Virtual Nursing – Nursing Field of the Future?
Steve Berman | NursingLink
Other areas where virtual nurses are needed are as contributors or advisers to the many virtual communities available on the web. Sites such as Second Life, ThirdAid, or MDAdvice.com offer places where people can ask doctors and nurses for medical advice, and these growing communities often have needs for experienced and trained nurses to oversee the programs offered. Nursing schools are also increasingly incorporating Second Life into their online degree programs. This creates job openings for virtual nursing instructors, as well.
Virtual nurses need the same skills and training as a home nurse or a nurse in a hospital or a doctor’s office. The type of nursing degree required depends on who a virtual nurse or telecommute nurse ends up working for, but most of the time companies hiring telecommute nurses are looking for experienced RNs with strong communication and technical skills. In some cases, those with LVN certification can find jobs in this field as well.
With a large aging population, the shortage of nurses, and increased acceptance of technology both in medicine and daily life in general, opportunities for virtual nurses, telecommute nurses, and telephone triage workers are on the rise. Salaries are comparable to nurses with similar experience in a hospital or physician’s office.