Able to work agency at a former facility?

  1. Have you gone back to work at a former facility as an agency nurse? If so, what was the lapse of time? I'm guessing it is illegal to "blacklist" -- I'm still curious of the opportunities/ramifications that exist. Thanks for your input. Sue
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  3. by   OzNurse69
    I have done it with no problems at all - went back to work agency the week after I left the hospital as a staff member. Was asked by the co-ordinator to let them know my availabilities as well as letting the agency know, so they could ask for me by name if they needed me!

    I also have a friend who works part time where I used to - she is doing a business degree, so during uni holidays she works agency at the same place - on the same ward, mind! - that she is employed!

    I guess there are 2 issues. One is with the shortage of nurses hospitals can't afford to be too fussy. The other is, they know what you can do, that you know the routine & the staff, & are more likely to be more productive than someone who has never been there before.
  4. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    The only time limit that I know about unless you pre arrange something with the administration is 1 yr.
    Good luck to you
    Zoe
  5. by   Yankee in TX
    The HCA facillity I left had a 6 month rule. It had been 1 yr prior to that. I did go back for 1 shift & found that "some things never change!"
  6. by   eddy
    It depends. Anywhere from 6 months to never....

    Most facilities will not let you work through agency concurrent with employment at the same place.
  7. by   Laura C
    several of our hospital's in our area are to proud to ask you to come back and work. It is usually 6 months for us in Mississippi. I have a problem where they left me on prn and therefore they said that I was still employed by the hospital. But I know better now
  8. by   caliotter3
    Also, consider all the working relationships. Of course, am assuming you would not consider going back to a place where you felt very uncomfortable, but sometimes people have to make money, and they feel maybe they can put up with a little rather than a lot. Good luck, whatever you do!
  9. by   susanmary
    Want to try agency for several reasons. Have an interview today -- may or may not work out -- but I've been wanting to try this for awhile.
  10. by   catrn10
    In my area, three hospitals have a tendency to never let you back in the door if you'ved worked for them and then go agency. Around North West Georgia, the hospitals don't seem to know or care about a shortage of Nurses and fire and blackball good ones for no reason, or the most petty reason you can imagine. I got blackballed by one hospital because the CEO asked me, and everyone else in a group of about 10 people, to tell about my childhood and where I grew up. When my turn came, I said I was just a Nurse and I really didn't have one place I grew up. That was all I said. Not everybody has had a sunny childhood, ask me about my professional credentials, I'll tell you all you want to know. He didn't like my response. I had worked agency there for two years in the ER and Chest Pain Center, no c/o's, was well liked and very competent. He told them to never let me come back unless I came and personally apologized to him( for refusing to give personal info in a public forum) if I begged, he would consider it. Ergo. In retrospect, I wish I had just made up a neat childhood.
  11. by   Shiraz
    Currently, I'm working at two long term care facilities that I have worked at in the past. One of which I was a medicare nurse for one year and the other I was 3-11 supervisor. In this area they can't afford to be selective.
  12. by   nightingale
    I have found that, depending on the state restrictions/nonrestrictions or contracts there may be policies of to not allow nurses to be facility employees within a certain time frame. The great state of Wyoming allowies contracts and restrictive terminology (I beleive it is a year) to be part of a contract. In the great state of Colorado, it is illegal to restrict or have exclusive rights of an agency over a nurse that would restrict the nurse from working for the hospital as a regular employee beyond (I believe it to be 4-6 weeks).
  13. by   eddy
    Most of what everyone is saying seems to be accurate for my home state of Kansas as well. Usually 6 months wait. Some never let you back, but keep in mind that changes in administration often means lost "DNR" records and such in regard to previous employment.

    It also seems as though rules are made to be broken when a facility is in a real pickel. Suddenly, they'll welcome you back to the old stomping grounds with open arms.

    Just a few thoughts....
  14. by   mattsmom81
    You're so right Eddy...I know facilities in my area that look down their noses at agency, but suspect their real reason for not wanting us back (as former employees) is because we have so much more control and $$ than their staff...and it breeds discontent.

    But...I've had supervisors call me directly and beg despite this rule...when they need the help badly enuf.

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