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Become An Assistant Nurse Manager

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Working As An Assistant Nurse Manager

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Nurse Manager Do

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.


Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Some nursing assistants also may dispense medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work.

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their residents.

Orderlies typically do the following:

  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

Nursing assistants and orderlies work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses.

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How To Become An Assistant Nurse Manager

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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  • White

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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Danish

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Cantonese

  • Mandarin

  • Polish

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Real Assistant Nurse Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Nurse Manager-Emergency Department Sutter Health East Bay Region Oakland, CA Aug 22, 2011 $136,000
Assistant Nurse Manager North Shore-LIJ Health System New York, NY Feb 15, 2015 $95,000
Assistant Nurse Manager Lutheran Augustana Center Extended Care & Rehabilitation New York, NY Oct 26, 2015 $77,000
Pediatrics ICU Assistant Nurse Manager Institute of California, LLC San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2009 $68,871
Assistant Nurse Manager Executive Recovery Coach, Inc. Reading, MA Sep 07, 2013 $66,784
Emergency Department Assistant Nurse Manager GUAM Healthcare Development, Inc. Aug 25, 2016 $65,000
Assistant Nurse Manager Florida Hospital Orlando, FL Dec 05, 2014 $64,447
Emergency Department Assistant Nurse Manager GUAM Healthcare Development, Inc. Aug 25, 2016 $62,610
Assistant Nurse Manager Progressive Health Care Services Parkesburg, PA Dec 01, 2011 $62,610

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Top Skills for An Assistant Nurse Manager


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Top Assistant Nurse Manager Skills

  1. Direct Patient Care
  2. RN
  3. Patient Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide direct patient care when needed for Telemetry and Progressive Care patients.
  • Participate in hospital Shared Governance Committee as department chairperson.
  • Monitor and manage a 34 bed mother/baby unit with rapid patient turnover, maintaining patient safety and satisfaction.
  • Assess needs, develop and implement plans to maximize delivery of quality patient care.
  • Developed and wrote a Charge Nurse Resource Guide for cleaning reusable medical equipment used in the unit.

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