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nursecheryl specializes in inpatient hospice house.

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The home care agency I work for is about to go on strike. I have put in an application for agency nursing. I was hoping to get a job in the hospital to keep my skills in hopital nursing up to date. If we go on strike or not I plan on working their perdiem. I've been out of the hospital for 5.5 years. Does anyone know how long a nurse would have to be out of nursing to prevent them from being an agency nurse :uhoh21:

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Most agencies require two years of current work experience in that area.

Be aware that there are quite a few agencies that do home health visits and would love your experience. Just take a look around.

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misschelei has 8 years experience and specializes in Picu, ICU, Burn.

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Some of the travel companies have assignments for new grads and people such as yourself who simply need reorientation to the hospital setting. The assignments are usually 6month commttments but you get the preceptor/training you need without having any obligation to stay after your assigmnet ends. Then you can safely delve into agency nursing. Get your facts first though. Many hospitals require you to be away for a certain amount of time before you can do agency there after being a staff nurse or traveller. And Suzanne is right there are lots of home health agencies that would love to snatch you up.

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Jolie is a BSN and specializes in Maternal - Child Health.

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Please don't equate being out of the hospital with being out of nursing altogether! Your home care skills are valuable, and will serve you well in finding a position.

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nursecheryl specializes in inpatient hospice house.

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Thanks for all the information and advice. I will also check out their need for home health care nurses.

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Some of the travel companies have assignments for new grads and people such as yourself who simply need reorientation to the hospital setting. The assignments are usually 6month commttments but you get the preceptor/training you need without having any obligation to stay after your assigmnet ends. Then you can safely delve into agency nursing. Get your facts first though. Many hospitals require you to be away for a certain amount of time before you can do agency there after being a staff nurse or traveller. And Suzanne is right there are lots of home health agencies that would love to snatch you up.

Stay as far away from those companies................there are no travel assignments offered by a reputable company for a new grad.period. Nor for people that need reorientation to the hospital setting. Those are not travle postitions.

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misschelei has 8 years experience and specializes in Picu, ICU, Burn.

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Good catch Suzanne. Sorry for my poor choice of words. I certainly don't want misinformation floating around. There are no 'travel' assingments for people without recent experience in a particular area. But some travel companies offer Clinical Residency Programs. There are usually no minimum experience requirements. They are geared toward new grads, people seeking re-entry, and those wanting to switch specialties. However the hospitals that accept these terms are often understaffed with desperate needs and they will try to recruit you once you complete your 'residency'. It's just a something to think about. Only you can decide what will work best.

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