Haling from central Kansas: In The Wichita Metro area there are a number of Agencies offering different packages. In Kansas 32 cents per mile is widely rumored t o be the standard set forth by the Department of Transportation. One Agency pays 15 cents per mile one way X2. Others boast of the full 32 cents per mile one way X2.
One fine morning I walked into an area nursing home introduced myself to the D.O.N., and declared myself my own Agency. I demanded the same pay I was getting from the agency I worked for at the time. She took me to speak with the Administrator; just as the administrator started what was an obvious (want a job better fill out an application so we can tell you what your time is worth) line; the D.O.N. exclaimed "I was just thinking that's about $10.00/hr less than we are paying for Agency now".
Point to all this: In Central Kansas Agency Nurses make from 18 to 25 dollars per hour. While Facilities pay from 28 to 32 dollars per hour for Agency nurses. Agencies keep a copy of the nurses CPR, acls, immunization records and so-forth. Facilities are money ahead to pay you less than they would pay the agency and more than the agency would pay you if you would agree to take a prn position with the facility. IN SHORT DON'T BE AFRAID TO REPRESENT YOURSELF TO A FACILITY. I have found about one in four tend to work through me directly.
Would appreciate any information about how much Agencies pay nurses and are paid by facilities in other areas. It is my desire to put together a guide for Nurses.
Your Brother in the trenches Don.
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Donald W. Ahrens Jr, R.N., B.S.N.