Case management nurses are registered nurses who specialize in coordinating the overall care for individual patients. They’re instrumental in creating and implementing complete patient care plans to ensure the patients’ needs are met in the most effective and efficient ways. RN case managers typically work with patients recovering from severe illnesses or injuries or suffering from chronic diseases. This specialty is mostly administrative and has become an invaluable asset to healthcare facilities and patients alike.
Case Management nurse salary
According to PayScale, the average annual salary for case manager nurses in staff positions is $72,510. Broken down, this works out to about $1,394 weekly and $34.85 in 40-hour work weeks.
Traveling case managers earn higher salaries with travel nurse pay packages that include taxed pay and additional compensations, such as housing allowances and meal stipends. Extra compensations aren’t taxed when travel nurses can claim a permanent tax-home. In 2019, travel case management nurses earned an average gross weekly salary of $1,840 per NurseFly data.
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What are the best agencies for Case Manager jobs?
The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Case Manager jobs are TotalMed Case Management Staffing (53), Host Healthcare (51), and Convergence Medical Staffing (31).
How Much Do Case Manager Jobs Pay?
For jobs available on NurseFly as of Thursday, April 22nd 2021, the average weekly salary for a Case Manager is $2,142, but can pay up to $3,705 per week.
- min - $576
- avg - $2,142
- max - $3,705
What does a Case Management nurse do?
The primary responsibility of RN case managers is acting as patient advocates. They assess, plan, implement, and evaluate patients’ care and the resources used to achieve this care. Case managers collaborate with attending physicians and other medical professionals to devise the best long-term healthcare plans based on patients’ medical histories and current medical conditions in relation to what the patients and their families want and need. Overall duties are diverse and complex and can change based on the work setting and patient. Common duties include:
Creating in-patient and outpatient care plans
Communicating with patients and their families about patients’ health
Acting as a liaison between patients and insurance companies
Completing clinical and performance reviews
Monitoring medication usage by patients
Coordinating doctor's appointments and scheduling surgeries
Updating treatment plans to reflect changes in patients’ conditions
Planning patient discharges
Educating patients on treatment options and resources available
Where do Case Management nurses work?
Nearly all medical facilities employ case management nurses, so they can work in a wide range of settings. RN case managers may work at hospitals, community and public health centers, outpatient clinics, and private practices. They may also work in settings for individuals with chronic conditions or long-term care needs, such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and hospice care facilities. Case management nurses may also be employed by home healthcare agencies and insurance companies.
What skills make a good Case Management nurse?
Since they work in various settings with patients requiring varied types of care, case managers possess many skill sets, in addition to traditional clinical skills. Case management nurses have advanced knowledge of the case management process, which means having assessment, planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation skills. Other skills include:
Case management nurses also have excellent organizational skills coupled with solid computer skills to coordinate and maintain simultaneous patients’ care plans. RN case managers also have strong communication and interpersonal skills to interpret complex procedures to patients and coordinate effectively with numerous medical professionals.
How to become a Case Management Travel Nurse
Travel case management nurses must be registered nurses, so the first step is earning a degree. While some employers accept candidates with associate degrees, most prefer a bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program and some favor applicants with master’s degrees. Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and complete state licensing requirements to become a registered nurse.
Nearly all employers only hire case management nurses with hands-on experience. Two years working in a clinical setting usually suffices. Not all case managers are certified, but many hospitals and insurance companies like to see this. The American Case Management Association offers Accredited Case Manager certification and the American Nurses Credentialing Center offers Nursing Case Management Certification (RN-BC).