Can anyone help me w/ basic info regarding CM? I am an MDS / Care Plan Coordinator currently, and am becoming someone I do not like. I really feel a change coming on. I have a pretty new PC at home w/ a new fax / scanner / copier, and would love to find out how I can use my nursing skills to work from home, although I would also consider something close to home for now if it did not involve weekends / holidays. (Family is first, don't ya know!) I have some floor experience, but none of it was in a hospital. Can an Associate's Degree RN become a case manager? Or must I have a Bachelor's or Master's? I know some about UR for our Medicare residents, but I really don't know much about insurance / workman's comp. Can someone offer advice on how to get started?
Sep 14, '02
Sounds like you could very well get started in case management. While some hospital experience is helpful, it certainly is not mandatory. I have found that organizational skills and the ability to work with people rank high on what is required to be a case manager. Don't worry about the ADN. A number of the nurses I work with (including your truly) are AD RNs. Not a problem. Check with your local CMSA chapter or their web site at www.cmsa.org
. There are a lot of resources on what case management is and what the marketplace is looking for in prospective case managers. Good Luck!