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Working As A Nursing Home 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

  • $94,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Nursing Home 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 Nursing Home 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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Nursing Home Administrator Career Paths

Nursing Home Administrator
Adjunct Faculty Regional Director Regional Sales Director
Area Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer President/Chief Executive Officer Business Developer
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Adjunct Faculty Clinical Manager
Director Of Food And Nutrition Services
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Management Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Director/Administrator Chief Executive Officer Interim Director
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
President Of Operations Senior Consultant Operations Director
Executive Director Of Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Sales Manager General Manager
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Senior Project Manager Program Director
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Director Consultant Senior Consultant
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Director Chief Executive Officer Specialist
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Regional Director Of Operations Business Developer Business Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Program Director General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
President Of Operations Managing Partner Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Finance Advisor Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Regional Director Of Operations Chief Operating Officer Finance Advisor
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Program Director Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
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Nursing Home Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

59.9%

Male

38.5%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

83.5%

Hispanic or Latino

7.7%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.4%

German

10.5%

Russian

10.5%

Bulgarian

5.3%

Vietnamese

5.3%

Yoruba

5.3%

French

5.3%

Hindi

5.3%

Croatian

5.3%
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Nursing Home Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.3%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

7.2%

Michigan State University

6.7%

Ohio State University

5.6%

Bellevue University

5.6%

Ohio University -

4.4%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.9%

Webster University

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.9%

Central Michigan University

3.9%

Walden University

3.3%

University of Connecticut

3.3%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

3.3%

Wichita State University

3.3%

Western Kentucky University

3.3%

East Tennessee State University

2.8%

Ashford University

2.8%

Troy University

2.8%

Wayland Baptist University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

22.2%

Nursing

20.8%

Health Care Administration

16.7%

Management

5.9%

Public Health

4.7%

Psychology

4.6%

Education

4.0%

Social Work

3.6%

Gerontology

2.6%

Accounting

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Finance

1.9%

Sociology

1.5%

Marketing

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Public Administration

1.0%

Counseling Psychology

1.0%

School Counseling

0.9%

Health Sciences And Services

0.9%

Theology

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

36.4%

Bachelors

35.0%

Other

15.0%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

3.5%

License

2.0%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Nursing Home Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Nursing Home Administrator North Bergen Health Care LLC. DBA Hudson View Care North Bergen, NJ Aug 23, 2011 $113,402
Nursing Home Administrator Acts Retirement-Life Communities, Inc. Boca Raton, FL May 10, 2010 $88,695
Home Healthcare Administrator Mary T Inc. Coon Rapids, MN Sep 06, 2009 $65,177
Nursing Home Administrator Glen Lake Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Cente Waukegan, IL Dec 01, 2011 $62,172
Nursing Home Administrator Glen Lake Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Cente Waukegan, IL Sep 24, 2012 $62,172
Nursing Home Administrator Chicago Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Chicago Ridge, IL Oct 01, 2012 $62,172

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Top Skills for A Nursing Home Administrator

BedFacilityRegulatoryComplianceFinancialManagementSafetyMedicare/MedicaidOversightDailyOperationsOccupancyRateDepartmentHeadsCustomerServiceLong-TermCareOverallOperationsState/FederalRegulationsAnnualSurveyHealthcareResidentCareRehabCareFacilityPayrollSNF

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Top Nursing Home Administrator Skills

  1. Bed Facility
  2. Regulatory Compliance
  3. Financial Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Licensed Administrator charged with managing daily operation of a 70-bed facility with a staff of 40.
  • Supported regulatory compliance and smooth operations of front and back office business activities, including nursing and Rehabilitation areas.
  • Proposed numerous financial management recommendations.
  • Administered fire and safety program in keeping with state and federal regulation.
  • Major Job Responsibilities * Managed the 39-bed Medicare/Medicaid Certified Licensed facility.

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