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  •  The last time my husband was in the hospital (2+ / 0-)
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    ekyprogressive, mamamedusa

    at least half of the nurses were "agency nurses." That is, they were not employees of the hospital but came from a temporary agency. This fact came up frequently to explain why they couldn't answer certain questions. I don't know the reason for hiring so may temp people. Benefits?

    Nurses are pretty well paid in some places. Our daughter got an RN from a 2-year program at a community college and immediately went to work in a neonatal unit making almost $70K, three 12-hour shifts per week. I'm not saying she's not worth it, just that that's not peanuts.  

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

    by RJDixon74135 on Fri May 13, 2011 at 10:42:30 PM PDT

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      as a "agency nurse", Travel RN for ICUs, worked in Lewes Delaware and Baltimore (that was fun for a country boy from a county with 16,000 people and the biggest town with a population sign showing just over 900...LOL). Traveling for me meant weekly paychecks, 3 12hr shifts, off 4, double the pay I was making here in rural Ky, housing provided for free, my health insurance, dental and vision was free and unlike anything I could get here in Ky, I could cover my partner with my health insurance, which meant alot to me. It worked by 13 week assignments, 2 weeks was "orientation/training" and the rest I was on my own essentially doing my thing in a facility I barely knew with workers I never met (and who loved my accent...)

      Why is demand, they need more nurses than are in that area or willing to work THERE for whatever reason. Not that I had any bad experiences while doing it, the places were always great to me.

      $70K would be a lovely take home, rural areas though I would doubt you would find something that well paying. Location means alot.

    •  Agency Personnel (1+ / 0-)
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      Hospitals use agency personnel for virtually all their departments, generally when they are experiencing a bump in patient flow or are having trouble filling an undesireable position, e.g. weekend nights.  Using agency personnel on an ongoing basis tells me that the employer is doing one or more things to drive out competent workers who leave to take jobs with better pay and working condidtions.

      Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

      by arlene on Sat May 14, 2011 at 05:36:54 AM PDT

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