It is possible to chat with a nurse online for no cost 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Websites such as Johns Hopkins Medicine and Independent Health provide chat services that allow people to ask questions online and get answers in real time.
Nurses are generally available over the telephone and through online chat to provide answers to a number of different questions. People can access the chat portal on websites such as Johns Hopkins Medicine and Independent Health and ask questions about a wide range of topics, including their current symptoms, the side effects of medications, the reliability of various home self-care treatments and the availability of support groups, as stated by Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Other questions a person can pose in chat include when it is necessary to see a doctor, when to seek emergency care and where to find a local hospital or physician. Wellness information is also available. Some websites, such as Johns Hopkins Medicine, require users to register one time to receive access to the service. No matter what time the user accesses the chat service, a licensed, professional nurse joins the conversation and provides answers to the questions posed, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
It should be noted, however, that the terms and conditions for these types of services typically contain a waiver stating that any health-related information provided through the chat is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice and that users should use it at their own risk.