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Working As A Registered 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

  • $76,060

    Average Salary

What Does A Registered Nurse Case Manager Do

A Registered Nurse Case Manager is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating individualized patient care plans. They also provide teaching and counseling to both patients and families.

How To Become A Registered 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.


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.


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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  • French

  • Russian

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  • Vietnamese

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Real Registered Nurse Case Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
RN Case Manager Intra Care Home Health Providers, Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 20, 2016 $121,618
Registered Nurse Case Manager The Queen's Medical Center Urban Honolulu, HI Jul 22, 2014 $100,447
Registered Nursing Case Manager Americare Certified Special Services New York, NY Jan 16, 2011 $85,000
Registered Nursing Case Manager Americare Certified Special Services New York, NY Aug 20, 2011 $85,000
Registered Nursing Case Manager Americare Certified Special Services New York, NY Aug 20, 2011 $82,000
RN Case Manager MRS-RTS, Inc. San Antonio, TX Apr 01, 2012 $77,688
RN Case Manager MRS RTS Inc. San Antonio, TX Apr 01, 2012 $77,688
Registered Nurse Case Manager Patton State Hospital Patton Village, CA Jun 14, 2010 $71,960
Registered Nurse Case Manager Patton State Hospital Patton Village, CA Jan 01, 2010 $71,960
Registered Nurse Case Manager Patton State Hospital Patton Village, CA Jul 01, 2010 $71,960
RN Case Manager Aakash, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 27, 2010 $67,869 -
Registered Nurse Case Manager Kindness-Care Home Health Costa Mesa, CA Jun 22, 2011 $67,454
Registered Nurse Case Manager Hospice Partners of The Northeast LLC Quincy, MA Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
RN Case Manager Aakash, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 15, 2010 $63,445 -
Registered Nurse Case Manager Alternate Solutions Healthcare System Inc. Westlake, OH Apr 07, 2014 $62,610
RN Case Manager Intra Care Home Health Providers, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 16, 2013 $62,360
RN Integrated Case Manager Greenville Hospital System Greenville, SC Jul 28, 2013 $60,314
Registered Nurse Case Manager Team Placement Service, Inc. Fairfax, VA Jul 12, 2013 $59,384
RN Case Manager Home Quality Care Home Health Care Dallas, TX Sep 26, 2013 $58,718
RN Case Manager In Home Health UCI Group of Healthcare Services, Inc. Delray Beach, FL Sep 17, 2016 $58,603

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Top Skills for A Registered Nurse Case Manager


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Top Registered Nurse Case Manager Skills

  1. Patient Care Plans
  2. Disease Process
  3. RN
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed, implemented, coordinated and evaluated patient care plans according to physician orders as allowed by their scope of practice.
  • Educated patient and family members regarding management of disease processes.
  • Support to the RN case managers in obtaining further information to adjudicate referrals.
  • Reviewed weekly skilled nursing documentation to ensure compliance with Medicare/Medicaid regulations.
  • Charged with managing physical and mental health needs of population of persistently mentally ill adults in Alternative Families for Adults program.

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