What can I say? Well... I really enjoy agency work. I have done several travel assignments in the past, but I prefer to stay around home and do per diem. Both have been quite rewarding to me. These days though I like to stay closer to home (less travel assignments) since I have little nephews and such and love to watch them play their sports and go to their functions.
I make about twice what staff nurses make in my area. My agency has a benefit package that puts most staff job packages to shame (paid vacation, 401k with emp match, health ins, vision ins, life ins, disability ins, prescription co-pay, and on and on).
The only downside is how quickly the facilities will turn on an agency nurse here. You really have to tread carefully sometimes. However, over the years I have managed to develop some very good friendships with those now in positions of "power", so I guess I am more protected than many.
All-in-all, I would never go back unless compensation (wages and benefits), staffing levels and nurse rights improved drastically. In other words, until there is a seriously profound union representation, I'm happy staying agency. Don't get me wrong, I am active in the fight to unionize. I am not an idle bystander. It's just that too many nurses here ARE.
Anyway... that's my logic...