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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

  • $76,515

    Average Salary

What Does A Nursing Director 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 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.

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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Average Length of Employment
Nurse Manager 3.9 years
Clinical Manager 3.2 years
Nursing Director 3.0 years
Hospice Director 2.9 years
Wellness Director 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Nursing Director
Staff Nurse 21.0%
Nurse 5.0%
Supervisor 1.5%
Director 1.5%
Head Nurse 1.1%
Top Careers After Nursing Director
Staff Nurse 14.9%
Nurse 5.8%
Director 2.2%

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Nursing Director Demographics

Gender

Female

87.0%

Male

11.5%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

65.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.5%

French

13.9%

German

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Cheyenne

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Chinese

1.6%

Malayalam

1.6%

Yoruba

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Portuguese

0.8%

Swedish

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Igbo

0.8%

Mandarin

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Arabic

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%
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Nursing Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.7%

Walden University

11.4%

Grand Canyon University

8.6%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

7.8%

Excelsior College

5.3%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.1%

Kaplan University

4.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.6%

South University

3.1%

Capella University

3.0%

Western Governors University

2.9%

University of South Alabama

2.5%

Webster University

2.3%

University of Saint Francis

2.1%

University of Southern Mississippi

2.0%

Regis University

1.9%

Michigan State University

1.8%

Liberty University

1.8%

University of Cincinnati

1.7%

American Sentinel University - Aurora

1.7%
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Majors

Nursing

79.4%

Business

4.9%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Nursing Science

2.4%

Management

1.5%

Education

1.1%

Family Practice Nursing

1.1%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.0%

Psychology

0.9%

Public Health

0.8%

Clinical Psychology

0.6%

Nursing Assistants

0.6%

Health Sciences And Services

0.5%

Gerontology

0.4%

General Studies

0.3%

Elementary Education

0.3%

Public Administration

0.3%

Educational Leadership

0.3%

Theology

0.3%

Biology

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

27.0%

Masters

26.4%

Associate

26.0%

Other

12.0%

Doctorate

3.0%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

2.0%

License

1.2%
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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
Nurse Director of Critical Care/Cardiology Flower Mound Hospital Partners, L.L.C. Flower Mound, TX Jul 26, 2010 $92,000
Director of Nursing St. Jude Care Center Manteca, CA Oct 01, 2014 $90,000
Director of Nursing Services Angel Care Home Health Inc. La Crescenta-Montrose, CA Dec 27, 2013 $89,482
Director of Nursing Sterling Healthcare Inc. North Brunswick, NJ Oct 01, 2013 $80,538
Director of Nursing Mintex N Tech Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Nov 01, 2012 $80,538
Director of Nursing Sterling Adult Day Care Center, LLC North Brunswick, NJ Sep 01, 2013 $80,538
Director of Nursing South Seattle Community College Seattle, WA Sep 01, 2010 $80,000
Director of Nursing South Seattle Community College Seattle, WA Sep 01, 2013 $80,000 -
$85,000
Director of Nursing Lakeshore Home Health Care, Inc. Mount Pleasant, MI Oct 21, 2014 $79,518
Director of Nursing York Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP Highland, CA Sep 20, 2013 $79,040
Director of Nursing Mission Home Health Services Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 13, 2011 $78,499
Director of Nursing (Case Management) Choice Healthcare Associates, Inc. Apple Valley, CA Dec 06, 2016 $67,226
Director of Nursing Universal Kidney Center of Boynton Beach, Inc. Boynton Beach, FL Oct 01, 2012 $66,784
Director of Nursing Universal Kidney Center of Boynton Beach, Inc. Boynton Beach, FL Sep 15, 2012 $66,784
Director of Nursing Professional Home Care Solutions Inc. Troy, MI Nov 26, 2012 $65,000
Director of Nursing SEV Home Care, Inc. Baytown, TX Mar 01, 2013 $63,987
Director of Nursing SEV Home Care, Inc. Baytown, TX Mar 01, 2013 $63,773
Director of Nursing Mirehab P.C. Farmington Hills, MI Sep 15, 2016 $63,033
Director of Nursing Inswan Home Health Agency, Ltd Morton Grove, IL Jan 21, 2013 $62,400

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Top Skills for A Nursing Director

  1. Bed Facility
  2. Compliance
  3. Procedures
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  • 99-bed facility under corporate management, with directorship of staff to achieve two consecutive deficiency-free annual surveys.
  • Maintained Quality Improvement Program based on quality indicators and reviewed any occurrences to ensure constant compliance to satisfy F323.
  • Developed multiple policies and procedures related to outpatient service delivery and opiate replacement services.
  • Provided clinical direction in patient care delivery in accordance with professional nursing practice standards and applicable regulations.
  • Established and coordinated the Nursing Quality Assurance Program; Consulted and managed infection control activities.

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Top 10 Best States for Nursing Directors

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  5. Rhode Island
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