What Is a Case Manager in Nursing?


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In nursing, a case manager is an RN who is responsible for the development and implementation of patient care plans. Patient care plans are developed on an individual basis and often require the case manager to act as a liaison between the hospital, the patient and the patient's family.

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Case managers can also assess the patient upon admission and evaluate care plans on a regular basis to ensure that the needs of the patient are being met. They may also provide hands-on care to the patient by performing general nursing duties. A case manager may also be called upon to act as an advocate for the patient's welfare and perform duties that are similar to that of a social worker. This can include ensuring that the patient has a safe discharge plan in place before leaving the hospital.

To become a nurse case manager, most nurses have to work for a few years as an RN in the field. A minimum of an associate's degree is required, but some employers require a bachelor's degree as well. Successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination is also required. Nurse case managers can also earn an accredited case manager certification from the American Case Management Association.

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