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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.
Are you a burned out COVID19 frontline healthcare worker?
Are your kids schooling at home, causing you to miss work or cut your hours?
Are you immunocompromised or living with someone who is?
All of these scenarios are causing massive work-life stress for healthcare workers, including Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants.
What if I told you there was a temporary work option that would allow you to get through this challenging time with your career, family, AND health intact?
Well, there is! Let’s Talk About Remote COVID19 Jobs!
Right now, companies are hiring healthcare professionals to work from home supporting the COVID19 pandemic efforts. Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants can triage and monitor patients with COVID19 symptoms in a 100% remote setting– all via telephone and video chat– all from your own home!
What are some Remote COVID19 Jobs?
Remote COVID19 Telephone Triage
Telephone Triage involves taking calls from symptomatic or concerned patients and directing them to the appropriate level of care. Telephone Triage has existed for many years, but currently there are many jobs specifically targeting COVID19 Triage as patients call in with questions about potential symptoms or exposures. COVID19 Triage Nurses will then guide them in their care, whether it be to conduct at-home care, self-quarantine, get COVID19 tested, or even seek emergency care.
Remote COVID19 Contact Tracing
Contact Tracing is the process of containing the spread of infectious disease by identifying people with positive cases, tracking down all of their recent contacts, notifying those contacts of potential exposure, and educating them how to prevent further spread. This may involve encouraging lab testing, social distancing, or even initiating quarantine.
Remote COVID19 Leadership and Supervisory Roles
Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants can be hired as leaders who oversee teams of 10-15 contact tracers and coordinate overall COVID19 Contact Tracing operations.
Remote COVID19 Occupational Health
Companies are hiring Remote Occupational Health professionals for their employee health programs to monitor and education team members about COVID19 symptoms and exposure risks. For example, if an employee tests positive, they could be assigned an Occupational Health RN to monitor their case.
Remote COVID19 At-Home Test Kit Monitoring
Now, patients can self-administer At-Home COVID19 test kits in the comfort of their home. Some of these tests do require medical professionals to monitor for proper handling of equipment and appropriate collection procedures, both of which can be done via video conferencing.
Who is eligible for remote COVID19 jobs?
Almost all of these jobs prefer LPN, LVN, RN, ARNP, or PAs, although they don’t necessarily require it. This makes these jobs relatively accessible for licensed healthcare professionals as opposed to some of the typical remote healthcare jobs that have a long list of experience and credential requirements, making them very competitive.
What is the schedule like for remote COVID19 Jobs?
This really depends on the company and specific role. I have seen a variety of Full-Time, Part-Time, and PRN positions. Some require regular 9-5 hours while others require nights and weekends.
Keep in mind that all of these jobs are temporary, so don’t confuse “Full-Time” with “permanent.” However, it may be a temporary way to continue working in your healthcare role while juggling childcare at home and dodging infection risks– at least until this pandemic stabilizes and we can all think straight again.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the stability of these positions is dependent on how long this pandemic lasts, which is entirely unknown. This lack of certainty is important to consider if you are the primary or only income earner in your household.
Do remote COVID19 jobs offer benefits?
All of these jobs are temporary or contract in nature so they typically do not offer benefits. Therefore, they may not be appropriate if you are the primary or only provider of health insurance in your household, unless you can seek out benefits elsewhere.
What about the pay for Remote COVID19 Jobs?
Honestly, don’t expect to get rich. The pay can be hit or miss because many of these positions do not actually require a medical license but rather prefer it. For this reason, the wages can be lower than typically expected for a licensed medical professional. I have seen Contact Tracer wages from $15-25 per hour (the Supervisory roles will offer more), Triage positions from $25-30/hr, and Test Kit monitoring wages at $10 per patient.
What Companies are hiring for Remote COVID19 Jobs?
Remote COVID19 Telephone Triage
Remote COVID19 Contact Tracing
Remote Occupational Health
Remote COVID19 Home Test Kit Monitoring
Other Remote COVID19 Opportunities
SteadyMD – Nurse Practitioners for COVID19 Follow Up Calls
Po`okela Solutions, LLC – COVID19 Nurse Abstractor
Keep in mind, some of these companies may be using agencies or external job boards to advertise their positions, or they might be coming directly from government websites, so it’s a good idea to also follow this search on The Remote Nurse job board, as well as this search on Indeed (hint: sign up for job alerts!).
How can I make myself stand out?
Update Your Resume
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Highlight Relevant Skills
Experience caring for COVID19 Patients
Experience educating patients/families/communities about COVID19
Any specific Public Health knowledge or experience you have
Any telephonic or remote work you’ve done, particularly involving patients