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Is Nursing Management a Good Career for a Nurse

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traditional-nurseMore and more staff nurses are choosing to pursue a career in nurse management and administration.  Nurse Managers tend to enjoy a less frenetic schedule and are seen as motivating and responsible leaders and role models among their staff. This is a challenging and often stress-filled career, but for the right person, the professional and financial rewards are great.

Job Description

A nurse manager oversees and supervises health care operations in hospitals, nursing homes, community health care facilities and more.  This position requires the supervision of nursing staff and financial resources to ensure the delivery of safe, cost effective nursing care.  Nursing managers monitor the quality, clinical standards and professional development of their nursing staff.

Other duties associated with nurse management may include:

  • Recruitment of staff and human resource management
  • Preparation and management of budgets
  • Development and implementation of nursing policies and objectives as they pertain to staff, units and community groups
  • Controlling, evaluating and monitoring staff performance
  • Performing studies and research to assess the effectiveness of his/her unit’s nursing services as they relate to policies, objectives and financial resources
  • Developing relationships with community agencies and other health and education providers

Becoming a Nurse Manager

For individuals wanting to advance in the nursing profession, nurse management is a good option.  Most RNs start as staff nurses in a hospital, but may opt to move into a leadership position.  Solid experience and good performance evaluations can launch you into an administrative role that allows you to lead others and be part of a facility’s decision-making process. If you have excellent communication and negotiation skills, sound judgment and leadership abilities, nursing management is a career worth exploring.

In nurse management, there are several ways to advance.  You can go from an assistant unit manager or head nurse to a more senior-level roles like assistant director, director, vice-president or even chief of nursing.  As the job prospects grow for this field, hospitals are requiring advanced degrees or health services administration.

 

Education

Almost all nurse manager positions will require at least a BSN, and most will prefer that you have your MS in Nursing Administration.  Coursework and areas of study will cover the concepts and skills of management and administration, financial management, conflict resolution, effective communication and leadership skills and health policy development, and how to cultivate a leadership relationship with your staff.

Salary and Job Prospects

Salaries for nurse managers typically range from around $50,000 to more than $100,000, depending on your experience, training, and education.  Job prospects for nurse managers are very strong and the field is expected to grow significantly in the next five to ten years.

Nursing management is a excellent career path to consider if you are interested in doing something non-clinical and less intensely-paced, but still based at a hospital.

As with any other career, nursing management can be both challenging and rewarding.  Nursing management may not be for everyone, but it might be for you!  This specialized field requires unique skills and knowledge for in order to be successful and effective. If you have the right education and experience combined with excellent leadership skills and communication abilities, you may perfect for this career path.

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Written by samomulligan

December 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Posted in Nursing Career

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