Why Agency nursing may be a good fit for you

Agency nurses enjoy above-average pay rates and benefits, as well as the possibility of experiencing different medical facilities within a short period of time. As an agency nurse you are always meeting new people, adapting to new environments, and prioritising the care of your patients. You have the freedom to work when and where you want.

For newly qualified nurses, gaining relevant experience quickly, is a major part of your career development. One solution comes in the form of temporary nursing through an agency. If you are just starting out on a nursing career, it is important to gain as much experience as possible. The more experience you gain, the more likely you are to improve your own working practices. It can broaden your clinical horizons and introduce you to new areas of practice. An agency can provide a wide variety of experiences across numerous clients, in both the public and private sectors.

Some employers favour recruiting newly qualified nurses who have had additional temporary nursing experience in other hospitals. This shows that you are keen to broaden your knowledge base, are flexible, and willing to do additional shifts when required. The nature of agency work means you may not be in a fixed place of work for a prolonged period, and working different shifts with a varying sleep pattern requires the ability to adapt to working in this way.

Working in new wards from week to week, your ability to quickly understand patients’ needs and deal with them in a compassionate way is vital. At sites with a high influx of patients, quickly establishing patient rapport as an agency nurse is essential. Nursing is a vital, essential service, and that’s exactly why your services as an agency nurse are so in-demand.

Nursing agencies can be a great source of advice. Ask to speak to a member of the agency’s nursing support team and ascertain whether they can offer you independent career advice and appraisals.

As an agency nurse, you quickly learn to fit seamlessly into a team in a busy ward, and likewise, gain the ability to work autonomously and confidently across multiple platforms of nursing.

Agency nursing can be very flexible in scheduling, however there is a lot to consider… hours are not guaranteed; no personal time off with benefits; usually there is no orientation or continuing education; and your hours are dependent on patient census.

On the plus side, you are paid an above-award hourly rate; you can choose when and where you want to work; you gain valuable additional experiences working in various departments, whilst meeting new people and travelling to new places.

If you would like to find out more how you can become and agency nurse with NNA, visit our Job Board today: https://clientapps.jobadder.com/49924/network-nursing-agency