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Profiles for your Pets

Have you added Mr. Whiskers to our pet profiles page yet? We want to know all about your furry, feathered or scaly friends, so we can treat them when you are traveling. What's their name? What's their favorite treat? And add a picture, so we can see just how darn cute they are.

Visit the pet profile page on MedicalSolutions.com. Just another reason why we are the pet-friendlist travel nursing company. Oh! and if mom or dad hasn't filled out their own profile yet, they get a free t-shirt just for telling us their travel nurse story.


"I heart traveling" Pinterest Contest. Win $250 Amazon Gift Card.

We are very excited to launch the first Pinterest Contest in the Travel Nurse industry!

From June 11th through June 29th, Pinterest users are encouraged to create a board with pinned images that correspond to 7 travel-themed descriptions which will be provided. Boards will be judged based on uniqueness, creativity, travel spirit and adherence to the guidelines. The winner will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card.

Hurry! There's only a few days left! Please visit: medicalsolutions.com/pinterestcontest for official rules. You can also follow us on Pinterest @MedSolutions. Happy Pinning!


Clinical Corner: Medical Administration-Preventing Errors

by Amber Barna, RN, Manager of Clinical & Quality Services

Medication errors account for “one of out of every 131 outpatients deaths, and one of 854 inpatient deaths! ” ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2656/ ). It can be difficult to go into a new facility and learn their medication administration system, but the basic principles of nursing practice must always be adhered to.

It is important to learn the policy and procedure as well as system you will be utilizing for medication administration.The medication process can vary facility to facility and also from unit to unit within a facility.The systems range from paper documentation systems to computerized systems with scanners etc. It is important to remember the basic principles of medication administration with any system you may encounter to attempt to decrease the risk of a medication error.

You must follow the patient identification policy using two acceptable identifiers as well as the following five rights of Medication Administration:

  1. Right patient
  2. Right drug
  3. Right dose
  4. Right route
  5. Right time

Tara's Tips for Nurse Wellness: I Just Don't Have Time!

by Tara Trofholz, BS in Exercise Physiology, Team Manager at Medical Solutions

Fitting exercise into your day is easier than you think. For people who have never made exercise a priority in their life, the Surgeon General's recommendation on physical activity and health can sound a bit overbearing. If you want to reduce the risk of such things as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer, you should be performing moderate physical activity for 30 minutes at least three days per week.Many people in today's fast-paced society claim that they "just don't have time to exercise." Well folks, doing the minimal amount of work that will increase the quality and longevity of your life adds up to a mere 1.5 hours per week!! How many of you would create 1.5 hours a week if you knew it would make your life better and longer? Fortunately, some of the activities recommended by the Surgeon General, such as washing a car or raking leaves, are probably easily built into your lifestyle.

In addition, as a nurse you are typically working in a fast-paced environment in which you are on the move and active. This is certainly an advantage that nurses have over other career choices, while helping heals other you can also benefit your own health.

Other activities can easily be adopted into your lifestyle during your free time such as walking around a golf course instead of driving a cart, or parking in the stall furthest away from the grocery store doors. Another factor that makes this all manageable is that you don't have to put in all 30 minutes at once…taking the stairs instead of elevators, taking a walk over your lunch break, or taking small 10 minute active breaks throughout the day will add up to big benefits. The goal is to avoid sitting at desks, cars, or in front of the TV all day and/or night and do things that will increase your quality of life today and every day.

 

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