Per diem nursing and full-time nursing offer very different experiences. While there are benefits to full-time nursing, like a consistent work schedule and paycheck, it comes with some drawbacks as well, making per diem nursing a more attractive option than before. Per diem nursing comes with the benefits of freedom and flexibility in your nursing schedule. But there are a few aspects of per diem nursing that are important to consider, given that it’s not for everyone!
One of the main differences between per diem nursing and full-time nursing is that per diem nurses, working through an agency, usually don’t get the chance to develop strong bonds with their co-workers and residents, given that there isn’t as much time to create those bonds. You may also face stigmas about per diem staff from co-workers and residents.
In the caregiving field, the bonds you make are crucial. Taking your shifts with a positive attitude and an open heart can help initiate positive relationships with residents and staff alike. You’ll likely make stronger connections, even if you don’t spend as much time at the facility. Doing so will help you give higher quality care to residents.
As a per diem nurse, you have more first days at a new facility than a full-time nurse will have in their whole career! That means that asking questions is an important part of your role as a per diem nurse. Some of the best per diem nurses know how to get oriented with a new facility quickly and efficiently, which means asking lots of questions and making sure you’re on the same page as the rest of the staff and residents.
Become an IntelyPro
To make the most of per diem nursing, take advantage of the benefits of per diem nursing while keeping the benefits of full-time staff nursing. As an IntelyPro, you can do exactly that!
You’ll have the freedom and flexibility of a per diem nurse while retaining the job security and employment benefits of a full-time nurse. As an IntelyPro, you have the benefits of W2 employees, competitive pay rates, and access to plenty of available shifts in our established locations. This gives you more options and predictability when it comes to when and where you work!
If you’re not sure if you should take on per diem nursing, take a look at our piece on if per diem nursing is right for you.
If you’re ready to take your first shift as an IntelyPro but aren’t sure what to expect on your first shift? Then take a look at what our IntelyPro Champions have to say about what you should expect on your first shift
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