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Job Duties for a Director of Nursing
Directors of nursing, also known as nursing directors, are registered nurses (RNs) who wish to assume more responsibility in a managerial capacity.
Their duties can include:
- Supervising and reviewing nursing staff
- Overseeing the department budgets
- Reporting to high-level staff members
- Maintaining high standards of care
- Managing patients' data and medical records
- Interacting with doctors, patients and family members
- Computer skills
- High stress levels
Like other nurses, directors of nursing must be registered. This involves acquiring either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a similar diploma. They also must then pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). Additional licensure requirements vary by state.
Directors of nursing should be caring and empathetic people. Though their position requires much more administrative than clinical duties, they still deal with doctors, administrators, other nurses, orderlies, patients and the general public and therefore should enjoy working with and being around people. Since many nursing directors spent years working as nurses, their medical expertise and experience can be valuable in determining policy and making difficult decisions on certain cases.