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I have been working as a staff RN for seven years and Iím now interested in case management. Where and how do I get the training I need for this specialty?

Wednesday November 28, 2012
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Dear Nancy,

I have been working as a staff RN for seven years and Iím now interested in case management. Where and how do I get the training I need for this specialty?

Octavia



Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Octavia,

Congratulations on your decision to take a new career path. Case management has lots of possibilities, and now is a great time to explore this option.

There are many educational options for you to obtain the information and knowledge you need to be a case manager. There are traditional classroom programs as well as online options. Simply put "educational options to become a case manager" in your search bar and review the results. Be sure to select a program with an excellent reputation.

Once you have completed your educational component for case management, you should become certified. An excellent resource for you is the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Their website at www.nursecredentialing.org/Certification/NurseSpecialties/CaseManagement.html, provides information on eligibility requirements for applying for the credentialing examination, directions on the credentialing process as well as a wealth of other information, including study aides for the certification examination. If you meet eligibility requirements (e.g., current licensure, two years full-time clinical practice as an RN) and successfully pass the exam, you can then begin to search for a position in this nursing specialty.

One eligibility requirement that you must meet for the ANCC is completing at least 2,000 hours of clinical practice in case management within the last three years. Since you did not mention if you did any case management in your current position, you should begin seeking a position in this specialty in order to meet the criteria for the certification exam.

Sincerely,
Nancy




Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Wilmette, Ill. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal or any other advice. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney or other professional when an opinion is needed.