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by MelodyRNurse MelodyRNurse (New Member) New Member

MelodyRNurse has 3 years experience and specializes in ED, Rehab, LTC.

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Those of you that work in long-term care, do you get the same floor everytime you come in or does it change? I was offered a position, PRN, but they said I would be switching floors alot (5 or 6 different units). I am a very new nurse and this makes me nervous. How can you get a routine down or get familiar with your patients? Are they just looking for someone to take advantage of or is this normal??

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jeanniern55 has 10 years experience and specializes in LTC Rehab.

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if you are prn you work as they need you and where they need you, you probably will work all of the units eventually

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Nascar nurse has 25+ years experience and specializes in LTC & Hospice.

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This would be normal. Even as a routine staff member, you may not be able to assume that you would have the same assignment daily

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kstec has 1 years experience and specializes in Geriatrics/Family Practice.

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I work LTC prn and I usually work wherever they need help that day. But because I only work 1-2 days a week, everyone is really good about letting me keep the same assignment two days in a row if I work two days in a row. When I only work one day a week of course I could float anywhere between the three units. My facility is small, so I am familiar with the majority of the residents, but I still prefer a certain assignment. I've learned to adapt and just do my job and hope I get the one I enjoy the most.

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At our facility, all of the PRN people work all the different floors. We even have a few full-time who float depending on where they are needed. But for the most part, full-timers have their permanent floors. Most refuse to work another if they have a permanent. But that is why we have the back up PRN workers.

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luvmy2angels has 22 years experience and specializes in Geriatrics.

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I was hired part time to work on one floor and that is the only one that i work on. Our prn staff are the ones that float to different floors as needed. Usually prn or pool staff get paid a few extra dollars more than the regulars.

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I am thinking about LTC. I'm an RN...what does an RN typically do?

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848 Visitors; 18 Posts

Hi! Sorry to ask this but I am just new here and not yet familiar with some words. What is PRN?

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PRN means...as needed. They schedule you on an "as needed" basis :)

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