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10 Work-From-Home Nursing Jobs You Can Do Anywhere

What are work-from-home nursing jobs, top 10 work-from-home nursing jobs, how to work remotely as a nurse.

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Work-from-home nursing jobs, also referred to as remote nursing jobs, are any nursing career that can be done away from a hospital or healthcare setting.

A McKinsey survey found that over 40% of frontline nurses delivered virtual care in 2021. The nurses who reported the highest virtual care were ambulatory and home care nurses.

They also found that more than two-thirds of frontline nurses would be interested in virtual roles. If you're one of those nurses, you've come to the right place! We've put together a list of 10 remote nursing jobs for 2024.

1. Case Management 

Case management nurses are in high demand. In this role, you will be responsible for handling long- and short-term disability claims for patients. You will need to collaborate with physicians, employers, and insurance companies to help facilitate communication and ensure compliance among all the parties involved.

Ultimately, your goal is to help coordinate treatment and funding so that a return-to-work goal can be established and met.

Since most of your work can be done over the phone or through email, case management is a perfect work-from-home position for skilled and experienced nurses who are familiar with the healthcare industry.

2. Insurance Claims 

Making the transition from caregiving to working as an insurance claims specialist can be more natural than you might think. And working for a health insurance company can allow more job flexibility.

Health insurance companies need people with healthcare knowledge to examine and investigate claims to determine whether or not certain procedures are covered. They also work to decide how much money the insurance company is required to pay for each claim.

Healthcare professionals already have this knowledge, and nurses are also familiar with medical records, treatment plans, and other details insurance adjusters aren’t typically familiar with. 

Your background in nursing will help you make informed decisions in the best interest of patients, medical providers, and insurance companies. And, of course, you can work from home.

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3. Telephone Triage Nurse

Busy medical facilities and doctors often run triage by telephone. This allows highly qualified nurses to speak with patients, assess their symptoms, and recommend the best course of action before they show up to receive healthcare services.

Triage nurses can often answer patient questions, preventing unnecessary visits and keeping other healthcare professionals and support staff focused on the patients in the clinic. 

The telephone triage system helps handle less urgent problems more efficiently so that resources are appropriately distributed. Tele-nurses can work at home and still contribute directly to patient care. They provide valuable medical advice to patients with a wide variety of problems.

Of course, you’d need nursing experience in a clinical setting before taking on this home nursing job. Some clinics hire both BSN and ADN nurses.

And you can also think beyond your local medical clinics and hospitals when searching for these kinds of nurse jobs. Some national companies like CVS Pharmacies hire telephonic nurses to help their customers.

4. Nursing Informatics

This exciting new branch of healthcare uses technology to improve patient care and create a better healthcare system. Informatics works to find innovative intersections between technology, communication, and healthcare systems to move the entire industry forward.  Nursing informatics examples include innovations like telehealth, telemedicine, and electronic health records.

If you are interested in changing the system by developing and implementing new solutions, you may be able to use your nursing degree in health informatics. 

Because the field is constantly evolving and taking shape, there is plenty of room to grow, explore your interests, and help create your position. 

As a nursing informaticist , you could serve as a nursing consultant to give a nurse’s perspective on new technology systems. You could help build databases to track patient outcomes. You could even write computer programs to help other healthcare professionals better serve patients.

You’d need at least a bachelor’s degree, but most employers prefer nurses with master’s degrees. Increasingly, informaticists have doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degrees.

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5. Call Center Nurse

While telephone triage and call center nurses are closely related, a call center position doesn’t require as much nursing experience.

A home-based call center nurse will be in charge of direct calls to the appropriate parties, but he or she won’t be responsible for direct patient care. 

Essentially, this is more of an administrative role than a telemedicine role, but medical and healthcare companies will give candidates with medical backgrounds the edge when it comes to hiring. 

Keep in mind that fewer responsibilities also mean lower pay.  

6. Freelance Nurse Writer

Medical writing is a challenging field that requires extensive knowledge of medical terminology and procedures along with strong writing skills.

Many nurses who enjoy writing have found freelancing to be ideal for remote work.

It also serves an important purpose: The medical field relies on a variety of well-researched materials that are used among professionals and published and distributed to the general public. 

Writers may be tasked with putting together promotional materials, journal articles, press releases, and much more.

Businesses today rely heavily on website content and online news stories to connect with potential customers and promote their goods and services. An experienced medical writer can be an essential part of a successful medical website, facility, or drug manufacturer.

7. Nurse Educator

Teaching isn’t for everyone, but as a  nurse educator , you could have a huge impact on the profession by helping make sure students enter the workforce armed with the skills and knowledge all nurses should have.

Institutions of higher education throughout the United States have busy nursing degree programs, but they also have different educational requirements for faculty members. Some community colleges may hire nurse educators who have only a bachelor’s degree, while others require master's degrees to teach.

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8. Legal Nurse Consultant

Nurses who want to apply their experience in another profession may want to consider becoming a legal nurse consultant.

Nurses who work for law firms help attorneys and paralegals understand the medical angle of personal injury and other kinds of lawsuits. They can also help with Medicare and health insurance lawsuits.

Since you could do most of this work via Zoom or cellphone, this is an ideal remote nursing position that extends beyond the clinical setting.

9. Nurse Recruiters

All nurses know the importance of proper unit staffing. As a nurse recruiter, you could help hospitals keep adequate staffing levels which helps bedside nurses provide the best care possible.

And, of course, this is an ideal role for the stay-at-home nurse. Some hospitals have their own nurse recruiters, while others use third-party recruitment services.

Most nurse recruiters interview candidates and act as a liaison between the unit and the candidate during the hiring process. 

In normal times, you’d probably attend job fairs and visit nursing schools to recruit candidates, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of these events have gone virtual.

Like nurse educators, healthcare recruiters can help shape the profession by finding qualified applicants for hospitals, doctor’s offices, and even home healthcare providers.

10. Clinical Research Nurse

Many healthcare facilities and teaching hospitals have clinical research programs. These programs help medical professionals gather research to develop new medical treatments and help practitioners learn more about disease prevention. 

Clinical research is a great way for clinicians to help develop life-saving medications, treatments, and vaccines. They help develop and facilitate studies to provide information about new medical procedures and medications.

Some of the research-related tasks that a remote clinical research nurse performs may include:

  • Overseeing clinical trials
  • Recruiting trial participants
  • Educating and training research staff
  • Administering questionnaires to clinical trial participants
  • Writing grant applications
  • Speaking with clinical trial participants to explain procedures and listening to concerns
  • Keeping detailed records with electronic medical records (EMR)
  • Writing articles and researching reports

Nurses no longer need to commit to a career in bedside nursing or home care positions. 

Now, registered nurses are in demand in many different sectors of the economy, including the legal, technology, and insurance professions - many of which also offer work-at-home positions.

You don’t have to work in a hospital or medical office to provide valuable care for patients and earn a competitive wage. And with the growing demand for telehealth due to COVID-19, there are more remote job opportunities than ever before.

If working from home as a nurse is something you aspire to do, you have many options! It is possible to provide quality nursing care and enjoy a flexible schedule where you can work from home.

Sarah Jividen

Sarah Jividen , RN, BSN, is a trained neuro/trauma and emergency room nurse turned freelance healthcare writer/editor. As a journalism major, she combined her love for writing with her passion for high-level patient care. Sarah is the creator of Health Writing Solutions , LLC, specializing in writing about healthcare topics, including health journalism, education, and evidence-based health and wellness trends. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children. 

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Nursing Home Basics: Who Qualifies, Who Pays, and Other Helpful Facts

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Understanding how nursing homes work can be confusing because standards for eligibility, insurance coverage, etc. vary from state to state in the US.

In this second article in our series on nursing homes ( read Part I here ), we answer some commonly asked questions about nursing home structures and functions.

Who Is Eligible to Enter a Nursing Home?

People qualify for nursing home/facility level of care (NFLOC) if they are unable to live alone safely in the community. There is no federal definition of NFLOC and the exact rules governing level of care vary from state to state. Despite this lack of consistency, the following four areas are commonly considered when a state determines a person’s level of care need: physical functional ability; health issues/medical needs; cognitive impairment; and behavioral issues. In many states, there has been significant rebalancing toward home and community-based services and away from nursing home care. Check state websites for updated information on specific eligibility requirements.

Who Pays for Nursing Home Care?

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people in the US who are 65 or older, some younger people with disabilities, people with End-Stage Renal Disease. A common misconception is that Medicare will pay for all nursing home costs. This is not true.

Post-acute care (PAC) or skilled nursing facility (SNF) care is usually covered by Medicare or private insurance up to 100 days (100 percent for 20 days and then 80 percent for 80 days based on certain criteria). Long-term care (meals, room and board, and basic health services) is often paid for privately until funds are spent down. A “ spend down ” is how someone with Medicare may qualify for Medicaid — a joint federal and state program that provides health coverage to some people with limited income and resources — even if their income is higher than a state's Medicaid limit. Under a spend down, a state lets the person subtract their non-covered medical expenses and cost sharing (like Medicare premiums and deductibles) from their available income. Each state’s Medicaid program covers approximately 70 percent of nursing home care.  Long-term care insurance can also pay for nursing home care, but relatively few people have it.

The average cost of a nursing home is over $90,000 per year but this varies state to state. Multiple organizations provide information about nursing home costs and Medicaid daily rates online, including the  American Council on Aging .

Who Oversees and Regulates Nursing Home Quality and Safety?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) oversees nursing home quality and safety at the federal level. Several divisions have regulations that pertain to nursing homes. 

The CMS Division of Nursing Homes develops and oversees most nursing home regulations. CMS delegates nursing home surveys and inspections to a designated organization in each state, usually the State Survey Agency (SSA). SSAs conduct annual, recertification, and complaint surveys and assess compliance with regulations. There is also a Special Focus Facility program for a small number of low-performing nursing homes that receive more intensive oversight and guidance on quality improvement in each state.

How Do We Measure Nursing Home Quality?

Because definitions of quality may vary, there are different methods used by federal, state, or private organizations to collect and analyze quality data. Here are a few examples:

  • Minimum Data Set (MDS) is a standardized assessment tool required by CMS that measures health status in nursing home residents. All nursing homes that accept Medicare or Medicaid must submit the MDS regularly for each resident to receive payment.
  • National Healthcare Safety Network is an electronic system for infection reporting, including COVID and other data that goes to CDC.
  • CMS Five Star Quality Rating System gathers information from inspections (surveys), quality measures, and staffing from each nursing home and makes this information publicly available on the CMS website.
  • Medicare’s Care Compare   allows users to locate and compare data from nursing homes.

What are Quality Innovation Networks-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs)?

QIN-QIOs focus on working with nursing homes, states, and regions to improve quality of life and quality of care across settings, including nursing homes. QIN-QIOs have their own separate line item in the US federal budget to support the national program which covers  all 50 states and US territories . QIN-QIOs are not part of state survey agencies or the survey process. Their focus is on quality improvement, support, education, and training, which are often provided free or at very low cost.

Who Works in Nursing Homes?

Women make up most of the nursing home workforce, particularly direct care workers such as certified nursing assistants (CNAs). ( Almost 90 percent of nursing assistants are female). Many are single parents.  People of color comprise most of the US nursing assistant workforce.

Most nursing assistants are low-income wage earners. Many live at or near the federal poverty level and almost half receive some type of public assistance. Nursing homes typically pay CNAs the minimum wage, but this is not necessarily a livable wage depending on where they live. For this reason, CNAs often work in multiple settings and have multiple jobs. For many CNAs, English is not their first language, and they may have limited English proficiency. Many are immigrants.

What Are Some Challenges Faced by the Nursing Home Workforce?

There are many issues facing nursing home CNAs today and some new opportunities. The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) conducted a survey of 1,420 CNAs in July 2023. When asked about their jobs, many CNAs reported that low wages and benefits would be the primary reasons they intend to seek another type of employment. They also cited unstable or inadequate hours, lack of supervisor’s/manager’s support, lack of career advancement or professional development, and feeling under-valued.

High rates of turnover (in some cases over 100 percent in a year) and the need for stronger, stable leadership are important reasons to better support CNAs and other direct care workers. Creating and testing standardized career ladders or lattices and providing more training and education on topics of interest to CNAs represent opportunities to promote better retention and reduce turnover. Another way to respond to CNA concerns is by becoming an  Age-Friendly Health Systems Nursing Home .

Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, is IHI’s Senior Advisor for Aging. Amanda Meier, BSW, MA, is IHI’s Project Manager, Age-Friendly Health Systems. If you have any questions or ideas about nursing homes or related policy issues, please feel free to reach out to Alice Bonner ( [email protected] ) or Amanda Meier ( [email protected] ).

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Dozens of Indian construction workers left for Israel this week to take up jobs there as the nearly six-month war between Israel and Hamas continues to rage in Gaza, officials said Thursday.

Israel is facing a labor shortage after barring tens of thousands of Palestinian workers following Hamas’ deadly attack on Oct. 7 attack on Israel that triggered the war. However, the Indian workers departing this week are going under an agreement signed by the two countries before the outbreak of hostilities, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Randhir Jaiswal said.

“The first batch of people have gone to Israel. For us their safety is very important, and we have urged the Israeli authorities to do their best to take care of their safety and well-being,” Jaiswal told reporters Thursday.

Jaiswal said 18,000 Indians were currently employed in Israel, most of them caregivers.

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During a visit to India last May by Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, the two countries signed an agreement to allow about 40,000 Indians to work in construction and nursing in Israel.

An initial batch of more than 60 construction workers departed Tuesday, and the Israeli ambassador to India, Naor Gilon, posted images of a send-off ceremony for the group on X.

In January, thousands of Indian laborers flocked to government recruitment centers that were set up in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana looking for candidates for jobs in Israel.

India has condemned the Hamas attack on Israel, but voted in favor of the U.N. General Assembly resolution last December that called on Israel to halt its fighting to allow for humanitarian assistance.

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8 Former Child Stars Who've Moved On to 'Typical' (and Impressive!) Day Jobs

From 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory''s Peter Ostrum to 'Wizard of Waverly Place''s Jennifer Stone, see how these stars pursued careers away from Hollywood

Alexandra Schonfeld is a features writer at PEOPLE. She has been working at PEOPLE since April 2022. Her work previously appeared in Newsweek .

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While some entertainers who begin their careers at a young age continue to work in Hollywood for life, these former child actors opted out of the business.

Though some haven't gone far — hosting a podcast or working as an entertainment lawyer, for example — their time in front of the camera took a backseat as they pursued other passions.

From Jennifer Stone working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, to Peter Ostrum saying goodbye to acting after just one role to become a veterinarian, meet some former child stars who have taken jobs outside of the spotlight.

Peter Ostrum as a Veterinarian

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Peter Ostrum 's singular acting credit came in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as Charlie Buckett. Following a lifelong love of animals, Ostrum went on to become a veterinarian — receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, per Veterinary Practice News.

He worked at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Lowville, New York, for 37 years before retiring in December 2022, the website explained.

Jennifer Stone as a Nurse

Jennifer Stone 's first big role came in 2007 when she landed a gig playing Selena Gomez 's onscreen bestie, Harper Finkle, on Wizards of Waverly Place . After the show wrapped in 2012, Stone continued acting, though changed career paths later on and decided to go to nursing school.

Stone announced her graduation in December 2019 and in April 2020 revealed she was officially a registered nurse working on the frontlines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to her work as an ER Nurse, as noted in her Instagram bio, Stone also co-hosts the Wizards of Waverly Pod with her former costar, David DeLuise.

Kay Panabaker as a Zookeeper

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After years working as a child actress with roles on Summerland and Phil of the Future, and later on the series No Ordinary Family, Kay Panabaker has since taken a step back from the spotlight and instead turned her attention to animals.

In a post shared to Instagram in May 2022, Panabaker said that it had been seven years since she had become a zookeeper at Walt Disney World.

In an interview with Naperville Magazine in 2016 , Panabaker opened up about her role at the Disney park, explaining that she works with various animals including goats, sheep, elephants, porcupines, skunks, donkeys, cows, parrots, birds of prey and opossums.

In talking about why she decided to leave show business, Panabaker said she felt herself losing enthusiasm for the job — specifically after an experience on set with a producer asking her to lose weight. She said while she continued to audition in L.A. a bit after that, "the passion wasn’t there."

Charlie Korsmo as a Professor

After landing roles as a kid in films like What About Bob? ,  Hook  and  Dick Tracy  with  Warren Beatty , Charlie Korsmo decided to take a step back from acting in high school.

“After  Hook , that was my last movie as a kid, we really had a sort of choice to make,” he told PEOPLE . “But I hadn’t been in school for a few years. I suddenly found I didn’t really have friends my own age anymore.”

While studying physics at M.I.T., he felt the urge to return to acting and reconnected with his old agent, who got him a role in  1998’s  Can’t Hardly Wait . Despite his foray back into the business, Korsmo would ultimately graduate from M.I.T. before attending law school at Yale, and later became  a law professor  at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Per IMDb, the former child star has landed two roles in recent years: 2018's Chained for Life and 2024's A Different Man.

“I was not out there looking for parts, but he said there was a part in there for me, so I said, ‘We can do it in a very short shoot because I’ve got a job and I’ve got young kids,’ ” Korsmo told PEOPLE of working on Chained for Life with an old director friend of his. “But I really loved the script and the timing seemed right.”

Bridgit Mendler as a CEO

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Bridgit Mendler stepped into a starring role on Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie in 2010 as a teenager — though her first acting credit was on a 2006 episode of General Hospital. Good Luck Charlie wrapped in 2014, and during her time on the show Mendler also appeared in 2011's Lemonade Mouth and performed several songs for the movie's soundtrack. In 2012, the star would release her debut single "Ready or Not" before her first album  Hello My Name Is…. Her last EP and tour to date came in 2016 with Nemesis, before she put her career in music on pause.

After attending the University of Southern California for a few years, Mendler was announced as one of the 2017 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab's Director's Fellows. The following year she shared that she had started a graduate program at MIT.

Since earning her master’s degree from the prestigious institution, she is also working toward receiving a Doctor of Philosophy - PhD from MIT, though clarified in a post on X that that had been put on pause . In the same post from March 2024 she explained that she was two months away from completing her Doctor of Law - JD.

In February, the former Disney star made two more big announcements, one being that she is now the CEO of Northwood Space , a startup with the mission to create a "data highway between earth and space." She also shared that she is a mom after fostering and then adopting a now-4-year-old boy.

Clayton Snyder as a Real Estate Agent

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Clayton Snyder landed his first role in 2001 as Lizzie McGuire's crush Ethan Craft on the Disney Channel show opposite Hilary Duff. Snyder played the character on both seasons of the show as well as in the 2003 movie, and despite a brief gap on his IMDb page, he continued acting into the 2010s with his most recent role being a 2021 TV movie entitled The Maltese Holiday.

Before the highly anticipated reboot of Lizzie McGuire was ultimately scrapped, Ethan's character was said to be making an appearance.

These days, Snyder works as a real estate agent in California, per his Instagram .

Andrea Barber in Education

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Before stepping back into the role of Kimmy Gibbler on the Full House reboot, Fuller House , Andrea Barber thought she was done with acting.

“It was a pretty seamless transition for me. And I was ready,” she told PEOPLE. “I never looked back, and I know that sounds crazy, but I had a lot of success as a child actor, and it really doesn’t get better than  Full House  for me.”

After starring on the original show from 1987 to 1995, Barber graduated from Whittier College, interned at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and earned a master’s degree in the U.K. She then went on to pursue a career in education.

In addition to her return to the Full House universe, more recently, Barber appeared on Nickelodeon's That Girl Lay Lay .

Jeff Cohen as a Lawyer

Jeff Cohen's first film role came in 1985's The Goonies as Chunk, alongside Ke Huy Quan 's Data. Nearly 40 years later — though Cohen stepped away from the spotlight, with his last credit being 1991's Perfect Harmony — the two worked together again when Quan was ironing out his contract for  Everything Everywhere All at Once , and employed Cohen, now an entertainment lawyer, to represent him.

"When the producer of our  movie was trying to make my deal , he said he never imagined that he'd have to talk to Chunk and Data for his movie," Quan joked of the unlikely reunion in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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