I love allnurses.com because there are so many caring, insightful nurses on here that are willing to give their input (good and bad) on all sorts of topics. (Thanks in advance everyone!)
Here's my dilemma I'm a first year ED (Emergency/Trauma - Level 2) Staff nurse who JUST went PRN 4 weeks ago and love the extra time for family and hubby (and myself), but dread going in to work when I do have to work (understaffed, overworked, yada yada). ED nursing is what I always wanted to do, BUT I am not loving it d/t work conditions. Sooooo, I have now been presented with a new opportunity - Workers' Compensation Field Case Manager, working from home, very nice compensation package but I hear its long hours/long drives to doctors' appointments, pt appointments and employer visits. Now the thing here is that I do have 17+ years WC claims experience, the last 7 years in management (supervisor to a claims unit including Telephonic Case Managers) and I'm bilingual (which is what they are looking for).
I've heard its hard to get into case management without being certified and I honestly always looked up to our Telephonic Case Managers (RNs) and some day wanted to be just like them. I think I will love building rapport with injured workers, employers, care providers, etc (something I kind of miss working in the ED - where patients/families come and go and you don't have time to build that rapport).
Any how, I'd love to hear any Pros/Cons you all may have as to whether or not to leave the PRN ED staff nurse life to become a WC Field Case Manager. Thanks everyone!!