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Working As A Nurse Case Manager

  • 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

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Nurse Case Manager 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 Nurse Case Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Head Nurse 4.5 years
Nurse Manager 4.0 years
Psychiatric Nurse 3.7 years
Oncology Nurse 3.5 years
Nurse Coordinator 3.5 years
Visiting Nurse 3.2 years
Nurse 3.2 years
Field Nurse 3.1 years
Consultant Nurse 3.0 years
Nurse Case Manager 3.0 years
Triage Nurse 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Nurse Case Manager
Staff Nurse 25.0%
Nurse 8.4%
Top Careers After Nurse Case Manager
Staff Nurse 14.4%
Case Manager 12.5%
Nurse 8.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$76,000
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$52,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
trustaff
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Nurse Case Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Nurse Case Manager in the United States is $76,656 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $112,000.

Real Nurse Case Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Field Nurse Case Manager Miracle Home Health Care, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 12, 2015 $93,915
Nurse Case Manager Intermedistaff, Inc. Hallandale Beach, FL Sep 01, 2010 $83,668
Nurse Case Manager Cambridge Staffing Solutions Hallandale Beach, FL Sep 01, 2010 $83,668
Nurse Case Manager Cambridge Staffing Solutions Hallandale Beach, FL Oct 01, 2010 $83,271
Nurse Case Manager Intermedistaff, Inc. Hallandale Beach, FL Oct 01, 2010 $83,271
Nurse Case Manager Allied Care Corp Metuchen, NJ Jan 12, 2015 $82,347
Nurse Case Manager Db Healthcare, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 15, 2011 $75,215
Nursing Case Manager Americare CSS, Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2011 $74,880
Nurse Case Manager Nurses Plus Inc. Cerritos, CA Nov 09, 2011 $73,045
Nurse Case Manager Nurses Plus Inc. Cerritos, CA Dec 01, 2011 $73,045
Sub Acute Nurse Case Manager Wayneview Care Center Wayne, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $71,781
Nurse Case Manager Liberty Assisted Living, Inc. Potomac, MD Oct 01, 2010 $69,581
Nurse Case Manager Specialist Cigna Behavioral Health, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Oct 01, 2011 $68,000
Case Manager Nurse Glenlake Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Waukegan, IL Oct 01, 2010 $64,563
Nurse Case Manager Glenlake Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Waukegan, IL Oct 01, 2010 $64,563
Nurse Case Manager Brentwood North Healthcare & Rehabilitation Centre Riverwoods, IL Oct 01, 2010 $64,563
Nursing Case Manager Preferred Home Care of New York New York, NY Jun 22, 2013 $64,175
Nurse Case Manager Golden Heart Home Health Inc. Rosemont, IL Oct 01, 2010 $62,610
Nurse Case Manager Intermountain Healthcare Provo, UT Aug 26, 2015 $60,944
Nurse Case Manager Patton State Hospital Patton Village, CA Dec 21, 2009 $60,502
Case Manager/Nurse Manager Crescent Home Healthcare Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 04, 2011 $60,486
Case Manager/Nurse Manager Crescent Home Healthcare, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 27, 2010 $60,486
Case Manager/Nurse Manager Crescent Home Healthcare Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 27, 2010 $60,486
Nurse Case Manager Glenlake Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre NJ Oct 01, 2011 $60,278
Nurse Case Manager Health Care of South Florida Corp. Miami Gardens, FL Mar 21, 2011 $60,000
Nurse Case Manager Glenbridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Niles, IL Oct 01, 2011 $59,696
Nurse Case Manager Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Richton Park, IL Oct 01, 2011 $59,696
Nurse Case Manager Greenfield Rehab & Nursing Center Royal Oak, MI Sep 17, 2014 $58,800

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Top Skills for A Nurse Case Manager

  1. Patient Care
  2. Health Care
  3. Treatment Plans
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  • Maintained communication with physicians and collaborated to provide high-quality, cost-effective patient care in the home setting.
  • Collaborated with multidisciplinary team and health care systems.
  • Collaborated with physicians regarding treatment plans and quality issues.
  • Initiated communication with attending physicians and hospice staff as needed to coordinate optimal care.
  • Educated patient about medical conditions, alternative options available, and referred patient to available resources to maximize optimal outcomes.

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Top 10 Best States for Nurse Case Managers

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. Oregon
  4. New York
  5. California
  6. Nevada
  7. Massachusetts
  8. New Mexico
  9. Connecticut
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Nurse Case Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

79.2%

Unknown

11.9%

Male

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.3%

Portuguese

5.6%

Russian

4.6%

French

4.1%

German

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Chinese

2.6%

Mandarin

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Korean

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Swahili

0.5%

Swedish

0.5%

Hebrew

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Danish

0.5%

Hungarian

0.5%
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Nurse Case Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.0%

Walden University

11.5%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

9.0%

Grand Canyon University

8.6%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Excelsior College

4.2%

Western Governors University

3.8%

South University

3.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.1%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

2.9%

University of Cincinnati

2.8%

Liberty University

2.8%

Capella University

2.8%

George Mason University

2.6%

Regis University

2.4%

New York University

2.4%

Community College of Rhode Island

1.9%

University of Alabama

1.9%

Ohio University -

1.9%
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Majors

Nursing

80.5%

Business

3.3%

Nursing Science

3.0%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Management

1.4%

Education

1.2%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.1%

Nursing Assistants

1.1%

Family Practice Nursing

1.1%

Public Health

1.0%

Psychology

0.8%

Clinical Psychology

0.6%

Health Sciences And Services

0.4%

Elementary Education

0.4%

Liberal Arts

0.4%

School Counseling

0.3%

Health Education

0.3%

Biology

0.3%

Gerontology

0.3%

Human Services

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.4%

Associate

22.0%

Masters

21.3%

Other

10.4%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

2.7%

License

1.8%

Doctorate

1.7%
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