New nurse-never heard of this - page 3

by TnRN43

Hi all, I am a Dec 2012 grad on the job hunt. I am only persuing day shift (for many reasons) and know that it's almost impossible to land one. I recently interviewed for a job and was told it was a prn position. However, I've... Read More


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    PRn in most places mean no guarantee of hours or any benefits...Industry standard...however...I do know of new grads at our magnet facility that can work full time....most of the time. Count your lucky starts if you do not need benefits AND you are getting full time hours right out of school on day shift. If you do a stellar job you may be the first considered for a permanent position...but do not get your hopes up..there are others on your unit(and others) that will have more senority...Lastly,senority still does not necessarily mean you will not be the first to be considered. So ask yourself..is there another opportunity out there that has benefits...?? If you need those then pursue that.. otherwise..you just may be one of the lucky ones that your employer has a need for hours and you get to make some $$!!
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    if the hospital policy is to offer bennies to all 0.6/part time employees, then it might be fishy that they are trying to get around that with you. You set what days you are available, not then when you are prn, otherwise you are an employee with an fte! remember than benefits are not just insurance, they are sick days, vaca days, tuition reimbursement, disability, 401k etc.

    good luck with your decision
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    It sounds like a good new grad experience. Think if this as a way to get solid orientation without all the pressures and commitments of a full time position. Weigh your options for each position offered, but it doesn't sound too bad.
    Best wishes and welcome to nursing!
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    UPDATE:

    I was correct about this position. It basically is a part time job, with full time hours most of the time, and no benefits, and it is labeled PRN. However, lucky for me, 2 days after I interviewed for this position, I was contacted by the 1st hospital I had interviewed with and offered a full time, benefits paying, DAY position on the med surge floor! I am thrilled to secure full time and Days! I start tomorrow and am ecstatic. So, it IS possible to find, just very hard to get-the elusive day job for new grads! Oh, and I did tell the PRN job that after my orientation, when I felt comfortable, I would be happy to do occasional PRN for them and they said "just tell us when!".
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    Congrats!! I live in TN as well and have gotten 2 offers for day shift as a new grad. I am just glad I didnt settle early on. But the 18.00 dollars an hour prn job sounds like Harton to me, I had my leadership clinicals there.

    Quote from TnRN43
    UPDATE:

    I was correct about this position. It basically is a part time job, with full time hours most of the time, and no benefits, and it is labeled PRN. However, lucky for me, 2 days after I interviewed for this position, I was contacted by the 1st hospital I had interviewed with and offered a full time, benefits paying, DAY position on the med surge floor! I am thrilled to secure full time and Days! I start tomorrow and am ecstatic. So, it IS possible to find, just very hard to get-the elusive day job for new grads! Oh, and I did tell the PRN job that after my orientation, when I felt comfortable, I would be happy to do occasional PRN for them and they said "just tell us when!".


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