Working from home can really be a Godsend. Working in the convenient setting of your home, the ability to take breaks when you want to, no senior executive breathing down your neck to get the job done, the freedom to work the hours you want and all the while be there for your family when they really need you. Working from home is indeed an ideal situation. But is working from home possible in all professions, especially healthcare?
What about work from home nursing jobs?
The common perception is that working from home is only possible with certain professions such as creatively-oriented jobs, education, or certain commerce-related jobs such as sales and marketing. However, many healthcare professions are quickly catching up with the “work from home” trend, thereby increasing the career scope of the field. Nursing is one such profession where today working from home is possible! Traditionally perceived to be a job that requires a physical presence, nurses today have a variety of employment options that enable them to work from home.
Potential Work from Home Nursing Jobs
Whether you’re looking to earn extra income or need to carry your work with you while traveling, working from home is a viable option. What are the different jobs nurses can do while working from home? Let’s take a look at some of the possible options:
Also known as mental health care advocates, nurse clinicians, senior Registered Nurse (RN) care advocate or clinical nurse advocate, nurse advocates help patients understand all the details associated with care, such as available treatment options, insurance issues and education on their illness. Such nurses also guide patients with bill payment in a manner that helps them avoid debt, which would generally be handled by an advocate otherwise. This is particularly helpful to patients who can’t afford third-party advocates during treatment. As nurses are already familiar with the healthcare system and providing moral support to patients during treatment, this makes them well-suited to being health care advocates.
Nursing Informatics Specialists, Coders, and Case Managers
With the growth of nursing informatics, the demand for nurses with a dual specialization in computer science and nursing is growing at a very fast pace. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15% increase in demand for information technicians in nursing by the year 2024. Project management, technical implementations and support, and analytics are a large portion of the work for an informatics nurse. These nurses often work in IT departments building workflows and screens as part of the EHR. They work as the translators between IT and nursing. Technology is used to maintain patients’ records and data, and this technology requires constant upgrades, customization, and development. All of this requires an informaticists touch, who also go by the job titles of nursing informatics specialist, clinical informatics nurse, clinical analyst, and many more.
Nurse Case Managers
Case management can also be done remotely. Also known as field case managers, case manager nurses or clinical nurse case managers, nursing case managers help determine the best care plan for patients, including making appointments with doctors and scheduling important surgeries. Work from home nursing case managers end up spending plenty of time discussing patients’ health issues and coordinating with care providers over the phone or the internet.
Often working in conjunction with home care, nurse coders are needed to properly key patient billing forms for processing by Medicare. While in many other settings of the hospital being a nurse is not a requirement, the home care setting is very nuanced in billing and requires in depth knowledge of the clinical care provided to patients in the home care setting. These nurses select appropriate diagnosis and work with the nurse providing direct patient care to outline the patient’s plan of care and related charges.
Freelancing Nurse Blogger/Writer
Though writing may not be the first option to strike your mind as a nurse, blogging and content writing related to nursing is growing in demand. Due to the growing scope of the profession, many sites look for nurses with actual experience to provide insight on a variety of topics such as available career options, career advice and tips, and explanation of various terms related to nursing. However, easy as it may seem, nurse writers and bloggers are required to post useful content which is clear, focused, and provides value to the reader. You will need good grammar and punctuation as well as an inspiration to write. This profession doesn’t pay a lot in the initial stages, but can end up being a great earning option if your writing and marketing are successful!
Learn to Blog
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Nurse Professor/Faculty Member/Educator
With the advent of technology, it is possible to earn a degree by just studying online. In addition, online courses are numerous, and even better, recognized as worthy qualifications by various employers. Such courses not only require students but also experienced qualified faculty. Nurses who hold at least a master’s degree can work from home as professors or faculty members for online courses offered by various nursing colleges such as Excelsior College and the Western Governors University. Such nurses will be required to evaluate the academic submissions of students of such courses as well as plan curriculum and lead discussions. Without a master’s degree, you can also participate in the world on online education by developing CE courses or creating your own nursing education site like my friend Jon at NRSNG.com.
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical research associates help manage all the aspects of research studies, such as monitoring the study, drawing up a budget for the study and reporting the progress and findings of the study. This position requires qualified nurses with a nursing degree and ideally, experience as a research associate or research coordinator.
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Other Work from Home Nursing Job Options
As already mentioned, nursing is a profession that’s only growing positively in scope and demand. There are numerous other work from home nursing job options available, such as nurse consultants, site managers, patient trainers, remote quality improvement nurse, medical transcription, and insurance company nurses. Hourly rates can vary but are typically comparable to what a nurse would earn on the floor.
A World of Potential!
Working from home is a trend that has quickly caught on, and how! Because of all the advances in technology, it is now possible to work from home in almost any profession, and it is turning out to be a pretty lucrative option for many savvy nurses. Nursing, in particular, is growing in scope and demand, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasting a 26% increase in the demand for registered nurses by 2020. This demand has opened up many doors and avenues in terms of career paths for nurses, instead of restricting them only to the traditional roles they play in healthcare, a field that is always evolving.
Whether you’re looking for a way to earn extra income or you’re someone who’s a home body yet want to continue to use your nursing knowledge and experience, working from home is definitely a great option that you should consider!
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