Everyone can use a few extra dollars. Fact. Of. Life. True- it may not buy you pure, unadulterated happiness, but it’ll definitely pay the bills, grow a savings account, get you across the world for a much needed vacation etc. Plus, it will definitely make you relatively happy, which is worth something. No? As a nurse, you’ve got it easy, my friend. There are so many ways in which you can leverage your skills and earn extra cash on top of your steady income! Don’t believe me??? Read on and let yourself dream BIG!


This one’s simple as pie. Simply let your supervisor know that you’re willing to take on additional shifts in case of understaffing. In some hospitals there are actually web based staffing management systems where you can sign up for overtime. Not only is this easy money, but it’s great for the resume; proves you’re a team player who’s willing to pull her weight and chip in when necessary. Obviously, you’ll have to set boundaries for yourself because too much overtime can lead to burnout and fatigue.

Immunization Nurse:

You’ve all heard of immunization clinics. Sign up with one of these places and ta-dah, you’re officially an immunization nurse. This job is definitely seasonal and starts around September. Basically, before the start of flu season, schools, churches, pharmacies and even some businesses register to become flu shot providers. Well guess who they need to run these programs and administer those shots? YOU!

Medical Transcription:

First off, what is a medical transcriptionist? A medical transcriptionist listens to voice recorded medical reports and transcribes them into written reports. You do need to be specially certified in order to land such a job, but the certification process is relatively simple and you can find numerous courses online. The beauty of this job is that you can do it from anywhere and everywhere as long as you have a computer and Internet access.

Medical Coding:

For this job as well, certification is step #1. As a medical coder, your job involves classifying medical diagnoses and then listing the corresponding billing codes so that all claims are properly processed. The good news is that as a nurse you already have an understanding of the medical terminology, which makes you a perfect candidate for such a job. Additionally, while most medical coding jobs are based out of hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices, there are opportunities to work from home as well.

First Aid and CPR Instructor:

As a nurse you’re obviously qualified to become a certified instructor. The American Red Cross actually offers instructor training at a very low cost. Once certified the opportunities are endless! Daycare centers, schools, offices etc. are constantly offering in-house training to their employees. You know what they say- an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So this is definitely a lucrative opportunity!

You’re seeing $$$$ now, aren’t you! Put your skills to use and you’re guaranteed to start seeing the cash flowing in. Who would’ve thunk that being a nurse would easily allow you to segue into so many similar, yet different, positions?!?

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