Case Management within the Nursing Field

Case management involves the offering and facilitation of services and treatments to disabled, injured, or ailing individuals. Nursing is a profession within the healthcare field concerned with the defence and optimization of people’s health, the avoidance of ill health and injury, the ease of suffering due to various treatments, and support for the care of individuals. Case management within the nursing field involves working with disabled, injured, or ailing individuals and developing a long-term plan to ensure they receive the appropriate medical care on a continual basis, for as long as needed. Registered nurses (RNs) work with these patients and their loved ones to determine their needs and goals.

In order to become a nursing case manager, individuals must complete a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. This four-year degree educates students in areas such as anatomy, biology, physiology, psychology, pathology, illness and disease, policies and legalities in the healthcare system, case management, healthcare program analysis, and nursing research methods. During this program, students gain a broad knowledge in the theories, practices, and concepts of nursing as well as take preparation courses for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Subsequent to completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing, students must pass the NCLEX-RN in order to work professionally as a nurse. Before becoming a nursing case manager, RNs must gain two or more years of experience working in the nursing field. Once sufficient work experience is gained, students must pass the American Case Management Certification Examination (ACM) which measures and quantifies students’ knowledge and skills in the nursing case management field. Certification as a nursing case manager is offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

In addition to the education, registration, work experience, and certification requirements, individuals must encompass certain skills and personality traits which are essential for success in this field. Nursing case managers must be compassionate and empathetic. They must have the ability to actively listen to their patients needs and have a desire to help them out in any way they can. Nursing case managers must have exceptional interpersonal skills and have the ability to convey their recommendations and opinions to their patients. Nursing case managers handle more than one patient therefore they must have organizational skills and determine the different needs and goals for each, individual patient.

Nursing case managers work in settings such as hospitals, treatment centers, rehabilitation centers, personal care homes, nursing homes, insurance agencies, or independently as a consultant.

Those who encompass these skills and qualities mentioned above, excel in the bachelor’s degree program in nursing, pass the NCLEX-RN and the ACM, and have a passion to work with those in need will no doubt be successful in this challenging, important, and rewarding field.

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About The Author: Helen Immelstadt has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She has worked in the psychology and medical field for over 27 years and has an extensive background in writing. She is currently working as a freelance writer while also writing her book about online psychology programs.

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