Is agency nursing for you?

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Is agency nursing for you?

Agency nursing, whether full time or part time as a way to supplement your core job, means nurses can be flexible with choosing what shifts they want to work and where. Agency nursing allows nurses to have control over their schedules and assignments, which in turn can allow them to focus more on patient care than on facility politics.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an agency nurse?

– Agency nursing is flexible with scheduling. Nurses can pick up shifts when and where they want to. Agency nurses can avoid night shifts if they choose.
– Schedules can be organised around family and personal obligations.
– Most agencies pay higher hourly rates than fulltime core facility positions and many offer excellent penalty rates and holiday pay.
– Agency nursing means nurses can often work in a range of different departments and this experience can help improve nursing skills.
– If a nurse chooses to work in a rural area, many agencies pay travel and accommodation expenses.

Some disadvantages include being in unfamiliar environments and not getting the support or explanation of how the systems work. Some other disadvantages are:

– Not having a guaranteed income (for fulltime agency nurses)
– An expectation that you are always independent and flexible.
– As agency staff, there is no association with the hospital and therefore the challenge of being accepted by permanent staff.
– The difference in pay rates can cause issues between agency nurses and permanent staff.

What are some of the other pros and cons of being an agency nurse? What is your experience as an agency nurse? Is it for you?

41 COMMENTS

  1. I worked for agencies for about seven years. It gave me a unique opportunity to observe the way different units in different hospitals operated. It was nice to be able to stand back and not have any involvement in the politics. I could simply concentrate on patient care and that alone. If I had been sent to work in a place where I was given an unsafe load or treated poorly by the staff I could decine to go there again. The money was really good and my lifestyle as flexible as I wanted.

    The downside was that work could dry up at any time.When I ended up sick for a month I ended up using all of my savings other than the money I’d vowed was for a rental bond. Moving into that new house was scary when I was still unable to work for at least another fortnight. Luckily my credit union came through and granted me an overdraft. It was during that time I decided to go back to a permanent position. I felt I needed more security and the other benefits I’d gone without for years e.g paid sick leave;annual leave etc. I really enjoyed the unique experiences I had working as an agency RN.

  2. I joined an agency while I was a NUM of ICU, to ‘research’ other equipment and techniques in use, and bring the better ideas back to my unit. Also left ideas for them to consider, that I thought were better. Agency nurses then were of a higher quality, having to adapt to all areas, unlike today where most agencies will take you if you are year 1, or come off a boat and tell them you’re a nurse. I run an agency, but I don’t take anyone who isn’t professional in look or attitude, or who insists they are ‘trained to look after 1 on 1’! (really means they don’t know how to look after more than one patient!). Have taken nurses with 2years post grad experience, but again have to show they are nurses, not that they think they are nurses. Have worked agency since 1970’s and work has only ever increased. I work from 50 to 80 hours a week (and despite this knock back another 50 hours a week!).
    Agency is cheaper than overtime, and hospitals who don’t accept this need to sack the hierarchy staff who claim otherwise. There’s a simple way to get rid of the need for agency nurses, and to save a fortune, but you’ll need to hire me for that info!

  3. Agency Nursing has some very hidden draw backs.You are not made aware of these until serious problems arise unexpectedly.
    That is Work Place Injury, as an agency Nurse. there is little if any support,injured nurse will be subjected to incredible economic hardship!
    Seldom does a Nursing agency have “suitable duties” for you to earn an income while you recover from your injury.
    Nursing agency’s are know as Labor Hire Agency’s as far as Work Cover is concerned.
    Automatically the injured agency nurse will be deducted 20% of their wages because they are a casual employee with no “Nurses AWARD ” pay rates, for the first 26 weeks of injury
    After that while on S38 of the workers compensation act, a further 20% loss will be deducted from the Agency Nurses Pay, this becomes a total of a 40% pay loss in regular wages.

    Nurses who only work an occasional agency shift, if injured, Nurses are not guaranteed to get assistance from their usual Hospital employer, as you were moon lighting, so they may be very unlikely to support the nurse’s recovery phase with Suitable duties.
    If you work for a Hospital for NSW health, the Nurse MUST have written permission to work at another facility or Hospital.So if you are injured else where , the Nurse could be dismissed for breach of employment contract.
    Further , The Injured nurse will not receive a rehabilitation provider that is experienced in what nurse’s actually do at work in order to assist you with your recover and job search.
    The Agency will not give you any more work, as their clients only want nurses who are Fully Fit to carry out duties.
    Be even More aware of any Agency or Nursing Job offer that requires the Nurse to have an ABN
    there are amazing issues for injured nurse with this.
    Nurses Be WARNED, Avoid working for Nursing Australia Nursing Agency at all costs,or Nursing agency’s that are run by Business people.

    • Funny you mentioned the following:

      “Nurses Be WARNED, Avoid working for Nursing Australia Nursing Agency at all costs,or Nursing agencies that are run by business people.”

      Check out the article again. It seems like an sponsored blog/article linked to Nursing Australia.

      “What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an agency nurse?” The keyword “Agency nurse” is linked to Nursingaustralia.com

      “The difference in pay rates can cause issues between agency nurses and permanent staff.” Again, “agency nurses” linked to Nursing Australia.

  4. I worked with an agency for about 5 years and have recently taken employment with a hospital. The thing I missed most during my agency time was regular insevices and education which is offered to permanent staff, but as agency you are expected to cover on the ward. This makes it difficult when you are trying to build up CPD hours, or refreshing.

  5. I have never worked as an agency nurse and I know for sure that it wouldn’t be for me. I don’t even like being sent to another ward for a shift for fear of not knowing how they do things, where things are, who does what, let alone a different hospital from day to day. I know that you can work in one or two facilities and become familiar but I know I would still feel uneasy every day.
    So, without a question of doubt I know that agency nursing is not for me.

  6. Seems like another sneaky & cheap way for Nursing Australia to direct the reader to their Agency web site for recruitment. Nurses be WARNED, please Look for another Agency other than this one.

    • You are absolutely right!

      Two sneaky links to their site to improve positioning in Google and get leads via Nurseuncut.com.au

      I wonder how much did Nurseuncut got for this?

      • The article is two years old and there is a new editor for this blog, so the links have been removed. Thanks for pointing them out.

  7. I recall being ripped off by that Nursing agency. They pay their staff the lowest wages in every state not just NSW. I changed agencies in QLD as I started out with NA who kept sending me to a disgusting Private Hospital which we all called the POD (Pit of Despair). In QLD you earn 25% less anyway . I was glad I changed agencies and so was my bank balance!

    The thing about workplace injuries is you DON’T get treated better as a full-time public hospital RN when you are injured. Just go and read back through the old posts on this website under Bullying. I get what you mean about the drop in wages though.In a permanent position you drop to 75% of your wage if you do not get back to pre-injury duties within six months of injury. The public hospitals go out of their way to get you OUT. They pressure you into leaving through bullying and harassment and they have all the cards including an insurance company to help them in their dirty work. Most people are bullied until they give up and walk away. Only 0.01% of claims are fraudulent.

  8. When doing Agency work , the Pay may not be a good as it seems.
    sit down and work it out for your self.
    What would you earn for ANNUAL LEAVE compared to Agency. ?
    How much sick leave would you get each year, compared to agency ?
    How much LONG SERVICE would you accumulate each year ?
    Work out you agency shift rate / hr and compare it to your permanent shift penalty rate/hr.
    Look at the annual earnings for agency & Permanent employment with benefits of Annual Holidays & 10 days sick leave, FACs leave,study leave,long service leave.
    The answer is simple, Agency is NOT as well paid as it may seem, after all.

    As an Agency Nurse, you seldom ever get to choose where you work, really, you just think you do.

    Agency Nurses are always more often blamed for what goes wrong.
    Staff nurses always like to bully Agency Nurses , and get away with it.
    As an agency nurse you will quickly be put in your place if you complain, or shown the door.

  9. I can certainly attest to the above statements. My experience exactly …

    I would also add, that Agency Nurses ‘potentially’ are commiting ‘professional suicide’. By this I mean, if you are not a perfect, over-the-top perfectionist ALL THE TIME, then eventually, you will make the odd little omission. Not necessarily ‘errors’, but just performing a fraction less than the regular full time staff on the ward. Yes, Agency Nurses do and will get the blame for various things that didn’t go strictly to plan. The Agency Nurse very rarely ever gets to know about any issue, until their Agency calls, and either cancels your block-booked shifts, or simply stops calling you altogether !!

    Bernhard, I’ve followed much of what you have said on this Forum ( all threads ), but I really think you are the exception to the typical Agency organisation. We here, don’t REALLY know how you deal with hospital complaints, and whether or not you consult your staff, or simply ‘get rid of them’ …

    However, as this is about the Agency business across the board, we must look at what is typical in the Industry. Once you do fall foul of an Agency, and you try to ‘move on’ … you won’t get a good reference from the previous employer. I’ve found that the wards you have worked on, also become reluctant to provide a reference for you. I recently went through a three month period of unemployment, as a direct result of the ‘system’ that treats RNs like common labourers.

    I would really have to say, I actually hate this business. ( that’s all it is – not a ‘profession’ )

    Three years to go, and I can draw on my Super. I’ll continue on in a self employment business thereafter until I need to retire.

    In the meantime, still working in Aged Care for $5. an hour less than Public Health Nurses.

    At least I was lucky enough to find a position that needed me, as much as I needed them !!

  10. I worked agency on and off over a few years and inbetween permanent employment. I usually had enough work. I enjoyed working in a variety of different hospitals and wards, and gained skills, confidence and knowledge that I otherwise would not have gained. You quickly learn to “find” what you are looking for and learn to use your initiative when you can’t find anyone to help.

    I was luckily enough to often go back to the same wards/hospitals and therefore get to know the permanent staff and gain some trust and respect from them, as one of the down sides of agecy work is sometimes you get lumped with all the jobs no-one else will do! and sometimes regular staff can treat you as just another agency nurse!

    these days I would prefer to stay in one hospital and work on the casual pool as now with a young family, driving time is something that I have less of than in my single days.

  11. I am planning on joining an agency (or several) when we head off around Aus in twelve months time. Does anyone know of a similar forum where they discuss the positives of the different nursing agencies, towns and places where other nurses have had good experiences, size of hospitals and clinics etc. Think it would be really helpful as I am not sure where to start.

  12. Agency work can be daunting. However it has its perks.

    – You pick your shifts. No night shifts!
    – No need to ask for holidays or days off.
    – Christmas, Easter and New Year off.
    – You can do long hours if you want and sometime double shifts.
    – Good rates.

    I only do Emergency and ICU in the public sector. You do not have sick leave or annual leave but you get the same as a permanent staff + 10% loading.

    On top of that you can get a nice “top up” bonuses from the agency. I work for two agencies that pay a bit different but you can easily get between $8000-$10000 extra a year. I am very disciplined with money and these bonuses go straight to our family emergency funds account.

    Not sure what’s it like on the wards but in these two areas I feel I am part of the team despite being agency staff. I have attended Christmas parties and social events organised by both teams.

    I’ve had my run-ins with permanent staff and I agree with Bliss and her comment about permanent staff bullying agency staff.

    There is a lot bullying going on and it is very sad I must admit.

    I guess the Association is working to tackle this issue.

  13. Does anyone know how much agencies pay as a top up bonus…? I have heard some agencies pay top up and some don’t… I am considering my options

    • Hi Steve, I work for 3 agencies and they all are different. Not all of them pay top ups.
      I only work in the public so you get paid whatever your rate is as per the nursing salary awards plus a 10% loading.
      As a fulltime agency nurse I get “top ups” of just over $200 a week on top of my wage. I use this money to pay my rent.
      Not all agencies offer “top ups” so I would encourage you to ask your agency about their bonuses before signing up.
      If interested let me know so I can get their referral bonuses 🙂

      Good luck.

  14. I have been an agency nurse for 12 years. When I first started, you could do 7 days per week with your choice of shift. Not any more. Agency nursing is dieing out especially on the Gold Coast. You can no longer rely on it as a full time option. In these economic times it’s bound to happen. Brisbane is over-run by agencies, so hard to get regular ongoing work. To compensate for this, I did many rural/remote contracts. A word of warning to other nurses considering this – research the agency. Ask questions & definitely consult with many rather than just one. They make big bucks from you, you want maximum return. After all, it’s you doing the work.

    • Hey Tess thanks for this information. I agree you should certainly be wary of some agencies, particularly those who are run by people without any actual nursing experience. I myself have been an agency nurse for 13 years and I have also worked with many of the “big name, big promise” agencies.. Times are certainly changing for agency nursing and there doesn’t seem to be as many jobs as there were a few years ago! Although in saying that, over the last 5 years I have only been with one agency and I have been very happy with the support and incentives I am currently getting. It’s nice to be able to pick up the phone and hear a familiar voice, to know where I am working and where I am at with my contract.

      • Interested in your comment. Would you recommend Nursing Australia? What agency were you with? I’d rather have support than be promised a fortune.

    • Erick, I actually own an agency these days (I started one with the funds I earned as an agency nurse).

      It will become increasingly difficult for you to get a job as a postgrad the longer you are out of practice (practice in this instance being at uni).

      I would be very, very surprised if any agency would offer you work. The principle reason relates purely around risk management. There is an expectation of all hospitals and nursing homes that the agency is providing someone who is both competent and experienced. To do otherwise exposes the hiring entity to extreme risk. There is a quantifiable degree of risk in terms of inexperience in new grads, so no agency will send you to any facility that requires you to be working autonomously.

      What I would suggest – and I know well over a dozen nurses that have taken this route successfully around Australia now:

      Do a Cert III in Aged Care at your own expense (you’ll get heaps of credit for your nursing degree) and get a job as a carer in an aged care facility. Treat it as an internship and convince the employer to place you in a nursing position once one becomes available.

      It takes a bit of swallowing of your pride, but it gets you into a job and into the profession. Plus you will know your facility really well before you start nursing there.

      Plus, it is a job and to be frank, the chance of getting a job as a grad nurse after one year of unemployment is virtually nil: you’ll be competing with the next round of applicants who are fresh faced and ready to go.

  15. I’m a permanent resident of Australia. I’ve come from Canada and have been working casual in a small hospital for almost a year. I’ve applied for a couple of permanent jobs but they have gone to others. Do you believe there to be discrimination against people from other countries as far as jobs go? I’ve been wondering as my education and experience far exceeds people who have been successful in getting regular work. I’m wondering if I should just get on with an agency. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Bonnie

  16. Hi Gordo, It’s never nice to see a trend of non-nationals “taking” the jobs of residents within any country. I am surprised that an island with a population of just 4.5 million people (assuming it’s the Emerald Isle you speak of) has had such an affect on a country with a population of over 23 million people.

    I know this particular island has had the same experience as regards nurses from a variety of European nationalities, who often will work more hours for less pay. I believe often it is the employer who recruits staff from other countries for this reason. It seems to have become the trend at present in many countries and is certainly making the world more multicultural at least.

    I’m sorry that the same pattern seems to be negatively emerging in your country and I am especially sorry as I regrettably may become one of those statistics. I am an Irish mental health nurse and hope to backpack around Australia next year. I hope if I gain employment at any stage it does not negatively impact on residents.

    All the best, Nicola

  17. I currently work for Mediserve Nursing Agency – for the past 2 years we have had our pay rates cut! Payroll’s reason is because this will keep our agency as a preferred provider, continuing to allow us work in government facilities. It’s deceptive because I have friends who work for other agencies and do not get their wages cut annually!

    Find work with another agency, talk to various agency staff in the workplace, compare notes and wage rates!

  18. My more explicit pros and cons (I did 5 years of agency in London and 5 in Sydney):

    PROS
    1. Excellent pay: I’ve made some incredible money in Sydney doing agency.

    2. Really flexible: if you don’t like working somewhere, you just don’t go there and if you’ve had enough, no need to consider a new career direction: you just stop for a while.

    CONS
    1. Anywhere in the world, agency nurses are often (but not always) treated like crap. Especially by bullies and people who have been bullied who want to “pass it on”. Get around this by keeping to yourself, keeping out of local politics and disputes and always doing a bit more than is asked for. Never go to the same place for too long in a stretch, mix around where you work and you will always be welcome. Another tip to avoid being treated badly is to never practice above the level of competence of the most senior person on the ward: that is a surefire way to invite unpleasantness. Instead, if you have to open your mouth, say something non-committal and then defer to local expertise. Work hard, be quiet and low profile and be humble: you’ll last for years that way.

    2. Don’t expect to be valued for the right reasons. I always thought that my clinical expertise would be valued. I worked in ICUs for 10 years doing agency (5 before that as an employee and have an ICU postgrad cert) and always thought I was being invited back because I knew what I was doing. When I asked a senior nurse on one ICU why they liked having me back, they told me “because I was neat”. A bit humbling! Don’t do agency nursing if you don’t have robust self esteem: if you need reassurance of your value, get it from family and friends. Just don’t expect it in places where you are not part of the team: they keep it for each other, and rightly so.

    It’s good to remember that as an agency nurse, you are fulfilling a very specific need for an organisation: you are not there to change policy, criticise procedure or comment on staff practices. Always, and I mean always, work to local policy and diffuse conflict as quickly as possible.

    Agency can be great and really great money: just don’t be too precious and things will be fine.

    Gary

  19. Would anyone be able to email me the names of some good agencies (for pay and support). I only see people stating which ones not to use. I am Canadian, ICU RN with 2 years experience and planning on coming to Australia in the new year. Thanks!
    Nurse Uncut says: Please leave recommendations in the comments or email them to nurseuncut@nswnma.asn.au and we can pass them on.

  20. Hi,
    I would also like to know of decent nursing agencies in the Sydney area (perhaps particularly around the Hills/western suburbs) as I’ve just moved from Melbourne.

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  21. Hi all, Looking for some advice. I am planning on committing to regular agency work on the north shore (Sydney). Looking for agency with best rates of pay as I do ICU/ED. Any ideas and happy to be PM with rates of pay and advice.
    Scott

  22. Agency nursing is a very hard gig indeed. Often walk into situations that are less than ideal, particularly in private hospitals, which are usually run very badly. One has to draw on all their reserves of calm and communication in the face of some total crapfest unravelling and even then you may still be blamed for something. Often you are allocated the more challenging patients or dreadful lists, depends where you work. The agency will not care about you, you are expendable, their clients come first and maintaining relations with them. If you get a call from them with “feedback” about something that is meant to have happened, brace yourself for hearing total codswollop without any evidence or objective input that actually illustrates what you are meant to have said or done. Better still is the call about the “assessment” you were under while on that shift and didn’t know about. You know, they tick a few boxes on a form thing. It is usually because you looked at someone the wrong way. And what you are hearing and what the shift actually was, well it’s like it occurred in two parallel universes. How stories change and get convoluted and twisted is a constant source of, well, amusement…
    But never mind, that’s just you in denial. You lacking in any insight, fool. The agency actually knows full well that they are sending you into god knows what, with unfamiliar and sometimes eccentric policies (and staff that will turn on a dime when it suits them to) and practices and there is an expectation that you must fit into this.My advice? Go out there and plant a vaguely dumb look on your face, say plenty of ‘loves’, ‘darls’, ‘sweeties’, make them a nice cup of coffee, sit and listen to them waffle on about their private lives and look really interested, offer that they all go on breaks before you do, in fact don’t even go on a break, shuffle about the place, offer to help them with their workload, make them feel important, defer to them constantly and ask for help. ‘Oh, sorry can you help me with my IV please?’ ‘Oh sorry (place smarmy besmirching look on face) can you help me with this PCA?’ Look extremely grateful when they do and skulk off. Pretend you know nothing and lean all over them…They will love your guts. And so will the agency.

  23. Just curious, has anybody worked agency in Perth? I am moving over there soon… I’ve worked for HCA before and they were pretty good. Am thinking of re-signing with them. Any other decent agencies in WA?
    I totally agree that you have to keep a low profile when you work agency… And don’t ask any “stupid” questions. I’ve been burned over asking questions before. Because questions simply display your weakness and inexperience, duh. No, but seriously, some nurses immediately jump to the conclusion that you don’t know your sh*t. In my case, it was that I wasn’t familiar with a certain drug name because I am from abroad and we have a different name for that drug.

  24. How I missed some of these posts is baffling, and hopefully Gordo is retired by now as he wished. I have worked agency since about 1976, starting in most ICUs in the Sydney region. Sadly many of those hospitals have gone into history (Prince Henry Coast Hospital is one). Many more have been demolished and replaced with ‘new’ hospitals (but that ended a history that was never replaced).
    I started agency full-time in 1986, by managing an agency for someone not that reputable (because he wasn’t ever involved in health care except as an unconscious ICU patient) and who was a bit free with other management principles… but again he had never been involved with professional nurses, so let’s blame it on that.
    I changed his reputation and within 6 months even Drake Medox took a back-burner and was struggling to compete. It was all about the service and support we gave to the nurses and to the clients.
    I lasted about 9 months before going to the safety of my own agency (as it was difficult to create a professional agency with staff I didn’t employ in the office myself).
    I was ripped off by hospitals, without support from even the unions for their members, yet I sold assets and paid them the ‘stolen’ wages (MORAN Health care didn’t get rich by being professional or nice!).
    We had four offices running, all managed by top ICU nurses, and on great pay! Running costs were huge, with insurances, rents, leases of equipment, Yellow Pages; phone costs….PHONE COSTS!
    We were there 20 hours a day, and eventually contracted to one office, which also became our travel agency/ express-coach depot/ kiosk/video shop/ safety house etc etc. It became Party Central with often more ICU nurses there for coffee than the local ICU’s had (great for when the Sydney to Adelaide Bus Australia coach dropped in and the coach driver (spare one) was having severe chest pain…. as we sent the coach onward, and ended up looking after the driver at our home for 4 days when Campelltown Hospital discharged him at 1am, still in pain!).
    Though there is no supposed ‘security in agency nursing, it is the best choice you can make. However I suggest for your peace of mind that you get a ‘real’ job in a hospital somewhere (or a factory) for 2-3 shifts a week as a back-up, and then the security of that will make this agency work prove itself.
    I have had staff do 2 shifts a day for 3-5 days a week and work alternate weeks or work 2 weeks on and one week off. Stephen S. flew in to Sydney from Perth every 3rd or 4th week to do 4-5 double shifts for 2 or 3 weeks then fly home. Between some shifts I’d drive him 100km north to the beach for coffee and pancakes, let him get some sleep and then drive him back. He did this for about 25 years, and bought several properties. Being highly educated and intelligent, he also did the Cert4 in training and assessment, and now teaches AINs how to care for patients, at about $60 an hour! (and works via agency in between to keep the ‘smells’ in his blood).
    I had NUMs and the occasional DON work for the agency also (they can’t get that experience talking BS with administrators).
    This is 2017 and I still work agency, and I have recently moved 500km north, then drove 560km to do a shift, and drive back. Very refreshing, despite the $170 fuel bill (400 horsepower beasts like premium fuel!). I enjoyed that shift and the drive more. I work through my own agency, but haven’t worked for 3 months (fractured wrist; moving house; renovating another place; managing my investment properties-bought with profits from running own agency)… yet still make tens of thousands of dollars a year while not working, due to owning my own agency. What I enjoy is having started about 14 other agencies for friends, and most are still running (many have sold, a few are as dead as the imagination of those I helped start them).
    Life is in yOUR hands, so I tell nurses who want to join my agency, that why work for me and get an agency wage, when you can run your OWN agency, and get that same wage, PLUS at least $100 to $200 per shift in commission! and that is what is great about agency.
    I used to have 150 nurses working for my agency, but now I make over $1000 a week in commission from every 2 nurses who are placed, so I have a lot less nurses.
    If you have no nurses and work for your own agency, you can make at least $25,000 to $40,000 a year on top of your wage…. and that is your security…. and then you can onsell or set up agencies (for a fee) for others…
    The nurses who worked for me became my friends and remain as best friends after decades, because I looked after them. I no longer have a need to work, but why stop… so now may look more at helping others. My email is bnanurses at gmail.com (just change the ‘at’).
    Agency nurses are less stressed, and less bullied, but it all relies on YOU. If YOU work, and are professional, then that gets noticed. All my staff are happy, professional, and most of my staff have been ‘poached’ by the hospitals (some are now DONs or NUMs, or Educators there). I never put a nurse on a contract and never have hospitals sign contracts. If they like the service and the staff, then that is the only important issue. Sometimes I lost a lot of staff, but ‘poached’ the hospital staff in revenge… fair is fair!

  25. Bernard, what is the name of this wondrous agency you run and what areas do you cover? I currently have a casual position in the NSW public system and work agency contracts both in NSW and QLD, both long and short. The wages in QLD are (usually) not topped up but are in NSW. I was initially working via a different agency who did absolutely nothing other than place me in a 1 month contract, never to be heard from again. I enjoy what I am doing and have never been bullied as an agency nurse, But certainly have been as a permanent full time employee of NSW Health. Try to convince me to join your agency!

  26. Hi All / Bernard

    I am just trying to do some research on the number of shifts booked per week (if possible broken down by AIN/RN) / revenue for an agency size of 20 nurses.

    Appreciate your time & help!
    James

  27. Can anyone recommend some agencies for midwifery (not nursing) in Sydney? Ones that have plenty of work in private hospitals or public hospital work (with a top-up) and low cancellation rates?

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