Posted on July 27, 2012

Are you considering agency nursing?

Nursing is an incredibly rewarding yet demanding career, and working as an agency nurse, either part-time or full-time, can be an excellent way to supplement any other employment you currently undertake, but is it right for you? Working as an agency nurse means you will have more flexibility with your scheduling, as you are not obligated to undertake a set amount of shifts. This means that people with families can work around their needs. Some agencies can offer higher pay rates than fixed positions through facilities, although this varies from agency to agency. Agency nursing can also give people the chance to work in a number of different departments rather than being tied to one specific department. The benefit of this is that it allows nurses to increase their skill set while gaining invaluable experience dealing with a wider range of needs and patients. There are, of course, downsides to being an agency nurse. As there are no guaranteed hours, a person would have to be comfortable being uncertain about their income. While flexibility and independence is expected, it is not always suitable for everyone. Some agency nurses have reported feeling on the outside when they go in to certain hospitals, although there is no proof that agency nurses are treated any differently. For those people who like variety, agency nursing can be ideal. What it comes down to is personal choice; some prefer the independence, and some do not. It really is your choice.
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