Nurse Managers

Nurse Manager Performs Administrative Tasks

Nurse managers are experienced health care professionals who manage the operations of services and personnel in medical offices, hospitals, nursing homes, community health programs, institutions, and other places where health care is provided. Their responsibilities vary depending on their position and place of employment. They may be in charge of hiring and firing their staff, as well as evaluating their performance. They are usually responsible for maintaining patient and departmental records, including government and insurance documents. They may be responsible for developing and maintaining budgets. Nurse managers are often in charge of establishing, implementing, and enforcing departmental policies.

Some nurse managers provide nursing care to patients along with managing the floor or unit. They are referred to as charge nurses or working managers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Charge Nurses, Working Managers
Duties Oversee patient care; perform administrative duties; manage nursing staff; foster professional and efficient working atmosphere
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide, particularly urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Several years' experience as a registered nurse
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Scientific
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Nursing Officer or Chief Nurse Executive
  • Nurse Manager
  • Registered Nurse