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Supplemental Nurse

A Supplemental or Agency Nurse works independently as freelancer, providing extra nursing help to hospitals and other healthcare facilities when their staffing is low.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll have the option to work in almost any specialty and be your own boss, choosing when and where you’d like to work.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do


You’ll provide the care specific to your specialty.

Where you’ll work
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Patients’ homes
How to become a Supplemental Nurse


Get an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining experience before joining a staffing agency.


You’re ready to work as a Supplemental Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Supplemental Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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