Best Way to Let Management I'm Going PRN?

  1. 2 After some thought, I've decided to transfer to another hospital. (I have already been hired and start in 3 weeks). I do however love the hospital I am currently employed at and I don't want to leave completely. I've decided to go PRN. I honestly wouldn't mind working a few shifts or hours here and there, but I don't think FT is in my best interest.

    What is the best way/easiest way to let management know I want to continue to work there, but as PRN instead of FT? For some reason I'm dreading letting them know my plans. My current employer has been amazing to me and I hate to disappoint.

    Has anyone ever had this discussion? Should I talk to HR first?
    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 26, '13
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  3. Visit  granimals profile page

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    Joined Jun '13; Posts: 3; Likes: 2.

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  4. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    "Dear Managername,

    This is to inform you that as of datetwoweeksfromtoday I will be changing my employment status at ABC Hospital, Smith Unit, to PRN status. I anticipate availability for X days/shifts per month.

    I have enjoyed my position on the Smith Unit for the past X years immensely and have learned so much about unitspecialty. The staff and management have been wonderful to me. I would particularly like to recognize SuzieQ RN for the expertise she shared so generously, and to JanieY CNA for her excellent skills and attitude. Thank you for your leadership and consideration when XYZ happened and for keeping Smith Unit running so well.

    Sincerely,
    Granimals

    cc : HR "
    Kimbsntobe, 1feistymama, brandy1017, and 5 others like this.
  5. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
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    Do you have the option to just decide to go PRN? I believe at my facility you need to actually apply for a PRN position.
    brittany1111, Luckyyou, hiddencatRN, and 3 others like this.
  6. Visit  RNperdiem profile page
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    I agree with blondy2061h, you often do need to apply for the position. Check with HR first to make sure PRN is even an option first.
  7. Visit  Altra profile page
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    I would recommend taking care of your basic responsibility first -- resigning from your full-time position. Your unit needs to know this ASAP. In your conversation with your manager/director, you can certainly request to stay on in some PRN capacity. Whether or not this granted will probably depend on your department budget, hospital policies and other things that have nothing to do with you personally.

    Staff budgets can get eaten up by .1, .2 & .3 FTE casuals ... and still leave plenty of schedule holes which might have been covered by a full-time nurse's schedule.

    Good luck with your new position!
    brandy1017, KelRN215, hiddencatRN, and 1 other like this.
  8. Visit  meanmaryjean profile page
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    To echo the above posters, you don't 'let them know' you REQUEST. It is expensive for a facility to keep PRN people (they still have to pay you for all the mandatory annual education time and stuff) - they may choose to sever ties.
    ♪♫ in my ♥ and elkpark like this.
  9. Visit  AMR21 profile page
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    When I left, I wrote the standard resignation letter but added in that I was willing and interested to stay PRN. Two days later, I stopped into my managers office and she had me sign a PRN agreement. I ended up coming back full time to that until after only 16 months of working elsewhere. My advice is stay on good terms w management.
    1feistymama, brandy1017, KelRN215, and 4 others like this.
  10. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    I agree with the previous posters -- it's not a matter of letting your current employer know that you're going prn; it's a matter of asking if you will be allowed to go prn. You have to resign your current full-time position and ask about the possibility of getting a prn position. You are in a FTE position which you are vacating and the employer will, presumably, fill once you resign. The facility may or may not need or want additional prn people. Those are two entirely different, separate matters, and it is the employer's call to make.
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  11. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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    Quote from GrnTea
    "Dear Managername,

    This is to inform you that as of datetwoweeksfromtoday I will be changing my employment status at ABC Hospital, Smith Unit, to PRN status. I anticipate availability for X days/shifts per month.

    I have enjoyed my position on the Smith Unit for the past X years immensely and have learned so much about unitspecialty. The staff and management have been wonderful to me. I would particularly like to recognize SuzieQ RN for the expertise she shared so generously, and to JanieY CNA for her excellent skills and attitude. Thank you for your leadership and consideration when XYZ happened and for keeping Smith Unit running so well.

    Sincerely,
    Granimals

    cc : HR "
    Okey dokey, next time I need to communicate professionally, I'm hiring GrnTea.
  12. Visit  imintrouble profile page
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    I agree with blondy2061h, you often do need to apply for the position. Check with HR first to make sure PRN is even an option first.
    There has to be a PRN opening where I work. You can say you want less hrs. You want part time. Or as you are doing, taking another full time job.
    If there isn't an opening, they'll just let you quit.
    brandy1017 and elkpark like this.
  13. Visit  amoLucia profile page
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    Whatever you do, DO IT QUICKLY! Also just know, if (and that's a BIG if) they do allow you to go PRN, you most likely will float. Don't know if that influences your decision.

    Make sure you have cleared out all of your earned benefits ASAP. So that's another reason to let them know in a timely manner.
    brandy1017 and NRSKarenRN like this.
  14. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page
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    Theses days most hospital facilities require staff apply online to open posted positions. . There has to be an available PRN position on your unit in order for you to request that status.

    Recently, I've had a staff member submit resignation from a FT position to accept another job which I immediately posted. Another perdiem clerk had submitted resignation week before, position was posted, applicant interviewed, selected and sent to HR to start hiring process.
    Well, the FT staffer was very upset with me this week that they had applied a few days later (along with 80 other persons), that I hadn't hired them for the perdiem position.

    If they had come to me and discussed looking for a job in IT and asked if they could stay on, would have considered request. Once resignation is formally submitted to HR and my boss, I've been taught by HR need to accept and allow person to move on.

    Best wishes on your new job..... Grn Tea does write great letters and provide sound advice to our members.

    Meriwhen likes this.
  15. Visit  mmc51264 profile page
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    If you are starting new job in 3 weeks and you have not given notice, you may want to check policy. Many places require 30 day notice for resignation otherwise you will be "ineligible for rehire" and you WON'T be able to work PRN. This happened to me. I thought I only had to give 2 weeks and had already committed to a new position. I wanted to stay on as casual/PRN at old job. 1) I had to fit in enough shifts while orienting at new job to fulfill my 30 days of shifts to resign in good standing and 2) my old boss would have loved to have me stay prn, but there wasn't a position in the budget. Like another poster said, they have to create a position, post it and interview candidates even though they have every intention of hiring you.
    I hope it works out for you!! Good Luck


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