Ooh, I would think twice about working per diem as a new grad. Actually, then I'd think about it yet again! My first job out of nursing school was a per diem job; I had graduated in June, wrote my exams in August and received my license in September... but there were just no nursing jobs available at the time. It was the only job I could get and I was desperate since my husband was not working either and we had three kids to support. We had been without a regular income for three months when the agency called me in January. I lasted until August. The manager made it sound like a very pleasant job, all the hours I wanted, only the hours I wanted, blahblahblah. Well, some days they called me four times AFTER I'd already told them I wasn't available. The first hospital relief shift they sent me to I was supposed to be the nurse in charge. Hold the phone!!! I've never worked as a nurse, never mind in this hospital, and you want me to be in charge? Are you NUTZ?!! Another time they sent me to a LTC facility to work a night shift; when I got there only then was I told that I was the nursing supervisor for the shift. Then there was the time that I was sent to care in thier home for two teenagers who had juvenile Huntington's and were total care. They had been abandoned by their family and were wards of the agency. No one told me that this was not an RN shift, but an LPN shift, which paid quite a bit less. AND I was expected to wash the floors and do the laundry while I was there. Later, when I was finally hired onto a hospital job, the agency held me hostage; they wanted a "finder's fee" of several thousand dollars, because they sent staff relief to that hospital (as well as all the others in town). The hospital of course refused to pay it, and I was looking at having to be unemployed again for three months before I could take a job at any of the hospitals in the city. Fortunately the unit manager found a loophole (the nursery where I was hired did not ever employ agency nurses) and I quit the agency the first chance I got.
So before you agree to anything, ask as many questions as you can. You have to find out all the dirty details of working for them before they reel you in and you find yourself totally stuck. And don't sign anything at this initial meeting. Ask if you can speak to some of the other employees, so you can get a feel for what the work really is like. Take your time. If she wants you today, then she'll want you in a few days, afer you've had a chance to think it all over.