57% Nurse Case Managers and Non-Clinical Nurses Look for New Jobs in 2010! Should You Be Looking Too?

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A recent study conducted by Monster.com and the Human Capital Institute regarding employee attitudes and the global recession found that 79% of employees are “aggressively seeking work elsewhere.”  The study noted that 54% of employees have significantly increased their pursuit of new job opportunities and another 23% have stepped up their job search efforts in response to the current economy (1).

Pathway Medical Staffing, a nurse case management and non-clinical nurse recruiting firm, conducted an informal survey to see if these results held true for nurse case managers and other non-clinical nursing professionals. The results proved to be closely aligned with the broader employment study from Monster.com and the Human Capital Institute.

In December 2009 Pathway Medical Staffing surveyed 147 nurse case managers and non-clinical nursing professionals, representing nurses from 23 states (2).

The survey revealed that a whopping 57% of nurse case managers and non-clinical nursing professionals plan to look for a new job in 2010. Not surprisingly, the majority (53%) of nurse case managers indicated that they plan to look for a new job in order to increase their salary.

2010 Career Resolutions for Nurse Case Managers & Non-Clinical Nurses

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However, there are several other areas that are causing these specialzed nurses to look for employment elsewhere.  Leading the reasons was 41% of respondents indicating that they were looking for a job that is more challenging, makes better use of their experience and / or finding a job that will help move to the next level of their career.  Closely following were 31% of respondents that indicated they were seeking new employment opportunities for better benefits than they currently have with their present employer.

Other motivators for finding a new job included: being closer to home (19% of respondents), better schedule (14% respondents) and plans to semi-retire and search for project or temporary work (5% respondents).

While most of the job market is still in a slump, there is good news for nurse case managers and non-clinical nurses that are searching for new jobs.  In a December 28, 2009 article, The Wall Street Journal reported that “Healthcare is expected to continue to see a surge in hiring with more than four million new openings estimated by 2018… [including] new specialties, particularly in case management (3).”

What can you do to kick start your Nursing Career in 2010?

If you’re considering making a job change you can start by exploring current job opportunities in nurse case management and non-clinical nursing to get a feel for what’s available.  You may be surprised by the range of open positions at some of the most respected healthcare organizations.

You can also sign up to receive email alerts for nurse case manager and non-clinical nursing jobs.  Alerts will immediately notify you when new jobs become available; giving you priority access to opportunities that meet your requirements

Don’t let  the stress of updating your resume and preparing for interviews keep you from exploring new case management opportunities. Companies like Pathway Medical Staffing help nurse case managers find jobs that match their experience and career goals and help job seekers write their resumes and prepare for interviewing.

If your new year resolutions are like most nurse case managers and non-clinical nursing professionals, get started with your job search today!  Don’t let 2010 go by with an unfulfilled resolution to give your nursing career a boost.


Since 1998 Pathway Medical Staffing has placed hundreds of  nurse case managers and non-clinical nurses in great jobs at leading healthcare organizations.


  1. Monster.com and The Human Capital Institute.  “The Great Recession From the Worker Perspective.”  August 2009.
  2. Pathway Medical Staffing.  “2010 Nurse Case Manager Career Resolutions.” January 2010.  Survey of 147 nurse case managers and non-clinical nurse managers regarding 2010 New Year resolutions for their nursing career. Survey conducted in December 2009.
  3. Wall Street Journal. “Landing a Job in the Future Takes a Two-Track Mind. December 28, 2009.

  1. Excellent article and discussion. Eric, you bring up excellent points, but not only revenue generation, but also prevention of increased costs is what nurses already do and need avenues to show their cost effectiveness. Much of nursing research tackles issues of prevention and community health, very important areas where cost efficiency is valued. Likewise, in many health care organizations nursing practice is not allowed revenue generating decisions. For example, how many people would we keep out of the ER if they had asthma education or smoking cessation, which nurses could teach and bill for, but health systems will not allow bedside nurses to either order these, refer patients, nor set up entirely nurse run clinics where asthma education, diabetes education, foot care, wound care, smoking cessation, weight loss, etc… are run by nurses. It is quite a predicament, but one that nursing can handle if we educate our up and coming nurses correctly and if we all get more involved in appropriately voicing our value/opinions to law makers, administrators, and in public (op ed., etc…)
    Great posts –

    Terri Schmitt
    President Theta Lambda Chapter -Sigma Theta Tau International

  2. Eric Winter, RNc PHN CPHQ MHA says:

    I am very fortunate that as a Veterans affairs employee & a case manager for the Urology Service for the past 17 years, I am in a position to be in the 5% who are looking (favorably) to retirement. My plan is to manage my assets.

    While this article focuses on the case manager, what I hear across the nurse community is reflected in a recent survey: nurses are considered trusted & wise in arenas regarding needs for change but typically do not get approached because they do not drive revenue generation, as do MD’s.

    It is fortunate that as nurses expand their knowledge, they become more comfortable with using their voices to express their knowledge. This was very evident at the STTI Biennium.

    Unfortunately, while nurse own their knowledge, nurses typically do not own the resources that drive revenue generation & as such are a “cost” to organizations as employees. Making matters worse, well trained nurses are expensive & nurses services tend to take up the vast majority of operational budgets which keep nurses under the budget microscope. Further I find that most nurses are not put anywhere near a financial (information) decision & many actively evade inclusion in that process. I can not tell you how many times I have either been told ” dollars do not affect you” or because I am male, been positioned to be the designated spokes person. Being credentialed in administration is a big help.

    I shared in a previous posting on another discussion that when nurses own the resources that drive revenue generation, they will then behave more like asset managers. Put another way, when nurses knowledge generates cash flow, rather than just being a line expense item, nurses will be afforded the well deserved respect that we are currently seeking.

    Eric Winter, RNc PHN CPHQ MHA
    President Upsilon Beta Chapter – Sigma Theta Tau International

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