Debunking the Myth that Nurses Can’t Work PRN – Full-Time

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Nurses who’ve dreamed of picking up per diem jobs for years often don’t out of fear that they won’t be able to find full-time work. This myth needs to be debunked for good. Learn how you could start picking up PRN nursing jobs and transform them into a full-time career, instantly.  

What evidence proves this myth is nothing more than a “corporate hand-me-down phrase” that intimidates staff nurses to keep them working for less than they deserve per hour? The fact that NursaTM has been booking nurses in PRN shifts at local healthcare facilities across the nation for more than a year, means they’ve seen nurses leave full-time low paying staff positions to make the big pay garnished by per diem nurses. 

Numbers speak for themselves. Registered nurses (RNs) can make up to $650 per shift (up to $80/hr) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can make up to $500 per shift (up to $60/hr) with NursaTM. Nationally speaking, the average hourly wage for an RN is $38.47 and licensed practical nurses or vocational nurses make around $23.47/hr. Looking at the figures, it’s easy to see why so many nurses are now picking up per diem jobs.

NursaTM Launched in January 2020 – Pre-Pandemic

Not only did the company make it through the hard times, but it also thrived. What is NursaTM? This per diem nurse mobile app replaces the frustrating agencies that serve as middlemen between the hiring managers at facilities and the nurses who are looking for PRN jobs.

Much uncertainty lingered towards the beginning as there were extreme fluctuations in the number of jobs available for nurses throughout different phases of 2020. Despite the challenges, month-over-month, the company has continued to grow. Goals were met. The number of PRN nursing shifts has increased dramatically since the company first began.

Why is This Important Information for Nurses?

A lot of myths and mysteries surround the per diem and travel nursing industries. Picking up PRN jobs on the side is one of the many introductions nurses have to travel nursing. It’s also very easy for an experienced nurse to get as many hours as they want/need. 

The biggest myth of all is that a nurse will be left without work. Nothing could be further from the truth. In truth, the pandemic did increase the use of per diem nurses to cover critical shortages, but even pre-pandemic – PRN RNs and LPNs did not experience a lack of opportunities. 

Yet, for years, some nurses yearn for something more in their career who do not take the leap due to all the myths surrounding per diem nursing jobs – which is sad. 

NursaTM Plays an Important Role in Filling These PRN Jobs

Technology has made it much easier for nurses to find per diem shifts in their local communities. NursaTM is not a healthcare staffing agency, rather an app that puts clinicians into direct contact with hospital managers. Once a nurse has verified their license, they can view jobs that are posted in real-time by hospitals and healthcare facilities nearby. 

In the past, nurses used to have to get hired at each facility to find PRN jobs or go to several agencies to look for opportunities. Now, nurses can pick up all the extra per diem shifts they want from the palm of their hand. It’s no wonder record numbers of nurses are leaving their staff positions and joining the gig economy.

According to one of the team recruiters at Nursa™:

“Nurses appreciate the high pay, and we feel honored to be able to give them what they deserve for the work they do. It’s very common to see the same nurse pick up a series of shifts, or come back for several more, and before you know it, instead of supplementing their full-time job, they are working PRN full-time.”

Not to mention, their content administrator, who is a registered nurse, once left a full-time job and went straight to picking up per diem jobs and made it a full-time career.

“I was nervous about leaving my full-time RN job of four years. I even had my hospital manager try to scare me by telling me she saw how hard those agency nurses had it. She tried to talk me out of my decision when I put in my two weeks’ notice, but I knew that PRN would be the perfect bridge to launching a travel nursing career. However, I was shocked at the need within an hour’s drive from my house and right away I had opportunities to work full-time hours. I ended up working PRN on a full-time basis for two years.”

Is This Myth Holding Nurses Back from Their Earning Potential?

It’s normal to be skeptical or even be afraid of the unknown, but is this myth holding back nurses from advancing their careers? Many nurses assume full-time staff positions and rely on the constant paycheck but could be making more money working PRN jobs. For many years, nurses have told the myth there is not enough opportunity out there to make working per diem nursing jobs a full-time career, but they are wrong. NursaTM is proof. Download it and verify your license today.

Written by Miranda Booher, RN

Miranda is a 13-year registered nurse with a healthy background in travel nursing and healthcare marketing. She brings an interesting combination of stellar copywriting skills and first-hand nursing experience to the table. Miranda understands the industry and has an impeccable ability to write about it. And speaking of travel - Miranda currently lives in Uruguay, though she maintains an active Registered Nurse license in the state of Ohio and stays current on the latest healthcare news through her writing. When she is not creating killer copy, or serving others through her work as a nurse, you can find her hanging out on the beach with her devoted husband, three beautiful kids, and their guardian Shepsky, Ashes.

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