Education Career Articles

Connect Facebook Connect Twitter Connect Google+ Connect Pinterest Connect Stumbleupon

What to Look For in Per Diem Nursing Jobs

Career News September 22, 2013

If a nurse is looking for a more unconventional and flexible work schedule, she might want to consider per diem nursing jobs. Per diem is a Latin phrase; it means “per day” or “by the day.” In other words, a per diem nurse works when circumstances require. A per diem nurse might be hired to fill a certain amount of shifts per pay cycle, or she might simply be called into work when needed. When full-time nurses call out sick or there is an influx of patients, per diem nurses often fill the shifts. There are benefits and drawbacks to this kind of work schedule. Here are some things to look for when considering a per diem nursing job.

A Flexible Schedule

There are several different types of per diem nurses. Some of these nurses work just for one hospital, while others will float around between several hospitals. It all depends on how much the nurse wants to work. A per diem job is ideal if a person is trying to raise a family. The free time is also beneficial if a person wants to travel extensively. It allows them the opportunity to dictate their own hours and schedule.

Most per diem jobs require that a nurse sign a contract. These contracts state the nurse must fulfill a certain amount of shifts per pay cycle or by the month. In other words, a per diem nurse might end up working 15 hours a week, or she might work 30 hours. It all depends on the contract. This is the most important thing to be aware of when it comes to per diem nursing. A contract gives a per diem nurse a sense of job stability, and without a contract there is no guarantee on how many shifts she will work.

Benefits

The flexible schedule is the greatest benefit of being a per diem nurse. However, there are many substantial drawbacks as well. Most per diem nurses are not eligible for health care benefits. Per diem nurses do not receive vacation time, sick time, holidays or educational leaves of absence, either. Furthermore, most per diem nurses are not eligible for shift differentials. For many nurses, receiving a good benefits package is more important than a flexible schedule, but the situation is different for everyone. Before signing a per diem contract with a health care facility, it is a good idea to inquire about what, if any, benefits are included.

Shift Dynamics

Shift dynamics are something that a per diem nurse needs to consider. Nursing is a profession that relies on teamwork, communication and cooperation, so if a person is only working at a facility a couple times a week, chances are she will not have as good a working relationship with the team as a regular full-time nurse. This may or may not lead to issues on the shift, and the dynamics become even more complicated if a per diem nurse is floating between several hospitals or health care facilities. It should be no surprise that full-time nurses often do not think of per diem nurses as their equals.

Every nurse has a different situation that will determine what type of job and schedule is best. While a per diem nursing job might look perfect for a student, or someone who wants to travel or spend more time with their family, that might not be the case at all. Not everyone likes routine. An unconventional shift schedule spread out at several different hospitals might be just the type of excitement someone is looking for.

Searching Searching ...

Matching School Ads
5 Program(s) Found
Fortis Institute , Grand Prairie
  • Gain Knowledge and Skills While You Earn Your Nursing Degree at Fortis!
  • Accredited
  • Financial Aid
5 Program(s) Found
  • Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!
  • Colangelo College of Business: Features more than 25 programs from the bachelor through the master's level, including several high-demand MBA programs and an accelerated accounting degree.
  • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions: Rich 25-year history providing outstanding health care and nursing degree programs, including an RN to BSN program & master's in nursing degrees.
  • College of Education: Whether you are looking to start or advance your career as a teacher or administrator, GCU offers bachelor’s and master’s in education degrees in key areas.
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Provides a job focused education and features a variety of programs from counseling and psychology to justice studies, history and English literature.
  • Does something else interest you? GCU also offers programs in Doctoral Studies; Theology; Science, Engineering & Technology; and Fine Arts & Production. Speak with an enrollment counselor today!
Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • BSN completion program for Registered Nurses is available entirely online.
  • The RN to BSN program is designed to help students advance their career, or prepare for post-graduate opportunities.
  • Courses teach modern health assessment and treatment methods, how to evaluate potential disease or injury, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Online Courses
1 Program(s) Found
  • Earn your Master of Public Health Online from GW in 12 months.
  • GRE waivers available for qualified applicants.
  • Advance your career in a range of industries, including epidemiology, public health and biostatistics.
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Earn your degree online from Ashford University!
  • Choose from Undergraduate and Graduate classes
  • Business, Health Care, Psychology and Liberal Arts programs to choose from
  • Apply Now! Classes begin every Tuesday!
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year
  • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities (beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities.
  • Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WUSCUC).
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Education Connection is a 100% Free College Matching Service used by 50,000 People Daily.
  • Get Matched to Psychology, Counseling, Human Services, Organizational, and Clinical Psychology Degree Programs and MORE.
  • View Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate and Graduate Certificate Degree Programs in Psychology and Human Services Near YOU!
  • Accredited and Flexible Psychology Degree Programs to Fit Your Time and Budget. Use Our Matching Service - It's Easy and FREE!
  • Online Courses

Searching Searching ...

Matching School Ads
5 Program(s) Found
  • Why study nursing at Grand Canyon University?
  • Our bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing are CCNE-accredited and the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions (CONHCP) is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
  • We provide many options to prepare you to begin or advance your nursing career, including bridge programs and dual degrees.
  • GCU provides a low student-to-teacher ratio and a Christian environment that provides an opportunity for you to embrace a holistic approach to caring for patients.
  • Request more information today about program offerings, CCNE accreditation, start dates, financial aid and more!
Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • BSN completion program for Registered Nurses is available entirely online.
  • The RN to BSN program is designed to help students advance their career, or prepare for post-graduate opportunities.
  • Courses teach modern health assessment and treatment methods, how to evaluate potential disease or injury, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Online Courses
1 Program(s) Found
  • Earn your Master of Public Health Online from GW in 12 months.
  • GRE waivers available for qualified applicants.
  • Advance your career in a range of industries, including epidemiology, public health and biostatistics.
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Earn your degree online from Ashford University!
  • Choose from Undergraduate and Graduate classes
  • Business, Health Care, Psychology and Liberal Arts programs to choose from
  • Apply Now! Classes begin every Tuesday!
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year
  • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities (beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities.
  • Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WUSCUC).
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid

Login to your account

Can't remember your Password ?

Register for this site!