Most Unusual Side Job

  1. Hi, all. A recent response to a post I wrote suggesting finding a per diem job for skills maintenance/acquisition. While it was a valid point, one of my inner responses was "Hell, no! Any more work hours will NOT be in nursing."

    What are some of the most decidedly NOT related to nursing jobs you've had on the side?
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  3. by   Davey Do
    Free lance artist.
    Landscaping.
    Delivered telephone books.
    Gigolo (made no money at that one!)
  4. by   NurseCard
    I also do a little art work on the side... VERY occasionally.

    I've thought often about getting part time jobs at some of
    my favorite places to frequent.. Michaels, Starbucks... etc.
  5. by   Coffee Nurse
    I used to work at Starbucks. The free coffee made me very popular at my first nursing job (and inspired my screenname)!

    Now I volunteer at a well-known theatre/tourist attraction. It's fun to have something so different from nursing to do on my days off -- and hey, free theatre!
  6. by   HouTx
    Charge nurse at my first job (neuro ICU) did long haul truck driving once a month with her boyfriend. At that time (mid '80's) she said it paid more than her full time nursing gig.

    Davey - maybe the Gigolo thing would have worked out better if you'd had a better orientation?
  7. by   Proverbs16:24
    Ran a housekeeping service in the past. ....Nursefan, I love artsy creative things too!
    Last edit by Proverbs16:24 on Feb 24
  8. by   meanmaryjean
    My daughters and I had a baked goods stand at the farmers' market every summer. I still do catering.
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Freelance writer. Apartment manager. And cashier at Home Depot. All I wanted on my days off were jobs that were NOT in nursing!
  10. by   OldDude
    In addition to Urgent Care, lawn mowing - in fact, have 8 yards to mow this weekend.
  11. by   cleback
    Job during grad school... was part of "Team diarrhea" at the health department, so I called people who tested + for different foodborne bugs and surveyed their eating habits.

    Other than that, I have no marketable talents outside of nursing. Sigh.
  12. by   Here.I.Stand
    Making special occasion cakes
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  13. by   Here.I.Stand
    Annnnd...those are huge!
  14. by   AliNajaCat
    I drove a diaper service van delivering their magazines to department store children's and pregnant-women-clothes departments, doctor offices, and clinics. This and writing for their local newsletter got me free diaper service for about two years.

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