So you followed your dreams and became a nurse – you survived nursing school, exams, clinical hours, and even more exams. But now that you’ve been working for a few years, you might find that hospital nursing is a bit more stressful than you’d like to deal with. You love working with people and you enjoy putting your knowledge and skills to good use, but sometimes, being on your feet for twelve hours at a time with hardly even a lunch break is a bit over-demanding.
So what do you do now? How do you get to keep being a nurse and working in the healthcare field without having to deal with the negative parts of working in a big hospital? Keep reading for a few amazing options for work-at-home nursing jobs.
- Medical Transcription
Medical transcription, while it does not demand a nursing degree or licensure, is a perfect fit for nurses who want to work at home. Though it is considered an entry-level position and requires only a GED or high school diploma as far as education goes, nurses have an abundance of background knowledge that will make the job that much easier.
Basically, medical transcription is translating a file from audio recording or handwritten notes to a digital typed format. Nurses are particularly suited to this profession because they are already familiar with the medical lingo they will come across during transcription, specifically medication, anatomy, and the names of certain tests and procedures.
Medical transcriptionists work directly for hospitals, individual doctors, lawyers, and even insurance companies – but it can all be done from home. And one of the best parts is that your pay is productivity-based, meaning that the more work you do, the more you are paid, so you have serious control over your paycheck.
- Telehealth and Tele-Triage
If you are comfortable on the phone, telehealth may be the right path for you. In this position, you’ll be performing some basic triage over the phone. You’ll speak directly with patients to assess their needs and their health status.
To do this job, all you will need is a quiet room where you can speak privately with your patients and a phone. Usually, the company that you are working with will provide you with their specific software or equipment that they prefer employees to use. You may be required to be available on weekends or the night shift, so while you do get to work from the comfort of your own home, you’ll still need to be pretty flexible with your schedule.
- Home Health Care
As a home health care nurse, you will be working from home, but usually from someone else’s home. This type of work entails visiting patients in their homes to attend to their needs. Usually, this will be an elderly population or people in end-of-life care. Care might consist of giving medications and helping with mealtime, bathing, and toileting. After visiting patients, you’ll need to keep an account of who you visited, what you did, and when you were there. This paperwork and other forms are provided by the company you work with and you’ll most likely be expected to complete these every day or every week.
Because most of your patients are nearing the end of their life, it is essential that you have the emotional capacity to withstand the common occurrence of death. This specialty isn’t for everyone, but as long as you have the emotional strength, a working vehicle, and don’t mind a bit of paperwork, you’ll rarely have to actually go into the office (or hospital).
- Legal Nurse Consultants
If you’ve been working as a nurse for a few years, chances are you have a wealth of knowledge relating to the field, not just with patient care and medications but also with administration and legal duties. One of the major parts of nursing is making sure you are following protocol in all situations. If you are a stickler for following rules and want to offer your services, becoming a legal nurse consultant will allow you to share your expertise to help the greater good, even if you are tired of working in a hospital.
Essentially, a legal consultant works closely with insurance companies or law firms to help out in cases involving the healthcare industry. They have insider knowledge as to what is acceptable and what isn’t, so they’ll be able to help these companies or lawyers make appropriate decisions for their clients.
For this option, you may be required to work in your company’s physical building for a while before you are allowed to work from home. This isn’t uncommon, so if you’re considering this pathway, be prepared to pay your dues in-house before you get the freedom of working in your pajamas!