Businesses that have 24-hour nurses include hospitals, nursing homes and even insurance companies. Hospitals and nursing homes have 24-hour nurses due to the need to provide medical care to patients, while insurance companies employ nurses for their nurse hotlines.
The level of nursing care in a facility, such as a nursing home, can vary. For example, laws as of April 2015 only require that a registered nurse be on site for eight hours per day. The remaining time, a licensed practical nurse may be on shift. Hospitals typically have a variety of nurses on staff during a 24-hour period, including both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.
Insurance companies can employ nurses to manage their 24-hour nurse hotlines. These hotlines are designed to give consumers the option to consult with a nurse regarding symptoms that they may be experiencing. The nurse can help the consumer determine whether or not immediate medical attention is necessary, or if the consumer can try any home treatments. Nurses can also provide advice on any medications the consumer is taking, as well as any side effects that these medications can cause. Most nurse lines offered by insurance companies are open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.