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Do you think a nurse with 10 years of experience could become a telephonic case manager?

Friday April 19, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I am a little scared, but I would like a change from bedside nursing. Do you think a nurse with 10 years of experience could become a telephonic case manager?

Scared to Change Specialties

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Scared to Change Specialties,

With 10 years of nursing experience, you are more than qualified to do telephonic case management. It is normal to feel nervous about making a change. As nurses, we tend to undervalue our versatility and all the transferable skills and knowledge we have. For your information, one doesn't even have to be a nurse to be a case manager. Read “Moving past fear” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Fear).

Do some informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with other case managers as soon as possible to be sure this is the specialty for you and to get more information about the field. If you do get started in this specialty, join and participate in the Case Management Society of America (www.cmsa.org). Read “How to change specialties” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Change-Specialties).

Whatever you decide to do from here, you will pick it up quicker than you might imagine. As a nurse you have above average intelligence, are a quick study and possess a great body of knowledge and skill that is valuable, marketable and transferable to many other areas.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.