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Medical Solutions Brings Water to Thousands

This past Christmas we partnered with the Planet Water Foundation to help bring fresh, clean water to the people living in the village of Phnov, located in the Tasom Commune, Angkor Chum District of Siem Reap, Cambodia. This gift was given on behalf of our Travelers and Client Hospitals.

We are happy to announce that the water tower was completed in early May! Thank you to Planet Water and our Travelers for making this possible.
Did you know?

  • One in eight people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.
  • Fifty-percent of hospital beds on Earth are occupied by people with easily preventable waterborne diseases.
  • 4000 children die every day from water related illnesses.
  • Women and children spend hours a day collecting water, which takes away vital educational opportunities.

Planet Water helps villages without clean drinking water by building AquaTowers that filter and clean their water. To learn more about how this system works and is giving the hope of a better life to thousands visit Planet Water.

Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship Deadline June 4th, 2012

As you may remember, we kicked off this past Nurses Week 2012 by offering new nurses three, $1000.00 college scholarships for the beginning of the fall semester of 2012.?The scholarships are administered entirely by Medical Solutions and will be awarded to three Nursing students who best answer the question, ?How do you define a Nurse?
The competition is intended to provide scholarship support for nursing students with demonstrated financial need and to help develop the world?s next generation of nurse leaders and educators to help combat the growing nursing shortage.

Deadline for the scholarships is June 4th, 2012.?Final selection of recipients is made through collaboration of a judging panel comprised of current Medical Solutions Travel Nurse?s. Winners of the scholarship contest will be announced on or around June 18, 2012. For complete contest rules and to view the privacy policy, visit

Tara's Tips for Nurse Wellness: Getting Rid of Love Handles

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

Summer is just around the corner and most people can find an area on their body they would like to see a little smaller, a little firmer, or a little gone.? Unfortunately, it is not possible to spot reduce body fat in any one area or to "tone" fat.? Therefore, in order to make those love handles or hippy hips disappear, we must create an energy deficit.

An energy deficit means that the amount of calories burned exceeds the amount of calories consumed.? Some may respond to this by simply consuming less food (calories). However, exercise is the best option as it ?not only burns up to 600 calories an hour, it makes us feel good and maintains our overall health.? The key to successfully seeing those hard worked muscles and shedding the pounds is to combine cardiovascular training designed to burn calories, calories and more calories with weight training and a balanced diet.

Fortunately, nurses have a fast paced job that happens to burn a lot of calories.? A 12-hour nursing shift can burn anywhere from 1,000-3,000 calories depending on the activities of that day and your weight. Burning this many calories usually results in you being famished by the end of your shift. It's tempting to get off and fill yourself with poorly chosen and high caloric fast food, don?t.? Many nurses do not realize come dinner time, they are eating back all the calories they burned that day. Take the time to plan out healthy meals and monitor your calories.

The bottom line is this:? You must burn more calories than you consume in order to see changes in the way your body looks.