Primary Care Professionals offer Locum positions for the following nursing areas:
- Practice Nurse (PN)
- Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)
- Advance Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
Benefits of being a Locum Nurse include:
- Great financial rewards
- Control and flexibility in where and when you work
- Improved work-life balance
- More career choice in terms of the working environment
The rates of pay offered depend on the demand for Nurses at the time. Typically the North of England is known for good pay, however rates in the South are also very competitive.
Specific rates depending on the role and stage of career vary, but it is understood that a Locum Nurse will earn a higher rate of pay compared to the permanent equivalent of that position .
Locum PN – Typical starting daily rate is usually £36. The average daily rate for a more experienced Locum PN is around £38 with the potential to grow to up to £40.
Locum ENP- Typical starting daily rate is usually around £43. The average daily rate for a more experienced Locum ENP is around £45 with the potential to grow to up to £48.
Locum ANP – Typical starting daily rate for a Locum ANP is £46. The average daily rate for a more experienced Locum ANP is around £48 with the potential to grow to up to £50.
Areas with high demands for all of the positions above tend to pay the best rates for Locum Nurses.
Each area of nursing requires different qualifications and skills:
Locum Practice Nurse (PN):
- Degree in Nursing
- Practice Nurse training course
- Skills and experience: Chronic disease management, wound dressing, childhood immunisation, cervical cytology, phlebotomy
Locum Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP):
- Masters in Nursing
- Specialist training including minor injuries
- Skills and experience: assessing, diagnosing and deciding on the appropriate course of treatments for patients including plastering, suturing, reading x-rays and treating injuries
Locum Advance Nurse Practitioner (ANP):
- Masters in Nursing
- Specialist training including Advance Nurse training, prescribing, and Minor Injuries
- Skills and experience: assessing, diagnosing and treating illnesses, prescribing
Overall the option to become a Locum Nurse is perfect for qualified nurses seeking greater work-life balance and wanting to take full control on their careers.