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Succeed as an agency nurse

Agency nurses have to adjust to new environments while juggling clinical responsibilities and prioritising the care of their patients.

Agency nurses have to adjust to new environments while juggling clinical responsibilities and prioritising the care of their patients. Five qualities will make for a successful agency nurse.

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Excellent communication skills

Agency nurses are always meeting new people and adapting to different environments; having excellent communication skills helps them work effectively in new teams and deliver the best service for their patients. An ability to remain calm and communicate in stressful situations is also essential.

Flexibility

The nature of agency work means nurses may not be in a fixed place of work for a prolonged period, and working different shifts, with varying sleeping and eating patterns, requires the ability to adapt to working in this way.

Attention to detail

As nurses work

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