I am sure you are aware but what Level 1 is very different then Level IV; you might want to reconsider. I would not recommend starting out as an Agency Nurse and "trying Level I or II" without first talking to the Nurse Manager for that department you plan to go to. Your Agency is not going to be a good resource for this; they will say anything to get your shifts. It is your license and reputation at risk.
It depends on your area, regarding signing with more then one Agency. If your options are many, signing with more then one, is especially beneficial. It is not necessary but gives you more options. I will let someone else talk about their benefits with more then one per diem Agency. I have utilized up to four Agencies at one time.
If you want to do Travel Nursing you can start with an Agency or start with where you want to go.
I am sure we will here from others on this BB (Bulletin Board).
Good luck and let us know how you make out.
Quote from rodggang
[FONT=Lucida Console]Hi everyone,
[FONT=Lucida Console]I have taken the first step. I have turned my resignation in at the hospital I have been for 13 years and have sighed on with a local agency to do some per diem shifts close to home. I have worked 13 years in a rural hospital and have experience in every department.
I have 7 years of experience in ER and plan to try some per diem shifts at some of the larger ER's, Level I and II.
My experience is Level IV. I would like to start traveling next spring. I have been reading the forums and seems like everyone is signed up with more than one agency. What do you think?
How many are you signed up with?
What are the benifits with more than one?
Do you sign up with an agency that is in the area that you think you would like to travel to?
[FONT=Lucida Console]Thanks for the info,