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What does "PRN" mean?

I see this on a lot of health related job openings and I was curious as to what it means.

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:36 AM on Jan. 10, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • It means "as needed".

    Answer by musicpisces at 12:39 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Yeah, it means as needed. I even use it in every day life. Is that sad or what?

    Answer by Izsarejman at 12:49 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • PRN actually is an abbreviation for "Pro re nata" - a Latin phrase meaning "in the circumstances" or "as the circumstance arises". It's used in medical notations to mean "as needed".


    Answer by Crafty26 at 12:54 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • I actually didn't know that. Hmm learn something new every day =)

    Answer by Erica_Smerica at 6:39 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Yes, it means as needed and may not offer the same job security as a parttime or fulltime job.

    Answer by Aries46845 at 8:39 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • for a job, it is as needed, for a medication, it depends on the medicationa nd condition, it could also mean "as desired". For example someone who has anxiety but is working on other methods such as meditation etc.. there is no need to take the drug, rather its as desired.

    Answer by IraqiVetWife at 11:04 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • From Wiki:
    Pro re nata is a Latin phrase meaning "in the circumstances" or "as the circumstance arises".[1] It is commonly used in medicine to mean "as needed" or "as the situation arises." It is generally abbreviated to p.r.n. in reference to dosage of prescribed medication that is not scheduled; instead administration is left to the nurse/caregiver or the patient's prerogative.[2] p.r.n. administration of medication is not meant to imply and should never allow for exceeding a prescribed daily regimen.

    Answer by JZ10FPM at 1:54 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

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