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.

Also known as: Nurse Supervisor, Nurse Unit Manager, or Charge Nurse.

You usually need formal qualifications and relevant experience to work as a Nurse Manager. Nurse Managers often have university qualifications.

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

All Nurse Managers

  • $2,292 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 21,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 87% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Nurse Managers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 21,700 in 2018 to 25,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,400 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Nurse Managers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,292 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (62%).
  • Gender: 87% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200814300
200917500
201015400
201113300
201215300
201314000
201414000
201514800
201616000
201715400
201821700
202325800

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings22921460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance93.9
Public Administration and Safety3.7
Education and Training0.8
Administrative and Support Services0.5
Other Industries1.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateNurse ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.731.6
VIC30.525.6
QLD18.220.0
SA7.17.0
WA8.810.8
TAS2.22.0
NT1.01.0
ACT1.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketNurse ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.6-9.39.3
25-3414.0-22.922.9
35-4423.7-22.022.0
45-5432.8-21.621.6
55-5916.6-9.09.0
60-649.2-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate32.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree51.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV1.3-21.121.1
Year 121.2-18.118.1
Year 110.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.2-12.512.5

You usually need formal qualifications and relevant experience to work as a Nurse Manager. Nurse Managers often have university qualifications.

You must also be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Thinking about study or training?

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

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    74% Skill level

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

  2. Administration and management

    70% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  3. English language

    68% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and personal service

    66% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Education and training

    64% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and 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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    97% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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