Need advice-fulltime or PRN

  1. I am currently working 7p-7a. I love nights, but feel as though I never get to spend any time with my husband and children. I know, most every nurse that works twelve hour shifts feels that way.

    This is my dilemna, I was offered a job at nearby hospital (approx. 15 miles closer to one I work at now). My hours would mainly be 11p-7a and the pay would be $4 more per hour than what I am making per hour now.I know with prn work there are no benefits, but my husband has me covered under his health insurance.The main thing that concerns me is that I know with prn that I will be the first one sent home if census is low. I asked about this at time of interview and the nurse manager stated then that they had just added on three new surgeons and they have been busier than ever the last 3 months. She also stated that if my hours got to be a problem that she would do her best to switch me to full time. Even with that I would be making $3.30 more per hour (base pay) than I am making now. Besides all of that, I love the idea of caring for the people in my community.

    I guess I am just nervous about making change. You know, the grass is not always greener. I need some advice-I have to make decision SOON!

    Thanks a bunch!!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   porterwoman
    It sounds like it could be a good thing to switch. I mean, time with your family--I personally think that's so very important. You could always switch back if you feel it's not working out. And with staffing shortages as they are across the nation (I don't know if this is true in your area), I would imagine it wouldn't be long before a FT position came open at the other place.

    What do you think are the drawbacks of switching? I tend to believe that trying new things is a really healthy thing to do.

    Best of luck. Keep us posted
  4. by   RN@34
    Quote from porterwoman
    It sounds like it could be a good thing to switch. I mean, time with your family--I personally think that's so very important. You could always switch back if you feel it's not working out. And with staffing shortages as they are across the nation (I don't know if this is true in your area), I would imagine it wouldn't be long before a FT position came open at the other place.

    What do you think are the drawbacks of switching? I tend to believe that trying new things is a really healthy thing to do.

    Best of luck. Keep us posted
    I guess just the uncertainty of not getting enough hours each week. I need X amount to cover those pesky bills that come without fail. Thanks for reply!
  5. by   USA987
    Just a question...how long have you been doing this particular type of nursing? That could play a big role on whether or not you should go per diem.

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