Care coordinators work as liaisons between health care providers and patients and their families in order to provide the best care possible in a cost effective and efficient way.
Also called case managers or patient navigators, they help manage schedules and costs, solve problems, and provide patients with a comprehensive understanding of their chronic or complicated medical conditions.
According to the American Nurses Association, care coordination is now being highlighted by hospitals, health systems, and insurers as a key tool in improving patient health and controlling health care costs.
With a positive and growing job outlook, a certificate in care coordination is a good way to set yourself apart from other nurses. A degree in the field brings even greater benefits—it demonstrates your passion and commitment to delivering and coordinating expert care. It also shows that you have the knowledge and skills to assume a leadership role and make a difference in patient care.
Here are six reasons why you should consider a degree in care coordination. You will:
- Have more control of your schedule. Unlike nurses, care coordinators have more predictable hours. You’ll manage yourself and the team you’re working with by setting meeting times.
- Be part of a high level, clinical management team. Care coordinators help patients by facilitating the decision-making of the many experts that serve them.
- Be more involved in the total care of a patient, and how care is delivered. As the hub of transitional care, you’ll get a holistic view of the patient experience and care plan.
- Learn from other health care providers. Care coordination requires networking and communicating with doctors, nurses, and specialists—as well as the patient. Every day is interesting and information-packed.
- Develop the skills needed to be an effective liaison between providers and patients, thereby providing them with the best care and a comprehensive understanding of their medical conditions.
- You’ll have an edge in this growing specialty with a degree. Why? Because it communicates that you’re serious about being a LEADER in this fast-growing field.
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Capella offers the following care coordination programs: