranch, a free summer camp for children with severe diseases. Medical Solutions, a longtime supporter of this cause, has donated more than $5,000 directly to the Colorado-based camp this year, helped recruit some of the nurses, and funded a portion of their pay for the summer.

One such Medical Solutions Travel Nurse, Lisa, S., RN, joins us today to explain why her Travel Nursing experience this summer has reinforced her desire to help children.

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Lisa S., RN, won’t soon forget the lessons she learned from the kids at Roundup River Ranch.

Thanks for chatting with Medical Solutions, Lisa. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure, I’m an RN specializing in Emergency Room nursing, and I’ve been a nurse for 6 years. I started traveling about 15 months ago. This is my first summer at Roundup River Ranch.

What inspired you to work there for the summer?

I worked as a camp counselor each summer between the ages of 14-21 and loved it. I never expected that I’d be able to return to camp as an adult. At my last assignment at Children’s Hospital, I spoke with a number of nurses there who had volunteered at Roundup River Ranch. They all had wonderful experiences. The decision basically made itself. I feel incredibly lucky to work with an amazing cadre of medical professionals and absolutely awe-inspiring kids. Plus, it’s so fun to be in here in the Colorado mountains in gorgeous weather!

How did you hear about this opportunity? From my incredible recruiter Keahna W. at Medical Solutions (thank you Keahna!)

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook?

My time at Children’s gave me a peek at how incredible and resilient children with chronic illness can be. My time at camp has given me the chance to actually get to know them, care for them for a longer time, and appreciate their experiences so much more. This camp leaves me so much more excited for more experience working with children. I also have a better understanding now of what I’m capable of as a nurse and as a person.

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN?

I will remember numerous smiling faces, and kids of all ages conquering their fears in favor of fun and joy. I also won’t forget the incredible bond I made with my Roundup family.

Which ones stand out as the most rewarding and why?

The most rewarding part was watching these kids overcome their personal obstacles. I witnessed pure joy in the face of so many challenges. We all have obstacles we face, and the degree of grace that we approach them with varies. Personally, I know I have been guilty of making a small problem into a much larger one in my head. These children really put things into perspective, and I hope to truly draw upon these memories moving forward in my life.

What wouldRoundup River Ranch Logo you tell other nurses about this camp and would you recommend going back?

I would definitely recommend going back. I would tell other nurses that in some ways you will work harder and longer then you ever have before, but it will be so worth it!

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

I’ll miss the kids, the family we have here at camp, and the beauty of living in the mountains.

If you loved reading about Lisa’s summer, look for the final installment on Medical Solutions’ Roundup River Ranch series next month. You can also look back on Kelli C’s experience at the camp here or learn more about this amazing summer camp at RoundupRiverRanch.org.

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Join Rally, Earn Free Gift Cards!

UHC RallyAs a Medical Solutions Traveler, one of your many benefits is access to health insurance through United Healthcare — starting at just $15 a week for a basic, single policy. I’m a United Healthcare user myself, and recently discovered a really cool program called Rally, which United Healthcare offers all their insurance users. In the past two months, I’ve earned $100 in gift cards through this free program, so needless to say, I am big fan. Read on to learn about all the perks that come with United Healthcare’s Rally Program and how you too can get free gift cards!

To join Rally, simply log in to your UHC account at UHC.com, then click the Rally ad in the slider or the tab that reads “Rally Health Survey” to get started.

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UHC offers Rally, and Medical Solutions offers Travelers UHC insurance starting at just $15 per week for a single, basic policy!

Once you’re all signed up, you can get a free $25 gift card right away for completing a quick health survey that offers you personalized tips on how to achieve your optimum health. You can also earn gift cards for doing a healthcare cost estimate and completing three Missions (more on Missions below). Because we all have our own preferences, Rally lets you choose your gift card from a TON of retailers, including Amazon, Target, and Starbucks!

Rally Rewards is a tab where you can view your rewards and check for new opportunities. You can also track the Rally coins you earn for most actions on the website and spend them on entries to win prizes. Some of the prizes currently available as I write this are an iPad mini, Fire HD 7 Tablet, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo, GermGuardian Air Cleaning System, Fitbit Aria, Oster Digital Food Steamer, and a Starbucks gift card.

Rally Missions are a great way to stay on track with your wellness goals while earning coins and other rewards. Each mission falls under one of four categories: Move, Eat, Feel, and Care. Some of my favorite missions so far are Be Grateful Each Day, Cook at Home More, Work up a Sweat, Focus on Fruits and Veggies, and Do Something Creative — but there are dozens of missions covering all aspects of personal wellness, so there’s something for everybody! Users check in to share progress on their missions, which earns them coins and free gift cards when they hit certain milestones.

Rally Challenges lets users join public challenges, like virtual races, as well as private ones. Users earn coins for challenges and there’s also a handy page for viewing your completed challenges.

Rally Communities is a way for users to gain support and join conversations related to specific physical and mental health concerns. The communities are centered on topics like Fitness and Exercise, Food and Nutrition, Living Mindfully, Women’s Health, Parenting, Stress and Anxiety, as well as allergies, specific diseases and conditions, specific forms of exercise, and much more.

In summary, if you’re on United Healthcare’s insurance Rally offers you fun, free, user-friendly tools to help manage your wellness. Whether you’re into that or I had you at free gift cards (or both!), let’s Rally!

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Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest Winners!

Medical Solutions has crowned the Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest Winners. We put out the call for awesome snapshots of your lives in Travel Nursing and the way you answered absolutely blew us and our expectations away.

Whether you were in front of or behind the camera, at the top of the world or under the sea, with your BFF or man’s best friend, THANK YOU for sharing such outstanding snapshots of your life as a Travel Nurse!

And the winners are …

People Category
Jessica S.
Courtney T.

Adventure Category
Nicole S.
Adrienne O.

Landscape/Cityscape Category
Caleb C.
Mary Ann B.

Pets Category
Laurie F.
Jocelyn G.

It cannot be overstated that we received SO many amazing submissions for this contest, which made judging it incredibly difficult. Whether you won this contest or not, our team is totally inspired by all of you and you are clearly winning at the Travel Nurse life!

Here are the winning photos from the Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest:

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Thank you, Courtney T., for this awesome picture. We HEART you!

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Congrats, Jessica S.! What a good-lookin’ crew of folks!

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Congrats, Adrienne O.! Now THAT’S an adventure!

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Might as well JUMP, Nicole S.! Thanks for the rad picture, and may you have many more great adventures in Travel Nursing.

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Woah, Caleb C! We love that your landscape includes such a starry, starry night. Congrats!

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Congrats, Mary Ann B.! This unique landscape makes our imaginations run wild in the best way!

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Jocelyn G., you’ve outdone yourself with this gem! Your canine pal is very lucky to have you — and quite photogenic to boot!

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Congrats, Laurie F.! Who wouldn’t fall in love with this pup?!

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Clinical Corner: 9 Quick Tips for Rocking Your Travel Nurse Performance Evaluation

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Rock your Travel Nurse performance eval like the rock star you are!

By Chris Vinton, Medical Solutions Quality Assurance Specialist

At the end of every Travel Nursing assignment you take with Medical Solutions, the hospital is given a form to evaluate your performance. Performance evaluations are a reflection of you and the work you put in at each hospital. These evaluations will stay with you for your entire career at Medical Solutions, so it is important to have some rock star level performance evaluations!

Performance evaluations cover everything from clinical skills to communication between you and full-time staff to personal hygiene. The factors you’re rated on are intentionally broad and cover a wide range of topics, so to help you prepare, here are 9 quick tips for rocking your Travel Nurse performance evaluation:

  1. Focus on patient care.
  2. Be aware of the hospital’s policies and follow these policies.
  3. Document appropriately.
  4. Remember the five rights of medication administration.
  5. Be courteous and respectful to patients and staff.
  6. Communicate with your team and doctors.
  7. Do not be late for shifts.
  8. Ask your team and charge nurse questions.
  9. Shower — and otherwise maintain your personal hygiene.

Every assignment you take will be different, every hospital will have different policies, and you will always have a new team to work with. In order to rock performance evaluations, you need to adapt to every situation you find yourself in. There will always be different policies or ways of documenting. However, the one thing that is constant in every assignment you take is you. You have the power to communicate effectively, treat patients how you would want to be treated, and follow hospital policies. Not to get too motivational speaker sounding, but you’ve totally got this — you have the skill and will to adapt and wow the hospitals, your patients, and all the teams you will work with!

Performance evaluations are an important part of Travel Nursing. They reveal quite a bit of information about both Travelers and hospitals. This will help your Career Consultant find optimum facilities for you where you would be a perfect fit. It also helps our Client Managers learn more about the culture of each hospital. Remember that these performance evaluations reflect your work and if you are a rock star, then you will get an awesome performance eval!

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Congrats to April 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to our Traveler of the Month, Tess C.!

Many thanks and congrats to the April 2016 Traveler of the Month, Theresa “Tess” C., and also our Rising Star winner, Anesha E.!

Traveler of the Month Tess is a Staff Nurse and Educator in Perioperative Services who has worked with Career Consultant Jennifer B.

Although Tess is not currently on a travel assignment, she’s been a nurse since 1976 and has worked as a Travel Nurse since the early 2000s.

Tess’ favorite assignment location so far was in California, between San Francisco and Sacramento.

“I was able to pursue my passion for teaching with the full support of the staff,” she says. “The whole experience there was incredibly rewarding.”

Tess travels solo, preferring to fully focus on her job, but she says her husband Andrew is very supportive while she’s away and takes great care of the couple’s cat, Teddy.

Want to hear a fun fact about Teddy — as well as Tess and Andrew, too? They live across the pond!

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Tess (middle) and her most recent team.

“Since 2013 I have lived in Brittany, North-Western France, in the medieval town of Dinan,” says Tess. “I’ve had the pleasure of living in Europe for the last 15 years, mostly in the UK as my husband is British.”

Wow. Tess really knows how to put the “Travel” in Travel Nursing!

“I love Travel Nursing as it allows me the flexibility of choosing work around my personal schedule, great travel, and educational opportunities,” she says.

Here are Tess’ tips for new Travel Nurses:

  1. “Be professional at all times, to your company and to your work colleagues.”
  2. “Always maintain good communication with your recruiter and support staff. Difficult situations inevitably arise from time to time, and the company has always been of great help and support to me.”
  3. “Relax and enjoy it!”

Thanks, Tess!

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Congrats to April’s Rising Star Anesha E., pictured here with her adorable dog, Ty.

Rising Star Anesha is an OR Surgical Tech currently on assignment in Alabama. She’s been a Surgical Tech since 2006 and has been traveling since 2015. Her specialty is Neuro, but she also dabbles in general, OB/GYN, vascular, and ENT.

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Rising Star Anesha enjoys the Travel Nurse lifestyle both on and off the job.

Anesha’s recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Sharon H., and her favorite location so far has been in western Iowa.

“The people were really nice, and the doctors were as well, which made my hospital a good place to work,” she says.

Anesha loves the color blue and working out — especially cycling, walking, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, and circuit classes. She travels with her dog “Ty” — an 8-year-old, 11-pound, half schnauzer/half dachshund.

“I like travel nursing because it gives me the opportunity for my work to finally speak for itself and I get to see the world while doing what I do best,” says Anesha.

Her advice for new Travelers?

“Remember to take it one day at a time on each assignment because each day does get better, and don’t get discouraged or overwhelmed by the size of the facility because either way you can only do one room at a time.”

Awesome advice, Anesha!

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Ty is ready to hit the road!

Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions April 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

Tess and Anesha, we are so grateful for your hard work, rock star skills, and commitment to providing excellent patient care!

Who will be the next Medical Solutions Rising Star or Traveler of the Month?

All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to new Medical Solutions Travelers.

Click here to learn more about the Traveler of the Month program, and maybe just maybe YOU could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card as recognition for a job well done!
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Roundup River Ranch 2016: Kelli’s Journey

Roundup River Ranch provides a safe space for children with serious illnesses to experience the joys of summer camp.

Travel Nurse Finds Inspiration at Special Summer Camp

Roundup River Ranch, initially envisioned by actor Paul Newman, is a free summer camp for children with serious illnesses. With medical support from healthcare professionals, these children can try activities they’ve never done before, build their confidence, and make new friendships.

Medical Solutions, a proud contributor to this amazing program, has inspired several Travel Nurses to work at the Colorado-based camp. You can read more about Medical Solutions’ past involvement here.

This summer, three Travel Nurses have shared their journeys of self-discovery at Roundup River Ranch. Take a second to read about Kelli C., NRP, RN, and her incredible experience at the camp so far:

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Kelli C., NRP, RN, believes Roundup River Ranch rejuvenated her passion for nursing.

Thanks for taking the time to chat today, Kelli. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

“I am a Paramedic/RN. I am currently a flight nurse for Medical Air Rescue based in Rapid City, SD.  I was a Travel Nurse from 2012 until June 2015. Medical Solutions has kept in contact with me since my departure from travel life, and thus, I found my way to Roundup River Ranch this summer. I couldn’t be more grateful for this experience. It was definitely God putting me right where I needed to be!”

What inspired you to work at Roundup River Ranch for the summer?

“This is my first summer at Roundup River Ranch. Honestly, what isn’t inspiring about this camp? After I submitted my application, I immediately went to their website. I fell in love with the kids and their stories.

I love working with kids, and unfortunately, I usually only get to see them in their most critical-life-threatening moments. I found myself smiling, and a little emotional as I browsed through the photo gallery, read testimonies, and reviews. I knew coming to Roundup River Ranch was exactly what I was looking for. The peace in my heart was overwhelming.”

How has your camp experience at Roundup River Ranch changed your personal and professional outlook?  Would you say you’ve become a better nurse?

“No one can prepare you for your experience at Roundup River Ranch. For me it began as a struggle. I grew up in an alcohol and drug infested family, and lived half of my life on the reservation. Working in emergency medicine had also hardened my emotions and the ability to feel those emotions.

Camp training seemed very similar to what I would call “group therapy.” I was reluctant to participate, and noticed an uncomfortable anxiety in myself. For so many years, I had not allowed myself to feel — I have always been the person in control, strong-willed, and the one people come to for support. Honestly, I didn’t know if I could do what was being asked of me. I was in my panic zone and shed many tears multiple nights.

As I continued to stretch myself in the efforts of “caring and sharing,” I realized there is a difference between feeling and feelings, and how disconnected mine had become. I came to realize that It was OK to be human and to feel. I have always viewed vulnerability as weakness, but it’s the exact opposite. Vulnerability takes immense strength.

Once session was in full swing, it finally came full circle for me. I embraced camp! I found myself putting on tutus, random costumes on a daily basis, dancing, being silly, and just being a kid again. Before, I didn’t know if I could take care of the campers, and still interact with them, laugh with them, cry with them. Through the “magic of camp” and God’s grace, I was able to do all of the above.

The support from my co-workers and staff at Roundup River Ranch was over the top. It was also something that has been missing from my adult professional life. It grieves my heart that the field of medicine has a difficult time embracing such a culture. For me, Roundup River Ranch has been a place of healing, and because of this, I am evolving into a new person and a better care provider.”

What types of memories from this camp will you take back to your life as an RN? Which ones stand out as the most rewarding and why?Roundup River Ranch Logo

“I will take all of Roundup River Ranch with me and empower others. I have learned and improved in multiple realms of life. The kids and their stories will be my biggest memory. Their struggle in life is like the challenge course. They have a 40-foot rock wall and 300-foot zip line towering over them, whispering “You can’t.” They nervously put their helmets and harness on, quietly express fears, and cling tightly to staff. But then, the constant cheering and clapping gets them started, and their determination finishes it. Watching this process can only be expressed through shared tears and hugs.”

What would you tell other nurses about this camp and would you recommend going back?

“I would tell other nurses, deep down inside, our professional path can weigh heavily on our souls, whether we want to admit it or not. Sometimes, we need to be a part of the healing process. River Ranch Roundup is that place. It is the place of escape from all that drains our strength and puts us on a destructive path of compassion fatigue. If one lets it, Roundup River Ranch can help begin the process of rejuvenation. I would come back in a heartbeat! Like I mentioned above, the support and enthusiasm is intoxicating.”

What will you miss the most when camp is over?

“I will miss the kids! Their smiles, laughter, dancing, and care-free, no-worries attitudes are refreshing. Their innate strength to fight every day with a positive outlook despite the challenges dealt them is inspiring. I will also miss the supportive environment, staff, and co-workers. Roundup River Ranch wants you to be the best you can be. They meet you right where you are, and help you grow … it’s the magic of camp!”

Stay tuned all summer to read more about Medical Solutions’ Travel Nurses’ amazing stories at the Roundup River Ranch. You can also visit RoundupRiverRanch.org to learn more about this incredible summer camp experience.

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Congrats to March 2016’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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Congrats to the March 2016 Rising Star winner, Roberta T.!

Many thanks and congrats to the March 2016 Traveler of the Month, Patricia “Trish” W., and also our Rising Star winner, Roberta T.!

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Medical Solutions’ March 2016 Traveler of the Month winner, Trish W., also just won Rising Star in December 2015. Way to go, Trish!

Traveler of the Month Trish is an OR CST working with Career Consultant Todd L. She just wrapped up a contract in Minnesota and is taking some time off for summer 2016.

Trish’s Traveler of the Month win is extra special because she was just recently awarded the Rising Star win for December 2015! When her win was announced we shared on the blog that Trish has been a CST for 21 years, that she and her husband are avid Harley riders, and that she travels with her cat Spunky.

Trish also had this awesome advice for new Travelers: “Be confident but humble about what you know, admit what you don’t know, and be flexible. Take pride in the job you do!”

Trish’s Career Consultant Todd, who’s had the pleasure of working with Trish since January 2015, says she is honest, loyal, communicative, and sincere.

“Trish takes her job very seriously, and she always seeks to resolve issues with communication and understanding,” says Todd.

We hope you enjoy an awesome summer of long Harley rides and other wonderful activities, Trish!

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Rising Star Roberta is a total pro at adventuring!

Rising Star Roberta is an RN, BSN specializing in PCU/Tele who’s been in nursing for two years and traveling for one year. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Bobby J., and she’s in beautiful Seattle for her current assignment!

“The staff is beyond welcoming and friendly,” says Roberta. “There’s also a potluck every other Saturday!”

As you can tell from her awesome pictures, Roberta is a pro at adventuring — which is one of her favorite things about Travel Nursing.

“The best thing about Travel Nursing is meeting new people and exploring new places,” she says. “There’s always a new sight to see and an adventure to take! I’m able to network and build bonds like never before through Travel Nursing, and I’ve also gained more experience and have learned to adapt and adjust to change quickly.”

As a Louisiana native, Roberta has a Southern charm that she says allows her to “build a rapport with patients as well as staff to provide the best care possible.” Her advice to new or aspiring Travelers?

“Be kind and willing to be a team player, be willing to go the extra mile and help or pick up an extra shift for awesome pay, and utilize your resources,” she advises. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions or consult with other nurses if you need help!”

Excellent advice, Roberta!

Congratulations again to the March 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Thank you so much, Trish and Roberta, for your amazing talent, hard work, and dedication to providing excellent patient care!

Could you be the next Medical Solutions Rising Star or Traveler of the Month? Travelers who get a perfect hospital evaluation are in the running to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to new Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to learn how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and get recognized for the great work you do!

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Adventures in Travel Nursing: Lauren and Caleb’s Scrub Love

Lauren and CalebFor Medical Solutions Travelers Lauren C. and Caleb C., it’s all about love. Love of nursing, love of traveling, and the love they have for each other!

This dynamic husband and wife duo of nurses is living their dream through Travel Nursing — a journey they document on their awesome blog, Scrub Love.

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Lauren and Caleb smiling big in Banff National Park.

“We are so grateful to this company for fueling our adventure,” says Lauren. “We are having the time of our lives!”

Lauren RN, BSN, is an ER nurse and Caleb RN, BSN, is an ICU nurse. Both Lauren and Caleb have five years’ experience in nursing and about 2 years’ experience in Travel Nursing. The couple met in nursing school in Ohio, moved to Lauren’s hometown of Maryland where they were wed, and then packed everything up and hit the road!

“We love traveling together,” says Lauren. “We are each other’s adventure buddies, roomies, co-workers, and each other’s piece of home. Traveling across the country is exciting, but sharing it with my husband makes it that much more special. Dreaming up mini road trips for our days off or grabbing breakfast together after working a night shift — it’s just the best.

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Caleb gets out the map for some adventure scheming.

In addition to all of the awesome traveling they get to do together, Lauren says that Travel Nursing has also helped her and Caleb grow and develop as nurses.

“The professional experience we gain is invaluable. At the end of the day, a STEMI is a STEMI, but each hospital teaches us a little something different,” says Lauren. “I’ve worked with incredible nurses and doctors that have taught me so much and just validate why I love this field. And after a few assignments, we find that we are able to bring a skill set that has taken the best things from each hospital. It feels great to know that you can bring that to each team of nurses that we meet.”

Lauren says Boise has been the couple’s favorite location so far.

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Lauren enjoys the Bavarian charm of Leavenworth, Washington.

“It was a total surprise to us! We were waiting for our Washington licenses to go through so our Career Consultant Eileen suggested Idaho,” says Lauren. “She totally understands our adventurous hearts so we just trusted her. So glad we did! It’s the best ‘little big city.’ All the big city fun with a small town friendly/walkable/safe feel. We lived right downtown. We biked everywhere, floated the river that runs through the city, hit all the breweries and made amazing friendships. It’s a three-hour drive from the Sawtooth Mountains, which quickly became our favorite place in the country to camp. All the raw beauty without the people! Kayaking and rafting are also an hour away. The active, outdoor mentality was just right for us. That why we are headed back for our second summer there!”

Lauren and Caleb document all of their awesome adventures outdoorsy and urban adventures on their blog Scrub Love. If you’re looking for some inspiration for Travel Nursing, then you will absolutely LOVE their vibrant photos and sweet storytelling, peppered with perfectly insightful quotes.

“We love sharing our adventures with our family and friends across the country,” says Lauren. “It’s also become a scrap book of our trips that we will be able to look back on one day.”

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A beautiful day in Yosemite!

In addition to all of the gorgeous landscapes, cityscapes, and pictures of them with friends and family, the duo came up with a neat little initiative in 2015 called “The Foot Project.”

“We love taking pictures. But can you imagine how many pictures we’ll have after a few years of traveling to all these awesome places?! Too many to do anything with. So, I wanted to do something where at the end of this chapter in our lives, we could quickly flip through some highlights. The feet pictures seemed just right. We take them constantly. Every time we take a hike or explore a new city I am figuring out where to get the best shot. It takes a bit of skill too. Many involve us in a Pilates-esque V pose with our feet in the air. Good for the core. The other reason we decided on the feet — do you know what your face looks like after a 14-mile hike up a mountain?! Not the best! But our feet, sure that’s fine,” says Lauren.

Here’s a quick sampling of Lauren and Caleb’s Foot Project:

Lauren and Caleb Medical Solutions Travel Nurses

Autumn in Boise.

Lauren and Caleb Medical Solutions Travel Nurses

Live from Red Rocks Amphitheater!

Lauren Caleb Medical Solutions Travel Nurses

Relaxing at Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Lauren Caleb Medical Solutions Travel Nurses

Having a hammock of a time in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Lauren Caleb Medical Solutions Travel Nurses

Harvesting their own oysters on Quilcene Beach in Washington.

Lauren Caleb Medical Solutions Travel Nurses

Dog sledding in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

If you share Lauren and Caleb’s love of taking amazing pictures to document your travels, be sure to enter Medical Solutions’ Share Your Snapshot Photo Contest, which goes through June 1, 2016, for the chance to win one of eight $250 Amazon gift cards.
And remember, if you need any photo or travel inspiration, you will find it in spades over at Lauren and Caleb’s Scrub Love blog. We wish many more days of happy traveling to this dynamic, happy couple!
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