Case Management Society of America (CMSA) membership represents case managers of many disciplines and care settings, more than 20, in fact, as our 2019 CMSA State of the Industry Survey indicates. More than 90% of those surveyed are nurses, which is consistent with our long-term membership statistics. Although our organization is proud to support case managers of all disciplines, in this issue, we pay special tribute to nurses and midwives.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has named 2020 “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” The vast majority of case managers are registered nurses and contribute immensely to health care around the world. Nurses and midwives make so much of an impact on global health that the WHO has determined a need of 9 million additional nurses by the year 2030 to adequately care for all populations. Throughout this year, during National Nurses Week in early May and always, we are so appreciative to our case managers whose origins are in nursing.
Regardless of care setting, the nature of nursing work—including long and sometimes nontraditional shifts—leads nurses to be prone to a variety of health conditions. Lack of exercise, job-related stress, and sleep deficiency are some of the challenges resulting in nurses having higher instances of infections, disorders, and depression than the general public.
We at CMSA realize our responsibility to meet the needs of nurses and case managers of all backgrounds, including programs that support clinicians in taking care of themselves. In recent years, CMSA made a concerted effort to introduce resources in our publications and at the annual conference that go beyond traditional, clinical continuing education. We believe that professional case managers are some of the hardest working and most dedicated clinicians in health care. It is imperative that our hard work be balanced with personal wellness if we are to provide our patients and clients with the highest level of care.
Since 2019, issues of CMSA Today magazine feature the Self-Care Series column, written by CMSA members on nonclinical topics. Overcoming fear and self-doubt, having an attitude of gratitude, and gaining peace and happiness are some of the themes covered in the column. As case managers, our wellness in these areas helps us manage daily stress, leading to better care and outcomes for our patients.
In addition to the Self-Care column, our annual conference in Boston this summer features hands-on opportunities for wellness and learning. CMSA member Karen Kono, RN, COHN, will present “Stretching in the Workplace: Any Workplace!”In this interactive presentation, she will show what happens in the body during stretching and how movement results in physical, emotional, and mental health benefits. She will make the case for workplace stretching programs in any care setting and take you through a series of stretches adaptable for any population.
In addition, after the success of morning yoga last summer in Las Vegas, we are expanding the program this year to all three main conference days. Brianne Wheeler, Registered Yoga Teacher, will lead you through energizing early morning practices to encourage deep breath, intention setting for your day ahead, and movement to enable you to feel your best.
Whether or not your background is in nursing, we hope you find these initiatives helpful in assisting you to practice at the top of your credentials. As we serve case managers of every level, discipline, and care setting, CMSA will continue to find ways to support your practice in all ways possible.
In addition, if you join us in Boston this summer for education, networking, and wellness at our 30th Annual Conference & Expo, registration includes a 1-year CMSA membership.
If you are interested in learning more about the case management population, visit https://www.cmsa.org/membership/member-corner/ to download CMSA's 2019 State of the Industry Survey. If you are already proud CMSA member, download the survey for free; nonmembers can access the survey for a fee.
Thank you, nurses and all case managers, for your contributions to health care worldwide!
Kathleen Fraser, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCM,
CMSA National Executive Director