Per Diem?

  1. Pardon my ignorance here but can anyone tell me what this means? I've never worked in the medical field (been a desk job office girl my whole working life) but I'm taking my CNA test Saturday and want to start looking for a job (fingers crossed I pass!) Can any of you with experience help me out with the lingo? Per Diem, Relief, Etc.

    Thanks a million!
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  3. by   SelfReviewing
    You are going to be paid per hour/day you work which literally translates to no work, no pay.
  4. by   stewartfamily2010
    Thank you!
  5. by   mvm2
    From my understanding it is a position where they call you if they need a shift that needs filling because one of the full or part time people had to cancel, or maybe some units like ICU will all the sudden have more patients then thy can handle and they will call one of their per diem nurses to come in.
  6. by   Mewsin
    We call it casual position. Except I'm not sure if it differs but where I am, as a casual, I get scheduled for full time hours to replace the positioned staff when they have asked for time off.
  7. by   stewartfamily2010
    Thanks for all the input
  8. by   MommaTy
    As needed. Where I work to stay per diem you have to work 1 day a month.