You’ve recently graduated and obtained your nursing license, and now you’re eager to start your career.
But can you work PRN as a new nurse? This article will give you the answer and help you make an informed decision.
It’s not readily available, but yes, new nurses can find a PRN job they can work right after nursing school.
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Generally, hospitals do not want to hire new grad nurses for PRN positions for the following reasons.
New nurses may lack the experience and confidence required to handle the unpredictable nature of PRN work.
Healthcare facilities may prefer hiring more experienced nurses for PRN positions to ensure that they can quickly adapt to different situations and provide quality care.
PRN nurses often receive less orientation and training compared to full-time nurses due to the on-and-off nature of their work.
Facilities might be hesitant to hire new nurses for PRN positions because they may require more extensive training and support to get up to speed.
Patient safety is a top priority for healthcare facilities.
They may be concerned that new nurses working PRN might not be as prepared to handle emergencies or complex cases. (Side note: I would definitely agree with this.)
More experienced nurses are generally better equipped to manage challenging situations with minimal supervision.
Healthcare facilities strive to provide consistent, high-quality care to their patients.
New nurses working PRN will not have the same level of familiarity with general hospital policies, procedures, and patient populations, which could lead to inconsistencies in care.
Facilities invest time and resources in training and orienting their staff.
If a new nurse works PRN, there may be concerns that they could leave for a full-time position elsewhere, leaving the facility with a gap in staffing and a need to invest in training another new nurse.
Are there any benefits to pushing ahead and working PRN? Here are my thoughts.
- Flexibility: PRN nursing allows you to create a work schedule that suits your needs and personal commitments.
- Experience: Working PRN can provide valuable experience in various settings, helping you better understand your career interests. This assumes you’re working in different specialties.
- Networking: PRN work can be an excellent opportunity to network with other healthcare professionals and potentially secure a full-time position in the future.
- Lack of Stability: PRN positions don’t guarantee a consistent schedule or income, which can be challenging for new nurses who need financial stability.
- Limited Benefits: PRN nurses often don’t receive the same benefits as full-time nurses, such as health insurance, retirement plans, or paid time off.
I do not recommend PRN positions for new nurses because of their lack of experience. As mentioned, facilities expect a PRN nurse to be experienced and ready to start with minimal orientation.
Furthermore, facilities are not as invested in you (similar to how you’re not as invested in them) when you’re working PRN.
If you do decide to find a PRN nursing position, you can use the NurseMoneyTalk job board to find your ideal PRN position.
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