Head Nurse Career

Career Description:

Advancing to a head nurse position requires one to gain skills, experience and higher education.  The head nurse takes on the position of overseeing staff nurses and activities in a specific unit or department.  On top of one’s nursing duties, a head nurse is responsible for management the staff nurses’ schedules and shifts,  training of staff nurses, makes sure that all medical records are properly maintained, makes certain that optimal patient care and treatment is provided, assists physicians in checking patient’s condition and takes note of doctor’s special instructions on treatment and patient care.  In addition to these, one is responsible for inventories and purchase of medications and equipments.  Patient complaints and issues are also handled by the head nurse.  With a lot of duties at hand, one has to be organized, able to lead and communicate well.

How to become a Head Nurse

To start one’s career towards becoming a head nurse, one must earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and become a registered nurse.  A registered nurse gets a license to practice by taking and passing the NCLEX-RN exam.  Gain much experience as a registered nurse in a specific unit or department and then pursue higher education.  One must take advance courses in nursing through a master’s degree in nursing or health services administration.  The registered nurse must have the necessary nursing and administrative skills to be considered for the position of a head nurse.

Head Nurse Courses, training, programs

Higher courses in nursing allow one to specialize in a specific area. It covers theories and application of nursing sciences, healthcare management, research, health economics, health laws and ethics, family planning, nutrition and other advanced courses.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

University of Washington, Washington

University of California-San Francisco, California

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Head Nurse Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

A head nurse works in various hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  One earns from $52,327 to $101,649 annually. As a head nurse, he gains experience in management and administration. These are the main ingredients for higher management positions.

Category: Nursing Careers

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