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1) Can you be hired PRN at more than one place and maybe even work part time somewhere at the same time? This may be a necessity to get enough hours in financially.
2) Are you expected to be available if the PRN shift comes in last minute and you're scheduled already for a different job?
3) Can you call weekly to try and drum up more hours for PRN work instead of waiting to be called last minute?
4) Can you let them know that you are unavailable on certain days/ hours due to taking a class?
5) If you limit your availablity, when is the best time to do that? After you officially get hired? (If I pay for this class, I have to attend- it's a prereq for my RN-BSN program coming up.)
1. Yes...in fact, it's wise to not rely solely on the PRN job for income, the reason being that the PRN job guarantees you nothing
. You may get tons of hours from them. You may go weeks with being cancelled or cut and get few to no hours for them. There's no guarantees.
2. No, you're not expected to be at their beck-and-call 24/7. However, staffing managers do remember which PRNs tend to be more willing to pick up work on short notice and will often call them first to fill staffing gaps (unless there's procedures in place that prevent them from doing so). If you keep telling them No, you'll probably be called less often.
3. Check with your facility regarding specific policies about that...but for the most part, most of them don't mind if you call in weekly, at least from my experience. I wouldn't call in any more often than that, though.
4. Yes, but again, check with your facility regarding specific policies about scheduling. For example, most facilities will require you to work a certain number of weekend shifts every month. If you keep refusing to schedule yourself on the weekends because of classes, or keep calling off of weekends, you may find yourself let go for failing to meet the minimum availability requirement.
5. I'd let them know after you are hired. If you do have to set some limitations, do your darndest to be available for other times that they may need you.