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Nurse case manager jobs involve the coordination of long-term care for their patients. The nurse case manager’s goal is to treat 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.
Nurse case manager positions require applicants to have completed a two-year Associate in Nursing degree and to have become registered nurses by passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Most employers prefer a nurse who has a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and some even specifically seek nurses who have achieved the level of Master’s Degree in Nursing.
A registered nurse who has already earned a Bachelor’s in Nursing degree who wants to advance his or her career can seek a Master’s in Nursing Case Management. To pursue a graduate degree, a prospective case management nurse must successfully complete a four-year undergraduate degree and receive a satisfactory score on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Post-graduate certification is available to registered nurses who have earned a master’s degree in another discipline.