Nurse Managers manage health service units and sub-units of hospitals, aged care and community health care facilities, supervise nursing staff and financial resources to enable the provision of safe, cost effective nursing care within specified fields or for particular units, and monitor quality, clinical standards and professional development of nurses.

A Bachelor Degree or higher as well as 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • developing, implementing and monitoring policies and objectives of nursing care as they apply to units, staff and community groups
  • coordinating the allocation of human and material resources for a health service unit such as recruitment of staff, human resource management, preparation of budgets and fiscal management
  • monitoring and controlling the performance of nursing and support staff within the unit, and providing leadership
  • initiating studies to evaluate the effectiveness of nursing services in the unit in relation to objectives, costs and nursing care
  • promoting working relationships with community agencies and health and education providers
  • contributing to organisational objectives in relation to quality, safety and risk management

Job Titles

  • Nurse Manager, Supervisor or Unit Manager, or Charge Nurse

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $1,917 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      very strong
    • Skill Level

      Bachelor Degree or higher
    • Employment Size

      18000
    • Unemployment

      below average
    • Male Share

      15.5%
    • Female Share

      84.5%
    • Full-Time Share

      74.3%

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    This is a medium sized occupation employing 18,000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
    Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • Nurse Managers work in most parts of Australia.
    • They nearly all work in Health Care and Social Assistance.
    • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 36.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,917 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 49 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 6 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • Around 8 in 10 workers are female.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20058200
    200613500
    200713200
    200814600
    200919600
    201014700
    201113300
    201213700
    201314500
    201413700
    201518000
    202022900

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsNurse ManagersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings19171230

    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryNurse ManagersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time74.368.4
    Part-time25.731.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.340

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance96.5
    Public Administration and Safety2.2
    Administrative and Support Services0.5
    Other Services0.4
    Other Industries0.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateNurse ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.831.8
    VIC22.425.5
    QLD29.219.8
    SA4.76.8
    WA10.211.2
    TAS3.92
    NT1.21.1
    ACT1.71.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketNurse ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190-5.45.4
    20-240-9.99.9
    25-3419.9-23.423.4
    35-4420-21.721.7
    45-5432.5-21.121.1
    55-5913.4-8.78.7
    60-6411.5-5.95.9
    65 and Over2.8-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryNurse ManagersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males15.5Males53.6
    Females84.5Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationNurse ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate30.4-8.68.6
    Bachelor degree69.6-17.917.9
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
    Year 120-18.718.7
    Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
    Below Year 100-8.18.1

    A Bachelor Degree or higher as well as 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Nurse Managers who have good leadership and planning skills, with a strong ability to communicate.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Administration and Management

      85% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

    2. English Language

      84% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      78% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Clerical

      75% Important

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. Personnel and Human Resources

      75% Important

      Recruiting and training people. Managing pay and other entitlements like sick and holiday leave. Negotiating pay and conditions.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

      92% Important

      Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

    2. Documenting/Recording Information

      92% Important

      Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

    3. Checking Compliance with Standards

      90% Important

      Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

    4. Interacting With Computers

      90% Important

      Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

    5. Processing Information

      88% Important

      Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

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