01Learn How You Can Work From Home as a Nurse
Yes, most nursing jobs are the hands-on clinical variety and cannot be done from remote locations, such as a home office, but there are work-at-home jobs for nurses out there. The trick is knowing whether your nursing education and experience will be enough to land one—and if not, how to get that experience.
As you read through these telecommuting nurse jobs, keep a few things in mind: Many (but certainly not all) of these positions are tied to a physical office location and require licenses in a specific state. And they often require a certain amount of time working in that office before telecommuting can begin. As with any job you may need to convince your boss to let you telecommute, but given that these 5 jobs lend themselves to telecommuting, it may not be that hard.
For an overview of how to use nursing experience and credentials to land a work-at-home position, read this article: Work at Home in Nursing and then see Companies That Offer Work-at-Home Jobs for Nurses.
02Medical Call Center Agent
Working in a medical call center is perhaps the nursing job from home that takes the least experience. Nurses who have worked in a clinical setting can usually transition to this type of work. However, call center work pays the least, often around $25 an hour, of these 5 jobs for nurses.
Typically medical call center nurses perform telephone triage, give medical advice or check on patients’ well-being and health habits. Insurance companies and medical BPOs (business process outsourcers) hire nurses for these jobs, which are typically employment positions, though some may be for independent contractors. Training is usually done online at home as well. Most often these jobs are for RNs and BSNs, not LPNs. Though, some companies need LPNs in customer service positions (see work-at-home jobs for LPNs).
Also see: Medical Call Center Jobs
If you work as a nurse in case management, you very well may be able to turn your current job into a telecommuting position or find a new one that allows telecommuting. Case managers coordinate care for patients, often for large insurance companies, and it is very common for these companies to allow at least part-time telecommuting. But unlike medical call center agents who work from home, these home-based jobs (which might include care coordinator, patient advocate, utilization review RN and Medicare and worker’s compensation specialist) are for those who already have experience in case management.
04Online Instructor/Course Developer
Online education is a growing field that is conducive to working at home. Subject matter experts are needed in every field that is taught online—and nursing is no exception. Tech-savvy nurses with teaching experience may be able to use those skills in distance education --either working as an instructor or in developing nursing courses.
These jobs are for online colleges and "brick-and-mortar" schools as well as private companies that develop courses and training materials. Usually, a master's degree is the minimal requirement, but often a Ph.D. is preferred.
05Legal Nurse Consultant
These nurses provide lawyers, paralegals and others working in the legal profession with expertise about medical issues related to law, such as personal injury, malpractice, worker’s comp, and more. Typically this expertise is utilized in-house as opposed to testifying as a medical expert. This type of work could range from managing and interpreting medical records to coordinating medical exams for clients. A legal nurse consultant may be an independent contractor or may be employed by a law firm or insurance company. Either way, this job lends itself to telecommuting, at least part of the time. Typically a BSN or a master’s degree and some legal coursework or experiences are required. See this Profile of Legal Nurse Consultant.
06Health Care Recruiter
Nursing is just one professional background from which health care recruiters come.
Because this type of work involves mostly phone and computer use, it can often be done, at least part-time, from home. Nurses in this field are often employees but this can be a home
07Health IT/Nursing Informatics
IT jobs, in general, can often be work at home, but both the specific field of health IT and general information technology usually require time working in an office environment and a high level of skill before transitioning to work at home. Nurses may move into this work by learning on the job and eventually make the move to telecommuting full or, more likely, part-time. For more on this field see this profile of health IT jobs.