Just graduated? About to start your nursing career?
Then you'll benefit from getting as much experience in as many different contexts as you can. Working in different environments exposes you to a variety of approaches and practice in other trusts.
Early in your career you'll need to take on healthcare support worker shifts. These can provide invaluable experience as well as introducing you to new areas of practice and broadening your experience. Not only that, agency shift work can provide a very useful source of cash to help you through your studies or pay off any outstanding loans.
In addition, any newly qualified nurse who has gained extra experience in another hospital will always have the edge in a competitive interview. It shows initiative, as well as a keenness to learn and flexibility too; all attractive characteristics to any potential employer. You can choose to work through one bank or employer, but remember that may limit your experience.
Note: No responsible nursing agency should be offering you qualified temporary nursing shifts until you have completed at least 6 months in an acute, primary care or community setting. Remember it is your PIN number and you have worked hard to get it, look after it and don’t put yourself at risk before you have even started.
When choosing a specialist nursing agency to work through, you need to consider the following:
Once you decide to do some temporary agency shifts, check out the range of nursing roles that are available to you.
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