I have worked for an agency and yes you are right they just throw you in on the floor, but I guess I have been lucky because the other nurses have been willing to help if I come across somethink I am unsure of. I started doing this about 1yr after graduation. No I never said it was easy challenging maybe. :smackingf
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You probably have been practicing in one facility. Things are done differently in different states and parts of the country.......you need to be able to adjust rather quickly.
Could you just walk in to a facility where you have never been, get no orientation, and begin working?
I highly suggest that any of you think that it is something easy to do, try working local agnecy in your area for a few shifts. And not at a sister facility to one where you are currrently employed.
Then come back and post..........You will ge the picture.
You can't learn everything in one year........sorry.....there is so much that you haven't seen yet.
I've been a nurse for just about 2 years, all of it in an ICU. I would like to work as a travler sometime in the near future, and am wondering how much experience most hospitals require their travlers to have. Most travel companies give me the standard "one year" answer, but it seems like most of the travlers I work with have much more. Also, just because a travel company will work with you doesn't mean a hospital will want to hire you.
Also, most of the travlers I work with refuse to take fresh hearts, mostly due to the politics involved. Do most places require you to take fresh hearts?
actually some agencies will take you at 6 months. it depends on how hard up they are for nurses. you can learn alot on the road and when you quit learning you may as well quit all together. course i had lots more experience before i went on the road but i wouldnt trade a day of it for anything. still like to travel but age is catching me now. i love traveling, making new friends and klearning new ideas. call intelistaf or msn or mra check it out.
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To be a traveling nurse, is it true that you MUST have at least one year of experience?
Stay as far away as possible from an agency that would hire you after only six months of experience...............you stand a good chance of losing license for a silly mistake that you knew nothing about.......