If You Had More Time, What Would You Do?
July 12, 2017
“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.”
Every now and then, RN & Allied Specialties posts memes on what nurses could do with their spare time if they worked for us: do the laundry, cut the grass, go grocery shopping, deal with a child in the middle of a full-blown tantrum. It’s tongue in cheek, but the premise is real. Work for us and you’ll have more time.
The question is: more time for what?
Time is a luxury, and we never seem to have enough of it. And it’s not just that we’d like more time to do the things we enjoy. (I’m thinking a trip to the beach right about now.) We need more time for the essentials of life like cleaning the house, walking the dog or helping a child with homework. Time isn’t something you can buy; it’s finite. so how are you going to get more time?
A growing number of nurses are finding more time by working for RN & Allied Specialties as a contract, travel or PRN nurse.
They typically fall into one of four categories:
- Has kids and wants more time to spend with them.
- Pursuing additional education and needs more time for their studies.
- Is nearing retirement and wants more time off the job rather than on.
- Has a personal passion like sports.
The one thing they all have in common is they want more time for what’s important to them.
Many on our team work full-time contracts, which means they’re putting in 36-40 hours a week. Not much different from a full-time hospital-based job, right? What’s different is our nurses decide when, where and how much they work. Take Courtney. She has two daughters in grade school. She typically takes three 13-week contracts a year and then takes off the summer months so she can be at home with her girls.
Tim is an ED nurse whose training for an Iron Man competition. He needs more time for running, swimming and cycling. Tim also works contracts, but likes to work nights so he has days to train.
Brenda is five years shy of retirement. She traded her hospital job for PRN work. She typically works 10 shifts per month and makes roughly the same amount as her former job. Brenda loves nursing, but she also likes the freedom working PRN affords her. The money’s good, too!
There are a few nurses who want to spend more time working. These folks will work contract and also PRN – at the same time. Sounds crazy, but typically they like working more hours because they have their sights set on an exotic vacation, a pool or something else.
We give people the flexibility to choose how their time is spent. If you want more or less hours, we make it happen, no problem! Compare that with a traditional full-time nursing job where options and flexibility are few and far between.
So ask yourself, if you had more time, what would you do? Once you decide, take a minute to complete RN & Allied Specialties’ Quick App. It’s the first step to a career that gives you more time for the things that really matter to you.