FAQs for Nurses Interested in Picking Up PRN Shifts

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Written by
Lori Fuqua
Reviewed by
Miranda Kay, RN
July 11, 2023

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The gig economy, side hustles, and freelancing are buzzwords in today's world, and you might be surprised to hear that all those terms can apply to working nursing professionals! The gigs, side income, and open marketplace jobs aren't only for drivers, writers, and designers; they're for nurses and nursing assistants, too! With a valid, unencumbered nursing license or nursing assistant certificate and the personal drive to organize your work life to maximize the benefits and meet your goals, you can pick up PRN shifts when and where you want when you download Nursa. You have questions, and we have answers.

What Is Per Diem Work for Nursing Professionals?

Nursing professionals can pick up PRN shifts on-demand, one shift at a time. This means no long-term commitment to any single facility and no set schedule. This level of autonomy over your work life is specific to working as an independent contractor and picking up PRN nursing jobs on the Nursa healthcare staffing app.

How Much Does Nursa Cost?

Nursa is free for nursing professionals to download and use. 

Who Can Find Jobs on Nursa?

The Nursa platform has PRN shifts posted for registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and certified medication aides (CMAs/MA-Cs).

How Do I Pick Up PRN Nursing Jobs?

Download the Nursa app and register for an account. Follow the prompts on the Nursa login page, where you'll be asked to create your unique professional profile and verify your nursing license or CNA certificate. Once your license or certification has been verified, you'll be able to browse the available PRN shifts near you. Adjust your search filters to view the types of jobs that you want to apply for. Before you apply for a shift, be sure to review the details provided by the facility and confirm that you meet the requirements. Apply for shifts directly within the app. You'll receive a notification when you've been hired for shifts, and the app provides you with a map to the facility where you'll be working. Finally, you'll be asked to fill out a shift report when you finish a shift.

Can I Have Another Job and Use Nursa?

Yes, you can! If you can organize your schedule well, you can absolutely have another job and work PRN shifts on the side. The flexibility that comes with picking up PRN shifts is a significant benefit. You only work PRN shifts when you want them. Pick up shifts that fit around your other life responsibilities. Some nursing professionals only pick up a few PRN shifts per month, while others work PRN full time.  

Is There a Quota If I Sign Up with Nursa?

No, we do not place any quotas on the nursing professionals who use Nursa. Gig work, by its very nature, is fluid and flexible, and for that reason, it is rising in popularity across industries. You may find times when you can only pick up a few shifts per month, whereas other times, you have more availability. You are the driver of your work goals.

When Will I Be Paid?

payments for your completed shifts. Nursa schedules direct deposit payments twice a week. Those payments take two days to arrive in your bank account. For more details about the pay schedule, go here.

Once you’ve received payment for three verified shifts on Nursa, you are eligible for a free Nursa Direct bank account with a debit Mastercard that offers Instant Pay on qualifying shifts, money management tools, and money back on select purchases. Go into your Nursa Wallet, change your preferred payment method to Nursa Direct, and follow the prompts to set up your account. Find out more about Nursa Direct here.

Which States Offer the Highest Pay Rates for RNs?

In 2022, the national average for RNs was $42.80 per hour. California RNs' hourly average rate was $64.10, Hawaii's was $54.43, Oregon's was $51.26, Massachusetts' was $50.07, and Alaska's was $49.67. However, pay attention to mitigating factors such as cost of living, work competition, and demand. You may not live in one of the highest-paying states for RNs, but that doesn't mean you won't find high-paying shifts near you. Demand is a motivating factor for facilities because staffing shortages are real-life concerns and impact nurse-to-patient ratios and, therefore, patient care. 

Which States Offer the Highest Pay Rates for LPNs/LVNs?

In 2022, the national average for LPNs/LVNs was $26.86 per hour. Washington State LPNs' hourly rate was $33.63, California's was $33.62, Massachusetts' was $32.78, Rhode Island's was $32.10, and Alaska's was $32.07.  

What Are the Best-Paying RN Jobs?

Employment services are one of the top-paying industries for RNs, and again, it all comes back to demand. Nurses who pick up PRN shifts do so on Nursa as independent contractors. This means facilities save the money they normally spend on benefits such as retirement, insurance, and leave time or vacation. This relief of burden from a large overhead cost allows them more flexibility in their pay rates, and when they need to fill shifts, they often post at motivating rates. Furthermore, specialty RNs are in high demand: telemetry, cardiovascular intensive care units (CVICUs), labor & delivery, medical-surgical, post-anesthesia care units (PACUs), and emergency room (ER) units are highly-skilled departments that need skilled nurses to be able to step in without service disruption or delay.

What Are the Best-Paying LPN/LVN Jobs?

Among the top five best-paying industries for LPNs/LVNs is employment services. LPNs/LVNs who pick up PRN shifts are meeting a need, and as such, typically, PRN pay rates are higher than those of staff positions. Facilities are motivated to fill shift gaps to maintain safe nurse-to-patient ratios and provide quality patient care without overextending staff nurses. Moreover, LPNs/LVNs who have IV certification or pharmacology certification may find higher pay rates.

Does Nursa Offer Benefits?

No, Nursa is an open marketplace platform that helps independent contractors (who are nursing professionals) find PRN jobs. 

What Does It Mean to Be an Independent Contractor?

This means each PRN shift you pick up through Nursa is a job. There is no long-term commitment by you or the facility beyond the shift hours that you've been contracted to work. You may pick up multiple shifts at the same facility or pick up shifts at a variety of facilities. You pick up shifts for the days and times that you want to work, and the days and times that you need off or need to be available for other responsibilities, you can keep open by not applying for shifts during those times. Independent contract work is reported on a 1099 form, which means no taxes are withheld.

Why Should I Pick Nursa?

Nursa started as an open marketplace before the pandemic. The platform helped facilities in dire need and clinicians looking for income through stressful times by connecting them. Our customer support team is dedicated to answering questions, learning from clinician suggestions, and guiding understanding when confusion arises. Read the Nursa reviews wherever you download your apps, and be confident that we are dedicated to making this experience both positive and financially beneficial for you.

Lori Fuqua
Blog published on:
July 11, 2023

Lori is a contributing copywriter at Nursa who creates compelling content focusing on location highlights, nurse licensing, compliance, community, and social care.

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