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Work at Home Options for Nurses 

Written by Kristal Roberts
Work at Home

You may have heard of people working from home and thought, “that’d be a great opportunity to spend time with my family,” or “I could use the extra cash”, but then dismissed that option as a nurse.

After all, you’ve got to work in a hospital, office, clinic or at the very least, a patient’s home to practice nursing, right?


As nurses, you have knowledge that is very valuable and you can provide that knowledge outside of hospital walls.

Take a look at these work at home options to see just how flexible a nursing career can be!

Advice Nurses

Many nurses work as advice nurses from the comfort of their homes. As an advice nurse, you’re a consultant, giving patients and other professionals health advice over the phone. For example, medical insurance companies often hire nurses to answer people’s questions about health and medical issues, such as advice on treating their diabetes, a sick child or help on following a diet prescribed by a doctor.

Triage/ Telehealth Nurses

Triage nurses, also referred to as telehealth nurses , also provide consultations over the phone to patients and clients. The difference between triage nurses and advice nurses are, triage nurses can assist clinics and hospitals in determining the urgency of care needed for cases.

Both of these roles help to reduce unnecessary visits to healthcare centers by assisting in self care and symptom management.

Companies that Hire reports that healthcare services and IT provider McKesson Health Solutions increased its at home workers from 13 to 500 agents over the past three years, and the majority of their at home workforce are registered nurses. McKesson requires at least an associate’s degree three to five years of recent acute nursing experience, and of course, strong computer and internet skills to become a telehealth nurse.  According to, Intellicare nurse consultants make an average of $25 per hour, and United Healthcare also offers competitive rates.

Explore remote nurse positions in these fields here:



Medical Transcription

Nurses should also consider medical transcription as a work from home option. Transcriptionists simply transcribe recordings from physicians or other health care providers for medical reports and other healthcare documents.

Many companies that provide these positions offer flexibility, allowing you to make your own hours, a perfect option for parents who wish to spend more time with their children or work in a less stressful environment.

You can take a medical transcription course at a community college or an online institute. Here’s a list of’s top ten recommendations for medical transcription programs:

Companies That Hire

As a nurse, you can get medical transcription assignments from companies like MedQuist or Spheris.

Nurses can also become an independent contractors and contact local doctor’s offices or medical groups to promote their transcription service. The pay scale for medical transcriptionists varies by location, and some work by the hour, while others are paid by  the number of lines transcribed.  

Elite Medical Scribe:

Nuance Transcription Services

Clinical Case Management

Another work at home option nurses can explore is clinical case management.

Some companies hire remote nurses evaluate patients' disability claims and provide guidance in the medical process as well as the process of returning to work  for injured employees. You would work with patients and their doctors and therapists to develop the patient’s care cost effective manner. You would advocate in the best interest of the patient, insurer and the employer, ultimately helping an employee get back to living a healthy, productive life after an accident.

These types of positions typically require an RN license or higher with a minimum of three years clinical experience.

It’s a plus if you have knowledge of insurance industry, critical care, home health and rehabilitation.

Companies that Hire

Intracorp, a Cigna division, hires nurses to work as disability clinical case managers.

Bunch & Associates also hires home-based nurse case managers.

Clearly, working at home is not only a possibility for nurses, but a great option with lots of different opportunities.

If you need a change of pace in your nursing career, you have the freedom to explore these different positions in the comfort of your own domain.