PRN stands for "pro re nata," a Latin term that translates to "as needed" or "as the situation arises." PRN most often applies to health care positions like nurses, nurse aides, respiratory therapists and laboratory or X-ray technicians. PRN positions are typically agency-based, but some health care systems classify part-time, permanent staff as PRN.
Some of the advantages of PRN employment include the following:
- More flexible scheduling
- Opportunities to work in a variety of settings rather than being tied to one department
- Higher hourly rate
- Flexibility to accept or reject assignments offered
Some disadvantages of PRN employment include the following:
- Limited medical insurance, vacation time or other benefits, if any
- No guaranteed work
Per Diem means "per day" or "daily." Organizations employ per diem staff on a temporary basis, often weekly or monthly. Industries that hire per diem staff typically include health care, administrative, construction, manufacturing and retail. Some independent contractors or other self-employed workers choose to provide services on a per diem basis.
Some advantages of per diem employment include the following:
- Flexible scheduling
- Higher hourly wage
- Freedom to work for multiple organizations
- Freedom to decide not to accept any additional work
- Short-term work assignments in a variety of settings
- Opportunity to gain work experience and network with potential employers
Some disadvantages of per diem employment include the following:
- Less predictable schedule with no guaranteed hours
- Limited medical insurance, vacation time or other benefits
- Often hired to work weekends, split or night shifts and holidays
Flexible work environments that offer PRN or per diem opportunities might fit with your mobile military life. Some offer great pay and might make finding a job easier, especially in tough job markets. PRN and per diem opportunities can also help you get noticed at facilities or within organizations where you accept work. This exposure may help you land a full-time position.
If you are interested in PRN or per diem employment opportunities, visit the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search to find positions with companies dedicated to providing portable careers for military spouses. Staffing agencies are another great place to find per diem and PRN work. If you are in the health care profession, call the human resources department at your local medical facility and ask which nursing agencies they typically use for hiring per diem or PRN staff.
For more information on finding a job, call a career coach at 800-342-9647.