The field of telehealth nursing has grown tremendously in the past few years. More and more companies are hiring nurses to work from their own homes to provide telehealth services for specific specialty areas. Read more about telephones triage nurses.

Given the virtual nature of telehealth, the nurse must have access to high-speed internet, specialized software programs accessing the employer's network and possibly telephone service. Time zone differences between the nurse's current living country and the telehealth employer is a significant consideration as well.

Appropriate internet speeds can be a challenge living in overseas conditions. Many countries are still working with broadband or even dial-up connections that will be too slow or unreliable for telehealth work. Consistent access to internet can also be a challenge if power supplies are variable. According to statics published by Internet World Stats, only 54% of the world has access to online web systems.

Companies hiring nurses for at-home telehealth positions require the nurse to have an active and unrestricted license in the state where the company resides or affiliates. Many states participate in a program from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing called the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows the nurse to provide care in all participating states without obtaining additional licensing.

Many telehealth companies, such as insurance companies, require the telehealth nurses to have specialized certifications such as Home Care Coding Specialist, Home Care Clinical Specialist, or Home Care Compliance Specialist.

The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) offers an Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification that nurses can obtain through study and testing, which includes telehealth competency questions.

While Telehealth nursing for American nurses living abroad is technologically possible, individual employers would consider such a hire on a case-by-case basis. Telehealth and at-home nursing services are a relatively new working environment for most companies with varying degrees of employee oversight and interaction requirements.

Amanda Bucceri Androus RN, BSN
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