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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!

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Elena Barker

Elena Barker is a Creative Content Ninja at Medical Solutions, one of the nation's largest Travel Nurse staffing companies. Elena develops and edits content for Healthcare Staffing Blog which covers healthcare staffing industry news and trends.