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COTA Thoughts

prn COTA Work

Published April 6, 2013 4:59 PM by Tim Banish

Working as a COTA in a prn status has its advantages, but it also has it disadvantages too. As much as the flexibility of setting your own schedule is nice, some days there is no need for extra help.


So working prn status you can set the hours and days you prefer to work. That is nice for times when you need a day off for a doctor's appointment or other personal business. I just requested a day off for a visit from out of town company, and a short day next week to take care of some personal business. My company is great and always honors my requests. However on the occasional sick day sometimes they ask me to work a Saturday to cover missed minutes.


One downside is after my day off last week, there were no needs the following day so I missed two days of work in one week. Come next payday that will be some change out of my check, but that's the way things happen. I'll usually take the Saturday work to make up for a missed day unless I'm out of town. But as you can see unless you're independently wealthy or have another means of income working prn can be scary on the bank account at times.


Another downside to working prn is there are no benefits. If you work you get paid, if you don't work you don't get paid, period. Taking a vacation during the busy full time staff summer vacation period is discouraged. There are no health benefits or retirement plans.


You are usually receiving a much higher per hour rate than full time staff though. Earning the higher rate should allow you to put some aside for medical needs and vacations. I'm fortunate that my wife has a steady position with a solid company who offer great benefits to cover my medical. And I'm happy because some computer work and a writing job supplement my prn paycheck.


Until next time, hope all your "Thoughts" are Good-



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