I moved the thread over to the General Discussion Board.
I remember years ago a staff nurse, when I did staff, went to human resources and worked out her own contract. It was a quarterly bonus for not calling off and staying. She had been at this facility for years and well deserved the extra money (don't we all). I was too new and too humble about going after the brass ring for myself. I wish I had now that I reflect back on it. I probably would have received something had I asked.
Now I am an agency nurse. I do not think I can ever, in the present conditions, go back as regular staff. Do I feel unloyal? Yes, but I am almost proud of the fact that I am "a free agent of sorts". I often see (not always) burned out staff who love nursing and are unappreciated.
I now have a life. I work when I want to schedule. Yes, the price I pay is to get called off etc. I am able to negotiate bennies but even at that I do not want to dedicate myself to one agency.
I am now agency hopping (once again) to an agency with better scheduling and a $ 3.00 raise (per hour). My last "real job" I was presented with a 75 cent per hour raise and they acted like I should be thrilled because it was the top compensation.
I will "someday" have a business of my own with this nursing thing and spend as much time with my patients as "I" see fit without retribution from mangement that I spent too much time with my patients.
Not venting just speaking my mantra...