Responsible for the day-to-day nursing practice on patient care units. Supervise a staff which includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, patient care assistants and unit secretaries. Daily tasks include problem solving; coordinating schedules; conducting performance evaluations, interviewing and hiring; overseeing the unit budget; and communicating and educating staff on policies and practice. Nurse managers work closely with other disciplines in the hospital setting including physicians, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, medical social workers and nutritionists. The nurse manager deals with concerns from patients and their families and represents the patient care unit or the nursing discipline on various committees.
The nurse manager must have the ability to communicate effectively in many different settings. Leadership skills are essential as well as the ability to analyze a problem and make appropriate decisions.
Patient care units of the hospital.
Generally an 8 to 10 hour day. Days begin between 6 and 8 a.m., depending on the unit. The nurse manager may also be contacted at any time in the event of an emergency.
A bachelor's degree in nursing with a preference for a master's degree in nursing.
A current state license is required. At least two years of recent hospital-related experience with demonstrated leadership skills is preferred.
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