What does a Nursing Leader do?

Registered nurses (RNs) assess and evaluate patient conditions, and then plan, implement, provide, and document patient care in a manner that follows professional nursing standards and outlined practices. RNs usually do all of this in conjuction with doctors, nursing assistants, and other healthcare professionals. RNs oftentimes have a specialty; common specialties include labor and delivery, oncology, critical care, medical-surgical, and much more. Most RNs work in state, local, or private hospitals.

RNs need to have graduated from an accredited nursing program, typically obtaining a Bachelor's degree in nursing, and possess a license in the state they want to work in. To become licensed, they must take and pass the NCLEX-RN, which is the national licensing exam, and complete any additional licensure requirements, as determined by the state of practice. The best RNs are compassionate, observant, and detail oriented.

  • Provide all patient care in a manner that reflects respect for patient rights, dignity, values, culture preferences, and expressed needs
  • Assess patient's physical, psychological, and social needs
  • Assess pain and implement appropriate pain management techniques
  • Develop, implement, and revise care plans that reflect patient's diagnosis and outlined standards of care
  • Involve patients and/or significant others in decisions regarding care
  • Document patient history, symptoms, assessments, tests, and care according to guidelines
  • Review patient history, diagnostics, and lab data, and report any abnormalities
  • Educate patient and family on managing injuries and illnesses to ensure a safe and successful discharge
  • Administer medicine and treatment to patients
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing preferred
  • Must possess a current, valid RN license in state of practice
  • Certification in CPR
  • 2 years of experience in a healthcare related field preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of professionalism during stressful times
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Dedicated to provide the best patient care possible
  • Must have general working knowledge of computers and department specific software
EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

Nursing Leader Salaries

Average Base Pay

$104,245 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$64K
Median: $104K
$169K
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Nursing Leader Career Path

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L4
Leader of Nursing
$104,245/yr
L5
L6
Phd Registered Nurse
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“The care staff is exceptional and I feel very good about the care we deliver to our residents.”

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“You see so many pts that you see everything so it’s an awesome learning experience but definitely can be overwhelming”

US ArmyUS Army
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“Company will not fold; you may enjoy working with Soldiers and veterans; pay is good”

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“The compensation was decent but the mileage reimbursement arrangements for PRN were not the best.”

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“It is flexible hours job.You work when you want to do it .There are nice staff.”

US Department of Veterans AffairsUS Department of Veterans Affairs
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Jul 22, 2019

“I changed my mind and decided to stay with my current private sector employer who is great.”

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“Luckily my current unit director is amazing and I enjoy working with her as she is very supportive.”

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“Pay is not the best compared to adult hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the state.”

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