Questions regarding PRN/per diem

  1. Let me be the first to admit that I am a total newbie (I don't start my nursing program until fall). Here are my questions:

    1. Are PRN and per diem the same thing or is there a difference between them?

    2. Can a new grad work per diem? I have a young son, and although he will be in school by the time I am ready to practice, I would like maximum flexibility so I can be home with him when he's not in school as much as possible.

    3. How exactly does per diem work? Do you tell the hospital what days/hours you are available, then they call you if they need you? Do you then have to go in or do you have the option to say no? Do you commit to working a certain number of days or hours a month? Do you specify what areas of the hospital you prefer to be assigned to?

    4. Anything else I might want to know about per diem? I know you generally don't receive benefits. What is the pay like?

    Thanks in advance.

    Diana
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  3. by   Furball
    Originally posted by dianacs
    Let me be the first to admit that I am a total newbie (I don't start my nursing program until fall). Here are my questions:

    1. Are PRN and per diem the same thing or is there a difference between them?

    2. Can a new grad work per diem? I have a young son, and although he will be in school by the time I am ready to practice, I would like maximum flexibility so I can be home with him when he's not in school as much as possible.

    3. How exactly does per diem work? Do you tell the hospital what days/hours you are available, then they call you if they need you? Do you then have to go in or do you have the option to say no? Do you commit to working a certain number of days or hours a month? Do you specify what areas of the hospital you prefer to be assigned to?

    4. Anything else I might want to know about per diem? I know you generally don't receive benefits. What is the pay like?

    Thanks in advance.

    Diana
    1 I think they are the same

    2 At my hospital, they preferred that you have at least 1 year experience before going per diem.

    3 We have self scheduling, so I sign up for the shifts I want in 2 week blocks and they usually follow what I write down. Sometimes they call to ask to make changes to fit the needs of the floor. My commitment is only one weekend/month. I do a LOT more. I work on one floor only.

    4 Right, no benefits and the pay is a bit better. I do it so I can take whatever time off I need for the kids.

    Hope this helps, good luck!

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Questions regarding PRN/per diem