Anyone here work a second nursing job?

  1. If you do...what is it...that you do?

    I'm looking for ideas...the pay is going to stink for me as a new grad, and I'm looking for ways to earn extra money.

    Thanks!
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  3. by   RNperdiem
    I work per diem, and the rates are set depending on the shift you work. A weekend day shift, for example pays $35/hr.
    Per diem work might not be available for a new grad though, but it is something to think about in the future if you need more money.
    Overtime is often available.
    If you have the stamina and there is a need, overtime will earn you some extra money.
  4. by   Up2nogood RN
    My primary job is 12 hr noc's in the hospital for 35$/hr and my 2nd job is private duty for 30/hr. I could pick up extra shifts at the hospital but it's just too crazy. It's nice to go to a nice quiet job!
  5. by   NC Girl BSN
    I work PRN in a nursing home making 23.50 per hour. I am a new grad working in a hospital 3 12's no weekends so at this time I can't work per diem at a hospital and make that great weekend option money. I will try in a year and see what happens.
  6. by   llg
    Don't forget to consider picking up some overtime hours working for your current employer. While a lot of employers are trying to cut back on paying overtime ... if you can get it, it is often the easiest and most effective way to earn extra money. You could also volunteer to work more weekends or more night shifts in order to get paid more in
    "differentials."

    A little overtime and some extra differentials can significantly raise your income while simultaneously making a very positive impression on your boss. You solve their staffing problems and they pay you extra -- everybody wins. The other big advantage to doing this for extra money is that you do not have to make additional committments to another employer (for certain shifts, a certain number of hours, holidays, etc.) that might conflict with your full time job and that might become a burden. You might want to "back off" on the extra work for a month or so in the future. If you are working those shifts for another employer, they might not let you take that needed break -- but your regular boss would probably be more cooperative with your request to "just work a regular schedule" for a few weeks. You've been helping her out and she'll want to keep you as a long-term staff member who will probably be willing to help her out again in the futuer.

    Check out that possibility. Sometimes, it's the best one. Sometimes, it is not.
  7. by   SummerGarden
    i agree with the above poster... i tried to get a second nursing job and found out what i already know of the job market; it is saturated with nurses!!! so i decided to go to my current employer and wait for the schedule to come out. once the schedule comes out this week i will ask for the shifts that my floor is short nurses. the only benefit of working on my current floor is that it is the only floor in the hospital that is willing to pay over time to cover short shifts (i suspect that it is because it is the only one in the hospital everyone hates and no other nurses are willing to float). i honestly hate this place, but i need the extra money for my kid's upcoming educational expenses. otherwise, i would only work my 3-12s and be done. gl!
  8. by   libbyjeanne
    I work per diem at a small rural hospital 40 miles away from the city where I live. I also work fulltime at the big hospital here in town. It works out well...the rural hospital calls me 2 days ahead of time to ask me to work...or I look at the schedule and if there is a shift open, I sign up for it. Per diem is $32 so the extra money helps pay off those pesky after-college bills
  9. by   Up2nogood RN
    [quote=llg;3653162]Don't forget to consider picking up some overtime hours working for your current employer. While a lot of employers are trying to cut back on paying overtime ... if you can get it, it is often the easiest and most effective way to earn extra money. You could also volunteer to work more weekends or more night shifts in order to get paid more in
    "differentials."

    quote]

    It can also significantly put you in a different tax bracket. I can work extra shifts at my hospital and get 'incentive pay' which is an extra $18 per hr on top of base pay,time and a half and shift differentials. So I can make over $60/hr for extra shifts but when I do almost half will go to taxes. Just another thing to think about. That and it's not a reliable income if that's what you're looking for. I can schedule myself with my private duty client and it's totally flexible. There is a need for in home nursing in this part of the country. It really is the best bang for my buck and I love working with my client!

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