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

    • $1,917 Weekly Pay
    • 17,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 78.4% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 36.5 hours Average full-time
    • 48 years Average age
    • 89.7% female Gender Share

    The number of Nurse Managers grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 17,000 in 2017 to 21,200 by 2022.
    There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
    • Location: Nurse Managers work in most regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (78.4%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 36.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
    • Gender: 89.7% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200713300
    200814400
    200917600
    201015400
    201113400
    201215300
    201314000
    201413900
    201514300
    201615500
    201717000
    202221200

    Weekly Earnings

    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

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Assistance91.6
    Public Administration and Safety7.3
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.8
    Retail Trade0.3

    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 2017, 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
    NSW31.931.6
    VIC21.926.2
    QLD24.819.7
    SA8.06.7
    WA6.610.8
    TAS4.62.0
    NT1.21.1
    ACT1.01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
    15-190.0-5.25.2
    20-242.0-9.99.9
    25-3414.4-23.623.6
    35-4422.6-21.721.7
    45-5432.5-20.820.8
    55-5921.3-8.88.8
    60-646.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.0-4.04.0

    Education Level

    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.

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Health Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    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

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    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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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9111.00 - Medical and Health Services Managers.

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