This article compares survey results from nurses and case managers. So is Case Management a good career move for Nurses? The results show that case managers earn more than nurses, are more satisfied with their job, and the majority of case managers plan to stay with their current employer. However, case management is not the right career move for every nurse. Nurses considering case management should research the field to ensure it is the right fit for them.
The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and the Case Management Institute (CMI) have joined forces to continue our work on raising the awareness of case management and further developing its workforce.
Historically, CMSA has produced a biennial State of the Industry Report, while CMI has produced a Salary and Trends Report. With a common shared objective of providing key trends and benchmarks on the status of the professional practice of case management, CMSA and CMI are proud to present this combined report.
Acute Care Case Managers Face a Unique Set of Challenges
We see the questions every day in our Case Managers Community Facebook Group.
Who should be receiving the Important Messages from Medicare (IMM)?
What is the proper use of Condition Code 44?
Who should be receiving the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON)?
What are the rules and regulations regarding discharge appeals?
What are all the different Medicare notices/forms, etc to be aware of and understand?
But first, you have to get the job!
Insurance companies hire based on the number of contracts they have. If they feel they will win new contracts and need more nurses for CM or UM or other positions, they will post for these positions.
If they get the contract they will hire. If they don’t get the contract they will stop the hiring process immediately. That is why many case managers get through the interview process thinking all went well, only to be told the position is not being filled.
Many of the very large companies that hire work from home case management positions all over the country have smaller “departments” or “lines of business”. So while one may be hiring, another may be laying off because they lost a contract. And while you would think they would just move people from one “department” to another. Often that is not the case, and those laid off will have to “reapply” for other positions.
Mentoring is more than orientation and preceptorship. These focus on processes and procedures and have their place within an organization, ensuring employees are trained to fulfill their job duties. But mentorship goes beyond policies, procedures, and the “job”. It focuses on the whole person, their “career” as well as work-life balance.
Mentorship is built on the relationship between the mentor and mentee and has the potential to create leaders. The best mentors see untapped potential in a colleague and help to develop that potential. They will challenge them to go outside of their comfort zone while providing encouragement, support, and direction that guides the mentee to grow into their full potential.
Everyone wants to hire a case manager with experience. Experience is very valuable, but with a large number of case managers reaching retirement age and the demand for case managers increasing, organizations will be forced to hire people who lack previous case management experience. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Bringing a fresh set of eyes into a department can have an incredible impact.
We are going to look at one new case manager who had a major impact on her patients, department, and organization. We will look at the keys to her success and discover how this can be replicated in other organizations.
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