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Nurse Life Care Planner

A Nurse Life Care Planner helps create long-term care plans for patients who need medical care for the rest of their lives due to a serious injury or chronic illness.
Required education
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Lead, guide and support other nurses so they can provide the best care.
Treat patients in their homes, during travel, or other non-hospital environments.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Analyze data and discover new ways to help patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
Your nursing experience will ensure you are uniquely trained to help your patients both physically and psychologically.
Nursing bag, medication, and signs cartoon graphic
What you’ll do


You’ll evaluate patients and their diagnoses.


You’ll teach patients’ families about their condition and the treatment required for it.


You’ll advocate for your patients, who often can’t communicate their own needs.


You’ll investigate the best possible long-term care solutions for your patients.

Where you’ll work
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Hospice care centers
  • Insurance companies
  • Managed care organizations
  • Rehabilitation centers
How to become a Nurse Life Care Planner


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining two years’ experience in life care planning and taking continuing education classes.


Pass your Certified Life Care Planner Exam through the Commission of Health Care Certification.


You’re ready to work as a Nurse Life Care Planner.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Nurse Life Care Planner organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
A Nurse Researcher’s role is also structured.
A Nurse Entrepreneur is another type of management nurse.
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