Nursing rarely follows a 9-to-5 schedule. Nurses and nurse assistants work late nights, early mornings, weekends, and holidays. These sporadic hours are typical for the profession, but some clinicians are taking control of their schedule and pay by finding work options that suit their lifestyle. Here’s a quick look at the best options for nursing professionals looking to gain more control over their nursing careers.
Job Options that Offer Improved Schedule Control
Full-time nursing positions offer many benefits. But clinicians in these positions don’t always get the shifts they want, which can interfere with priorities in their personal lives. For those who want more control over their schedule, per diem and travel nursing positions are two of the most popular options. Let’s explore the finer details of each one.
Per Diem Nursing
Per diem nursing is a temporary position in a healthcare facility where nurses and nurse assistants fill gaps on an as-needed basis. While nursing professionals often take per diem shifts to avoid long-term commitments, others add per diem shifts to their full-time schedules to earn extra money. These shifts can range from a couple of hours to a few days every week. Per diem placements are excellent opportunities for nurses to earn extra money, while also broadening their experience and expertise by working in multiple facilities.
Travel nursing positions offer temporary assignments in different facilities around the country, each typically lasting for a few weeks or months. This is an exciting way for nursing professionals to meet new people and see new places. Because assignments are typically for several weeks, these assignments also allow nurses to get to know facilities in a more in-depth way. Like per diem nursing, travel nursing also gives clinicians the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in different healthcare settings.
Get Great Work Options with Gale
Whether you want the freedom of per diem shifts or the adventure of a travel position, Gale Healthcare can provide you the perfect option. Remember: In addition to Same-Day Pay, Gale offers our W-2 employees extensive benefits* that include:
- Holiday and Overtime pay
- Access to Medical, Dental, Vision, and Disability Insurance options
- Professional Counseling Services
- Financial coaching
Gale can even assist you with finding a permanent position if that's what you desire! If you're ready to discover the freedom of being a Gale clinician, apply here.
*Eligibility is based on specific work requirements for some benefits.