Flu Season Is Here: Pick Up PRN Jobs to Help Patients

per diem nurses wearing masks prepared for flu season
Written by
Jenna Elizabeth
November 12, 2023

Runny noses. Sore throats. Achy muscles. Unfortunately, as the country transitions to a new season, typical flu symptoms are starting to kick off. According to William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, quoted by the Citizen Tribune, flu season has started later in the US this year, and we can expect to see a spike in cases in November and December.

In light of this—and with the holidays approaching—hospitals will likely become overcrowded if many people contract the flu. As a result, hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide should prepare for a surge in flu cases. Meanwhile, per diem or PRN nurses can assist facilities during flu season by picking up PRN jobs while earning extra cash that may be helpful 

When Is Flu Season? 

According to the CDC, flu season usually occurs in the United States in the fall and winter, with activity beginning to increase in October. From there, patient cases start to spike in common flu season months, December through February, before gradually declining in March. And while flu cases this season are spreading throughout the population slower than usual, experts still predict that November will see a sharp increase in cases. In any scenario, doctors suggest that individuals shouldn’t become complacent about the lingering flu season, however mild it may be. 

What Are Common Flu Symptoms?

The flu may start like a mild cold or present more quickly. Flu symptoms can vary, but according to the Mayo Clinic, the following are some signs and symptoms of the flu:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Chills
  • Sweats
  • Aching muscles
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Fatigue

The flu can be unpredictable and risky in young children, adults over 65, and people with weakened immune systems. 

Remember that Nursa's articles do not replace expert medical advice. Always consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you think you have the flu or if cold symptoms are worsening.  

As Flu Season Arrives, So Do Per Diem Nursing Jobs 

In addition to gearing up for flu season, healthcare facilities must prepare for increased COVID-19 cases, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases, and other typical fall and winter illnesses. Hence, flu season can be a perfect time for per diem nurses to help patients in need in hospitals and facilities looking for last-minute coverage. Read more about why more per diem jobs in hospitals are available in the fall here.

Per diem nurses offer healthcare facilities a valuable service by contributing with their skills and availability during peak times. Plus, per diem jobs allow nurses to expand their nursing skills and knowledge by picking up shifts in various clinical settings. With flu season upon us, per diem nurses can secure high-paying, flexible PRN shifts while helping facilities during times of high demand and staffing shortages. Find out what type of RN-to-patient staffing ratios you can expect in all states.

Where Can I Pick Up a Per Diem Nursing Shift? 

These days, finding a per diem nursing job is easier than ever. Whether you are a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or certified nursing assistant (CNA), you can access plentiful per diem nursing jobs throughout the nation. As a matter of fact, some of the best-paying states for per diem RNS, LPNs, and CNAs could be close to the city or town you are living in right now. 

With this in mind, healthcare facilities nationwide are preparing for staffing gaps caused by the impending flu season, the holiday rush, and time-off requests from staff. For these reasons, now is an excellent time for per diem nurses to look for flexible, high-paying shifts. Oh, and one extra tip for our nurses during flu season: Keep hydrated, eat well, rest, and stay healthy—we can get through this time of year together. Check out the most popular ways to stay hydrated on the job in our post about the best water bottles for nurses.

Help a facility out during flu season and pick up PRN shifts today.

Jenna Elizabeth
Blog published on:
November 12, 2023

Meet Jenna, a contributing copywriter at Nursa who writes about healthcare news and updates, empathy and compassion for nurses, how to show staff appreciation and increase retention, and guides that help nurses navigate career pathways.

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