Nursing, a versatile and noble profession that comes with high demand for services, is one healthcare sector that cannot be compromised. Over the years, nurses have been looking for ways to augment their salaries – from working overtime, extra shifts and even multiple jobs to opening a medical store or even a different business altogether.
Healthcare is a priority for everyone, so nurses are always on call to provide services. Since the world is now moving on to the internet, nursing services can be rendered from anywhere in the world. So, hang on tight and let’s explore the 6 ways nurses can provide services and make extra cash online.
1. Start a Nurse Blog
If you ever wondered how you remember the names of drugs, their patients and even the time for their next dose, it’s nothing supernatural. Nurses are very observant and articulate people.
Therefore, if you enjoy interacting with patients, writing reports and medical history or even taking phone calls then you should consider starting a blog. It might seem major, but it allows you showcase your creative skills, reach out to a wide audience, proffer solutions to people’s health needs and of course, make extra cash.
Starting a nurse blog doesn’t require an impressive resume, years of “online nursing experience” or a bunch of cover letters. All you need do is get a laptop with internet connection, create a new website with a catchy domain name, and every other thing can follow. Since you won’t need to always “report to work in the morning” or take orders from a colleague, it makes working flexible – and you won’t have to worry about breaking rules.
Since the increase in the number of smartphone users around the world, most search engines have also recorded a rise in queries about healthcare. This means that more people are consulting Google for health related information – even before booking a doctor’s appointment. Some of their searches display answers that nurses like you can provide.
How to eat healthy, what are the signs of pregnancy, first aid for hand cuts – are some of the queries you find on Google. Pretty much every nurse has an answer to these – including you. That goes to show that there are people who need your services every day and you need to find a way to provide it. This further leads to the main question – how do you make money from the blog?
Affiliate marketing is the easiest strategy for making money online. Look for a good health product or medical service and write an incisive topic about it on your blog. Whenever a consumer makes a purchase through your review, you get a sales commission. Therefore, if the product keeps getting popular, your topic remains valid and you’ll keep making money from that same post. If you write more articles and reviews like that (for several products or services) you will keep making money.
There are also companies looking for healthcare sites to promote their products, reach out to them and they will pay you a commission for your ad space and to write a positive review about their product.
2. Become an Online Nurse
Some 20 years ago, nurses were expected to work in a healthcare center for the rest of their lives. Fast forward to this day, the internet has made it possible for anybody to work from home – no matter their discipline.
You don’t have to worry about following traditional methods of work, because the internet and modern technology has made it easy for services to be rendered anywhere and anytime. Listen to the queries of your “digital patients” and give them answers or helpful suggestions.
Asides starting a blog, you can also talk to other health websites to write about the services you offer. Promote yourself on social media, and you can get a help of a content marketing agency – if you are not a good copywriter. Once the audience hear about your services, they are likely to ask (and pay) for it.
This can be a part time job. It involves providing the right health assistance to callers who seek help or advice concerning medical issues. There are Tele-health companies that are willing to contract experienced nurses for this job.
However, other companies won’t mind hiring remote nurses. This means that once your smartphone can take video calls, you will be pretty much able to work from anywhere – and get paid. For instance, someone in Baltimore might have an injury while you work in New Orleans. To find out how severity of the condition, you will have to get visuals.
4. Become a Medical Transcriptionist
Although you need to be certified before you can become a medical transcriptionist, it’s a great option for a nurse who wants to make money online. You can take an online course (for about 12 to 18 months) if you consider the job.
The job involves listening to voice recordings of medical reports and transcribing it into written ones. There are companies who pay really well to hire the services of a transcriptionist. Once you have good internet access and a computer, you’re good to go. Just ensure you meet all deadlines and submit articulate paperwork.
5. Write Medical Codes
Classifying different medical diagnoses and writing a list of billing codes that correspond with them (especially for insurance claims) is what this job entails. It involves lots of research and hard work, but the pay is good as well.
6. Open an Online Medical Store
Since you know the right prescription for certain ailments, the best medical equipment and prices of different medical products, you can start an online medical retail store. Source for brands that sell quality items at low prices and resell them on your blog at the standard price. Users will come to you because they believe your experience in the field won’t lead them astray. You can also use affiliate marketing on your blog to make sales.
For example, popular nursing service blog, The Nerdy Nurse creates affiliate links with Amazon. When you purchase an item from Amazon through her link, she gets a percentage commission.
Finally, providing nursing services means you always have to be sure of your solutions. A wider audience means more impact. Take advantage of these tips and build up your savings without stress.