HIRING NURSES & OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONS
Why be an agency nurse?
Staffing for hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities is a challenge. Keeping the nurse to patient ratio at a safe level brings many of the leaders in each organization to the realization that sometimes, and in some facilities, often a backup plan needs to be in place when acuity rises and staff are on leave, vacation, or just plain tired. Many don't realize how hard nurses work. They don't just float from room to room seeing how their patients are doing, they are the communication conduit for physicians, family members, and others associated to each patient.
A factor in deciding to use staffing agencies is that their nurses are usually used to walking in a new facility and jumping into action after a brief orientation. Sometimes the orientation is limited and agency nurses need to have the ability to find information on their own. The seasoned agency nurse knows who to ask questions of. Although the facility staff can appear annoyed interrupting them with questions, if approached in a positive way as soon as the agency nurse arrives, the facility nurse should realize the agency nurse is their to help them. An experienced agency nurse will arrive, introduce themselves, and then ask, "what can I do to help you?"
Additionally, although many feel the agency nurse is higher cost wise, to pay your staff overtime is even more costly. Actually, the benefits of using an agency nurse are relief for your staff, additional knowledge base by nurses who have been other places, variety of skill level, and the list goes on and one.
Bottom line...try agency nursing. You will get the variety of experience you were initially looking for when you entered the world of nursing.
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