The facility I work in...is not my boss...in the true sense of the word. The facility is the "client", and nothing more in my view. I cater to the "client"...but they have no power over me, except in their facility, for the duties that I have specified I will do, and for nothing more. If there is a problem...they have no ability to fire me from the agency, and at times when there has been a problem..the agency has taken my side.
Just as in any business...in order to keep a client happy, you will work to apease them. I treat every facility I go to...as a client. Every time I get my time sheet signed, I ask for feedback on my job performance. Just as many other businesses do, in order to make sure you're delivering quality service. I have yet to be told of any problems, and this helps keep down any negative feedback, from coming up after the fact.
nurs2bhopefully..it is good that you're looking down the road, at your possible opportunities. But you have a long time to think about this...and many things could, and probably will change by the time you're ready to think about going agency.
I have been agency for 21yrs now, and much has changed since I started, and it continues to change daily. Agency nursing maybe a completley different animal by the time you are ready to try it...
When you finish school...learn all you can..during your first year as a nurse. Then ask yourself at the end of that year...are you comfortable
your skills! Would you be comfortable wallking into a facility where you're the most experienced person on the unit??? Don't think this won't happen...because it has!
Example: I worked in a hospital where the Charge Nurse on the unit was a nurse of two years, but who had not been working as a nurse for 3yrs! The only other nurse on that unit, and in that hospital was a new grad RN...with NO
experience! Had a pt. code, and neither
of them knew what to do, or even knew how to start an IV!
So if after the end of one year...you don't feel comfortable in walking into such a situation...wait, and get more experience, before you try agency.