Five Ways to Make More Money

Five Ways to Make More Money

According to the 2017 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, the median nursing salary for RNs is $70,000. But sometimes, regardless of the size of your paycheck, you need more money.

How you decide to drum up extra income depends on your skillset, time, and monetary goals. Here are five ways to boost your income:

1. Write nursing content.

Do you enjoy writing? Why not get paid for combining your nursing experience with excellent writing skills to create content for an array of online and print outlets? Freelance writers control their calendars and select their clients. One resource for aspiring nurse writers is, which a nurse co-founded. You could also consider blogging for

2. Work per diem shifts.

Per diem nursing offers a higher hourly pay and a flexible work schedule. Did you know some nurses even fly to California, the top state for nursing pay, to work a short time before returning home? Earlier this year a photo of a nurse’s pay stub went viral for showing over $19K earned in two-weeks on a per-diem basis. (San Francisco is the highest paying city for registered nurses, according to the BLS.)

3. Tutor nursing students online.

Work with a variety of students in your best subjects. Set your own hours and rate (most tutors charge between $30-60 an hour). Provide customized and personalized tutoring to help nursing students with classes or prepare them to take the NCLEX.

4. Give flu injections.

Doctor’s offices and special clinics need nurses to administer flu vaccines to children and adults during the 2018-19 flu shot season. Nurses also provide education to patients and caregivers about immunizations vaccine and side effects. The peak season for flu shot clinics is between August and January.

5. Earn your BSN degree.

Nearly eight out of 10 employers prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree as entry level employees, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. A BSN opens the door to more opportunities for advancement in an evolving health care environment. BSN programs also help students strengthen their skills to pursue advanced nursing degrees. And, aside from career mobility, research shows patient care improves with BSN nurses.

Is making more money as a nurse one of your top priorities? Do you have other suggestions? Share your ideas below!

Get a Jump-start on Tax Season

Get a Jump-start on Tax Season

Although the deadline to file your taxes isn’t until April 15th you should prepare early. Preparing early can alleviate stress and potentially get you more of a tax refund when you file.

Employers are required by law to send out W-2 and 1099 forms by January 31st of each year. Take the next few weeks to organize your tax documents to make it easier when you do decide to file. 

Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the past few years that save me time and help maximize my tax return: 

  1. Make a list. Make a list of any anticipated deductions you had over the past year and would like to discuss with your accountant. Try to be as through as possible. Review these deductions with your accountant. If you have a good accountant he or she may find deductions you may have overlooked.
  2. Gather all documentation. Find relevant documentation of anticipated deductions and place them in a manila envelope, separated by paper clips. Relevant documentation may be receipts, W-2 forms, interest payment statements, etc. Your accountant will love you for being so organized!
  3. Use your bank to your advantage. Some banks have an “end-of-year statement” listing all of your purchases in specific categories like home, food, and car expenses over the previous year. Use these statements to save even more time when organizing your tax documents.
  4. Get documents early online. Some companies allow you to get your W-2 forms or interest payment statements online. This means the statements may be available earlier than January 31st.
  5. Spend wisely. Use your tax return wisely if you are entitled to one. Some may see income tax time as a spending holiday, but it would be wise to budget this money and pay down any debt you may have before blowing through your refund. Think of you refund money as a bonus. Divide your money between spending as you choose, saving, and paying down debt.

I hope these tips help you as much as they help me each year.

Do you have any specific tax refund tips? Comment below and share them with us!

In addition to working as a RN, Nachole Johnson is a freelance copywriter and an author with her first book, You’re a Nurse and Want to Start Your Own Business? The Complete Guide, available on Amazon. Visit her ReNursing blog at