Listen, having a license opens so many doors for you! Being a licensed Registered Nurse for 2 years now, I have had so many opportunities to explore different areas in the nursing industry. From critical care to plastic surgery to pediatric home health, I have learned so much and built my skills. 2 years of nursing experience = better job opportunities. And I’m SO EXCITED for the future!!!! Your degree and license are worth so much. There are so many opportunities out there for you to try. After working as a nurse for so long, I have discovered some ways to make some extra coins!! $$
Do I have to work in the hospital?
NO! Most nurses work in the hospitals because there are many options to choose from, such as emergency room, critical care, general med surg, mother baby and labor and delivery, and even the OR. In the hospital, there are ways to move up the ladder, such as being a charge nurse, a clinical manager, and even a CNO (Chief Nursing Officer). However, you can work as a supervisor in a nursing home, work in a clinic or psychiatric facility, be a correctional nurse or even work in a school. There is literally no limit to what nurses are able to do.
Does being a nurse mean you have to work only at bedside?
Not all nurses are not bedside nurses. Many nurses start at the bedside and begin to work on their own businesses. Talking about bossing up! Most of the time, being a nurse is a stepping stone to help individuals move toward entrepreneurship. For example, some nurses open up CNA schools, have a scrub company, and sell merchandise to fellow nurses. I follow many Nursepreneurs on social media that have a much larger income working away from the bedside. This is because they work for themselves and dictate where the money is going and coming from. On other cases, many nurses work as case managers and patient advocates in many organizations.
BOSS UP AND GET THAT CHECK !
No matter where you are (timewise) in your career, there are always possibilities to make GOOD money. You’ve worked hard to finish school and earned your degree, so why not push to make a better living for yourself? One income is good to have, but from the knowledge of many nurses that I know, having multiple streams of income is smart. Have you seen the meme where it shows how nurses negotiated how many shifts to work to buy something? "Nurses can make this amount of days to buy an apple watch or work this amount of days to book an international flight." That is right! Nurses are not paid salary so we make as much money as we WANT to make. If you can only work a certain amount of days at you full time job, then pick up a per diem job or even two.
Motivation: The owner of of Mielle Organics, a natural hair products company, was once and is still a licensed Registered Nurse. She sell her products online as well as in many stores nationwide. She has also opened up a salon to provide services, while using her natural hair products. If there is no one to help motivate you, then this RN should be the one to show you there is no limit to what a nurse can do!
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