Responsibilities Associated With Nurse Managers

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Nurse managers are officially appointed by the organisation to fulfill a set of duties and have clear-cut responsibilities (Christman, 2004). Nurse managers oversee a specific unit in the hospital for example the emergency department or one ward (DIGNAM et al., 2011a). Basic responsibilities associated with nurse manager positions include maintaining sufficient, qualified staff with which to operate the unit, budgeting the units expenditures in accordance with available funds, ensuring patient issues are promptly and correctly addressed, and supervising all other routine operations of the unit, as well as any unforeseen occurrences that may arise (Lorentzon, 1992). Other duties expected of nurse managers include staff performance evaluations, nurse recruitment and hiring, implementing disciplinary actions when necessary and report to the nursing director when necessary (Sieloff & Raph, 2011) . Nursing managers are successful because of one word, ‘control’ (Marquis & Huston, 2015) . Nursing managers use what has been learned in patient care, control and crisis management, to control their environment, things can be controlled and patient care is ‘manipulated’ or managed, they also teach others to manage (Marquis & Huston, 2015) . Although these techniques may achieve outcomes, their effectiveness as tools of leadership is questionable(Christman, 2004). Effective nurse managers set clear expectations for the nurses in their unit, explaining exactly what’s expected of them and…
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