How One Clinician Earns Extra Money Using the Nursefinders Mobile App
By Jennifer Larson, contributor
Per diem work can be a great opportunity for healthcare professionals looking to pick up a steady stream of shifts, but it can also be terrific for people who want to fill in a few gaps.
Take X-ray technologist Anna Clelland.
Anna, who lives in Simi Valley, California, actually has a full-time job as an x-ray technologist at the present. She works four days a week at a hospital in nearby Marina Del Rey, where she divides her time between the hospital itself and the hospital’s nearby imaging center.
But as the mom of three young adults who are still in the process of completing their education, she’s always grateful for the opportunity to pick up some additional shifts. And that’s where Nursefinders comes in.
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“I just take a shift wherever I can and earn some extra money,” she said.
In fact, Anna had signed up with Nursefinders prior to landing her full-time job. She was interested in finding work at a hospital, and she knew that Nursefinders could help her gain some useful experience. She did eventually land that hospital job about a year ago, but she stuck with Nursefinders, too.
“It’s been a great fill-in,” she said.
Anna typically checks Nursefinders new per diem mobile app, which allows clinicians to book per diem jobs instantly. Sometimes, she finds a great shift that she wants to pick up, so she clicks the appropriate button on the app and schedules it.
“It’s totally easy to use,” she said.
At other times, she’ll check in with her recruiter Jeffrey, who helps her identify some shifts that she can easily plug into her schedule.
“I look for shifts that work with my shifts that I already have,” she explained. “It’s hard to work a graveyard shift when I have to be in at 9 a.m. and actually have to leave home at 6:30 in the morning. So, I try to find shifts that work with my existing schedule. Then I pick up whatever I can.”
Advice for New Per-Diem Clinicians
Per diem work can be a nice change of pace from a regular gig, too.
“I like it because it’s a new place,” Anna said. “It’s kind of refreshing.” But Anna noted that per diem work can require a little bit of adjustment, too.
Any new facility or workplace will have slightly different patterns and protocols that might temporarily throw you for a loop.
She has some advice for x-ray technologists and other healthcare professionals who are embarking upon per diem work.
“Just take a little more time to get adjusted,” she said. “You get into such a pattern, wherever else you are working, so take a minute to adjust.”
That might also include arriving for work a little earlier than usual. Get there and get the lay of the land so you’ll feel a little more comfortable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, either.
Anna also recommended taking notes. She carries a small notebook with her, so she can write down anything that’s new, unfamiliar or slightly different. Then she can refer to her notebook whenever she needs to.
“There is so much to learn every day that you go,” she said. “You can always learn, every day.”
Another piece of advice that Anna would give to prospective per-diem x-ray techs: consider certifications for fluoroscopy and mammography, if you don’t already have them.
Additional certification can lead to more potential job opportunities for you and Nursefinders can help!
“It just opens up more doors for you,” she said, adding that mammography is on her own to-do list.
Interested in the new Nursefinders mobile app? Learn more about how the app works and how to sign up!