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In your opinion, and in the opinion of your co-workers - - are agency nurses equals to staff RN's? Or are they viewed differently and possibly even in a negative light since they show up, work and then in a few weeks move on?
There are good agency nurses as many times over as there are staff nurses; of course, the inverse is just as true.
Most often than not staff will be grateful to have the extra help. Not all agency nurses move on in a few weeks, some move after one shift. That is, not all agencies contract for long periods of time, you can work a shift here, a shift there as part of working through an agency. When I worked agency, it wasn't uncommon for me to work in three or four different facilities in one week. I liked it that way....no involvement in unit politics; just went in, did my work, and went home after my shift ended.
I don't think that agency nurses have to work any more independently than any other nurse, but one does have to have the ability to aclimate to different working situations/conditions and be resourceful.
Work can be spradic so relying on agency for primary income may not be right for everyone. The flexibility is awesome! Generally you get to choose which hospitals, units, and shifts you are willing to work.