Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Classes at Chamberlain University begin September 3th!

Members of AAMCN have the opportunity to take advantage of an Educational Partnership with Chamberlain University. Chamberlain offers the following online nursing degree programs and options:
(Program availability varies by state)

  • RN to BSN Degree Completion Option
  • RN-BSN to MSN Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree Program
  • Graduate Certificate Programs
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
  • Chamberlain also offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program for nurses and non-nurses.

For more information please call or email Debbie: 949.633.7181 or dlewandowski@chamberlain.edu

·   AAMCN member education benefits, including:
o   A group-specific tuition rate, a 10% tuition savings
o   Waived application fee
o   Complimentary transcript request and evaluation service upon completing an application for admission
·   How online learning at Chamberlain works, including:
o   Degree program requirements
o   General course structure
o   Participation requirements

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Special Report on Case Management Certifications - Nurses Advocates

There are a growing number of case management certifications available to nurses. How do you choose the right one for you? Which certification is geared towards your actual job functions? These questions can be difficult to answer on your own. 

Nurse advocate and healthcare writer, Anne Llewellyn, MS, BHSA, RN-C, CCM, CRRN, has reached out to various boards of case management certifications to get the low down on their processes, focuses, eligible candidates, and other details to help you see the whole picture and narrow down your choices.  

Certification showcases your exemplary knowledge and distinguishes you from the rest. Demand is rising for those who achieve specialty education.

Visit the link below to read the special report on case management certifications:


Friday, May 18, 2018

Nursing is More Than a Noble Profession! It is a Rewarding and Meaningful Career.

Paula Morgan Guest blog post by Paula Morgan -
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Florence Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by her during the Crimean War, where she organized those tending to wounded soldiers. She gave nursing a highly favorable reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of "The Lady with the Lamp" making rounds to wounded soldiers at night.

When I think about nurses, it astounds me to see how far we’ve come since Florence started this whole thing in an effort to ease pain and suffering for soldiers. She saw that need and did something about it. Nurses still ease pain and suffering, but the profession has advanced far beyond the imagination of Florence Nightingale. Together, we’ve achieved a prominent place in our healthcare system.

As an RN who fell into management, administration, start-up, and then entrepreneurship mostly by a combination of timing and luck, I’ve been incredibly fortunate with the paths that opened up for me. My high school goal was medical school. Funds were limited and nursing school was almost free. That intense clinical training laid the foundation for a career filled with surprises, challenges and rewards.  

As the founder of a healthcare executive search firm, we are provided with multiple opportunities to assist people who come to us for career advice. We get asked to advise young people on career choices. I’ve worked in several community benefit organizations that focus on education for underserved young people. In all cases, I am prone to advancing the case for nursing education if it appears there is interest in a medical career.

The demand for RNs increases each year, in part because of our aging population, but also because of the advances technology provides. Nurses have consistently moved up the ladder in healthcare delivery, but also leadership roles on the business side. Nurses are in the hospital CEO role today and are often seen in other C-Suite areas of the teams leading health systems. In addition, we see nurses playing key roles in health plans and in the innovative organizations that often employ RNs to explain the value proposition and operational capabilities of new emerging technology that improves patient care outcomes. 

Here are just a few of the positions we place regularly in health systems where an RN is either required or strongly preferred:
  • Vice President Medical Management
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Quality Officer
  • Vice President, Clinical Operations
  • Chief of Medical Services               

If an RN wants to remain in patient care, there are multiple avenues to advance:
  • Nurse practitioners are highly valued, well compensated and do much of the same work physicians do.  
  • Nurses are almost always in charge of the Operating Room, the Recovery Room and can be found delivering Anesthesia as CRNAs.
  • Nurses become Chief Nursing Officers who manage ICUs, ERs, ORs and Trauma ICUs.
  • Nurses go into public health. An MPH degree is a good addition that will open doors.
  • Nurses who opt to move up to management on the business side of healthcare may get an MBA degree.
  • Nurses who have a strong interest in health policy may opt for a law degree.               

Consider encouraging your kids and grandkids, particularly those with limited financial means, to consider nursing. The demand for nurses continues to increase year over year, which will guarantee employment along with unlimited opportunity to advance your career, do meaningful work and find fulfillment.    

Paula Morgan is the Founder of Morgan Consulting Resources, a healthcare executive search firm celebrating over 20 successful years in business.

This original article can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nursing-more-than-noble-profession-rewarding-career-paula-morgan/ 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Getting Started with Long-Distance Caregiving

Older man on the phone

Who is a long-distance caregiver?

Anyone, anywhere, can be a long-distance caregiver, no matter your gender, income, age, social status, or employment. If you are living an hour or more away from a person who needs your help, you’re probably a long-distance caregiver.

What can I really do from far away?

Long-distance caregivers take on different roles. You may:
  • Help with finances, money management, or bill paying
  • Arrange for in-home care—hire professional caregivers or home health or nursing aides and help get needed durable medical equipment
  • Locate care in an assisted living facility or nursing home (also known as a skilled nursing facility)
  • Provide emotional support and occasional respite care for a primary caregiver, the person who takes on most of the everyday caregiving responsibilities
  • Serve as an information coordinator—research health problems or medicines, help navigate through a maze of new needs, and clarify insurance benefits and claims
  • Keep family and friends updated and informed
  • Create a plan and get paperwork in order in case of an emergency
  • Evaluate the house and make sure it's safe for the older person's needs
Over time, as your family member’s needs change, so will your role as long-distance caregiver.

I’m new to long-distance caregiving—what should I do first?

To get started:
  • Ask the primary caregiver, if there is one, and the care recipient how you can be most helpful
  • Talk to friends who are caregivers to see if they have suggestions about ways to help
  • Find out more about local resources that might be useful
  • Develop a good understanding of the person’s health issues and other needs
  • Visit as often as you can; not only might you notice something that needs to be done and can be taken care of from a distance, but you can also relieve a primary caregiver for a short time
Many of us don’t automatically have a lot of caregiver skills. Information about training opportunities is available. Some local chapters of the American Red Cross might offer courses, as do some nonprofit organizations focused on caregiving. Medicare and Medicaid will sometimes pay for this training. See Where can I find local resources for my family member? to find local services for older adults and their families.

As a caregiver, what do I need to know about my family member’s health?

Learn as much as you can about your family member’s condition and any treatment. This can help you understand what is going on, anticipate the course of an illness, prevent crises, and assist in healthcare management. It can also make talking with the doctor easier.
Get written permission, as needed under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, to receive medical and financial information. To the extent possible, the family member with permission should be the one to talk with all healthcare providers. Try putting together a notebook, on paper or online, that includes all the vital information about medical care, social services, contact numbers, financial issues, and so on. Make copies for other caregivers, and keep it up-to-date.
Get tips for caregivers to make doctor's appointments easier.

How can I be most helpful during my visit?

Talk to the care recipient ahead of time and find out what he or she would like to do during your visit. Also check with the primary caregiver, if appropriate, to learn what he or she needs, such as handling some caregiving responsibilities while you are in town. This may help you set clear-cut and realistic goals for the visit. Decide on the priorities and leave other tasks to another visit.
Remember to actually spend time visiting with your family member. Try to make time to do things unrelated to being a caregiver, like watching a movie, playing a game, or taking a drive. Finding time to do something simple and relaxing can help everyone—it can be fun and build family memories. And, try to let outside distractions wait until you are home again.

How can I stay connected from far away?

Try to find people who live near your loved one and can provide a realistic view of what is going on. This may be your other parent. A social worker may be able to provide updates and help with making decisions. Many families schedule conference calls with doctors, the assisted living facility team, or nursing home staff so that several relatives can be in one conversation and get the same up-to-date information about health and progress.
Don’t underestimate the value of a phone and email contact list. It is a simple way to keep everyone updated on your parents’ needs.
You may also want to give the person you care for a cell phone (and make sure he or she knows how to use it). Or, if your family member lives in a nursing home, consider having a private phone line installed in his or her room. Program telephone numbers of doctors, friends, family members, and yourself into the phone, and perhaps provide a list of the speed-dial numbers to keep with the phone. Such simple strategies can be a lifeline. But try to be prepared should you find yourself inundated with calls from your parent.
Learn about geriatric care managers and how they may be able to support you and your family in your role as caregivers.

Where can I find local resources for my family member?

Searching online is a good way to start collecting resources. Here are a few potentially helpful places to look:
You might also check with local senior centers. Learn more about long-distance caregiving.

This article was found on the National Institute on Aging's website: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/getting-started-long-distance-caregiving. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Rare Disease Day at NIH 2018

Rare Disease Day® takes place worldwide, typically on or near the last day of February each year, to raise awareness among policymakers and the public about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. Each year, NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center sponsor Rare Disease Day at NIH as part of this global observance. This year’s global theme is "Research" continuing from 2017, and the slogan is “Patients are not only subjects but also proactive actors in research.”

2018 Event Information

Rare Disease Day logo
Thursday, March 1
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Masur Auditorium, Building 10
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Sponsored by NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center (CC), the event will feature presentations, posters, exhibits, an art show and CC tours. Admission is free and open to the public. In association with Global Genes®, participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of jeans. Be sure to follow the event on social media using #RDDNIH.

About Rare Disease Day

A young boy with plastic bronchitis.
EURORDIS sponsored the first Rare Disease Day in Europe on Feb. 29, 2008. The United States joined the first global observance the following year along with 23 other countries. Visit Rare Disease Day USA and International Rare Disease Day for more information.

About Rare Disease Day at NIH

Each year since 2010, the slogan for NIH’s event has been “Patients & Researchers — Partners for Life.”  This slogan aligns with NCATS’ philosophy that researchers must work closely with patients, families, caregivers and advocacy groups to maximize the chances for success in advancing rare diseases research. This philosophy has been put into practice in NCATS’ Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases program, and the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, among other efforts.

The goals of Rare Disease Day at NIH are to:
  • Demonstrate and reiterate the NIH commitment to rare diseases research to help patients.
  • Highlight NIH-supported rare diseases research and the development of diagnostics and treatments.
  • Initiate a mutually beneficial dialogue among public and private researchers, patients, patient advocates, and policymakers.
  • Exchange the latest rare diseases information with stakeholders to advance research and therapeutic efforts.
  • Put a face on rare diseases by sharing stories of patients, their families and their communities.
Learn more about past Rare Disease Day at NIH events.

NCATS and Rare Diseases Research

The Frase family
About 7,000 rare diseases affect humans, of which only a few hundred have any treatment. Although each rare disease affects fewer than 200,000 Americans, in total these illnesses affect an estimated 25 million people in the United States. Less than 5 percent of rare diseases have a treatment.
NCATS is all about getting more treatments to more patients more quickly. The Center tackles rare diseases research through collaborative projects to study the commonalities and underlying molecular causes of these disorders. This approach creates the potential to speed the development of treatments for a number of rare and common diseases at the same time.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Student Interview with Managed Care Nurses

People who are considering nursing and nursing specialties as a career option will have a ton of questions to ask and research to be done before and after they commit to an educational program. Here, within the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN), we get many students who inquire about what it takes to work as a nurse in the managed care arena. We have named some of these popular questions below and our AAMCN Leadership Council has provided insightful answers. 

Students earning their initial nursing degree are invited to join AAMCN at the discounted membership rate of $15. As a member, they receive all of the regular member benefits like our Mentor Program, continuing education activities, our career center and more...

What kinds of problems do you deal with?

  • Team development (i.e. pursuing additional education, certifications, or other positions)
  • Hiring, training, staff education
  • Ensuring staff have appropriate tools to do their jobs
  • Budget and staff funding
  • Projects (regional and national)
  • Outcome measurements
  • Uncertainty with the current political process and health plan implications
  • Meeting regulatory and accreditation requirements
  • Managing challenging members
  • Taking all of the above into consideration when preparing responses to RFP (request for proposal) for new business, and then ensuring all areas are covered when working on implementation and preparation for readiness 

What kinds of decisions do you make?

  • Budget planning
  • Hiring and staffing decisions
  • Work collaboratively with Human Resources and other members of the care coordination team
  • Team placement for projects (i.e. matching team member interests with the project)
  • Patient management
  • Processing of new clients
  • System/program selections
  • Strategic decisions related to the functioning of the department
  • Decisions related to Clinical Services as a function of work stream lead in implementation, and many initiatives affecting clinical services in our Clinical Strategic Initiatives team
  • All decisions made put the member FIRST

How does your job affect your general lifestyle?

  • Encourages one to think ethically in work and personal life with an emphasis on kindness and the ‘Golden Rule’ (do unto others as you would have them do unto you).
  • Ultimately, we are all accountable to the members we serve, and some contracts require responses in a VERY timely manner.
  • It varies with time of year and the status of projects. When one is close to Readiness Review, Go-Live and just after, hours can be long. Our UM Nurses do feel stretched at times, especially close to holiday time as they work diligently to complete discharge. planning/reviews so the Member gets what he/she needs for a successful transition.
  • The accountability and responsibility for the department and meeting the membership needs can interfere with work-life balance, and that is why it is important to prioritize.

Is it important to keep up with current issues and trends in the field?

  • Always continue to keep up with current educational activities and collaborate with colleagues. Staying current will improve your job security.
  • Diversify your skills and competencies. Keeping your skills up to date, being aware of what is happening in the industry and political environment is crucial.
  • What related fields do you think I should consider looking into?
  • Other health care careers, such as Ultrasound, Echocardiography, Informatics, Data Analytics, Health Care Compliance, Program Integrity, and Government jobs

What kind of education, training, or background does your job require?

  • RNs, LPN/LVNs, social workers, professional counselors, and other healthcare workers can work in a managed care capacity.
  • Employers will list the required education and training for an open position, but often place candidates who have achieved specialty education high in their consideration.

What are the most effective strategies for seeking a position in the field?  

  • Prior experience (but not mandatory)
  • Knowledge, expertise, and the drive to learn
  • Sustained enthusiasm
  • Computer literacy
  • Awards, recognitions, or certifications achieved
  • Networking with professionals in the community

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and AAMCN wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.

The good news?
  • The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care.
In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, AAMCN encourages:
  • Women to start getting regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21
  • Parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine.

Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.
Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy.

For more information, visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition's website http://www.nccc-online.org/.