Nursing home managers oversee the day-to-day operations of homes for the elderly. Mainly, they are responsible for the administration of the caregivers they employ and organization the home's activities, as well as meeting with family members who are interested in admitting a parent or other relative to the facility. They also maintain relationships with their residents' families and may occasionally schedule appointments to inform them of their loved one's progress.
Those in this position work closely with a wide range of people, including caregivers, the medical director, and the head nurse, to ensure that residents are receiving the best and most appropriate care. In larger nursing homes, there may be many managers who are in charge of various departments and report to a single head manager; smaller nursing homes may only have one or two of these managers. They must also have comprehensive knowledge of all health regulations and safety policies and the ability to communicate this knowledge to their staff. They are also responsible for hiring and training new employees, as well as ordering equipment and supplies for the home.
Nursing home managers work mostly indoors during regular office hours. However, in larger facilities, some subordinate managers may be required to work nights and weekends. Generally, they must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work well with a wide variety of people, including elderly residents who may be unstable.
Nursing home managers are required to having nursing qualifications, including a four-year bachelor's degree and a state-administered license. Some employers also prefer management experience, and larger employers may prefer those with a master's degree.
Nursing Home Manager Tasks
Monitor budget and utilize operational resources, participate in facility and program development.
Supervise staff to ensure quality and consistent care to residents.
Oversee day-to-day operational and nursing home activities.
Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
Ensure nursing home facility is in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.