How to get position at UnitedHealth Group/Blue Cross Blue shield - page 2

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    Thank you everyone for your help. I know one day I will get the job I want
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    I'm currently employed by a large corporation in their benefits department. I do general office work for the most part. There are only four of us in the office. They hired me to help them translate medical jargon that sometimes comes up in the course of business. This only happens every now and then. For the most part I do filing,adress changes and enter figures into a spreadsheet. This is a far cry from my former job as a med nurse in a nursing home. If you get this type of job, be prepared to be bored. It's a great job. I'm home at five O'clock and have weekends off. It does get tedious though. I pass the time reading allnurses and several other sites I like.
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    Well here's the thing. You must have had a job where you have done these things. In other words it was in your job description to do these things.
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    it appears that the op got it in his/her head to go to work for bcbs and sent them some kind of communication to that effect, but no cover letter or references, and has no experience in the kinds of work they have. this is not a functional way to obtain a position with a business.

    bcbs is no place for beginners. they have zero interest in training newbies as case managers, disease managers, or utilization review people for their complex suite of insurance plans when there are plenty of people with applicable experience (including case management and good familiarity with insurance products) to be had.

    your school probably has a placement/careers office. even if you have graduated long since, they will probably be able to help you with the mechanics of how to apply for work-- how to write a cover letter, resume, interview skills, etc. schools will usually do this for free, so don't waste money on companies that promise you the moon if you'll just follow their fool-proof schemes for getting the job of your dreams.
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    Quote from grntea
    it appears that the op got it in his/her head to go to work for bcbs and sent them some kind of communication to that effect, but no cover letter or references, and has no experience in the kinds of work they have. this is not a functional way to obtain a position with a business.

    bcbs is no place for beginners. they have zero interest in training newbies as case managers, disease managers, or utilization review people for their complex suite of insurance plans when there are plenty of people with applicable experience (including case management and good familiarity with insurance products) to be had.

    your school probably has a placement/careers office. even if you have graduated long since, they will probably be able to help you with the mechanics of how to apply for work-- how to write a cover letter, resume, interview skills, etc. schools will usually do this for free, so don't waste money on companies that promise you the moon if you'll just follow their fool-proof schemes for getting the job of your dreams.
    thank you for your help. you are right.
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    Quote from signet
    I'm currently employed by a large corporation in their benefits department. I do general office work for the most part. There are only four of us in the office. They hired me to help them translate medical jargon that sometimes comes up in the course of business. This only happens every now and then. For the most part I do filing,adress changes and enter figures into a spreadsheet. This is a far cry from my former job as a med nurse in a nursing home. If you get this type of job, be prepared to be bored. It's a great job. I'm home at five O'clock and have weekends off. It does get tedious though. I pass the time reading allnurses and several other sites I like.

    You are lucky Can you please tell me how I can get a job like this. What company? Are they hiring. and what do i need to add to my resume to get a job there. Thank you.
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    moved to our case management nursing forum for best advice.
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    I work for United Healthcare as care coordinator in TN. I'm surprised someone said BlueCross doesn't give much orientation. I got 5 weeks at United, and they continually do ongoing training.

    It seems to me they do not hire very often. We NEED more people! Or we will be working even more than we already do....which is a LOT.

    I think they are a good company to work for.
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    I have just accepted a telephonic case manangement position with one of the companies you mentioned.I had applied to the 2 you mentioned. One of the companies advertised in Nursing Spectrum an open RN Interview day- I went to that. The other was strickly an online application from a google search under case managment nursing position. Check out Unitied healthcare group, BlueCrossBlueSheild again, Aetna, Cigna any other major health care insurance companies. I got my new position by looking on their web site for a position they posted in my area. I was very leary because the location is a high crime big city. But I felt there was no harm in applying - all I could get was a rejection email letter and It's not like I haven't got them before. I was afraid it would be home visits in dangerous neighborhood. But it is all telephone.
    I have 30 years RN experience. Most of which-29 years is acute care bedside hospital- med/surg/oncology(18 yrs) tele/cardiac stepdown medical and surgical(7years) 2 yrs ambulatory care- outpatient smaeday surg and 1 year clinic which includes telephone triage and telephonic nursing consultation. I wrote my resume to talor my clinic telephonic experience to how it relates to case manangment of the patients. I have taken some coursework as 1 day seminars in case managment and UM(nursing spectrum also offers some big CEU courses in both case managment and UM) They helped get my mind gearing toward how nurses in bedside actually are doing case managment but on a short term basis- you are managing the patients you are assigned to in those beds.(you are monitoring their physical condition, their labs, their meds, how they are responding to these meds/course of treatment and do they still belong on your unit - are they sicker or do they need to be discharged home, with or without a HHnurse or to a rehab, their educational needs for self care, DME needs)
    I was called by this company after online applying for an interview. And offered the job within one week of the interview. It appears these 2 companies- and there are 2 more who have been asked by the states they offer insurance in, to offer medicaid plans- going along with the healthcare reform agenda. These companies have been offered contracts by the states to oversee the medicaid insurance needs of the underinsured and uninsured population which there are millions of qualifying people, alot of whom are those who have lost their jobs and lost their employer healthcare plan. For me, this issue of hopsital CEO's making big bucks and people with no jobs and no insure , this is a good fit for me. It's all I can do to be proactive and participate in it's solution. If I had the authority to fire these hospital CEO's or at least cut their salaries to a more reasonable levelin tune with the current economic times. I would in a heartbeat.( which is what needs to be done badly/long overdue and hopefully is the next step) I participated in a healthfair with fellow nurses at a commercial business industry convention and saw people who were once employed(self imployed, small business owers) unemployed/working class people who have no insurance and who brough their young children(also without insurance) to this convention. If I didn't know better - It looked like a sene from the Great Depression of the 1920's-1930's. I have worked in a hospital for 3 years an inner city "getto hospital" and saw the sickest of sick- again no insurance and not seeking care until the disease was so advanced it was ICU time.
    My advise is to read some of those CEU articles and think about how you case managed those med/surg and LTC patients and keep applying. These companies are having RN interview days and will continue to have because of the millions who will be getting the lower cost insurance if and when they can afford it. Right now, these case managment positions are only for RN's with experience which you posted- you have. Try re writing some of the job responsiblities of you work experience tailoring it to the case mangement mind set. Don't present your experience as a med surg or LTC mindset- just walking in and out of rooms to patients, doing assessments, giving meds- task oriented.
    I might add, I am nervous as 'all get out' to be starting this new job- as I have never worked in the corporate business insurance world (not a scrubs job), and I love the co-workers and the work I will be leaving at the clinic.
    Good luck to you.
    Last edit by kcmylorn on Aug 26, '11
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    I would suggest doing home health for a few years before transitioning into this type of position. I just got a job with a similar company with 2+ years of HH. You'll learn case management as well as the insurance woes. Good Luck!


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