Is it ever full time work?
- 1Mar 2 by amzyRNI've been looking in to agency/travel work as it seems pretty easy to get and am wondering if it's full time? I've read that some people get cancelled shifts and there are no guarantees.
- 0Mar 4 by jrtaylor4, MSN, RNwe have hired agency occasionally. Most have written in their agreement that they will not float or get cancelled. If you are in a desired specialty (ICU, ED, PICU) you should have no problem finding work and have those statements in your contract. If you live in a large city you may not even have to travel.
- 0Mar 15 by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorI find it's like working as a per-diem: often feast or famine. And yes, as agency you are often one of the first to get cancelled.
That being said, some agencies will offer short- or long-term contracts to its employees. This pretty much guarantees your hours while under the contract....though if push came to shove, a cancellation could still happen.
- 0Mar 22 by PNW_NPstudentContract and travel are definitely different. When you do straight agency shifts, no hours are guaranteed except maybe 2 hours if you get all the way to the facility and get cancelled. Contract work can vary widely so make sure you agree with the terms. Travel contracts guarantee hours.
- 0Mar 22 by anotherlifeRNIn my experience it depends on if you are a PRN employee filling in need for hospitals or if you get a contract ( usually 13 weeks assignments ) There is always the chance fo being cancelled as you are costing the hospital more money, when I have signed a contract in the past I haven't been cancelled at all
- 0Apr 11 by delphine22, RNI work PRN for an agency and have only been canceled once, they have a lot of needs and I'm usually turning them down. I work with one nurse who drives quite a distance to work one shift a week at our hospital, she says they pay her so much (they give her a travel stipend too even though she is not under a travel contract, because of the mileage) that she only needs to work one day a week.
Keep in mine that if you work two days a week as an agency nurse, you might be making as much as you would three days a week full time as a staff nurse near the lower end of the pay scale.
Also always remember: They are billing the hospital twice (or more) what they are paying you. If they call and are desperate and really want you to work, ask for a bonus. You will get one!