Do any of you work for an agency as a nurse?

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    I have been doing agency work, mainly going to LTC's, for years and once I get out of school I want to keep my job but I was thinking... It's probably far easier for me to walk in as a CNA and take care of strangers as I just need to really know the basics (do they use a lift? can they walk? are they continent? etc).

    How is for the nurses to walk into a new facility regularly and do the nursing aspect of the job? It seems like it would be difficult because nurses need to know a bit more about the patient to preform their job.

    If you are an agency nurse how do you like it?
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    You get report from the previous nurse. Nobody is going in blind. If it is a new patient, you are doing the admission assessment.

    On a friendly note, you have 12 years of nursing experience listed in your profile .....but just stated you are a student. CNA work isn't nursing experience and trying to count it as such will label you negatively as being deceptive, particularly if you try to float that when applying for work as a new grad. Nobody will confuse the two, believe me. You may wish to change that statement in your profile to be more accurate.
    quirkystudent and KelRN215 like this.
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    I did agency after I came home from travel assignments and it fit into my life perfectly. I ended up going to the same two hospitals so you will end up getting to know them over time. I believe the first shift I did have somewhat of an orientation but what do you really NEED to know??

    -How to call a code
    -Who your charge nurse is
    -How to contact MD if need be -
    -Where clean and dirty utility etc is
    -Pyxsis password/med dispensing until info

    The job remains the same. It's the same for travel nursing too..
    quirkystudent and not.done.yet like this.
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    Quote from not.done.yet
    You get report from the previous nurse. Nobody is going in blind. If it is a new patient, you are doing the admission assessment.

    On a friendly note, you have 12 years of nursing experience listed in your profile .....but just stated you are a student. CNA work isn't nursing experience and trying to count it as such will label you negatively as being deceptive, particularly if you try to float that when applying for work as a new grad. Nobody will confuse the two, believe me. You may wish to change that statement in your profile to be more accurate.
    I didn't realize that meant only being a nurse. I thought since I put my occupation in there it meant that. Ooops.
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    "Why so serious?"


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