Yes, You Can be a Stay-at-Home Nurse
Nov. 6, 2015
Did you know that every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65? Aging Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are having a profound impact on our economy and our health care system. Increasingly more people need personal and medical care help every year as lifespans increase. The need for at-home nursing care is on the rise.
The higher-than-average projected growth rate for nursing jobs is 19 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This demand for nurses comes at a great time - a time in which progressive technologies in the medical and health care fields allow nurses to chart their own career course from home. Yes, it's really possible to be a stay-at-home nurse today, enjoying a flexible schedule and a great income working remotely by phone or computer in the comfort of your own home.
Let's look at a few of the most promising at-home nursing jobs:
Disability clinical case managers act as advocates and liaisons for patients, employers, medical providers, and insurers. These nurses evaluate disability claims and help to plan and oversee the injured worker's care so that they're back on the job as quickly as possible.
After interviewing the patient, case managers arrange health care provider referrals and interface with the patients' doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists to coordinate services. They might order lab tests and schedule surgeries. Acting as health coaches to the injured employee, they monitor the patient's ongoing progress.
If you have an RN license, clinical practice experience, and some insurance industry knowledge, this is a great fit for you. Experience in critical care, home health, and rehabilitation are also helpful. You'll need to bring strong computer, customer-service and time-management skills to this role.
TRIAGE, OR TELEHEALTH
Over-the-phone triage and disease-management and monitoring services are in great demand. Your employer/company provides you with the software and equipment you need to field calls from patients who have health questions. You provide a private room. You might also make outbound calls to perform health checks on patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD and cardiovascular disease.
Large pharmacy chains like CVS need telehealth nurses to answer calls from patients, caregivers, and medical providers about diseases, treatment protocols, and new drugs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 8 percent growth through 2022 in the medical transcription field, making this another great work-from-home choice for nurses. You transcribe recordings made by physicians into medical reports and other correspondence. You can align yourself with medical transcription service providers to receive assignments, or become an independent contractor and market yourself directly to doctors, hospitals, clinics, and medical malpractice law offices in your area.
HOME HEALTH CARE
While this requires leaving the house for part of the day to visit your patients, you do perform all of your paperwork from home and transfer it to the agencies you work with via computer. A nurse who enjoys direct patient contact outside of a hospital setting with great clinical and organizational skills and a desire to work independently is the perfect fit for this job.
BROWSE THE INSURANCE CARRIER SITES
UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Cigna, and The Hartford are just some of the large insurance companies that hire remote nurses for flexible and well-paying work-from-home jobs. Go to their career pages and search for "nurse telecommuter" opportunities. You'll be pleasantly surprised, and very inspired!
You can help inspire others to better health through your nursing skills. Learn what opportunities are right for you. Contact Concorde today.