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Case Management Nurse

ASN or BSN

Case Management Nurses coordinate long-term care for their patients. Their goal is to treat their patients at optimal times to keep them healthy and out of the hospital. As a Case Management Nurse, you’ll likely work with specific groups of patients. You can choose to specialize in treating people with diseases like HIV/AIDS or cancer, or you can work with patients of certain age groups like geriatrics or pediatrics. You’ll also research the latest treatment and procedures, and work with insurance companies to help your patients receive the best possible care in the most cost-effective way.

Things You'll Do:

  • Coordinate doctor appointments
  • Schedule surgeries
  • Determine the best treatment for your patients

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You’ll need to work as a Registered Nurse for at least two years, getting 2,000 hours of clinical experience in case management before applying to take your certification exam.
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  • Get Your
    Case management nurse certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  • Take 30 hours of continuing education classes in case management nursing.
  • Become a
    Case Management Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Rehabilitation clinics
    • As an independent consultant

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $48K - $66K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll have an opportunity to develop long-term relationships with your patients, getting to know them, their needs, and have a vested interest in their health.

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