When it comes to work-at-home jobs for registered nurses there are a number of employed, self-employed and contractor careers that allow nurses the opportunity to work from home.
While work-at-home nursing careers do allow nurses to work exclusively from home depending on the nurses field and responsibilities these healthcare professionals may be required to make some office, at home/work or client visits as part of their job.
Being able to work from home can provide nurses with more flexibility of their time, eliminate long commutes, provide more opportunities to manage family priorities and reduce workplace distractions.
If you’re looking to start a work-at-home career and you’re finding it difficult to figure out what fields are offering opportunities for work-at-home nurses then you may want to take a look at some of these new and emerging markets for work-at-home nurses.
A case management nurse (telephonic nurse case manager) is a nurse who specializes in providing care to patients suffering from long-term medical conditions.
These medical professionals may specialize in a particular practice of nursing such as elderly care, cancer or mental health and will use their expertise to help their patients manage their condition and find affordable healthcare solutions.
Case management nurses will manage their patients medical plans, schedule appointments, oversee medication usage/management and coordinate the healthcare services between the patient, doctor and other medical professionals.
In other words case management nurses work as a liaison and advocate for better healthcare for their patients and the healthcare workers that assist them.
As a telephonic case management nurse you will be responsible for managing your patients care over the phone and may work alongside nurse practitioners and other medical professionals that perform more hands on care with the patients they serve.
Depending on the healthcare organization you may be able to work from home or you may be required to work at an onsite office or healthcare center.
Legal nurse consulting
Legal nurse consultants or nurse attorneys are responsible for providing their knowledge and medical expertise to healthcare organizations, insurance companies, attorneys, judges and other legal entities.
Legal nurse consultants assist with legal cases involving medical claims and help law officials understand complex medical terminology, assess the claimants medical condition and determine the legitimacy of the medical claim.
By working closely with attorneys legal nurse consultants can bridge the gap between legal knowledge and medical expertise in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the medical case and reduce inaccurate court decisions based on a lack of knowledge and/or evidence.
A legal nurse consultant may work primarily from home, at a law firm or in an office depending on the agreements and requirements set by the organization he/she is consulting for.
In many cases legal nurse consultants are self employed and those who are in high demand do have more leverage in determining where they want to work, how they want to work and what cases they want to take on.
A medical coder, nurse medical coder or nurse coding specialist is a specialized field that focuses on interpreting a patients medical records, services and the treatments they received and providing the proper medical codes to the patients medical records and bill in order to ensure that the healthcare professional or organization receives proper payment for the patients treatment.
Being able to properly interpret a patients medical records and assign the right codes on their bills is essential in preventing financial, legal and numerous other issues from occurring and ensuring proper payments are received for services provided to the patient.
Proper certification and experience can help a medical coder secure a job and receive a higher salary.
Medical coders may work from home or within a variety of healthcare and/or clinical settings.
A medical transcriptionist or MT is responsible for analyzing and converting audio recordings from doctors, physicians, practitioners and other medical professionals into readable text.
Medical transcriptionists will use voice recognition software to convert the audio into text and then analyze, edit, modify and organize the text into paper or digital documents that can be stored at the hospital or healthcare center where the patient received their care.
While MT’s may rely on voice recognition software to some degree errors can occur due to the software difficulty in interpreting the audio files.
For example audio where the voice is unclear or muffled, or when interpreting certain accents the voice recognition software may have difficulty understanding the audio, therefore the medical transcriptionist needs to have a good understanding of computers and medical terminology in order to correct any potential issues that may arise in the software transcription.
Being able to provide accurate records is essential for ensuring that the patient receives the right care for their medical condition.
MT’s may work as a full-time/part-time employee, as a contractor at a healthcare facility or at home based on the agreements made between the employer and employee.
Sales and marketing
Nurses looking for work-at-home jobs may be able to choose from a variety of career fields within the telecommunications and online sales and marketing fields.
These careers may include pharmaceutical sales, on/offline marketing, medical equipment sales and sales and marketing management.
Having a background in sales and healthcare can provide a good advantage for nurses looking to secure a job in this field.
Depending on the companies requirements nurse may be able to work solely from home or may be required to occasionally meet prospects and clients to further discuss the products and/or services they offer.
A telephone triage nurse (aka telehealth nurse or call support nurse) is a nurse who provides consultation and advice to patients over the phone.
They will assist patients by assessing their situation, learning about their medical history and asking them specific medical related questions in order to identify their medical issues and the underlying cause so that they can direct the patient to the proper medical healthcare provider, rather than sending them directly to a hospital or healthcare clinic.
This helps reduce the cost, time and resources needed to properly treat patients while allowing busy hospitals and healthcare centers to focus on those who need more urgent care.
Telephone triage nurses may apply for a work-at-home job or at a healthcare facility based on the companies needs.
Telecommuting nurse practitioner
Telecommuting nurse practitioners are highly trained nurses who provide phone consultation, telemedicine and/or appointment based care at a patients home or workplace.
These healthcare professionals use telecommunication to assess and treat patient injuries, mental disorders and/or illnesses, educate patients about their condition and provide feedback on potential treatments, perform home health assessments, collaborate with medical staff and other patient care providers and provide on call care to patients living at home or operating in the workplace.
By working in telecommunications nurse practitioners are able to meet the patient at his/her location rather than requiring the patient to meet them at a clinic or healthcare facility, while those that work solely from home can collaborate with patients and other medical professionals to ensure patients receive the best care possible.
A professional nurse blogger or writer is an individual that makes his/her living by writing for their own blog or being hired to write for other blogs and/or publications.
A professional nurse blogger or writer may write for a school, organization, large website, as a contractor or for his/her own blog.
Nurses that work as professional writers may be paid per article, on an hourly basis or upon another agreed arrangement.
While making money or getting a job from blogging may sound like a dream job it often takes a lot of time, commitment and know-how before any results begin to show.
Blogging alone is not profitable, however a professional blogger will be able to match their personal/business goals with their content in order to secure a job, get hired for writing deals, promote and sell products and/or services and build a community., which can lead to a decent income.
Professional bloggers are able to create a community that knows, likes and trusts them, and is able to provide that community with the information and product/service they need to make better decisions.
Nurse entrepreneurs specialize in understanding their market and create products and/or services that they can sell to that market.
Nurse entrepreneurs are often highly self motivated individuals that use the resources at their disposal to identify existing and future problems, and use their knowledge to find ways to solve these problems.
By solving large medical and healthcare problems nurse entrepreneurs are able to improve healthcare, ensure patients are receiving the best treatment possible and reduce medical costs for the client and patient.
Unlike other work-at-home careers nurse entrepreneurs are generally self employed and do not earn a salary; instead they make money by solving problems and creating/selling their products and/or services to potential customers and clients.
The pros and cons of work-at-home jobs
While there are many benefits to working at home there are also a number of potential downsides to this kind of work.
Working at home can provide you with more flexibility over you time, make it easier to manage potential family needs, eliminate workplace distractions and save you money and time by eliminated your daily commute, however working at home can also make it harder for you to escape your work, reduce opportunities for you to develop workplace relationships, increase at-home distractions, isolate you from conversations and group discussions and cause feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Deciding whether or not to work from home is often a very personal decision that is based on your personal wants and needs.
In order to get a better understanding of what its like to work from home and to help you decide whether or not its right for you here are some of the pros and cons of working from home.
- Commute time and cost is significantly reduced or eliminated (no traffic, fuel cost or long commutes)
- More time to sleep and rest
- Less workplace distractions
- More flexibility over time
- Eliminates daycare costs for families with children
- You may be able to use part of your work space and equipment as a tax write off
- No dress code
- Healthier food choices (you can prepare foods and cook from home rather than eating out)
- Reduced overhead/employee cost for businesses
- Quieter and less stressful work environment
- Potential for a better work/life balance
- Potential for better work productivity (reducing travel, workplace stress and office distractions can increase focus and productivity)
- Limited career fields offering opportunities for work-at-home jobs
- Requires a high level of self discipline and motivation
- Potential for increased stress on relationships due to always being around your partner
- You may find it hard to escape your work since you’re almost always with your phone and/or computer
- You won’t have the same level of personal connection with other employees
- Less collaboration with coworkers
- Potential for increased at-home distractions (television, loud music, children and other at-home distractions)
- Reduced opportunities for building connections in the workplace
- Potential degradation of social skills
- Potential to limit in the field work experience, which can make it harder to get promoted in certain fields
- Potential loneliness and anxiety from not having a work/friend support group and social network
As you can see working from home has a number of positive and negative trade offs that might not be right for everyone.
In the end deciding on the right type of work is often a personal one, however for those that do want to work-at-home there are a number of career opportunities available if you possess the right skills and personality to be successful within the you are interested in.