Work-at-Home Opportunities for Nurses

Work-at-Home Opportunities for Nurses

As the health care field becomes larger and more complex, nurses are finding different ways to use their medical skills and help patients in need. People who are interested in a career in nursing don't have to work exclusively at a hospital, health clinic or private practice. More and more nurse professionals who are seeking flexible work hours and work-life balance now have opportunities to work from home.

Triage or Telehealth Nurse
Nurses who do at-home triage or telehealth work provide over-the-phone patient processing and offer disease management services. Sick or hurt people can call in with health questions and nurses can make outbound calls to check in on patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

In order to become an at-home triage nurse, you must have a bachelor's degree in nursing and three to five years of acute nursing experience. You will be expected to have strong clinical documentation and assessment skills. Nurses who work as telehealth professionals should have a great desire to work independently and be self-motivated.

Medical transcriptionist nurse
Nurses who enjoy working closely with physicians and other health care professionals can become medical transcriptionists. They record what a doctor or surgeon says so clinics and hospitals can use that information at a later time. Nurses are qualified for this position because they are familiar with medical terminology and abbreviations. They are often responsible for transcribing diagnostic test results, operative reports, referral letters and other important documents. Medical transcriptionist nurses may also submit a physician's written reports that need approval and translate medical abbreviations into long form. An associate degree in nursing is the minimum requirement for this position, but you make yourself more marketable with a bachelor's. You will also have to pass an certification exam to become a registered or certified medical transcriptionist.

Case management nurse
These nurses are responsible for evaluating the disability claims of individuals and play a major role in early intervention care. They assist social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians and other health care professionals during medical and return-to-work management processes for injured employees.

The best candidates for this position have an RN license and a minimum of three years of clinical practice experience. Nurses who have a background in disability management and knowledge of the insurance industry are highly sought after by case management offices in the U.S.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers online RN to BSN, BSN to MSN, and RN to MSN degree programs to working nurses who already have a current RN license. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers.nursing.

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