One of the most common questions I get in our Remote Nursing Jobs Facebook Group is whether or not remote nursing jobs exist for LPNs and LVNs. The answer is YES! In fact, more opportunities exist than you might think.
Though many remote nursing jobs do require an RN license, I would say around 20%-30% of remote nursing jobs I see hire LPN/LVNs specifically or welcome a variety of nurses (LPN, LVN, and RN).
What are Remote Nursing Jobs?
First, what the heck is a remote nursing job? Basically, rather than providing direct patient care at the bedside, a remote nurse delivers nursing care through digital technology, like telephone, video, and even chat.
Sure, you will not be cleaning wounds or pushing medications over the phone, but there are a variety of other nursing functions that can be done virtually. These include care coordination, triage, billing, patient education, and more.
Types of Remote Nursing Jobs for LPNs and LVNs
Case Managers coordinate the care of an assigned caseload of patients to ensure continuity of care. Tasks may include referral management, assistance with obtaining prescriptions and equipment, and patient health education. Case Managers can serve generalized populations or even more specialized populations, like Transplant, Oncology, and Behavioral Health.
One particular area that I often see jobs for LPNs and LVNs is Chronic Care Management (CCM). Patients qualify for CCM services if they have 2 or more chronic conditions and need additional assistance in managing these specific conditions.
Though Case Management and Chronic Care Management can overlap quite a bit, Case Management tends to focus more on ensuring continuity of care overall, whereas Chronic Care Management focuses more on the management of the health conditions themselves. However, the titles are sometimes used interchangeably in job postings.
Utilization Managers (UM) help to contain healthcare costs by ensuring services stay within standardized coverage guidelines. If service requests meet all predetermined standards, they get approved. If requests fall outside the allowable limits, they are declined and/or alternative options are recommended. This type of a role does not involve direct patient interaction and might be better for nurses who enjoy solitary tasks of reading, investigating, and decision making.
Additional Resource: What is Utilization Review?
Health Coaches assist patients in reaching their health goals by providing structured support in the form of targeted goal setting and behavior modification. Health Coach positions do not always require a nursing license, but due to their expert knowledge in health and patient education, companies often prefer nurses in these roles. If you are serious about Health Coaching, look into Health Coach certification as many companies require this even if you are a nurse (see link below for more info).
Additional Resource: Coaching, Health Coaching & Nurse Coaching
Coders translate medical services into billable codes. A Coder would review charts/cases and map services into the most appropriate codes in order to maximize reimbursement. While it’s true that most coding positions do not require a nursing license, there are some positions that prefer or even require the candidate to be both Coding certified and a licensed nurse.
Additional Resource: Nurse.org Career Guide Series: Medical Coding & Billing
Data Abstractors review medical records and pull key information in order to transform unstructured information into usable data. This data is used for quality monitoring, clinical research, and more. Abstraction tends to be one of the most flexible remote nursing jobs, but it does often require direct experience abstracting in clinical registries. Another data abstraction job offered seasonally is Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS).
Salary Range for Remote LPN and LVN Jobs
In general, most remote LPN and LVN jobs tend to pay between $20-$30 per hour. This will vary by experience, job role, and location. For example, Utilization Management tends to pay higher than Data Abstraction. As for location, some companies pay the same rates across the country while others pay based on location (yours or theirs).
Companies that hire Remote LPNs and LVNs
Ah, the good stuff! Who actually hires remote LPNs and LVNs? Fortunately, I have seen over 100 companies that do (stay tuned for my upcoming company database resource that will be released soon). In the meantime, here are some examples:
This is only a glimpse of the companies that offer remote nursing jobs for LPNs and LVNs! Be sure to search our job board for your clinical license (LPN, LVN) to see what’s available right now.
You can also join our Early Alert Jobs Membership to receive daily job alerts for all the newest remote nursing jobs available out there! All jobs shared to the job board are actually shared first exclusively to Early Alert Members and held private for 1 week, with about 50% of jobs closing before ever making it to the public site.
Remote nursing jobs for LPNs and LVNs are growing fast. As telemedicine continues to expand, so do opportunities for nurses to deliver care in a virtual setting. Although COVID19 has certainly catapulted its application into everyday life, telemedicine has been steadily growing for many years. This pandemic is simply a catalyst for a larger undercurrent of change brewing in healthcare. Now is your chance to be a part of it!
Sadie Glisson BSN, RN is the Founder of ‘The Remote Nurse,’ an online community and job board designed to connect Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants with remote, work-from-home telehealth jobs. Sadie has been working from home as a nurse for several years and now uses her expertise to help others break into the burgeoning field of telehealth to create more sustainable careers while advancing the next generation of healthcare.