At an in-person nursing job, your morning might look like scrambling out the door, sitting in traffic, and chugging coffee in the breakroom before starting another long, exhausting shift. A remote nursing role could swap the morning rush with a peaceful online login, the traffic with a walk around the block, and chugging coffee with making espresso in the comfort of your own home.
Most likely, you’ve heard about these coveted work-from-home nursing jobs. Maybe you have a friend who works for a telemedicine company or a coworker who recently switched to a remote case management role within your hospital system. While many nurses are aware these jobs exist, they struggle to see how they can pivot into a remote role. The truth is remote jobs for nurses exist at all education and experience levels. Here’s an easy 3-step process to find and land a remote nursing role.
1. Find Remote Nursing Jobs
To start your WFH job search, identify some remote nursing roles you’d like to apply to. Many of these roles are posted on job sites like Indeed and LinkedIn, though it can be hard on these sites to filter for only nursing roles or only remote roles.
For a better (and quicker) search experience, download the HireMe Healthcare app. In our app, you can filter for remote nursing roles with one click. The app also displays remote nursing jobs that are complimentary to your education and work experience.
2. Explain How Your Work Experience Translates
WFH roles are often competitive. To stand out, you need to tailor your experience to the remote workplace. Before you click out of this article because you’ve never had a remote job, the right experience doesn’t have to be from a remote role. Instead, focus on showcasing traits which make online workers successful.
When recruiters were asked their preferred traits for remote roles they were trying to fill, competence, independence, and time management topped the list. In your application materials, you should demonstrate times when you have utilized these skills, such as taking the lead during an understaffed shift or managing multiple patient files at once. You can also demonstrate your competence in the field by highlighting your education, including certificates, and continuing education credits.
3. Apply and Interview Like a Pro
When you’re applying and interviewing for remote roles, you need to articulate why you’re prepared to work independently and communicate with remote and in-person colleagues. Luckily, nurses have a lot of experience that directly translates to being a leader in an independent workspace.
To reflect on why you’re prepared, consider these questions:
What are three specific times you took the lead at work?
Can you think of any projects you ideated and/or brought to life, either at work or outside of your shifts?
What are some specific experiences where you worked independently?
Conversely, what is your communication style like, and how can you demonstrate that you’ll be communicative, even when working remotely?
The more specific you can get in terms of experiences, projects, and situations that demonstrate your independence, competence, time management, and communication skills, the better. Your application and interview should paint a picture of imminent success in a remote role.
Bonus points for practicing interview questions virtually, as many interviews will be hosted over Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, or another video conferencing platform.
4. Superboost Your Search
If you’re unsure how to optimize your work experience for a remote role, you don’t have to solve this issue alone. Our director of nurse relations, Denise Jones, is available for a free, virtual coffee chat about how to optimize your profile. In the chat, you can also discuss remote positions on the app and how to stand out in interviews for those roles.
Download the HireMe Healthcare app and book your virtual coffee chat today.