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Could contract nursing work for you?

April 28, 2022

There are many ways to administer healthcare to those that need it in long-term care, but finding a way to ensure your nursing job fits in around your life and contributes to your long-term goals will make for an even more fulfilling experience! Whether you’re an established LPN, RN or CNA in long-term care or if you’re just starting out, you have the option to make nursing work for you! Considering whether contract nursing might be a good fit for you can open up new worlds of flexibility, earning potential and much more!

Explore the ins and outs of contract nursing with Lamplight and see if it could suit you!

What types of nursing jobs are there?

Permanent: Permanent roles are just what they sound like, they are nursing jobs with fixed annual incomes, set or flexible schedules, and usually in the same facility. This kind of nursing job offers a lot of structure and stability, but many nurses find as they gain more experience that they need more flexibility in how they spend their time or how they look for further learning opportunities.

Part time: Part-time nursing, again are very self-explanatory roles. You would typically have one employer and work out your contracted hours on a monthly basis. It usually involves fewer hours than a permanent role and affords you a little bit more flexibility in that sense, you’re even in a position to pick up additional contract roles in between!

Contract or per diem: Contract roles, or per diem positions, allow nurses the freedom to pick and choose when, how and where they work. Assignments can last anywhere from a day, a week to six weeks or six months. This kind of nursing work allows you the choice to take varied assignments and grow your clinical skills in a wide range of healthcare settings.

Contract vs permanent employment

Choosing between contract and permanent roles can be tricky if you aren’t already experienced in contract nursing. The idea of lining up numerous roles can seem like admin overload and permanent roles may look like the safer, more attractive offer.

However, with Lamplight and a great healthcare staffing app in your pocket, you don’t have to worry about taking the plunge into contract nursing as you can line up nursing roles in great facilities in just a few clicks. It’s that easy!

Benefits of being a contract nurse

We’ve touched on a few of the benefits of contract nursing work already, flexibility, great learning potential, but we also have a few more great reasons why you should consider contract nursing:

• Great earning potential

Contract nursing in long-term care can have good day rates that can be higher than some permanent positions. This is because long-term care facilities only have to pay the rate for that nurse for that contracted time, and don’t have to pay the additional costs associated with a permanent member of staff like insurance, student loans, holiday pay, etc. Instead they can pay more to have the nurse fill in for the exact amount of time they need them for – it’s a win:win for both parties!

• More patient focus

Contract work means you don’t have a permanent workplace, that’s not to say you can’t work for the same LTC facility several times, but you’re unlikely to get involved in the day-to-day running or politics of the facility. This allows you the freedom to focus on what’s important, helping your patients.

• You’re helping other nurses

Contract nursing positions are created for a number of reasons, such as:

- Increased patient intake

- Nursing shortages

- Nurses taking holiday or sick leave

- And many more

Having contract nurses fill in in these situations eases the pressure on the permanent staff, improves patient care and ensures a smooth running of the facility. You’re doing them a big favor!

• Potential career options

Because you can work in a wide range of healthcare settings when you take on contract nursing jobs, you have the opportunity to try your hand at a variety of clinical scenarios. This could open up a whole new world you may choose to specialize in, one you hadn’t considered before.

• Less stress

When you’re not tied to a permanent workplace and have control to pick and choose when you work, you are in a better position to manage your work-life balance. This means less chance of burnout, stress and other things that could impact your physical and mental health.

So how do you find the right nursing roles for you?

As a nurse you’ll be familiar with the way recruiters and job boards usually bombard you with any role even remotely relevant to your interests and experience. When you register with Lamplight, we ensure you only see the right roles aligned to your goals and personal preferences. We also reduce the repetitive burden of compliance administrative processes by allowing you to store all your credentials digitally.

Ready to explore contract nursing opportunities? Download our app and get personalized roles straight to your phone!