I recently went per-diem at my facility, at the end of November. Like nurseratchit, I basically work full-time hours. I am in graduate school and love the flexibility. If I want a day, or two, before a test off, I just don't schedule myself! I don't have to put in a request and then wonder if it will be honored. I had been working full time nights and had spoken to my manager about decreasing my hours. Although he seemed receptive to the idea,he didn't do much about it, which is his typical "modus operandi". So I decided, forget this,I'm doing what I want! I have had NO problems getting hours, not necessarily on my "home floor" but other floors are short, so between signing up for time and people asking me to work for them, my schedule has filled up very quickly! :-) I am hoping to try agency work after the new year...more of the agencies in my area are offering benefits for full-time. The trade-off, as others have mentioned, is the lack of benefits. As I said, though, if I like agency enough, I may go full time and will be able to get my benefits that way. Working per diem has provided me with such peace of mind, knowing that I can take what time I need off for school. It is well worth the trade-off of no benefits.