Ways to Make and Save Money While in Nursing School

Working during nursing school might not be right for you, and that’s okay. The most important thing to keep in mind when looking at options for making or saving money is that nursing school should always come first.

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You’re investing a lot into becoming a nurse, and it’s important to focus on the end result.

If you’re looking to make some money while in nursing school and have something to get your mind off of nursing school every now and then, getting a part-time job in something unrelated to healthcare might be a good choice for you. Here are some options:

  • Open an Etsy shop: Opening a shop on Etsy isn’t for everyone, but this job is perfect for creative individuals who enjoy crafting in their spare time. Explore what people are currently selling to get an idea for what you can contribute.
  • Babysit: You’re never too old to babysit. Babysitting is one of the best ways to make money while not committing to 40-hour work weeks. If you’re interested in working with children as a nurse, babysitting offers an additional bonus.
  • Become an Uber driver: Uber connects reliable personal drivers to passengers in more than 35 cities around the world. Drivers for Uber can receive great compensation and choose their own hours. See if your city is hiring for drivers!

If you’re looking for a job that will connect you to healthcare and give you relevant work experience while in nursing school, here are some jobs to consider:

  • Train to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): CNAs must be trained and certified, so you should strongly consider your current situation to ensure you have enough time in your schedule. Employers are usually flexible with CNAs, understanding that many are going through nursing school. With this job, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with many nurses!
  • Apply to be a transporter: Transporters ensure that patients are safely moved to and from different areas of the hospital. No certification is required. This position allows you to work in a hospital and interact with both patients and nurses.

If a part-time job isn’t for you, here are three easy ways that you can start saving money today:

  • Pack your lunch: Spending 5 to 10 dollars on lunch each day adds up. Packing your lunch is a great way to save extra money.
  • Buy in bulk: If you have the storage space, try out bulk stores where you can get savings on everyday items if you buy more.
  • Plan your meals for the week: You’ll be less likely to want to eat out if you plan your meals each day and buy the groceries for them early.

What are some other ideas for making and saving money while in nursing school? Whether or not you decide to work during nursing school, there are plenty of ways to financially plan. Click here to learn about ways you can pay for nursing school.