Nursing salaries these days are much better than they used to be. However, that does not mean that they are enough for everyone, and if you want to be a nurse but feel that the salary you could receive is not enough, or if you are already a nurse and want to earn some more money because the costs of living are increasing, then you may be wondering if there are other jobs you could consider.
Looking for a better paid job is certainly an option. However, if you love being a nurse and have worked hard to get to where you are, then it would be a shame to quit. Luckily, you don’t have to. In many cases, there will be a way, or ways, to earn more money and still stay in the nursing profession. Read on to find out what it can do.
Calls for an increase
You may not realize it, but nurses can ask for raises just like anyone else. Whether or not you will get the raise you want or need is going to be determined by a number of different factors. They include:
- The budget for the facility you are working on.
- Your experience
- Your previous work record
- your grades
Budget and experience are perhaps the two most important elements to consider. If there is no budget to give you more money, then that is the end of discussions, but if there is and you can show that you have the experience and knowledge that warrants a higher salary, it might be possible. The first step is to make sure your nursing record is positive and impressive, and then ask the question.
get more ratings
If you want to make more money as a nurse, it will often pay off to relearn and gain additional qualifications. There is always more to learn, so studying for these credentials will give you a lot of knowledge that will make you better at your job, and therefore potentially in line for a raise, as mentioned above.
Also, if you want a promotion or work in a different area of nursing that pays more than where you are now, these qualifications will be crucial. Earning a master’s degree from the AGPCNP to help you specialize in gerontology, for example, means you can earn more, since specialists tend to have higher salaries than generalists.
Finally, earning these qualifications means you can prove to any prospective employer that you are dedicated to being a nurse. They are more likely to pay more for someone who has the experience and can show loyalty than someone who can’t.
Although not a long-term solution, working overtime can be a great way to get more money when you need it. If you have an upcoming special event, for example, or want to pay off a loan, then taking some extra hours is a good way to go.
You’ll need to make sure you have enough energy to cope with the extra work, of course, and you’ll need to make sure you can continue to work at a high level of quality: when you do overtime, you’re bound to be tired and that can cause the quality to drop. As long as you know you can do the job, physically and mentally, then it’s a great option. Even better, due to the nursing shortage, there is bound to be work available for you, even if it’s in a different department (so amassing a lot of experience in various areas of nursing can help).
Start a side hustle
The idea of essentially working two jobs may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you can do it and it doesn’t interfere with your nursing job, starting a side job can be an ideal opportunity to make more money.
You could put your nursing qualifications to additional use by starting some type of medical business, perhaps selling gowns or other equipment. Or, you may decide to do something completely different so you can take a break from health care; this may be better for productivity.
Whatever you do, you’ll need to find a business that allows you to earn passive income because otherwise your shift work could keep you from making as much money as you otherwise would. You should also be careful not to run out. The extra money is helpful, but if you’re suffering from burnout because you’re trying to do too much, it just won’t be worth it.