When you work in case management nursing, you become an advocate for your patients and help them navigate their healthcare. Case management nurses coordinate care for all types of patients – from people who have sustained injuries to those who are in the advanced stages of life. Case managers help patients find solace within what can be an overwhelming healthcare system, and this is especially critical for people who are under the stress of illness or injury. Successful case management nurses are organized and efficient and show strengths in communication, compassion, and advocacy.
As a travel nurse case manager, you may work with patients of all ages with a range of issues. These can include those who are medically fragile, disabled, terminally ill, or people who have been in accidents or have been abused or neglected. You will be the point person who communicates with patient, family, medical providers, healthcare facilities, and insurance companies. You may work with social services, private practices, hospitals, surgery centers, assisted living, nursing homes, and hospice.
Some of your responsibilities as a travel nurse case manager may be:
Hospitals, retirement facilities, hospice care, government agencies, and insurance companies all need case management nurses. Case managers often work in pediatrics, gerontology, mental health, public health, and surgical services.
Most case management nurses have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, while others have gone on to earn master’s or doctorate degrees. Others have approached the field through a diploma or associate’s degree and have taken continuing education to earn their requisite hours.
Regardless of how case management nurses have built their educational foundations, they must all pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse. Nurses may become certified in case management, and since the field is competitive, certification may increase opportunities. The Nursing Case Management Certification, Accredited Case Management Credential, and Certified Case Manager Credential are three routes to certification.
Case management nurse salary varies according to location, credentials, and facility. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for RNs as $70,000 with the highest 10 percent earning more than $104,100 and the lowest 10 percent earning less than $48,690.
Travel case manager nurse salary closely aligns with that of permanent case management nurses; however, travel case manager nurses receive hourly compensation through their travel nursing agency rather than a salary directly from the healthcare facility. Travel nursing perks such as paid housing and travel reimbursements, sign-on and completion bonuses, and education assistance add to the appeal of traveling as a case management nurse.
The field of nursing is forecasted to expand by 15 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is due to growth in the aging population and hospitals sending patients home earlier. Case management nurses are in particularly high demand because they improve patient satisfaction, reduce risks, optimize resources, and increase communication among all parties involved in patient care. With the move toward integration across the spectrum of healthcare, case management nurse jobs and travel nurse case manager jobs abound!
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