How to become a case manager - page 2

by Born_2BRN | 15,738 Views | 13 Comments

Hi all! I am currently working in med/surg but within the next year or two hubby and I planned having a second child. Thus with pregnancy working with heavy assignment and acute patient care is questionable. I am looking into... Read More


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    I'm doing telephonic CM right now. I have three years of med-surg and an MSN.

    But I think that's unusual. Most of my co-workers have experience in CM, or UM/UR, or mental health. But my company is kind of a mess, lots of turnover, so that's why I think I got hired with such a lack of experience.

    And I'd echo what some of the others have said, many times RNs leave after they find they miss face to face interactions and 3 12 hour shifts. So I'd think about how I'd like a business environment.

    Even for someone like myself, who likes this sort of field, I find that CM is probably not the best fit. I'd probably do better with less patient interaction and more clinical data, such as UM/UR or quality or provider services. But the good thing about this field is that there are many different positions available.
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    I was hired as a hospital based case manager at a large teaching hospital in the midwest. I am a diploma grad with 20 years of nursing experience at the bedside. I am not certified but need to be within 2 years. So sometimes experience can override the BSN requirement.
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    Yes I agree the CCM certification is pretty important and that it isn't as great as you might think, because you are working with lots of very high risk patients and you often don't see results, and I usually have to work evenings because that is when the people we call in my company are easiest to reach. But if it is a good fit, try to get a job in home care or something and work on your CCM and talk to LOTS of nurses who are doing the job. I work in an a big insurance company and we are always hiring and I think there are going to be more jobs. Maybe working in a big primary care practice, many of them are looking for case managers now. Good luck!
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    Where I live, no insurance or other CM jobs exist, except in hospitals, and they hire internally only. I don't like acute so that leaves me out of something that I think would be a great fit for me


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