Dealing With a Bully at Your Nurses Station

Bullies come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s a fine legal distinction between being bullied and outright hostility. Although it can take many forms, bullying is a behavior that may be identified by being unwelcome, offensive, unsolicited or objectionable. Bullying can be physical, psychological or verbal, and may be found frequently in healthcare. Although…


Budgeting Tips for Per Diem Nurses

Whether you’re working as a per diem nurse or regularly staffing a unit, a budget is a smart tool in your financial arsenal. Although some think using a budget to manage their expenses leaves them a little extra for miscellaneous charges or entertainment, a budget actually gives you more freedom than struggling from month to…


Stressed at Work? Top Ways to Improve Your Work/Life Balance

Nurses often refer to their profession as a calling, or a deep desire to devote themselves to serving others. However, when your job or career is also calling, it’s easy to overlook balancing your own work and life, and quickly become burned out. Sometimes it’s difficult for per diem nursing staff to achieve balance when…


Is Your Workplace Safe? Easy Ways to Improve Safety for Any Nurse

Safety is an important consideration no matter where you work. Whether you are arriving before the sun rises and leaving after sunset, or protecting your patient’s safety on the unit, there are strategies you can use as a per diem nurse without relying on organizational policy. According to OSHA, hospitals are one of the more…


Best Ways to Prepare for That Upcoming Long Shift

Most people work 8 to 10-hour days, mostly sitting in a chair behind a computer. As a per diem nurse, it’s likely you’ll be picking up some 12-hour shifts, or deciding to work the occasional 16-hour double shift. Although these offer significant financial benefits, the long hours on your feet can take a toll on…


Stay Sharp: How a Career in Per Diem Nursing Can Keep You on the Cutting Edge of Medical Knowledge

Hospitals require a large number of people to get the job done, using per diem nurses to cover staffing needs that may vary on a week-to-week basis. While per diem nursing may be challenging, there are a number of reasons for choosing this exciting field, not the least of which are experiences that keep you…


5 Ways to Prepare for a Tough Conversation With a Patient

In an era when digital communication has become the norm, it can be challenging as a temporary nursing staff member to have difficult face-to-face conversations with your patient. When a patient is noncompliant with their treatment plan or you have to deliver bad news, it’s safe to assume the conversation will be challenging. Here are…