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Work-at-Home Options for Nurses

Work-at-Home Options for Nurses

Linda Childers | Monster Contributing Writer

July 29, 2008

Telecommuting provides an attractive option for nurses seeking flexibility and work/life balance. Many large companies hire nurses to work from home doing a variety of jobs. Here’s a look at three options: triage (also called telehealth), medical transcription and case management.

Telehealth

Over the past three years, McKesson Health Solutions, a healthcare services and IT provider, has increased its at-home worker population from 13 to more than 500 agents. Most are RNs who provide over-the-phone triage and disease-management services. Patients can call in with health questions, while nurses make outbound calls to patients with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

To qualify as a telehealth nurse for McKesson, candidates should have at least an associate degree in nursing, three to five years of recent acute nursing experience, and strong clinical documentation and assessment skills. They should also be self-motivated and enjoy working independently. In addition, they must have strong Internet and typing skills and a working knowledge of Windows.

“We can offer nurses the kind of flexibility they often can’t find in other jobs,” says Linda Casey, senior operations manager at McKesson. “We can ensure their schedule allows them time to attend their children’s soccer games as well as other personal appointments.”

Salaries and benefits for telehealth nurses are very competitive, and openings exist nationwide, Casey says.

IntelliCare, a healthcare contact center company, and United Healthcare offer similar work-at-home opportunities for nurses.

Medical Transcription

Another option for nurses seeking to work from home is medical transcription, an occupation the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will experience faster-than-average growth through 2014.

Transcriptionists transcribe recordings made by physicians and other healthcare professionals into medical reports, correspondence and other administrative material.

Flexibility and the opportunity to set their own hours make medical transcription a viable career choice for nurses with young children or for those seeking a less-demanding job than traditional hospital work.

Community colleges and online providers, such as Career Step, Gatlin Education Services and Professional Career Development Institute, offer medical transcription courses. Prices may vary significantly.


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    boomernurse

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Thank you for your article. You have presented these career alternatives in a clear, concise manner and have included specific companies to begin a search. Very helpful!

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    max1

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am interested in Tellihealth. Would you please provide a means for me to contact them. I have a Masters Degree in nursing and 40 years of experience. Thank you.

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    mleafrn

    over 5 years ago

    12 comments

    Life Planning and Legal Nurse consultant are other options.

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    janlew

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    sounds like heaven. where do i sign up

  • Nurse24_max50

    pezzy

    over 6 years ago

    388 comments

    Very interesting!!!

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