Well I did it! I quit my regular job to go to agency.

  1. I hope I have made the right decision. But I could not take the BS anymore.
    So here I go. I think it will be great having the days off that I need or want without a problem. Any advice????
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   live4today
    Nurse Hag.....good for you for protecting yourself, and realizing what was best for YOU!!! I applaud you for taking care of yourself. (((((hugs)))))) :kiss

    BTW...welcome to allnurses!
  4. by   BadBird
    Good for you, I think going agency was the best thing I ever did. I doubled my salary, I have all the holidays off that I want, I take important school days off. No more hospital politics, just go in take care of you patients and leave. Much less stress, I actually enjoy nursing more now.
  5. by   l.rae
    l am thinking of doing the same...talking w/ an agency next wk...l am so scared...........Nurse Hag...what was goin on where u worked that made u quit....?...how long were u there,?....LR
  6. by   aus nurse
    Originally posted by BadBird
    Good for you, I think going agency was the best thing I ever did. I doubled my salary, I have all the holidays off that I want, I take important school days off. No more hospital politics, just go in take care of you patients and leave. Much less stress, I actually enjoy nursing more now.

    Yep I too got sick of the politics too badbird....I have been on holidays since resigning my old job 3 weeks ago.....and will join an agency in a few weeks. I am really looking forward to enjoying nursing again for all the reasons you mentioned.
  7. by   Tinkertots
    Congratulations!!
    I love doing agency nursing. Most of the people I work with really appreciate that I am there to help! My only frustration is having to wait to get my labs or test results since I don't have computer access. You just have to keep your chin up, be aware of everything going on around you. OH.. and befriend your nursing secretary...She/he can get you anything you need in a hurry.
    I always introduce myself to everyone on the unit as soon as I get there. I meet with my CNA and we discuss the day's plan for pt's care. Your day will be different everyday. You will spend more time doing the things you love and less time on hospital politics! Good Luck!!
  8. by   Nurse Hag
    Well I was doing Assisted Living and covering my bosses back at all cost. Too bad she throw me to the wolfs. But the joke is on her, her careplans that "only she could do" are not complete or up to date and some people who discharged had none. I used to give her a list, then I just kept the list. Cut throat works both ways, my list just might fall into the wrong hands. I got out before I had too, but I miss my residents. I feel much better now that I can go and do my shift and go home. I just hope I get enough hours. But no holidays unless I say yes sounds wonderful since I seemed to always work them all so that the other gal could spend it with her family. Well I have a family also. Thanks for letting me vent. My first shift is 11-7 tomorrow night.
    Nurse Hag
  9. by   l.rae
    good luck Nurse Hag...l'll let you know what l decide...l work ER and don't really want to do anything else....but l am going to look into this.......LR
  10. by   Yankee in TX
    Good luck. It may take time for you to become "known" & you may get cancelled the first few days but when the staff knows you then it all falls into place. Also make friends with your agencies bookers. Let them know what you will & won't do . Remember the first day in a new environment is the most stressful & give yourself a break. You won't be walking out the door on time( I never do ). Looking back I wonder why I didn't do it a lot earlier.
  11. by   shoppingsuel
    I've been tempted to quit my regular job but I am worried that the census will go down and I will be cancelled and have no money comming in
  12. by   renerian
    I wish I could do that...........I just was afraid I would not like the bouncing around...........................maybe I could do it per diem except I am starting a new job today with lots of oncall.......so I don't know how that would work.....

    Good luck. What agency are you working for?

    renerian
  13. by   renerian
    You know I never thought about holidays off...........................what a boom to do agency.....

    renerian
  14. by   Nurse Hag
    Well so far I love agency work and wonder why I didn't do it before. I have worked at 2 different facilities and both have asked me back for multiple shifts. I work some doubles and they love that, (1 trip more money). So far so good but it would be nice to sleep without interuption. Oh yeah that never happened with my other job either, but this one pays much better.
    :kiss

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