Travel Nurses Day 2015!

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Click here to celebrate Travel Nurses Day 2015 and win prizes!

Travel Nurses Day 2015 is almost here!

This October 9, 2015, will mark the third annual Travel Nurses Day celebration.

In honor of Travel Nurses everywhere, Medical Solutions created and celebrated the first Travel Nurses Day in 2013.

This year the celebration at includes:

  • The “Signs You’re a Travel Nurse” Instagram Photo Contest
  • Quizzes — “Where should I travel next?” and “Which on-screen nurse are you?”
  • Travel Libs
  • Photo Hunts

Besides the fun of all of that, there are tons of great prizes to be won, totaling more than 2,000 in value! Here’s what Travel Nurses are eligible to win one of this year:

“Signs You’re a Travel Nurse” Instagram Contest
1 – $500 Cash Grand Prize
3 – Fitbit Charge HR ($150 value each)
3 – $100 hotel credits, courtesy of Travelers Haven

Travel Libs, Photo Find and Travel Nurse Quizzes:
3 – $50 Tafford Gift Cards, courtesy of Tafford Uniforms
2 – $50 Amazon Gift Cards, courtesy of Nebraska Methodist College
6 – $50 Zappos Gift Cards
6 – $50 Amazon Gift Cards

You can visit anytime between now and midnight on October 8. Prize winners will be announced on the big day!

Happy Travel Nurses Day to all of you great Travelers out there!


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How to Make Your Medical Resume Great

It’s important in any field or industry, but it’s especially important for travel nurses to have an amazing resume in order to help them get placed in the jobs they want at the locations they want.

Want to know how to make your medical resume great? Check out this helpful infographic from Carrington College to get your resume where it needs to be to give you the best options for landing the travel nurse jobs you want!

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Any burning resume questions or tips for others? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

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Strange State Laws

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Don’t Be This Guy: Here are some strange state laws to mind as you travel from state to state.

As a Travel Nurse you get the awesome opportunity to work while you explore the United States in all its glory. For the gorgeous beaches of Hawaii and California, to the delicious BBQ of Memphis and Kansas City, the serene lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and New York — and every awesome stop in between.

As you travel state to state for different assignments, you will likely discover different cultures, sayings, food trends, and all manner of differences from your home state.

But what about strange state laws?

Did you know that in North Carolina it is against the law to steal used kitchen grease?

How about that in Ohio it’s illegal to give fish alcohol?

Speaking of alcohol, did you know that in Texas you are only legally allowed to take three sips from your beer while you are standing?

To make extra sure you don’t accidentally break the law while traveling, check out this list of strange state laws compiled by Thrillist, which details the most irregular regulations in all 50 states.

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Summertime Travel Nursing: Making the Most of Your Travel Nurse Assignment

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Summertime Travel Nursing: Making the Most of Your Travel Nurse Assignment

Although its allure entices many travel nurses (and rightfully so!), not every assignment can be in beautiful, beachy, sunny Hawaii. But the good news about summertime travel nursing is that the climate generally gets a little more awesome nationwide — making it the perfect time to really get out there and make the most of your travel nurse assignment.

As most travelers know, and as TNC shared here recently, every state has something that makes it beautiful! So here are a few fun, summertime links I found to help you make the most of your summertime travel nurse assignment:

Travel Nursing Blogs did a fun roundup of Ultimate Roadside Attractions for Travel Nurses here, including some of the more unique destinations to check out while on or heading to your assignment, such as the Oregon Vortex, Carhenge, the World’s Largest Six-Pack, and even driving through a redwood tree in California! TNB also has a post about Summer Survival for Travel Nurses here.

Nursing Link did a post about fun summer nursing jobs here. Although not traditional travel nursing jobs, they are in the same vein. The post discusses the options of summer camp nurse and cruise ship nurse!

Fastaff offered a roundup of general summer health and safety tips here. It’s all stuff you should know, but it’s never a bad idea to review.

American Traveler offers some summertime tips for specific locations here.

Medical Solutions offers some info on some of the best locations for a summer travel nursing contract here.

RN Central has an older (2011, but still relevant) post about 5 great working vacations for summer travel nurses here.

And here is a great story about a traveler named Deb Keller who made the most of her summer assignment in the Midwest.

Wherever you land this season, just be sure to make the most of it and have some hot fun this summertime!

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The Most Beautiful Spots in Each U.S. State

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New York’s beautiful Niagara Falls.

As the Fourth of July weekend nears, patriotic revelers are set to celebrate throughout all 50 states. For travel nurses, you may be about to experience the Independence Day holiday in a brand new, exciting location — exploration is, after all, one of the major perks of a career in travel nursing, in addition to cultivating your career!

Over at Thrillist, where they just love to make lists that detail all the good, bad, and ugly that America has got going for it, they’re celebrating what they call “America Week” with a post called “The Most Beautiful Place in Each State.” So, no matter where your latest assignment has taken you — from Washington to Florida, from Alabama to Wyoming, and all points in between — they’ve suggested a beautiful site worth feasting your eyes on.

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Georgia’s beautiful Callaway Gardens.

In the post they acknowledge that beauty can mean different things to different people, writing: “In Pennsylvania, it might be a towering skyline. In Nevada, a mountain lake. Every state (and/or Commonwealth!) has its own version of beauty, which is why we polled residents and tourism boards from each to determine what that one must-hit (and must-Instagram) spot is.”

Some of the most beautiful spots in each U.S. state mentioned in the list include:

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Oregon’s beautiful Crater Lake.

  • Arizona’s Havisu Falls
  • California’s Big Sur
  • Florida’s Seven Mile Bridge
  • Georgia’s Callaway Gardens
  • Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Swamp
  • Minnesota’s Boundary Waters
  • Nevada’s Lake Tahoe
  • New York’s Niagara Falls
  • Oregon’s Crater Lake
  • Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Wyoming’s Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park

As a Travel Nurse, you’re in a unique position to collect all 50! Let us know in the comments which of these beautiful wonders you’ve seen or have plans to see soon.

Happy Fourth of July weekend, everyone!

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Travelers Conference 2015

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Learn, network, and play at the Travelers Conference 2015!

The countdown is on for Travelers Conference 2015. Just 96 days, 20 hours, 46 minutes, and 33 seconds left to go as of this posting!

Traveler Conference 2015 will be September 14-15 in gorgeous Las Vegas. This year’s event, the 8th annual Travelers Conference, will be held at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino which is offering a $99 per night group rate.

According to its website, the Travelers Conference is an “annual event that provides Traveling Healthcare Professionals an opportunity to network with other travelers and top industry insiders” in a “relaxed, low-pressure setting.” There are experts, veterans, and reps from travel nurse companies available to share info, make connections, and just plain kick back with. While the majority of attendees are travel nurses and CEUs can be earned, the event welcomes traveling nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, nursing students, and those curious about exploring the possibilities of traveling as a healthcare professional.

The Travelers Conference 2015 keynote speaker is Jeff Solheim, MSN RN-BC CEN CFRN FAEN, who has worked as an RN for more than 25 years in a variety of roles and now works as a consultant, speaker, and founder of Project Helping Hands which places short-term medical teams in areas lacking access to basic services.

Other Travelers Conference 2015 speaker include: Joseph Smith of Travel Tax; Tracy Singh, RN, JD; Candy Treft, RN of The Gypsy Nurse; Kay “Epstein LaRue” Slane, RN, BS of Highway Hypodermics, and several other industry leaders and experts.

There will also be a Newbie Boot Camp held on Sunday, September 13th from 12:30-5 p.m., breakout sessions, social and networking events, and much more on the schedule.

All in all it’s a great opportunity for those in the industry to network, learn, and play!

Click here to learn more about Travelers Conference 2015, to register, and to keep an eye on that ever-changing countdown clock.

Have you attended Travelers Conference in the past? Share your experiences in the comments.

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Nurses Week 2015 Freebies and Fun

Nurses Week 2015 Nurses Week 2015 Freebies and FunHappy Nurses Week! Travel Nursing Central has put together a roundup of Nurses Week 2015 freebies and fun to help you and your fellow nurses celebrate YOUR week in style!

Here are some fun, free, festive happenings this Nurses Week:

  • Cinnabon is giving away a free Cinnabon Classic Roll or MiniBon® roll May 6-12 to nurses who show their healthcare ID badge.
  • has free eBook downloads of The White Linen Nurse.
  • Medical Solutions is celebrating over at with The Real Nurses of Nurses Week photo gallery (including prizes such as Amazon and Tafford Uniforms gift cards from $25-$100), their Annual Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Contest (which awards three $2000 scholarships), Nurses Week eCards, and a team fundraising effort for Nurses House, a national fund for nurses in need.
  • is giving away Nabee socks, Nurse Watches, and signed copies of two books — The Nurses and Becoming Nursey.
  • Fazoli’s, is offering nurses wearing scrubs who show their healthcare ID badge a free Twisted Trio entrée with the purchase of a drink at participating locations, from May 6-12. The fast Italian chain will also surprise more than 1,000 nurses with meals at various children’s hospitals.
  • The Right Solutions is hosting a Nurses Month Luau with prizes including an Apple iPad Air 2. Amazon Fire TV, and Visa gift cards.
  • Discovery Life Channel is taking nominations for the chance to win a walk-on role in “Untold Stories of the ER,” plus a trip for two to Vancouver, British Columbia and $500 spending cash.
  • Diversity Nursing is doing its annual $5,000 Education Award. There is no essay required, but hurry — registration closes May 7th!
  • Lippincott Nursing Center has several of discounts, daily deals, and giveaways.
  • Johnson & Jonson’s Campaign for Nursing Future is offering free pins, magnets, and activity books you can find here.

We hope you’ll enjoy these Nurses Week 2015 freebies and fun! If you know of any opportunities that we did not include, please be sure to share them in the comments.

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2015 Gypsy Florence Nightingale Contest

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Florence Nightingale is the inspiration for the 2015 Gypsy Florence Nightingale Contest.

National Nurses Week runs each year from May 6-12 — ending on iconic nurse Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale, often referred to as the mother of modern nursing, remains a huge inspiration to nurses everywhere.

This year The Gypsy Nurse is hosting the Third Annual “Gypsy Florence Nightingale” Contest, in celebration of Nurses Week and Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The prize is valued at more than $600.

“As a Travel Nurse, we have met and interacted with many nurses across the U.S. We all have at least one fellow travel nurse that has inspired us, aided us, or has represented Travel Nursing in a way that makes us want to be a better nurse,” she writes on her website.

Click here to make your nomination for the 2015 Gypsy Florence Nightingale contest!

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How Recruiters and Travel Nurses Can Build Trust

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Find out how you and your recruiter can build and maintain a trustworthy relationship.

Sometimes, in order to learn how to do something well, it’s helpful to understand how it should not be done. Over at Blue Pipes Blog, Kyle Schmidt recently shared a pair of posts that illustrate this — one about ways recruiters betray the trust of travel nurses and one about ways travelers betray the trust of recruiters.

14 Ways Recruiters Betray the Trust of Travel Nurses

Before diving in, Schmidt notes that the “travel healthcare industry is unique in ways that tend to accentuate the importance of trust between candidate and recruiter.” For example, he writes, healthcare travelers are not just depending upon their recruiters for a job, but often also counting on them for housing and travel arrangements as well as help coordinating the many documents and credentials needed to be in order prior to an assignment.

Including quotes from actual nurses pulled from forums and social media, Schmidt then details his list of the 14 ways recruiters can compromise travel nurses’ trust. Themes from this list include any lack of being upfront, lack of communication and follow-up, being too pushy, proceeding without a nurse’s permission, pay issues, and more. Click here to read this blog in full.

15 Ways Travel Nurses Compromise the Trust of Recruiters

After Schmidt’s article described above, he says he got requests — primarily from travelers — that he do an article on how travel nurses compromise the trust of recruiters. He carefully explains that neither list is representative of all recruiters or all travelers, and that perhaps this set of articles will help “bridge gaps between travelers and recruiters.”

After discussing that it’s in each traveler’s best interest to maintain a trusting relationship with their recruiters, Schmidt dives into the ways travel nurses can compromise their recruiters’ trust. These can include disrespect for housing, repeatedly cancelling shifts or backing out of contracts, lack of communication, incomplete paperwork, missing interviews, not being upfront, and more. Click here to read this full post.

How Recruiters and Travel Nurses Can Build Trust

It seems to me after reading both posts that most of these issues boil down to honesty and communication. A good, solid relationship with your recruiter is key to your success as a travel nurse. To that end it’s important that both parties treat each other with respect and honesty.

First, you need to work with someone you’re compatible with. Beyond that, ethical behavior on both ends and a two-way street approach to good, honest communication seems to be the best recipe for a happy traveler-recruiter relationship. I hope these tips on how not to be will help you and your recruiters be aware of how to be in order to have the most successful relationship possible.

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New Nurse Blog: Fighting Dinosaurs

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New nurse blog, Fighting Dinosaurs, aims to empowers nurses ro make their voices heard.

A new nurse blog, Fighting Dinosaurs, launched recently with the tagline “Evolving Nursing Through Grassroots Voices.”

Founded by Alene Nitzky, Ph.D., RN, OCN, the site says it will offer “a safe and engaging place for working nurse narrative.”

According to the Fighting Dinosaurs website, “The voice of the bedside nurse is crucial to our healthcare system’s success, but it is currently excluded from modern dialogue. This blog aims to amplify dynamic nursing voices, help nurses infiltrate media outlets with flawless, safe copy, and fight together to establish a prominent foothold in the changing world of healthcare and to support our profession’s future.”

So far, the site’s mission seems to be squared on advocating for empowering nurses to speak out on their own behalf (and on behalf of the profession as a whole) about workers’ right and protections. The challenge laid out in one blog post, The Courage to Look in the Mirror, is for nurses to look at their own ways of dealing with things and challenge themselves to take action.

Other current posts cover nurses’ rights, reform within the nursing world, being authentic in your voice, understanding that your voice counts, workplace conditions, healthcare executives and corporations, and more.

Fighting Dinosaurs also accepts submissions and makes a call for nurses to contribute ideas and topics for the site to cover.

While invoking dinosaurs seems to symbolically suggest that the way things are and have been in nursing is archaic, there are also literally dinosaurs everywhere in the images, which is just kind of fun.

Any entity or platform that encourages nurses to make their voices heard and their professional lives better is a good step in empowering nurses. Nurses are integral to healthcare and listening to their needs, opinions, and any other feedback they can contribute is hugely important to the overall system.

Click here to check out Fighting Dinosaurs.

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