What's it like to be a Nurse Unit Manager?
A Nurse Unit Manager supervises and manages a nursing team. Nurse Unit Managers can be found in hospitals, aged care facilities or in outpatient clinics. Their elevated decision-making responsibilities require Nurse Unit Managers to undertake reporting and financial tasks on top of their healthcare duties.
Tasks and duties
- Developing and implementing care policies.
- Coordinating staffing rosters to ensure adequate nursing care is available to all patients.
- Recruiting new staff.
- Managing budgets to ensure adequate funding for their team.
- Managing and evaluating nursing staff to provide development feedback and plan career progression.
- Working closely and forming partnerships with an interdisciplinary medical team, including doctors, specialists, therapists and other Nurse Unit Managers.
- Staying across nursing and healthcare developments and policies to deliver best practice care.
They can be required to work shifts at all hours, any day of the year. A high degree of organisation and flexibility is paramount to the role.
What can I earn as a Nurse Unit Manager?
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How to become a Nurse Unit Manager
- Complete a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Science (majoring in Nursing) or Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies). These courses will take 3 years to complete full-time, and you’ll need to have an ATAR that qualifies you for admission or to apply for special entry.
- Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications in a different field, complete a two-year Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program. This will qualify you to work as a Registered Nurse and eventually a Nurse Unit Manager.
- Nurse Unit Managers must apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Registration must be renewed annually.
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