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October 2015 Travel Nurse Newsletter

Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One Nurse's Brave Fight Against Breast Cancer

There are many ways to go about recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October. Some dress in pink, donate to breast cancer-fighting organizations, or do their first breast self-exam. Others may share important statistics, like the fact* that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, or that it's the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and also the second leading cause of death among them.

For the Medical Solutions family — like so many others — the fight against breast cancer is personal, so we'd like to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month by sharing the story of our very own Amber Barna, BSN, RN, Clinical Director of Nursing at Medical Solutions, and brave breast cancer survivor…

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Clinical Corner: The Wonderful World of Wasting Narcotics

While “waste ” isn't always a good word to hear in the nursing field, it is when it comes to narcotics. The proper disposal and documentation of narcotics is very important when dealing with controlled substances. When disposing of excess narcotics, always be sure you have a witness and are properly documenting the amount wasted.

First and foremost, check with your manager to see if there are any specific hospital policies regarding wasting narcotics, because hospital policies on the way narcotics can be wasted do vary. Some hospitals require a witness at every step of giving and disposing of a narcotic…

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Signs You're a Travel Nurse

The Medical Solutions team created Travel Nurses Day in 2013 as one more way to honor all of the amazing Travelers out there. Once again this year, we had an awesome time celebrating the holiday with you leading up to Travel Nurses Day, October 9, 2015.

One of this year's contests was the “Signs You're A Travel Nurse ” Instagram contest, and let me just say, many of you and your fellow Travel Nurses totally brought it! There were so many great pics posted on the Instagram hashtag (click here to see them all) showing off the fun and adventures Travelers have while on assignment. Whether it was a literal sign from your travels or a more figurative sign like being on the beach or inside of a glacier (for real; see below!), we want to extend a big thanks to you for sharing your awesome pics. It may sound corny, but you're all winners to us!…

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Scary Nursing Story Facebook Contest

Have you ever worked in a haunted hospital or creepy clinic? Maybe your unit went a little Twilight Zone, a ghost gave you goosebumps, or you spied a spook? If so, we want to hear YOUR scariest nursing story! Nurses see lots of scary stuff, but, in the spirit of Halloween, we want to hear your supernatural tales, eerie encounters, and other creepy chronicles in nursing. Share your story in 250 words or less on this Facebook thread or email your story to, now through November 1st, for the chance to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards! Happy haunting, nurses!

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Tafford Scrubs Discount!

They say the clothes make the nurse — Use the code MedSol25 for 25% off Tafford Brand Products, including Tafford Essentials, Tafford Prints, Tafford Plus Size and Tafford Essentials Stretch (excluding prices ending in .98). Happy shopping!

Traveler & Rising Star of the Month

Many kudos and congrats to the August 2015 Traveler of the Month, Irene W., and also our Rising Star winner, Kendra L…

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Traveling Pet of the Month

The winner this month is Gustav, aka “Goosie.” No, he is not a goose. No, he is not a rabbit. Yes, he is a 90 lb. Chocolate Labrador who loves playing dress up with his mom, Tracey! This big boy loves all kinds of activities and munching on biscuits.

Think your pet should be Traveling Pet of the Month? Submit a Pet Application. 

Finding a Travel Nurse
Company — In a Jimute

You can learn a lot in one short minute — especially if you have a great teacher. That’s why we recently introduced a fun new way for Travelers to learn more about Travel Nursing — in a Jimute — with industry veteran Jim Martin’s series of informative and ultra-brief videos. This month’s topic at hand is finding a Travel Nurse company…
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