Nursing assistants along with many other healthcare workers “work PRN” in hospital settings such as Duke Regional Hospital (DRH). The initials stand for “pro re nata,” a Latin phrase that roughly translates to “as needed” or “as the situation arises.” A PRN is paid by the hour at DRH according to the Duke University Health System certified nursing assistant compensation schedule. A PRN worker, however, does not qualify for health care coverage, vacation time, or other institutional benefits and has no guarantee of work. Many hospitals like Duke Regional typically need PRN workers and employ them on various units as well as for the float pool throughout the year, especially through the holidays.
Because hospitals can’t just close their doors when staff members call out sick, most have a group of PRN nursing assistants who can be asked to come in when regular staffers take vacations or enjoy the holidays. These PRN jobs can require a commitment of a certain number of hours per month, e.g. minimum of 24 hour a month, to ensure familiarization with the facility as well as hospital procedures and quality of care. Getting shifts to work should not be a problem, but flexibility will ensure a continuing relationship with the unit or the hospital.
There are drawbacks to PRN work. The lack of a consistent salary (unless you are employed elsewhere), the possibility of having to work shifts perhaps no one else finds desirable and the lack of benefits. It’s also difficult at times not to be part of the regular staff, although if you work on one unit frequently and get to know everyone, you might feel very comfortable working PRN.
Being in the right place at the right time can help you get a hospital job. If you work on a unit in a PRN job, you’re already a familiar face. Your work ethic — hopefully a good one — is already known. When it’s time to hire someone for a part-time or full-time position, your name may come up as a candidate. Because you’re already a hospital employee, you might also have access to job postings first.
Duke Regional Hospital is currently seeking certified nursing assistants (PRN) for the following areas:
- General Medicine
- Emergency Medicine (Nights)
- Float Pool
Click here to apply.