Head Nurses and Supervisors 


Head nurses and supervisors supervise and co-ordinate the activities of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel in the provision of patient care.


Work: Supervise registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel , Evaluate patients' needs and ensure that required nursing care is delivered , Set up and co-ordinate nursing services in conjunction with other health services , Ensure quality nursing care is provided and appropriate administrative procedures are followed , Assist in the establishment of unit policies and procedures , Administer nursing unit budget and ensure that supplies and equipment are available , Assist in the selection, evaluation and professional development of nursing personnel , Collaborate on research projects related to nursing and medical care and multidisciplinary services , May provide direct patient care.

Title Examples: Head Nurse, Nursing Supervisor, Patient Care Coordinator, Public Health Nursing Supervisor

Degrees associated with this career: Diploma, Bachelor

Requirements: Completion of a university, college or other approved registered nursing program is required. , Courses in management studies such as the Nursing Unit Administration Course offered by the Canadian Hospital Association or other degree, diploma, certificate or studies in management or administration may be required. , Registration as a registered nurse by a provincial or territorial regulatory body or, in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, provincial registration as a registered psychiatric nurse is required. , Clinical experience as a registered nurse is required.

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