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What is the general opinion about nurses who work for an agency?Are there any agencies' that are good nationally?

BadBird, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care.

Hi there,

I work full time in ICU and I also have an agency job which I work 8 hrs. a week. I feel qualified and I get compliments on my nursing skills. I feel you can learn something from every new assignment and look forward to going back. I probably will just work agency soon as my husband carries all our medical and dental and I like the flexibility. I work for Favorite Nurses, you can reach them at Favoritenurses.com

I let them know my availibility and occasionally do get cancelled but that is because I only go to one other facility, the more places you orient to the better your chances of not being cancelled.

Good luck

I am just about to start working for Favourite Nurses too. I am hoping that all goes well, and I sure am excited about the pay raise!

Hi ! I work a .7 FTE in the ICU of my local hospital, and when we recently went to 12 hr shifts, I also picked up agency. I also work for Favorite Nurses, and there is never a shortage of hours available within a 2 hour radius of my home. The wages are great ($32-48/hr) with travel expenses, and accomodations in some areas for booking 2+ consectutive shifts in the same hospital. I would highly recommend Favorite Nurses, several of the other RN's I work with in my ICU are agency through them as well.

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Dawn RN, ICU

I work 20 hours at a hospital, just the minimum to get the benifits, and then work agency for the remainder of my hours. I make twice as much at the agency as compared to the hospital. This pay difference and lower stress level is the reason that I choose to work agency.

I've been doing agency nursing full time for about three years. I have the option of picking when, where, and what specialty I prefer to work. I DON'T have to deal with politics, mandating, or any other BS that permanent staff have to deal with. If I don't like something, I just don't go back. I get 40+ hours a week and a paycheck commensurate with my skills. As far as I'm concerned, agency nursing is the only way to go for me.

I used to work exclusively for registry/agency in Southern California before I moved into a permanent position in ICU. Of course it's important to have a reliable network of hospitals within commuting distance. At the time, I was getting dragged further and further away from home, although I would imagine that things are infinitely better now, ironically, since the shortage has "racheted" things up a bit.

Don't let either the agency or hospital bully you into accepting an assignment either you don't want or feel you really arent' qualified to handle. If you're okay with telemetry/step down unit, then that's fine, but I can't tell you the number of times I showed up at an assignment, only to be told "We only have Telemetry". My reply: "And you still do!", as i make my exit!

You'll certainly get a feel for certain places. I was aghast at some of the assignments given to me in ICU by charge nurses who didn't know me from Adam's housecat! The other nurses didn't want to work that hard -- guess who got the assignment? Why would you give a tough assignment to someone who's skills you know nothing about? I've never understood this one.

Well, i've definitely gotten off the beaten path here, but i know that Star Med had been buying up agencies across the country. Unfortunately, I believe they've been purchased recently. Not sure of the new name. I've never had problems with them in the past. Sorry so long, but I have a soft spot in my heart for agency nurses, because I know what it's like out there!

I work for Nursefinders. We have 154 offices nationwide, and have been in business for 26 years. We now have a National Career Center. We can find a job for you in any state. We staff virtually as well and pay $3-$5 more an hour than anyone else around in these offices. Most importantly, Nurses are our number one priority. You guys are overworked and underpaid. I'm glad to work for a company trying to change that!

If you want to contact me,

Miriam Gresham

888/261-8528

Nursefinders.com

I have worked exclusively for an agency for the past two years. I get my health and dental insurance independently. Since I am make double of what I was making in the hospital, I only work two days a week and the rest of the time I concentrate developing my own business.

Hi I am a new nurse. I was wondering if there are any agency that would hire a nurse w/o experience?

Thanks in advance.

Most agencies I know of will not hire w/o experience...I work for Favorite Nurses and Medical Staffing Network as well as carry a prn position at the hospital I originally started at. I love the flexibility, the + pay and the varied experience, most of all though is the autonomy and being able to work my work life around my real life (kids, husband) Husband just started a new job where he travels quite a bit...job has potential to be quite lucrative in the near future, but must build up client base...am willing to work my stuff around his...just think, one day, I may be able to work just when I want to for "extra" money. how's that for a dream?

Originally posted by agencyRN:

I've been doing agency nursing full time for about three years. I have the option of picking when, where, and what specialty I prefer to work. I DON'T have to deal with politics, mandating, or any other BS that permanent staff have to deal with. If I don't like something, I just don't go back. I get 40+ hours a week and a paycheck commensurate with my skills. As far as I'm concerned, agency nursing is the only way to go for me.

AgencyRN I too am from SW Pa . Could you tell me which agency you work for? You sound very satisfied. Thanks in advance!!

Hospital that require an agency nurse need and independent, flexible and skilled professional. It is my opinion that it takes about two years of being a nurse to become proficient enough to be an agency nurse.

I have been a nurse for 25 years and throughout my career I have held ancillary positions with supplemental staffing services. My observations about "agencies" are the result of having been involved with them as staff, as an agency administrator and as a nursing administrator. Here are my thoughts for you:

1. Not every RN is cut out for the rigors of supplemental staffing; Nurses who require a great deal of structure are not good supplemental RNs. One must have a tolerance for ambiguity and be extremely flexible.

2. There are good and bad agencies. Remember that agencies are there to make a profit and that profit depends upon how much you work. You will make more than hospital nurses (who generally resent this fact), but your hourly wage is only the tip of the iceberg. The agency bills a great deal more than your hourly wage (generally resented by the hospitals). Many agencies hire anyone off the street, though they say they thoroughly check out everyone. Don't believe it. If you submit your paperwork and are called for an assignment that day or the next, be very skeptical. We have agency nurses in my area who should not even be practicing nursing, much less be agency nurses.

3. If you are undecided about where you would like to permanently base, an agency is a great way to test waters in many facilities. You can learn a lot about a hospital by working some shifts there.

4. If you are highly independent and desire self-employment, do what I and 23 colleagues have done...become a Professional Practice Group. Why be an employee when you can be self-employed? Cut out the middle man, establish great relationships with hospitals and be truly desired for your skills and expertise. If you want more information, I will be glad to help you. Email me at

founder@preferredrns.com.

Best regards,

Charles

Interesting topic! I've been an RN for 9 1/2 yrs. I just tried agency nursing for the first time this past summer. I hated it!! I went to the agency, got hired that day & gave them a list of days I could work. They gave me maps for three different hospitals. Told me they'd call me two hrs. before the shift was due to start & they would tell me at that time which hospital to show up at. I had never even heard of any of the hospitals! (I just moved to St. Louis....huge city....lots of hospitals!)

Anyway, so off I go on my first assignment. I don't even know my way around the place, don't even know where they bathrooms, elevators or anything are! I find the floor, get a cell phone, beeper and an assignment!

I felt like the world's crappiest nurse, the pt. assessments were easy enough. But I didn't know where to chart, etc...couldn't get into the Pyxis (med supplies), or into the computers because I was agency. Couldn't find a regular staff nurse to help me that wasn't at her wit's end. Couldn't find something as simple as a pillow when a pt. asked for it....etc. etc. etc.

Whew!

Needless to say, I only made it through three assignments before throwing in the towel. I was afraid for my pts. safety! I felt too disorganized to give decent pt. care.

Feedback guys!! Did any of you feel this way when you started agency nursing? Or is it me?? I really am an excellent nurse smile.gif. The money WAS awesome. Should I have stuck it out?

Agency nursing xounds like the way to go... Probably difficult in the area of orienting to the unit etc.. but lucrative.. sure we want and need to feel like we are safe, but I would hope "some agencies" allow for some sort of transition to a new hospital (is the ivory tower thought or what)!

Has anyone heard of home health agency work? Or home health independant contracting? Love home health but the money stinks, so far...

Bonnie

Hi Endo! I felt totally overwhelmed and unprepared my first few shifts too, but one thing that I have been able to do is specify that I will only work at this one hospital! I am still new to this, but am catching on to it and am LOVING setting my own schedule! For instance last week I worked Sat. Sun. Mon and was able to be off until the next Sunday. I am making more money in 24 hours than I was in 40 hours at my old job. It is working out beautifully for me. Maybe give it another try but be specific about where you will work.

Originally posted by samcocoa:

Hi I am a new nurse. I was wondering if there are any agency that would hire a nurse w/o experience?

Thanks in advance.

Originally posted by samcocoa:

Hi I am a new nurse. I was wondering if there are any agency that would hire a nurse w/o experience?

Thanks in advance.

My deer: Don't put yourself in that position. Get some experience first unless they know ahead of time and are will to teach. Facilities do tend to give heavy loads and acuity to agency nurses and that spells trouble. At the very least, it would burn you out early. Good luck!

Originally posted by Bonnie2000:

Agency nursing xounds like the way to go... Probably difficult in the area of orienting to the unit etc.. but lucrative.. sure we want and need to feel like we are safe, but I would hope "some agencies" allow for some sort of transition to a new hospital (is the ivory tower thought or what)!

Has anyone heard of home health agency work? Or home health independant contracting? Love home health but the money stinks, so far...

Bonnie

Where do you live? They have agency home health in the state of Washington.

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