As more people look to further their education within the context of existing – and sometimes exhausting – careers, remote learning is becoming a popular continuing education choice for many professionals. In response to this, the National RN Case Manager Training Center (NRNCMTC) recently unveiled the online option of its Contemporary RN Case Manager Certificate Program.

When completed in its entirety, this eight-week, 35-CEU program prepares RNs and APRNs for contemporary case manager and advanced care coordination positions now emerging throughout the U.S. healthcare system. Its comprehensive curriculum supports RN case manager role development and care coordination leadership, and is based on application of evidence-based complex and population care models essential for contemporary clinical practice.

The curriculum parallels the NRNCMTC’s face-to-face three-day program and provides essential knowledge, standards and skills needed to fill new roles in care coordination, transitional care and case management across patient settings. It includes sections
 on case management principles, strategies, concepts, ethics and evidence. Students will also look at behavioral strategies, complex chronic illness care, the use of technology in case manager practice, and healthcare system functions like management, financing, quality, safety, collaboration and delivery.

This comprehensive online program is designed so that busy RNs can complete it with a time commitment of 4-5 hours a week. Instructors Kelly Kruse-Nelles and Mary Jo Borden use a variety of interactive strategies including lectures, videos, and practice resources and tools to help students gain new knowledge that can be immediately translated back into their clinical practice. The material is relevant and applicable both to nurses who are experienced as care managers and those who are new to care management work.

“This new online offering allows nurses from all across the country to acquire special knowledge in contemporary case manager roles,” Kruse-Nelles stresses. “It’s encouraging to see that the nurses in our program who see care coordination as such an essential thread in their work come from all practice areas — acute and transitional care, emergency departments, primary care, community-based clinics, occupational health and home health, hospice and long-term care — and work with many different populations like the homeless and the prison community.”

The NRNCMTC’s evidence-based program is fully vetted and has been approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC). “We’re excited to be able to offer this education opportunity,” Kruse-Nelles concludes, “and support the professional development of today’s nurses as we work together to improve healthcare for this nation’s complex and chronically ill patients.”

The National RN Case Manager Training Center is designed specifically to address the education needs of registered nurses who are expanding their practices to include the essential role of case management and care coordination within a dynamic healthcare system. Using a combination of creative classroom education and clinical observation experiences, nurses will not only have an opportunity to learn clinical case management principles and strategies consistent with national certification standards, but will learn about population care management, healthcare policy, healthcare delivery systems, resource availability and management, payment models, information technology and evidence-based practice tools for case managers.