Ways to Earn Side Income as an RN
If you’re looking for ways to earn some additional money — and let’s be honest, who isn’t? — as an RN, you have a wide variety of opportunities available to you. Finding your ideal side job really depends on your lifestyle and financial goals. Whether you’re looking for a short-term income boost or a long-term stable base, there are options for you.
Tutor aspiring nurses
If you’re fortunate enough to work or be connected to a teaching hospital, you may have an opportunity to offer to tutor aspiring nurses. (A word of caution — some institutions require official tutors to be certified, so check with yours to see what is required.) The upside to tutoring is that you have the opportunity to not just make a little extra money, but also make connections and become a mentor for the next generation of nurses, which can be incredibly rewarding. The downside is that tutoring isn’t necessarily lucrative, especially if you’re a private tutor and students are paying out of their own pockets.
Seek seasonal opportunities
As flu season rolls around, there is a high demand for nurses that are able to administer flu shots. These opportunities can exist through private employers, community centers, schools, senior centers, emergency clinics, or pharmacies among others. While this obviously isn’t a long-term side job solution, giving shots is probably one of the easier ways to make money.
Train for medical transcription
Medical transcription is an incredibly flexible solution to earning extra money. The huge downside is that you need to take a course to become certified in order to begin work — and that course costs money. But, if you’re willing to make the investment, you’ll have a side gig that allows you to work from just about anywhere at any time, as long as you have a computer and internet connection.
Become a health coach
If you’re looking for something completely different, consider becoming a health coach at your local gym or fitness studio. As an RN, you have training that can help others, particularly in weight loss and nutrition — two areas of coaching that are in high demand. You may also be interested in becoming a personal trainer, but this again may require additional training, courses, and certification depending on your facility.
Teach CPR or first aid
From private business to local high schools and community organizations, there are a great number of opportunities to teach basic first aid and CPR skills. However, while this is a great way to give back to your community, it’s very likely that not all of these opportunities will be paying gigs.
Explore per diem opportunities
A great long-term side job with more consistency and better pay than the opportunities previously mentioned is filling available open shifts as a per diem nurse. Per diem nursing offers a great deal of flexibility, as you can choose when you want to be available to work extra hours. Additionally, per diem RNs are typically paid a better hourly rate than full-time RNs.
As an on-demand healthcare staffing platform, Flexwise Health is designed to help RNs connect directly to these kinds of per diem opportunities. There’s no additional training involved; you’ll simply need to invest a little time in our on-boarding process.