I am currently an RN nursing student with a year left until I graduate, and I have had an ongoing interest in agency nursing. I realize that I wouldn't be competent enough to go into agency work directly after boards, which is fine since I wouldn't be in a position to do it then anyway. However, can the experienced pros/hiring managers give me a feel as to what you would consider 'experienced' in terms of contracting with a nurse for agency work? Also, any tips regarding the types of staff nurse positions that in the long run will enhance my placements? As an FYI, after boards I expect to be doing staff nurse work for about 4-5 years. I have two goals in mind besides an obvious love of nursing, 1) to be as flexible/mobile as possible as I am seriously considering traveling around the country (but not discounting the possibility of staying where there is a great fit somewhere
), and 2) to be able to make a very nice wage while doing so.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!