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Probably various definitions and meanings. These things change over time.
What I think of is an agency that nurses list their skills with. The nurses are assessed, tested, proof of license, etc. Hospitals contact these agencies when they need extra nurses. Hospitals pay higher salaries for these agency nurses.
I am dating myself, this was actually common years ago when there was a nursing shortage. We still occasionally use agency nurses, especially nurses with OR skill.
Jul 20, '12
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We call it (fondly) 'rent-a-nurse'.
I've been an agency nurse, I have NICU skills. When a NICU has staffing needs above and beyond what they can accomodate, they call the staffing agency, the agency calls me and if I'm available, I go.
More $$, no politics and total freedom over your schedule are the benefits. The down-side? They can cancel you at the last minute and you get paid nothing. There's no guarantee of work available. It's a nice second job, but I would never depend on it for my primary income.
Nov 19, '13
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I have been and am now an agency nurse
It the same as regular nursing
they send you to a hopital prn or a nursing home prn of attend flu clinic and give Im shots for pay
as an lpn 15 years exp I make 19-20 $ much of the time you can get 36 hours some have benes some you have option to buy
can get paid in check next day after you work a shift
you fax from the hospital you time card.
you can contract with them for 3 -4 month or work perdiem
pick you own schedule pretty much as needs of facilty dictate
I was once working at a hospital for 3 years in a row as agency
thanks giving and Christmas can be dry for work as Hosptials offer premium then you get canceld alot
the call you 2 hours prior to when you shift is suposed to start to tell you if you are accepted for today
it can be nice because of flexiblity Ie school ect
OBAMA CARE IS CHANGING THINGS THOUGH NOW HOSPTIALS ARE NEEDING TO SAVE MONEY
IF YOU EARN 19 AND HOUR AGENCY MUST CHARGE 25 SOMTING TO HOSPITAL
SO LOT OF CANCELATIONS NOW THAT OBAMA CARE IS KICKING IN
HOSPITALS BEEFING UP THIER FLOAT POOLS AND FILLING STAFFING GAPS
MORE CANCELATIONS NOW SCARRY TIMES !!!!
ID HATE TO BE RUNNING THE AGENCY THEY WILL BE INTROUBLE IF FEW HOURS ARE OFFERED
IF YOU DO THE AGENCY THING IT NICE TO HAVE PART TIME JOB ON SIDE JUST INCASE
HOSPTIALS GO AGENCY FREE THE TAKE AGENCIES ON AGAIN BECAUSE OF SHORTAGES
SOME TIMES ITS A RED FLAG IF THERE IS A FLOOR OR A FACILITY WITH ALOT OF AGENCY NURSES BECAUSE THEY CANT KEEP STAFF
YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ORIENT YOUR SELF PRETTY MUCH BE WILLING IN A 12 HOUR SHIFT TO SPEND 1ST 4 HOURS ON 1 FLOOR HAVING 6 PATIENTS THEN BE SENT TO ANOTHER FLOOR FOR 8 TO PICK UP 5 DIFFERENT ONES ONLY TO RETURN TO THE FIRST FLOOR TO FINISH CHARTING AFTER
SOME TIMES THERE IS AN ATTITUDE TO DUMP ON THE AGENCY NURSE BECAUSE "THEY MAKE MORE MONEY THAN I DO SO THEY GET THE WORSER PATIENTS.
YOU MUST LOOK THRU THIS TAKE THE TUFF ONES WORK HARD GET REALLY GOOD AT NURSING
YOU BECOME FLEXIBLE ADAPATABLE SKILL GENERALIST
SOME AGENCYS PAY ER NURSES 50.OO THINK ABOUT THAT 12 X 50.00 ONE DAYS WORK LESS TAXES
NO POLITICS IF YOU DONT LIKE SOME ONE OR THEY DONT LIKE YOU YOU MAY NOT SEE THEM AGAIN IF YOU WORK HARD THE STAFF WILL ACCEPT YOU MOST OF THE TIME
YOU WILL HAVE TO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS.
ITS LIKE BEING AN ENTREPRENUR
EACH AND EVERY DAY YOU ARE "RE EMPLOYED" QUALITY MUST BE YOUR HALL MARK
YOU CAN MAKE IT
MANY AGENCY NURSES LEAVE AGENCY NURSING BACK TO A STAFF POSITION BECUASE THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOURS IF YOU HAVE SPOUSE THAT WORKS AND YOUR WORK IS EXTRA YOU CAN MAKE SOME SERIOUS CASH YET HAVE STABILITY FROM THE SPOUSE. AND DEAL WITH THE DRY PERIODS
MUST BE OPEN MINDED AND FLEXIBLE HARDWORKING
NEW TREND NOW THAT ECONOMY IS TOUGH YOU PAY FOR YOUR DRUG TEST CRIMINAL CHECK AND PHYSICAL OUT FO YOUR POCKET OR FROM FUTURE PAY CHECKS OREINTATION IF 4 DAYS LONG IS PAID AT A LOWER THAT YOU NORMAL EARNING RATE TILL YOU ARE IN AND THEN THEY RAISE IT
AT ONE TIME I HAD WORKED FOR 2 AGANCIES AT ONE TIME TO GET MY 40 HOURS THIS WAS A COORDINATIONAL NIGHTMARE FOR ME GET A CALANDAR IT WILL BE HARD TO PLAN PERXONAL TIME THIS IS A SACRIFICE HAVE A BACK UP PLAN IF YOU GET CANCELED THAT NIGHT
ITS NICE TO WORK AGENCY DURING A TIME OF YOUR LIFE WHEN SOME TIMES YOU NEED TIME TO DO PERSONAL STUFF THEN YOU NEED MONEY SO YOU INCREASE YOUR HOURS
AS LONG AS FLEXIBILTY DOES NOT STRECH YOU RAGGED
BECAREFULL AGENCY TAKES OUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TAXES NO NIGHTMARES LATER
IN MY AREA LARGE CORPORATE HOSPTIALS PUT A CAP ON EARNINGS
I USED TO AVERAGE ALOT HIGHER PAY THAN AVERAGE
PAY WAGES HAVE COME DOWN OVER PAST 5 YEARS STILL DECENT
YOU PROBABLY SHOULD BE PAID A LITTLE BETTER BECAUSE OF THE UNSURITY FACTOR
IF YOU CAN BE CONTRACTED WITH HOPITAL THRU THE AGENCY THIS IS MORE STABLE
EXPENSIVE EMPLOYEES ARE FIRST TO BE CANCELED
GO TO A HOSPTIAL STAFFING DEPARTMENT AND ASK WHICH AGENCIES THEY USE
THEY WILL TELL YOU
SOME TIMES CHOOSE THE AGENCIE THAT IS MIDRANGE IN CHARGES TO HOSPITAL
I HAVE SEEN NURSE FOR HIGHER PAID AGENCY BE CANCELED YET LOWER PAID AGENCY NURSE USED
I HAVE HAD GOOD LUCK WITH MSN, ATC, AND ANCHOR MEDICAL STAFFING.COM I LIVE IN NORTHEAST OHIO CLEVELAND
IF YOU LIKE AN EMPLOYER WHO CONTRACTS WITH THE AGENCY
YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT SOME MONTHS TO GOT TO WORK FOR THEM INDEPENDENT OF THE AGENCY OR THE EMPLOYER MAY NEED TO BUY YOU OUT FROM THE AGENCY OR YOU MAY NEED TO HAVE WORKED 350 HOURS THERE BEFORE THEY WILL RELEASE YOU FIND OUT FIRST
ONCE AT A FACILITY AS AN AGENCY NURSE TALK TO OTHERS WHO WORK FOR DIFFERENT AGENCIES FIND OUT WHICH AGENCIES ARE GOOD BAD WHERE OTHER AGENCIES SEND THEIR NURSES
THERE ARE JOBS AT THESE FACILITIES YOU CAN FIND OUT THE WORKLOAD AND REPUTATION OF EMPOLYER ASK OTHER AGENCY NURSES
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WORK
WAIT OUTSIDE THE AGENCY OFFICE ASK EMPLOYEES " IVE BEEN THINKING OF JOINING"
WHEN DOES THE AGENCY SEND PEOPLE WRITE DOWN THESE FACILITY NAMES THEY NEED PEOPLE GO APPLY DIRECTLY
Nov 22, '17
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Not the ATC in my area. Found out that the ATC franchise in my area has been undercutting me by $5.00 an hour compared to nurses from three other agencies that are working at the same hospital. DONE, after almost five years of loyalty to them.