Okay, I,ve been job hunting now about three months and I am finally interviewing.
One place offered a part time shift with set hours of 7-3 p.m.. The other place is PRN work. On top of that, I am regularly scheduled for hours at a free clinic in town and I will be taking a bio course in the fall with an on campus lab requirement.
What is the etiquette of PRN work?
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.)
I would truly appreciate all the advice and wisdom anyone can offer. I have already learned so much from the nurses on this site. Thanks in advance.
Jul 27, '12
Quote from HouTx
I am a bit concerned however - it is NEVER wise to go PRN as a new grad. It will be very difficult for you to receive an adequate orientation if you do not have a set schedule or consistent work area. If this is your situation, I would strongly advise you to accept the part time job, which hopefully would provide a better orientation arrangement. Then, after you become more confident, you could venture out into 'PRN-land'.
I disagree with this a bit, depending on the situation. My first RN job was(and is currently) a PRN position in an outpatient surgical setting. I had the same training and orientation as a full or part time employee, and afterwards started being truly PRN(but they continue to use me 3-4 days per week). I would ask what the orientation would be, and make sure that you could commit to being more than PRN for the duration of orientation.
In my situation, I give my boss my available days in two week increments. If she has openings that line up with mine, then she'll book me for those. There have been occasions where they've called the night before a shift to see if I was available, but I have no obligation to be. It wasn't ever held against me if I was unavailable.
Last edit by fromtheseaRN on Jul 27, '12
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