I am interested in this subject too. I don't have nearly as much bedside experience as the OP, but I am looking at moving on from floor nursing (the physical and mental drain). My first career, before becoming an RN, was as a research assistant. I have been looking for a long time to get into clinical research, but opportunities are few if any in my area. Working in the ICU, our case managers (who are called care coordinators at my hospital) are often on the floor and have sparked my interest in case management.
I have the same questions as the OP. Also, for those that went from floor nursing to case management/care coordinator at an acute care hospital, how was the transition? Were you a case manager/care coordinator at the same hospital you were at floor nurse at. What is your work schedule like? Is it possible to have a regular m-f normal hours position? Do you find yourselves learning more about disease processes, etc? I don't really need to the adrenaline (or irregular scheduling) of critical care, but I do like the intellectual stimulation of that environment.
Any advice/info would be greatly appreciated.
BTW, kona have you found out any additional information? How about that job lead you had?