Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, December 5, 2016
What's NEW at Athena Forum

"Why is Case Manager Continuing Education Important?"

Case Managers know that science and medicine never stay static for long - and neither should they. Whether your specialty is managing infants in ICU or navigating the complexities of hospital and insurance administrations, it is more important than ever that you maintain your skills, and stay on top of the ever changing landscape that is today's healthcare.

We recognize it is difficult to prioritize your own education when approaching the many daily challenges that face case managers. With a load of demanding cases, it's easy to ask why making the time for Continuing Education is important as you stare down the growing stack of files on your desk? But remember - Case Managers are knowledge workers. You need to maintain and add to your mental and practice skills to be at your professional best.

What we like most about the Continuing Education for Case Managers at Athena Forum Institute, is these courses help to guide best practices for patient care and also provide a growing set of skills for the Case Manager to utilize. Professional Identity, Discharge Planning, Ethics and Utilization Management are all courses that will provide needed Continuing Education, while honing your craft to help throughout your entire Case Management career. Refining your emotional intelligence and ability to work with difficult personalities add skills that translate across sectors from patient care to crucial conversations with doctors and even the C-suite.

At Athena Forum, obviously we think Continuing Education is important because it's what we do. But, what we want to convey is that we hope this helps remind you that it should be a priority for you as well. We know how complex and important your role is in patient care and that you taking the time for your own care is beneficial and not just a matter of checking off "continuing education requirement" at the end of the year.


Tips from our featured course

Continuing Education is a Component of Evidence-Based Medicine

In today's world of rapidly changing technology, ever more narrow specialization, and swiftly evolving advances in equipment and procedures all over the medical world, trying to practice medicine based on memory or reading an occasional journal article is unreliable.

Evidence-based medicine is a medical "movement" in which advocates work to popularize the method and usefulness of the practice in the public, patient communities, educational institutions, and continuing education of practicing professionals.

Practicing evidence-based medicine requires clinical expertise, but also expertise in retrieving, interpreting, and applying the results of scientific studies and in communicating the risks and benefits of different courses of action to patients.

[Patient Advocacy and Care Standards, Module B, Right Care Guidelines for Care]

Athena Forum Believes in Case Managers

The Athena Forum pledge:

We believe that case managers and care coordinators are knowledge workers.

We believe that knowledge workers need knowledge.

We believe that company-directed case manager training can improve organizational performance.

We believe that in the 21st Century a web-based training platform is a convenient media to provide case managers with anywhere, anytime, learning.

We believe that a web-based learning platform can deliver affordable training for licensed health professionals (case managers, care coordinators, social workers).


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I want to thank our 20,000 healthcare professionals for requesting new topics on Athena Forum.

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Athena Forum Institute

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Cathy Wright, BSN, RN

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