A registered nurse (RN) supervisor oversees a team of registered nurses, ensuring smooth operations, compliance with health and safety standards and regulations, and quality of patient care. The supervisor may provide some direct patient care, especially during emergencies or staffing shortages, but his or her primary responsibilities are administrative. The RN supervisor typically is responsible for scheduling shifts, making sure adequate coverage of personnel is present, and ensuring the skill set of staff is appropriate for the provision of patient care. The supervisor is responsible for seeing that internal policies, as well as external regulations, are followed; they also develop or improve organizational procedures.
Registered Nurse (RN) Supervisor Tasks
Communicate with attendings to record and sign their orders, update patient statuses, and convey test results.
Supervise nursing staff, including scheduling, evaluations, and compliance with regulations.
Provide direct care to patients, assess their status, and administer medication and treatments.
Add to, review, and ensure good practices for nursing charts and discharge papers.