Nurse Manager at a Glance

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Best States for Nurse Manager

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
New York 26,630 $114,550 $55
Massachusetts 10,030 $110,160 $53
Maryland 9,890 $100,920 $49


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
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology

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.