RN Unit Manager Jobs – The Opportunities and Requirements
RN Unit Manager jobs require individuals possessing an extremely high level of professionalism. A Long Term Care Unit Manager manages and assumes 24-hour responsibility and accountability for the care of residents in a unit within a long term care facility. It’s essential that the unit be managed in accordance with both state and federal policies, procedures, and regulations designed to promote the highest level of care and service.
RN Unit Manager’s Job Description
As can be imagined, an LTC RN Manager must wear many hats. He or she will be responsible for the supervision of nursing staff as well as the overall monitoring of patient care. Leadership and diplomacy are absolute requirements as well as having effective communication skills.
The general responsibilities of an RN Unit Manager fall within three general categories:
- Oversees RNs, LPNs and nursing aides, medical clerks and support staff
- Responsible for scheduling, assignments, performance evaluations and disciplining poorly performing employees
- Establishes employee policies and procedures
- Mentors nursing staff as needed
- Sets unit goals and standards and chairs staff meetings
- Establishes nursing care standards based on best practices and latest research
- Ensures that patient care meets these standards
- Analyzes patient records to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of care
- Consults with physicians as necessary
- Handles complaints from patients or families
- Creates and manages the unit’s budget
- Ensures that medical supplies, medications and equipment are well-stocked
- May hire and train employees
- Consults with senior management on recommendations, questions, or concerns
- Licensing and Educational Requirements
An applicant for Nursing Unit Manager Jobs requires the following:
- Must be a licensed Registered Nurse in the state where he or she will be administering care
- A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing
- Business or management training, either as a second major, minor or elective courses
- A Master of Science in nursing, business administration, or health care administration may be required, especially by larger facilities
- Certification as a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader can be useful. This is offered by the American Organization of Nursing Executives.
- Most candidates will possess previous management experience as an assistant manager or charge nurse.
Job and Salary Outlook for an RN Unit Manager in Long Term Care
The job outlook within the U.S. for Registered Nurses is much better than for employment in most professions or industries. Jobs for registered nurses are expected to increase by 19% growth 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The median annual salary as of November 2016 for an RN Manager in Long Term Care is $74,128. Salaries typically range between $67,399 to $88,514 although this can, of course, vary considerably depending upon the facility, the qualifications of a particular individual, and other factors. These jobs can be found in both rural and urban locations and in all states, although urban facilities predominate.
Working with 360 Healthcare Staffing offers Many Advantages
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If traveling is of interest, interim jobs (usually 4 to 13 weeks) allow qualified professionals to choose the location they’d like to work in. When the assignment is completed, the next move (or not) is always your choice. Interim clinical leaders are needed who can step right in to fill a critical void. Healthcare professionals who possess demonstrated leadership skills and clinical expertise are in demand. The right person is able to deliver results right away. This highly rewarding career choice is perfect for someone with the necessary skills and who enjoys new challenges and meeting new people. 360 Healthcare Staffing provides 24/7 support and some of the industry’s best benefits.
360 Healthcare Staffing benefits include:
- Competitive compensation
- Valuable experience while pursuing new career opportunities
- Opportunity to travel
- Reimbursement for continuing education and license expenses
- Great insurance package – medical, dental and vision and wellness programs
- Mentoring program for first-time travelers
- 24/7 support team
- Coordination of housing and travel
Long-Term Care – Changing but Always Needed
The long-term care industry, as a significant part of the larger healthcare industry, is facing change. As of 2014, there were 15,600 nursing homes in the U.S. and there are well over 1.7 million residents of nursing homes and similar long-term care facilities.
It’s unknown what changes to healthcare insurance are coming down the road, but one thing is certain: long-term care facilities will always be needed. There always comes a point at which an individual needs the level of care that can only be provided within that environment. The growing population of older Americans should only increase the need and demand for long-term care.
RN Unit Managers are essential for maintaining the high-quality professional care needed to care for the residents. Professional RNs who love constant challenges and are able to manage an efficient, well-organized unit will always find that their skills are badly needed. Not everyone is suited for this profession, but those who are will be well rewarded.
If you are interested in a job as a Long Term Care RN Unit Manager, contact 360 Healthcare Staffing to speak with a recruiter. 360 Healthcare Staffing has connections with respected facilities throughout the U.S. and access to jobs for RN Unit Managers that have not yet been posted. Talk to us today.