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Working As A Nurse Administrator

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $109,510

    Average Salary

What Does A Nurse Administrator Do

Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Duties

Medical and health services managers typically do the following:

  • Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Develop departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the facility in which they work is up to date on and compliant with new laws and regulations
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Create work schedules
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within allocated funds
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

Medical and health services managers work closely with physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, and other healthcare workers. Others may interact with patients or insurance agents.

Medical and health services managers’ titles depend on the facility or area of expertise in which they work. The following are examples of types of medical and health services managers:

Nursing home administrators manage staff, admissions, finances, and care of the building, as well as care of the residents in nursing homes. All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; licensing requirements vary by state.

Clinical managers oversee a specific department, such as nursing, surgery, or physical therapy, and have responsibilities based on that specialty. Clinical managers set and carry out policies, goals, and procedures for their departments; evaluate the quality of the staff’s work; and develop reports and budgets.

Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records and data. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology, current or proposed laws about health information systems, and trends in managing large amounts of complex data. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and accessible only to authorized personnel. They also may supervise the work of medical records and health information technicians.

Assistant administrators work under the top administrator in larger facilities and often handle daily decisions. Assistants might direct activities in clinical areas, such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records, or health information. They also handle administrative tasks, such as ensuring that their department has the necessary supplies and that equipment is operational and up to date.

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How To Become A Nurse Administrator

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Educational requirements vary by facility.

Education

Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience in a hospital or healthcare consulting setting.

Prospective medical and health services managers typically have a degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration. Degrees that focus on both management and healthcare combine business-related courses with courses in medical terminology, hospital organization, and health information systems. For example, a degree in health administration or health information management often includes courses in health services management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many employers require prospective medical and health services managers to have some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. For example, nursing home administrators usually have years of experience working as a registered nurse.

Others may begin their careers as medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must understand and follow current regulations and adapt to new laws.

Communication skills. These managers must effectively communicate policies and procedures with other health professionals and ensure their staff’s compliance with new laws and regulations.

Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.

Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives.

Leadership skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems. They must hire, train, motivate, and lead staff.

Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must stay up to date with advances in healthcare technology and data analytics. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; requirements vary by state. In most states, these administrators must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved training program, and pass a national licensing exam. Some states also require applicants to pass a state-specific exam; others may require applicants to have previous work experience in a healthcare facility. Some states also require licensure for administrators in assisted-living facilities. For information on specific state-by-state licensure requirements, visit the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

A license is typically not required in other areas of medical and health services management. However, some positions may require applicants to have a registered nurse or social worker license.

Although certification is not required, some managers choose to become certified. Certification is available in many areas of practice. For example, the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management offers certification in medical management, the American Health Information Management Association offers health information management certification, and the American College of Health Care Administrators offers the Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator distinctions.

Advancement

Medical and health services managers advance by moving into higher paying positions with more responsibility. Some health information managers, for example, can advance to become responsible for the entire hospital’s information systems. Other managers may advance to top executive positions within the organization.

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Nurse Administrator Career Paths

Nurse Administrator
Chief Nursing Officer Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Of Nursing Nursing Director Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Manager Assistant Director Food Service Director
Director Of Food And Nutrition Services
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Manager Adjunct Instructor Clinical Coordinator
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Coordinator Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Program Director General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Of Nursing Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Adjunct Instructor Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director Chief Executive Officer Managing Partner
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
MDS Coordinator Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Coordinator Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Nursing Officer Chief Executive Officer Practice Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Regional Director Business Developer
Regional Director Of Business Development
11 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
MDS Coordinator Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Nurse Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

82.9%

Male

15.3%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.8%

French

8.8%

Chinese

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Vietnamese

2.9%

Yoruba

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Inuktitut

2.9%

Tagalog

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%
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Nurse Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

31.1%

Walden University

14.1%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

6.8%

Grand Canyon University

6.2%

Ohio University -

4.0%

Excelsior College

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

University of Florida

2.8%

Fort Hays State University

2.8%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.8%

University of Saint Francis

2.3%

Del Mar College

2.3%

Michigan State University

2.3%

Daemen College

2.3%

State University of New York Buffalo

2.3%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

2.3%

Villanova University

2.3%

Miami Dade College

2.3%

San Antonio College

2.3%

Louisiana Tech University

2.3%
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Majors

Nursing

69.6%

Business

9.0%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Education

1.8%

Psychology

1.7%

Management

1.5%

Nursing Science

1.4%

Public Health

1.1%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.1%

Health Sciences And Services

0.9%

Family Practice Nursing

0.9%

Medical Assisting Services

0.9%

Human Resources Management

0.8%

Accounting

0.8%

Anthropology

0.6%

Elementary Education

0.6%

Criminal Justice

0.6%

Special Education

0.6%

General Studies

0.5%

Liberal Arts

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

29.8%

Masters

29.0%

Associate

18.1%

Other

13.5%

Doctorate

4.1%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.9%
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Real Nurse Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Nurse Administrative Manager Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI May 12, 2016 $102,315
Nurse Administrative Manager Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Nov 28, 2016 $101,192
Nurse Administrative Manager Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI May 12, 2016 $101,171
Nurse Administrative Manager Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI May 12, 2016 $98,904
Nurse Adminstrative Manager-House Manager Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Dec 19, 2016 $97,752
Nurse Administrative Manager Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI May 12, 2016 $96,366
Nurse Administrator Universal Medical Records Information Network Corp Cortlandt, NY Jul 23, 2010 $95,000
Nurse Administrative Manager Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Apr 21, 2015 $82,954
Nurse Administrative Manager Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI May 01, 2012 $81,328
Nurse Administrator Protem Homecare LLC Shaker Heights, OH Sep 04, 2015 $67,725
Nurse Administrator Protem Homecare, LLC Shaker Heights, OH Sep 22, 2016 $67,704
Nursing Administrator Healthmate Nursing College Park, MD Oct 01, 2009 $67,000
Nurse Administration Manager Stephen H. Barkow Md, Inc. Mission Viejo, CA Aug 07, 2014 $65,562
Nurse Administrator Protem Homecare, LLC Shaker Heights, OH Sep 18, 2013 $63,128
Nurse Administrator Allied Care Corp Metuchen, NJ Sep 16, 2014 $62,500
Nursing Administrator Wound Care Manager Forest City Rehad and Nursing Center, LLC Rockford, IL Aug 12, 2014 $62,233
Nursing Administrator Wound Care Manager Fairview Nursing Plaza Rockford, IL Sep 15, 2013 $62,233
Nurse Administrator Osato Medical Clinic, Inc. Torrance, CA Dec 01, 2010 $62,088
Nurse Administration Manager Stephen H. Barkow Md, Inc. Mission Viejo, CA Sep 17, 2013 $61,069 -
$65,000
Assistant Nursing Administrator Allsupreme Home Care Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Apr 01, 2010 $60,502
Assistant Nursing Administrator All Supreme Home Care, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Oct 01, 2010 $60,502

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Top Skills for A Nurse Administrator

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Top Nurse Administrator Skills

  1. Bed Facility
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. RN
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed bed control for 150-bed facility for all shifts including weekends, determining and verifying assignments.
  • Assumed direct patient care duties as well as administrative duties for inpatient unit.
  • Perform defense audits and interviews with external auditors, verify audit findings, and sign agreement summary stating correct bill total.
  • Provided direct supervision for seven (7) Senior Nurse Consultants/Supervisors.
  • Organize 140 employees in payroll, scheduling, certifications, education, and paperwork.

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