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Supplemental Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Supplemental Nurses, or Agency Nurses, are nurses who choose to work independently from one specific hospital or clinic. Instead, they freelance, providing extra nursing help to hospitals or long-term care facilities when their staffing is low. As a Supplemental Nurse, you’ll have the option to work in almost any specialty, and in any healthcare facility you choose.

Things You'll Do:

  • Perform the typical nursing duties of your specialty
  • Provide extra staffing help for medical facilities
  • Manage your own schedule and hours

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • Find a nursing staffing agency in your area to work with, after you’ve gained experience working in a hospital or other healthcare facility.
  • Become a
    Supplemental Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • Patient homes

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • As a Supplemental Nurse, you’ll enjoy a flexible work schedule and a variety of environments.

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