Most of the time, nursing managers work for hospitals or medical clinics. They are responsible for supervising a nursing crew. They must make sure that the nurses working under them provide excellent nursing care.
They ensure that their nurses comply with established standards, guidelines, polices, practices, and regulatory requirements. They must be familiar with relevant state and federal guidelines. They check patients’ rooms to make sure they are clean. Nursing managers usually have very limited direct interaction with patients. Nursing managers are responsible for hiring and retaining the nursing staff. They may have to collaborate with doctors. Nursing managers assist patients and/or their families when necessary. In large hospitals, nursing managers may be assigned to any hospital unit, such as orthopedics, ICU, or pediatrics. In small hospitals or clinics, they may be in charge of nurses for the entire facility. They schedule nurses. They call alternate nurses when nurses who are scheduled to work are absent. They must conduct job performance reviews on a regular basis, in accordance with their company’s guidelines, policies, and procedures.
Most employers require that candidates are registered nurses (RN), but some employers only require associate’s degrees. Since this is a management position, it generally requires years of experience.
Nursing Manager Tasks
Manage staffing and patient flow while insuring care and regulatory standards.
Implement programs for staff development.
Develop systems to improve and support patient care.