Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (NOC 3011)

About this job

Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors:

  • co-ordinate and supervise the activities of registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel in the provision of patient care.
  • work for health care institutions such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, and nursing agencies.
Common job titles
  • nurse - team leader
  • nurse, head / assistant head
  • nursing co-ordinator / supervisor
  • nurse - team leader
  • nurse, head / assistant head
  • nursing co-ordinator / supervisor

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$87,595

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Head nurses and supervisors support the overall functionality of nursing units by performing some or all of the following duties:

  • supervise registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel
  • set up and coordinate nursing services in conjunction with other health services
  • make sure quality nursing care is provided and appropriate managerial procedures are followed
  • help with the establishment of unit policies and procedures
  • do budget planning, manage unit budget and make sure that supplies and equipment are available
  • help with human resource management planning (selection, evaluation and professional development of personnel)
  • collaborate on research projects related to nursing and medical care and multidisciplinary services
  • evaluate patients' needs and make sure that required nursing care is delivered
  • may provide direct patient care

Work environment

Workers in this occupational group typically work 36–40 hours per week. Nurse managers and coordinators generally work in health-care facilities, such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.

A number of potential hazards exist in this profession. For example, working in hospitals and clinics can expose employees to infectious diseases, radiation and chemicals. Violent behaviour from patients, particularly those who are suffering from mental illness or acute drug reactions, is also a potential hazard.

The use of computers has increased in recent years, so repetitive wrist strain injuries may occur. Nurse managers and coordinators may also experience stress due to the nature of the work, such as dealing with emergencies or patient medical conditions.

All health-care staff follow strict guidelines to prevent infection and injury. Since workers in this profession rarely provide direct patient care, the risks are minimal.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

Completion of a university degree and experience (three to five years) in the field is generally the minimum requirement to become nurse supervisors and coordinators. Requirements may include:

  • courses in management studies, such as the Nursing Unit Administration Course offered by the Canadian Hospital Association
  • other degree, diploma, certificate or studies in management or administration
  • completion of a master's degree, with sufficient experience, for nurse managers

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Social
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Clerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • Registered Nursing (RN) Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
30
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
1,110
Average annual employment growth:
2.0%
Expected number of job openings:
710
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
120
Average annual employment growth:
1.5%
Expected number of job openings:
80
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
190
Average annual employment growth:
2.4%
Expected number of job openings:
140

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Insights from industry

This is an expanding field, with an annual growth rate above the provincial average due to greater health-care needs of an aging population. A significant number of openings will come from retirements.

Technological changes and government policies will affect this occupational group, and may shift job opportunities from acute care to other patient-care facilities. As well, the increasing complexity of health care will drive the need for more of these positions.

Industry reports that downsizing will likely not occur in the coming years since there has been a constant increase in opportunities over the last 10 years. In addition, the current supply of these workers is low likely because of the extensive experience (three to five years) required to enter these positions.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Three to five years of clinical experience as a registered nurse or in another health-care discipline is required before becoming a nurse manager or coordinator.

With experience, head nurses and supervisors may advance to management positions such as directors of nursing.

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