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Friday October 11, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I have been an RN for 12 years, and I want to transition into a case management position. Hiring companies want you to be certified and in order to take the certification exam(s), the ANA requires that you have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in case management within the last two years and the CCMC requires you to be employed as a case manager full time for a year. So, how do you actually get the chance to become a case manager?

Dear Wants to Get Into Case Management,

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants to Get Into Case Management,

You don't mention what method you are using to find positions or what type of employer you are going after (hospital, private case management company, insurance company, etc.), but if you are relying exclusively on classified ads, either online or print, you're missing out on many
other opportunities.

Although your perception may be that employers want only certified case managers, nurses without prior experience in the specialty are hired all the time. You just have to go through different channels to find those jobs.

When there's something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing that thing. Therefore you should attend local chapter meetings of the Case Management Society of America (www.cmsa.org) as a guest for now. Bring business cards and resumes and talk to the attendees. Express your interest in and enthusiasm for working in the specialty. You also should do some informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with members and officers of CMSA. Networking is well known to be one of the most effective ways to find and get a job.

Be sure to research and study about case management on your own so you can speak intelligently when conversing with those already in the specialty. This will favorably impress others regardless of any direct experience you do or don't have. Do a search for "case management" here at Nurse.com for related articles and find many relevant CE courses (there is no charge to read them) here (http://ce.nurse.com/Case-Management). Read the article “How to Change Specialties” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Change-Specialties).

Best wishes,

Donna


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