Thinking about Per Diem

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    I am considering Per Diem nursing. Do they have orientation for Per Diem nurses and for how long? I've been out of the hospital setting for 8 years and I desperately want to go back to brush up on my skills. What do you think?

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    Quote from nurse4sale
    I am considering Per Diem nursing. Do they have orientation for Per Diem nurses and for how long? I've been out of the hospital setting for 8 years and I desperately want to go back to brush up on my skills. What do you think?
    If you have been out for 8 years then PRN probably isn't the position for you. PRN nurses typically get a very brief orientation and are expected to hit the ground running. At my one PRN job my orientation was 3 days. I did have one PRN position that gave me a generous 4 week orientation, but that is because they took a chance and hired me for a specialty that I had never worked.
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    I didn't have an orientation because I work per diem at the same place I once worked full-time.
    Our recent prn hires have had 3 days of orientation.
    After an eight year time-off in a hospital setting, I suspect 3 days won't be enough.
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    Our recent PRN hires are receiving a 6 week orientation. Most are new to nursing though. I think you should contact your local hospitals and ask them. I'm sure every place and probably every unit would be different but possibly accommodate your need for a longer orientation.
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    Quote from ChristineN
    If you have been out for 8 years then PRN probably isn't the position for you. PRN nurses typically get a very brief orientation and are expected to hit the ground running. At my one PRN job my orientation was 3 days. I did have one PRN position that gave me a generous 4 week orientation, but that is because they took a chance and hired me for a specialty that I had never worked.
    I thought the same thing about the orientation, Christine, but I wonder why they called me? They have my resume stating how long I've been out of the hospital scene. Hmm, anyway I spoke with the women today and she a part time position should be opening soon and she will keep me in mind. I hope so. I would love to get back into the hospital. That's where I felt more like a nurse than anywhere else I worked.
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    I thought your avatar was a booby.
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    Quote from Vespertinas
    I thought your avatar was a booby.
    I'm glad I wasn't the only one...
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    I interviewed for a PRN position a few days ago for a NICU floor and if offered the position, I would get 12 weeks of orientation since I don't have prior experience in NICU which is the same amount of orientation they give full or part time. So i guess it depends on the hospital/floor.
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    I'm per diem and I am getting 12 weeks of orientation. (Even though they have already given me my own assignment, I have my preceptor to fall back on). It depends on the facility.


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