Photo of an idealized home office
Wouldn’t you like to trade the nurses’ station for your own home office?

Are you a nurse who has always dreamed of becoming a writer? I have great news for you. There’s never been a better time for a nurse to become a freelance writer. And over the next 30 days, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know to do it.

My name is Beth, and I’m an RN and successful freelance writer. I want to share my knowledge with you to help you make the leap from nurse to writer, too.

Let me clear up one thing right away: Yes, it really is possible to make a great living as a freelance writer. In fact, I earn more as a writer than I ever did as a nurse. However, this isn’t some get-rich-quick scheme. Writing is a career and a business, and you’ll have to work at it to be successful.

When I say “freelance writer,” I’m talking about a professional, working writer who crafts a variety of materials for an array of clients. I’m not taking about novelists or poets. If you have dreams of penning the next Great American Novel, my blog probably won’t help you.

But if, on the other hand, you’re itching to trade in your stethoscope for a laptop and your noisy clinical environment for a cozy home office, I’m here to help you.

Why on earth would I give up my “secrets of success” to anyone who reads this blog? Well, several things influence my decision. First, I know all too well what a grind nursing can become when you hit a certain age or a certain point in your career. Don’t get me wrong. I loved clinical nursing. But the time came where I felt burned out. Maybe you feel the same way. I’d like to help my fellow nurses transition to a lucrative new career as a freelance writer.

The other reason I don’t mind sharing my tips is the demand for health and medical writers far outstrips the supply. In short, there’s plenty of work to go around. I don’t lose a thing by helping other nurses become writers.I’m blogging every day in June as part of the Freelance Success/WordCount Blogathon. Over the next 30 days, I’ll cover:

  • From RN to writer in three easy steps
  • Essential writing skills for nurses
  • How to get clips (writing samples) when you’re just starting out
  • Business essentials for nurse writers
  • How to write a letter of introduction
  • How much you should charge
  • How to find clients
  • Dealing with rejection
  • 3 profitable niches for nurse writers
  • Freelance “marketplaces” to avoid
  • Special skills in writing for the web
  • Your questions answered

Speaking of that last bullet point, please post your freelance writing questions in the comments or send them to me by email. I will be writing at least one post that answers all your questions – and you’ll remain anonymous.

To make sure you don’t miss a single blog post, be sure to subscribe by clicking the link. I also invite you to sign up for my newsletter by using the box at right. Each month, I’ll be sharing more great information on how to become a nurse-writer, webinar discounts and much more!

So settle in and get ready to learn about this great second career for nurses: freelance writing. Follow along on Twitter using hashtag #RN2Writer. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Photo courtesy Bill Lim.