Risk management is about mitigating risks in an organization. The duties of a risk manager may include assessing risks, managing corporate compliance, loss prevention, staff education, staff credentialing, and claims management. People who enter this field come from a variety of educational backgrounds. A LNC that wants to get into risk management should have several years of clinical experience under his or her belt, and be educated in personal injury, professional negligence, product liability laws, and state and federal healthcare rules and regulations.
Risk managers work with a variety of people including attorneys, government officials, insurance representative, manufacturers, vendors, and healthcare facilities. It is critical that you have good interpersonal and communication skills. Managerial skills are also good to have, particularly if you are applying for a position that involves supervising others. Certification for risk management is typically offered through professional organizations such as the American Society of Health Care Risk Management.
This organization offers the Certified Professional in Health Care Risk Management. There are a number of ways to find employment opportunities in this field. Working with a health care law defense firm is a good way to put yourself in a position to learn about openings. Looking through the newspaper or on the Internet for job postings is another way to find a position in risk management. Contacting the risk departments of medical manufacturers, hospitals, and other medical-related organizations can also uncover opportunities