New Nurse, Agency Nursing Questions

  1. Hello, I am starting nursing school soon and want to make the most that I can in the specialty I choose, probably OR. What are the pros and cons of doing agency work compared with being employed at a hospital. I dont know much about the agency system, any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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    About techraider77, BSN

    Joined: Nov '08; Posts: 148; Likes: 3
    Periop RN; from WA , US
    Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in Periop

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  3. by   Cali
    I've been doing Agency nursing off and on for about 2 1/2 years and I LOVE it.

    Pros:
    1.) Flexible hours. (Work whenever and how much you want. I just call and give them the days that "I" want to work)

    2.) Higher pay rate than permanent staff positions. (When I first started doing Agency nursing I went from making $28/hr as a staff nurse to $41/hr as an Agency nurse. I just turned down a staff position because they were paying $31.50/hr and my Agency pays me $48/hr and $52/hr on weekends for night shift Telemetry.

    3.) No staff meetings

    4.) If you don't like the hospital, you don't have to go back...EVER.

    Cons:
    1.) Staff isn't always welcoming and helpful.

    2.) You don't know where anything is at the hospital.

    3.) Hours aren't guaranteed. (When I make myself available 5 days a week, I typically only get about 3)

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