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!
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
Monster.com 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 Glassdoor.com, Intellicare nurse consultants make an average of $25 per hour, and United Healthcare also offers competitive rates.
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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.
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.
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.