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Health & Social Care

Your role as an Agency Nurse

The role of the Agency Nurse is to work alongside other registered nurses and care assistants in supporting them to provide quality care to all clients at all times. You may work in a variety of settings including Residential Homes, Nursing Homes, Hospices, Respite Care, NHS Hospitals and Private Hospitals. Benefits of being an agency nurse include higher hourly pay rates, flexibility to choose the shifts you want around other commitments and the option to work part-time or full-time. 

Duties of an Agency Nurse

Because of the nature of your work, the duties and responsibilities of an agency nurse can vary widely depending on a specific assignment or location. But general responsibilities include:

  • Assess patient health
  • Administer Care and Medication
  • Maintain Patient Records
  • Supervising and Training less-qualified healthcare staff
  • Ensuring that personal care plans are followed
  • Being mindful and reporting of any Safeguarding issues

Required skills and experience of an Agency Nurse

To be a Swanstaff Agency Nurse you must be a qualified nurse and hold a current NMC PIN and have at least 6 Months recent Nursing Experience in the UK. We also expect our carers to have the following key skills:
  • Compassion
  • Communication
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Confidence
  • Adaptability
  • Stamina
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
 
 

Medway is made up of the towns of Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Rochester and Strood.  Chatham is the commercial centre of Medway and Rochester is home to many tourist attractions including a Castle and Cathedral. The area is also famous for its links to the author Charles Dickens, who is celebrated annually at the Dickens Festival. 

In terms of employment opportunities, there are over 8000 businesses in Medway, with 13% of these hiring more than 50 employees - this is much higher than the national average of 2%. The unemployment rate is 3.9% which is lower than the national average. Construction and Scientific & Technical are the biggest industries in Medway.

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