Top 5 Side Hustles For Nurses

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Top 5 Side Hustles For Nurses

I get such great feedback on my side gig articles that I decided to uncover the Top 5 side hustles for nurses. Thanks for the input!


Why More Women Are Choosing Side Hustles For Nurses

Nursing is great. It’s also pretty exhausting at times…and if you’re a new parent (or just over the long hours and commute), you’re probably wondering, “Isn’t there a better way?”

I can relate. As an RN and a new mom, I didn’t want to leave my newborn daughter for long shifts. Don’t get me wrong — nursing is an amazing career. I got to help people, watch them thrive, and help with newborn concerns such as breastfeeding and helping babies get the sleep they need.

But then I stumbled on an amazing side hustle that would allow me to stay home with my daughter. Best of all, it was (and is!) lucrative. It’s the best of both worlds, and it’s #1 on my list below.

Here are my Top 5 side hustles for nurses and why you should consider them.


The Top 5 Side Hustles For Nurses


#5: Medical Billing and Coding

This is a natural tie-in for moms in the medical profession. You have a leg up by already knowing medical lingo. While you won’t be working with patients anymore, you will be translating medical billing into code for physicians and insurance companies.

Depending upon your employer, you may be able to arrange flexible hours, so you can take breaks when your little one needs you. Do be aware that you will spend long periods of time in front of a computer for this job.

#4: Telehealth Nurse

As a telehealth nurse, you will communicate with patients and physicians via Zoom, Skype or Google Meet. That means you are in the comfort of your own home, with no commute. That’s a real plus for nurses.

You will need to find a job where you don’t have to be part of a call center in order to arrange your own hours. While this can take some doing, telehealth nursing can be a very rewarding side hustle.

#3: Childcare Provider

Childcare from one’s own home is a popular career for nurses who have the energy and certifications necessary to care for others’ little ones.

As a nurse, you already have credentials, as well as CPR and First Aid certifications. It’s also a good idea to attain other certifications, such as child sleep and safety. This will boost your credibility with parents seeking a daycare situation.

Check your county to find out what you will need to do in order to be licensed. This is for both the children’s safety and yours. Consulting an attorney can help this process.

#2: Home Health Nursing

Since you’re already an RN or LPN, you’re already qualified for this gig. However, be aware that if you go through a federal agency, you will need to meet their licensing requirements.

Home health nurses go into the homes of the elderly or disabled to help with general tasks such as providing nurse-level care and companionship. While you can’t do it from your own home, home health nursing can be a great way to work part-time while still earning income.

#1: Certified Baby Sleep Specialist

As you probably already know, this is the side gig I chose as a nurse, and here’s why.

As a nurse, I already knew I wanted to help others — not just with medical care, but their overall happiness and quality of life. But as a new mom, I also wanted to be there to meet my child’s milestones. So many of the side hustles for nurses that I investigated seemed to take me “away” from my daughter — even if I was right there (such as long hours in front of a computer screen).

I stumbled upon certified infant sleep consulting when I researched and found ways to help my daughter sleep through the night. Word got around fast…and suddenly my friends (online and “analog”!) were asking me for advice.

It felt so good to help other new moms get the rest their babies and the moms needed. I had an immediate sense of continuing my career in a caring profession. Yet I could set my own hours — literally! I was never “on call” unless it was an appointment I’d agreed on.

The icing on the cake? I earn a very comfortable income doing what I love to do.

That’s why certified baby sleep consulting is my #1 choice. Your own is up to you; all of the options above can be great side hustles for nurses. Everyone is different, and your situation is unique. Good luck finding the ideal gig for you and your family!


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