Agency Nurses (Melbourne)
- 0Mar 24, '12 by SarahRN1987Is my agency the only one who has been SUPER slow in the last few months? I can probably count on both hands the number of times I've been called to go to a shift! My manager says it will pick up after Easter, but in the meantime, I'm going stir-crazy! Anyone else in the same boat?
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- 2Mar 24, '12 by ceridwyn GuideIf in Victoria, times are tough, work has slowed right down, even aged care who have taken on many overseas nurses where much of the work was, are now fully staffed.
Australia was the place to be!!! over the last 2-3 years as many other countries closed their doors to nurses, agencies are plentiful supplying money through loans, so many nurses have come here and the agencies continue to say Australia is the place to be!!! It seems many employers are taking on younger less experienced nurses than experienced in many areas as they are cheaper and these are plentiful at this time from overseas and local, though many I heard they are not getting any work and returning home and locals are working the agencies - also hence, not as much work.
Also new grads came onboard at the start of the year in the acute sector and that always slows things down in agency for the start of the year. Good luck, hope it does pick up for you.
- 0Mar 26, '12 by SarahRN1987I wouldn't mind going regional. But my fiance just got a new job here in the city so it is a bad time for us to move. Might happen eventually though, you never know!
Thanks for your other comments...I figured the new grads would have something to do with the quiet time I'm having Just stinks because I am in a contract with my agency so I can't really look for anything permanent until November! So I'm hoping they are right and things start to pick up again after the Easter holidays are all done.
- 0Mar 27, '12 by MuppetAusSarahRN you could try contacting individual healthservice and going on their casual lists. I'm not to sure of your agreement with the agency but I do know girls who have two agencies that they use.
I undestand what your saying about being unable to move and I know this suggestion is extreme, but the really really rural health services offer short term accommodation. ie a night or two. So if you were really desparate you could do a late then early shift staying overnight there.
Work will pick up sadly it is one of those things that just seem to come in waves.
- 0Apr 7, '12 by bulletproofbarbeven casuals in WA are being cancelled, like me. i have a second job though so no big deal as i have been doing extra in that job. i could not rely on a non permanent job. i dont think agency are getting any work at all here, except probably nursing homes.
come winter it will pick up again. not far off now.