Should I do agency??

  1. Hi, I just need some advice. I have been a nurse for 2 1/2 years. I've worked in Med/Surg, ER, and am now finishing orientation as an OR nurse. I was recently speaking with a travel nurse in my OR and was telling her how I was hoping to pick up per diem hours in the ER (as I want to keep up my nursing skills). She recommended joining her agency, as I would be able to do per diem and get paid much more. I am considering it, however, I'm a little hesitant. I'm a shy person, and agency nurses have always struck me as outgoing. Also, do you get any sort of orientation when you start at a new hospital? I'll ask her more about it on Monday, but I thought I'd start here. Thanks!
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  3. by   nightingale
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    Hi, I just need some advice. I have been a nurse for 2 1/2 years. I've worked in Med/Surg, ER, and am now finishing orientation as an OR nurse. I was recently speaking with a travel nurse in my OR and was telling her how I was hoping to pick up per diem hours in the ER (as I want to keep up my nursing skills). She recommended joining her agency, as I would be able to do per diem and get paid much more. I am considering it, however, I'm a little hesitant.

    I'm a shy person, and agency nurses have always struck me as outgoing.

    Also, do you get any sort of orientation when you start at a new hospital? I'll ask her more about it on Monday, but I thought I'd start here. Thanks!
    Your shyness will probably be challenged and you may find yourself more outgoing. You tend to develop a strong sense of confidence over time (out of your accomplishments).

    Orientation is minimal. Most will show you the supply room and the basics, go in early, and you are expected to go at it on your own very quickly. Some facilites are better then others. See if you can get the Agency to pay for two hours orientation for you to go in early or on the day before.

    So, you must be strong in your skills. It sounds like you are. To have a friend who has worked there will help. Remember though, this person is likely to get a sign on bonus for YOU in signing up so sometimes the "motivation" is different then just having a friend to help out with shifts.

    I hope it works out for you. Let us know how you are doing.

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