Please explain agency nursing

  1. Hello!

    I haven't even started nursing school yet, but I've started looking at job postings and have noticed that agencies offer quite a bit more/hr than hospitals do. Why is this? What are some things to be cautious about, if any, before signing on with an agency? What's the catch?

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  3. by   HealingHands327
    1. No health insurance
    2. High patient load. (usually to replace a temp. shortage of nurses)
    3. Their hopsital insurance policy probably does not cover you.

    Are just some things agencies don't mention. :chuckle
  4. by   TexasPediRN
    Most agencies want the nurse to have at least 1-2 years of training. You need to be confident with your skills and assessments before you work agency. You really dont get orientation, you can get thrown into a very busy floor and you need to be able to handle it. Agencies are good after a few years of nursing experience, and they do pay much better then hospitals.