New grad, have a full time job, should I take a PRN one too?

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    Hi all,
    I'm a new grad and work in the ER I tech'ed in during nursing school. I did my preceptorship during my last semester at a different hospital. That hospital separates the main ER and the quick track area and I was in the quick track area.
    Yesterday the unit manager called to see if I was interested in a PRN position. I really am, I loved it there and really miss everyone.
    Question is--do you think it's too much, too soon? I said I wanted to get a second job after I had some experience, mostly because I didn't think anyone would consider a new grad for a PRN position. It's not much of a commitment, just one day a week.
    Thoughts?

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    Quote from lagalanurse
    Hi all,I'm a new grad and work in the ER I tech'ed in during nursing school. I did my preceptorship during my last semester at a different hospital. That hospital separates the main ER and the quick track area and I was in the quick track area.Yesterday the unit manager called to see if I was interested in a PRN position. I really am, I loved it there and really miss everyone. Question is--do you think it's too much, too soon? I said I wanted to get a second job after I had some experience, mostly because I didn't think anyone would consider a new grad for a PRN position. It's not much of a commitment, just one day a week. Thoughts?
    I don't think its a good idea. You just graduated you need to focus your energy and time on becoming a nurse now. It will take about two years. I would wait you can always get a PRN job trust me I've been in this business for 11 years now. Once you become very comfortable with your practice you can work as many jobs as you want. Being employeed by two different hospitals can get confusing even to expience nurses. Good Luck!! You have a great career!
    Orange Tree and merlee like this.
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    I would wait as well, esp as they are going to consider a prn nurse as fully functioning. You will have a limited orientation. Right now soak up everything at work, read procedure manuals, study for your CEN, etc. The first few years are a time to hone your area of expertise. If you feel that you would be able to function as an agency nurse right now (with no orietation, just thrown into the mix), then you would be ready to jump in as prn.

    good luck.
    merlee likes this.
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    uh no i would strongly advise NOT to do it. Right now even though you're working FT even if you're out of orientation your nurse manager is still watching out for you, your patients assignments are less acute, more stable than the senior nurses. If you were to take a PRN position you'l be treated as a regular staff and mistakes are not tolerated. You do not want to lose your license or job because took on too much too soon.

    i too am a new grad and just finished my orientation and looking at my bank account i'd like a PRN job too but realized that any of those i'd be tossed in to work with just a few days of orietnation which I'm liable to lose my license. Even now i'm still learning. Despite appearances of confidence, in control, yadda yadda I AM NOT what it seems. I am well aware of the gapin my knowledge, skills and its just luck that no one has gotten hurt. Most days I spend time lookign up stuff after work, doing h.w for school and th rest is spent sleeping. lol no wonder they call me the baby at work .. i need to eat earlier, and surprisingly need alot more sleep than em old nurses... hmm maybe em old nurses are tricky and gave me all the stuff that has to do with running around no wonder i so tired hahaaa.

    Anyways take your time learn your job well and afterwards you can work as many jobs as you want.


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