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MJB2010 MJB2010 (Guide) Guide Expert Nurse

Does a PRN nurse qualify for unemployment? Cant find anything on the unemployment site about this.

My facility just cancelled all elective surgeries per the CDC guidelines and put the OR/Periop/Pacu/PST staff out for at least 45 more days. They were going to send us the the floors, but apparently that got dicey when they tried to put OR staff on floors they never worked on etc. Some fo these departments have a very high number of PRN staff and they are all freaking out. The facility is saying that we are not laid off and we will be cancelled daily or put on ATO "until further notice, but at least end of April". It looks like the full time and part time staff can apply for unemployment, but what about PRNS? It seems so odd to not use RNS in a time like this. But I also don't want to get put in a role I would be fumbling.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

Below graphic is from PA unemployment website: https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

My son works per diem as chef: 3 weeks ago worked 88 hrs; next week 6 hrs --told to go home due to state virus restrictions; he filed for unemployment and approved. Since you've been told not to work, should apply. Search for " How to file unemployment in ___ ( state)" to file claim.

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Apply. Actually same situation as a PT employee. It would help if your record showed some hours during the reporting period to establish that you are ‘employed’ by that employer, but apply. Worst that can happen is that you are denied but doubt that will happen in these circumstances.

Hi, I am in the same predicament, being told no more available shifts in the forseeable future. Does that mean you have to resign in order to get unemployment? The government is relaxing rules for Lyft drivers who where workers without benefits similar to pool RN but what do you put on the form? There is no pool option. Feeling really scared.

I’m in the same boat as you. I haven’t been called in 2 weeks. On top of that I’m having issues with childcare even if offered a shift. When you find out the answer please keep us posted, I’d like to know if per diems qualify for unemployment too. And how’d that be calculated. Thanks and goodluck

TheLastUnicorn

Specializes in Critical Care, ICU, Rehab. Has 5 years experience.

Just apply. At worst they tell you that you don't qualify. There's nothing really to lose unless you dont.

On 3/27/2020 at 1:53 PM, kailaniRN said:

Hi, I am in the same predicament, being told no more available shifts in the forseeable future. Does that mean you have to resign in order to get unemployment? The government is relaxing rules for Lyft drivers who where workers without benefits similar to pool RN but what do you put on the form? There is no pool option. Feeling really scared.

In my state, when your hours are reduced, you indicate that fact when you apply and in your recertification. For each pay period you have to indicate how many hours you worked and for whom. It will clearly show that you are not getting 40 hours each week. You get the difference between what you earned and the amount of the weekly benefit awarded on your claim.

My employer told us we need to exhaust all pto then accumulate negative 80 hours in pto before we could apply for unemployment. They also cancelled any apprived vacations for the next 8 months and said we can’t take them until we re earn that negative pto. I'm PRN and hr said if I do t get pto I can’t qualify for unemployment. Sounds like BS and they won’t give me anything on this policy in writing. The unemployment Folks are inundated with calls so I can’t get a human and have been waiting for a call back.

15 minutes ago, 40isthenew30 said:

My employer told us we need to exhaust all pto then accumulate negative 80 hours in pto before we could apply for unemployment. They also cancelled any apprived vacations for the next 8 months and said we can’t take them until we re earn that negative pto. I'm PRN and hr said if I do t get pto I can’t qualify for unemployment. Sounds like BS and they won’t give me anything on this policy in writing. The unemployment Folks are inundated with calls so I can’t get a human and have been waiting for a call back.

Go to the unemployment office in person if they are open (which I highly doubt at this point). Come prepared with the info necessary to apply then and there. You don't know, it could be like at my bank, a line of people six feet apart trailing out the door and down the sidewalk. If you go in person, more likely to get somewhere with your questions/application.

On 3/28/2020 at 8:43 PM, caliotter3 said:

In my state, when your hours are reduced, you indicate that fact when you apply and in your recertification. For each pay period you have to indicate how many hours you worked and for whom. It will clearly show that you are not getting 40 hours each week. You get the difference between what you earned and the amount of the weekly benefit awarded on your claim.

So the weekly max is $450/week and if you had reduced hours but earned say $600/week, you won't get any benefit? But if you only earned $300/week you would get some benefit? Anyone have any reference about this?