What do you think of workers compensation as a career? How does it contribute specifically to healthcare, so that it impacts patient care, cost and the future of hospitals and clinics? I have a BSN and have worked in case management and transplant nursing. I care deeply for patients and their future with healthcare. I hope to be a writer and speaker someday.
Wondering About Workers Comp
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Wondering About Workers Comp,
Workers compensation work is generally considered a sub-specialty of case management. It contributes to healthcare and positively impacts cost and quality of care just as any type of case management does. You can make a real difference in peoples lives and have a positive impact on the overall system.
I would suggest you find other nurses working in the workers comp specialty and do some informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with them. Find these nurses through the Case Management Society of America (www.cmsa.org). You can look on your local chapter website for contacts and/or attend local chapter meetings as a guest if not currently a member. You can also find them on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
As to your other point, writing and speaking are powerful tools for communication and influence. I encourage you to start working on those skills now. Here are a few articles to get you started: Develop the writer in you (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Writer) and Giving a Presentation. (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Giving-A-Presentation)