8 ways nurses can make extra cash

8. Paid Online Surveys and Focus Groups
You’ll have to do some online legwork in the beginning, and sign up with as many sites as you can. Then the e-mails will start coming in, inviting you to complete surveys or participate in focus groups. People claim they can make a nice supplemental income this way, and it’s worth a shot if only because you pay nothing up front to join the various sites. This is online market research, and if you visit survey-n-more.com, you’ll get an idea of what it’s all about. Test the waters by signing up for Brand Institute, which focuses on healthcare research and seeks input from healthcare professionals such as nurses.

Of course, there’s no rule that states that, as a nurse, you can only earn extra cash from a nursing-related job. What you do is up to you. It’s just important to keep in mind that your main salary-earning nursing job is the one you have to focus on, so if you do decide to make a little extra cash by taking on something else, be wise with your time and energy. You don’t want to burn out from doing too much.

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Cynthia Dusseault

Cynthia Dusseault is a professional freelance writer with both a health and an education background. A former medical radiation technologist and elementary school teacher, she realized that no matter what she did, she was drawn to any task that involved writing, so she decided, over a decade ago, to write full-time. Since then, she has written for a variety of magazines and websites including Nursing PRN, National Review of Medicine, University Affairs, Your Health, Education Leaders Today, Today's Parent, Children's Playmate, WeightWatchers.ca and many more.She has written about topics such as asthma, genital herpes, circumcision, teleradiology, body art, learning disabilities and exercise trends, and she absolutely adores the fact that writing—particularly doing the research for the articles she writes—makes her a lifelong learner.

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7 Responses to 8 ways nurses can make extra cash

  1. ciela alatan

    thanks for this page. so great

  2. MissLA

    I have been working per diem shiftsnon my days off from full-time, as well as doing immunization clinics each fall, for several years. Works out good, but I think I might try the medical transcription! Thanks!

    • kmaddox

      You’re a hard worker, MissLA! You should check out RobinRN – it’s an app that will connect nurses to shifts without having to deal with an agency. Pretty cool stuff!

  3. dealwithscarlett

    Thanks for this post

  4. weskmerrill@gmail.com

    This was one of the posts that I used as inspiration to help start my new company – connectRN. As a former nurse, I started looking into per diem shifts and saw the great opportunity that existed to help people just like me. :) Thanks scrubsmag! You were early ispiration. Long time lurker of the blog and thought it was finally time to say thanks (and hi). Also, Cynthia, would love to hear your thoughts about what we’re doing — http://www.connectrn.com.

    Thanks again!

  5. kmaddox

    Thank you for a great read, Cynthia! I’m particularly interested in the per diem shifts. I know there are some apps out there that will connect nurses to hospitals without agencies (RobinRn, for example). I wonder if there are sites that can help nurses plan what to do with their extra income, too. Saving and investing is huge!


  6. angelmercado.rn95@yahoo.com

    How about nursing come together as one voice, demand higher wages from Congress and have a National License, instead of looking for 2-3 extra jobs to make ends meet? Demand respect!