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Remote Nursing Jobs Expand

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By Elise Oberliesen
alling all nurses dreaming about job change. And by that, I mean the kind that lets you skip the scrubs and the stressful commute. With so many remote nursing jobs available today, nursing careers have expanded in roles ranging from telemedicine to business or teaching.
No doubt, telemedicine certainly opened the door to more remote virtual nursing jobs. For instance, Oregon Health State University’s telemedicine program captured about 13,000 telehealth visits in April 2020, up from a mere 1,100 visits in February 2020, according to its website. Demand for telemedicine services stems from many converging factors. These include the rapid expansion of healthcare technology, social distancing, and growing disparities affecting patients’ access to health care. Rural communities are especially affected by disparities, according to the Rural Health Information Hub.
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Telehealth Nursing Jobs Continually Evolve

The first telehealth nursing jobs started in the late 1990s. These mostly consisted of nurse telephone helplines, known as nurse triage, said Mona Stecker, DNP, NP-BC, CNRN, SCRN, who runs a private practice with neurology patients, in Fresno, California. Stecker is president-elect of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.
After graduate school, Stecker worked for a health system that also operated an insurance branch with telephone nurse triage. The concept of telephone nurse triage evolved with the emergence of video technology and synchronous appointments, she said. “At that time, RNs, LPNs, and LVNs could do triage over the phone,” said Stecker. “Now, big hospital systems with their own insurance plans are doing nursing triage, but you’re doing more than nursing triage and talking over the phone because you can visualize the patient with video.” The Agency for Healthcare Research and Policy published a report reviewing pre-COVID-19 studies about remote ICUs for critical coverage during weekends and nights. Results suggest lower inpatient and ICU mortality rates. Granted, data collection for “adverse events” was significantly limited, with just one study out of 21 revealing that finding. What we do know is that patients like the idea of remote visits. About 80% of patients reported satisfaction with telehealth visits, according to a literature review of academic and clinical studies published by the American Telemedicine Association, in their “Patient Satisfaction in Virtual Care” report. In addition, a small NIH study suggests that nurses report job satisfaction working in remote telehealth.

Virtual Nursing Jobs Available at All Skill Levels

As technology continues to keep people connected, virtual jobs continue to expand. This means an abundance of remote nursing opportunities at all education and experience levels. “For nurses with associate’s degrees or a BA, there are utilization review jobs at many insurance companies and individual hospitals,” Stecker said. “In Fresno hospitals, utilization review jobs are completely remote.” This job entails reviewing hospitalized patients’ medical records. RN reviewers compare labs, diagnostics, vital signs, and nursing notes to verify appropriate care based on diagnosis. Reviewers can downgrade patients from in-patient to out-patient ambulatory care, Stecker said.
Hospitals hire reviewers to ensure the proper level of patient care is justified “because hospitals do not want to be blindsided by insurance companies that will not pay for services,” Stecker added. Whether the job applicant seeks a part-time remote nursing job, full-time remote, or hybrid (splitting time at home and in-office), hospitals hire utilization reviewers in all capacities. Another option lies with insurance companies where RNs can take virtual jobs as case managers. In this role, RNs review workers’ compensation claims and verify that the appropriate course of treatment is provided based on employee illness or injury.
Advanced practice nurses looking for virtual nursing jobs have options too. The most obvious is teaching. If this sounds interesting, consider working in online clinical nurse education. Academic institutions offer plenty of remote nursing jobs from home, Stecker said. Content reviewer jobs also provide work from home options. To find these remote nursing jobs, Stecker suggested looking into nursing journals and textbook publishers. Demand for advance practice nurses in telehealth shows promise as well. These remote nursing jobs include psychiatric APRN in telepsychiatry, urgent care remote telehealth-NP, and executive level positions. If the legal side of healthcare sounds intriguing, Stecker said legal nurse consultants (LNC) are hired for malpractices cases. Companies look for nurses at all levels, Stecker said, so do not assume BSN is the minimum requirement for LNC. “Education and experience is law firm dependent.” That means RNs with an associate’s degree and the right experience may qualify for those jobs, she said. "In a malpractice case, if a patient gets a catheter infection, an RN with bedside nursing experience can review the bedside notes to see if the patient was bathed and properly toileted.”
Advance practice nurses review diagnostic testing and medication orders. The goal is to determine if the right orders were placed and in a timely fashion, she said.
“Sometimes it’s cheaper to get an advanced practice nurse provider to review medical records than to hire a physician.”
Elise Oberliesen is a freelance writer with 15 years of combined media and marketing experience. Her work appears on corporate blogs and publications, such as the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and AARP. Her specialties include healthcare, high tech and finance.