Quote from Southpawdown
I'm sorry for what you are dealing with but am so glad you posted this as something VERY similar is happening to me though my position doesn't start until next week. I agreed to a PRN day shift at a hospital until a FT or PT position opened up, which during the interview I was told would be around the first of Jan, Feb at the latest as another nurse is leaving due to pregnancy. I made it clear when interviewing I could only work days. There was no issue as the Director stated she had someone for nights as well as someone who wanted to "flip" between days and nights. I find out Friday I am listed as "variable" PRN and inquired about what that meant. You guessed it, that I will be available for ANY hours needed. I will be scheduled to work a certain date but it could be nights one date and days another.
I think you should seek clarification about this.
Was the original posting for PRN days/day shift? Meaning, did it say that specifically? A lot of PRN positions are hired as being "variable" days and shifts on the paperwork.
It's possible nothing has really changed in your scenario - you had a discussion about only being available for days and you'll be allowed to only pick up day shifts, but the paperwork is going to say "variable" even though it is agreed and acknowledged that the nurse only has a certain type of availability.
When you give them your availability (tell them which days you are available to work PRN shifts), you will simply write it as "Available from 7a-7p on the following days: [list dates]. They don't put you on the schedule whenever they want, that's not what PRN is. Either you sign up for specific shifts or they put you on the schedule as they wish according to the availability you have given them.
You're only in trouble here if they have a lot of requirements to satisfy the PRN position - such as must work ___# shifts per pay period, ____# weekend shifts per pay period, ____holidays, blah, blah, blah, and especially
if it says that you must give a certain amount of availability for all shifts - in which case you would say thanks but no thanks.