11 Side Jobs For Nurses You Probably Didn’t Know About
It’s no secret that nursing is a fulfilling yet demanding job. Some nurses remain in the profession for their entire career, whilst others choose to look for alternatives amongst possible side jobs for nurses.
It can be difficult to make ends meet working a regular nursing role, especially if you have a family.
There are an increasing number of options that are available, both of side (or second) job opportunities or side hustles that have the potential to become primary roles.
You may want a change of scene, or to add new skills to your CV.
Or you may want to try something less pressured than a hospital ward. You might like the sound of working in a lab, or in a classroom training the next generation of nurses.
I’ve put together a list of ten great options that you could take up as a side job, or even develop into an alternative nursing role if you were looking for a career change.
Side Jobs For Nurses
Table of Contents:
- How Can A Nurse Make Extra Money On The Side?
- Ten Side Jobs For Nurses
- Medical Transcriptionist
- CPR/First Aid Instructor
- Clinical Education Instructor
- Medical Content Writer/Blogger
- Health Coach
- Immunizations Nurse
- Telehealth Nurse
- Per Diem (US) Nurse
- Create Your Own Freelance Business
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How Can A Nurse Make Extra Money On The Side?
All of us want to be in a place where we are financially secure. This can be difficult to ensure when your chosen career or vocation will never feature in the world’s top ten highly-paid roles in the job market.
Nurses are an essential part of our healthcare systems, whether in publicly-funded or private healthcare. And yet they are often woefully underpaid and incredibly over-worked.
They are vital to maintaining our nation’s health and don’t always have the time or energy to work on ways to increase their income or to widen the scope of their influence.
Sometimes nurses need to make a chunk of extra money to stay afloat. At other times they want to save for something special. And some simply have a desire to expand their knowledge and experience something different.
There are thousands of side jobs for registered nurses that nursing staff can step into if they only had the tools and advice to make informed choices without having to worry about making the wrong choices or losing precious family or social time.
In this article, I’ve collated ten good second jobs for nurses that can be used to diversify your role or income or can simply be to supplement your primary nursing role.
Please remember whenever you are looking to increase your income or diversify your income streams, you will need to consider the tax implications of your decisions.
Read on and see if any of these ten side jobs for nurses jump out at you!
Ten Side Jobs For Nurses
A medical transcriptionist is someone who takes audio transcription from the dictated recordings of medical personnel and transfers it into text files.
For example, when a doctor has completed a medical examination of a patient, they often dictate their report into the software to be sent for transcription later.
This is a time-saving exercise for medics and can be an excellent side hustle for nurse practitioner staff.
Somebody needs to:
- receive that file,
- listen to it,
- and create the written report containing the doctor’s words.
Transcribing is a specific skill set that requires some training. However, having a medical background is a huge advantage due to your familiarity with medical terminology and phrasing.
Transcribing is a job that can easily be done remotely, due to it simply being a matter of requiring a computer, headset, and the audio file.
Many transcription companies have minimum hours requirements, so this may be a good role to explore if you are looking for a part-time income to sit alongside a part-time nursing role.
You can take the opportunity to become a Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) or a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT), which will give you an additional qualification to hold alongside your nursing.
Companies offering transcription services include:
- nThrive Transcription Careers: require previous transcription experience (so may not be the best place to start, but state that a strong background in medical care is an advantage)
- Nuance Transcription Services: careers page details full information about their requirements and software.
More to read:
- This is an excellent article about how to get started in medical transcription services.
- And have a read of my article about how to find great training for transcription roles.
A phlebotomist is the medical professional you see when you have to take a blood test.
They are sometimes independently qualified healthcare staff, but can also be nurses who have moved from ward-based or community nursing into something more specialized.
Phlebotomy is not a remote position, but it can be flexible work across seven days in fixed or rotating locations.
Nurses moving into phlebotomy are not required to complete the usual (average six months) training and often only need to shadow a phlebotomist for a day to gain their phlebotomy qualification.
Phlebotomy can also open the door to work with insurance companies, covering their medicals as well as drawing blood.
It makes it one of the top ten side jobs for nurse practitioners, due to it being something that qualified nursing staff can shift into without requiring significant additional training or unpaid experience.
Medical companies hiring phlebotomists include:
3.CPR/First Aid Instructor
Many companies and healthcare institutions require their staff to receive regular and ongoing CPR and first aid training as an essential part of their job.
Your role would be to teach other people how to provide first aid or CPR in an emergency whilst waiting for emergency services to arrive, as well as offering training in related community healthcare topics.
Courses that you teach can vary from essentials such as how to use a defibrillator in the community, to treating wounds, as well as what to do when someone is having a medical emergency.
You could also look into working at your area’s Red Cross or YMCA, or in a community health clinic. Your expertise will determine what you can realistically teach, but you could also cover areas such as nutrition, basic first aid, child safety, and other related topics.
You could work for one of the larger healthcare agencies, such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Foundation.
Or you might end up working as a freelancer offering courses and classes to schools, community organizations, parents, or gym coaches.
Have a look at relevant companies including:
Always do a job search for your preferred job title on sites such as Indeed.com, where many companies choose to list their current vacancies.
4.Clinical Education Instructor
If you love to teach and pass on your knowledge and expertise, you could look for a role tutoring students wanting to qualify as nurses, healthcare staff, paramedics, or other related medical professions.
Being a tutor or instructor is a great opportunity to work with the next generation of nursing and healthcare staff.
Another name you may see in job listings for this role could be Clinical Adjunct Instructor, so it’s always worth looking into alternative names for roles you have an interest in.
These jobs make good side jobs for nurses and could bring some much-needed flexibility into your working week, as you are usually able to select the classes that you are able to teach.
It could also enable you to work across a range of settings including nursing schools, community colleges, universities, and even medical facilities.
Companies offering roles in this field include:
And remember it’s always worth looking up this role on Indeed.com.
5.Medical Content Writer
Medical writing is a booming niche right now.
What do you do when you or one of your loved ones gets sick? I know what I do – look up their symptoms or diagnosis online!
So many people do this that Google now works with the Centers for Disease Control to monitor spikes in search terms, so as to inform current healthcare trends.
Getting into medical writing is an excellent way to take advantage of these widespread behaviors.
Health is a popular and lucrative freelance writing and blogging niche right now.
If you love to write or have a passion to share your knowledge and expertise you could start your own blog providing advice or find a role writing for online publications as a healthcare specialist.
Clients you could write for can include:
- medical publishers,
- medical journals, and
- online publications, as well as medical websites.
As a registered nurse, you could also write about products within your field of expertise.
Naturally, this kind of role would require you to ensure you are not breaking patient confidentiality or giving advice outside of your training and expertise.
You will need some proficiency in word processing and using Google docs.
Of course, basic writing skills are essential, but it is not difficult to find free writing resources and training online to help you along your way.
And don’t forget, you can get started where you are now and increase your skills and expertise as you go.
This is my freelance writing library of articles and advice, including links to the writing course that I recommend to all of my readers and coaching clients.
This is the course that got me started when I decided to become a freelance writer.
This is the list of articles I have collated about how to get started in health writing as a freelancer, along with some places to pitch to for work:
- Health Writer Hub
- Writer Access: Medical Topics
- AWAI: Secrets of writing for the health niche
- Write your Revolution
Blogging is an excellent side gigs for nurses and can be done alongside a full-time job, but please note that blogging is a long game and won’t make you money quickly.
It takes time and investment to create and maintain a blogging income. Freelance writing would be a quicker way to bring in a cash return for your expertise.
But if the thought of blogging in the health and wellbeing niche is something that gets you excited, you could look to set up your own blog.
I took this blogging course that taught me how to make my first $1,000 from my blog. Immensely useful.
Naturally, this side job involves less contact with people, so could be a great re-energizer for you after long days on the wards or in clinics.
I’ve written a guide to getting started in blogging, which will help you to work through the basics.
Once your blog is live on the internet, you can get started working on creating and publishing content and working towards monetizing your blog.
I have a post about how to make money blogging, even as a beginner.
And earlier in the 2020 pandemic, I added in video content on the same topic. Go here to watch my guide.
Moz (a market leader in online content marketing and writing) has a really clear and simple guide to getting started in the health blogging niche.
He gives specific examples of the topics within that niche that are lucrative and other aspects of blogging that you will need to bear in mind as you work towards launching your blog.
Leesa Klich is a great example of how you can dive into the health niche and make a fantastic income using the starting point of your knowledge, skills, and experience to benefit your readers and clients.
Also have a look at The Niche Blogger’s Health, Wellness and Fitness Niche Report 2020 for a more in-depth analysis of the health niche for bloggers.
It’s crammed full of information, advice, and strategy for those of you who are already thinking that health blogging may be the way you want to go.
A health coach is a professional who supports people as they make lifestyle changes, especially related to nutrition and exercise.
You would work one-to-one with clients to help them as they strive to improve their health.
Note that this would not usually include mental health or wellbeing, which would fall within Wellness Coaching.
You would need to work on gaining certification from one of the organizations running training and qualifications, such as Integrative Nutrition.
These tend to be short-form courses that are achievable within your spare time.
Here are a couple of websites that will help you to find more details and training as you begin your search into health coaching:
After all, who would you trust more to support you in improving or guarding your health than a nurse!
Immunizations nurses are responsible for giving immunizations in seasonal or infant clinics. It is an especially needed role with the Covid vaccine almost ready for release to the general public early in 2021.
These nurses also give shots in schools as needed in part-time roles during the school day and often work seasonal roles as well.
This work usually occurs between September and December, when flu shot season is in full swing.
It is predicted that between 194-198 million Americans will receive a flu shot during the 2020-2021 winter season.
For any role involving vaccinations, you would be required to be a fully qualified and fully licensed nurse.
Companies to look out for:
Telehealth is the first line of triage for non-emergency patients wanting to access healthcare and is offered as either a telephone or video service.
Telehealth nurses evaluate the needs of each patient and help them to manage their health problems, medications, or injuries.
Even prior to the 2020 pandemic, telehealth was increasing at a rapid rate, as it made a wider range of healthcare options available to those who find it difficult to access mainstream services.
It also enables healthcare providers to increase the number of patients they can treat within their working hours and prevent unnecessary patient visits to physical locations.
Telehealth nursing is one of the obvious nurse practitioner side jobs which can be a work-from-home position but sometimes occurs within a call center.
Telehealth is increasingly being used as an alternative or addition to traditional health care models in 2020.
Dissent Magazine published an excellent article detailing examples of how this is being played out during this worldwide pandemic
Requirements to work as a telehealth nurse vary depending on the service provider, but an unrestricted nursing license is vital, along with 3-5 years of practice experience.
10.Per Diem Nurse
Per diem (Latin for ‘by day’) shifts are those that you sign up for on a shift-by-shift basis.
You are basically on standby on those days or hours that you make available and help to cover areas where hospitals and clinics are understaffed at any given time.
This way of working attracts higher pay than regular nursing, as you are being compensated for your flexibility and the loss of contracted employee benefits.
However, it can be last-minute and you need to be able to be responsive.
Per diem is also an excellent way to try out a new discipline within the field before you decide whether to switch.
Nurse Money Talk has an excellent article about what it means to work per diem.
You can sign up with an agency, or sometimes directly with a healthcare provider itself. Some examples of per diem agencies are:
- Nurse Finders
- ClearlyRated has a detailed list of the top 20 per diem agencies, as well as geographically arranged lists per state.
11.Create Your Own Freelance Business
Another option for anyone looking into side hustles or wanting to diversify their income is to set up a freelance business.
I have written extensively on this topic on my website, so have a look at some of my other articles, such as:
Examples of freelance businesses that you can make into a nurse practitioner side hustle include:
- Online tutoring
- Selling your photographs
- Consulting work
- Selling Printables on Etsy
- Flipping second-hand items – check out the blog of this amazing family who does this full time!
Take some time to research your options and find a business that you can fit around your main work. Make sure it is something that will yield a return on your time and energy investments.
And lastly, try to seek advice from other people freelancing in those niches. Read their blogs, take their free or inexpensive training courses. Watch what they are doing and find out how they got started.
And there you have it, my full and varied list of side jobs for nurses which you can use as a starting point when looking to diversify or increase your income.
It’s always good practice to diversify and to have something that offers you another income stream of point of interest.
With vocations such as nursing, it’s often helpful to have something else in your life that lightens the mental and physical load created by your main nursing role.
None of these roles are easy side jobs for nurses as they all require time, effort, and experience. However, they are inherently doable for someone who has the drive to launch out on a new path.
I hope the roles I’ve discussed will be a valuable starting point for you as you begin to explore other roles to supplement your nursing role.
Let me know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. I’d love to hear from nursing staff who have diversified their skills or have branched out into something related but different.