It irritates the cr*p out of me when parents/patients and nurses make side deals with (in most cases) other people's money.
If the agency had any b@lls they would tell them it isn't their job to schedule their coverage even when in most cases agencies will accomodate the request.
The only thing it accomplishes is teaching "clients" how to jack nurses around for their own benefit, as well as roll out the red carpet for manipulative behavior such as you experienced. The "agency musical chairs" game is another one that seems to be rampant with some people. Often 1 nurse with an agenda can convince the patient to change agencies, perhaps because they need the $100-150 bounty they are paid by the receiving agency. It forces all of the other nurses on the case to go through the bs of a new hire all over again or lose all of their hours with the patient.
I don't blame you a bit for quitting the case. The minute I feel used and as if I'm expected to be a doormat for my pay I'll just have to go elsewhere even if it is a struggle. Sorry that happened to you--- but I would not be even a little surprised if in a few weeks they come crawling back with a sob story about their life and won't you please take pity on them. Normally that works, because I do feel bad for them, but if they treat you like a yo-yo more than once it's hasta la vista baby!
Best wishes to you!!