Nurse managers, sometimes referred to as nurse administrators, are registered nurses who are tasked with staffing, organizing, supervising, directing, and leading the nursing staff of a department/unit, hospital, clinic, or other healthcare organization. These nurses play crucial roles in the governance and decision-making processes within healthcare organizations, assisting them to adopt new ideas and practices for the betterment of the facility or organization. The multi-dimensional role of the nurse manager requires them to wear several different hats and act as an intermediary who communicates between staff and upper-level management. To be effective, these nurses must know how to work in a fast-paced environment and should have exceptional skills in both traditional nursing as well as business and management tasks including managing budgets, handling personnel matters, and coordinating schedules. Strong organizational and critical thinking abilities are also vital to this profession as nurse managers are in charge of overseeing the RNs providing direct patient care.
Some tasks and duties that are commonly carried out by nurse managers may include:
Nurse managers can be found in many medical settings. The most common include:
If you think you're up to the challenge to become a nurse manager, you'll need to acquire a nursing degree and license, and have strong leadership qualities. Experience with direct-patient care is required, and assuming roles with high amounts of responsibility is also a plus. Although not mandatory, it's highly recommended that nurse manager aspirants go on to earn a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Master's in Healthcare or Business Administration (MHA/MBA).
To become a nurse manager, the following educational requirements must be fulfilled prior to applying for the certification exam:
*Although it's not required, individuals who hold Master's in Nursing Science (MSN) or Master's in Healthcare or Business Administration (MHA/MBA) will have a significant competitive edge over other prospective nurse managers.
Yes, nurse managers are required to hold active and unrestricted registered nurses (RN) licenses. Depending on the certification one chooses to pursue, nurse managers may be required to have graduate degrees along with experience and a number of continuing education unit/credit hours.
There are a number of certifications that a prospective nurse manager can choose from. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Organization for Nurse Leadership (AONL), and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) all offer their own credentials.
To be eligible for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Nurse Executive credential (NE-BC), you will need to have fulfilled the following requirements prior to applying:
Two certifications are offered by the American Organization of Nursing Leadership (AONL) - the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) and the Certification in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP). While CNML is designed for individuals in a nurse management position, the CENP is intended for nurse who have higher-level administrative and executive rolls.
To be eligible to obtain the CNML credential, candidates will need to have fulfilled the following requirements prior to applying:
To be eligible to obtain the CENP credential, candidates will need to have fulfilled the following requirements prior to applying:
To be eligible for the American College of Healthcare Executives'(ACHE) Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), you will need to have fulfilled the following requirements prior to applying:
Nurse managers are essential components to any healthcare setting. They will always be needed to help facilitate effective medical care and provide leadership to the RNs on the floor. As the aging populations' healthcare needs become greater, the demand for both nurses and nurse mangers will also increase.
According to PayScale.com, the average annual salary for a nurse manager is $84,017. A nurse manager's earning potential will depend on factors such as city and state of employment, level of education, certifications and credentials, amount of experience, and the employing organization. Employed nurse managers can expect insurance packages which include the likes of medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage. Retirement plans and some annual paid-time off are also generally included in the employee benefit packages of nurse managers. These things will vary from organization to organization, however.