Shadowing a Doctor

May 29, 2015

Gap Medics students during their hospital placement The thought of being able to work from home sounds great on so many fronts, from the amount of time and money you save to the choices you can make about how much or how little you want to work. However, while there are numerous distinct advantages of working from home nursing careers, there are also a few downsides that you should be aware of.

In order to get a better understanding of what it really is like to be a work-from-home nurse and to help you determine whether or not it is the right decision for you, here are some of the pros and cons of this career path.

Advantages of Work-From-Home Nursing

– You have total control over your time and your working hours.

– You have the flexibility to devote as much or as little time as you want to nursing while using the remaining time to pursue other interests or fulfil your personal and family commitments.

– No long commutes to work means you save a whole lot of time and money every single day, which can add up to significant monthly savings

– Your workplace environment is quieter and less stressful with fewer workplace distractions.

– You are not “on-call’ and can actually have a regular sleep schedule.

– You do not have to worry about day care costs.

– You can strike a happier and healthier work/life balance.

– Reduced travel times combined with reduced workplace stress and no office distractions can translate into a tremendous increase in focus and productivity.

– There’s no dress code that you have to adhere to.

– With the convenience of being able to cook at home, you can make healthier food choices rather than having to settle for eating out.

Working from home sounds great so far but it is important to consider the cons before you make this huge career decision.

Disadvantages of Work-From-Home Nursing

– Because you are not accountable to anyone else but yourself, working from home requires a high level of self discipline and motivation to make it work.

 – Since you are in your “office” 24/7, if you do not impose any limits, you may find it hard to escape work and could end up working 24/7.

– There are limited offerings for work-from-home nurses.

– There are no opportunities for collaborating or building personal connections with co-workers and other medical professionals in the workplace.

– Reduced networking opportunities.

– From the television blaring to your kids demanding your attention, there are several at-home distractions that could interfere with your productivity.

– Loneliness and increasing anxiety often creep in from not having any form of work support group.

– There are fewer promotional avenues available as your work experience is limited.

It’s plain to see that working from home has several positive as well as negative tradeoffs that might not be right for everyone. In the end, what is important to remember is that there is no one decision that right for every nurse. Deciding whether or not to work from home is a personal decision that should be made based on your personal interests and requirements.

The beauty of nursing is of course the fact that should your requirements change at any time during your career, it is always possible to switch from hospital nursing to work-from-home nursing or the other way round.