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Are you a nurse looking to earn some extra cash? Having a second job is very common in the nursing profession. Many nurses work extra shifts, have a side hustle, or like myself have ventured into entrepreneurship. Here are 13 side hustles for nurses.
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1. Working Agency or Bank Shifts on Your Days Off
Many nurses start by working extra shifts in their own hospital or through an agency. This work often pays a higher hourly rate than their regular day job. Working bank shifts is also an ideal first option to earn some extra cash since you will be working in a familiar environment where you are already on the payroll!
2. Tutoring Nursing Students Online
A lot of nursing students need extra coaching for their exams. You can set up a website where you can offer courses. If you need help starting a website check out my post on How to Start a Blog! Blogging about nursing and providing educational content for nursing students can also provide you with extra income. Check out my Blogging Tips for advice on earning money through advertising and affiliate marketing.
3. Working as a Nurse on a Summer Camp During the Holidays
You can apply to become a camp nurse during weekends and holidays over the summer. Most camps need a medical professional on site to provide first aid and medical advice as well as encourage staff and campers to have healthy habits (e.g. diet, hydration, sun cream etc.) This is a popular choice for RNs looking for supplemental income.
4. Running First Aid or CPR Courses for Local Companies
Register with healthcare agencies and let them know you are an independent first aid instructor. You need to have an up to date first aid and CPR certificate and register your business for tax purposes. You will also need to provide teaching materials and visual aids for teaching.
5. Start a Nurse Recruitment Agency
Hospitals and care homes are always looking for nurses to work extra shifts. Starting a business that introduces nurses to healthcare providers can be very profitable if you are prepared to do the legwork. It is also a business that you can do entirely online.
6. Writing Content for Nursing Publications
If you are good at writing you can become a part time medical/health writer. Register with freelance companies as a writer of medicine and healthcare. If you write high quality content you may start getting regular work. This is a good option if you are looking for how to make money as a nurse from home.
7. Working Extra Hours for an Immunisation Clinic During Flu Season
Being an immunisation nurse is a seasonal job that starts around the autumn before flu season starts. You can find extra work through nursing agencies or by contacting your local doctors office. Often fly clinics are offered in many locations throughout the autumn and early winter and they are always looking for nurses.
8. Become a Part Time Weight Loss/ Nutrition Coach
Find an evening or weekend job through your local gym where you give advice on weight loss or nutrition. You can also advertise online or in local businesses that you are a nurse working as a coach to help people improve their health. If you have your own website you can start to build up your reputation by offering some free advice online.
9. Get an Evening Job as a Medical Transcriptionist
This involves listening to recorded medical reports and typing them up. It requires a familiarity with medical terminology. This job is very flexible and allows you to work from home in your own time. Register with an agency and if you are able to type fast you may start receiving regular jobs.
10. Become a Telehealth Nurse
This involves diagnosing and monitoring patients over the phone or via webcam. Most Telehealth companies allow their nurses to work from home. This job can be very well paid and many nurses who start working in telemedicine end up giving up their full time job altogether.
11. Sell nurse related products on Etsy
Many nurses earn extra money by selling medical products on Etsy. There are also specific nurse lanyards as well as nursing shoes available to buy from sellers on Etsy. Etsy allows you to create your own shop and sell almost anything online so it’s a no brainer for earning a bit of extra cash.
12. Become a medical coder
Medical coders transform diagnoses, procedures, equipment and medical services into universal medical alphanumeric codes. These codes help insurance companies and healthcare providers to share patient information. This is a job that can be done from home and you can choose your working hours
13. Provide Medical Cover at Events
Large events are required to have medical cover on standby if anything happens. Many nurses earn extra money starting businesses which provide medical cover at weekend events. You just need to take a first aid kit and be prepared to offer medical advice and first aid as required.
If you don’t fancy any of these 13 ways to earn extra cash you could always start a blog! This is how I began earning extra money! If you haven’t already started a blog and are thinking about it, I have created a step-by-step guide on How to Start Blogging for only £3.19 per month. For this low cost you not only receive web hosting but they also throw in a domain for free if you sign up through my Bluehost link!
Become a Nurse Entrepreneur
Books for Nurse Entrepreneurs
Entreprenurse by Janine Kelbach
Entreprenurse is perfect for Nurses who are looking to use their Nursing education and skills to start their own business. The book contains examples from over 30 Nurses who went into careers away from traditional bedside nursing. It is an inspiring book which shows how anyone with a Nursing degree can start her own business. The ideas in the book range from Nurses who podcast to Nurses in real estate and Nurse inventors! It goes through the pros and cons of each as well as the pay range. The book comes with a bonus chapter which includes a goal setting worksheet and income tracker.
Nurses Bred for Business: The Awakening of Legions of Nurse Entrepreneurs by Robert Saunders
This book demonstrates how our unique skill sets as Nurses have groomed us for financial independence in ways you may not have considered before. The author shows how more and more nurse are becoming entrepreneurs as a natural course of their training. It is shown to be a natural progression in a Nurse’s career and challenges us all to awaken to our rightful destiny among the ever growing legions of nurse entrepreneurs.
Unlock!: Nurse Entrepreneurs, Reclaim Your Hidden Power by Lily Huang Carrier
The author of Unlock is a Nurse Entrepreneur and Business Mentor who shares stories to inspire Nurses to aim for the stars and create the best, most affluent life possible. The book is both practical and spiritual and combines modern Nursing knowledge with ancient Chinese success secrets. It is an excellent how to guide for Nurses striving for personal and professional growth. The author shows you how to use your Nursing skills to develop a business, cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set, adopt successful habits and inspires you to never give up!
From Nurse to Property Entrepreneur: How to Start Your Journey to Your Financial Independence by Mattia Ventura
This is an inspiring book where the author describes his journey from being a Nurse to being a Property Entrepreneur. The book is aimed mostly at Nurses living in the UK, but the strategies for success detailed in the book could be used by anyone. The book shows you that it is possible to be a Nurse and meet all your financial goals.
FAQs on Nurses Earning Extra Money
What is a Good Side Job for a Nurse?
Good side jobs for nurses include: blogging, tutoring nursing students online, providing medical cover at events, becoming a medical coder, becoming a Telehealth nurse or medical transcriptionist or running first aid courses.
Can a Nurse Become a Millionaire?
Probably not from Nursing alone but a career in Nursing may open doors that allow you to create other sources of income which may lead you to becoming a millionaire.
What is the highest paid nurse?
Nurse Anaesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Researchers are the highest paid nursing specialities.
What jobs can a RN do from home?
Tutoring nursing students online, writing for nursing journals, or doing telephone triage are all jobs Nurses can do from home.