1st agency shift, horrible - page 2
Hey all, Last night I worked my first agency shift in a brand new city. I am nurse with 5+ years experience in med/surg tele stepdown but last night they had me work in ER psych hold. I... Read More
Dec 29, '08While working as agency, you WILL find those places that no one wants to work at, thats why they need agency, their nurses have left because they didn't want to put up with the crap!
Good thing is, you don't have to go back to those facilities. If you're in a large city, give it a decent shot. You might find your niche in a different hospital, different unit. I worked agency in ICU for over 2 years. Most of that was contract with 2 different hospitals. I was part of the group, but was still considered the redheaded stepchild. lol
Dec 29, '08I agree. There are some places that no one wants to go. Management is most definitely a full fleddged, active member of what I term the "Mushroom Club). No sense talking to them. Don't throw in the towel because the first experience is a bust. There are something good out there for you. Every winter I return to a hospital because I really like it there and have bonded with a large number of the nurses. They staff appropriately also. If you need to be in the hospital here is the place to be. The manager is wonderful also. Even though she is a member of the club simply by being management she is aware that she is in the club. This place helps keep me going. You must accept that the work most generally will be hard. Nursing is in a crisis also. Crisis can bring out the worst in people as well as the best. If you present yourself with an expectation that you will get support oftimes you get it. Remember, I am all about the patient. If nurses are unwilling to support me then they are incapable of truly supporting the patients. Those are the places no one wants to work. The best advice I can give is.....Go in. Do your job. Assert yourself when necessary. And always always stay out of the politics. Be pleasant with eveyone. Agency is a tough job. One needs to be well grounded.