Did you just graduate nursing school or have you been a nurse for quite some time and are looking for a change? Per Diem could be your next step in your career! Receiving your RN license is an amazing accomplishment and has the potential to take you to many exciting and beautiful locations. If you like the idea of being a travel nurse, but you don’t want to stray too far from home, then Per Diem nursing could be the better option for you! Per Diem, Latin for “per day,” is a form of temporary nursing that provides high wages in hospitals and clinics in your area.
Check out these benefits that come with the Per Diem Lifestyle when considering it as the next option for your career in nursing!
You might not already know that as a Per Diem Nurse the opportunities are endless! There is always a need for Per Diem nurses because there is a big demand for nurses who have a flexible schedule. As a Per Diem Nurse, you will have the choice of many locations and the times you work!
Did you know Per Diem nurses make an average of $105k plus a year? One nurse from Northern California reported making $19k in two weeks by being on call everyday and having a flexible schedule. Typically, a traditional RN works 12 hour shifts with 4 day weekends, and more often than not there isn’t an ability to work overtime. Consider Per Diem nursing a side hustle to pick up on your days off at your RN day job! The best part is the ability to pick what days and hours work best for your schedule.
Walking into the same hospital, doctors office or clinic everyday can get mundane if you’re someone who likes variety in their routine every now and then. As a Per Diem nurse, not only are you usually getting paid more but, you are visiting new offices / hospitals and making new friends! Having this variety in your career as an RN can help boost motivation and positivity!
Yes, you read that right! When you are a Per Diem Nurse, one of the benefits is being able to become employed by more than one healthcare system, hospital or agency. This gives you an advantage and better bargaining power to obtain better shifts and wages. Also, if your goal is to be a full-time Per Diem Nurse, then contracting with multiple agencies increases your chance in having a full-time schedule.
The most amazing thing about choosing nursing as a career is that you know you can take your career in a multitude of directions. It’s always a great feeling to know you have multiple options and directions and we hope we’ve let you in on one of those possibilities being Per Diem nursing!
Here at KPG Healthcare, we specialize in finding you the perfect Per Diem opportunities in the beautiful state of California. For more information on how KPG can work with you, visit our Per Diem page!
With California being the most populated state in the U.S, over 38 million residents, the state is in a constant need of nurses. If you’re interested in travel nursing, you’ll probably find yourself in California at some point. I mean, what’s there not to love about living in California? There are so many pretty aspects of the geological side ie: mountains, cool weather, clean beaches, and the overall “aesthetic”.
California has 3 major hospital organizations located in different places of the state! In other states, there is typically only one or two major hospital organizations, in which can limit a traveling nurse’ earning potential. This would not allow them to go to new organizations because of a strict contract they sign within that main organization. However, in the state of California, there are three main organizations. Kaiser Permanente is the largest with over 38 hospitals throughout the state. Dignity Health operates at least 32 hospitals, and Sutter Medical Foundation operates at least 19 hospitals. The opportunities are endless. Of course there are other smaller hospital organizations, in which have their own benefits. Smaller Organizations can sometimes offer more pay, which is always a major factor when searching for jobs.
You may have heard that California is very expensive and the cost of living is through the roof. While the cost of living may be slightly higher than other places, minimum wage starts at $11.50 an hour! If you compare annual salaries from Florida travel nurses to California travel nurses, the annual salary is dramatically different. In Florida the average annual salary for travel nursing is $56,600 a year, whereas in California its $85,600! That’s a $29,600 difference in annual pay (before taxes). As you can see, not only is there endless opportunities in California for travel nursing, but the pay is 40.78% higher. This pay difference will help even out the cost of living making it more attractive to live in a very desirable location.
When looking at lists of the most popular U.S. states to visit, California is always at the top of the list. Why? Well, California is known for it’s diversity in people, landscapes and communities! You can travel an hour east and see the desert, an hour north and play in the snow (during winter), and an hour west to tan at the beach all in one day! Not to mention, there’s no humidity! California truly has something to offer for everyone, no matter the demographic.
So, the next time you hear that the “west coast is the best coast”, you’ll have a tad bit more insight to understand why. The annual pay is above the national average, the location is versatile and beautiful and the opportunities are endless! So, what are you waiting for? Sign up with KPG Healthcare today!