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Nurse Manager/Administrator
Description:
The goal of a nurse manager is to facilitate and deliver quality nursing care as well as to coordinate and manage the environment in which the care is delivered. The first-line manager/head nurse assumes responsibility for the personnel, resources, and patient care on a nursing unit. A nurse supervisor is often responsible for several nursing units or all units for a particular function such as staffing or a shift, such as night supervisor. A manager directs and promotes the development of nursing staff assigned to the unit. Nurse administrators establish and control the budget and support the implementation of standards of nursing practice and guidelines of care
Settings:
Hospitals, long-term care, ambulatory care, or community/public/home health agencies
Characteristics:
Personal satisfaction, power, recognition, prestige, and economic gain; opportunities for promotion
Drawbacks:
Scope of responsibility, pressures of competition, hard work, and high degree of flexibility; consumer issues, economy, politics, manpower, and technology
Desirable skills:
Fact finding, analyzing, advice seeking, listening, negotiating, and collaborating; risk-taking, tolerance for ambiguity, assertiveness, self-reliance, and achievement orientation; human relations, coaching, and compassionate approach
Education:
RN with BSN, MSN, or doctorate
Employers:
Individual institutions, multi-institution corporations, freestanding organizations
Certification:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
600 Maryland Ave. SW, #100
Washington, DC 20024-2571
800-284-CERT
Organizations:
American Organization of Nurse Executives
One N. Franklin, 34th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
312-422-2800
Publications:
AONE News UPDATE
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