My husband just came from yesterday's party at his friends house and one of the daughter's there who studies nursing mentioned " chart review". She said everybody in her nursing class wants to get the job in " chart review" so that they don't have to do med-surg or any bedside care. My husband asked me about that and I have no clue what is it.
Did any of you hear of this type of nursing position?
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I think they mean something like utilization review. At my place, it's not nurses who are hired to do that because nurses are more expensive than the social workers they usually hire.
And even the places that do hire nurses usually require some bedside experience because you really need to understand what's going on.
Any Utilization Review staff I have ever seen have been RN's, often BSN preferred in most job listings. I thought most social workers were masters level education, and would cost more? And yes, any UR positions I have seen posted generally require some amount of experience in patient care for the reason you cited.
Last edit by Bluehair on Sep 14, '08
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Chart reviews by RNs may refer to auditing and/or utilization review (UR).
There are certifications in RN-auditor or RN-coder. More information can be found at:
There used to be the CPUR (Certified Professional in Utilization Review) and the CPUM (Certified Professional in Utilization Management) offered by McKesson.
Both the CPUR and CPUM have been combined, and now the certification is the CPHM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Management). You can find more information at McKesson's website:
In addition to the CPHM and RN-auditor, other certifications are as follows:
CHC (Certified in Healthcare Compliance) offered through the Health Care Compliance Association. More information can be found at:
CPHQ (Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality) offered through the Healthcare Quality Certification Board. More information can be found at:
There is the CCM (Certified Case Manager). More information can be found at:
There are also the certifications offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), such as the Case Management Nurse and the Informatics Nurse. For these 2 certifications, you will need work experience in the specialties to take the exam.
Check out the requirements to take all the certification exams. Some may not require work experience, which would allow new graduates or RNs (in diverse fields) to take the exam and move into fields dealing with chart review.
Last edit by vlntrnurs on Sep 14, '08