What is the difference between part-time and per diem positions?

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Dear Donna,

What is the difference between a part-time and per diem position?

Dear Donna replies:

Dear M,

The parameters may vary from employer to employer, but typically a part-timer is an employee who works a set number hours in a pay period and may get benefits depending on how many hours he or she works.

A per diem employee is someone whose work hours may vary from week to week depending on the employer’s need and how much or little the employee wishes to work. A per diem is paid by the day, is not part of the regular staff, and usually not eligible for employer benefits. As such, the per diem hourly rate may be higher because there are no benefits.

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Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, is president of DonnaCardillo.com. Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, and author of "Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" and "The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career." She brings more than 25 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.

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    Laurie Dawes September 17, 2019 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I’m hoping you can tell me if there are statewide or even national regulations re expectations of per diem employees/nurses, ie specifically on call requirements…? Or is that up to each employer/agency/facility?

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