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Are You Ready for AONE’s 2017 Annual Meeting?

Celebrate in beautiful Baltimore as the AONE marks 50 years of inspiring leaders at its 2017 Annual Meeting.

In just a few days, thousands of nurse leaders across the country will head to Baltimore, Maryland for the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) 2017 Annual Meeting.

This year’s networking event, held at the Baltimore Convention Center from March 29 – April 1, celebrates AONE’s 50th anniversary.

Attendees can participate in various thought leader presentations, CE-accredited sessions, roundtable discussions, and pre-conference workshops. The 2017 keynote speaker is Dr. Brené Brown, a New York Times bestselling author and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Brown’s work includes The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong.

Other speakers include TV producer, philanthropist, and author Mick Ebeling, CNN political analysts Ana Navarro and Bakari Sellers, award-winning journalist Frank Sesno, Arizona State University’s Chief Well-Being Officer Teri Pipe, PhD, RN, and Steven Wiley, president of the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg.

While this is your chance to advance your nursing career to the next level, the AONE conference is also the perfect time to learn about how Medical Solutions can help your facility meet its short-term staffing needs effectively. Stop by our booth in AONE’s exhibit hall and start a conversation with one of our team members!

Click here to learn how you can register for the AONE’s 2017 Annual Meeting now.

Are you already planning to attend? What professional development sessions are you most excited about?


Why Your Healthcare Facility Needs an MSP Now

With an MSP managing your short-term staff, your facility can continue to provide the very best in patient care.

With an MSP managing your short-term staff, your facility can continue to provide the very best in patient care.

A managed service provider, or MSP, is a staffing solution that can operate and simplify your facility’s contingent workforce process through one central business partner. As the healthcare industry continues to change, the number of hospitals and other healthcare facilities using the services of a managed service provider has skyrocketed. Why? Simply put, managed service providers are a hospital’s best friend in this age of staffing shortages. In case you’re not convinced yet, we’ve listed the top 3 reasons your facility needs an MSP now:


  1. Saves Your Facility Time and Money: MSPs, like Medical Solutions Plus, can manage your entire contingent workforce for you. When you use the services of an MSP, you’ll no longer have to spend your valuable time and limited resources searching for qualified healthcare professionals. Depending on the MSP, you’ll typically have only one point of contact, one invoice, and a streamlined process. When you find talent at the right time and at the right level, you’ll also drastically reduce costs associated with turnover.
  1. Mitigates Your Risk: An MSP can help you increase your patient safety efforts and minimize your risk in hiring temporary staff. MSPs typically have a large database of medical professionals at their disposal, who must go through a rigorous screening process. MSPs ensure that these professionals are safe, qualified, and certified. That means an MSP is far less likely to place temporary staff at your facility who could create on-the-job medical errors. Certain MSPs, like Medical Solutions Plus, also provide clinical services as a resource for your facility. At Medical Solutions Plus, our team of full-time RNs will handle all the administrative paperwork for you, so you can focus on patient care.
  1. Helps Your Facility Maintain Quality Patient Care: An MSP can also help you maintain your patient care standards. As the healthcare field shifts to value-based care, and HCAHPS scores and CMS quality ratings systems are increasingly tied to your facility’s financial success, using a strategic staffing partner like Medical Solutions Plus just makes sense. Superior patient care begins with a highly skilled medical staff, and MSP has the best and brightest recruits. In fact, the Medical Solutions Plus team has a 95% fill rate and a 95% contract completion rate.

It’s important to note that not all MSPs are the same. You need to find a staffing partner that you can count on time and again. So, find out for yourself today how Medical Solutions Plus can solve your facility’s staffing challenges here.


National Nurses Week 2017 Toolkit Now Available

National Nurses Week, May 6-12, is the perfect opportunity for facilities to recognize the critical role nurses play in healthcare and their dedication to quality patient care. May will be here before you know it, so now is the time to start planning for your facility’s Nurses Week festivities.

Not sure where to start? Check out the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nurses Week toolkit. It’s a stellar resource for hospitals, clinics, and other organizations to help them plan this special week. Some of the ideas outlined in the toolkit could be used any time, so keep the nurse gratitude going strong all year long!

The 2017 toolkit includes:

  • A professionally designed “Thank You” card, easily customizable with your logo
  • A printable Certificate of Appreciation
  • A template for a Nurses Week email to send to your team
  • A Nurses Week banner you can add your logo to and print via a local vendor
  • Online ads you can post to your organization’s website
  • Various downloadable versions of the official ANA National Nurses Week 2017 logo
  • Articles providing resources for your team with tips on celebrating Nurses Week at your facility, sharing your celebration with the media, and more!

Click here to get your free download of the ANA’s 2017 National Nurses Week Resource Toolkit.


Which States Will Need Nurses by 2025?

Are you living in a state affected by the nursing shortage? The answer just might surprise you. According to a Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies report, coastal states will experience a nursing shortage by 2025 while several Midwest states will see a nursing surplus. With a projected 28,100 shortfall of nurses, Arizona is predicted to see the largest demand in the next decade. Meanwhile, Ohio is expected to experience a surplus of 75,400 nurses by 2025.

Find out how your state stacks up in Nursing@Georgetown’s infographic below:

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After the Labor Dispute: 4 Things to Know

After a labor dispute, you can help your staff put the pieces back together again.

Two job actions in 2016 cost the Minneapolis-based Allina healthcare system roughly $149 million, according to a recent Becker’s Hospital Review article. While there’s always a financial cost associated with labor disputes, staff morale also takes a hit.

So, how do you get your facility’s operations and your staff back on its feet after a work stoppage? Here are four ways you can help welcome your employees back with a smooth transition as they return to work:

  1. Review your hospital’s processes: Take a moment to review or create return to work procedures and ensure that your leadership team knows what’s expected of them in the days ahead. For example, it is illegal to single out or discipline employees who participated in a work stoppage.
  1. Repair relationships: Emotions can run high during a job action, so it’s important to help ease tensions with positive communication. Remind your nursing staff you all share the same goals for quality patient care and safety. Let your nurses know you are committed to putting the work stoppage behind you with a plan to move forward and guidelines for expected professional behavior.
  1. Meet with your employees: Determine what caused the job action in the first place and meet with your employees face to face. Communicating with these individuals can help you identify and address workplace issues. Additionally, you should let your nurses know that you are invested in their long-term commitment to your hospital, not just temporary union demands.
  1. Bring in outside help when necessary: Sometimes, to help your facility recover from a damaging work stoppage, you need to bring in outside help. Post-strike specialists, including Nurse Bridge, can help you get back to business as usual when the job action is over.

Has your hospital ever gone through a labor dispute? What helped your staff get back on track in the days afterward? Let us know in the comments below!


Medical Solutions Announces 2016 Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiters of the Year Award Winners

Hollywood may be dusting off their Oscars, but here at Medical Solutions, award season has already arrived! Each year, we like to recognize our top team members with the Traveler of the Year, Service That Inspires, and Recruiters of the Year Awards.

These individuals go above and beyond in the name of outstanding patient care, and we are proud of the amazing work they do.

Traveler of the Year:

Trish O, the 2016 Traveler of the Year, with her son Eric and her traveling partner in crime, Chinook.

Trish O, the 2016 Traveler of the Year, with her youngest son Eric and her dog Chinook.

The Medical Solutions Traveler of the Year recipient is chosen by our clinical team from the pool of 12 Traveler of the Month winners throughout the year. Each Traveler of the Month earned that honor by receiving a perfect hospital evaluation.

This year, the 2016 Traveler of the Year is Patricia “Trish” O!

Trish, who was our June 2016 Traveler of the Month, specializes in Geriatrics, and has nursing experience in Rehab and Med Surg. Trish has been in the nursing profession more or less since she was a teenager, but she only began traveling as a nurse about four years ago.

“I just like to learn and no one is too old to learn anything,” Trish says. “I feel I learn something new every day and it’s great!”

Thank you Trish for your dedication to nursing and representing Medical Solutions!

Congrats to Joe for winning our Service That Inspires Award. Joe (right) is pictured here with his partner Brennen.

Congrats to Joe for winning our Service That Inspires Award. Joe (right) is pictured here with his partner Brennen.

Service That Inspires:

Each year, our Career Consultants nominate their most dedicated Travelers for the Service That Inspires Award. As the name implies, the winner is chosen for his or her exceptional service to others while on the job.

The 2016 Service That Inspires Award goes to Joe W! Joe is a BSN, RN. He’s currently on assignment in Indiana, working in ICU. Joe travels with his partner Brennen, who is also a Travel Nurse, and their English Springer Spaniel, Bailey.

His Career Consultant Jen nominated him because “Joe is the nurse that I would want taking care of myself or my family member. He is funny, kind, caring, compassionate, and he is exactly the kind of nurse that we want representing Medical Solutions.” Jen added that many of Joe’s patients have appreciated his incredible bedside manner. “On multiple occasions, patient families have sung the praises of Joe’s professionalism, character, and his empathy for their situations.”

As for Joe, he thinks the best thing about Travel Nursing is “meeting new people and learning new things.”

Way to go Joe! We appreciate your service to others!

Congratulations to Stephanie! Here's a picture of her from back in the day.

Congratulations to Stephanie! Here’s a picture of her from back in the day.

Recruiters of the Year: Thanks to their Travel Nurses’ glowing recommendations, Stephanie Balkovec and Jon Laubert are our 2016 Recruiters of the Year Award winners. Both Jon and Stephanie exemplify what it means to be a Medical Solutions Career Consultant. They truly care about their Travelers, and are invested in their Travelers’ professional and personal success.

According to the nominations, both Jon and Stephanie’s work ethics and thoughtfulness did not go unnoticed. One of Stephanie’s Travelers wrote: “Stephanie works extremely hard with me as a team to make sure I have the contracts and assignments I want. She continues to meets my needs as a professional Travel Nurse with a personal touch.”

Meanwhile, Jon’s Traveler had this to say about his Career Consultant: “Jon is always willing to do anything and everything in his power to help me succeed. He’s available 24/7 for anything I needed help with.”

Jon’s talent as a recruiter was obvious from a very young age. Congrats Jon!

Congrats to all our 2016 winners! We are grateful for all the work you do!


Get Ready for the 2017 ACNL Conference

Hone your nursing skills this February in Disneyland at the 39th annual ACNL conference!

Hone your nursing skills this February in Disneyland at the 39th annual ACNL conference.

Nurse leaders are like the Mary Poppins of the healthcare world. They know sometimes a spoonful of sugar – or compassion – really does help the medicine go down.

That’s why it’s particularly fitting that the 2017 Association of California Nurse Leaders Conference is being held in Disneyland this February 5-8, 2017.

As this year’s theme “Soaring to New Heights” suggests, the 2017 program aims to empower nurse leaders at all levels. According to the ACNL’s website, several industry leading experts will speak, including:

Jack Uldrich, renowned futurist and author, plans to discuss how you can set the stage for a successful future.

Shelia Antrum,MSHA, RN, NEA-BC, President and CNO of UC San Francisco Medical Center will share tips for moving up the leadership ladder.

Duane Dauner, President and CEO of the California Hospital Association, will summarize on the post-election health policy on the state and national levels.

Libby Hoy, Founder of Patient and Family Centered Care Partners, will discuss how you can partner with empowered patients and families to improve health care.

Laura van Dernoot Lipski, founder of the Trauma Stewardship Institute, plans to examine the effects of witnessing trauma and suffering on a regular basis, and offers valuable self-care guidance.

Amy Garcia, Director and CNO of Cerner Corporation, will explore innovation in patient care and strategies to substantiate the value of nursing.

As a nurse leader, this is your chance to network with your peers and share best practices. Plus, your favorite healthcare staffing company, Medical Solutions will be there too! Don’t forget to stop by our booth for fun giveaways and the chance to win some amazing raffle prizes!

Click here to register for the 2017 ACNL Nurse Leadership Conference today!

Are you already planning to attend? If so, what topics are you looking forward to the most? Tell us in the comment section below.




4 Must-Read Articles for Healthcare Providers

Change is on the horizon for the healthcare industry in 2017.

2017 promises to be a big year for the healthcare industry. Questions abound over the future of the Affordable Healthcare Act, and the healthcare staffing shortage continues to be a hot-topic issue. Plus, flu cases in the US are on the rise. Want to learn more? Take a look at Healthcare Staffing Blog’s 4 must-read articles for this week.

  1. Trump Meets with Top Healthcare Officials: With President-elect Trump poised to take the White House later this month, many political insiders and healthcare professionals are anxious to know the fate of the ACA. This Washington Post article highlights Trump’s meetings with influential healthcare executives and their hopes for a “replace and repair” approach to Obamacare.


  1. Chicago Nurses Care for Homeless On the Streets: This inspiring Chicago Sun Times article shines a spotlight on the plight of the homeless and the nurses who care for them. Nurses of the Night Ministry in Chicago find that many homeless people often suffer from drug addiction, asthma, and undiagnosed diabetes.


  1. Flu Season is in Full Swing: What You Should Know: Becker’s Hospital Review fills you in on what to expect for this year’s flu season. Spoiler alert: This year’s strain has hit some states and cities harder than others. Want to find out if you’re in a flu hotspot? You can get the full story here.


  1. Healthcare Industry Predictions for 2017: It may be a new year, but the national nurse shortage remains a sore subject for many in the healthcare industry. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, the healthcare staffing crisis is about to get worse in some states. Among other things, this article also predicts that Obamacare won’t get dumped.

As 2017 continues to unfold, stay tuned to Healthcare Staffing Blog to get your latest healthcare staffing news!

As a healthcare professional, what are your predictions for the industry this year?


Nurse Study Finds Positive Outlook Linked to Lower Risk of Death

A new study found that optimistic women were a third less likely to die from any cause. All the more reason to keep your spirits merry and bright this holiday season!

Have you ever had a friend who likes to point out that the “most wonderful time of the year” also coincides with flu season and nasty colds? Well, you might want to warn your Scrooge-like friends that looking on the bright side of life has its benefits.

According to a long-term study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, a positive outlook could help you ward off sickness. Researchers from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health studied survey responses from more than 70,000 mostly white female nurses taken over 40 years and discovered that optimistic women were a third less likely to die of any cause than did those with the least positive attitudes.

The team behind the study pointed out that optimism alone cannot cure people of serious illnesses, but rather it could be used as a tool to help improve a person’s overall well-being.

In other words, we should all start practicing to see the silver lining in every cloud. After all, it certainly can’t hurt, and it might even help you live longer. Plus, a happy and healthy hospital staff equals a productive team. So, how can you help you and your staff start feeling more optimistic? Below are a few habits of positive people:

  • Find time to exercise: Get your heart pumping and feel the rush of endorphins, those feel-good hormones everyone’s always talking about. When you feel energized, it’s hard to be a pessimist.
  • Put others first: Lend a helping hand to a co-worker, neighbor, or loved one. Helping others naturally makes you feel more positive.
  • Take a break from social media: For all it’s good points, social media can sometimes be a negative place, especially during an election year. So don’t forget to take a breather from your Facebook page every now and then.
  • Write letters of gratitude: It may seem old-fashioned, but writing a thank you note can actually help you feel better about your outlook on life. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to test this one out!
  • Journal about your day’s high point: When you focus on what went right with your day, you’ll spend less time worrying about the negative parts of your day.

As a medical professional, your day can be stressful. What are some ways you try to stay positive?


2016 Healthcare Staffing Summit

Attend this year's networking event and discuss with other professionals how the results of the 2016 election will affect the healthcare staffing industry.

Attend this year’s networking event and discuss with other professionals how the results of the 2016 election will affect the healthcare staffing industry.

Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2016 Healthcare Staffing Summit is just a few weeks away! The annual conference will be held November 8-10, at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The theme of this year’s summit, “New Directions in a New Era” will fittingly focus on the future of the Affordable Healthcare Act, and how the aftermath of the 2016 elections will impact the healthcare staffing industry. According to SIA President Barry Asin, this networking event promises to be exciting because, “we have one candidate who has vowed to extend the ACA, and another who is looking to repeal it.”

If you plan to attend, you can expect to hear from several keynote speakers, including Governor Howard Dean, M.D., and Governor Michael Leavitt. With backgrounds in government and healthcare, both men are uniquely suited to speak to the nation’s political situation and the current challenges facing the healthcare industry.

It’s not too late to register! For more information about the 2016 Healthcare Staffing Summit, click here.

Will you be at this year’s summit? If so, let us know what topics or discussions you are most excited to learn about in the comment section!

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