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Working As A Health Care Coordinator

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Health Care Coordinator Do

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Duties

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.

Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer patients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly patients. Some registered nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Many possibilities for working with specific patient groups exist. The following list includes just a few examples:

Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.

Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.

Critical care nurses work in intensive-care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.

Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.

Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.

Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.

Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Registered nurses may work to promote public health, by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of disease or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs. Other nurses staff the health clinics in schools.

Some nurses do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are a type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). They provide direct patient care in one of many nursing specialties, such as psychiatric-mental health or pediatrics. CNSs also provide indirect care, by working with other nurses and various other staff to improve the quality of care that patients receive. They often serve in leadership roles and may educate and advise other nursing staff. CNSs also may conduct research and may advocate for certain policies.

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How To Become A Health Care Coordinator

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.

Education

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.

Advancement

Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Health Care Coordinator Career Paths

Health Care Coordinator
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Wellness Director Program Director Career Manager
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Career Coordinator Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Career Manager Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Coordinator Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Career Coordinator Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Wellness Director Program Manager Clinical Director
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Assistant Director Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Intake Coordinator Registered Nurse Supervisor Patient Care Manager
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Billing Specialist Billing Manager
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Coordinator Office Administrator Practice Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Career Manager Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Case Manager Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Nurse Coordinator 3.4 years
Coordinator 2.6 years
Career Coordinator 2.4 years
Intake Coordinator 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.1%
Nurse 3.1%
Counselor 3.0%
Volunteer 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.7%
Nurse 3.0%
Director 2.9%

Health Care Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

82.3%

Male

16.2%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

78.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.8%

French

7.6%

Mandarin

3.3%

Portuguese

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

German

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Swahili

1.1%

Aleut

1.1%

Lakota

1.1%

Somali

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Hawaiian

1.1%

Bosnian

1.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Navajo

1.1%
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Health Care Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.5%

Walden University

8.5%

Liberty University

6.3%

Ashford University

5.1%

Temple University

5.1%

Grand Valley State University

4.5%

Capella University

4.5%

Grand Canyon University

4.5%

University of South Florida

4.0%

New York University

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

Excelsior College

3.4%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

3.4%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

2.8%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

33.0%

Social Work

11.5%

Business

10.9%

Health Care Administration

7.6%

Psychology

6.1%

Public Health

3.3%

Counseling Psychology

3.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Education

2.7%

School Counseling

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Human Services

2.0%

Mental Health Counseling

1.9%

Sociology

1.6%

Nursing Assistants

1.5%

Clinical Psychology

1.5%

General Studies

1.4%

Health Education

1.4%

Public Administration

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.7%

Masters

30.2%

Other

15.8%

Associate

12.4%

Doctorate

4.0%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.6%

License

1.4%
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Real Health Care Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Health Care Coordinator American Business Institute Corp. NY Oct 01, 2011 $74,151
Health Care Staffing Coordinator Lakeview Subacute Care Center Wayne, NJ Oct 14, 2013 $68,640
Health Care Staffing Coordinator Lakeview Subacute Care Center Wayne, NJ Oct 14, 2010 $64,480
Health Care Coordinator Ardleigh Nursing Home Inc. Baltimore, MD Dec 15, 2009 $58,000
Health Care Coordinator Chestertown Nursing & Rehabilitation Chestertown, MD Dec 15, 2009 $58,000
Clinical Health Care Coordinator SEV Home Care Inc. Baytown, TX Sep 01, 2010 $53,323
Clinical Health Care Coordinator Extracare Home Health Services Houston, TX Oct 01, 2009 $51,064
Clinical Health Care Coordinator Axer Corporation Houston, TX Oct 01, 2009 $51,064

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Top Skills for A Health Care Coordinator

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Top Health Care Coordinator Skills

  1. Health Care Professionals
  2. Mental Health Services
  3. Behavioral Health Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Started the Green Bay branch with focus on recruiting health care professionals in Northeast counties.
  • Coordinate mental health services for high risk plan members.
  • Completed general assessments/intakes for new members as a certified general assessor while assisting members in identifying behavioral health services.
  • Prepared/developed patient's care plans family members and physician's collaboration ensuring compliance and case management needs.
  • Provided clinical support in a Military Treatment Facility.

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