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Nurse Manager

A Nurse Manager is in charge of hiring and supervising the nursing staff of a hospital or other healthcare organization.
Required education
Average Annual salary
React and make decisions quickly in demanding conditions.
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Lead, guide and support other nurses so they can provide the best care.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll use your nursing and business management skills to fulfill many roles, and act as the go between for your nursing staff, doctors, and the organization.
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What you’ll do


You’ll manage the budgets and finances related to the nursing staff.


You’ll work with doctors and other hospital staff, coordinate meetings, and assist patients and families.


You’ll take care of the managerial details, including medical health records, recruitment, and disciplinary actions.


You’ll be the liaison between interdisciplinary teams and nursing staff, and supervise nursing-related operations within an organization.

Where you’ll work
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Hospitals
  • Long term care centers
How to become a Nurse Manager


Get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), taking business courses or pursuing a double major, or minor, in business.


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining experience in clinical management.


Get a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Masters in Healthcare or Business Administration (MHA/MBA).


Get Certified in Executive Nursing Practice or pass your Certified Nurse Manager and Leader exam through the American Organization of Nurse Executives.


You’re ready to work as a Nurse Manager.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Nurse Manager organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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