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Wednesday August 6, 2014
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Dear Donna,

What do you think of workers compensation as a career? How does it contribute specifically to healthcare, so that it impacts patient care, cost and the future of hospitals and clinics? I have a BSN and have worked in case management and transplant nursing. I care deeply for patients and their future with healthcare. I hope to be a writer and speaker someday.

Wondering About Workers Comp

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wondering About Workers Comp,

Workers compensation work is generally considered a sub-specialty of case management. It contributes to healthcare and positively impacts cost and quality of care just as any type of case management does. You can make a real difference in peoples’ lives and have a positive impact on the overall system.

I would suggest you find other nurses working in the workers comp specialty and do some informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with them. Find these nurses through the Case Management Society of America (www.cmsa.org). You can look on your local chapter website for contacts and/or attend local chapter meetings as a guest if not currently a member. You can also find them on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

As to your other point, writing and speaking are powerful tools for communication and influence. I encourage you to start working on those skills now. Here are a few articles to get you started: “Develop the writer in you” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Writer) and “Giving a Presentation.” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Giving-A-Presentation)

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://www. Nurse.com/Events.