I have read thru some posts and have seen people mention traveling nurses. What exactly are their job duties? Are they like a "temp" worker for nurses? Thanks!
Jul 13, '04
Agency nurses are more like temps (per-diem or day-to-day basis). They usually earn more than travel nurses also, as their room and board, travel expenses, etc. do not have to be paid. Travelers work full-time and are on the schedule right along with the full-timers for the length of their contracts. They are contracted with a particular unit and interview with the manager of the unit prior to accepting (or passing on) the contract offered.
Both agency nurses and travelers are experienced nurses (most reputable agencies will not contract with nurses who have less than a year of experience unless it is a specific internship type of contract, and I've heard even those are a little shady in that the nurses get turned loose before they are ready). They will have the same duties and patient load as the regular staff in most cases.
Last edit by RN4NICU on Jul 13, '04