6 Work-From-Home Nursing Jobs
Full-time and part-time nursing jobs that can be done from home
Though most nursing is done in clinics or hospitals, there are work-at-home positions available to nurses. Some of these jobs are in the field of telehealth and allow you to practice medicine remotely. Others require skills in addition to a nursing degree, such as project management experience or an IT background.
Many work-at-home jobs for nurses are tied to a physical office location and require licensing in a specific state. Some of them are contract, remote positions, while others involve telecommuting part- or full-time.
Medical Call Center Agent
Working in a medical call center is available to nurses who want to transition to at-home work without needing additional qualifications or experience.
Medical call center nurses perform telephone triage, give medical advice, or check on patients’ well-being and health habits. Insurance companies and medical business outsourcers hire nurses for these jobs, either as employees or independent contractors. Training is usually done online at home as well. Most often these jobs are for RNs and BSNs, though there are also work-at-home jobs for LPNs.
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 remote work. Specialized care centers, such as cancer centers, may also assign patients nurse case managers to be available by phone, text, or email.
Case management jobs for nurses can include care coordinator, patient advocate, utilization review nurse, and Medicare and worker’s compensation specialists. If you have case management experience, you may be able to turn your current job into a telecommuting position or find a new one that allows telecommuting.
Online 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, including nursing. 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 can be found through universities, online colleges, and private companies that develop courses and training materials. Usually, a master's degree is the minimum requirement; in some cases, a Ph.D. is preferred.
Legal Nurse Consultant
Legal nurse consultants provide lawyers, paralegals, and others working in the legal profession with expertise in medical issues such as personal injury, malpractice, worker’s compensation, and more. Typically this expertise is utilized in-house as opposed to testifying as a medical expert.
Responsibilities for these consulting jobs can range from 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. Many of these positions can be telecommuted at least part-time. Typically a BSN or a master’s degree is required, along with some legal coursework or experience.
Health Care Recruiter
Recruiters are responsible for identifying talented professionals, guiding hiring managers, attending hiring events, and more tasks related to finding and hiring high-profile employees. Nursing is just one professional background from which health care recruiters come.
Nurses in these positions are typically full-time employees, rather than independent contractors. Because this type of work involves mostly phone and computer use, many recruiter jobs are now done remotely, though you may have to meet with teams on-site or travel to attend industry events.
Health IT/Nursing Informatics
Nursing informatics specialists are responsible for improving healthcare data systems, such as patient records, in a way that makes nursing jobs easier and improves patient outcomes. These positions require both nursing experience and computer or data management skills.
Like many IT jobs, these are often done remotely, though many require some time in an office environment before transitioning to work at home. Nurses may move into this work by learning on the job and eventually make the move to telecommuting.