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Remote COVID19 Jobs for Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants

Remote COVID19 Jobs

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

Cortex
MedCor

Remote COVID19 Contact Tracing

Applied Memetics (AMTrace)
Contrace
Lacuna Health/Kindred Healthcare
Carbon Health
Rose International

Remote Occupational Health 

TRS Wellness
Tang & Company
WorkCare Inc
CORE Occupational Medicine
Axiom Health
Premise Health

Remote COVID19 Home Test Kit Monitoring

Vault Health
LetsGetChecked

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

If you haven’t dusted off your resume in a while, consider updating it with one of these Nursing Resume Templates from The Resume RX (hint: use coupon code REMOTE for 20% off).

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

Get Trained

There are a couple COVID19 Contact Tracing trainings you could look into and add to your resume. These are some of the ones I have seen recommended in job listings: 

Apply, Apply, Apply

Apply to ANY and EVERYTHING. Cast your net far and wide. It might be a good idea to target remote jobs in your local area first for less competition, but also apply to any jobs open nationwide. 

Wrap-Up

This pandemic has blown us ALL out of the water. You are not isolated in your burnout. Many of us are currently losing our minds as Full-Time caregivers, teachers, and parents. I bet you don’t even remember what you like to do in your “free time!” 

However, this too shall pass. In the meantime, in order to prevent total emotional and financial ruin, temporary Remote COVID19 Jobs could serve as a small bandaid for the gigantic gaping flesh wound that is our current situation– one that will hopefully heal soon.

Stay well and stay sane!

Sadie Glisson


Sadie Glisson BSN, RN, CTR 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.

HEDIS Abstraction: A Seasonal Remote Gig for Nurses

As a nurse, wouldn’t you love a supplemental job that allows you to work from home without seeing, touching, or even speaking to patients? HEDIS Abstraction might be for you!


On our Facebook group Remote Nursing Jobs, I am often asked about HEDIS abstraction and how nurses can find remote work in this lesser known specialty.


Remote HEDIS Abstraction was actually my very first remote nursing job and helped pave the way for my remote future. It can be a great way to break in to both the remote nursing field and also the data abstraction & quality improvement fields!

What is HEDIS?

HEDIS stands for the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set and it is a tool used every year by the majority of health plans to measure quality of care.

There are a plethora of quality measures in the areas of childhood immunizations, cancer screenings, diabetes care, hypertension control, behavioral health monitoring, and much more. Because of the wide variety of specialty areas, HEDIS Abstraction has something to offer for almost any nurse!

For more info on HEDIS, check out the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the full list of 2020 HEDIS Measures.

What is HEDIS Data Abstraction?

Data abstraction is basically the process of reviewing a full story and pulling key information that can be transformed into usable data for quality monitoring, clinical research, and more.

HEDIS nurses review medical records and abstract information like blood pressure readings, dates of immunizations, and results of diabetic eye exams. This data is tracked on a larger scale to measure how well health plans and providers follow appropriate patient care guidelines, which in turn, indicates their overall quality.

When is HEDIS season?

The HEDIS quality improvement cycle is a year-round effort. HEDIS data abstraction is just one (significant) piece of that cycle that occurs from January to May.

During this time, nurses evaluate charts from the previous year (so, 2021 HEDIS nurses will be reviewing 2020 medical records—YIKES! What a year!). Therefore, it is a seasonal option for nurses and a great way to build supplemental cashflow for the summer vacation you will so desperately need after finishing up a busy HEDIS season!

After May, the HEDIS results are reviewed by auditors and, by the end of the year, the results are ready for reporting, just in time for the next HEDIS abstraction season to begin!

What is the pay for HEDIS abstraction?

Typically HEDIS Abstraction nurses will make anywhere from $25-$35+ per hour depending on experience and location.

Though HEDIS abstraction is seasonal and temporary, companies offer both full-time and part-time hours during this time. Some companies require the nurse to work during business hours (M-F 8-5) while others allow you to get your hours in any time by the end of the week. Chart volume can also vary from week-to-week and even morning-to-night, so the total estimated income can vary after accounting for all these factors.

Many nurses do HEDIS abstraction on top of their normal full-time jobs, while some only do HEDIS for half the year and then take the rest of the year off! Hey, if you can make that happen, why not?

Are all HEDIS Abstraction Jobs Remote?

No. In fact, many HEDIS positions are locally-based and require the nurse to travel to physician offices and review charts on-site. However, more and more companies are offering remote HEDIS abstraction opportunities where these medical records are uploaded to electronic portals that can be reviewed by nurses working remotely from home (in their pajamas)!

How do I become qualified for HEDIS abstraction?

Most nurses gain experience on the job. In addition to applying to any and every remote HEDIS Abstraction job you can find, my biggest advice for landing a remote role is to first look in your local community for HEDIS positions. After at least 1 year (“season”) of experience, you will be much more qualified for remote work in subsequent seasons. 

Another thing you can do is review your job history. Have you worked in a physician office that complied with HEDIS guidelines? Are you knowledgeable of HEDIS measures? Have any of your job duties supported HEDIS compliance? Have you done any chart review or data abstraction outside of HEDIS? Tailor your resume to highlight these attributes. Most nurses are experienced at the bedside and this is reflected in almost every nursing resume. How can you show you have HEDIS-related experience?

Side note: if you are in need of a new nursing resume, check out The Resume RX! Amanda is an NP and Nursing Resume expert who offers beautiful resume templates, DIY resume revamp courses, and customized resume services, too!

Do HEDIS positions offer benefits?

Many HEDIS abstraction positions are contract, temporary, seasonal jobs that do not offer benefits even though you may be working full-time hours.

You may be considered a 1099 independent contractor, meaning you employ yourself and need to manage your own tax responsibility (taxes are not taken out of every paycheck). You should set aside about 30-40% of your paycheck for this and be sure to track your total seasonal income for reporting on your tax return.

Being a contractor is really not as intimidating as it sounds, especially with an accountant or income & tax tracking software to assist you. And, of course, an occasional call to the IRS… after a 2-hour hold (just kidding— the IRS website is EXTREMELY helpful and can mitigate the need for any calls).

Which Companies Hire Remote HEDIS Nurses?

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When Should I Start Looking for HEDIS positions?

HEDIS Abstraction job postings start going up in early Fall, around mid-September with the peak time being October-November. Interviews are typically conducted in November-December with hiring decisions made by December-January for start dates of January-February (that was a mouthful).

Here are some common job titles you may see:

  • HEDIS Abstractor

  • HEDIS Abstraction Nurse

  • HEDIS Review Nurse

  • Abstraction Nurse

  • Quality Abstractor

  • Data Abstractor

  • HEDIS Specialist

You can find current Remote HEDIS positions on The Remote Nurse Job Board using our HEDIS Specialty keyword search.

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Join our Early Alert Jobs Membership where I find, organize, and share new remote nursing jobs directly to your inbox every weekday so you can get on with your dang life. All jobs are shared privately to members for 1 whole week before being shared out to the larger social media community. Plus, membership is month-to-month, meaning you can cancel any time if you land a job or just want to become your own job-hunting-ninja.

Takeaway

HEDIS abstraction can be a great option for nurses looking to make supplemental income while never stepping foot outside their house (no, really, HEDIS season can get so busy on top of your normal job that you may not leave the house for 5 months).

Make sure to figure out your local grocery delivery services ahead of time. Get comfortable with wearing the same disgusting clothes for days on end. 

As a hermit who loves making money and neglects personal hygiene on the regular, I’m all in!

How about you?

Sadie Glisson

Sadie Glisson BSN, RN, CTR 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.