Remote Nursing Job Advice

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by labornurse123 labornurse123 Member Nurse

Specializes in L&D/LDRP.

Hi fellow nurses!

I have recently started a remote/work from home job doing Telehealth nurse navigaton, which is basically just a call center and I am on the phone with patients all day. I am very micromanaged and have Aux codes to use even for when I go to the bathroom. Needless to say, it is exhausting.

I do not want to be client facing anymore and would prefer a work environment where I am given “X” amount of work to be done in a day or week’s time and I can work on things how I see fit (eg grind out 8 hours of work in 5 hours or work a 12 hour day on Thursday so that I can leave early on Friday etc). 

Does anyone have any insight as to what kinds of remote/work from home nursing jobs allow for that kind of autonomy?

I was looking into things like prior authorization nursing for insurance companies or nursing informatics, but I am not sure. Any insight or information would be helpful! Thank you ?

NurseDianne, ADN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 27 years experience. 264 Posts

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Nascar nurse, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Hospice, Case Management. Has 36 years experience. 2,218 Posts

Do a search on Indeed or any other job search platform & look for positions for any of the major insurance companies.  There are many opportunities for preservice authorization &/or appeals.  
 

As an FYI, you’ll still find yourself micro-managed within these positions, you’ll still have to click off when going to the bathroom, and you’ll still likely have a hard start/stop time but if you’re lucky enough to have a good manager it’s really not so bad.

labornurse123

labornurse123

Specializes in L&D/LDRP. 17 Posts

Just to give an update to anyone who might be following this thread - I actually started a job in June that I would consider to be my “dream job!”

I started applying on LinkedIn and found a medical/life insurance company that was hiring a cohort of RN’s for remote positions, and I got hired. I love it! I am basically using my nursing background/skills and knowledge to look through client’s medical records, pharmacological hx, financial hx, driving record, etc and determining whether or not to approve or deny them for life insurance, and what their premium will be if I approve them.

 My team of managers and coworkers are great, it is 100% remote, and my hours are not super strict in terms of logging on/logging off for the day - I just have to ensure that I am being productive and getting roughly 8 hours of work done in a day. I can take lunch when I want and am not micromanaged at all. I also am more of an introvert and like that I don’t have to talk to people all day. Occasionally I might have to make a call to an agent to let them know why their client has been declined, but for the most part, I can just put music on and do my work. I can travel when I want, as long as I bring my laptop and monitor and have secure wifi. 
 

Overall it is great. I really couldn’t be happier and would encourage nurses who have similar personality types to me to look into life insurance underwriting in the future! I also want to add that I only had 2.5 years of nursing/work experience when I was hired.

Edited by labornurse123

studentfromhtown

studentfromhtown, MSN

Specializes in telephone triage. 17 Posts

I currently work from home in telephone triage and am getting burned out. I'm an introvert also. What company do you work for and are they still hiring? I make good money doing what I do but I'm looking for something where I do not have to talk so much.

MomtaRN2B2020

MomtaRN2B2020, ASN, CNA, LPN, RN

Has 12 years experience. 40 Posts

On 9/5/2021 at 10:27 AM, labornurse123 said:

Just to give an update to anyone who might be following this thread - I actually started a job in June that I would consider to be my “dream job!”

I started applying on LinkedIn and found a medical/life insurance company that was hiring a cohort of RN’s for remote positions, and I got hired. I love it! I am basically using my nursing background/skills and knowledge to look through client’s medical records, pharmacological hx, financial hx, driving record, etc and determining whether or not to approve or deny them for life insurance, and what their premium will be if I approve them.

 My team of managers and coworkers are great, it is 100% remote, and my hours are not super strict in terms of logging on/logging off for the day - I just have to ensure that I am being productive and getting roughly 8 hours of work done in a day. I can take lunch when I want and am not micromanaged at all. I also am more of an introvert and like that I don’t have to talk to people all day. Occasionally I might have to make a call to an agent to let them know why their client has been declined, but for the most part, I can just put music on and do my work. I can travel when I want, as long as I bring my laptop and monitor and have secure wifi. 
 

Overall it is great. I really couldn’t be happier and would encourage nurses who have similar personality types to me to look into life insurance underwriting in the future! I also want to add that I only had 2.5 years of nursing/work experience when I was hired.

Hello 

what do you use for secure wifi when traveling???

labornurse123

labornurse123

Specializes in L&D/LDRP. 17 Posts

My company laptop makes me login to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) everyday and I make sure I am connected to either private wifi or hotspot on my phone.

Also, I don’t feel comfortable posting the name of my company on a public forum, but if you get on Indeed or LinkedIn, it is easy to search for “Life Insurance Underwriting Nurse” jobs. I’m pretty sure the job I’m currently in didn’t even say RN anywhere in the job description - I just applied to a life insurance underwriting gig and they happened to he hiring a cohort of nurses. If you want to message me privately, we can chat more.

Edited by labornurse123

MomtaRN2B2020

MomtaRN2B2020, ASN, CNA, LPN, RN

Has 12 years experience. 40 Posts

19 minutes ago, labornurse123 said:

My company laptop makes me login to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) everyday and I make sure I am connected to either private wifi or hotspot on my phone.

Also, I don’t feel comfortable posting the name of my company on a public forum, but if you get on Indeed or LinkedIn, it is easy to search for “Life Insurance Underwriting Nurse” jobs. I’m pretty sure the job I’m currently in didn’t even say RN anywhere in the job description - I just applied to a life insurance underwriting gig and they happened to he hiring a cohort of nurses. If you want to message me privately, we can chat more.

Private message sent thanks

saltymermaid

saltymermaid, ADN

Has 8 years experience. 23 Posts

Would you say the pay is less than, more, or comparable to hospital pay? 

labornurse123

labornurse123

Specializes in L&D/LDRP. 17 Posts

It depends on where you live. When I lived on the east coast, I was only making about $57k as a floor nurse. In California, I was making about $93k as a floor nurse. The job I’m at now starts at $80-90k, independent of where you live. The pay cut to have a work/life balance was well worth it.

studentfromhtown

studentfromhtown, MSN

Specializes in telephone triage. 17 Posts

I make six figures doing telephone triage at home but am willing to take a pay cut for peace of mind

TippyTappyMeow

TippyTappyMeow, MSN

Has 1 years experience. 39 Posts

On 9/5/2021 at 10:27 AM, labornurse123 said:

Just to give an update to anyone who might be following this thread - I actually started a job in June that I would consider to be my “dream job!”

I started applying on LinkedIn and found a medical/life insurance company that was hiring a cohort of RN’s for remote positions, and I got hired. I love it! I am basically using my nursing background/skills and knowledge to look through client’s medical records, pharmacological hx, financial hx, driving record, etc and determining whether or not to approve or deny them for life insurance, and what their premium will be if I approve them.

 My team of managers and coworkers are great, it is 100% remote, and my hours are not super strict in terms of logging on/logging off for the day - I just have to ensure that I am being productive and getting roughly 8 hours of work done in a day. I can take lunch when I want and am not micromanaged at all. I also am more of an introvert and like that I don’t have to talk to people all day. Occasionally I might have to make a call to an agent to let them know why their client has been declined, but for the most part, I can just put music on and do my work. I can travel when I want, as long as I bring my laptop and monitor and have secure wifi. 
 

Overall it is great. I really couldn’t be happier and would encourage nurses who have similar personality types to me to look into life insurance underwriting in the future! I also want to add that I only had 2.5 years of nursing/work experience when I was hired.

Sounds like a great job! I worked in medical records prior and loved the "digging" aspect I did to ensure providers had all the records they needed. I'll be starting a clinic position where my main job will be telephone triage. I don't see myself staying there more than 3-5 years so I'll keep this job avenue in mind.