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Frequently Asked Questions
What jobs can an RN do from home?
Once they go through nursing school, RNs can perform a wide range of work from home. The most obvious is as medical call center nurses or nurse recruiters. A call center nurse provides a telephone triage service, directing patients to the correct point of care based on their symptoms. This type of work typically has the lowest entry requirements.
If you are a case manager, you may be able to transition to remote work, too. It’s common for large insurance companies to allow case managers to coordinate the care of patients from home. By the same token, a nurse educator could also easily find work from home.
For those with more IT-based skills, there are various nursing informatics and biometrics roles. Nurses with these roles can often work from home one or two days a week.
Can you work from home as a registered nurse?
Yes, you can, and the number of roles available expands practically every year as telehealth technology improves. Examples are remote nursing instructor jobs for nurse educators. A nurse recruiter could also easily work from home.
What RN jobs pay the most?
Some RN jobs pay a high salary. One of the highest-paying jobs is a general nurse practitioner, sometimes abbreviated general NP. BLS estimates suggest that these nurses can earn up to $107,000 annually.
The top-paying nursing jobs right now are certified registered nurse anesthetists. The median salary for this role is $149,648, according to Payscale. The top 10% of people in this line of work earn more than $197,000 annually, with hourly rates of over $100. Remote nursing faculty jobs typically pay less, though.
How do I transfer my RN license to another state?
How you transfer your license to another state depends very much on whether the state is a non-compact or compact state.
- Transfer a license from a non-compact to a compact state. Here you must apply for licensure by endorsement in the new state of residency. Your non-compact state license will not be affected during nurse registry so long as you continue to meet the requirements for licensure - that is, completing any relevant education hours and training by the deadline.
- Transfer a license from a compact to a non-compact state. Here, again, you need to apply for a new license by endorsement in the non-compact state. However, if you’re coming from a compact state, your new license will only apply to the state where you practice. When you move, you need to notify the nursing board so they can inactivate your current license.
- Transfer a license from a compact to compact state. Here you need to apply for a license between one and two months before you move and pay any fees. At the end of the process, you’ll receive a new “multistate” license permitting you to work outside your home state. You’ll need to provide proof of residency and notify the board of nursing that your residency has changed. As before, the state will inactivate your old license.
What is a telehealth nurse?
A telehealth nurse is a special type of nurse who provides additional medical assistance beyond that patients receive through regular call center telehealth channels.
Telehealth nursing involves live video conferencing with patients - a genuine, face-to-face two-way interaction facilitated by software via the internet. Using remote patient monitoring technology, they receive and transmit patient medical data, helping them recommend treatment to patients, provide sound advice, and offer related support.
Some remote nurses also use mobile health technologies, supported by smartphones and tablets. They use these for everything from reminders to take medication to facilitating patient-doctor communication through medical apps. These roles were historically a means of dealing with the nursing shortage.
What type of nurse is most in demand?
A simple job search will confirm that nurse practitioners are currently the type of nurse in the highest demand. Figures released by Health Affairs show that the number of nurse practitioners doubled between 2010 and 2017, far outstripping the growth rate of doctors or registered nurses.
These figures are all backed up by the fact that less than 1% of NPs are unemployed, with the vast majority able to find work in their chosen field.
The shift to nurse practitioners reflects changes in the medical system, from a focus on inpatient to outpatient care. Many RNs are leaving the traditional inpatient setting to focus on outpatient care. Remote nursing instructor jobs are also required to provide additional training.
Other in-demand remote nursing jobs include cosmetic nurses, certified nursing assistants, psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical nurses, pediatric nurses, and neonatal intensive care unit nurses. Nursing students can even do some remote jobs with the right communication skills.