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Hi. Long story short. I'm a nurse who was in IPN. I had a relapse and some other issues and was unable to complete what they required of me at the time and my licensewas suspended. It will be suspended until I restart IPN. I left IPN in January and went to treatment I could afford and have been focused on myself and recovery. I plan to restart IPN but need more stability before I do so. My main question is about jobs and work. Primarily billing and coding. I haven't been able to find much through research. So my question is does anyone know if i would be allowed to work in medical billing and coding/get certified and preferably work in non patient care facilities? I have a clean background. I'm in Florida. I have a friend who got certified in 2 days and now makes very good money with no experience. I'm struggling to find a short term job that makes decent enough money so I can restart IPN. Thank you!

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catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in OR.

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The problems that you might find with coding is that 1)it’s a lot harder than you think. You are dealing with CPT codes and ICD 10/11 or whatever the current number is. 2) the market is saturated. Just like the whole ‘Nurse legal consultant’ bit that was/is heavily marketed, jobs are hard to come by. In order to get into the field, even with a certification, without an internship (think clinical..as in period of working for free) generally companies won’t even look at you. 3) Seeing as you are a nurse, anything that would pique someone’s interest would be something like a CDI position. Those do require much more than a rudimentary knowledge of coding. Except that would constitute using your license, which well, you see where I am going. Basically, you would be overqualified for an entry level coding job. I would not recommend it.

What you might look into is possibly finding a facility where you could function as a unit clerk until you gather the money to get going with them. There is also various ‘side gigs’ (besides Uber and the like) that you can do pretty well with. I would suggest something like that instead of sinking money into a certification that you likely would not get a result from. Especially if you are wanting this as a short term solution. 

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I researched heavily about this while looking for work. I finally found something working with a DME-like company managing a difficult patient population, organizing things they needed, and sort of became the go to person for this company/patient population. I still can't believe I found something and treasure the time I had there. 

 

There are jobs out there. I know of one nurse who works for a plastic surgeon under his guidance. She was very transparent with him and it works well.

 

Honesty is your best policy. Talk to people you know, be humble, and honest. I hope you can find something as well. 

 

You can use your degree but not your license. Think outside the box! Other than finding the golden egg like I did, many go into mental health care. Special needs daycare and such. However, the pay seems sadly low and very difficult work. 

 

Good luck!!!

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4 hours ago, catsmeow1972 said:

The problems that you might find with coding is that 1)it’s a lot harder than you think. You are dealing with CPT codes and ICD 10/11 or whatever the current number is. 2) the market is saturated. Just like the whole ‘Nurse legal consultant’ bit that was/is heavily marketed, jobs are hard to come by. In order to get into the field, even with a certification, without an internship (think clinical..as in period of working for free) generally companies won’t even look at you. 3) Seeing as you are a nurse, anything that would pique someone’s interest would be something like a CDI position. Those do require much more than a rudimentary knowledge of coding. Except that would constitute using your license, which well, you see where I am going. Basically, you would be overqualified for an entry level coding job. I would not recommend it.

What you might look into is possibly finding a facility where you could function as a unit clerk until you gather the money to get going with them. There is also various ‘side gigs’ (besides Uber and the like) that you can do pretty well with. I would suggest something like that instead of sinking money into a certification that you likely would not get a result from. Especially if you are wanting this as a short term solution. 

When I expressed an interest in coding, a person who works in a hospital around medical records functions told me emphatically not to waste my money on the schooling.

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I’ll be frank and quick, look into water treatment, best secret in industry.  Your nursing education has prepared you more than you know for other high paying jobs that you can search google for(and see that it only requires a High School Diploma), and pays upwards of $55K a year to start, and more with on the job certifications.

This is just one answer several RNs/LPNs/LVNs/“X”SN’s have discovered.  Health, Safety, and Environmental Jobs are some of the fastest growing in the industry, and pay more than most mean RN Salaries.

Research it Please;)

btw, I dropped out of monitoring, faced revocation, and later- after I was financially and mentally stable, faced the BON healthy and financially independent.

That. Felt. Great!

 

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