Upsides to agency nursing:
1. Better pay
2. You choose what days you work
3. You can be selective on where you work
4. The agency works for YOU not the other way around
5. Good to put on the resume
6. Broader work experience
7. You get to see which hospital treats their employees right(for a future job there)
8. Most of the nurses are happy to see you and will do what they can to help you find that institutions flow
9. You get to network
10. You ultimately decide WHERE you work. If you do get put in an unsafe environment you have the option not to go back there!
11. Less politics
12. Sometimes some good benefits (I get up to $350 a month to buy any health insurance plan I want, free scrubs
, and $80 a week bonus)
1. First to be cancelled
2. Your agency can throw you in an unsafe working environment
3. You WILL get the toughest team. Its a given. A good hospital will give you a FAIR team (one they would give one of their own nurses).
4. You must be a quick learner.
5. You must put aside an emergency fund for the Summer and December (alot of low census then)
6. You must stand up for yourself and not be afraid to barter/bargain with the hospital/agency (gotten alot of free meals for working 16 hour shifts when a hospital needed it!)
7. You must be punctual/not call in. You do this and you could be DNRed. (I called in once when a deer jumped through my windshield... I took and sent a picture of this to my agency.... they were cool with it)