Chronic patients refer to people who live with health conditions that are somehow life threatening and they have to be monitored if they are to live comfortably. This is where a nurse case manager comes in, a case management nurse is a registered nurse who oversees the long term medical care of the patients as well as making plans for the same. 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.
A nurse case manager can work with other institutions and not only hospitals as many may think when looking for a case management nurse. If a nurse case manager has worked in two different facilities ,she will not have offered the same services as the needs differ between the patients. 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 an effort to get to know whether a chronic patient is fairing on as they should with the proper care, monitoring and tracking has to be done by the nurse case manager to know if there is progress. 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
There are cases where the nurse case manager will have to perform duties similar to those of an insurance company especially if a patient has claims to make concerning to their health condition but most important of all, a nurse case manager should work to ensure that the cost of treatment is kept manageable.
Nurse case management are less hands on with their patient compared to other nurses but more of administrative and therefore they need to possess quality orgarnizational skills. A case management nurse will handle several patients in the case of their jobs and this translates to having several files within their care , this calls for good record keeping because there may be need to revisit the same files in the near future. A case management nurse needs to have the ability to multitask and to coordinate several aspect of the job especially if dealing with multiple patients at one time. 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. There are instances where the patients that a nurse case manager is responsible for are unable to cater for their own bills , a nurse case manager has to work with social departments to ensure that patients do not miss out on the needed care.