Which is more stressful,floating or agency?

  1. Is it harder to float to another unit in your hospital, (ie ICU to ER) Or to work agency going to another hospital in your same area of expertise?
    Last edit by VAC on Mar 8, '03
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   nurse2002
    I dont know. I am an agency nurse and they float me.
  4. by   labornurse
    I have had opportunity to go to a sister hospital and work as a labor nurse, and I loved it. It was definitley less stressful than floating to the ER or ICU at my home hospital.
  5. by   nightingale
    I am the ultimate float as an AGency Nurse and I really prefer it.
  6. by   BadBird
    When I was staff I hated floating, now that I am agency I look forward to different units.
  7. by   mattsmom81
    Personally I find involvement in hospital politics to be my big stressor in float work. My stressor in agency is the varying work environments.

    I find politics to be my greatest stress, so agency is easier on me personally.
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Mar 9, '03
  8. by   eddy
    I just expect to float at any given point anymore when working an agency shift. I'm used to working in a lot of rural community hospitals, and it only takes a couple of admits or discharges to COMPLETELY change unit census all across the facility. I'll be in the ICU (often a 4-6 bed) and the last remaining patient will be discharged or transfered. Well there are two nurses on the shift, so one of us must find something else to do with an empty ICU.... So off I go to wherever. On travel assignments I may be a bit more strict on floating, but it just depends. Per diem out here... even ICU or ER is more or less a glorified gen M/S unit most of the time. Hehe...

    Politics of a staff job are WAY more stressfulllllll......

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