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

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And the trophies go to … Barbara P. and Katie J.!

Congrats and thanks to the December 2014 Traveler of the Month, Barbara P., and also our Rising Star winner, Katie J.

Traveler of the Month Barbara was just settling in at a new assignment near the Seattle area when we caught up with her. Fun fact about Barbara: She was also the February 2014 Rising Star winner! (Click here to read the post featuring her for that win.)

“I have been traveling for about 14 months, so I am really still learning the ropes,” says Barb, who may be newer to traveling but has been a nurse for almost 35 years. “2014 was an incredible adventure, starting with New Year’s Eve in Times Square — so that has hard to beat.”

Medical Solutions Travel Nurse Barbara P

Barbara (at left) and her sister, at Rockefeller Center on New Year’s Eve.

But, the adventures just kept coming!

“The Fourth of July in Flagstaff, Arizona was incredible as well,” she says. “My daughter came to visit and we watched a great parade, went hiking in Sedona, and after lots of begging from my daughter, I agreed to jump off a cliff into a mountain stream — pretty daring for me because I am afraid of heights.”

Barb travels with her retriever/lab mix, Gunner, and says she highly recommends Travel Nursing because of all the great places she’s fallen in love with that she might not have otherwise visited.

“When I tell my children that my new assignment is my favorite, they remind me that I say that about all the places I have been,” she says.

Barb says she was completely surprised to be honored again by Medical Solutions and remains grateful for the opportunities she’s been given. We are so grateful for you, Barb!

Rising Star winner Katie is and ICU RN currently on assignment in Montana. She’s been in nursing a little over 3 and a half years and has been traveling for just over four months.

Katie says she loves her first assignment!

“I was actually a little concerned that any future assignments would not be as enjoyable as this one has been,” she says. “Mostly, all the staff have been incredibly kind and friendly to me, although, some were leery of having a Traveler in their unit in the beginning of my assignment, but now I feel like one of the group and many have asked me to stay or come back in the future.”

Medical Solutions Travel Nurse Katie

Rising Star Katie with her fiancé Mike (and their pup, Trigger). Congrats on the engagement, you two!

Katie and her “other half” Mike have a 100-pound black Labrador named Trigger, who stays with Mike in Idaho, but comes to visit Katie on assignment as often as possible.

“I love meeting new people and exploring new areas, and Travel Nursing gives me the perfect opportunity for both,” says Katie.

She offers great advice for new or prospective Travelers about adaptability.

“Be flexible because the hospitals will not always be used to having temporary employees,” says Katie. “Be gracious about the opportunity they are giving you. Always think about the impression you are leaving with the patients and the staff, and how this will affect the hospital and your company. Remember why you enjoy nursing and traveling, even if you had a terrible day or shift.”

Katie’s got some pretty exciting stuff on tap for the future. First, she’ll be starting grad school this year. She’s excited, but says she’ll miss working with her Career Consultant, Renee. But that’s not the only exciting development…

“Mike just asked me to marry him last weekend, so yet another exciting future event!” she says.

“Thank you again for the award and making my traveling experience great,” says Katie.

Thank you, Katie, for your excellent patient care! Congrats on grad school and the engagement, and maybe we’ll see you again down the road.

What does it take to become a Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers! Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.

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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!