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How to Work Online as a Nurse

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Currently nurses are in high demand, and not only in such settings as hospitals and doctor's offices. Nurses can now perform their jobs remotely, either by phone or online. These jobs usually involve giving medical advice to customers, often using online triage software. These jobs are ideal for mothers, students or those who find that working from home is the more convenient for their situation.

Find an online nursing opportunity. When searching for nursing positions, look for “telecommuting” positions rather than jobs that advertise “work from home.” “Work from home” ads often turn out to be scams. Remember that no legitimate nursing job will ask you to pay for membership. FoneMed.com, a company that offers individuals remote medical advice and information, employs nurses who can work from home, giving information to patients online. McKesson.com is another site that offers similar services.

Don’t be afraid to explore other avenues as well. Sometimes health and wellness sites seek experts in nursing to share their knowledge of medicine as freelance consultants or writers. Online opportunities might include case management or medical transcription. Research positions and decide which kind of remote nursing job is right for you.

Acquire the necessary materials. A computer with high-speed Internet and a telephone are usually required so that you can triage or give medical advice to patients over the phone or online. Some jobs might require a computer with microphone or video capabilities for use in talking to patients. When you find a nursing position, be sure to get the specifics on exactly what you’ll need to perform the job duties.

Dedicate yourself to the job. Many people find that working at home requires a special kind of dedication. It’s important to separate your job from your home life, which can be difficult when the two occur in the same place. Do your best to treat your time working like any other job. It’s best if you can set aside a room to be your home office, a place where you can be free of distractions and devote your time to researching medical information for articles or disseminating advice in a calm atmosphere.

About the Author

Jessica Rutland lives in Austin, Texas, where she has worked as a copywriter and editor for two years. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas.

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