How to write a Nurse Manager job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Nurse Manager job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Nurse Manager job titles

    Nurse Manager
    Assistant Nurse Manager
    Nurse Manager (with EMR experience)
    Nurse Supervisor

Nurse Manager job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Nurse Manager job summary

Our busy medical practice is interested in hiring a Nurse Manager to lead the frontline nursing staff and deliver excellent patient care. The Nurse Manager will be responsible for creating an environment of patient-focused care, defining standards for quality patient care, managing and developing work-based teams for assigned shifts, training new staff and providing leadership to our nursing team. The successful candidate will report to the Director of Nursing and assist in administrative and clinical supervision.

Nurse Manager responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Nurse Manager responsibilities

    Ensure continual delivery of high quality nursing care
    Adopt and implement innovative nursing practices to improve our facility
    Recruit, select and guide nursing staff
    Ensure that nursing staff remains in compliance with professional development and regulatory standards
    Maintain a healthy, collaborative team environment
    Mentor the Associate Nurse Manager, charge nurses and clinical nurses

Nurse Manager qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Nurse Manager skills

    Master of Science in Nursing preferred
    Current RN License in the province
    5+ years’ nursing experience
    Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
    Able to work efficiently under time constraints
    Strong leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively with a large team
    Able to handle multiple assignments simultaneously

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