Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Assuming a New Role: Case Manager

Change is terrifying. I already have a fixed routine and I know what my role as a Registered Nurse is and I know what is expected of me. I know that the warm and cozy space that I currently have will be sought out by others, but I need a change. I like to do more and practice my full scope as a Registered Nurse and I want to be able to make changes in patient care in a wider level.

Hence I applied to be a Case Manager and lucky enough, I got hired! I honestly have no faint clue as to what my day to day schedule and activity is but here is my job description: 
Case Managers coordinate the placement, on-going assessment, care planning and delivery of professional and personal care services to residents. Case Managers are also responsible for resident engagement, monitoring and evaluating care and outcomes, formal reassessment and disengagement. Case Managers facilitate the achievement of resident-based goals and applicable standards, and assists site-based nursing and support services teams through excellent communication, leadership, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills. Case Managers ensure collaboration within the site nursing team, the residents and their families. Case Managers function as leaders, advocates, educators, and stewards of resources and rely extensively on clinical information systems and computer technology to complete assigned tasks.
 I am scared, real scared... but I guess actually taking a small step towards change is one way to show courage. I want to make a difference and I want to have a meaningful career and this is one way that I can do to achieve that.

*** Picture taken from www.ideachampions.com

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