Director of Nursing Service

Administer nursing programs in hospitals or other medical facilities.
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Salary Range
$51,000 – $145,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Director of Nursing Services do?

Administers nursing program in hospital, nursing home, or other medical facility to maintain standards of patient care, and advises medical staff, department heads, and administrators in matters related to nursing service: Recommends establishment or revision of policies and develops organizational structure and standards of performance. Interprets policies and objectives of nursing service to staff and community groups. Promotes working relationships with community agencies and with other establishment departments. Assists in preparation of departmental budget. Establishes personnel qualification requirements, drafts procedure manuals, initiates in-service programs, installs record and reporting system, and performs other personnel management tasks. Initiates studies to evaluate effectiveness of nursing services in relation to their objectives and costs. May assist nursing schools with curricular problems.


Should I be a Director of Nursing Service?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Director of Health Services, In Service Educator, Nursing Service Administrator, Nursing Service Director

    How to Become a
    Director of Nursing Service

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