Director Of Nursing

Manage a nursing team in a hospital or medical clinic
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What's it like to be a Director Of Nursing?

Directors of Nursing play a key role in the healthcare sector, managing teams of nurses who are on the frontline of hospitals and medical clinics. The main aim of a Director of Nursing is to ensure a high standard of patient care, creating training programs and managing nursing staff to achieve patient care objectives.
Director Of Nursing

Tasks and duties

  • Recruiting, training and supervising nursing staff.
  • Overseeing budgets and managing patient data and records.
  • Making high-level decisions on patient care and maintaining high quality of care within the nursing department.
  • Acting as a point of contact between nursing staff and all other health consultants.
  • Keeping up to date with current developments in nursing practice and healthcare policy, to ensure best practice patient care is delivered.
  • Coordinating nursing rosters to ensure adequate staffing to deliver high-quality nursing care.

How to become a Director Of Nursing

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To become a Director of Nursing you need to qualify as a Registered Nurse (RN). To become a Registered Nurse, you need a Bachelor of Nursing or a Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Nursing). Some facilities may prefer a master’s degree, either in Nursing or in an administrative field such as Public Health or Business Administration.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in the field of nursing. This could be a Bachelor of Nursing or a Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Nursing). Alternatively, you may complete a Nursing (Graduate Entry) qualification. This is a two-year degree for students with previous tertiary qualifications.
  2. Apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice as a Registered Nurse. Registration must be renewed annually to practice in Australia.
  3. Once you have two years or more experience under your belt, you can then apply to study a postgraduate degree such as a Master of Health Administration (MHA), a degree that allows you to combine full-time work with study.

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Latest Director Of Nursing reviews

Latest reviews from 3 Director Of Nursings surveyed on SEEK.

May 2021
I love trying to provide the best possible & patient centred care I can
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing (Pacific)
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Day surgery
The good things
Autonomy, role modelling excellence patient centred care, being a part of decision making
The challenges
Generation gap in staff your managing Private practice not recognising the importance of the DON role & think it’s just a formality Working for owner, doctor challenging to get effective change and d...
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May 2021
Management is a very tough role. Sometimes thankless
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Ability to make decisions Working with a great team Flexibility in the role Positive Feedback from both internal & external customers Job satisfaction
The challenges
Aged care standards - different perspective from auditors Long hours Total responsibility for all Customers
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