Hi! I am an old, crusty, curmudgeon of a nurse who recently completed a perioperative program and a year of O/R nursing in various specialties. And now I'm tired of being on-call all of the time (I'm not getting any younger) and the politics and favoritism that goes along with working for a single employer. Does anyone know of the feasibility of working agency in O/R in a single metro area? I'd like to keep my home and pets and habits, but continue working in the operating room...Thanks!
May 29, '04
I worked agency in the OR but never, ever put all of your eggs in one basket.
The hospital at any time can decide that they are no longer going to use agency and then you are screwed.
With almost every hospital I also took call, worked holidays, etc. Just could get out of doing nites, unless I volunteered for them. Remember, agency also means staff relief, you are there until they hire another person and get them trained. If you think of it in those terms, then you shouldn't have a problem. Which of course with OR usually means about 6 months or so.