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You're a nurse and only making $40K a year? I, regrettably, spent a lot of time last year at my mother's hospital bedside and chatted with many nurses. They could write their own tickets -- several told me that just by taking weekend shifts they could work 24 hours a week (12 hours apiece Sat/Sun) and get pay and benefits equivalent to a 40-hour stint just becuase the hospital was so desperate for weekend workers.

One woman -- maybe 26 years old -- said she could stay home all week with her kids (she was divorced), place them with her parents for the weekend and comfortably support her family with just that amount of work, because of shift differentials etc. Another, an aide about to get her R.N., was planning to move to Arizona as soon as she had diploma in hand and already had job offers upward of $60K.

You probably know all of this already. Can you pick up overnight/evening/holiday shifts somewhere? Hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility? Hospice?
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