I just graduated with my RN. My plan is to work FT in the hospital for one year then work one day per week after that, as I have young children at home. I want to work that one day PRN, I think. What does it mean to work PRN? I know you get paid more than salaried employees, you don't get benefits and you only work you're needed. But does it mean they can place you anywhere in the hospital? Can I stay on my same floor on PRN status? Does being PRN mean you're an agency nurse? How much more $ per hour do you get PRN in general (I'm in Florida)? Here, you can switch to PRN status after only six months- I don't need the benefits...are there pros and cons to doing this?
Mar 1, '11
I am in a real dilemma. My parents are being cared for by some very lovely women who work for a firm in Southwestern Virginia. They call themselves a: private company categorized under Skilled Nursing Care Facilities.
The women who care for them have admitted that they are paid only minimum wage and are NEVER paid the time and a half pay for overtime. They are called in the middle of the night to show up at a home. They sometimes work as many as 60-70 hours per week, every week. They sometimes work double shifts.
I decided to research this on their behalf and found that the Department of Labor does not categoize them as being eligible for protection under the Fair Labor Standards Act. They state that this goes back to the "olden days" when if someone agreed to go into a neighbor's home and care for an elderly person, there was no requirement for the employer to provide any benefits for that "empoyee". This makes sense in the respect that even today, if I agreed to take care of my neighbor-----I would not expect guaranteed benefits.
I was very discouraged after hearing this, and felt that maybe I cannot help these women, unless I just start a campaign to alert congress and the senate about this.....which I will do, as the situation is only going to get worse with our aging population.
However, in reading your posts, I am seeing that you all seem to be paid more than the minimum wage and are well cared for. Is this because you are a PRN for a hospital? These women are actually employed by the firm I referenced, meaning it is not a referral they are providing. Oh, and they are constantly threatened that they will lose their job and have received no raises in as much as three years.
Any advice out there on how to help these women. Anyone know of any loop holes in the laws?
Last edit by crusader on Mar 1, '11