I graduated nursing school
and will start my ER nurse residency in February. I really want to make extra money next year, and I also want to stay busy. I worked full time nights as a tech during nursing school, sometimes doing 4 12s a week. I'm wondering what, if any, extra jobs/positions that a new grad nurse could be hired for on a PRN/part time basis. I am already in a residency, so obviously not looking for another one. Our residency has us follow the schedule of our preceptor, and overtime will not be allowed so there's no extra money there. I'm wondering if there are any jobs that would hire someone in my position, without needing another residency experience. Home health, perhaps? Flu shots or urgent cares? I'm in the Dallas Fort Worth area if that helps!
Dec 14, '17
Honestly? Worry about mastering your first job before you worry about a second. It's quite the transition from nursing school
to actual floor nursing, and you should focus on learning the basics of nursing (New Grad 101) at this time. You won't be able to do that as efficiently if you are diving your time between two different workplaces...both of which, BTW, WILL expect to be your priority. The second job isn't going to always be willing to bend itself around the first.
Neverminding that it may not be easy to get that second job. Many facilities won't hire a RN as a tech due to the liability: in a tech job you'd have to stay in the tech scope of practice, yet if something happens, you will be held to the standard of your highest license (the RN). It's a catch-22.
Also, it's uncommon for new grads to be hired into per-diem/PRN positions due to their lack of experience. Per-Diems/PRNs are expected to hit the ground running. The new grads that do manage to get hired per-diem/PRN usually end up working the equivalent of full-time hours so they can learn the basics of nursing. It's hard to transition as a new grad nurse if you're only working a few shifts each month.
After your residency is finished, then consider looking for that second job. Though you may find that once you're out of the residency, you'll be able to start picking up extra shifts at your current place.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Dec 16, '17