What Does A Nurse Administrator Do?January 28, 2015
A nurse administrator is essentially a head nurse of a healthcare facility, where they act more in a managerial or supervisory capacity rather than in a nursing capacity. These professionals have minimum direct contact with patients. Instead they interact more with the other healthcare staff. The other nurses report to them and they report to the management.
To be employed in any medical facility as a nurse administrator, you need to have a Master of Science degree in nursing. The following are some of the responsibilities you would handle in this role.
Overseeing Patients’ Welfare
Your main role as a nurse administrator is to ensure that the patient is given the highest level of care possible. This involves liaising with patients, the management and other employees, keeping a continuous check on patient care, receiving feedback from patients, giving suggestions to the other nurses and also providing the necessary support and information to the patients’ families.
As a nurse administrator you play a crucial role in taking care of the rest of the nursing staff so that they can perform their duties to their best ability. In addition to supervising all employees of the facility, you will also act as a representative to the nurses. Some of your duties include:
- Supervision: The nursing staff is supervised by the nurse administrator. This means that you will often work alongside and carry out a number of tasks that are carried out by the human resource department. These tasks include recruitment of new nurses, training the new entrants, evaluating the work, conducting counselling sessions with nurses and even firing the nurses. In some cases, the nurse administrator may even be in charge of going through the credentials of employees, performing appraisals and mentoring junior nurses.
- Representation: The nurse administrator acts as a representative on behalf of the entire nursing staff. It is your job to be the link of communication between the management and the nurses. For this you need to have very good communication skills in order to be able to bring up problems faced by the staff to the senior management and also pass down orders to the staff that have been set by the management.
Formation of Policies
A nurse administrator often takes part in the policy making of an institution. Not only will you have to help with forming these policies but you will also have to help in implementing the policies among the staff members. Part of your responsibility also includes keeping track of the policies that are implemented, providing feedback and recommending changes in existing policies when necessary.
Decision Making and Budgeting
Developing effective budgets can be a considerable task. As a nurse administrator you have to observe and understand the entire facility and then make decisions with regards to budget allocation. It is important to remember that the patient has to be given first priority in this case. It is also necessary to listen to the other staff members and take their views into consideration. Based on all these opinions, budgets have to be made for purchasing of new equipment, training facilities and other areas.