Prn?????

  1. OK, this is probably a very stupid question, but what is PRN?
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  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   JJFROG
    As needed.
  4. by   P_RN
    C'est MOI !!

    Pro Re Nata Latin for If or as needed. Such as a medication or a treatment would be PRN.
  5. by   ashemson
    Thanks! I am looking into a PT position at a hospital, and the status on several is "PRN", and I had no idea what that meant!
  6. by   P_RN
    It would be like a pool of employees who would work IF they were needed. These positions usually are floating to various areas. Good luck.
  7. by   CEN35
    well despite the abbreviation/latin term for as needed, it well appears to mean "as wanted" by the nurse. seems like no prns actually take anythihg other than dayshift during the week anymmore. lmao!!! :chuckle

    me
  8. by   nursesteph
    Just guessing here, but if you want to work in healthcare it may be a good idea to learn some terminology. Good Luck.
  9. by   ashemson
    Well, nursesteph, I am in my first year of prenursing, and I am trying to learn the terms. So I don't need any of your smartass comments. Thanks anyway. I am very glad that you are in MN, I would hate to ever have you as my nurse-maybe you need to learn a new personality.
  10. by   Cindy/Canada
    ***ouch***
  11. by   ashemson
    I am sorry if I sounded like a *#@*^, but I come on this board to try and learn from people who have already experienced what I am about to, and I don't think it is necessary to be so rude. I don't think that Steph, or anyone, knew EVERYTHING when they started out either. I doubt that there was anyone who didn't have a few "stupid" questions.
  12. by   Brian
    Originally posted by nursesteph
    Just guessing here, but if you want to work in healthcare it may be a good idea to learn some terminology. Good Luck.
    nursesteph,

    stepping up to my soapbox....
    If you don't have anything productive to say, please do not post your sarcastic comments, as this is not beneficial to anyone. This person is new to the healthcare field, lighten up and if you don't want to be helpful in a post, that's fine, just don't post to it. Thanks
    getting down from soap box now...

    Have you seen this month's poll about "nurses eating their young"?
    Last edit by brian on Apr 24, '02
  13. by   Cindy/Canada
    I agree.

    I remember when I was in school....about grade 3. We had a teacher who let us ask questions secretly by writing them on a piece of paper. My question was...in regards to a boy and a girl...which one is the male and which is the female..LOL.

    I think that is what's so great about these boards....

    Keep those questions coming..I didn't know what "prn" was either!

    Hugs...cin
  14. by   ashemson
    Too funny! I love that question! I get alot of questions like that from my daughters too, and it just cracks me up. I try really hard not to laugh though...

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