Agency nurses have to complete competencies that are far more rigorous and involved than the NCLEX, yearly. I also am drug tested and must submit a physical clearance from my physician. Every new facility or unit I am assigned I must also pass competencies and have them signed off by the charge nurse.
My charting is scrutinized regularly by medical records, in fact at most facilities all registry charts are reviewed . I am required to wear a badge that identifies me as registry, along with my skill level (RN). Being registry by choice takes a special kind of person, as well as nurse. We have to smile more, have no one to complain to in regards to rude treatment by staff, are frequently left to our own devices when we enter a new unit. We must locate equipment, supplies and fly by the seat of our pants with little or no support from the staffers.
Because I maintain a cheerful and helpful attitude I feel I am well received by many staffers. If I ask for help it is because it is in the patients best interest, moving them in bed, a complicated dressing change, filling out some documentation that is specific to this facility etc. If a staff nurse is downright rude to me or condecending, or has me in their sights out of some preconceived resentment over the money I make or the freedom I have to work my own shifts and locations I must work doubly hard to get along with them, thus taking time away from patient care.
Overall, I agree with many sentiments expressed in this thread and must add that as nurses, we are on a mission to look out for our patients, but also support each other in doing our jobs. We are the "new kids" in class and it can be an isolating and overwhelming experience. Still, we are willing to put ourselves out there in your line of fire and it's with the very best intentions.
I would ask on behalf of all my agency partners that you, as a staff nurse familiar with equipment, it's location, charting and local policies offer a helping hand when we ask, we aren't there to make your jobs harder, only hoping to be accepted as the professionals that we are.