Interested in working from home as a Nurse? That might sound a bit counterintuitive, but there actually are several companies (including FONEMED) that hire nurses to provide phone-based triage and advice to callers requesting information on medical conditions and reactions to medication.
First things first, you have to become a registered nurse. ;)
WHAT NURSES DO?
Registered nurses typically do the following:
- Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
- Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
- Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
- Observe patients and record observations
- Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
- Operate and monitor medical equipment
- Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
- Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
- Explain what to do at home after treatment
WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED?
Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also be licensed.
BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs also include supervised clinical experience.
WHAT SKILLS/PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE IMPORTANT?
In addition to being detail-oriented, intelligent, and physically fit, the best nurses exhibit compassion and are good communicators.
HOW MUCH DO NURSES MAKE?
The median annual wage for registered nurses was $65,470 in May 2012.
Many employers offer flexible work schedules, childcare, educational benefits, and bonuses.
WHAT IS THE JOB OUTLOOK FOR THIS FIELD?
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
* This information has been adapted from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a fantastic service of the United States Department of Labor.