I am a new agency nurse. I previously worked for four years as a cardiac nurse on a stepdown/tele unit. I took this job so I can be flexible with my school schedule for my BSN/MSN. I consider myself a good nurse, and have lots of experience in my speciality, but I frequently run into other nurses who have prejudices against agency nurses. They think I am a "bad" nurse because I don't have a "real" job with a hospital. I explain that this works while I am in school, but they don't seem to get it. I think it takes a great deal of courage and experience for a nurse to work for an agency because we have to be flexible, able to adapt, and do our jobs, all the while getting the attitude from the "real" nurses, who think we are inferior to them. What is up with that? I feel like nobody appreciates what we give to the profession.
Can anyone relate to this?