Nursing managers' responsibilities involve the supervision and management of staff, facilities and/or other areas providing direct or indirect health services. Nursing managers are people who strong leadership, communication and supervisory skills because they direct, motivate, oversee and evaluate nursing staffs. They work with staff, other supervisors and sometimes patients. They can also plan and implement programs at their place of employment.
Nursing managers are usually required to have a degree in nursing and at least two years of nursing experience. On top of that, they should have a year of nursing experience in a supervisory capacity. The majority of nursing managers work at hospitals, clinics, public health programs or schools. Nursing managers do a variety of things every day: They help with patient care, deal with patient/doctor/family complaints, write reports about PI projects, order supplies, review budget reports, and partake in the interviewing and hiring process. Nursing managers also write and give performance reviews, assess attendance problems and follow up on incident reports. Most nursing managers have 40-hour work weeks and work 10-hour days.
Nursing Manager Tasks
- Develop systems to improve and support patient care.
- Implement programs for staff development.
- Manage staffing and patient flow while insuring care and regulatory standards.