What does a Registered Nurse Case Manager do?

Registered nurse case managers are responsible for coordinating patient care services. They help determine the type of care needed and the steps that must be taken to ensure that the patient receives that care. Other responsibilities can include scheduling appointments, determining insurance eligibility for certain treatments and performing exams and evaluations. Registered nurse case managers typically have clinical experience and begin their careers as registered nurses who care for patients daily. After, they can progress to higher levels of management. They can work in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities.

To become a registered nurse case manager, you should have at least an associate's degree in nursing. Some jobs may require a minimum of a bachelor's degree. For all jobs in this field, you need to have a valid registered nurse license, which must be obtained by successfully completing a nursing program and passing a licensing exam. Registered nurse case managers should have extensive health care knowledge, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to clearly communicate decisions.

What responsibilities are common for Registered Nurse Case Manager jobs?
  • Use clinical tools, data and other information to complete assessments of patient needs
  • Create individualized and comprehensive case management and treatment plans
  • Determine insurance eligibility for various treatments and treatment programs
  • Clearly explain the reason for prescribed treatments and treatment plans to patients
  • Educate patients on benefits, services and other resources, including payment options
  • Communicate with patients, physicians and insurance companies to secure successful outcomes
  • Document complex medical information to outline and improve health results
  • Follow case and quality management processes in compliance with regulatory guidelines and company procedures
What are the typical qualifications for Registered Nurse Case Manager jobs?
  • Associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing, with a bachelor's degree preferred
  • Active nursing license in the state in which you will be based
  • Clinical knowledge of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with patients, physicians and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and respond to patient and family needs in a timely manner
  • General knowledge of case management practices, including familiarity with relevant products and services
  • Basic computer skills, including working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience in establishing professional and collaborative relationships with patients, doctors and insurance providers
  • Certification as a diabetes educator, nutritionist, physical therapist or other specialty is a plus
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Registered Nurse Case Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$77,232 /yr
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“Thi was not the worst training in my nursing career but in my entire working career!”

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“Travel nursing is very new to me and I was blessed to work with an amazing recruiter Christina.”

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“You have to use your PTO for holidays and don't get holiday pay for working holidays.”

Heartland HospiceHeartland Hospice
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30 Dec 2020

“Pay scale was decent but salaried”

Kaiser PermanenteKaiser Permanente
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9 Aug 2021

“Provides resources to allow you to further your education and professional development”

Centers Plan for Healthy LivingCenters Plan for Healthy Living
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“Good work and life balance”

Intrepid USAIntrepid USA
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6 Sept 2020

“Flexible; sweet people to work with.”

Genex ServicesGenex Services
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4 Jan 2021

“Good outcomes based on insurance company dollars spent and not quality patient outcomes.”

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