The figures listed above come from the 2010 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which represent the current and future employment projections for registered nurses, an occupation that includes nurse managers. The BLS does not currently provide employment figures for nurse managers.
Nurse managers are licensed registered nurses who are responsible for staffing, directing, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of a nursing unit. In the nursing chain of command, nurse managers are above charge nurses and under service directors and the director of nursing. Although the bulk of nurse manager jobs involve recruiting, placing, and retaining nurses within their unit, they also work closely with physicians, patients, and their families to coordinate patient care. The specific duties of nurse managers often vary by the day, but are mostly determined by a person's experience and education. Here are some of the basic duties performed by nurse managers:
- Supervise nurses and medical staff within a unit
- Recruit and retain experienced nurses
- Manage finances as well as medical and staff paperwork
- Collaborate with doctors and medical staff on patient care
Nurse managers wear many hats on the job. They perform many important behind-the-scenes duties while ensuring that staff nurses are providing efficient and effective patient care. According to the BLS, employment of registered nurses, including careers in nurse manager, is expected to grow faster than average by 2020. Technological advancements and an increasing life expectancy mean more nurses will be needed to treat aging patients. This may result in a need for more qualified nurse managers to oversee the growing RN workforce.Read More
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Becoming a Nurse Manager
All nurse managers begin as registered nurses, and the first step in becoming a registered nurse is completing an approved nursing program. Traditionally, students earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN), or a nursing diploma. Throughout the program, students will take a variety of science and nursing courses that teach valuable clinical skills.
Perhaps the most important part of nursing school are the clinical rotations. During this time, students visit several nursing specialties, including pediatrics, psychiatric and mental health, surgery, and maternity. These supervised experiences allow students to put their knowledge and skills into practice and determine what field they enjoy most. Here is a list of common courses nursing school students can expect to take:
- Leadership and Management
- Nursing Experience With Groups
After successful completion of a nursing program, graduates will prepare to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Hopeful nurse managers will need several years of clinical practice as a licensed RN. Advancement to a nurse management position often requires additional education, such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration (MHA/MBA), as well as a passing score on the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) exam. Experienced RNs and current nurse managers can benefit from this impressive credential to validate their management knowledge and skills and enable them to hold many administrative positions.