LPN wants remote work

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I am an LPN in MN. My work experience has been many years in Geriatrics, Hospice, now 8 years as a school Nurse. I am ready to find something else Nursing/ health related, preferably a work from home job. I have done a lot of searching and most jobs require an RN. Any suggestions on where I can look? Or who offers medical coding type training? I'm pretty open to any nurse related remote job. I have been searching a lot, and I feel stuck. Thank you.

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Specializes in Tele, ICU, Staff Development.

It's great to hear you want to transition into a remote nursing or health-related job.

Although many healthcare jobs that can be done remotely require a registered nurse (RN) license, there are still opportunities for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with your experience and expertise. Surprisingly, some companies prefer hiring LPNs when able because they can pay less than RNs.

I have a few suggestions to help you find a remote nursing or health-related job as an LPN with some focused persistence.

  • Medical Billing and Coding Since you're interested in medical coding and billing, it could be a good fit with your knowledge of medical terminology. However, you do not need to be an LPN to be a coder; you would be leaving nursing for a different career.

 Many organizations offer training and certification, online courses and resources to help you get started. Organizations such as AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) and AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) provide training and certification in medical coding.

  • Telehealth Companies Some companies hire LPNs to provide remote patient care, education, and support. These roles might involve collecting virtual data, offering medical advice, and coordinating care plans. Examples of telehealth companies include Teladoc Health, Doctor on Demand, and Amwell.
  • Health Insurance Companies Some health insurance companies hire LPNs for remote positions such as case management, utilization review, and telephonic nursing. These positions involve determining patient needs, coordinating care, and ensuring patients receive appropriate medical services. Examples of health insurance companies to explore include UnitedHealth Group, Humana, and Anthem.
  • Remote Healthcare Consulting Firms Healthcare consulting firms sometimes employ LPNs to provide clinical expertise, conduct medical record reviews, and assist with quality improvement initiatives. These roles may involve analyzing data, developing care protocols, and implementing best practices. Examples of healthcare consulting firms include Optum, Deloitte, and Advisory Board.

For the above telehealth, health insurance, and consulting firms, go to their sites, look for a link that says "Careers" or "Job Opportunities," and search from there.

  • Remote Education and Training With your experience as a school nurse, you might also consider remote roles in nursing education, training, or curriculum development. These positions may involve developing educational materials, conducting online training sessions, and supporting nursing students or professionals.
  • Use Job Search Engines such as indeed.com. When searching for remote nursing or health-related jobs, be sure to use keywords like "telecommute," "remote," "virtual," or "work from home" in your job search to narrow down relevant opportunities.

Establish a professional profile on LinkedIn. Additionally, networking with other healthcare professionals, joining online nursing communities, and reaching out to recruiters in the healthcare industry can also help you uncover hidden job opportunities and make valuable connections.

Good luck with your job search!

Nurse Beth