Which agencies are the best? - page 5

Does anyone know which agencies are ok to work for? Since all my problrms I am very leary to work for any of them, so if some one could stear me in the right direction I would be ever so grateful... Read More

  1. by   Nurse.M.T
    I live in Charleston SC and ATC healthcare services is the best...The Maxim in Charleston is Horrible! Always different office staff bad customer service and they look out for them selves... They will accutally tell a client that you are coming in even though you turned down the shift... also it took almost two months for me and the other nurses to be payed back for parking thats over 500 dollars each.. They arent honest the say what they think you want to hear.
  2. by   YogaloverRN
    hello everyone,

    I just wanted some advice, I am interested in persueing agency nursing in the state of Georgia. I live in northwest Georgia. I admit that I do not know ANYTHING about agency nursing. I have 12 years experience in Medical Surgical, 2 years in surgery, and 2.5 years in Pain Management, and a few months in home health. I took 5 years off to raise kids. But surprisingly, it is all coming back to me, I have a natural instinct for nursing (I know how lame) LOL. But anyway, any advice about how to persue this? And Please don't tell me to go back to the hospital, I can't . I have great people skills, I can stick almost anybody, and I learn really quick.

    Thanks!
  3. by   PalmoRN
    I've used Nursefinders quite a bit...
    But I suggest sticking with their corporate branches..
    I 've not had good luck with franchises...:smilecoffeeIlovecof
  4. by   nurse5005
    I have worked with Maxim in Bellevue area, the recruiters are careless, they just don't know what they are doing cancellation at the very last moment, give wrong directions for the assignments, very low pay.
  5. by   openspacesrn
    Quote from lifeLONGstudent
    Which agencies do you recommend in the DFW area?

    Why do you recommend them?

    Which ones have you had bad experiences with (if you want to type what happened, I am sure the readers would appreciate you sharing)


    thanks,
    lifeLONGstudent
    I have been an agency nurse off and on for about 4 years, in the North Texas area. I have used several different agencies. Medical Staffing was pretty good for per diam, at least it was a couple of years ago. I have been in contact with Nightingale and Aureous all during this time, but have only accepted a contract from Nightingale(out of Florida). They were good as far as pay, and communication. They offered me the most for expense stipend, and paid every week without a hitch. The only bad thing is if you decide to go with another agency when one contract is completed, the same rep. that has been sugar sweet turns into a rattlesnake! Also, they put you in the hospital, but won't go to bat for you if the hospital tries to move you around or push you to work differently from the contracted assignment. PPR nursing has been great!
    Last edit by openspacesrn on Aug 25, '08 : Reason: adding more info
  6. by   jadetraveler
    any suggestions on a good traveling agency looking to travel but not sure about all the agencies
  7. by   openspacesrn
    Has anyone done traveling with TruStaff? I have had calls from that agency with offers, as well as Travel Max and Medical Solutions. Relating any experiences with these would be appreciated. There are so many travel agencies out there to choice from.
  8. by   kjrn64
    I've worked with Trustaff for almost 2 years, recruitor Joe. They've taken very good care of me.. Tell him Kelly sent you.
  9. by   gonzo1
    Nursefinders on Mockingbird lane in Dallas is AWESOME
  10. by   sharpsmith
    I have a good luck with Nurses PRN www.prnhealthservices.com. They have alot of needs in the Chicagoland area; if you want to travel to the Midwest or if you live in that area but they are a nationwide company.
  11. by   Simba&NalasMom
    Quote from eddy
    Generally I say that locally owned agencies tend to be the best from my experience. The big national agencies tend to have a high level of turnover in the offices and from my experience many have some pretty major financial problems. Established local agencies often have a better grasp on the market and have better relationships with the facilities.

    This is just what I have experienced in my years of agency nursing.
    My first agency was locally owned and totally mom and pop. The owner was a whacko and would book me without first offering me the shift. He also refused to pay my holiday pay because the facility would not pay it (even though the employee manual says time and a half for specific holidays). Was a joke working for him.

    I switched to Nursefinders and love working for them. They have kept me busy and offer daily pay. Guess it all depends on the situation.
  12. by   loricatus
    Another route that can be taken is to call the Nursing Office of the individual hsopitals and ask themwho they use. Certain Nursing Supervisors have established relationships with agency recruiters & your chance of finding a good agency, with first pick at openings, could be from a referral of a Nursing Supervisor. Where I am now, Nursefinders and Favorite have this type of relationship with the area hospitals.
  13. by   daberg211
    Quote from graysonret
    Around here, in Virginia, I've found, over the years, that 2 agencies seem to work out best for me. One is Nursefinders and the other is Maxim. I prefer Maxim because of their benes and paid 1 week vacation after 480 hours. This might vary from state to state. Others that I've tried have been pretty much as "fill-ins" for slow periods. No benes or regular work. Some are speciality agencies like "peds" or "home health". I like to keep 2-3 agencies available so I can pick and choose what I want, or to keep me busy when it gets slow.
    MY EXPERIENCE WITH MAXIM THE ARE ALL CHEAP!!!! THE FIRST JOB WITH THEM WAS IN ARIZONA, WITH $15 DOLLARS AN HOUR, WHICH IS TERRIBLE FOR A TRAVEL ASSIGNMENT!!! THEM I TRIED THEM AGAIN HERE IN WASHINGTON STATE, AND IT WAS WORSE, I WAS DRIVING FROM MOSES LAKE TO SPOKANE EVERY DAMNED DAY FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS AND I QUIT THEM AND WENT BACK WITH MY LOCAL AGENCY, FIRST RESOURCE MEDICAL STAFFING THAT ALWAYS PAYS ME $25 PER HOUR PLUS HOUSING, PLUS CONTRACTS FOR 13 WEEK ASSIGNMENTS!!! GUARANTEED HOURS OF 40 PER WEEK, DIRECT DEPOSIT IN MY BANK ACCOUNT!! THERE ARE TWO OTHERS THAT HIRED ME IN TWO DIFFERENT STATES, ONE IN MONTANA, WITH A 13 WEEK CONTRACT, DROVE THERE FOR ONE DAMN SHIFT THE NURSING HOME CANCELLED THE CONTRACT, THE ONLY MONEY I GOT WAS ENOUGH TO GET GAS MONEY TO GO HOME THREE STATES AWAY, THE NEXT ONE SENT ME TO NEBRASKA, GAVE ME $200 TO GET THERE AND THEY THOUGHT THAT WAS ENOUGH FOR THE LICENSE, AND BACK AND FORTH TO WORK FOR TWO WEEKS, THE TRUTH IS WAS JUST ENOUGH FOR ME TO GET TO THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS!!!! 16 MILES FROM THE JOB!!! MY CAR WAS OUT OF GAS WHEN I GOT TO THE HOLIDAY INN!!! THEN I HAD TO BORROW MONEY FROM A FRIEND, THEN PAY HER BACK ON MY FIRST CHECK, I KEPT WORKING FOR THREE WEEKS, THEN THAT NURSING HOME HIRED TWO NEW GRADUATE NURSES WITH NO EXPERIENCE AND THEY CANCELLED THE CONTRACT!!! THEN THE AGENCY ONLY FED-EX ME $200 FOR ME TO GO HOME!!!! NOW IT WAS 6 STATES TO GO HOME THROUGH!!!! I ENDED UP GOING TO THE LOCAL PAYDAY LOAN THAT I KNEW I COULDN'T PAY THEM BACK, BUT WITH THE $200 FROM AGENCY AND ANOTHER $200 PAYDAY LOAN WAS JUST ENOUGH FOR ME TO GET HOME!!!
    THE AGENCIES YOU NEED TO NOT DEAL WITH: MERIDIAN IN COLORADO, AND aedon360!!!! IN ARKANSAS!!!:angryfire I HAVE BEEN AN LPN FOR THIRTY YEARS, AND MOST OF THE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN GOOD, BUT YOU DO NEED TO BE CAREFUL OF THE ONES I USED!!! FROM DEB B. IN WASHINGTON STATE

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