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How to get a Per Diem position as a graduate student

Sam M Sam M (New) New Nurse Student

Has 3 years experience.

Hi all,

I was wondering if it is appropriate to apply to a part time job and put on the application you want a per-diem position? I am about to start a rigorous full time MSN-FNP program and I am looking for a flexible job where I can work at least one shift a week but I cannot commit to a part time job that requires 2-3 shifts a week. The only jobs in my area are either full time or part time. Thank you!

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

I think it would be OK to apply for a part-time job and then, in your cover letter, say that you are interested in either a part-time or per diem job. That way, you have "opened the door" to discuss any per diem opportunities they might consider, without "closing the door" on any part-time opportunities they might have.

You may have to settle for a part-time position. Perhaps they could make it one with minimal commitment -- and then you could volunteer to work some extra shifts to help them out when you would be most needed (at times that were convenient for you.)

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 40 years experience.

If you have pertinent experience in the past year, you can sign on with an agency for the most flexibility.