Nurse administrators are registered nurses who manage the delivery of nursing services in hospitals and other large health care facilities. Since they coordinate the delivery of nursing care to patients, they must be knowledgeable of both professional nursing practice and nursing service administration. Medical and health services administrators, a title that encompasses clinical managers like nurse administrators, can expect employment growth of 22% between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The median yearly salary of such managers was $84,270 in May 2010, although salaries can vary a great deal based on your level of experience, the region of the country you work in, and the size and type of your employer. Nurse administrators typically have following responsibilities:
- Direct and coordinate the work of all nursing staff under their authority
- Draft, implement, and evaluate policies that govern how nursing services are delivered in an institution
- Oversee the recruitment, hiring, training, and discipline of nursing staff
- Ensure that nursing services are delivered efficiently and that nursing staff are meeting established quality standards in delivery of nursing care
- Submit an annual budget for the nursing department
While a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required to serve as a nurse administrator, registered nurses may also seek master’s degrees to prepare for management roles at their organization. One possible educational path for those seeking nurse administrator positions is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) following by a Masters in Healthcare Management with an emphasis in nursing management. These programs provide training in management of nursing operations, nursing and health care policy, and health care finance that is valuable in preparing you for this role. Since many RNs work irregular schedules, earning a Masters in Healthcare Management online is becoming an increasingly popular option, as it allows them to further their education in a more flexible format.
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Nancy York has been a nurse since she was 17, when she earned a diploma in practical nursing. That was only the beginning for her education and training. Over the course of a 30-year career in long-term care, including work as a charge nurse at a long-term care facility, she’s earned associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing.