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Nurse manager

Lead a team of nurses, oversee safe and quality patient care, and manage financial resources.

What does a nurse manager do?

Duties and tasks

Nurse managers oversee nursing units in hospitals, aged care and community health care facilities. They combine leadership and administration skills to manage financial resources that enable the provision of safe, cost effective nursing care for units, and monitor quality, clinical standards and professional development of nurses.

  • Supervise nursing staff and provide high level administrative support for nursing units, including creating staff rosters, coordinating meetings, and making resource and budgetary decisions.
  • Evaluate nursing staff performance and progress, and provide development feedback.
  • Ensure nurse units are safe for both patients and staff.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with doctors, medical specialists and other nurse unit managers.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Stay up-to-date with nurse and healthcare developments to ensure continued delivery of best practice health care.

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