Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Remote Nursing Jobs

Just learning about the world of remote nursing? Remote nursing jobs are becoming more and more common, but you still might have your fair share of questions. 

Let’s get into the most frequently asked questions about remote nursing jobs.

1. What jobs can I do as a remote nurse?

There are plenty of remote nursing jobs out there. Most everything you do as a nurse in the hospital has a “behind the scenes” portion. For example, nurses who help manage chronic disease after discharge, nurses who deal with insurance claims, and those who review medical records from the hospital stay.

Some of the most popular remote nursing jobs include:

Click here to take a fun quiz and find out what remote and non-bedside roles might be right for you!

2. What qualifications do I need for a remote nursing job?

In general, you don’t need any specific certifications or qualifications to switch from bedside nursing to remote nursing. 

Check the job description and job posting for your desired positions to see if they require anything specific. 

Some jobs may require:

  • Specific state licenses, or a Compact license
  • Prior experience in the role. For example, a data abstraction role may require you to have one year of experience with data abstraction, but not necessarily experience with doing that role remotely.

3. Will I lose my skills as a remote nurse?

It depends on how you define “skills!” Broaden your perspective to think of nursing skills as more than starting IVs and inserting catheters. You’ll develop other skills, like becoming a whiz at finding information in clinical records, or understanding the complexities of health insurance. These can be useful in real life, just as your nursing assessment skills are.

If you have concerns about losing traditional bedside nursing skills, there will always be options to pick up shifts or look for PRN or volunteer opportunities.

4. Are companies still looking for remote nurses?

Yes. Despite fluctuations in the economy and with recent advancements in AI, companies are still looking for remote nurses. 

The healthcare industry will always find ways to automate menial tasks to protect their bottom line. Still, there will always be clinical roles to oversee the technology, teach it to others, and still to interact with and educate patients. 

5. Will I hate being a remote nurse?

With any job, you only really know once you give it a try. Remote nursing can sound glamorous, but reconsider if:

  • You enjoy a fast-paced environment, especially one where you are physically moving (Think: bouncing around in an ER or speed walking down long hallways in med-surg).
  • Talking with other people fills you with energy. If you thrive on coworker interactions and face-to-face moments with your patients, that’s something you simply won’t get much of in the remote environment.
  • You don’t love technology. If you get more stressed about an Epic update than having to give someone a blood transfusion, contemplate whether a desk-based job excites you.

6. How much does remote nursing pay?

Remote nursing job pay depends on a few elements:

  • Your experience in the role
  • Your education level
  • Your geographical location
  • The company’s budget
  • The type of work you’ll be doing

The lowest-paying remote nursing jobs are in the $25 per hour range. Mid-paying jobs are $35-40, and high-paying jobs are above that. There are also many six-figure and beyond remote nursing jobs

7. Will I gain weight as a remote nurse?

Don’t feel shallow for asking – it’s actually a common concern. As a bedside nurse, you may spend hours on your feet, walking miles throughout a shift. Suddenly switching to sitting at a computer all day will alter your total daily calorie expenditure and can cause weight gain. 

If you want to prevent gaining weight, you can consider: 

  • Getting a standing desk or a walking pad
  • Doing some small exercises or going on walks during your breaks
  • Practicing mindful and intuitive eating, since you may be less active during the day, you may realize you feel a little less hungry as well.

8. How do I know a remote nursing job posting is legit?

There’s no shortage of remote nursing job scams out there. Companies like to prey on remote nursing being in high demand, since nurses are often desperate to take part in it. 

A few common red flags include:

  • Obvious spelling and grammatical errors
  • High salary range with little to no qualifications or experience expectations
  • Asking for personal information too quickly
  • Being unable to vouch for the company or the recruiter through their website and HR department directly

9. Do I need a specific nursing license as a remote nurse?

No, you don’t need a specific nursing license as a remote nurse. 

The job posting may specify a particular license or that you live in a certain area. There is an advantage to living in a Compact state with a Compact license, though. A decent number of job postings also ask for a California state license.

10. How do I find a remote nursing job?

You can absolutely find a remote nursing job with some strategy and planning. 

  • Update your resume to include keywords from the job posting
  • Refresh your LinkedIn page
  • Pay close attention to remote nursing job postings
  • Network with other remote nurses on LinkedIn or IRL

Find out more in our free Getting Started Guide with helpful tips for searching and applying to remote roles.

The Bottom Line

If you’re interested in a remote nursing job, don’t hesitate to get your questions answered by visiting the Nurse Fern website. Check out the blog, resume template, and LinkedIn course to learn more.