Nursing agencies vs Florence – 5 differences you probably didn’t know

How do you find nurses and PSWs to fill your shifts? An agency, of course.

An expensive agency that piles paperwork and phone calls on to your staff’s already-full workload.

What if you could find quality nurses at the click of a button — and save money?

That’s what Florence does.

We’re not an agency — instead, we put you in control by giving you a better way to find nurses, and PSWs for your shifts.

Here are 5 reasons to use Florence to fill open shifts:

1. You save money

With Florence, you can expect to save about 30% on monthly agency costs. How? You have control to set the hourly rate for shifts, and adjust depending on demand.

Busy times like Christmas would have increased rates to attract nurses. You’ll save by avoiding inflated agency rates and paying only the right amount a nurse will work for. You can tweak your pricing to fit the market demand at any time, staying constantly in control of your costs.

Traditional nursing agencies will charge you the highest hourly fee they can, which includes their commission and the nurse’s fee. What’s more, nurses coming from agencies are also paid significantly more than full-time staff. While this is beneficial for those specific nurses, it can create a challenging work environment between full-time nurses and agency nurses. The earnings imbalance has the potential to create a power imbalance that may affect the quality of care provided and the overall working conditions for staff.

Florence’s clear pricing stops this doubt. The rate you list for shifts is seen by the nurse before applying, and paid in full. Florence never takes a cut of the nurse rate.

2. It’s free to recruit a Florence nurse

How much does your nursing agency charge to recruit a nurse? 10% of annual salary, 15%, 20%? $5k per nurse? Whatever it costs, it’s not free.

‍We don’t charge a fee to recruit full-time nurses through Florence.

‍We’re trying to solve the nursing staff crisis, not add to it. If you like a Florence nurse’s work and feel they meet your values, offer them a job. We don’t see this as losing a nurse; it’s a victory for residents’ care.

‍Sign up now to start finding quality nurses.

3. Florence nurses are high quality care-givers

Florence sets high quality standards for all nurses and personal support workers. This is enhanced by our rigorous training and vetting, and unique rating system. Florence nurses are rewarded when performing at their best.

You rate Florence nurses after each shift, adding to their public score. A higher score means a nurse is more likely to be accepted for other shifts. In turn, nurses will rate your care home. You can also invite nurses you like back for shifts. This makes it easier to give residents continuity of care, and gives you a high level of oversight and control over who works your shifts.

Agencies don’t have this system. You can send feedback or request certain nurses from an agency, but miscommunication or people changes can mean bad nurses continue working. You don’t often get a choice who works your shifts with agencies. With Florence, you can click a button to stop a below-standard nurse from applying again.

4. You do less admin and gain a full digital record

It takes a lot of time to recruit through agencies. With Florence, there are no back-and-forth calls discussing rates and trying to fit nurses with shift requirements. You put requirements in the shift listing, and nurses who meet these will apply. Our unique algorithm matches the right nurses to your shift, meaning you’ll always have qualified candidates.

When it comes to payment, no paper or signatures are needed. Time-sheets and payroll are managed through Florence, cutting down on back office admin. The digital record also helps you prepare for inspections and internal audits.

5. Nurses are fully compliant

Florence is most similar to agencies when it comes to background checks. We give nurses the same high level of checks, to ensure residents’ quality of care and safety. Florence nurses go through rigorous checks, including:

  • Relevant training and qualifications
  • Immunizations
  • Clinical references
  • Criminal record checks
  • Interview with Florence

Every nurse booking shifts through Florence has been properly assessed. We also speak with nurses multiple times before they use Florence, to make sure your high standards are met.

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Florence is the future of booking healthcare professionals. Staffing agencies are expensive, time-consuming and stuck in the past. If you’re using a traditional agency right now, try Florence and take control of your temporary staffing.

Thousands of care homes have turned to us to reduce their costs, fill temporary shifts and potentially hire full-time workers. Join them — it only takes a few minutes to register.

‍Register here to discuss how to get started.

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