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what is a job as PRN? how do you become one?


How do you vecone a PRN? IM CONFUSED? im trying to figure out jobs to work while in nursing school that dobt require to work full time. Any suggestions? And what is a prn?

PRN means per diem, "as needed."

iPink, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum. Has 8 years experience.

PRN (defined by previous poster) jobs mean they will call you when they need you. Definitely ideal if going to school full-time.

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NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

It's not a position, it's how often the need you. In the medical world PRN stands for as needed. Usually for nursing jobs.


Specializes in Neuro/ ENT. Has 15 years experience.

Have you considered CNA PRN work?


Specializes in PCT, RN. Has 3 years experience.

Have you considered CNA PRN work?


What Brandiep said, look into CNA PRN positions. They get paid a pretty decent amount, especially for a CNA position. Where I worked before, we would fill out an availability calendar and if they had an opening on a day you said you could work, they would call and schedule you. They would also set everyone up for an auto-text alerting everyone to open shifts that anyone could cover.

Have you considered CNA PRN work?

No because im not a cna yet. Im thinking of dropping the class since im already accepted for RN classes


Specializes in Neuro/ ENT. Has 15 years experience.

If you are wanting to work through school I would finish CNA before nursing school. In my area, though, successfully completing the first semester of nursing school is considered sufficient to work as a CNA. In this case, you just have to wait to work until after the first semester is over. This is fine as long as a person doesn't want to work that first semester.

Yeah so would i still have to take the cna test tho right?


Specializes in Neuro/ ENT. Has 15 years experience.

Well, I don't know what area you are in. The biggest thing I have learned on this site is that different areas in the US can do things incredibly different. :) You would have to look into it for your area. However, even if you still had to take the CNA test, I have taken it and challenged it in another states and they are never too difficult at all.

CT Pixie, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

Depending on the State you live in, you may be able to go through your first semester of nursing classes and be able to become a CNA. Other states do it where you go through the 1st semester of nursing classes, you can skip the written test but have to do the skills test. Others don't allow you to jump any part of the CNA course.

It just all depends on your state.

PRN or PD means as needed. Most places require that you work a certain number of shifts per month, some require 1 weekend a month and possibly a required holiday.

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience.

Different facilities have different definitions when calling a position "PRN" (the term means "as needed," like a PP said. Not sure how far into nursing school, but you'll see the term used with regards to meds and treatments, e.g. "change dressing daily and PRN.")

When I've worked PRN, the facilities had a minimum commitment they required of their PRN staff. Once the scheduler had scheduled their full-time and regular part-time staff, we'd discuss with the schedulers which days they still needed help. Then we'd tell them which of those shifts we were going to commit to. One was a nursing home/rehab that required at least one shift every two months, and I think 1 or 2 holidays per year. The other was a long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) that required 3 shifts per 6-week block, one major holiday and one minor holiday per year; we got paid more to commit to 7 shifts in that block.

It's nice to be able to work that way when in school because you retain a lot of the control over your schedule. When I worked PRN, I did get a lot of "can you work today?" phone calls, but I had no obligation to come in to work on short notice. If I couldn't or didn't want to work that day, I simply declined to work that day. The downside is you're not guaranteed hours; availability of shifts depends on the facility's patient census. I've been told "you can work as much as you want; we always have needs," but when it came time to commit to the shifts, they might have most of my available work days fully staffed already. They generally don't provide bennies for PRN positions either.

I also agree with the PP who suggested working as a CNA if you can. Nothing wrong w/ housekeeping, but a CNA position would be more applicable to your future as a nurse. :)

Yeah thats why i contacted my school to know if one semester of nursing school means would i be able to work as a CNA like others claim because in that case i will drop my summer courses of the CNA class.

I am also in illinois. The one semester of school should be fine. But in my experience you may not even need that. Most of the hospitals don't seem to care if you have a cna certification. They will train you to do the job.

Yeah i dont seem to be lucky enough to hear about those kind of jobs. Hopefully something works out