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Author Topic: A career in Case Management  (Read 1181 times)

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Offline racingmind

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A career in Case Management
« on: January 22, 2007, 05:37:17 PM »
Hey all....has anyone gone on to be a case manager after an HIV diagnosis?   I know that I have said that I could do a better job than my case worker....turns out they are looking for a new full time case manager, and I'm looking for work...hmmm

good or bad idea? 
Tested Negative: 5/06
Tested Positive: 9/06 
9/06: CD4: 442 (28%) VL: +100,000
10/06: CD4: 323 (25%) VL: 243,440
11/06: CD4: 405 (28%) VL: 124,324
12/06: CD4: 450 (29%) VL: 114,600
1/07: CD4: 440 (27%) VL: 75,286
3/07: CD4: 459 (30%) VL: 44,860
5/07: CD4: 353 (24%) VL: 50,852
7/07: CD4: 437 (29%) VL: 39,475
9/07: CD4: 237 (32%) VL: 372,774
10/07: CD4: 324 (27%) VL: 115,454 
Started Atripla: 10/07
11/07: CD4: 524 (?%) VL: Undetectable!
2/08: CD4: 653 (35%) VL: undetectable
5/08: CD4: 822 (40%) VL: undetectable
8/08: CD4: 626 (35%) VL: undetectable
12/08: CD4: 619 (36%) VL: undetectable
3/09: CD4: 802 (38%) VL: undetectable
7/09: CD4: 1027 (43%) VL: not tested
10/09: CD4: 1045 (43%) VL: undetectable

Offline Ihavehope

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Re: A career in Case Management
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2007, 05:39:27 PM »
Sounds good.

Just don't be like the one I had when I was diagnosed. She was col and told me how her brother died fo Aids and how the medication are ruff and she almost broke in tears.
Infected: April 2005
12/6/06 - Diagnosed HIV positive
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2/9/07 = Started Kaletra/Truvada
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Offline bear60

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Re: A career in Case Management
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2007, 06:07:34 PM »
But....are you qualified? Probably depends a great deal on what state or country you are in but I have noticed that ASO's here are more and more burocratized and more and more picky because they now have more people to choose from.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline aztecan

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Re: A career in Case Management
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2007, 09:02:00 AM »
Hey Racing,
I did exactly that. The opportunity arose in 2005 and I took it. It was a complete career change for me.

I don't regret it. It has it challenges and its perks.

One thing I learned is, no matter how much I want to do something for someone, there are times I simply cannot.

If you are so inclined and, as Bear pointed out, have the qualifications, I would certainly go for it.

Just an FYI, while many ASOs are looking for degrees in social work, etc., they took me with a degree in journalism.

Let us know what you decide.

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline racingmind

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Re: A career in Case Management
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2007, 11:01:29 AM »
Hi Mark & Bear,

That's funny....I have a journalism degree also.  I am also a certified teacher.  Am I qualified?  Based on what I have observed of my case manager, sure I am. I am definitely more knowledgeable about HIV.  With a little training I am sure that I could be an excellent case manager.  I mean, who is a better example of HIV not being an automatic death sentence than a healthy, HIV+ case manager?  At the very least the person will know that you are definitely sympathetic to their situation (assuming that you inform them of your status, that is).  I'm going to try my best to land an interview.  I think that I could really help somebody.  I'll keep you posted... thanks for the encouragement.

Dxx
Tested Negative: 5/06
Tested Positive: 9/06 
9/06: CD4: 442 (28%) VL: +100,000
10/06: CD4: 323 (25%) VL: 243,440
11/06: CD4: 405 (28%) VL: 124,324
12/06: CD4: 450 (29%) VL: 114,600
1/07: CD4: 440 (27%) VL: 75,286
3/07: CD4: 459 (30%) VL: 44,860
5/07: CD4: 353 (24%) VL: 50,852
7/07: CD4: 437 (29%) VL: 39,475
9/07: CD4: 237 (32%) VL: 372,774
10/07: CD4: 324 (27%) VL: 115,454 
Started Atripla: 10/07
11/07: CD4: 524 (?%) VL: Undetectable!
2/08: CD4: 653 (35%) VL: undetectable
5/08: CD4: 822 (40%) VL: undetectable
8/08: CD4: 626 (35%) VL: undetectable
12/08: CD4: 619 (36%) VL: undetectable
3/09: CD4: 802 (38%) VL: undetectable
7/09: CD4: 1027 (43%) VL: not tested
10/09: CD4: 1045 (43%) VL: undetectable

Offline poet

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Re: A career in Case Management
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2007, 06:00:33 PM »
Hey Dxx, Mark is going to have the most useful posts.  From my perspective, questions arise: 1) the position of 'case manager' is the same as 'case worker' or is the person who oversees case workers?  The answer for you would be do you want to work one on one with clients/consumers or less directly with them?  2) what is the requirement for the funding of the position?  In some cases, in many cases, yes, someone with your background might make much more sense, but the powers behind the funding have put demands such as a degree in social work.  That could be answered before going too far along.  There might even be a means of getting a degree while doing the work, as is true in some states with teachers (as you would know).  3) what is the client/consumer base like?  I must say that I was shocked with the difference between the base in P-town versus the base in Hyannis.  I could identify with the former, but feel like keeping a distance from the latter.  Best luck however you go with this, Win

Winthrop Smith has published three collections of poetry: Ghetto: From The First Five; The Weigh-In: Collected Poems; Skin Check: New York Poems.  The last was published in December 2006.  He has a work-in-progress underway titled Starting Positions.

Offline bear60

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Re: A career in Case Management
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2007, 06:06:40 PM »
Oh gee.  When I said "Are you qualified?" before...I really was just thinking in terms of the degree and experience. Now I think most of us here would make great case managers....but when I went to apply to be a case manager I was told I had to have a Masters degree in Social Work...I wasnt wanted when I applied.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline aztecan

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Re: A career in Case Management
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2007, 09:58:25 PM »
Hey Racing,

The "living with" part was easy for me. After all, I, like most of us here, can run circles around those neggie case managers.

The challenging part was dealing with the bureaucracy. Forms, forms and more forms, not to mention dealing with government and bureaucratic red tape.

But, as I said, I find it rewarding, challenging and, at times, frustrating.

The requirements vary by state, even by agency. It also varies by the availability of case managers. I know my agency often has taken quite a while to fill positions, in part because willing people are hard to come by.

Also, keep in mind, it is doubtful you'll get rich being a case manager. It is livable, but not lucrative.

All in all, I'd say go for it!

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

 


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