Chronic patients are those who live with some health conditions for their entire lives from the point of diagnosis and in order to live comfortably and pain free , they need constant monitoring. Nurse case managers help with the overseeing cases of patients who need long term care. In an attempt to fill their capacities, nurse case managers tend to work closely with the families of the patient and the patients themselves to provide the much needed care.
Not only hospitals employ case management nurses but hospices and rehabilitation centers could also employ their services. The duties of a nurse case manager differ from one patient to another and from one facility to another as the needs of one patient are not the exact same of the other. Due to the fact that every patient has needs that are to be attended to in a special way, a nurse case manager has to do her own research to understand how they will help a particular patient.
In caring for a chronic condition , we don’t expect a full recovery but progress needs to be assessed ,for this reason, a nurse case has to perform a follow up and evaluate the patient from time to time to find out if the patients situation is improving. When it comes to nurse case management, the patient and the nurse case manager will be together during the period of care, for medication, the nurse is responsible for how the drugs are administered to the patient.The nurse will always be there to follow on what type of drugs that a patient is on and whether they are suitable and with minimal side effects
A nurse case manager sometimes has to work like an insurance adjuster for the patient , especially if they have to deal with insurance claims,the nurse has to make sure that they provide care that is affordable for the patient.
A nurse case manager works more with paperwork concerning the care of a patient than the duties of a normal care nurse, for this reason they need to possess good orgarnizational skills to execute their duties Proper file keeping is also paramount for a case management nurse because the same files may need to be revisited in the future. A nurse case manager may at times need to coordinate the services that are being offered to several patients, for this to go smoothly the ability to multitask and being efficient in the job is needed. Concerning the chronic condition patients, they are bound to be hospitalized for a long time in a hospital or similar kind of facility, a nurse case manager needs to physically observe the delivery of healthcare services to either accredit or rule out the services as being poor. Not all patients are able to afford the cost of long term care and for this matter, a nurse case manager has to work with social workers to enable their patient access the care .