I'm a new grad LPN, license in hand, applying to staffing agencies because I think they will allow me to pick my own hours. I'm taking pre-reqs for an ASN degree and I need to have class days off. I can't get into a situation where a manager says, "You have to work this Tuesday this week or you're fired."
Am I just imagining that agency work means I control my schedule? When speaking to a hiring manager is it OK to say, "I want to work through an agency because I need to be able to set my own hours."
Sep 6, '12
I think its ok to tell an interviewer that, but it may not be what they want to hear. Also, I know a lot of staffing agencies prefer people with experience, so thats something to keep in mind if you dont get a call back right away. Other permanent jobs can also be flexible. Were I you, id apply to a few of those also and lay out the terms up front and go from there. Theres lots of people with schedule needs, so its not too far out in left field to request to have a day like Tuesdays off.
Sep 6, '12
I would run screaming from any agency that hires new grad nurses whatever their degree. An agency nurse, like a traveler, is expected to function with little orientation and have the experience to work in any area needed. Read through the new grad forums here and see the problems new nurses are having even in well structured long term nurse residencies. My advice would be to concentrate on getting a full time job and some experience while taking as many prerequisites online as possible. After you have some experience you can go the agency route if you need to do so. Best of luck on your new career!