A Day in the Life of a Nurse Manager - Loyola Univ. Online

The fast-paced, multitasking role of a Nurse Manager doesn’t always translate to a “typical” day. However, with the skills, training and talent you will learn to apply as a result of completing the online Master of Science in Nursing at Loyola, you will approach daily duties and challenges with confidence.

  • Administration
    Nursing Administration takes on many forms. Your hospital, clinic, school or other institutions will look to your expertise for screening, interviewing and selecting nursing staff. You may also oversee the paperwork involved in medical records and regulatory requirements. In some settings, you'll have the opportunity to employ your diplomatic skills in addressing labor and union issues in the workplace.

  • Planning and Budgeting
    A skill with numbers and eye for detail likely helped you complete your nursing studies, and that same acumen comes in handy as a Nurse Manager. You’ll review and manage finances for your department, including salary and supplies.

  • Staff Management
    The “manager” part of Nurse Manager steps into the forefront when you assume the responsibilities of leading and supervising a staff, which typically consists of any combination of licensed practical nurses (LPN), registered nurses (RN), certified nursing assistants, medical clerks and aides. Your day may begin or end with a meeting of the staff to review case loads, go over assignments, discuss overall patient care, reinforcing patient care standards, reviewing transfer protocols, other general and specific clinical duties. Staff meetings are ideal forums to share experiences, reveal problems, brainstorm solutions and suggest answers.

    At the same time, you’ll schedule regular one-to-one meetings with your staff members to review individual issues, goals, and performance and training opportunities. As a mentor, you will inspire and motivate your staff to become better healthcare professionals, and advocate for them among the larger clinical staff.

Finally, as a Nurse Manager, you will likely be part of cross-functional meetings in your organization, representing the nursing staff and its needs among physicians, administrators, and other personnel.

Take the Next Step!

The same talent and dedication that brought you success as a nurse can help you become a Nurse Manager. It’s the ideal position if you enjoy mentoring, problems-solving and creating a positive difference for patients and co-workers alike.

Training for Nurse Managers

A Nurse Manager typically has complemented their RN with an advanced degree, such as Loyola’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or even an MBA.

For RN’s with a non-nursing bachelor degree, you can bridge from RN to MSN with a program of coursework. The BLEND Program (MSN Bridge) at Loyola University New Orleans is composed of the undergraduate nursing courses that are prerequisites to beginning the graduate-level coursework in the MSN program. This six-credit bridge program, the shortest comprehensive nursing bridge available online, covers important themes including Population Health, Health Promotion, Current Issues, and Professional Communication.

Salary for Nurse Managers

Those with additional education or advanced degrees can expect to command a higher salary: The website PayScale.com reports that managers with an associate’s degree in nursing earned up to $79,700 in December 2010, while those holding a master's degree had a salary range of around $73,000 to $95,000.

The city and setting you work in also affects your pay range. The ranges of nurse manager salaries are higher in acute care facilities than in hospitals. For example, according to PayScale.com, larger metro areas like Atlanta and Boston offer higher salaries than cities such as Denver and Dallas.

Types of Nurse Managers

  • Clinical Nurse Managers
    As a professional in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, acute-care center or other institution, you would have a broad scope of responsibilities and be regarded as a valuable member of a large, coordinated team. Depending on your specialty and training, you may be heading the nursing staffs in ICU, ER, Pediatrics, or other departments.

  • Nursing Case Managers
    Following a training course of about one year, you may become certified as a Nursing Case Manager. This role has you working closely with individual patients, coordinating treatment, tracking outcomes and performing research. Some Case Managers work with insurance companies as well, advocating for the patient while designing a feasible treatment plan.

  • Geriatric Care Nurse Manager
    As opposed to a Case Managers, a Geriatric Care Manager specializes in senior adults and their care. This role would have you assessing the patient’s home, consulting with family and physicians, creating a care plan and supervising the appointment of home health aides and other support personnel.

Special Skills of a Nurse Manager

  • Communication
    Every nursing job has its foundation in communication – from outlining the treatment correctly to responding to questions and concerns from patients, family members and clinical staff. As a Nurse Manager, your communications skills will help you explain policies to your nurses and represent your staff in cross-functional meetings.

  • Organization
    Knowing what needs to be done and when to do it extends not only to your role, but to that of your nursing staff. As a Nurse Manager, your ability for scheduling and follow-up will help make daily processes move more smoothly.

  • Empathy
    You’ll see the healthcare profession from many perspectives as a Nurse Manager, and ideally you will demonstrate your ability to find common ground and foster cooperation in your workplace and with family members.

Whatever your goal, Loyola’s online masters in nursing is designed to develop the abilities and skills of nurse professionals to think outside of the day-to-day operation and emerge as nursing leaders of today.

Registered nurses ready to explore the advanced career options made possible with a nursing master’s degree can visit elearning.loyno.edu to learn more, or speak with an admissions representative by calling toll-free (866) 789-9809.

Chartered in July of 1912, Loyola University New Orleans is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and one of the largest Jesuit institutions in the Southeast. The 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Top Online Education Programs guide singled out the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing as one of the best online graduate programs in the country. Loyola was one of only five nursing schools in the country and the only Jesuit institution to receive the honor roll designation from U.S. News & World Report. The publication has also ranked Loyola among the top ten regional universities in the South for the last 22 consecutive years. The fully ACEM accredited online Master of Science in Nursing program currently serves students throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Loyola University New Orleans is a not-for-profit, Catholic Jesuit institution welcoming students of all faiths.