I love agency nursing, but you need to be flexible if you are going to get the most out of it. The other name for agency nursing is "staff relief." You may work for 4 months at one facility, then get told your services will not be needed anymore, nothing to do with you, but they are no longer going to be using agency. So then you move onto the next facility. It may be closer, it may be further away. You may actually arrive at one facility, they don't need you, you will get paid the cancellation fee, and usually the agency can find you something else to do, again, this depends on how flexible you are and the different types of units that you feel comfortable working on.
Sure, there will be weeks when you may not get 40 hours, but then there will be weeks when you could work 7 out of 7 days. The census at most facilities is seasonal to some extent.
1. Do they pay you for travel, such as gas, etc?
2. Medical insurance benefits?
3. Cancellation policy, both for you and the facility
4. Some agencies actually offer vacation pay.
Most agencies have a set contract written by their lawyers, theywon't be writing an individual one for you.