Directors of nurses oversee groups of nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and other medical institutions. These directors are responsible for ensuring that all administered care adheres to all laws and regulations and is provided in a caring and professional manner, and they may also have administrative duties such as hiring, delegating duties, scheduling, keeping inventory, evaluating employees, and establishing or modifying standards of practice. Employees of nursing departments must provide medication, treatment, and care according to very specific instructions, so these directors may also have management duties and even particular nursing duties.
Those in this position must have current nursing licenses in their states of employment, and perhaps other certifications such as BCLS and ACLS. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is often required and, since this is a management position, applicants who also have many years of prior work experience (including managerial experience) may be preferred by some employers.
The job can be grueling, as shifts are sometimes twelve hours long in hospital settings. Some positions may require these directors to occasionally be on-call, and there are also physical demands such as lifting, bending, walking, and standing for long periods of time. Nursing can involve carrying out multiple tasks and caring for multiple patients in short periods of time, so the ability to work well under pressure is very important.
Director of Nurses Tasks
Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional boarding home standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Plan and direct the nursing program.
Maintain relationships with patients and families.
Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.