“Per diem” means “per day” in Latin. In the healthcare world, it refers to temporary employment that could last anywhere from a day, several days, or several weeks or more. And around the holidays, working per diem shifts is a great way to earn a little extra income.
The benefits of working per diem shifts extend beyond making extra cash. Let’s take a look at some of the great advantages of this type of work:
You can keep working your full-time job.
Per diem work offers a lot of flexibility. You can choose which per diem shifts works with your schedule, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice any hours at your full-time gig in order to take on those extra shifts. You can take per diem shifts at night, for example, or schedule them around obligations outside of your professional life, like family gatherings or a dentist’s appointment.
You can gain more experience.
It never hurts to add another line to your resume and expand your work experience. Per diem shifts are a great way to do that. You can even explore other areas of healthcare that you’re interested in, if you so desire, as a way of getting your foot in the door of another specialty. And if you’re interested in becoming a travel nurse later in life, working per diem can give you a little insight into what it’s like to take on temporary shift work.
You can network.
When you work per diem, you’re meeting other healthcare professionals and becoming a part of more and more teams. That means you’re networking. It’s always a good thing to expand your professional network — you just never know when one of those connections could pay off later.
You can minimize travel.
Think working per-diem shifts means you’ll spend more time and money traveling to work? Think again. You can take per diem shifts near your home or near your full-time job, meaning that you won’t spend a lot of time commuting to and from the location. Plan it so that you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money getting to your per diem placement, and you’re earning extra income while minimizing costs at the same time.
Find Your Perfect Per Diem Placement
We can help you discover the per diem placement in your area that fits your schedule perfectly. Get in touch with 24/7 MedStaff for help, and take a look at our job board to explore available openings.