To become a telehealth nurse, one must first become a licensed RN. This requires a specific education and state licensure. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), registered nurses often follow one of three educational paths. They either earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN); a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN); or graduate from an approved nursing program. Some employers may require nurses with an ASN or ADN to earn a BSN degree.
To become licensed to practice in their state, RNs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN®). To meet the requirements for a telenursing position, some employers may require multiple years of bedside experience. After passing the NCLEX and obtaining state licensure as an RN, nurses can apply for positions where they can gain bedside knowledge of providing quality patient care.
Employers also may require additional certification, though there is no specifically required certification to work in telenursing. According to Nurse.org, practicing RNs may choose to obtain the Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification (RN-BC), offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing. This certification covers skills necessary in an ambulatory care setting, which can be helpful to telehealth nurses.