Understand Different Working Dynamics (Nursing)

by Amber Vanderburg

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    00:01 In health care, there are many options to work outside of a traditional Monday through Friday, nine to five position.

    00:09 While some positions do offer a more traditional schedule, here are a few other options to consider.

    00:18 You can work evenings and nights.

    00:21 Some organizations work in 12 hour shifts, and have a clear day, and night schedule.

    00:28 Other organizations might work eight hour shifts and offer a seven to three, three to 11, 11 to seven setup.

    00:37 A benefit of non traditional daylight hours is generally a slower pace of work.

    00:43 Another benefit is shift differential pay.

    00:47 This means you will get paid additional money per hour worked outside of traditional time.

    00:53 Ask your recruiter about the shift differential payment if you are working outside of traditional daytime hours.

    01:00 Another option is a weekend work schedule.

    01:04 Many units have a rotating weekend schedule.

    01:07 Some have a weekend option, and others have required weekends in the schedule.

    01:13 Some individuals prefer to work weekends and may request a weekend schedule.

    01:19 Generally, healthcare systems will also offer a weekend pay differential.

    01:25 Ask your recruiter about weekend pay in your negotiations.

    01:29 Some healthcare practitioners want more flexibility in their schedule, and so they take on a P.R.N position.

    01:37 This stands for Pro re nata, and is an option for you to create and build your schedule.

    01:44 A benefit of this position type is the flexibility.

    01:48 A drawback for some is the lack of consistency in schedule.

    01:52 Generally, P.R.N positions are paid a slightly higher rate with less benefits and more inconsistency and can be a very good option for some practitioners.

    02:04 Some practitioners may go a step further and join a P.R.N float pool.

    02:10 This means that the practitioner will have flexible hours and join flows that are in need of support.

    02:17 Many times P.R.N team members are included in the float pool.

    02:21 Healthcare offers options beyond a traditional work schedule.

    02:25 So, here's what I want you to do.

    02:28 Consider the different work schedule options in your practice.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Understand Different Working Dynamics (Nursing) by Amber Vanderburg is from the course Transition to Nursing Practice.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Many organizations offer shift premiums for weekend and night shifts.
    2. PRN positions are lower-paying positions that work on a casual, as-needed basis.
    3. All nursing shifts are 12 hours.
    4. Nurses must demonstrate that they can work all shifts and hours before choosing their own schedule.

    Author of lecture Understand Different Working Dynamics (Nursing)

     Amber Vanderburg

    Amber Vanderburg

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