Top 10 reasons our alumni became Case Managers
1. Case managers protect the vulnerable and provide a guide and advocate through the complex health care system.
2. Being a good case manager requires excellent teamwork. The most exciting moments are when you brainstorm ideas with the MD, RN, RT, PT, SW to overcome discharge barriers.
3. It’s never boring – with how complex healthcare is, critical thinking is a must!
4. The Case Management department is always looking to improve quality outcomes, processes, and standardizations. It’s an ever-changing field, which keeps it exciting and never stale.
5. On a daily basis, you get to share your knowledge and recommendations with patients and families on what is the most suitable discharge plan.
6. Job security – Case Managers are considered a Hot Job, and in my five years, there’s always a need!
7. Hospitals/institutions are recognizing the importance of case management, and case managers are well-compensated for their job.
8. Ability to leverage policy to help individuals get the most out of their healthcare options
9. Ability to influence policy to help organizations and systems change to better care for individuals and groups.
10. Amazing array of career options leveraging Case Management options.
"I felt that the case management program assisted me in my nursing career, and helped me be more confident and organized. Thank you."
Class of 2003
"SMU offers an amazing curriculum with an immensely talented faculty to mentor students. My experience has been undeniably helpful in advancing my knowledge base as a Master's prepared nurse and furthering my professional career advancement.
Through SMU I was offered a student membership to the professional organization of Case Management Society of America (CMSA). Through that association, I have since become a CMSA board member, and was chosen to be a Washington DC delagate to lobby for case managers.
During this time of Healthcare Reform, it is important our Legislators and Congressmen know how case managers improve patient outcomes while saving resources."
Julie Loper, RN, MSN
Graduate of 2008
Testimonials from Hospitals
"The Samuel Merritt case management students are advanced learners and have utilized the skills learned in the program to quickly adapt to the role of the acute care case manager. We have hired a number of these students, and have found that they are intelligent and critically thinking RNs that bring great value and a new energy to our department. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the University."
Eileen Kahn RN MS CNS NEA-BC
Director, Case Management
John Muir Health
"I have been a sponsor for Samuel Merritt's Case Management preceptor program for over a year and am consistently impressed with the caliber, professionalism and preparedness of the students. To that end, my past three hires were Samuel Merritt graduates and all have performed with tremendous contribution to the goals of the CM department and the organization."
Johnna Anderson RN. MBA., MSN
Director, Case Management
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital @ Stanford
"Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division, West Region entered into a partnership with Samuel Merritt University in 2010 to place new MSN/CM graduates in open case manager positions within Kindred's Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) system. Three MSN graduates were selected for the sites at Phoenix, Arizona; Westminster, Southern California; and the San Francisco Bay Area. The three MSNs successfully completed a 4-week intensive orientation in Southern California before being relocated to their chosen Kindred facility for a 5-month Mentorship period, during which they had weekly meetings with mentors, self-analysis of growing skills, discussion of cases, and resources delivered. All three graduated from their Mentorship period on Dec 31st, 2010 with flying colors, smiles, and many new experiences under their MSN/CM belts.
During the Mentorship period, these MSNs grew in confidence and gained experience in patient assessment and advocacy, interdisciplinary team meetings and communication, patient and family care conferences, discharge planning, and clinical documentation improvement. The partnership of Kindred gaining case management competencies and supporting new careers with Samuel Merritt University training and post-graduate placement opportunities is a symbiotic one: a relationship that patients and families will gain quality of care improvements for many years to come.
2011 brings many more placements for MSN/CM graduates with Kindred Healthcare via a contracted internship site in Sacramento Kindred, Kindred Foundation Scholarships, and placement opportunities in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico.
For these bright, new, and talented MSN/CM graduate careers and Kindred Healthcare hospitals: watch us grow together for quality of patient case management and care!"
Wendy De Vreugd, RN, BSN,
PHN, FNP, CCDS, MBA
Senior Director, Case Management,
Kindred Healthcare, Hospital Division