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Gracedale offers per diem work for nurses, aides

EASTON, Pa. - A per diem pool offering work for licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants at Gracedale nursing home has been approved by Northampton County Council.

The part-time work includes no guaranteed hours and no benefits, but slightly increased pay:  $24 an hour for LPNs and $16 an hour for aides, according to Gracedale administrator Millard D. Freeman.

Freeman said anyone accepted into the pool will be put on a list and called to work whenever there are openings in the schedule.

The administrator said there are 50 LPN positions and 100 aide positions.

With 2,200 hours of paid nursing care per day at Gracedale, Freeman said how much work approved applicants get will depend on how many sign up to become part of the pool.

Applications probably will be posted online Monday.

Freeman said a pool of registered nurses also will be developed.

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