Flexible working as a career choice
According to NHS Professionals, the NHS’ own agency flexible staffing agency, bank nurses used to be people who wanted to do the occasional extra shift in the evenings or at weekends to earn extra money. Many had full-time nursing posts, and those who did not were rarely the main family breadwinner. The report commissioned across 20,000 of their flexible workers stated that increasingly, nurses are choosing flexible working as a career, either because of their domestic circumstances or because they want more variety. Some permanent staff are using bank work as a way to gain experience of working in a different area of nursing or type of hospital to help them decide whether they want to change direction or to gain additional experience to help with a job application.
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