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Become A Nursing Director

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Working As A Nursing Director

  • 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

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Nursing Director Do

A Nursing Director provides direction to the nursing staff and coordinates health services. They organize and coordinate admission, nursing, and patient care procedures.

How To Become A Nursing Director

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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87,815 Nursing Director jobs

Golden Living
Greenfield, IN
GLC - Director of Nursing Services / DNS - Brandywine

$70,000 Estimated

Golden Living
Knox, IN
GLC - Director of Nursing Services / DNS - Knox

$70,000 Estimated

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
Monroe, LA
Dir Nursing

$70,000 Estimated

Golden Living
Indianapolis, IN
GLC - Assistant Director of Nursing Services / ADNS - Willow Springs

$70,000 Estimated

Golden Living
Richmond, IN
GLC - Assistant Director of Nursing Services / ADNS - Richmond

$70,000 Estimated

Golden Living
La Porte, IN
GLC - Assistant Director of Nursing Services / ADNS - LaPorte

$70,000 Estimated

Golden Living
Portage, IN
GLC - Assistant Director of Nursing Services / ADNS - Fountainview Pla

$70,000 Estimated

Azar Plastic Surgery
Thousand Oaks, CA
Nursing Director

$73,700 Estimated

St. Cloud Regional Medical Center
Saint Cloud, FL
Dir Nursing Svcs

$64,639 Estimated

State of Massachusetts
Pocasset, MA
Director of Nursing

$65,081 Estimated

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Washington, DC
Nurse- Director Nursing Education

$74,550 Estimated

Community Health Systems
Lock Haven, PA
Dir Nursing Svcs

$55,852 Estimated

North Short Community College
Danvers, MA
Director of Nursing

$65,081 Estimated

Community Health Systems
Vero Beach, FL
Dir Nursing Svcs

$64,639 Estimated

Sunrise Senior Living
North Bethesda, MD
Asst. Dir of Nursing Services

$72,140 Estimated

Northwest Texas Healthcare Sys
Amarillo, TX
Dir - Nursing (Med / Surg)

$59,349 Estimated

Lifepoint Hospitals
Roxboro, NC
Dir Nursing ECU

$70,000 Estimated

Festus, MO

$70,000 Estimated

Community Health Systems
Fayetteville, AR
Dir Nursing Svcs

$70,000 Estimated

Community Health Systems
Williamston, NC
Dir Nursing Svcs

$70,000 Estimated

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Real Nursing Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Nursing, Perioperative Services St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center New York, NY Aug 06, 2012 $165,000
Director Nursing Peri-Operative Services Kaleida Health Buffalo, NY Mar 26, 2010 $138,397
Director of Nursing Vero Health II LLC MA Jun 01, 2015 $126,984
Director of Nursing (Case Management) Choice Healthcare Associates, Inc. Apple Valley, CA May 14, 2015 $119,000
Director of Nursing Joseph L. Morse Geriatric Center, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL Nov 01, 2016 $112,000
Director of Nursing Services Workmen's Circle Multicare Center New York, NY Apr 12, 2010 $110,000
Director of Nursing San Gabriel Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP San Gabriel, CA Dec 10, 2013 $105,000
Director of Nursing Workmen's Circle Multicare Center New York, NY Apr 09, 2013 $98,000
Director of Nursing Services Angel Care Home Health Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 27, 2016 $93,600
Nurse Director Critical Care/Cardiology Flower Mound Hospital Partners, LLC Flower Mound, TX Oct 01, 2010 $92,000
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Top Skills for A Nursing Director


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Top Nursing Director Skills

  1. Bed Facility
  2. Regulatory Compliance
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Oversee the daily operations of a 120 bed facility.
  • Managed and tracked risk indicators and assured regulatory compliance of units.
  • Develop and implement organizational policies and procedures for the facility or medical unit.
  • Provided direct patient care and supervised all patient care in only medical facility in an isolated mountain town.
  • Assure compliance with workplace safety, infection control, use of personal protective equipment, and all other OSHA guidelines.

Top Nursing Director Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Nursing Director

  1. Corizon
  2. Brightstar
  3. Life Care Centers of America
  4. Golden Living
  5. HCR Manorcare
  6. Genesis Healthcare
  7. Golden Living Center
  8. Correct Care Solutions
  9. Journey Hospice
  10. Goldenliving Center
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