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Working As A Nurse Coordinator

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

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $64,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Nurse Coordinator Do

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Duties

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.

Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer patients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly patients. Some registered nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Many possibilities for working with specific patient groups exist. The following list includes just a few examples:

Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.

Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.

Critical care nurses work in intensive-care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.

Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.

Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.

Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.

Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Registered nurses may work to promote public health, by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of disease or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs. Other nurses staff the health clinics in schools.

Some nurses do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are a type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). They provide direct patient care in one of many nursing specialties, such as psychiatric-mental health or pediatrics. CNSs also provide indirect care, by working with other nurses and various other staff to improve the quality of care that patients receive. They often serve in leadership roles and may educate and advise other nursing staff. CNSs also may conduct research and may advocate for certain policies.

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How To Become A Nurse Coordinator

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.

Education

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.

Advancement

Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Nurse Coordinator Career Paths

Nurse Coordinator
Nurse Manager Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Utilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Case Manager Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor
Director Of Staff Development
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Manager Of Clinical Services
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Unit Manager Regional Manager Asset Manager
Manager, Asset Management
10 Yearsyrs
Clinic Registered Nurse Nurse Educator Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
MDS Coordinator Clinical Coordinator Assistant Nurse Manager
Nursing Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Clinical Supervisor Clinical Manager
Hospice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Occupational Health Nurse School Nurse Utilization Review Nurse
Quality Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Utilization Review Nurse Quality Specialist Quality Consultant
Quality Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Unit Manager President Field Director
Director Of Field Coordination
5 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Assistant Director Of Nursing Director Of Health Services
Home Service Director
7 Yearsyrs
Occupational Health Nurse Health Coach
Wellness Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Unit Manager Director Medical Director
Inpatient Services Director
12 Yearsyrs
Utilization Review Nurse Ambulatory Care Coordinator Social Work Case Manager
Geriatric Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Nurse 6.0 years
Registered Nurse 5.8 years
Head Nurse 4.5 years
Nurse Manager 4.0 years
Nurse 3.2 years
Practical Nurse 3.1 years
Consultant Nurse 3.0 years
Nurse Coordinator 3.0 years
Nephrology Nurse 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Nurse Coordinator
Staff Nurse 28.7%
Nurse 8.0%
Head Nurse 2.0%
Top Careers After Nurse Coordinator
Staff Nurse 17.3%
Nurse 9.1%
Director 1.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$64,000
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$48,000
Min 10%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
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$84,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Health Quest
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Nurse Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Nurse Coordinator in the United States is $64,182 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $84,000.

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Real Nurse Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
MDS Nurse/Coordinator Beverly West Healthcare LLC Mar 31, 2016 $102,263
Nursing Coordinator The New York and Presbyterian Hospital May 17, 2010 $97,000
Nursing Coordinator The New York and Presbyterian Hospital Aug 30, 2010 $97,000
Transplant Nurse Coordinator Emory Healthcare Inc. Dec 16, 2014 $78,832
Nurse Coordinator Housing Works Inc. Jun 15, 2014 $77,813
Nurse Coordinator Housing Works Inc. Jul 01, 2013 $73,507
Nursing Care Coordinator New Vanderbilt Rehabilitation and Care Center Jan 06, 2010 $72,899
Nursing Coordinator Charles B. Wang Community Health Center Sep 29, 2010 $68,464
Nurse Coordinator St. Barnabas Nursing Home Feb 15, 2013 $67,000
Nurse Coordinator St. Barnabas Nursing Home Jul 01, 2012 $66,159
Nurse Coordinator St. Barnabas Nursing Home Feb 15, 2010 $66,159
Nursing Coordinator 2Carefor Jan 01, 2010 $65,000
Nursing Coordinator 2Carefor Jan 10, 2010 $65,000
Rehabilitation Nurse Coordinator Bluff Enterprises Sep 08, 2013 $64,875
Rehabilitation Nurse Coordinator Glencrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Ltd. Oct 01, 2011 $64,000
Nurse Coordinator Caring Professional Health Services, Inc. Sep 14, 2013 $63,987
Nurse Coordinator Caring Professional Health Services, Inc. Jan 03, 2016 $63,654
Nurse Coordinator Caring Professional Health Services, Inc. Sep 09, 2016 $63,654
Nurse Coordinator Caring Professional Health Services, Inc. Sep 08, 2014 $61,754
Nurse Coordinator Caring Professional Health Services, Inc. Sep 26, 2011 $60,836
Nurse Coordinator Caring Professional Health Services, Inc. Mar 12, 2012 $60,836
Clincial Nurse Coordinator Southwest General Hospital Oct 01, 2011 $52,321

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Top Skills for A Nurse Coordinator

  1. Patient Care
  2. Clinical Staff
  3. RN
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  • Worked with multidisciplinary teams in the development and implementation of clinical policies and protocols for inpatient and outpatient care.
  • Initiated, developed and conducted clinical staff development and assessed staff competencies.
  • Formulated and implemented unique innovative staffing model for clinical professionals to promote fairness and staff satisfaction in providing around-the-clock patient care.
  • Developed and facilitated teamwork between hospital administration, physicians, and health care professionals.
  • Developed a system of staff communication implementing Walking Rounds that ensured proper implementation of treatment plans and comprehensive patient care.

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Nurse Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

83.1%

Male

12.0%

Unknown

4.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.8%

French

6.3%

Portuguese

4.5%

Hindi

2.7%

Mandarin

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

Tagalog

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Korean

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

German

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Swahili

0.9%

Swedish

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Somali

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Igbo

0.9%
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Nurse Coordinator Education

Schools

Walden University

15.7%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

10.6%

Excelsior College

7.5%

Grand Canyon University

6.3%

Pace University - New York

4.7%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Saint Joseph's College, New York

4.3%

University of Pennsylvania

3.9%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Molloy College

3.5%

Union University

3.5%

Western Governors University

3.5%

Career College of New York - Staten Island

3.5%

Adelphi University

3.5%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.5%

Capella University

3.5%

University of Virginia

3.5%

Thomas Jefferson University

3.5%

University of San Francisco

3.1%
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Majors

Nursing

76.2%

Business

4.7%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Nursing Science

2.7%

Psychology

1.5%

Nursing Assistants

1.3%

Family Practice Nursing

1.3%

Public Health

1.3%

Education

1.2%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.1%

Management

1.0%

Medical Assisting Services

0.6%

Liberal Arts

0.6%

Clinical Psychology

0.6%

Social Work

0.5%

Counseling Psychology

0.5%

Health Sciences And Services

0.5%

General Studies

0.4%

Health And Wellness

0.4%

Elementary Education

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

23.9%

Associate

21.5%

Diploma

5.0%

Certificate

3.9%

License

2.1%

Doctorate

1.3%

High School Diploma

1.2%
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