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  1. What do nurses think of agency and travel nurses? Just curious.
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  3. by   buckboomer
    I think agency nurses are cool, confident, and control their own hours. Plus they get paid very well. Gee, I wish all nurses had those opportunities, as agency nurses. Travelers take chances and go to jobs that others do NOT want. Usually these individuals have a contract and length of stay requirement, and get free accomodations, and a smaller wage. I choose agency.
  4. by   saskrn
    Do you think agency and travel nurses are treated equally by the staff nurses? I've always wondered what they make.
  5. by   JennieBSN
    Usually, travel nurses and agency nurses, once oriented to the unit and comfortable with it, are excellent. Having worked in a variety of hospital and outpatient settings, they usually adapt quickly and have a wealth of knowledge, plus bring in new ideas from other settings with regard to bedside care. I have, of course, run into a couple of agency and travel nurses that I felt would be better off not having ANY contact with the human race, but for the most part, I like them. They are usually very friendly. How do other nurses view them? Weeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllll....that depends on the nurse. Some of the nasty, nurse-eating ones who have peed all over the unit to 'mark their territory' flat out DESPISE agency and travel nurses. Then again, those kind of nurses generally despise ANYONE new, so I suppose you have to fit that into the equation. I personally like travel and agency nurses. Lots of docs and residents have had positive things to say about them, too. Plus, the pay is KILLER.
  6. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by kday:
    Weeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllll....that depends on the nurse. Some of the nasty, nurse-eating ones who have peed all over the unit to 'mark their territory' flat out DESPISE agency and travel nurses.
    Just had to say, my response to this was both "eeewwwww" and "heeee."

    Because I'm 4 years old.

  7. by   saskrn
    I'd have to say that I've definitely seen outside nurses get dumped on!! I've never really understood why, since I also think they're valuable. I always think that any help is good help! Well, almost always! There are exceptions!
  8. by   CEN35
    leah I can tell you why they get dumped on (and this is not me at all), because others get pissy. They think, why is it they are doing the same thing I am for double of what I get? They think it's ridiculous and that if the hospital can afford to pay them $40hr, why can't they pay there regular staff $40hr?

    I know, I have heard it all from others. I must admit though, if they are a good nurse I treat them well. If they suck at what they are doing, I avoid them.........and that goes for agency, in house satff anybody. BTW< yes I realize that doesn't make them a bad person. Many are really nice people, but it takes more than being nice to be good at your job.

    Geeeezeee I strayed off topic...oooops sorry

    Rick
  9. by   saskrn
    I definitely can see why nurses would get pissy regarding the money issue, everyone would like to make more, me included. I've looked into the travel positions, and money varies per position, specialty, location, etc. I've found that the standard for med/surg nurses is around $20-$25/hour, and the money increases from there. I haven't heard about $40/hour, but would it be nice to make that!! I was just curious about outside employees, because I've seen them get dumped on. And they're good nurses!!
  10. by   Brownms46
    Good subject!

    I'm a Traveler, and an agency nurse. I have been an agency nurse for 20yrs, and a Travel nurse for 10yrs. I prefer travel now because, when I first started being an Agency nurse, the hospital had to give 4hrs notice before cancelling you. Now they only have to give about 2hrs or less sometimes. As for agency nurses making more money. Back in the early 80's, agencies paid no benefits, no retirement, and some took out no taxes. That has changed! Now agencys offer benefits, vacation, 401ks, Ceu reimbrusement, immunization, etc, etc. BUT...there is no job security. If you have to work 40hrs a week, and your specialties are limited, so will the jobs offered you. Once you finish a shift, at most hospitals, you're not garaunteed a shift, or you have to be available for many different shifts, and willing to be very flexible as to where you will travel to, and how far! Many times hospitals will only give you the bare essentials for orientation. Where the patients are, dirty/clean utility, med room, bathroom(maybe), etc. Some hospital may offer you a 4hour orientation, where a day or two used to be the norm.

    Travel nursing, you're oriented most of the time to the hospital system, paperwork, policies, parking, charting,(how that hospital does theirs), ...the things a new employee would go through. You sign a contract for 4-13weeks with 13weeks being the usual amount of time, and most times you are placed on one unit the whole time. Only once did I get floated, and that is because it was as an ICU/ER float contract. If the hospital wishes to train you for an area, they might ask for a 6mos contract, to recup their expenses for training you. In turn you are paid a few dollars less hourly, while the hospital pays for housing, furniture, utilities, sometimes even phone, meals, transportation, and maid service at some places. Depends on the contract, the agency, and the hospital. The agency paids for travel to the hospital area, the licensure, and bonuses for starting a contract, and a completion bonus maybe paid by the agency, and the hospital. Most times the traveler, until the hospital is able to fill the position she/he is filling in temp., can renew until the hospital does find someone. Most hospitals are hoping you will sign on with them.

    As to the staff nurses who dogg out travel, and agency nurses! I find this conduct to be totally self defeating! Why would anyone work hard at trying to throw away help that is given to them?? This has always made no sense to me. If the staff doesn't like them because they make too much money, then they have the opporutnity to do the same kind of work agency nurses do, and make the same amount of money, and now have benefits!

    But because most people who don't wish to do agency work, because they're unable or unwilling to be flexible, and adjust quickly to new surrounding, are the ones doing the dogging. So if they don't want to do it, and have the opportunity to do so, why get mad at us??? If you don't have enough help...why screw your chances of ever getting help??? The hospital can't find you help from regular staff so they call agencies, they never know who they will get, or if they will get anyone. So they turn to travel nursing agencies, to get regular stable help until they can hire someone. And I know these hospitals do try to hire help, as they have offered me a job everywhere I have been.

    It's the hospitals that would rather work staff to death, by making them work mandatory OT, that I would be upset with, not the ones, who try, and arrange additional help for their floors!!!

    And YESSSSsss....I have been dogged by mean, angry nurses, who are territorial, unhelpful, and who try to give us the worst pts., and sit down on their behinds, and feel justified in doing so "because they make more money"! Or they try to make you look bad, because there are some who are jealous of agency nurse's ability to float anywhere, without being afraid to do so.


    Funny those are the floors that usually have the most needs for agency!!! I don't mind taking the slack off regular staff, so they can get a break once in a while. What I don't like is the staff rational for doing this. If I get dogged too much, I don't come back. And this will be the same unit, that continually calls my agency asking that I come back, because of course they're short again. But I don't go back, and most other agency nurses don't either, once they find out how that unit is. So who did they hurt?? I'm still working, just not there, NOT with THEM, and I'm STILL making more money, WITH benefits!!!


    I have of course went to many hospitals, that I loved going back to, and it didn't matter where they sent me, as I was welcomed!
    One unit treated me so well, I did 4 or 5 contracts in an ICU/CCU, and worked along side RNs as and one other LPN in the unit, and was treated like an equal, not an underly.


    So if you have the chance to have an agency, or travel nurse, treat them well. You never know when you will need those extra hands.


    I think staff members who don't want agency nurses, should go to their administration, and tell them they will take double the patient load, let them take that raise they keep talking about...LOL! I wonder how long that would last??? Beleive me not long! One hospital that used to dogg agency nurses, after not being able to get ANYONE to come back there, offered my agency, ANY amount to get someone to come in!!! NOBODY took the offer of " HOW MUCH WOULD IT TAKE TO GET YOU TO GO"? "My" reply was there wasn't enough money...and I was broke at the time!!!!!!!

    So those who mistreat agency/travel nurses, there are many hospitals who no longer can get help...don't let this become you!!!

    Brownie
  11. by   saskrn
    I can't condon misusing staff in any way, I have a hard time justifying why other people would. I definitely want the help!! Where have you traveled to?
  12. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by Leah J:
    I can't condon misusing staff in any way, I have a hard time justifying why other people would. I definitely want the help!! Where have you traveled to?
    I'm very glad to hear that! Music to my traveled ears.. ! My sons says we have did a smile across the country..lol! I started out in Buffalo, N.Y., went through the southeast, all the way to Brownsville, back up through Texas, stopping at just about all the major cities, and up to Washington State, from the east to the West Coast. My next stop is Cali this summer!

    I have met many, many people, and learned many things. This was my solution to burnout, and so far it has worked well...not perfect though. I miss the friends, I have made, but knowing them has made my life richer by far! I have worked just in just about every area of nursing possible. From critical care, home health visits, Trauma ER, OB, Outpt. Surg, Recovery Room, Occupational Health, HMOs, rural clinics(even made house calls with a modern day GP, and with clinics for migrant workers), Health Nurse for a large corp., Home Health Manager for United Way, Healthy Start Program, a TB border hospital, Rehab, Mohs Surgery,imminization clinics in police departments, and community centers, Acute Psych/PTSD units, Alcohol Abuse, and the list goes on.

    I have lived in more cities, than most people visit in a lifetime, and can't get enough.


    Brownie
  13. by   saskrn
    Brownie,
    Who do you work for?? It sounds like they have great opportunities!!
  14. by   Mysti
    I have worked both agency and staff over my 17 years in nursing. I can tell you that most good nurses that are not afraid of a visiting nurse making them look bad are great to agency staff. I can also say that if the facilities paid their staff as well as agency did they might have some staff to pay. I have worked with good and bad nurses in both area staff and agency. So I do not believe that a general statement can be made about agency. You must judge each nurse for him or herself. Not if they are agency or staff. Sandi

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    Sandi

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