Telenursing

How to Become a Telenurse

Telenursing is a form of distance health care in which nurses communicate with patients through the phone, Internet, or other means of telecommunication. Most of the time, telenurses make use of distance health care in order to provide routine services to patients in remote rural areas or those who simply cannot make it to an in-person appointment. These sorts of remote consultations do not replace in-person primary care, but they can significantly reduce unnecessary doctor and hospital visits, and in so doing save both patients and insurance plans money.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • MEET YOUR HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION’S TELENURSING REQUIREMENTS

$50,000 - $65,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Responding to nurse hotlines or advice lines
  • Checking in with patients over the Internet at predetermined intervals
  • Listening carefully and asking good questions about conditions and symptoms
  • Recognizing warning signs of more serious medical conditions and recommending a course of action
  • Using video technology to evaluate conditions like rashes or other skin ailments

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Private practices
  • Clinics
  • Usually work part-time

Certification

RN