Q&A with Case Management Nurse, Wendie A. Howland, RN, MN, CRRN, CCM, CNLCP interviews case management nurse, Wendie A. Howland, RN, MN, CRRN, CCM, CNLCP. Wendie is a certified nurse life care planner and former case management nurse who launched her own health consulting business, Howland Health Consulting, Inc.

Below she discusses case management nursing and the importance of nursing education.

Q: What is your current position?

I am the president and owner of Howland Health Consulting.

Q: What is life care planning, and how is it different than other kinds of nursing?

It's dynamic. It's based on published standards, practice, comprehensive assessment, data analysis and research, which provides an organized plan for current and future needs for someone with a catastrophic injury or chronic care needs. Because nurse life care planners have a registered nurse license, we have the Registered Nurse Licensure Act behind us, and we are entitled and, in most jurisdictions, obligated, to assess and provide a plan of care in response to [Short Code Error: type value must be either online or ground] should ask themselves whether they are prepared for a profession which requires a strong science background and an adequate math and algebra background. Do they see themselves as someone who can deal with people when they're at their worst? Can they stand up for their own rights and their own worth in the workplace?

Q: Any other recommendations for aspiring case management nursing professionals?

Life care planning and case management is really not a field for a new grad. Get a good education, prepare yourself for a time when you may not want to or be able to do the physical labor of bedside nursing; make sure that you prepare for that, because you're not always going to be in your 20s.