What Are PRN Allied Health Jobs & How to Find Them?
“Per diem” is a phrase commonly used and heard in the medical care industry, typically about PRN jobs for nurses. It’s short for the Latin term “pro re nata”, which means “as necessary”. Both the terms PRN and per diem are used interchangeably.
Did you know that the NursaTM per diem staffing app offers allied health jobs in addition to PRN nursing jobs for registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs)? Learn more about allied healthcare clinicians and how to find high-paying PRN jobs nearby with NursaTM.
Allied Health Professionals PRN Jobs
What is allied health? The term allied health professionals encompasses all the staff positions that are an integral part of the medical industry but have titles and/or specialties separate from that of nurses or doctors.
Our federal government (the U.S. Government Publishing Office – GPO) has defined the allied health professional as:
“(A) has graduated and received an allied health professions degree or certificate from an institution of higher education; and
“(B) is employed with a Federal, State, local or tribal public health agency, or in a setting where patients might require health care services, including acute care facilities, ambulatory care facilities, personal residences, and other settings located in health professional shortage areas, medically underserved areas, or medically underserved populations, as recognized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.”
Cornell Law School further clarifies allied healthcare as:
“The term “allied health professionals” means a health professional (other than a registered nurse or physician assistant)— (A) who has received a certificate, an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, a doctoral degree, or postbaccalaureate training, in a science relating to health care; (B) who shares in the responsibility for the delivery of health care services or related services, including— (i) services relating to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of disease and disorders; (ii) dietary and nutrition services; (iii) health promotion services; (iv) rehabilitation services; or (v) health systems management services; and (C) who has not received a degree of doctor of medicine, a degree of doctor of osteopathy, a degree of doctor of dentistry or an equivalent degree, a degree of doctor of veterinary medicine or an equivalent degree, a degree of doctor of optometry or an equivalent degree, a degree of doctor of podiatric medicine or an equivalent degree, a degree of bachelor of science in pharmacy or an equivalent degree, a degree of doctor of pharmacy or an equivalent degree, a graduate degree in public health or an equivalent degree, a degree of doctor of chiropractic or an equivalent degree, a graduate degree in health administration or an equivalent degree, a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or an equivalent degree, or a degree in social work or an equivalent degree or a degree in counseling or an equivalent degree.”
As you can see, allied health workers constitute a broad range of important positions and roles in the medical community. Are you an allied healthcare worker, and you didn’t realize it?
PRN Allied Health Care Jobs
Did you know that PRN jobs are available to allied health workers? That’s right, the perks of PRN work aren’t exclusive to nurses and nursing assistants. When you team up with NursaTM, you’ll find that all the benefits that accompany PRN shifts that nurses enjoy are available to you as well! So now we need to answer two important questions: What is PRN, and what are the benefits for allied health workers?
What is PRN?
By working PRN jobs, you agree to pick up shifts at different clinics, hospitals, or medical centers on an as-needed basis. There’s been a lot of media coverage throughout the pandemic about the nursing shortages, but there’s been less talk about what all allied health workers already know, there’s a shortage for your positions too. The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has studied our nation’s healthcare workforce supply and demand, and their projections for the demand of specific allied health positions show significant increases by the year 2030:
- 7% growth in demand for chiropractors (to 61,540)
- 28% increase in demand of podiatrists (to 23,290)
- 11% increase in demand for CHWs (to 67,560)
- 17% increase in demand for EMTs and paramedics (to 305,770)
- 19% increase in demand for clinical laboratory technologists (to 198,440)
- 22% increase in demand for occupational therapists (to 127,260)
- 26% increase in demand for physical therapists (to 298,820)
- 9% increase in demand for optometrists (to 46,730)
- 9% increase in demand for opticians (to 67,290)
- 19% increase in demand for pharmacists (to 359,770)
- 21% increase in demand for registered dieticians (to 95,540)
- 30% increase in demand for respiratory therapists (to 144,100)
Reap These Benefits When You Work Allied Health Jobs PRN
You’ll find some of these benefits more important to you than others. Moreover, by assessing these benefits you can do a bit of self-reflection about your career trajectory and how it molds itself according to your life circumstances.
- Earn More – This is a welcome perk to picking up PRN shifts in that you’ll often find your hourly rate for a PRN shift is higher than that of a typical full-time staff position nurse in the same role.
- Control Your Schedule – By working PRN with NursaTM, you select the shifts you want as they fit around your personal life. You choose when you work, if there’s a school concert or a doctor’s appointment for your parent or spouse, pick a shift that doesn’t interfere with your plans. For many, this provides the perfect work/life balance.
- Variety in Your Work Environment – You’ll find PRN shifts in a variety of work settings, such as skilled nursing facilities, long-term care, hospitals, physicians’ offices, home health, and more. This can challenge you both professionally and personally, all while pulling you out of a stagnant slump.
- PRN on the Side – You don’t have to switch to working PRN full-time. One of the best things about our platform is that we have no minimum requirement for the number of shifts worked in a time period. Work one shift every two weeks, or more, or less. It can be your side hustle.
- Networking – Make connections with clinicians in other facilities, who knows when one of those connections will open a door for you professionally later on? Or maybe you’ll be the one opening the door to them?
- Maintaining Your License – We have several clinicians who are retired or on a hiatus from their careers but who want to keep their licenses current. Working a few PRN shifts here and there allow them to enjoy retired life but keep current.
15 Example Allied Health Jobs
- Medical IT Staff
- Medical Secretaries
- Lactation Consultants
- Medical Sonographers
- Physical Therapists (PTs)
- Physician Assistants (PAs)
- Respiratory Therapists (RTs)
- Occupational Therapists (OTs)
- Surgical Techs and/or OR Scrubs
- Nuclear Medicine Technologists
- Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)
- Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
- Cardiovascular Operating Room (CVOR) Techs