agency nurses

  1. What is the general opinion about nurses who work for an agency?Are there any agencies' that are good nationally?
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  3. by   BadBird
    Hi there,
    I work full time in ICU and I also have an agency job which I work 8 hrs. a week. I feel qualified and I get compliments on my nursing skills. I feel you can learn something from every new assignment and look forward to going back. I probably will just work agency soon as my husband carries all our medical and dental and I like the flexibility. I work for Favorite Nurses, you can reach them at Favoritenurses.com
    I let them know my availibility and occasionally do get cancelled but that is because I only go to one other facility, the more places you orient to the better your chances of not being cancelled.

    Good luck
  4. by   bunky
    I am just about to start working for Favourite Nurses too. I am hoping that all goes well, and I sure am excited about the pay raise!
  5. by   DawnRN
    Hi ! I work a .7 FTE in the ICU of my local hospital, and when we recently went to 12 hr shifts, I also picked up agency. I also work for Favorite Nurses, and there is never a shortage of hours available within a 2 hour radius of my home. The wages are great ($32-48/hr) with travel expenses, and accomodations in some areas for booking 2+ consectutive shifts in the same hospital. I would highly recommend Favorite Nurses, several of the other RN's I work with in my ICU are agency through them as well.

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    Dawn RN, ICU
  6. by   monica f
    I work 20 hours at a hospital, just the minimum to get the benifits, and then work agency for the remainder of my hours. I make twice as much at the agency as compared to the hospital. This pay difference and lower stress level is the reason that I choose to work agency.
  7. by   agencyRN
    I've been doing agency nursing full time for about three years. I have the option of picking when, where, and what specialty I prefer to work. I DON'T have to deal with politics, mandating, or any other BS that permanent staff have to deal with. If I don't like something, I just don't go back. I get 40+ hours a week and a paycheck commensurate with my skills. As far as I'm concerned, agency nursing is the only way to go for me.
  8. by   johnboy
    I used to work exclusively for registry/agency in Southern California before I moved into a permanent position in ICU. Of course it's important to have a reliable network of hospitals within commuting distance. At the time, I was getting dragged further and further away from home, although I would imagine that things are infinitely better now, ironically, since the shortage has "racheted" things up a bit.

    Don't let either the agency or hospital bully you into accepting an assignment either you don't want or feel you really arent' qualified to handle. If you're okay with telemetry/step down unit, then that's fine, but I can't tell you the number of times I showed up at an assignment, only to be told "We only have Telemetry". My reply: "And you still do!", as i make my exit!

    You'll certainly get a feel for certain places. I was aghast at some of the assignments given to me in ICU by charge nurses who didn't know me from Adam's housecat! The other nurses didn't want to work that hard -- guess who got the assignment? Why would you give a tough assignment to someone who's skills you know nothing about? I've never understood this one.

    Well, i've definitely gotten off the beaten path here, but i know that Star Med had been buying up agencies across the country. Unfortunately, I believe they've been purchased recently. Not sure of the new name. I've never had problems with them in the past. Sorry so long, but I have a soft spot in my heart for agency nurses, because I know what it's like out there!
  9. by   greye
    I work for Nursefinders. We have 154 offices nationwide, and have been in business for 26 years. We now have a National Career Center. We can find a job for you in any state. We staff virtually as well and pay $3-$5 more an hour than anyone else around in these offices. Most importantly, Nurses are our number one priority. You guys are overworked and underpaid. I'm glad to work for a company trying to change that!
    If you want to contact me,
    Miriam Gresham
    888/261-8528
    Nursefinders.com
  10. by   Lespnp
    I have worked exclusively for an agency for the past two years. I get my health and dental insurance independently. Since I am make double of what I was making in the hospital, I only work two days a week and the rest of the time I concentrate developing my own business.
  11. by   samcocoa
    Hi I am a new nurse. I was wondering if there are any agency that would hire a nurse w/o experience?

    Thanks in advance.
  12. by   ColleenTorrejon
    Most agencies I know of will not hire w/o experience...I work for Favorite Nurses and Medical Staffing Network as well as carry a prn position at the hospital I originally started at. I love the flexibility, the + pay and the varied experience, most of all though is the autonomy and being able to work my work life around my real life (kids, husband) Husband just started a new job where he travels quite a bit...job has potential to be quite lucrative in the near future, but must build up client base...am willing to work my stuff around his...just think, one day, I may be able to work just when I want to for "extra" money. how's that for a dream?
  13. by   cargal
    Originally posted by agencyRN:
    I've been doing agency nursing full time for about three years. I have the option of picking when, where, and what specialty I prefer to work. I DON'T have to deal with politics, mandating, or any other BS that permanent staff have to deal with. If I don't like something, I just don't go back. I get 40+ hours a week and a paycheck commensurate with my skills. As far as I'm concerned, agency nursing is the only way to go for me.
    AgencyRN I too am from SW Pa . Could you tell me which agency you work for? You sound very satisfied. Thanks in advance!!
  14. by   Lespnp
    Hospital that require an agency nurse need and independent, flexible and skilled professional. It is my opinion that it takes about two years of being a nurse to become proficient enough to be an agency nurse.

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