PerDiem - can I work for more than one company?

  1. Hi everyone,
    I have a question about correct per diem protocol. I have just started orientation for a per diem position at a substance abuse recovery program and got a phone call today from a psych hospital also offering per diem work.
    Am I allowed to work for two companies per diem? Since hours aren't guaranteed I thought it may be o.k. Do I have to tell each employer that I am also per diem somewhere else? I would love to stay with one place, but I may not get enough hours at just one place to add up to full time hours. Any one have any ideas about this?
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  3. by   snowyRN
    I work perdiem for two different hospitals and there has never been an issue!
  4. by   roser13
    My understanding of per diem work is that you work are you are able. I don't see anything wrong with working for half a dozen employers, per diem.
  5. by   caliotter3
    I have worked for as many as four home health employers at one time. Nurses typically work for more than one agency at a time. Keeping your employers abreast of your availability and your schedule managed is up to you. A good day planner and a system usually keeps you at the right place at the right time.
  6. by   Ginger's Mom
    Yes you can, just keep you schedules straight.
  7. by   diane227
    Of course as long as you don't book yourself at both facilities at the same time. I will suggest that you make sure you don't cancel one place to work at the other. All the managers know each other and I guarantee you will get caught.
  8. by   coppertopRN
    Ditto to all of the above. Good luck!
  9. by   RNandRRT
    The only problem i have ever seen is the requirements. A lot of places around here have holiday and weekend requirements for their per diem's, and sometimes those end up crossing over each other. A good open relationship with your managers usually helps alleviate any of those headaches.