Hello, newbie here
Do any LPNs (or RNs too) here work for temp agencies? I'm thinking about switching to one so I can go to school for my RN full time. If so, which temp agencies do you think are the best?
Mar 31, '05
As an LPN I worked acute care nursing in a psyche hospital. I loved psyche nursing; but we were so understaffed, I had to literally drag heavy beds out in the patient lounge area to make sure I could watch physically fragile and/or demented elderly patients, or suicidal patients, so I could do my nightly paperwork and monitor them at the same time. At first we had 20 prn nurses. Less than a year later, we had none we could call on. The hospital closed. I went back to working for a private agency where I cared for homebound patients. I did alot of ventilator/trache care. Trache care paid higher than other areas of home nursing, even as much or more than RNs were making. Many nurses shy away from it; but once I was oriented to it, I was comfortable with it, and actually enjoyed the work. After completing many of the courses for entrance into a BS nursing program, I had an accident on a horse and broke my writer's arm and was out of work for 6 months. I'd worked as a secretary before my nursing career. I decided to take a medical transcription course through independent study at a local community college. It was work, but because of my background, I faired better academically than the other students in my class. I am now pursuing work-from-home as a medical transcriptionist. Overall, I like this type work more than anything I've done in the past. Secretaries were not paid well years ago. After going through nursing school, the salaries for office administrative staff has gone up considerably. I came to realize that I could make as much money, even more, sitting behind a desk working a computer without the physical and legal risks that nurses are at on a daily basis, and without getting half-way home mentally and physically drained, and suddenly freak wondering "Did I forget to perform an order." One day I may go back to nursing, as it is one of the most rewarding and respectful professions. For now, I have over half my plate full getting my daughter through the teenage years, and need a break.
Last edit by HelanaDietrich on Mar 31, '05