Why Case Management Nurses Is Responsible For Medical Evaluation Of Newly Admitted Patients

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In a hospital setting there can be a lot of confusion and ethical issues that arise when it comes to balancing patient care, nurse’s ability, and financial factors. This dilemma is the reason that case management nurses are so important in the health care community. A case management nurse is responsible for medical evaluation of newly admitted patients, being involved in the preparation and implementation of a plan for both in patient and out patient care, as well as other responsibilities like required communications with a payer or insurance company. A nurse manager is also responsible for things in the hospital such as determining the length of stay, based on factors like doctor’s orders, availability of beds, severity of condition,…show more content…
In general, hospitals will want the prospective case management nurse to also have a masters or doctorate degree in a specific area of nursing. The degree a nurse has is usually related to the floor of the hospital they will be working on. For example, a nurse with a doctorate degree in midwifery will most likely be working as a case manager on the OB/GYN or labor and delivery area of the hospital. The hospital will also prefer a candidate who has many years of experience as a generalist or specialist nurse (K. Smudzinski, personal communication, October 23, 2015). As a nurse manager, a candidate can expect to make a salary within the range of: $47,830 to $83,330, with an average of $64,000. Salary depends on a variety of factors including; the degree the candidate has (RN, MSN, PhD), credentials, recommendations, location of the hospital, size of the hospital, and number of years of experience the nurse has under her belt (McCurry & Revell, 2015, p. 23). Being a case management nurse requires a certain type of personality and a specific set of skills. According to Kurt Smudzinski, a case management nurse for Kaiser Permanente, “A case manager should have good leadership, organizational, and critical thinking skills” (K.Smudzinski, personal communication, October 23rd, 2015). Although critical thinking skills are important for all
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