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. 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.
As may be the thought of many, nurse case managers are not only employed by hospitals but may be work for rehabilitatation centers, hospices or other facilities. 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. A nurse case manager will spend a lot of time with the patient and when it comes to medication, they draw plans for medication.
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.
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 Another skill that comes in handy if you are a case manager is good record keeping and file maintenance, a patient may have more than one file and having several patients means that one will have in their possessions several files and this calls for proper record keeping. In a situation where the case management nurse is responsible for more than one patient they need to be in a position where they can coordinate care without messing up a patients requirements, this needs the ability to multitask and alertness. Patients battling chronic conditions will be in a hospital for a long time and this makes it necessary for a case management nurse to be present so as to observe the care being given to the patient, here they can accept it or rule it as unfit for their patient. For chronic patients that cannot afford to finance their care , a nurse case manager steps in and seeks for help from social departments established for the particular enquiries.