Some questions about agencies.

  1. Hello.

    I'm a new graduate nurse in Waukesha, wi and have recently secured a job that's less than full-time. I want to fill in the remaining hours with some agency work. Now for the questions.

    First question. Are there agencies which only deal with psychiatric nursing? If not, do certain agencies allow nurses to request only psych assignments?

    Also, does anyone know which agencies are the best in southeast Wisconsin? Are there any that I should stay away from? I really appreciate any advice that you could provide me with.
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   meanmaryjean
    Understand that agency work usually involves NO orientation. As a new grad- you are probably not qualified for that type of work. Usually 1-2 years of experience is needed.
  4. by   Gary Mendoza
    Yes, there are agencies that offer Psych positions.

    I wouldn't recommend any agencies to you as a new grad. As meanmaryjean said, you don't get much of an orientation, usually 4 hours to 3 days (max). You need to be very experienced and very independent. I would suggest getting at least two years experience and then consider agency work. Facilities pay a lot of money for agency nurses because they expect them to already know what they are doing and be good at it.

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