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Work from home RN jobs? Pros and Cons?

Hi Everyone,

I've been feeling lately (well for a couple of years at least) that I really need a change. Currently working in school nursing, but don't know how much longer I can take it. Considering a work from home type of job. I like having off when my kids are off, but would want more money and more flexibility with my schedule. I would really want more money than what I am making now, and am OK with not having summers off, but would like to do something part-time possibly. I've looked into certifications (HCS-D, HCS-O, case management, etc.) but am really not sure which route to take. Even debated grad school, but do not feel like my heart is into wanting to become and NP. I'm just at the point where I'm feeling lost and stuck. And as I look into available positions, I feel like the past few years that I've been working as a school nurse don't really add much to my resume clinical-wise.

So my question is- if you work from home, what do you do? Do you have set hours, or is your job based on productivity and can you work the hours you want as long as your work is done? Did you have to work in a hospital or office setting before having the opportunity to work remotely? And is you a salaried or hourly employee?

Sorry for so many questions, I just figured this would be a great place to start in trying to make an informed decision on how to proceed.

Thanks in advance!

dream'n specializes in UR/PA, Hematology/Oncology, Med Surg, Psych.

I work from home and have scheduled hours. I am salaried, but if I work over my allotted hours, I am able to use it as paid time off for appointments, etc. without having to use PTO.

There isn't such a thing as working until the work is done where I'm employed. This is because the work coming in is never ending. Therefore at quitting time, you're finished for the day and pick up where you left off the next morning. If things are piling up or urgent (not often) you continue and finish them, but again you will be able to use the overtime as time off.

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Thank you for your response 🙂. Did you do what you are doing in a hospital or office before you transitioned to working at home?

dream'n specializes in UR/PA, Hematology/Oncology, Med Surg, Psych.

6 hours ago, IsItFridayYetRN said:

Thank you for your response 🙂. Did you do what you are doing in a hospital or office before you transitioned to working at home?

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Hoosier_RN specializes in dialysis.

My cousin does work from home for an insurance company. She doesn't get much flexibility in hours-she is required to log in and be accountable for all of her work hours-bathroom breaks are even metered. And her children at home cannot be in her care, or able to interrupt her, during her work hours. If she wants to do things with her kids while they're home, she has to use PTO. In a nutshell, just like going to any other job, except she doesn't leave her house. She hates it because she thought it would give her more freedom. Per her words, she's a prisoner to her computer and phone during work hours, but she's been out of pt care for so long, she's not having much luck finding another job

HoneyBee723 specializes in Remote Telehealth RN.

I work from home making post discharge calls to patients to see how they've been doing since they left the hospital. We have a survey that we follow. If there is an issue, he have email and phone contacts for the hospital. I have set work hours. And since people are constantly being discharged, we never run out of week. I previously worked both for a hospital and nursing home. But everyone's background on our team has a unique background. The pay is hourly.

Hi I need help in finding work from home job, I am an RN with LTC and skilled rehab experience for 8 years and 4 years as an MDS coordinator. If anyone can give me a work from home job as an RN, I have been applying since march where lockdown has started.  Thank you so much

NICUNURSE17 specializes in NICU.

Hi everyone, I am new here in the forum. I was wondering where I can get information regarding work from home nursing jobs? How much do they usually pay and how are shifts like? I am currently pregnant and Going to NP school. I was thinking working from home will be better for me than working in the hospital at the moment. 

HoneyBee723 specializes in Remote Telehealth RN.

Hello,

The pay depends on your experience and the region that you live in. I will say that most jobs tend to pay slightly less than the floor because there is virtually no physical work involved. The big insurance companies tend to pay the most. Shifts vary based on assignment and depend on your role. For instance, most case managers work daytime hours. However, triage nurses can work around the clock. Most nurse advice lines are open 24/7. I will say that due to COVID-19 most companies have a hiring freeze on their auxiliary work from home staff. Many hospitals are  currently focusing their resources on the floor staff. And all the big insurance companies have freezes in place to cut back on cost because they pledged to eat the cost of care for COVID-19 patients without insurance. I would say a triage job probably would be the best bet as far as probability of finding a job in our current circumstances due to increased incoming calls regarding COVID-19 questions. 

HoneyBee723 specializes in Remote Telehealth RN.

On 4/29/2020 at 1:02 PM, chin said:

Hi I need help in finding work from home job, I am an RN with LTC and skilled rehab experience for 8 years and 4 years as an MDS coordinator. If anyone can give me a work from home job as an RN, I have been applying since march where lockdown has started.  Thank you so much

Most places have hiring freezes in place for their work from home staff because they are trying to save money due to costs encourred by COVID-19. 

NICUNURSE17 specializes in NICU.

10 hours ago, HoneyBee723 said:

Hello,

The pay depends on your experience and the region that you live in. I will say that most jobs tend to pay slightly less than the floor because there is virtually no physical work involved. The big insurance companies tend to pay the most. Shifts vary based on assignment and depend on your role. For instance, most case managers work daytime hours. However, triage nurses can work around the clock. Most nurse advice lines are open 24/7. I will say that due to COVID-19 most companies have a hiring freeze on their auxiliary work from home staff. Many hospitals are  currently focusing their resources on the floor staff. And all the big insurance companies have freezes in place to cut back on cost because they pledged to eat the cost of care for COVID-19 patients without insurance. I would say a triage job probably would be the best bet as far as probability of finding a job in our current circumstances due to increased incoming calls regarding COVID-19 questions. 

Thank you so much for you reply. I am currently living in houston texas and is pregnant for the first time. I was thinking that maybe work from home will be easier physically since I’ll be sitting most of the time if I do get bigger. I am in my second trimester. For instance I get paid $35 per hour base pay now. Do you think I will have the chance to get paid more in telehealth even I have no experience in that field yet? Also, based on the job, if I get the triage job, do you know how many shifts do they work? Do you think it’s the same as our 12 hours 3 days in the hospital or it will be 9am-5pm 5 days a week usually? 

HoneyBee723 specializes in Remote Telehealth RN.

11 minutes ago, NICUNURSE17 said:

Thank you so much for you reply. I am currently living in houston texas and is pregnant for the first time. I was thinking that maybe work from home will be easier physically since I’ll be sitting most of the time if I do get bigger. I am in my second trimester. For instance I get paid $35 per hour base pay now. Do you think I will have the chance to get paid more in telehealth even I have no experience in that field yet? Also, based on the job, if I get the triage job, do you know how many shifts do they work? Do you think it’s the same as our 12 hours 3 days in the hospital or it will be 9am-5pm 5 days a week usually? 

You would possibly be able to get $35 from one of the large insurance companies. You would be very lucky to get $30 from a smaller triage company. Telehealth typically pays less because it is not physical work. The hours really depend on the position. Work from home nurses work a variety of hours and shifts much like floor nurses - three 12's, four 10's, five 8's, 1st shift, 2nd shift, 3rd shift. The possibilities are endless and will depend on the need to corporation/client. 

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NICUNURSE17 specializes in NICU.

oh WOW!, I see. How is the workload by the way? Do you think it's less than hospital work? I've read in some of the forums that even pee breaks are timed. Are there no downtimes when doing telehealth nursing? Which types have you tried on your own? 

HoneyBee723 specializes in Remote Telehealth RN.

8 hours ago, NICUNURSE17 said:

oh WOW!!, I see. How is the workload by the way? Do you think it's less than hospital work? I've read in some of the forums that even pee breaks are timed. Are there no downtimes when doing telehealth nursing? Which types have you tried on your own? 

The workload varies depending on your employer - just like any other job. Yes, most remote nursing jobs time your breaks. They use software that monitors your activity including keystrokes - so they know when you are actively working or not. And they know exactly what you are doing. Remote nursing is still a job and you will need to conduct yourself the same. You will need a sitter and will not be able to take care of your baby while at work. I have only worked for one company. I have done triage, answered the phones for a hospital's internal medicine department, and am currently making post discharge follow up calls. I stay busy, but wouldn't trade it for the world. No amount to talking on the phone is worse (for me) than a typical day on the floor! LOL. I work in my pajamas and am quite spoiled. 🙂

Pixie.RN specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

I work in appeals for an insurance company. We have a bit of latitude as far as our daily activities (I.e., my breaks are not timed, my schedule is flexible) because we are accountable by metrics and are expected to complete a certain number of cases per day. I really enjoy it far more than I expected! But my daughter still needs childcare, I can't get things done reliably if she is home. It is still a job that requires professionalism, but the dress code is definitely relaxed. 🙂

How much you make in one of these jobs is going to depend on the particular role and your experience. I got a raise when I took this job, but I tend to negotiate. 

HoneyBee723 specializes in Remote Telehealth RN.

48 minutes ago, Pixie.RN said:

I work in appeals for an insurance company. We have a bit of latitude as far as our daily activities (I.e., my breaks are not timed, my schedule is flexible) because we are accountable by metrics and are expected to complete a certain number of cases per day. I really enjoy it far more than I expected! But my daughter still needs childcare, I can't get things done reliably if she is home. It is still a job that requires professionalism, but the dress code is definitely relaxed. 🙂

How much you make in one of these jobs is going to depend on the particular role and your experience. I got a raise when I took this job, but I tend to negotiate. 

I couldn't have said it better. Very accurate answer! We too are held to metrics. And most companies have software installed on your computer that allows them to see exactly what you are doing. But I still wouldn't trade it for the world. 

You might want to check with the VA or state jobs. I currently work for a state agency and work from home. I actually retired from federal service and make 30,000 less a year than I did working for the federal government. But I don’t need the benefits, etc so I’m OK with that. I do investigations for the department of economic security. It’s a very nice job. 

NICUNURSE17 specializes in NICU.

On 8/3/2020 at 10:34 AM, HoneyBee723 said:

The workload varies depending on your employer - just like any other job. Yes, most remote nursing jobs time your breaks. They use software that monitors your activity including keystrokes - so they know when you are actively working or not. And they know exactly what you are doing. Remote nursing is still a job and you will need to conduct yourself the same. You will need a sitter and will not be able to take care of your baby while at work. I have only worked for one company. I have done triage, answered the phones for a hospital's internal medicine department, and am currently making post discharge follow up calls. I stay busy, but wouldn't trade it for the world. No amount to talking on the phone is worse (for me) than a typical day on the floor! LOL. I work in my pajamas and am quite spoiled. 🙂

Yeah I love that phrase.. No amount to talking on the phone is worse (for me) than a typical day on the floor! ... I would totally agree. Especially now during covid. I fear for the safety of my baby. Also some charge nurses don't care that im pregnant. They would still give me covid patients so the other charge nurses don't get heavy assignments. I have applied to two jobs online. One is a triage telehealth and the other is an advice line. I havent heard from them so far though. 😔 

NICUNURSE17 specializes in NICU.

On 8/6/2020 at 4:52 PM, Pixie.RN said:

I work in appeals for an insurance company. We have a bit of latitude as far as our daily activities (I.e., my breaks are not timed, my schedule is flexible) because we are accountable by metrics and are expected to complete a certain number of cases per day. I really enjoy it far more than I expected! But my daughter still needs childcare, I can't get things done reliably if she is home. It is still a job that requires professionalism, but the dress code is definitely relaxed. 🙂

How much you make in one of these jobs is going to depend on the particular role and your experience. I got a raise when I took this job, but I tend to negotiate. 

Thank you so much for your reply. I tried applying in an insurance company but I think it needs me to be citizen. Im only a greencard holder so I guess I have to wait it out some more.  When you say your schedule is flexible, do they let you do self scheduling too? And do you do 3 12s like the hospital? Do u have your own office at home? 

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