The road to a successful agency nursing career isn’t always smooth. There’s etiquette involved, just like any other realm of nursing. If you think agency nursing is the path for you, check out these dos and don’ts to help you get started.
Dos and don’ts for agency nurses
Show up on time or even a little early.
Ask your agency about uniforms/colors.
Be polite to everyone.
Ask plenty of smart questions.
Have a confident, positive attitude.
Confirm your appointment the shift before you’re due.
Be open and willing to learn new things like computer systems—the more you know, the better your chances of getting placed more often will be.
Take careful notes when given report.
Make time to introduce yourself to your CNAs—they are your lifeline!
Keep in touch with your agency; don’t just sit and wait for them to call you.
Give your agency feedback on your assignments: Do you want to go back or not, and why?
Be open-minded and flexible enough to try new ideas—yours may not always be what works best.
Bring your own supplies such as scissors, tape, a stethoscope and a name badge with your first name and title on it.