Lazy RN looking for a gig

  1. I work full time (three 12's a week) at a large hospital at the bedside, which I enjoy. Most of my coworkers have second jobs but I do not want to work that hard. All the per diem I have seen require a commitment of one full shift a week minimum. If I was going to do that, I'd just try to pick up an extra shift at my regular job.

    I would like to work an extra 4-8 hours a week, maybe doing paperwork or something online, at home or in an office. I have been looking at the usual job sites and everything seems to require a larger time commitment.

    Any recommendations or suggestions?
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  3. by   cleback
    Not sure about home care agency work as an rn but as an aid I could work as little as a few hours a week going to people's homes and doing various things.

    Otherwise, if you're open to non rn gigs, I heard teaching English online is good as a side hustle. Pay not as great as RN, obviously, but can't beat the flexibility.
  4. by   Aliens05
    I mentioned this in another thread, but I work for a group home that has 5 residents that live there permanently. The house is an actual house, you wear whatever you want to work, take them to movies, ball games, watch tv with them. There is little charting, little cares (depending on the house, some have g-tubes or trachs, other houses dont). They are intellectually disabled and most are physically disabled. Its pretty dang easy work with very little stress. I work 8 hours but some of my colleagues do 12 depending on the house needs.
  5. by   llg
    Why do you really want a side gig? Is it for the money? Then you should just pick up an occasional extra shift where you work because that would give you the most money for the fewest hours of work (at overtime rates).

    Is it because you feel a need to have a 2nd place of work in case you lose your main job? It doesn't sound as if that is your reason. But if it is, then think about what other type of work you might want to do full time if you ever needed another job.

    Are you interested in using this 2nd job as preparation for career advancement (or at least a different full time job later? Then think about the direction you would like your career to take and choose a position that will help prepare you for that future career direction.

    Or are you just thinking about getting a 2nd job because your friends have 2nd jobs. If you don't need a 2nd job and don't have a good reason for wanting one, maybe you should just have the one job and enjoy life. Your original post didn't indicate why you want a 2nd job. If you do have a reason for wanting one, that reason should be a strong factor in the type of job you get.

    I have a 2nd job (teaching online) because I wanted more money -- and because I wanted a fall-back job in case I lost my primary job, which is/was very political. Also, I can do it at home, on my schedule, in my jammies. When my primary job's work hours got reduced a year ago, I was happy I had the 2nd job to fill in the gap in my income. So ... What's your real reason for wanting a 2nd job? What do you want to get out of it?
  6. by   Hoozdo
    You might like PRN Home Health. I am working on Sat and Sun only it is mostly enjoyable with low stress. Keep your eyes peeled on Indeed.com and see how often home health companies are looking for PRN personnel.
  7. by   cleback
    One more thing--have you ever considered medical trials through covance? 3-5 night stay, few outpatient visits and bam! $1000. It's the epitome of lazy to get paid to lounge around and occasionally have your blood drawn. A few friends did it in college for extra money.
  8. by   Aunt Slappy
    Quote from cleback
    One more thing--have you ever considered medical trials through covance? 3-5 night stay, few outpatient visits and bam! $1000. It's the epitome of lazy to get paid to lounge around and occasionally have your blood drawn. A few friends did it in college for extra money.
    Unfortunate about that third eye from the experimental medication though....
  9. by   cleback
    Quote from Aunt Slappy
    Unfortunate about that third eye from the experimental medication though....
    Nothing wrong with spare parts, you know...
  10. by   Medic_Murse
    Quote from Aunt Slappy
    Unfortunate about that third eye from the experimental medication though....
    I see what ya did there.
  11. by   KelRN215
    A couple months ago my fiance was laid off. I thought about getting a 2nd per diem job doing peds private duty (which I know I could literally walk into an agency and get hired on the spot, one called and texted me yesterday asking if I wanted to work for them, actually) and pick up just like a 4 or 5 hour shift once/week. Then I decided that I don't want to nurse more than 40 hrs/week and I signed up to be a dog sitter through Rover. I already have 2 dogs so I'm already walking them. Just having an extra dog here for a few days is the same money as if I worked a 4 hr PDN shift and it's pretty passive and I can still do everything I want.

    In your situation, you could consider pay per visit home health. Admission visit pay is usually decent and if the patient lives close to you it could be worth it for a little extra money.
  12. by   Leader25
    Quote from cleback
    Not sure about home care agency work as an rn but as an aid I could work as little as a few hours a week going to people's homes and doing various things.

    Otherwise, if you're open to non rn gigs, I heard teaching English online is good as a side hustle. Pay not as great as RN, obviously, but can't beat the flexibility.
    Teaching English online has requirements as an established degree in education etc.

    I have not seen much out there as you describe,time commitment is often full time ,and remote multi license in the states you are covering.
  13. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Alex_RN
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  14. by   cleback
    Quote from Leader25
    Teaching English online has requirements as an established degree in education etc.

    I have not seen much out there as you describe,time commitment is often full time ,and remote multi license in the states you are covering.
    Nope. Just a degree. Chinese companies looking for native speakers. Know a few stay at home moms who do it for a little extra cash. It's only like 16 dollars an hour but it sounds super flexible.

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