Nurse Manager Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Nurse Manager, or Chief Nursing Officer manages staff in a medical setting such as a hospital, clinic or minor injuries unit. Their primary duties include maintaining high standards of patient care, managing a ward or departmental budget and scheduling staff rotas.


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What does a Nurse Manager do?

A Nurse Manager is responsible for staffing their ward or clinic. They recruit and train new staff and provide ongoing support and performance management to the members of their team. They liaise with other Managers to coordinate multi-disciplinary teams from a number of departments and work with patients to ensure that they have comprehensive care plans that meet their individual needs. 

Nurse Managers report to Senior Managers, providing data to help them plan for the future and ensuring that there are adequate resources in place to meet demand. They also act as the first point of escalation for complaints and feedback.


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Example 1

Care Match UK are working with our client based in Overton, Hampshire in a search to find a talented Deputy manager. The home has a good rating with CQC and is registered for the care of 53 clients The home is a modern and forward thinking service which uses technology as a big part of aiding care provision. The ideal candidate will have a nursing background and a minimum of a level 3 qualification as well as extensive experience in health and social Care, the candidate must also show a willingness to complete an NVQ 5 in leadership and management which will be provided as a part of this role. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: £20.00 per hour * NMC with a live PIN (preferred)

Example 2

Care Match UK is proud to be working with Gold Care Home in their search for a Home Manager with nursing qualification with an active pin. The CQC registered manager will be responsible for the day to day running of the care home in Hemel Hempstead demonstrating commitment to Gold Care Home’s values and objectives and ensuring the highest level of customer service, effective management of staff and achievement of agreed financial targets. Ensure that the care quality commission essential standards are met or exceeded and that residents receive a high quality and responsive care service in a safe and secure environment, promoting person centred care and bringing them joy, happiness and fulfilment. The position boasts an attractive salary with additional benefits, for the successful candidate. If this sounds like a position that matches your experience and qualifications then please go ahead and apply to find out more. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Application question(s): * Are you a CQC registered manager? * NMC with a active PIN (preferred)

Example 3

Are you passionate about providing exceptional care? Are you looking for a new role that makes a difference to the older generation? If so, Care-match UK is proud to be working with Gold Care Homes where a new career may be the perfect opportunity for you. Our warm and lovely home in West Drayton, (Drayton Village Care Centre), is seeking to expand their team and are currently looking for a Registered Nurse Deputy Manager. *As a qualified Nurse-Deputy Manager, we know you have a lot of option. So what makes this the right choice for you?* · A competitive salary of £45000 year with increments based on performance. · Monthly employee recognition awards. · Subsidized meals. · Regular team outings. · Company pension. · Access to perk box with discounted offers for staff. · Refer a friend incentive scheme. · Free industry-recognized training and development offered and encouraged. · Fast track training to become a future leader at Gold Care Homes. · Full-Time with a permanent contract *What will you need to be part of this big family?* You need to be a well-trained professional who can deliver exceptional nursing care. As a Registered Nurse, we will expect the successful candidate to have a recognised nursing qualification with a valid pin along with excellent knowledge of nursing care methods and practices and experience at management level or clinical Lead level, with a Level 5 in Leadership and Management You should be supportive and friendly & work as part of a team. With a caring, considerate, and patient attitude, it is essential that you are approachable and reliable. A RGN – Deputy manager who is passionate about their work and holds care and compassion for others. *Which will be your Duties: * You will help deliver nursing care to our residents ensuring their individual needs are met. * Responsible for the day-to-day care of residents, delegating roles to nursing and care staff as appropriate. * To provide clinical supervision to the Registered Nurses. Through supervision ensure that the Registered Nurse team obtain and sustain the clinical competencies necessary to meet the needs of residents. * To contribute to the training of care staff and other staff, always acting as a role model. * Ensure the Gold Care standards and support systems are effectively operated and lead to positive outcomes for people who use our services. * Monitor, audit and review the service, taking appropriate corrective action where necessary. * Assisting the Home Manager with formal supervision / appraisal of Staff Members in line with company policy, and with on-going informal assessment of the work of Staff Members, to ensure consistently high standards. * Liaise with and oversee as required, maintenance contractors and others involved in the maintenance of property, plant, and equipment. * Promote the service and Gold Care through effective communication with other organisations, stakeholders such as people who use services, staff, relatives, medical and social care professionals, the regulator staff, and the local community. * Ensure that all staff have a focus on excellent customer care to enhance the lives of people who use our services and Gold Care’s reputation. *Does this sound like you?* Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: £45,000.00 per year Application question(s): * Do you have an NVQ Level 5 in Leadership and Management? * NMC with a valid PIN (preferred)

Example 4

*Top Reasons Why you want to work for Mountbatten Nursing Home as a Nurse/Manager* * You will be part of an expert care team committed to provide and exceptional standard of care. * Modern well-resourced environment with an excellent reputation * You will be part of company that prides themselves for developing their staff. and pride themselves on providing a career not a job. * Competitive salary of up to £38,000 * Excellent training and professional support including full induction * Paid breaks * Company Pension Mountbatten provides 24 hour first class nursing care for a wide range of service users with varying nursing needs. Mountbatten specialises in providing care at end of life for residents with long term life limiting illness and terminal illness. We hold a home office licence for specialist medication that may be required at end of life to ensure comfort and dignity at a time when needed most. Mountbatten have achieved Gold Standards framework commend status, that underpins best care guidelines for end of life management. *Nurse/Manager Responsibilities: * You will have responsibility for all managerial aspects of the home; with your top priority being to focus on ensuring the best standards of care are maintained, exceeding CQC and other regulatory bodies’ expectations. You will support members of your staff team and motivate them to ensure that person-centered care is being delivered. The ideal candidate would ideally already be a registered manager, with a live PIN however for the right candidate we would consider you working alongside our deputy manager until registration is complete. *What will you need to be part of our Team: * Most of all you must be a caring, dynamic, passionate, empathetic, patient and positive individual who can work well either alone or as part of our team. At Mountbatten we cater for many different type's of needs and always assess individuals to ensure we can meet their needs and provide positive agreed outcomes prior to agreeing admission. If this sounds like you please go ahead and apply. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: £38,000.00 per year * NMC with a live PIN (preferred)

Example 5

This small, family-run nursing home in Southport is seeking a day shift RN to work 1 x 12 hour day shift per week. This role will also provide management relief for the registered manager. May suit someone who is looking for an extra shift or who is semi-retired. There is an Operations Manager on site who will be able to assist you. Rated as "outstanding" in care and "good" in all other areas by CQC, the home is a very friendly and supportive place to work with an owner/matron who values the happiness of both residents and staff. include providing the best quality nursing care (this is a hands on role), medicines management, care planning, risk assessments and running the relevant shift you are on - including staff management. We pride ourselves on providing completely individualized care in a traditional and homely environment. This is a great place to work with a happy, supportive atmosphere and very low staff turnover. There are many incentive schemes in place including paid break times, free fruit for all staff, gift vouchers for good attendance and paid training courses. *Must be a qualified RN with up-to-date PIN.* Part-time hours: 12 per week Job Types: Part-time, Permanent Salary: £20.00 per hour Benefits: * Bike to work scheme Schedule: * 12 hour shift * Day shift COVID-19 considerations: All current staff and residents have received both vaccines, weekly PCR testing for staff, twice weekly LFD testing for staff, monthly PCR testing for residents. Uniform laundered at work. Temperature taken on arrival. Work remotely: * No

Nurse Manager duties and responsibilities

Nurse Managers have a range of managerial and executive duties that can include:

  • Carrying out home visits to observe and supervise Health Care Assistants 
  • Ensuring that all patient data is entered, stored and retrieved according to internal policies and relevant legislation
  • Referring patients to specialist clinics or services
  • Collecting, collating and analysing patient feedback
  • Supervising a team comprising Nurses, Health Care Assistants and other clinicians
  • Reviewing and revising policies to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and best practice guidelines
  • Leading team meetings to address operational issues and share information
  • Developing a professional network 
  • Maintaining a healthy collaborative team environment


Nurse Manager skills and qualifications

A successful Nurse Manager candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications to fulfil both their clinical duties and their role as a Manager. These skills and qualifications can include:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Diplomacy and objectivity when dealing with patients and staff
  • Effective time management skills, including scheduling staff shift patterns and arranging cover 
  • Flexible with excellent decision-making skills and the ability to multi-task effectively
  • Leadership skills and the ability to provide support and guidance for team members
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong IT skills and knowledge of patient data management systems
  • A commitment to delivering patient-focused care


Nurse Manager experience requirements

Nurse Managers typically need several years of experience working as a Nurse, Midwife, Paramedic or a related role. Candidates who have experience in management or who have been responsible for patient liaison, have an advantage. Nurse Managers who have worked in a variety of different clinical settings have valuable experience of the various specialities and the processes in place in different departments. Nurses who have worked on the business side of nursing will also have useful experience in managing budgets and resources. 


Nurse Manager education and training

Nurse Managers need to be qualified and registered healthcare professionals,  this can be in a variety of fields including Registered General Nurse (RGN), Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) and Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities (RNLD). Nurse Managers also need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and need to complete Continuous Professional Development to maintain their registration. Additional training is an advantage, and candidates who have completed certification in clinical governance or auditing will have a number of useful skills.

Nurse Managers working in certain settings will benefit from additional training in that area, such as Care Home Managers and Residential Home Clinical Managers.


Nurse Manager salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Nurse Manager in the UK is £40,656 per year. This depends on their experience, qualifications, specialism and the setting in which they work.


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Nurse Manager job description FAQs


Who does a Nurse Manager report to?

Nurse Managers typically report to a Director of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer or Vice President of Nursing. They may report to a Care Home Manager, Residential Home Manager, Ward Manager or a Clinical Lead, depending on where they work.


What should you look for in a Nurse Manager CV?

Nurse Managers need to have plenty of experience working in a clinical setting, seeing patients and gaining a thorough understanding of the wide range of duties expected of a Nurse. Applicants who have experience working with multi-disciplinary teams will also have an advantage when it comes to reviewing processes and assessing their effectiveness of interdepartmental communication. Candidates who demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the National Health Service values are ideal for roles within the NHS. 


What makes a good Nurse Manager job description?

A Nurse Manager job description must include details of the level of responsibility that the post holds, including the number of direct reports the post-holder will have. If the Nurse Manager has specific responsibility for any particular area, list it in the job description and explain how the role contributes to the success of the department.    

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