Taking a Second RN job

  1. Hello,
    I graduated in December and started a job on a busy med-surg floor. I absolutely love it and I am so happy to be working. The hospital I work for is very strict about working 36 hours and no more. I would really like to take a second job elsewhere. I would like the second job to be "easy" (or less stressful) as my main job is stressful/crazy and I never sit down once during the 12 hour shift (I am not complaining, I really enjoy my first job but I don't need another job that is as tiring). Being new in the field, I don't really know what types of jobs are available. Does anyone have any suggestions on types of jobs I could look for that could be one day a week/once every two weeks or per diem? Thanks in advance!
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  3. by   swifty1031
    Depending on the state regulations where you live(experience), you could try doing field visits for a home health agency. Most pay per visit plus milage. It is usually a nice extra check. The only drawback is the paperwork you have to file. It is a relatively easy job, low stress, and your pts love you!! I always told everyone it is like spending the afternoon with your grandparents.
  4. by   ac123
    Try corporate wellness. I work for a 3rd party who is hired to staff RN's at health events. I get paid mileage and by the hour. It is not stressful and low key. I usually do things like BP clinics, sun damage screenings etc and they are fun!
  5. by   priznrn135
    If you can pick up with an agency, I think that is the best bet. I work for one, and I keep it "in my back pocket" for when I want to work extra and don't necessarily want to have an "easier" kind of nursing. I think that supervising in an extended care facility has the right mix of working and challenge with a decent amount of down time. Most of the time, it is not that run-run-run. Also, maybe you could staff a vent unit or coma unit.
  6. by   locolorenzo22
    I work in a LTC, and it is great. We have a rehab side, and skilled patients. Some nights you have a lot going on, but not every one. A lot of my residents look forward to seeing me, especially when I'm not on but 1-2 x a week! It really helps out with the extra expenses.
  7. by   caliotter3
    You might consider going with a staffing agency or a home health agency. The best way to insure low stress with the home health agency is to ask them to give you shift work. That way you only have one patient for an 8 or 12 hour shift and minimal paperwork.
  8. by   island40
    When I needed a little extra but not a long term commitment doing temp work for insurance agencies, and local nursing agencies provided the extra income with plenty of flexibility (so I could be fresh for my "real job"). When I needed extra $$ for long term projects I worked at LTC facilities for a year at a time. As a veteran nurse this type of setting is predictable and has a routine that makes it less stressful than an ER or acute care setting. I encourage you to do what you like or try something new for a short time but be careful not to burn yourself out.
  9. by   Itshamrtym
    Not sure if you like peds... but peds private duty... Usally low stress and very rewarding. YOU can most likely pick and choose what types of cases you want to do.. the hours etc... GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!
  10. by   exnavygirl-RN
    A lot of great ideas here. I was thinking about this myself. :wink2: