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Pros of Working PRN as a Healthcare Professional

As a healthcare professional looking at career options, you need to decide whether you want to work PRN or full-time. “PRN” is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase “pro re nata” which translates to “as needed,” “as necessary,” or “as the circumstance arises.” PRN applies to medical staff who are NOT on a set schedule like their full-time (or even part-time) counterparts. The primary objective of using a PRN nurse or aide is to help fill the always inevitable staffing shortages that hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, etc. face.

Working PRN as a healthcare professional has many benefits that make it an enticing career path:

1) Work when and where you want. PRN offers more freedom and flexibility when it comes to your schedule. PRN nurses and aides can pick up individual shifts as they please or work weekly/monthly contracts for something more semi-permanent.

2) Supplement your income with PRN staffing. Medical professionals can work PRN shifts alongside another job because of the offered flexibility in order to make more money than they would otherwise. Night-shift, overtime, and weekend shifts all offer ways for nurses and aides to give their bank account an extra boost all while they maintain control of their work-life balance.

3) PRN tends to pay more than permanent staff. PRN nurses and aides generally receive higher hourly pay than their permanent counterparts, although they do the same job.

4) Because PRN is often by shift, caregivers can “try out” a facility before deciding to work there regularly. If you like their first shift, you can pick up more at the same facility. If you didn’t like it, you can move on. Working PRN also helps nurses and aides avoid work-related drama because of the ability to work essentially anywhere else when they please.

5) Working PRN gives healthcare professionals additional opportunities to travel, expand their knowledge, and make new friends. Because PRN shifts vary in specialty, location, and units, you can take advantage of the flexibility to expand your connections, network, and learn new skills.

The pros of working PRN are clear: a better work-life balance, better choices when it comes to hours and locations, and better opportunities. Working with a staffing agency like Kindcare is the best way to find and work PRN shifts as a healthcare professional. Visit to fill out our quick and easy application!

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