Thank you for the replies. Maybe it's different here in Canada. We are often hired casual as new grads. But the work hours offered equal full time or greater. We receive benefits as well. I am told that after finishing my final practicum in the ER, that I may be offered a job there. I like the prospect, but if I choose casual, I could also work on another unit like mental health, which I quite like. Or I could work full time hours in the ER. Or I could work the shifts I choose (that are left over from FT/PT). I like the idea of getting experience working on different units, but wonder if, as you you say, a set schedule would be nice too.