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    Hi,

    I have worked on and off as an agency nurse since I retired from the Army. I have to say that it is fine. Though there can be lean times but if one is willing to work any shifts or any place one can find plenty of work. I have not found any abuse from any places I have work since I only work 11-7, while in school. The one thing I have noticed though and this issue new nurses to agency work needs to keep an eye on is the aides you work with the first shift or two I have in a new place the aides tend to slack and that can be a problem for the patients. If you work in LTC the issue that arises more with aides is what they can (will) do, i.e. vital signs, colostomy care, foot care, I&Os and what you considered you want to know about. I cautiously set my standards in a new place so the aides know what is important to me, also when appropriate I let them know that I can not have a successful shift without their input and being there. Hope this helps

    Abnnurse
    US Army Retired
    LPN, BA-Healthcare Management

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    First of all you have to research the agency firm. Some firms offer a number of benefits i.e., OT, shift dif., day's pay for X number of shifts worked in a row without calling out, I could go on forever. You are correct about another issue, yes you could work all 3 shifts in 3 different facilities. I have a sound relationship with my scheduler, I work only 11-7 and in only a number of facilities. I have been doing this for 3+ years since I have retired from the Army. I am a double full time student, MBA-Healthcare Managment and RN), so working for the agency is a sweet gig for me. I have had those lean times during the winter holidays. I find more work during the summer months. If you are prudent with your finances you can make $$$ and do fine. Finally, there are some firms that offer 401k, health insurance with other bennies. Just do sound research before you sign on to firm.... I believe the pay is better through the agency then per diem.

    Abnnurse
    US Army Retired



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