nightngale summed it up very well. I have worked full time agency for more than 3 years now. I will share with you some of my personal rules
Sign only with a reputable agency. some less than stellar agencies will try t book you to areas that you don't know anything about. DO NOT bite when they say "Ohh I am sure that you can handle it."
DO NOT agree to take a shift in an area that you have no knowledge about. (Nursing School
does not count) This is not fair to the patients or the staff.
As an agency nurse you are not entitled to be trained to an area. You are expected to be knowledgable and self sufficient. This does not mean you cannot ask for help this means you need to know what you are doing.
If I go to a facility that I am treated less than friendly I do not return. There is an obvious reason that they are short, now you probably know why......
I give 110% to the facility I am booked at, I want them to know that they have gotten their money's worth.
Yes I LOVE the control I have as an agency nurse. I love being able to set my own schedule. I love being able to schedule work around my family not vice-versa.
Good luck to you.