5 Key Benefits of Being an Agency Nurse

By Josh Jezard

5 Key Benefits of Being an Agency Nurse

Here at MedGen we often get permanent nurses contacting us looking to make the move into the world of agency nursing. Sometimes nurses can be a little trepidatious about dipping their toes into the world of an agency nurse. Stepping away from the familiarity and security of a permanent position can be an off-putting prospect for many but it really shouldn’t be.

While we may be a little biased as a nursing agency, the world of an agency nurse is full of prospects and opportunities. In this three-minute read, we cover the five key benefits of being an agency nurse.

More Control Over Nursing Shifts

Having ultimate control of your own working patterns is a major boost to your productivity and morale. Let’s face it, life can be busy and complicated. Having the option to choose when and where you work allows you to schedule your work around your life rather than your life around your work.

We’ve found that our agency nurses have managed to improve their social and family time, reduced the time spent commuting and have also successfully managed to reduce the effects of fatigue from working shifts.

Better Work-life balance

As mentioned above, an agency nurse often benefits from a better work-life balance. If your child has a sports day, if your dog needs to go to the vet or if you simply want to go for a long weekend you can make yourself available only for those shifts that won’t have an impact on your social life.

Now, this is a luxury not afforded to many permanent positions, be it in nursing or any other industry.


Sometimes your plans don’t always pan out how you were anticipating. Has an agency cancelled on you last minute? Are you happy to work days, nights and weekends? Would you be happy to work at different locations? If the answer to any of these was yes, then it pays to be flexible!

Being flexible opens up a whole host of new opportunities, effectively widening the pool of jobs that are available to you.

We find that any agency nurse in the UK who is flexible regarding hours, dates and locations quickly fill up their own schedule. As a nursing agency, we find that being flexible as a nurse can be extremely lucrative, which leads us onto our next point…

Agency Nurse Pay Rates

It is well documented that typically the nursing agency pay rates are higher than those in permanent positions. And while we realise most nurses enter the profession as it is personally rewarding, the opportunity to earn more for doing the same role can be a big draw for agency nurses.

So how can an agency nurse in the UK earn more? Well, it comes down to timings, often shifts are made available at short notice.

Clients realise that they have to compensate agency nurses for this and the possibility that the shift may be cancelled.

It all comes down to the basic supply and demand model. Clients need nurses quickly and nursing agencies are working with those nurses who are ready to go at the drop of a hat.

And it just so happens that MedGen is one of the highest paying nursing agencies in the UK as we are the short notice specialists, get in touch to find out more about our rates.

Experience nursing in a new area

Let’s face it, sometimes working in the same old surroundings doing the same thing over and over can become a bit monotonous. It can unwittingly affect the level of care too.

Any agency nurse in the UK who works through nursing agencies are exposed to a wide array of different opportunities.

Now, this may seem daunting at first, but MedGen is here to advise you on the different paths you can take.

We have a team of specialists with decades of experience between us. We can recommend roles to you based on your previous experience and skills. We have a large portfolio of clients who have an even larger list of requirements to match all skillsets.

What’s the next step to becoming an agency nurse?

Are you interested in changing career? Maybe you’d like some additional advice on what opportunities are available to you?

If you’re a registered nurse looking for part-time work and flexible agency nursing shifts, get in contact with one of our expert recruitment consultants for a confidential chat about the options available to you. As your trusted nursing agency, we are with you day-in-day-out and updating regularly update our site with resources, blogs and information to support you.

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