A Nurse Administrator is a registered nurse who has completed an advanced nursing education. The nurse administrator has a wide scope of responsibility. Their goal is to facilitate and deliver quality patient care while coordinating actions in the workplace and managing a team of nurses. A nurse administrator may run a small team of nurses, several nursing units, an entire department, or more. They are fully versed in hands-on nursing practice and implementation as well as administrative procedure.
Nurse administrators are leaders in the workplace; they are comfortable working with both patients and internal administrators. Most often a nurse administrator will work in a hospital setting, but can also work in long term care units, and other larger care centers. They are highly skilled nurses capable of making diagnosis and treatment decisions, but are relied on for their supervisory functions. Nurses drawn to this specialty want to be leaders in health care and often seek to aspire to executive and policy making positions.
Graduates of the MSN program’s Admin specialty are eligible to sit for either of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) administrator certification exams: Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC) or Nurse Executive, Advanced-Board Certified (NEA-BC). Graduates are also eligible for either of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) administrator certification exams: Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) and Executive Nursing Practice (CENP). The type of certification is based on experience level.
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