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