Side hustles for nurses: 10 ways to earn extra money

Here are some ideas to expand your horizons in the healthcare field.

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Last updated on 22 September 2023 

As health professionals, nurses provide care for people in different health-related settings. But you may find yourself looking for side hustles and ways to make extra money as a nurse to fund a financial goal. Or you just want to know what the best side hustles for nurses are.

Whatever your goals may be, we’ve listed down 10 side hustles for nurses for you to consider!

1. Science or biology tutoring

student working with her tutor

Part of a nursing student’s curriculum is to learn science courses such as chemistry, anatomy, or biology. Student nurses who may have difficulty in these subjects may seek out tutors.

Tutors can earn around £19.31 hourly, according to This is not only a great way to earn money on the side, but it’s also a chance to help out up-and-coming nursing students.

2. Medical transcription

As a medical transcriptionist, you’ll be tasked to listen to the physicians’ voice recordings and convert them into written or typewritten reports. You may also be asked to review and edit medical documents, patients’ histories, discharge summaries, and more.

Medical transcriptionists have an average pay of £16 per hour. Depending on the employer, you may do this task at home so long as you have a stable internet connection.

3. Caregiving

caregiver conversing with her patient

If you’re interested in providing medical assistance to those who need it, consider becoming a caregiver. As a caregiver, you may be asked to provide aged care and assisted daily living, like giving shots, administering medication, and helping manage conditions like diabetes or Alzheimer's Disease in the elderly.

You can also focus on childcare and provide services like documenting and planning for a child’s development process and learning and providing emotional support for the child.

The estimated median pay for caregivers is £12 per hour, depending on experience and specialisation.

4. Fitness or personal training

If you are interested in physical fitness, why not take on a side hustle as a personal trainer? Your task will include leading, instructing, and motivating individuals or groups in exercise activities. This job will allow you to work with people of all ages and skill levels.

Fitness instructors can earn around £20 - £40 an hour. It can go up to £100 per hour depending on the location and if you’re working with high-profile clients. To get started, you may do a recognised qualification such as:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing

  • Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness

  • Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training

5. Immunisation nurse

nurse administering a vaccine

Nurses play a major role in rolling out vaccination campaigns to preserve public health and safety, like during a pandemic. They help educate and spread awareness and perform vaccinations to the public. Nurses also administer seasonal immunisation initiatives for influenza and more.

Immunisation nurses earn an average of £16 hourly.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving emergency procedure done when the heart stops beating. When done immediately, CPR can increase the chances of survival after cardiac arrest by up to three times!

CPR or first aid instructors make an average of £15 per hour. It’s a low-stress and fulfilling side hustle for you. Aside from CPR, you can also teach classes on different health-related topics like nutrition, diabetes, and more.

7. Adjunct professor

healthcare professional teaching a class

Do you love to teach? Working as an adjunct professor may be the perfect side job for you! As a clinical adjunct instructor, you will be teaching in a nursing college on a part-time or contract basis. Your duties will vary, but one of the main responsibilities is to instruct students and assist them during clinicals.

You can make an average of £33,797 to £49,553 yearly, depending on where you teach and your experience.

8. Telehealth nurse

With more telehealth services becoming available, working as a telehealth nurse could be a fulfilling and lucrative side hustle. Registered Nurses can provide high-quality care to patients through video, calls, or messages. This type of service is extremely important for those who don’t have access to specialists.

Telehealth nurses may also help patients with minor health problems, and can help determine if a patient needs emergency care. Telehealth nurses earn an average of £23 per hour, depending on experience. 

9. Business person

nurse discussing options with a patient

As nurses, you have learned and honed skills like organisation, critical thinking, communication, time management, and more in school and through practice. These skills are crucial in running a business. So if you’ve always wanted to be a business person, this could be the ideal side job for you.

There are plenty of business opportunities to look into. You must know what your interests are, and you may want to join organisations to network and learn skills from.

Some businesses to look into include:

  • Legal nursing consultation

  • Nurse coaching

  • Specialised care

  • Medical spa

  • Intravenous infusions

10. Freelance medical writer

If you have a passion for writing, you may consider writing about health. Skills to consider include having excellent English grammar and research. Your nursing background will come in very handy when you write about healthcare.

Build your network and find mentors to improve your writing by getting a membership in organisations such as the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) or The Association of British Science Writers (ABSW).

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Once you’ve narrowed down your choice on the type of job you want to do, you can pursue a side job that meets your needs!  Be wise about choosing what you want to pursue, and think about the amount of time and effort you can commit to it without compromising your current job.

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Frequently asked questions

There are many ways for nurses to make more money. Nurses may choose to take on a side job related to their skills and interests. Some specialisations offer better compensation, so nurses may choose to pursue a specialisation and complete the certification. Nurses can also pursue postgraduate studies as a way to get more qualifications, and in turn, more money.

The average salary for nurses is between £33,000 and £35,000 annually. At the very top of the National Health Service (NHS) nursing band are Bands 8 and 9 roles. These roles typically belong to Modern Matrons, Chief Nurses, and Consultants. At this level, the role becomes increasingly consultative, and salaries can go up to £108,075 a year with 5 years or more experience.

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