What is Per Diem Nursing?

Are you looking for some extra shifts or just a change of pace in your job? A career in per diem nursing offers individuals the option to be in the driver’s seat of their career! Choose the shifts that fit your life schedule and the facilities that you want to work in when you have a per diem nursing job. Learn more about per diem nursing and what a nursing career with MAS Medical Staffing could look like! 

What is Per Diem Nursing?

In Latin, per diem means “per day,” which is fitting because as a per diem nurse, every day is different. When you work as a per diem healthcare employee, you are working as a support staff nurse to facilities that need extra hands. It is common for staff to work on-call and float to different facilities.

So, how does per diem nursing work, exactly? Per diem nurses are the cream of the crop and are quick on their feet. Picking up last-minute shifts or offering a helping hand wherever they are needed. The knowledge that these healthcare professionals heroes have is zero to none. One day a nurse could be working in a hospital and the next offering support in the home care field. 

There is a common misconception regarding per diem nursing jobs. Some believe that as a per diem nurse, there are limited hours, and facilities are only looking for part-time. In reality, this could not be farther from the truth. 

The real benefit of being a per diem nurse is you are able to take control of your nursing career! You are able to pick up shifts that are convenient to you and work in the facilities you want. There is never a shortage of open shifts available, and because of this, nurses are able to work full-time and have the option for overtime shifts. 

Work when and where you want. Learn more!

How Do I Start as a Per Diem Nurse?

If you are interested in beginning a career in per diem nursing, here are a few steps on where to start for the nursing job

  1. Complete your degree in nursing and take your state-specific nursing exam.
  2. Apply for a state license. Refer to resources on getting a nursing license to help you with the process.   
  3. Connect with a local agency to learn more about their per diem division and how to proceed
  4. Once you have picked the agency, start creating a career that is right for you! 

Whether you are getting started as a new grad or you have several years of experience, per diem nursing offers opportunities for everyone. Working per diem is also a great way to gain new experience in different facilities or specialties to see what you really enjoy. 

MAS Medical Staffing offers a team of recruiters to help find the perfect position for you in a healthcare facility. We like to understand what you are looking for in a job because this is your career, and we are just here to help!

Start Your Per Diem Nursing Career 

Despite the various pros and cons of per diem nursing, it is a very rewarding career that allows you to get your feet wet as a nurse. Luckily, MAS Medical Staffing is here to support you on your career path. Connect with one of our recruiters today to learn more about per diem nursing, per diem employee benefits, and if it’s a good fit for you!


Reviewed By: 

Colby Griffin, Per Diem Team Lead – Colby has been with MAS going on 3 years, and working in the staffing industry for over 8. Her favorite thing about recruiting is connecting with candidates to find them a position they will love! She lives in New Hampshire with her family. Outside of work, she loves being a mom, spending time with family and friends, live music, and enjoying all the outdoor activities NH has to offer!  



  1. https://www.masmedicalstaffing.com/blog/common-per-diem-myths-debunked/
  2. https://www.masmedicalstaffing.com/blog/3-ways-to-make-an-impact-as-a-per-diem-nurse/
  3. https://www.masmedicalstaffing.com/blog/3-steps-for-getting-a-nursing-license-in-another-state/ 


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