To say that nursing is a hard profession is a gross understatement. Just ask our aching feet & backs, our bursting bladders, our tired hearts & minds. Add to that the cloud of student loans lurking over our heads & we’ve got the perfect pressure storm looming on the horizon as we “live out our dreams” of being a nurse, making a difference in people’s lives, & earning a livable wage. Sometimes we get stuck in a job we end up hating because it pays great or has the best benefits, but the hours are the worst, or it’s dangerously short-staffed.
Are you feeling stuck? There’s good news for you creative, resourceful, nurses out there. You, too, can join the ranks of plenty of college students, grandparents, stay-at-home parents, seasonal workers, & seriously successful entrepreneurs & get your side gig on. Here are 10 side gigs nurses can bank on.
1) Provide Respite Care – Care giving with medical expertise
Parents of medically-fragile children and people caring for disabled family members need caregivers who are knowledgeable in their loved one’s medical conditions. While you may not be hired as a nurse to provide medical care under a doctor’s orders, there are always countless families needing sitters, caregivers & in-home companions who would rest easy knowing that you have that extra knowledge while their loved one is in your care. Home care agencies regularly hire nurses part-time or as-needed to fill in as sitters & companions.
2) Create Nursing & Medical-Related Tutorials
Create tutorial videos educating the general public or nurses on topics of your knowledge. Providing keyword-rich content will allow you to monetize them.
- Instructional articles or video tutorials certain durable medical equipment
- Review products related to & beneficial for aiding people with a specific medical condition
- Provide safety tutorials
- Provide educational articles & videos for nursing students.
I highly recommend the Tubebuddy to help you optimize your videos, get more views, & really turn your Youtube account into a source of revenue. It’s free to sign up & there are so many capabilities. It opens up a world of possibility.
3) Create & Sell Nursing-Related Products
Are you crafty? If so, a cricut is an excellent investment that opens up a whole world of insane creative possibilities. Here are just a few of the things you can do/create with a cricut machine.
- Vinyl wall/car/window decals
- iron-on patches
- iron-on t-shirt designs
- iron-on designs for nursing bags
- tumbler decals
- badge reel decals
- vinyl, fabric, or paper cut-outs in nursing shapes
You can also use sites like Shopify or Printify, along with a drop ship company & search out nursing-related products to start your own online store. The great part is you don’t have to keep an inventory. When someone purchases a product, it automatically ships & you get a portion of the sale.
4) Write & Publish Nursing-related E-books
Amazon makes this easy. You can publish your ebook for free on Amazon with Kindle Direct Publishing. You can sell your books for profit or use them as a valuable give-away in exchange for subscriptions to your email list – a great way to grow an audience that you can nurture with valuable content & entice with a future sale.
5) Blog & Monetize Your Nursing School or Nursing Specialty Experience
Somewhere along the way, you may have been gifted with some REALLY helpful tips & tricks to memorize & learn the volumes of nursing knowledge you have stored up in that amazing brain of yours. Maybe you were the head of your class & have really great tutoring skills. Or maybe you went back to school at the age of 43 & want to help other students who identify with your experience. Well, I’m here to tell you that whatever your experience, you can monetize it as an Amazon affiliate & link to nursing-related products. Here are some possibilities:
- Nursing Study Guides
- HESI & NCLEX related products
- Stethoscopes & other nursing equipment
- Badge reels
- Car decals
- Tumblers & coffee mugs
- Nursing bags, and more.
There are many blogging platforms out there, but I happen to prefer working with WordPress. The other important thing to know is how to get traffic to your blog the free way. I highly recommend the free training courses offered at Wealthy Affiliate.
You can log on without a credit card & take their online courses to learn the building blocks of affiliate marketing, build out your own website or blog in a matter of minutes, & learn search engine optimization (SEO) using keywords to rank higher in search engines like Google, bringing free traffic to your website. And their hosting is out of this world.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to using your wealth of nursing knowledge & experience to create an awesome side gig you can bank on.
Here’s to your nursing entrepreneur success!