I find agency nurses who never worked at a facility always finish their work, including medications and wound care, in half the time of the regular facility nurses. Can you explain the type of training an agency nurse receives that accounts for this difference?
Wonders About Agency Nurses
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Wonders About Agency Nurses,
Agency nurses usually don’t get any type of training at all by the agency. They typically are required to be experienced nurses, as well as very adaptable, so they can hit the ground running in any facility/unit where they are sent.
It’s also possible that because they are not part of the regular staff, they are somewhat removed from the daily politics and casual socialization that might go on in some units. In other words, they may be very focused on getting their work done and getting out, especially since they never know if they’ll be back on that unit again.
If you work with an agency nurse that seems to be particularly well organized and with good time management skills, let them know your observation and ask if they have any tips they can share
If any agency nurses reading this have additional insight or input, please leave your comments below. If any other staff nurses have similar observations as the nurse who submitted this question, I’d love to hear from them, too.