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Should I leave the NHS and work for an agency?

For NHS nurses in permanent jobs, the freedom of agency nursing may seem enticing, but it is important to consider the pros and cons.
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For NHS nurses in permanent jobs, the freedom of agency nursing may seem enticing, but it is important to consider the pros and cons.

Agency nursing certainly offers a strong alternative to permanent employment, and many nurses choose it as a full-time career, says Hays Healthcare recruitment company director Simon Hudson. Theres the flexibility in terms of location and shift times, which can appeal to nurses with families or other commitments who need more latitude in their working hours.

A permanent post can give a nurse a sense of stability, a feeling that they belong to a team and have a direction in their career, suggests University of Derby department for healthcare practice deputy head Michelle Brown.

The great advantage of agency working is that it

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