How an LPN Work From Home
5 Work From Home Jobs for a Licensed Practical Nurse
In case you've been wondering, a licensed practical nurse or LPN can work at home. However, the long answer is: It is very hard, but not impossible, to work at home in nursing, especially if you want to find a work-at-home position specifically for an LPN.
Being licensed as an RN, and sometimes earning a BSN, is typically required to obtain work-at-home nursing jobs in telehealth and case management. However, being a licensed practical nurse (LPN) is an additional credential that can open doors when looking for telecommuting work.
Because the type of work an LPN does is typically hands-on, the specifics of an online job will be quite different than an on-site LPN’s job. However, the medical background and the people skills an LPN has can give him or her an edge in other medical-related work at home jobs.
What Is an LPN?
For those from outside the United States, licensed practical nurse (LPN) or licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in California and Texas is equivalent to registered practical nurse (RPN) in Canada, enrolled nurse (EN) or division 2 nurses in Australia and New Zealand and state enrolled nurse (SEN) in the United Kingdom. Similar opportunities to work at home may be available in these and other countries.
An LPN can leverage on-site experience into a medical coding job. Insurance companies, as well as medical BPOs (companies that outsourcing to insurance companies and medical offices), hire remote medical coders.
Be careful because these jobs, along with medical billing jobs, can be the bait in work-at-home scams. Also, formal training and/or certification may be needed. (However, offering online training is another avenue for scammers.) Experience in coding along with LPN licensure may be enough; for example, UnitedHealth Group hires LPNs as coders.
Similar to medical coding, medical billing is another possible work-at-home opportunity for an LPN. However, unlike coders, medical billers are more likely to be working in their own home businesses. Companies do hire remote medical billers, but experienced medical billers may set up their own businesses and have medical offices as clients.
Remember, though, this is for experienced medical billers. If you are starting out, you may need to gain more experience on-site before you can establish a medical billing home business. And beware because, even more than medical coding, this is a field rife with scams.
Most call medical center jobs that involve direct contact with patients, such as telephone triage, require an RN or BSN. However, there are some medical-related customer service positions available for LPNs and others with medical backgrounds. The patient skills and medical knowledge of an LPN can be assets.
Insurance companies hire a wide range of medical jobs, including jobs for physicians, nurses, medical coders, and billers. As mentioned above, LPNs can often make the transition to medical coders and billers.
Insurance firms tend to be telecommute-friendly companies so there may be opportunities for LPNs as well.
The familiarity with medical terms that an LPN has is definitely a plus in medical transcription, but fast, accurate typing skills are just as important. While there are certification and training programs for medical transcriptionists, which may significantly increase your marketability for a job, these are not absolutely required.