I am a nurse through and through but after many years in general nursing I wondered if there was another opportunity to use my skills.
I decided to apply for a case manager role at the dawn of the millennium and have never looked back!
“Case management allows me to apply all of my nursing skills (clinical knowledge, statutory service provision, medical management to name but a few) and work with a small caseload of clients, co-ordinating their rehabilitation needs. There is laughter, tears and frustration at times but as a case manager I am in a role where I can really influence my client’s future. Communication on all levels is key and a skill that I think nurses especially excel in. No two days are the same and I experience great satisfaction, such as seeing a client with a brain injury go off to a theme park with his support workers for the first time.
I need to retain my nursing registration with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) and keep a portfolio of my training and reflection on clinical practice which can be called up for inspection. I was concerned that being a case manager I would not have enough ongoing experience but I have learnt so much and have something new to reflect on most days!
It makes me laugh when people say to me ‘you used to be a nurse’, I am a nurse through and through and it’s this that gives me the opportunity to experience my unique role as a case manager.”