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Virtual Nursing

Health care and insurance companies hire nurses to answer patient questions by telephone or e-mail about their medical conditions or medication.

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If you're a registered nurse who has tired of hospital hours or the daily commute to a local doctor's office, there's an emerging way to make extra money from home. While working as a nurse is thought of as a hands-on position, that's not always the case. Health care and insurance companies hire nurses to answer patient questions by telephone or e-mail about their medical conditions or medication. Often, these companies also provide the computer and software you'll need because they want to ensure compliance with patient privacy regulations. Contracting to work as a virtual nurse is a way to stay connected to your profession while working from home, and because of its flexible hours, it's particularly suited for parents, retirees or anyone wanting more freedom in their daily schedules. You can check companies like Fonemed for employment or get more information at the American Telemedicine Association.

Of course, you don't need to interact with patients -- even by telephone or e-mail -- if you work as a legal nurse consultant. What you will need, though, is a combination of hands-on nursing experience and specialized training before launching a solo career in this field. Once you've completed your training, expect to spend time building your business as you network and market your new business to attorneys and corporate clients interested in having a medical professional review cases involving injured workers or other medical matters [source: Adams].

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