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Nurse Unit Manager

Supervise and manage a nursing team.

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.

Nurse Unit Manager

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.
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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


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To become a Nurse Unit Manager, you’ll need to have worked as a Registered Nurse. To work as a Registered Nurse, you’ll need to have completed a bachelor degree in a nursing-related field.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Nurse Unit Managers must apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Registration must be renewed annually.

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Latest Nurse Unit Manager reviews

Latest reviews from 25 Nurse Unit Managers surveyed on SEEK
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Aug 2019
If my leadership supports my team & clients to have a better day then I'm doing it right
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Nursing
The good things
It gives me a chance to place my specific passions into my role whilst working alongside a dedicated team & clientele
The challenges
Team management is a struggle at first, realising that at times your team won't always be happy with your choices but having support from higher management helps
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Aug 2019
I’ve done many things in my working career but nursing as a manager has proved the most satisfying
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Nursing
The good things
I care and I get paid to care. As a NUM you are able to work at a level that allows both provision of patient care and people and business management almost, to a perfect balance.
The challenges
Shift workers are fickle people. Finding a way to help your team establish a work life balance is sometimes very challenging while trying to maintain a roster. Patient and family expectation can also...
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