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Work-Life Balance of Nurses in Case Management

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Hi All,

I am new to this website. All threads I have read have been really helpful. I hope you guys can help me too. I got burnt out from my last job as Assisted Living Director. I am an RN and felt like they were using my RN title to attract customers but really what I have done was trying to staff up the company and it seemed endless. My main job was staffing, dealt with call-offs and vacation requests. If a person calls off, the company did not want to pay overtime or double time so I ended up working as a coverage. I was paid through salary so I was really working double shifts in a day without pay. Or 6o hours a week. So I quit that job and have no regrets at all.

Currently, I am looking for a job that can offer me good work-life balance. I saw Case Management positions for workers comp. Do you think I can have a balanced life if I chooses this path?

It seemed like in Nursing, bosses are really gonna utilize each Nurse unless we tell them no but if they cannot utilize us, they will get rid of us and look for someone they can. Please correct me if I am wrong but this is based on my experiences as a nurse for 8 years. My path in nursing has really been pathetic. There seemed to be no life at all if we work full time. I hope I can put an end to this and start being happy as a Nurse through case Management.

Please help!

There's nothing in god's green earth like field case management to give you a good boost in the work-life balance department.

Gotta see the dentist or do your annual GYN appointment? Don't book anything else that afternoon, and you're all set.

Kid's soccer game? That's why the goddess gave us smart phones, so we could check the email now and then and answer the phone when it rings that distinctive ring that says, "Boss." Just sprint to a quiet place so she doesn't hear screaming.

Too beautiful to sit inside and work? Take your laptop out in the yard and catch some rays while you're doing billable hours.

The day I interviewed for my first case mgmt job, the two other nurses in the department sat me down and said, "There's something very important you have to know about working in this company."

And I leaned forward anxiously in my chair and said, "What?"

They looked at each other significantly across the desk, and one of them said, "Shopping."

"Shopping?" I said, confusedly. "Shopping?"

"Yep, shopping. When you're out on appointments and you see a good sale, you have to call us so we can get over there."

That was when I had the first inkling that I was going to like this job. :) Some of those women are still my dear friends, years after we all went on to other offices and jobs.

Don't get me wrong-- we all worked hard, did great work, and earned our (very decent) pay and bonuses honestly. But that doesn't mean you can't have some fun -- and work-life balance-- along the way.

Really? This is promising for me. I think I will like this position. Now, it will just be a matter of company. i have an interview for Genex this Monday. I read a lot of bad reviews from glassdoor.

WC Case manager

Has 8 years experience.

Really? This is promising for me. I think I will like this position. Now, it will just be a matter of company. i have an interview for Genex this Monday. I read a lot of bad reviews from glassdoor.

If you look at how many people work for Genex, this is a small amount. Look at reviews for other companies. It's the same. Don't let a few disgruntled former employees get in the way of an opportunity. I've worked for Genex for 4 years and love my job. Sure it's hard but what isn't. The more you do it the better you will like it.

Thank you WC Case manager!

It is always impotant to maintain your work-life balance...this is obvious but not always easy to do. One must learn skilled and diplomatic ways to maintain your own boundaries. Many companies will pay employers a "SALARY" so they don't have to pay overtime. I have had multiple positions as a Work Comp Case Manager and not one of them expected me to ONLY work 40 hours. It was very difficult to fulfill my job duties while still keeping my overtime to a reasonable amt. It is hard to see what a job will expect - but I do recommend getting as much information in mind when considering a new position such as one as a Workers Comp CM.

Hi Paul B and WC Case Manager

I have done a lot of research but it seems like its never enough unless I can really talk to a person who have experienced doing case management. I do not know any nurse from my circle who have done case management except here in the website. Is it possible that you can give me a call so I can really talk to you guys about it? I really dont want to let an opportunity go but I also want to make the right decision.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

cubrnjvm, MSN, RN

Has 14 years experience.

when you start you don't feel the balance, but whenthe time passes and you get used to the new job, you will feel the difference. You will have days that are longer than 24hrs but then will have others that are really " amazing".

WC Case manager

Has 8 years experience.

when you start you don't feel the balance, but whenthe time passes and you get used to the new job, you will feel the difference. You will have days that are longer than 24hrs but then will have others that are really " amazing".

I agree. Any new job is like that. It gets easier the longer you do it. And I never quit learning. Every day. Never quit seeking new information or ways to interpret it. I can look at things now and see a whole new side to it. I am constantly amazed

cubrnjvm, MSN, RN

Has 14 years experience.

the only thing I have found a difficult to understant is how we keep being "patient advocate". We represent the IW but through the insurance. I will never push to deny any service I think its appropriate but its difficult to differentiate when you have the right or the wrong in front of you.

If you look at how many people work for Genex, this is a small amount. Look at reviews for other companies. It's the same. Don't let a few disgruntled former employees get in the way of an opportunity. I've worked for Genex for 4 years and love my job. Sure it's hard but what isn't. The more you do it the better you will like it.

WC Case Manager, I know that this is an old thread, but would you be willing to email me regarding your experience. I just have a couple of questions before I start applying to job listings. Thanks. Kristina.marie1@hotmail.com

Nei77, MSN

Specializes in Step Down, Cath Lab, Health Coach, Education. Has 5 years experience.

Yes, I want to know how it worked out. I have an interview with travelers for WC case manager.

I have the best work-life balance eveeeeeeeeeeeeer in my life. I can work any hours as long is not over 40 and at home. So here you go... awesome Work/family balance but I still have to meet the quota and deadlines. So, you still need to work hard, smart and efficiently.