Agency nurses in LTC settings - page 2

To those of you who depend on agency nurses to meet staffing & care requirements......I am curious to know how orientation of agency staff to your LTC facility is accomplished. Have just been made... Read More

  1. by   jevans
    On our unit we would not roster an agency to work unless with qualified staff for support. If for some reason they would be on their own we ask another unit staff to swop. So at least they have some understanding of what happens in the building even if they don't know the patients.
  2. by   CapeCodMermaid
    I am responsible for "orienting" agency nurses to my facility. It consists of a tour of the unit, a look at the med and treatment sheets, a quick review of patients' rights, and an introduction to the other staff on the floor....and since when is not checking a name band before giving a med a minor infraction?
  3. by   catlady
    When I worked agency, I was simply sent to the unit and never received any kind of orientation. After a year or so, they asked me to sign off on all the paperwork showing that I had been "oriented."
  4. by   KaroSnowQueen
    I have never rec'd any kind of orientation at an LTC facility other than "here's the phone, press x to call, here's the charting schedule, here's the med keys, have a nice night" sort of thing.
  5. by   graysonret
    In all the places I've ever worked, I have never received an least none I can remember. I suppose one gets used to it though. As for patients, I check wristbands or ask the nurses/cnas. My first shift is usually a lot of questions.
  6. by   Sue RN GNC(C)
    I can't even imagine how it must be to work as an agency nurse..
    here in Canada there is no such thing.. each hospital, facility etc has their own casual pool to draw on for relief staff. Since the nurses in Canada are , for the most part, unionized, to bring in "non-contract" staff is a definite no-no.
    Of course, with our current shortages, that may change, but no doubt the wages will be less for them as well.
  7. by   azgirl
    I've never gotten orientation. Just here it is go for it.

    One agency nurse had the meds in her hand and called out "John" and half the room held up their hands and most were women.