Side Job

by NurseK12 NurseK12 (New) New Educator Nurse

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 1 years experience.

Hello, Friends! I recently made the move to School Nursing from bedside. I absolutely love my new role and the hours to spend with my 9 month old;However, I’m feeling the $18,000 salary difference. Any ideas for ways to use my degree to supplement the income? I really don’t want to pick up a bedside PRN job. TIA!

k1p1ssk, BSN, RN

Specializes in pediatrics, school nursing. Has 11 years experience. 698 Posts

I've considered trying to get into legal consulting, and there are courses floating around for that, but I worry that it will be more work than I can commit to... 

I have a second job at a private boarding school, so it is kinda a combo of bedside, school, and outpatient primary care. My base schedule is one weekend per month and this year I added on every other Monday evening. It's nice because I still get most weekends off and the school is closed for the major holidays and summe, and there's always opportunities to pick up extra shifts.  



Specializes in Home Health,Dialysis, MDS, School Nurse. Has 20+ years experience. 1,241 Posts

I've had several different side jobs over the years.   For 3 years, I was the supervising nurse for a small assisted living facility.   I could do my work in the evening or on weekends and the administrator took care of things during the work day.    At other times, I was PRN at a local nursing home.   I would pick up about one weekend a month, then fill in for vacations in the Summer time.   I took a break from side jobs when Covid hit, mainly because of all the extra work at the school, I was exhausted!  But also I didn't want the extra exposure and some places had a "only one healthcare job" rule.     But this Summer I'll be back looking for something again!  

LikeTheDeadSea, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience. 650 Posts

PRN pediatric homecare. (I hold a hard boundary that I'll pick up random weekend days / weekend call outs for the families I am oriented to.  I won't commit to an every other weekend schedule or any type of rotation.)

I work at a residential Summer camp, as I haven't wanted summers off and that's usually in the $10k ballpark. I've done extended school year programs, too, to a similar $.