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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 At The Mentor Network

* Develop and maintain quality services and engaging activities that meet the individuals needs
* Manage the day to day operations in compliance with regulatory requirements
* Interview and select talented staff; lead, develop and inspire team
* Write and implement Individual Service Plans (ISP); ensures on-going communication with planning team
* Financial responsibility in the following areas: operational budget, time-keeping and billing for services provided
* Build and maintain relationships with families, Regional Centers, and regulatory agencies
* Prepare incident reports for both internal and external agencies
* Conduct assessments, implement health care plans and respond to changes of condition
* Provide technical assistance, medical oversight and training of staff to ensure the effective implementation of all related services
* Administer medications and provide documentation according to established guidelines
* Provide input regarding health care services to be included in each individual’s service plan
* Monitor and ensure physicians orders are documented and carried out as prescribed
* Accompany individuals to routine and emergency medical visits **_If you have nursing experience and a passion for those we serve, we want to hearfrom you!_

What Does A Nurse Administrator Do At Southeast Georgia Health System

* Supervises and coordinates patient care services after hours.
* Supervises administrative responsibilities of the medical center, in consultation with the administrator on-call, as assigned or directed.
* All employees of Southeast Georgia Health System will promote a culture of safety, follow established policies, adhere to all state and federal regulatory requirements, JCAHO requirements, and national patient safety standards.
* Makes nursing/medical rounds at least once per shift.
* Maintains high visibility through clinical rounds for all areas.
* Participates in the assessment of staffing needs.
* Utilizes staffing guides along with personal observation to maintain appropriate staffing levels to meet patient care needs.
* Maintains clinical proficiency and readily assists units' staffs when indicated.
* Monitors all staffing schedules, notifies Unit Manager or designee of necessary revisions.
* Effectively orients new supervisors.
* Participates in recruitment and retention effort.
* Implements and interprets established policies and procedures, standards of performance, productivity, performance improvement, safety, environmental, infection control and other regulatory requirements.
* Investigates policy violations and initiates corrective action in collaboration with Unit Director or independently as necessary.
* Utilizes interpersonal and conflict resolution skills to maintain good working relationships with staff, physicians, departments, public agencies, and other organizations.
* Effectively disseminates accurate information to all contacts.
* Assists patients and families as needed in stressful, crisis situations.
* Assesses incidents and assures completion of incident reports.
* Reports defective supplies and equipment

What Does A Nurse Administrator Do At Ascension Health

* Implements and monitors patient care plans.
* Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate.
* Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care.
* Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders.
* Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team.
* Arranges for outpatient testing, appointments, consults assessment of patients related to services of continuum of care
* Liaison with internal and external case management teams to provide an effective plan for each patient
* Determines medical stability and readiness for program participation and ensures services are appropriate, reasonable and necessary
* In the community screening, targert marketing to keep the beds in filled and to improving payer mix

What Does A Nurse Administrator Do At Presence Health

* Assesses each patient's biophysical, psychosocial, environment, spiritual, cultural, self-care, educational and discharge planning based on age and development status.
* Develops and prioritizes an outcome directed plan of care to assigned patients and changes as necessary.
* Performs clinical and technical aspects of care in accordance with established policies, procedures, standards of practice and within scope of the State Nurse Practice.
* Documents care per established standards.
* Evaluates the effectiveness of nursing interventions.
* Modifies the plan of care focusing on age and development status and patient outcomes.
* Assess patient and family educational needs and ability to participate and learn to achieve patient plan of care through collaboration with other team members.
* Reviews the plan of care and consults with the physician and other health care providers to adjust the plan to assure optimum patient outcomes within the scheduled timeframe.
* Utilizes the caring behaviors of empathy, active listening and cultural sensitivity and supports patient dignity.
* Provides patient/family education.
* All Level I nurses must meet and maintain annually of the Level I Performance Standards and expectations as outlined in the Level I section of the RN Levels of Practice Program.
* Additional duties in specialty area may also be required

What Does A Nurse Administrator Do At St. Joseph Health

* Provide overall administrative and clinical leadership to the Nursing Managers.
* Assist the Director in developing and implementing standards, policies and procedures for patient care programs in accordance with the mission, vision, values, goals and policies of St.
* Joseph Health
* Sonoma County.
* Assist the managers in appropriate levels of staffing to meet service requirements, maintains quality control and quality improvement programs, integrates services into the organization’s mission and integrates services into the organization’s mission.
* Participates in housewide initiatives to develop and plan the optimal utilization of human resources and patient placement.
* Manages the acuity system in partnership with nursing management, the nurse scheduling system and serves as a leader to explore and apply innovative staffing technology.
* Collaborates with physicians, nursing staff, and other involved clinical services to coordinate and ensure specific clinical and quality outcomes including prospective demand resource planning.
* Acts as a patient advocate and support to patients and families of the ministry
* Performs other duties assigned by the Director and the CNO
* Establishes protocols pertinent to license scope of practice
* May engage in public speaking

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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.


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.


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


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Russian

  • Vietnamese

  • Yoruba

  • Cantonese

  • Inuktitut

  • Tagalog

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

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Real Nurse Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Nurse Administrator Universal Medical Records Information Network Corp Cortlandt, NY Jul 23, 2010 $95,000
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 Administrator Protem Homecare, LLC Shaker Heights, OH Sep 18, 2013 $63,128
Nurse Administrator Allied Care Corp Metuchen, NJ Sep 16, 2014 $62,500
Nurse Administrator Osato Medical Clinic, Inc. Torrance, CA Dec 01, 2010 $62,088
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
Junior Nursing Administrator Happy HHA, Inc. Arcadia, CA Oct 01, 2010 $60,299
Nursing Administrator Happy HHA, Inc. Arcadia, CA Oct 01, 2010 $60,299
Director of Nursing, Healthcare Administrator Universal Healthcare Services Houston, TX Feb 24, 2011 $58,436 -
Registered Nurse Administrator Gentle Shepherd Hospice Roanoke, VA Feb 14, 2011 $58,000
Registered Nurse Administrator Gentle Shepherd Hospice Charlottesville, VA Apr 08, 2011 $58,000
Registered Nurse Administrator Gentle Shepherd Hospice Roanoke, VA Feb 28, 2011 $58,000
Nursing Administrator Southwest Medical Center Bentleyville, PA Sep 20, 2010 $52,488
Registered Nurse Administrative ER and Medicare Chouteau County Hospital District Fort Benton, MT Oct 11, 2016 $51,883
Registered Nurse Administrative ER and Medicare Chouteau County Hospital District Fort Benton, MT Nov 10, 2013 $51,883

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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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