CMSA Today - Issue 3, 2011 - (Page 10)

Effective Transitions Insights to Effective Transition From Caregiver to Case Manager Preparation and Persistence Come With the Move e all go through transitions, and they are legion – and of varying degrees of difficulty. Becoming a parent, relocating to relocatin another region, and receiving a promotio at work promotion are examples of transitions. wil Some transitions we pursue willingly, while accep we have no choice but to accept others. cha Transitions are a form of change and come with uncertainties, h heightened apprehen anxieties, and apprehension. In some instances, they spark en excitement and enthusiasm. Fortunately, t transitioning from caregive to case caregiver manager is usually a decision one makes volunt voluntarily. Desp Despite the enth enthusiasm a new case manager may ma feel about fe this new t role, the r transition t r remains an anxietyprov provoking chang change and b should be dealt with carefully. One reason we may reaso not be comfort comfortable with, or ready for, transitio transitioning to be a case manager is that the territory we are about to navigat is new to navigate us. Our anxiety over the novelty of the no situation is compounded by la of some lack knowledge, lack of some skills, and lack of a some competencies. 10 10 CMS CMSA TODAY CMSA TODAY MS ISSUE 3 • 2011 • DIGITAL BY HUSSEIN TAHAN, DNSc, RN W This article explores five important aspects of practice the new case manager may find helpful during the transition from caregiver (e.g., clinical nurse or social worker) to case manager. Having a plan in place that actively addresses these aspects of practice is one way to reduce the anxiety and uncertainty the transition will inflict upon the career traveler. The practice areas include: • Knowledge (see Figure 1, page 12) • Skills (see Figure 2, page 13) • Personality traits (see Figure 3, page 14) • Computer literacy (see Figure 4, page 14 ) • Professional responsibility (see Figure 5, page 14) There are many other aspects of case management practice that will not be explored in this article due to space limitations. BACKGROUND Case management is known in the health care industry today as a specialty practice in which clinicians from diverse backgrounds practice. Currently, no basic or undergraduate academic preparation for people interested in becoming case managers exists. Clinicians who assume case management roles include, but are not limited to: • Registered nurses • Social workers • Vocational rehabilitation counselors • Disability managers • Workers’ compensation specialists • Pharmacists All these health care professionals at a minimum possess a bachelor’s degree in their specialty before they assume the role of case manager. Yet, despite this diversity, academic credentials in case management are conferred as post-baccalaureate certificates or diplomas from master’s degree programs, and are limited primarily to nursing.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 3, 2011

President’s Letter
Insights to Effective Transition From Caregiver to Case Manager
Are You a Family Caregiver? Say, “Yes, I Am!”
‘Hot’ Legal Issues for Discharge Planners and Case Managers
Making Tough Conversations Easier
You Can Help Make Multistate Licensure a Reality
Association News
CMSA Corporate Partners
Index of Advertisers

CMSA Today - Issue 3, 2011