The Pay and Benefits of PRN jobs
Hospitals depend upon their PRN nurses who work when required. These allow the hospital to gear up when needed, covering shifts when other nurses are sick or when demand requires extra nursing capacity. This capability is especially important in rural healthcare facilities, smaller critical access hospitals, and the like.
Taking a PRN position doesn’t need to affect your full-time job. Indeed, it can boost your experience and improve your career opportunities earlier than might otherwise be possible. Of course, a PRN role can also provide some much-needed extra income. You might be surprised to discover just how much.
What Is PRN Nursing?
PRN stands for ‘pro re nata’. This Latin phrase means ‘as needed’. However, while this means you could get called to cover shifts at any time, it doesn’t mean you must do so. You don’t have to commit to a regular schedule. That means you can work hours that best suit you – and you can work at several medical facilities, too.
You might choose to commit to a certain number of hours each week or month, or agree to work on-call if your flexibility allows this.
Do You Get Benefits in PRN Jobs?
Typically, you won’t receive benefits because PRN roles are considered as temporary employment. However, if you work as a PRN through an agency, you may receive benefits from the agency. For example, QS Nurses provide benefits that may include 24/7 support, healthcare insurance (or help toward paying for it), workers’ compensation, and general and professional liability insurance.
How Much Do PRN Nurse Jobs Pay?
How much you could earn as a PRN depends on several factors, including:
- Your location
- The type of healthcare facility you’re working in
- Your experience
- The work you are doing
You may receive a little more pay than you would as a full-time nurse to compensate for fewer benefits. Here in Kansas, the average Registered Nurse salary is around $59,940 – that’s below the national average for a RN, but is compensated by a much lower cost of living.
Why Become a PRN Nurse?
As a PRN nurse with QS Nurses, you’ll benefit from many advantages that may not be available to you in other roles. Our benefits narrow the gap between those you would typically receive in a full-time role, and you can also access:
· Flexible Scheduling to Suit You
You’ll have a real say in what shifts you work, and this helps you to fit work around busy personal schedules. That’s great for people with families, other work commitments, or other personal needs.
· On-Call or Retainer Status
You may be able to choose on-call or retainer status as a PRN. This could help you with more predictable pay.
· Higher Rates of Pay
With fewer in-work benefits, you may find that your hourly rate of pay is above that you could earn as a fill-time nurse. Of course, the rates of pay for working unsocial hours are even better.
· Work Where You Are Best Suited
You’ll have a tremendous choice over the departments in which you work. You may vary it by working across departments or units, and you could work with a range of different colleagues.
· Faster Skills Improvement
If you want to improve your skillset, knowledge, and experience quickly, PRN nursing is a great option for you. Experience new elements and gain new abilities by moving around and choosing what you would like to do most. At QS Nurses, we understand that one of the big attractions is the potential to upskill – and so we do all we can to help you achieve your career objectives via a PRN path.
Will PRN Nursing Jobs Suit You?
There are many reasons to become a PRN nurse. You may need the extra money, wish to develop new skills, or desire a more flexible work life to fit around your personal life. Whatever the reason, you’ll probably be surprised at just how beneficial working as a PRN nurse can be.