Agency questions

  1. Hope I posted this in the right section.

    I am looking at going with an agency to pick up some PRN work (currently working FT and will cont. to do so.). I know squat about them and how they work other than the rate they pay tends to be higher than what the hospital pays.

    What do I need to look for or look out for?
    What questions should I ask?
    How do I know if the agency has a good rep?

    Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   BinkieRN
    Look in the Sunday paper under the job listings. They will always be listed there. Call the BBB tomorrow morning or look them up online. Here if you call the BBB you say the name of the business and you get a recorded message saying whether or not they have negative information about them and what that info is. I think you can do the same online.

    Agency's do pay more because they, by in large, do not offer any benefits. You can schedule any way you want to. No minumum days per month, no weekends if you don't want to work them.

    You will be expected to fit in and will be sent to just about every dept a hospital has.

    I'm looking forward to doing some agency work once I get some more experience. I've already got my agency picked out. They only staff one particular hospital chain so wherever I go the computer systems, med dispensers, protocols will all be the same.