A licensed practical nurse (LPN) emailed me looking for advice; she was wondering if an LPN can work at home. Well, just about anyone can work at home, if they have the patience to keep searching and are perhaps willing to take a pay cut. So the question becomes would she want to work at home.
Let's take a look at some of the specifics of her case: She is a LPN and has been in management in long-term care for 15 years with five years of hospital experience. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the overall job outlook for LPN is excellent. And nursing is a growing work-at-home profession.
However, LPNs, who generally do patient care and have less training and education than registered nurses (RN), are unfortunately not in demand for work at home jobs. There are actually quite a few work-at-home jobs jobs for nurses, but they are looking for RNs not LPNs. See this list of companies with work-at-home nurse jobs for more information.
That said, our reader still has options for working at home. Her experience as a nurse could be useful in other more common work-at-home jobs, such as writing or call centers. Check out the companies that hire RNs for telephone triage. While you need to be a registered nurse for this job, sometimes medical call centers need customer service reps and appreciate the medical experience of an LPN. Also her medical experience might come in handy in medical transcription jobs or medical coding, but these would likely require additional training.
None of these options would likely pay as much as an LPN. According to the BLS, the median salary of an LPN is $40,380. And if she has 15 years experience, she's may be above the median.
Often working at home can mean a pay cut--either because our hours are reduced or because we are striking out into something new. And that is another factor to weigh when deciding to work at home. So while it is possible to parlay the skills of an LPN into a telecommuting job, there are other factors to consider. If you are an LPN who wants to work at home, read this article: