Have you decided to take your nursing career to a new level by becoming a case manager, but you’re still wondering if obtaining certification is really needed?
It’s a valid question to ask yourself.
There are so many factors to consider.
When will I study? How will I pay for the exam? How will I make sure I complete the continuing education requirements?
Answers to these questions will require a solid plan.
When you consider the expanding need for certified case managers including the growing elderly population and the growing number of chronically ill patients, finding a way to get that certification is a good step in your new nursing adventure.
Here are a few reasons to become certified.
Sense of Personal Accomplishment
From that first successful IV stick to walking the line at graduation, every time you master a new nursing skill you feel great.
Obtaining certification is a mark of distinction that proves to you, your patients and the healthcare system you have acquired the knowledge to provide experienced case management to those you serve.
Increased Professional Opportunities
As healthcare continues to advance, the need for certified case managers who have the knowledge and skill to manage complex cases while saving time and money will increase.
From the increasing elderly population to more cases of chronically ill patients needing help navigating the healthcare system, the demand for certified case managers will continue to rise.
In a survey of nurse managers, 86 % indicated they would hire a certified nurse if everything else was equal.
The need for certified case managers will continue to grow, why not get certified now?
The Number of Employers Requiring Certification is Increasing
As with many other industries, the nursing profession is starting to require certification for many positions that did not previously require it.
According to the Commission for Case Manager Certification, the number of employers requiring certification is on the rise. In 2004, a mere 25.9.2% of employers required certification compared to 40.2% in 2014.
Certification Often Leads to Higher Paying Positions
The Commission for Case Manager Certification points out that more employers offer additional compensation for board certification, and the numbers are increasing.
In 2004, 20% of employers offered higher pay as compared to 30% in 2014. These pay differences can range from $0.50 to $10.00 an hour!
Increased Patient Confidence
Patients today are informed.
With the advent of social media, especially LinkedIn, where we post our resumes for all to see, patients are aware of how qualified their healthcare professionals are.
Being certified will help your future patients feel more confident in receiving care.
The decision to obtain your certification is a noble one for yourself, your patients and healthcare in general.
As you consider all the factors involved with becoming certified, remember that after all the hard work is done, you will have completed another step in your nursing career and gained more knowledge, therefore providing better care.
As you finish reading this, ask yourself, Why not me, why not now?