How to become a Nursing Manager

Nursing managers direct nursing care units in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.

Personal requirements for a Nursing Manager

  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Able to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Tolerance, patience and tact in dealing with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

Duties & Tasks of a Nursing Manager

Nursing managers may perform the following tasks:

  • Lead, direct and coordinate care in the ward or unit
  • Manage nursing staff within the unit and provide professional leadership
  • Update knowledge of contemporary nursing or midwifery practices
  • Promote standards of practice for all nursing and midwifery staff that meet those of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)
  • Interpret policies and objectives of the nursing service as it applies to the unit or staff
  • Manage recruitment of staff
  • Participate in studies to evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing services in relation to objectives, costs and the standard of nursing care
  • Interpret industrial awards and other regulations concerning staff employment contracts
  • Prepare annual funding estimates, forecasting the demand for services and allocating budgets
  • Promote the importance of quality processes to the improvement of patient care and service delivery
  • Promote working relationships with community agencies
  • Liaise with medical and nursing staff
  • Empower staff to make sound clinical decisions.

Working conditions for a Nursing Manager

Nursing managers work indoors in hospitals and other health organisations. They usually work on a full-time basis. Hours are usually more regular than other nursing staff.


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Nursing Manager

Nursing managers direct nursing care units in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.

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