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What can an experienced nurse do to look good to potential employers to help them get a job they can do from home?

Thursday September 26, 2013
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Dear Donna,

When my husband retires in about two years, we are hoping to move to a more rural community. My best chance to continue working is to telecommute, but most of the insurance jobs request certification in case management, which I do not have. I have about 20 years of experience in nursing, most recently in a psychiatric hospital setting. Are there any classes that you would recommend that would look good to potential employers?

Wants to Telecommute

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants to Telecommute,

While some insurance companies may "request" certification for case managers when they place a job ad, they hire nurses without such certification all the time. They also have many other telecommuting positions for nurses such as telephone advice line, telephone triage, disease manager, etc., which do not require any certifications. You can also find many of these same positions in private telehealth and case management companies, so seek those out. Your psych background will be valuable here for depression management programs, mental health advice lines and so on.

You don't mention if you already have case management experience or not but if this is a specialty you wish to pursue or even learn more about, start getting out to local chapter meetings of the Case Management Society of America www.cmsa.org as a guest for now. Mix and mingle with other case managers and do some informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with them if you have not already worked in this specialty.

When there's something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it. Through your current contacts in your present location, you can make contacts in the new area where you plan to relocate. The power of networking is that people know people who know other people. Networking is far reaching and is well known to be the best way to find and get a job. Listen to my recorded webinar “Networking for nurses: Is it important?” http://ce.nurse.com/course/web192/networking-for-nurses-is-it-important/

You also should network with the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing www.aaacn.org as many nurses working in telehealth (many of these positions are home-based) are active in
this association.

You don't mention your educational background. If you do not yet have a BSN, I suggest you make plans to start working on attaining it. Higher education has become a key marketing component and job requirement for nurses in most settings. Read “Go back to school and change your life” www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Back-to-School and “Master the scholarship game” www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Scholarship-Game.

Best wishes,

Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://www. Nurse.com/Events.