Assistant nursing managers play an important role in the nursing department, ensuring nursing operations are smooth and effective in their health care facility and/or department. They provide administrative support for the nursing manager and for the nursing department as a whole. They help oversee daily operations of their units and ensure proper care is provided for all patients. Specific day-to-day tasks may include assisting with patient care, relaying information to doctors, communicating with various health care professionals, providing information about care and treatment to patients, assisting nursing staff with various problems, and resolving patient complaints.
Additionally, assistant nursing managers plays a crucial role in training and educating the nursing staff, which typically includes performing orientations, coordinating regular staff training, conducting staff meetings, and identifying areas for training. It also consists of meeting with administrators and staff educators, gathering staff feedback, and coordinating internships and preceptorships. This job also includes human resource management, as assistant nursing managers are often involved in recruiting and hiring nursing staff; they also play a large part in retaining high-quality staff through effective management. They help address staff issues or concerns, identify and help resolve interpersonal conflicts among staff, and address behavioral problems among individual employees.
Assistant nursing managers typically hold at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing and have at least five years of experience as a nurse.
Assistant Nursing Manager Tasks
Assist with planning, coordinating, and organizing patient care.
Evaluate and monitor staff.
Manage supplies and resources.
Create staff schedules and ensure adequate coverage and smooth work flow.