Are you a Nurse, NP, or PA looking to work from home?
Not sure where to start?
You’ve come to the right place!
First, thanks for visiting my site! The Remote Nurse is an online Community and Job Board designed to help Nurses, NPs, and PAs find work-from-home jobs and create happier, more flexible lives.
- Are you burned out at the bedside?
- Are you wanting to spend more time with your kids?
- Are you an introvert who questions every day why you even decided to deal with the general public? (Guilty 🤚)
Finding a remote position within your specialty might be just the pivot you need to remain in the field, earn the salary you deserve, and really take control over the design of your life!
So, I know your first question:
“Where do I even start?”
Well, here we go!
- Read this page in full, including the FAQ below!
Yes, it’s a novel, but it will save you so much time and effort in the end. TRUST ME. Please, please do this before you even start navigating anything else. Almost every person who starts this journey has the same common questions, so reading this page in full will put you 10 steps ahead of everyone else– INSTANTLY!
- Follow me on Facebook: The Remote Nurse (job alerts sent daily!)
Join my Facebook groups: Remote Nursing Jobs and Remote NP & PA Jobs (job alerts sent daily!)
Follow me on Instagram: @theremotenurse (job alerts sent daily!)
Follow me on LinkedIn: The Remote Nurse (job alerts sent daily!)
- Update your resume!
Trust me, you need to do this before you start applying. The application process is not what it used to be. Digital screening software is making a decision about your resume before a person ever sees it. Plus, these jobs have hundreds, even thousands of applicants. Your resume NEEDS to be favored by the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) in order to ever be seen by a person (see below for my resume service recommendation).
- Start searching for Remote Nursing, NP, & PA Jobs!
Visit my very own, hand-crafted, “customized-just-for-nurses-NPs-and-PAs” Job Board @ www.theremotenurse.com/jobs! It was created entirely by me, catalyzed in part by coffee, excitement, and possible mental health issues. But no seriously, I designed it to accommodate all the little nuances of our niche profession, like state licensing, residence requirements, specialty certifications, and more!
(PS- My second recommendation would be FlexJobs)
Need Resume Help?
If you haven’t updated the format of your resume in 5+ years and/or you’ve applied to lots of jobs with no response, then your answer is YES. Trust me, you are getting filtered out by automated resume scanning software!
Please for the love of all things holy, visit Amanda @ The Résumé Rx / www.theresumerx.com/remote. She is a Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Resume Expert. I mean, she went to Yale (😲) and her nursing resume templates start at just $27! She also has a weekend resume makeover course and some personalized services, as well.
I also (casually) stalked her and got us hooked up with the coupon code ‘REMOTE’ for 20% off digital products!
Check out the video I did with her here:
SO HERE WE GO, THE MAGIC SAUCE:
Tips & Tricks for Finding Remote Nursing, NP, & PA Jobs
The biggest hurdle in landing a work-from-home jobs is FINDING them in the first place! Whether you are using my website or any other job board, the key is to conduct quality searches.
- ALWAYS use something to indicate your SPECIALTY
NURSES: nurse, RN, ADN, BSN, nursing, LPN, LVN, MSN
NP: “Nurse Practitioner,” NP, FNP, PMHNP, (Insert credentials here)
PA: “Physician Assistant,” PA, PA-C, (Insert credential here)
- ALWAYS use something to indicate REMOTE
remote, telecommute, telephonic, “work from home,” wfh, telework, “home office”
- OPTIONAL: Sprinkle in specialty keywords as desired
NURSES: case manager, care coordinator, care coach, utilization manager, utilization review, triage, abstractor, appeals, chart review, instructor, faculty, care coach, care manager, clinical documentation
NP/PA: telehealth, telemedicine, telemed
- Side note: Try using Boolean logic to greatly improve your results. Boolean logic is a search tool that uses a variety of commands to include or exclude important keywords and phrases. Instead of conducting 15 different searches using every possible keyword, you can use Boolean terms like AND, OR, and NOT to consolidate these into one single search command.
In most of these searches, Leave the location field BLANK.
Many companies are based out of a certain city or state, but they offer remote work nationwide. If you only search for companies based in your area, you vastly limit your search results!
You can also perform a searches with JUST your state (not your city). Some work-from-home jobs require specific state licenses or residence. Or, they require a short period of training in-office before you transition to home.
THE GOOD STUFF
- DO MANY SEARCHES
Unfortunately, there is no universal way that all companies post their remote jobs (which is why I created my website! Hint Hint). Because of the inconsistencies in search terms, it’s important to conduct multiple searches with multiple keywords, as above.
- SIGN UP FOR JOB ALERTS
This way, you get an email whenever a new job is posted and your resume is much more likely to be seen if it is one of the first submitted (another reason to have your resume ready at the drop of a hat).
- TWEAK YOUR RESUME FOR EACH JOB
Use keywords found in the job description. Organize first the most important job duties related to the job position you are applying to, not the most important for the job you had while doing that original job (this is a mind-bending thought, so read that again). Create a summary at the top of your resume to outline exactly what they need to know within 5 seconds (that is legit how long they look at resumes before they decide if they will keep reading).
- WRITE A COVER LETTER
These are not required, but it can really go a long way to state your case and show your personality, especially when they are trying to pick between you and other applicants who had no cover letter.
- GET CREATIVE
What have you done in your career that relates to this job? A side project or extra duty can go a long way! Were you on a related committee? Did you implement a change in your department? Were you an EHR SuperUser? Were you involved in auditing? Do you have experiences outside of nursing that align with this role (Have you ever worked in a call center? Have you ever worked remotely? Did you ever manage people?)
- VALUE YA’SELF
Do not be misinformed: you DO NOT always need to be 100% qualified for jobs in order to apply. If you are at least 75% qualified, you should most certainly apply. Now, if you’re a new grad and they are looking for 10+ years experience, don’t waste the time. But if you have 8 years and match pretty much everything else, go ahead! Try not to disqualify yourself with your own doubts. Let them do that. That is what they get paid to do.
- HUMBLE YA’SELF
Expect MANY rejection letters and MANY ghostings, and don’t take it personal at all. Expect to apply for months, even years. I’m sorry, its the truth. It’s not YOU, it’s the fact that so many qualified nurses apply to these jobs. The odds just make it more difficult, even if you are wildly qualified.
The bottom line is that remote jobs are in huge demand. Often times you are competing with the whole country, not just your own city. Don’t be so hard on yourself if it feels like nothing is happening!
Hiring managers have a goal of parsing through the best resumes, not rejecting the worst people, so realize that these numerical odds have nothing to do with you as a person or as a nurse. It only takes 1 person to give you 1 chance. And even if that 1 job isn’t your ideal situation, it may be the stepping stone you need to advance into something better soon.
Experience is a very underrated form of compensation, especially for remote roles (this includes experience with that same job position in the hospital first). It will take time and determination, but you WILL eventually make your way into the role you want. There is nothing that can get in the way of your (very serious) goals of working from home in your pajamas and greasy hair!
Do you have a remote/work-from-home Nursing, NP, or PA job that you are interested in sharing to our 25,000+ member community of Nurses, NPs, & PAs looking for your EXACT position?
Visit our Job Board and Post A Job!
My job board currently has 13,000 viewers per month and each job posting includes a customized Featured Job alert shared within 24 hours to all my social outlets including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Hundreds of Nurses, NPs, & PAs have landed remote jobs JUST from the listings I’ve shared on this community!
It is absolutely CRITICAL to advertise to the exact crowd who is already looking for you. Stop letting your biggest bargaining chip (remote work) go unnoticed in the depths of the internet. 💯
Most jobs are really looking for solid experience in the job role that you are applying for. For this reason, your best bet is to decide what interests you, try to find that job in your town, do that job for 2-3 years, and then look for that same job in a remote setting. You will DEFINITELY get more opportunities!
That being said, there are some commonly required licenses/certs:
- BSN, RN: Most common requirement, most widely available
- ADN, RN: Also requested on many postings
- LPN/LVN: These jobs are less abundant, but still available
- CPC: Often required for Nurse Coding jobs
- MSN: Nursing Education sometimes requires an MSN (but most require DNP).
- DNP: Best prospects for higher level Nursing Education roles
- ARNP/FNP: Telemedicine, sick visits, specialty telehealth
- PMHNP: Most widely available remote NP role
- PNP/WHNP/CNM: Less common role, but sometimes available for telehealth
- PA-C: Telemedicine, sick visits, specialty telehealth
Lucky for you, I have shed gallons of blood, sweat, and tears creating a job board SPECIFICALLY for remote Nurse, NP, and PA Jobs here!
Each job posting gets categorized with the following UNIQUE, SEARCHABLE tags:
Nurses (LPN, LVN, MSN, RN)
Nurse Practitioners (ARNP, CNM, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, PNP, WHNP)
- STATE LICENSE(S)
Nationwide: This will pull any jobs that hire nationwide, which means they allow any state license
(ALWAYS select this in addition to the ones below)
Compact: For Nurses, this indicates a job that allows nurses to have a Compact License in lei of one specific state license
(ALWAYS select this if you have one. If you don’t, I highly recommend you upgrade! More info on Nursing Compact License here).
Individual States: Select whichever individual state license(s) you hold. This will show any jobs that require one or more of these licenses.
- JOB CATEGORIES/TITLES
You can select a variety of job specifications, like:
Job Titles: Case Management, Triage, Education
Job Specialties: NICU, Home Health, Oncology
NO! The most important element in getting a remote job is having experience in that job title. Yes, having experience working remotely is nice, but it takes so much less time and cost to train someone how to work remotely than it does to train them how to do the job!
My best advice is to figure out an area you are interested in. Browse job boards for remote positions and once you have identified some jobs you might like, apply to those (DUH!), but then also search for those same positions in your hospital or local area. If you can get 2-3 years of solid experience in that job position, it will be so much easier to find a remote position later.
I would definitely apply to anything you are qualified (or mostly qualified) for, but getting some solid experience in that job role will seriously help!
Short answer: No (ish)… Ok, Kinda? Maybe?
For a vast majority of remote jobs, you will need childcare arrangements. Working remotely may, however, allow for different forms of child-care, being in-home (as long as you have a quiet, separate space) or other family members during off-hours.
Many large companies have childcare and noise requirements in their employment agreements! Whether you do your job in a hospital or in your home office, you still need to maintain a level of professionalism to clients that does not include screaming, needy babies and/or barking dogs. Think about bringing your child to your next shift at the hospital and let me know how that works out!
However, working remotely MAY offer you some flexibility in childcare, but this depends entirely on the company, working hours, and schedule.
- You MAY be able to alter your working hours to accommodate school drop-off/pick-up.
- You MAY be able to flex your hours to attend a daytime appointment, event, or obligation without taking PTO.
- You MAY even be able to reduce your childcare to part-time if you can find very flexible working hours or if you have another family member available during off-hours.
To what extent you will need childcare truly depends on the job but, regardless, you WILL likely need childcare in some form, for some time, period.
There are MANY!
- Case Management
- Utilization Management
- Telephone Triage
- Data Abstraction
- Nursing Informatics
- Nursing Education
- Quality Assurance
- Clinical Documentation Improvement
- Clinical Appeals
Check out my Nursing job page to explore some options.
Also join the Remote Nursing Jobs Facebook group network and learn more!
It’s complicated and the answer varies.
- Some jobs require a specific state license.
- Some jobs require or allow a compact license.
- Some jobs just simply require a license, period.
If your state is part of the compact license agreement and you are hoping to land a remote job, I highly recommend upgrading to compact!
Since there are SO many nurses competing for these jobs, any barrier can turn into an instant rejection. I wouldn’t count on applying for that state license after you get the job because you will probably never receive a call for the job to begin with. Just being honest! It’s cutthroat out there.
Yes, yes, and yes!
But keep in mind, many remote jobs are offered by companies based out of certain locations, but they allow remote workers nationwide. Don’t get too specific about the jobs being in a certain state because you will eliminate a lot of options!
On my Job Board have created the option to search by state license. Simply go to the home page and select all that apply:
- “NATIONWIDE” (for jobs that allow any state license across the country)
- “COMPACT” (if you have a compact license
- “INDIVIDUAL STATES” (whichever state license(s) you hold)
If navigating outside my site, I suggest conducting searches with
- The location field BLANK (for the jobs that allow any state license)
- If you want to do some searches that specify your state, add it as another KEYWORD, not a location.
Yes, yes, and yes!
Many opportunities are available out there.
- NICU nurses could become NICU case managers
- Research nurses could become remote trial auditors
- Home health nurses can do OASIS coding
- ED/urgent care/pediatric nurses can do telephone triage
- Oncology nurses can do oncology data abstraction
When you go on my Job Board, you can select as few or as many Job Tags as you want, including specific job titles or specialty areas:
- Job Titles: Case Management, Triage, Data Abstraction, Education, etc.
- Specialty Areas: NICU, Home Health, Oncology, etc.
The only way to really discover what might work for you is to browse. See what fits best with your background, interests, and future goals and then head in that direction!
3. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
By far, the most common NP and PA jobs are for telehealth, which is basically conducting virtual assessments with patients. The most common specialty is Psychiatric (PMHNP). There are also some opportunities for urgent care (common colds, URIs, allergies, etc.)
There are some chart review, utilization management, and prior authorization positions where you review services requested/rendered against guidelines and policy standards.
Another position particularly for NPs would be online education. Some of the online universities hire part time adjunct instructors. These usually require some experience teaching and many, but not all, require a DNP.
Also join the Remote NP & PA Jobs Facebook group to network and learn more!
Unlike nurses, NPs and PAs do not have a “compact” license equivalent so it does make licensing a little trickier for remote jobs. Many jobs I have seen require either a certain state license or willingness to obtain those licenses. Many companies will also pay for this extra licensing.
Realistically, I don’t imagine that many NP/PA’s already have multiple state licenses in place, so it seems that companies would be aware of this and willing to work with you as you obtain their required licenses.