How to get a PRN/per diem position


  • Specializes in adult psych, LTC/SNF, child psych. Has 8 years experience.

I've always wondered this because I one had a PRN job as my only job, but I've never had a PRN position in addition to a FT position. I've applied for PRN positions while working FT but have never gotten a response to my resume or application, unlike with the hunt for a FT position.

What does it take? Any tips? Is it better to contact the hospital or unit directly? Is there some sort of secret code or password that I'm unaware of?

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Depends on how PRN positions are allocated. In some organizations, all PRNs are in a centralized "department" and used like an internal float pool. There may be different categories of PRN- in terms of how many shifts/holidays you have to work. In others, each department may have their own PRN staff who only work on that unit. And other hospitals may have a combination of both.

But, in any type of arrangement - PRN positions are hired just like all other staff positions and your point of contact is HR. Jobs are advertised, and you have to go through the same application, hiring & orientation process. This is an important consideration - even if you only want to work a couple of shifts a month, you may have to commit to a lengthy orientation period.

If you're an experienced nurse and just looking for a few extra shifts, you may want to check out some of the PRN agencies in your area. That is a good way to 'try before you buy' to explore different facilities. You can also get some inside info on how they manage PRN staff at different facilities.