Hi everyone, I know that there are a lot of agencies out there. I don't know the interplay between the agency and the health care entities, but I assume that the entity pays the agency either a flat rate to provide them with labor or they bill them per nurse and then give that nurse a portion of the money. Either way, they're paying an agency some overhead. Would it be feasible to talk to local hospitals and offer personal service when called, if available? You wouldn't have to be an actual "employee" as if you were per diem, and I assume that the hospital would be able to pay less to hire you directly then to hire agency or even some per diem rates. You would, of course, show the hospital all your certifications. Then the hospital could pay you directly with a check and a 1099. Has anyone done this? Is this practical or am I missing something?
Nov 26, '09
In my experience, it is best to set yourself up as an "entity" of some kind. LLC, Corp, etc. Hospitals that contract with these agencies want a little piece of mind that they are contracting with an organization that can actually provide a service.
Mind you, I started my business out of my home (still work from home a couple of days a week) and I contract with businesses that think they are hiring a large agency to provide services. I've never been misleading and once they find out that I (the owner) will provide services, they don't really care. They just want the job done and have it done well. A business owner with a reputation at stake will go the extra mile on a contract, because the word travels fast if you're good at what you do. Travels faster if you're not though.
I've been a nurse consultant for over two years and I don't think I've ever been more satisfied with my career. Cut the "middle man" out of your career.