Congrats to May 2014’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star!

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You each get a gold star, Barb H. and Jennifer H.!

Eternal thanks and huge kudos and congrats to our May Traveler of the Month, Barb H., and also our Rising Star winner, Jennifer H.

Traveler of the Month Barb has been an RN for 32 years, and she’s extra special for several reasons. Barb was in Omaha recently, where Medical Solutions is headquartered, and our staff was able to be there when she came to visit us and found out about her win. It was so fun to surprise Barb, and to celebrate her awesome work! Check it out — you may want to lower the volume at the beginning, our cheers for Barb got pretty loud.

Barb’s a true Travel Nurse pro, and has a great deal of experience. Her background is in ICU/ER, Home Health, Hospice, and currently PACU.

“I traveled in the late ’80s when cell phones and computers or GPS were not the norm,” she says. “Things are so much easier with technology.”

Travel Nurse Barb's dog Lucy

Lucy loves traveling alongside her owner, and Traveler of the Month for May 2014, Barb H.

She travels with her two companions, Kona, an 11-year-old chocolate lab, and Lucy, a 3-year-old rescue lab mix.

“They attend doggy daycare when I am at work and have adjusted well to the frequent changes. When I travel I have a hitch haul on the back of my SUV so they aren’t crowded in the back,” says Barb.

She says she really enjoys the Minneapolis area, for its “diversity, people, and the vibe of the city.” But she also looks forward to discovering new areas.

“I enjoy getting ‘lost’ in an area and finding my way back,” she says. “You never know what you’ll find along the way and I love figuring out what street or road intersects with that road. The dogs have been a great way to find trails and parks in an area.”

Travel Nurse Barb's dog Kona

Barb’s dog, Kona, also enjoys exploring.

Beyond exploring, Barb loves that Travel Nursing allows her to focus on what really matters.

“I love traveling mainly because I can avoid the politics and drama of a place and focus on patient care,” she says.

Barb has some really valuable tips for new Travelers: “Be flexible. Assignments and details can change in a heartbeat; you need to go with the flow and not get stressed. Always be courteous and gracious at an assignment. If three different people say the same thing to you thank each and every one of them. They are not doing it to belittle you they just don’t know what other people have told you. Show confidence in your skill, not arrogance, for that radiates to the staff nurses. Go do things with staff members if asked, a great way to see the area and form a friendship with the staff.”

Barb’s on her way back to the Minneapolis area in early July. Don’t forget to stop back and see us again in Omaha some time, Barb!

May’s Rising Star Jennifer H. has been a Certified Surgical Technologist for four years, has been traveling since June 2013, and is going on her third travel assignment. After a short vacation she’s off to an assignment in Iowa in July.

“I love it!” Jennifer says of life as a Traveler, adding, “I have enjoyed each and every one of my assignments because I have learned so much. The people I have met and the knowledge I have gained has made me the person and the tech I am.”

Travel Nurse Jen in OMaha

Jennifer visited Omaha’s famed Henry Doorly Zoo, with another Medical Solutions Traveler, Cindy D.

Jennifer loves the aspect of Travel Nursing that allows her to continue developing her skills, knowledge, and experience as a healthcare professional.

“The best thing about traveling is meeting new people and learning new skills and techniques, because I believe that my way might not be the best or only way to do something,” she says.

Rising Star Jennifer’s advice for new Travelers?

“When traveling, always be open minded to different techniques and learn anything you can from others,” she says. “With that, be prepared to teach others the knowledge that you have. As you come into a new assignment and facility, be honest about your training, be flexible to do anything — which includes cleaning — yes, cleaning, and be positive in any situation.”

Thanks so much again for your superior work on assignment, Barb and Jennifer! We hope you enjoy your prizes and awesome bragging rights.

Want to learn more about Medical Solutions’ Traveler of the Month program? Click here to find out what it’s all about and if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

About the Author

Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a Travel Nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!

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