Roles a nurse could undertake from home

Nursing is an amazingly rewarding career, and what is more is that it is incredibly flexible. Once you are a qualified Registered Nurse, or even an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse there are a wide range of jobs to choose from across a number of medical fields. If you would like to travel while nursing, work part time, choose a particular set of shits (e.g. weekends only, or nights only) to suit your lifestyle, nursing offers a variety of options to suit most career aspirations.

Another great attribute in achieving a nursing qualification is if you do not necessarily enjoy working directly with patients on a full-time basis such as in hospitals or medical facilities, there are various positions worth considering which will incorporate your specialist medical training and knowledge.

We have blogged previously in regards to the increasing number of job opportunities in aged care, right across Australia, which offer nurses the opportunity to visit and care for older people in their own homes on a full time or part time basis, and there is also a burgeoning field of work-from-home opportunities for qualified nurses.

Have you ever considered working from home?

As our city becomes busier and increasingly expensive to live in, individuals across all industries and professions are searching for ‘lifestyle careers’ jobs which enable them to ‘work from home’, or ‘work from anywhere’.  As technology changes the way we work, there are a growing number of these kinds of opportunities for nurses, such as:

  • Working in Telehealth
    In this role, you would be providing advice to patients over the phone. This role is typically found within medical organisations providing outreach services to remote and rural areas, and also with specialist advisors, such as companies who assist sick and injured travellers (as a service provided within their travel insurance). Some medical facilities also offer outpatient telehealth services to assist patients recovering at home from surgery, answering any questions they may have concerning their particular condition, medication, wound care etc. Some hospitals also provide a specialist midwifery telehealth service for new mums who wish to seek advice in regards to breastfeeding, sleeping etc.
  • Case Management
    Registered nurses in case management positions coordinate all aspects of the care of individual patients. They ensure proper utilisation of services and often work with not only patients, but their families and other professionals. While meeting with patients and other medical specialists is required from time-to-time, in many instances case managers may base themselves from home work with patients, families and other professionals.
  • Insurance Specialist
    Insurance companies often need independent examiners or investigators who are responsible for reviewing claims, and deciding whether or not certain procedures are covered. They also work in deciding the amount of money the insurance company is required to pay for each claim. A background in nursing will help you implement informed decisions which are in the best interest of patients, medical providers and insurance companies.
  • Medical Writer
    This is a challenging field, but if you love to write, then holding qualifications as an RN may open up numerous interesting opportunities in this specialist field. This is because as an RN, you will already hold experience and knowledge of medical terminology and procedures. Medical writing is a rewarding and multi-faceted job requiring you to write a series of researched-based journal articles one week, and creating promotional material and press releases the next. Since most businesses rely on websites to promote their goods and services as well as their point of difference to potential customers, writers are often in huge demand. An experienced medical writer may well be an essential part of a successful medical website, facility or drug manufacturer.
  • Medical Transcription
    Medical Transcriptionists are responsible for the conversion of doctor-patient interactions, into written documents which form part of the patient’s medical record. Much of this work is now outsourced, and there is a steady demand for well-trained medical transcription professionals.

Get yourself set up correctly

In order to work from home, you need to ensure you are set up with a computer, internet and phone connection. It helps too, if you are going to be spending a large amount of time at a desk, to establish a good ergonomic set up so you do not run the risk of straining your neck, wrists, or eyesight. Just as you would undergo WH&S training in a medical setting, confirm you seek advice to approve your home office meets all proper requirements.

Think outside the traditional ‘care’ role

If you are a qualified nurse or about to graduate and looking for something different, there are opportunities outside the traditional nursing role directly linked to patient care. You are not necessarily required to work in a hospital or medical facility to utilise your qualifications and create a meaningful difference to patient health outcomes, or carve out a career both enjoyable and well payed.

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