In the field of nursing case management is a skill set that continues to become more and more important. With the current state of health care, the ancillary issues – those that do not relate directly to treatment – have been multiplying, and sorting through them without professional assistance has become more of a challenge. Learning about and becoming certified in the field of case management allows nurses to offer that professional assistance to their patients. A nurse who is also a competent case manager can help resolve treatment conflicts, coordinate treatment provided by different specialists, sort out the serious financial ramifications of health care, and, generally speaking, minimize the bureaucratic hassles a patient experiences. The value of this skill to patients makes it a valuable skill to health care providers, too. A nurse that takes the time to cultivate case management skills will find that his or her value to employers will rise significantly.
By Eric Moore