A telehealth nurse is a nurse who assists patients via electronic communication. Most telehealth nurses work at medical facilities, such as hospitals and private practices, and provide basic medical advice so that patients do not have to come to the facility to ask questions about nonthreatening issues.
Telehealth nursing practices became popular during the 2000s, as Americans' dependence on electronic communication grew drastically. Rather than seeing a doctor for advice about minor injuries, colds and other nonthreatening issues, many Americans turned to either their medical office's telehealth services or sought alternatives online. On occasion, telehealth nurses are assigned by doctors to provide their services to patients suffering chronic diseases. In these cases, the nurse's job is to check on the state of the patient and the effects of his medications without having him come to the medical office.