Career Exploration Program


Nurse manager

Nurse Managers serve as a resource for other staff and are responsible for the planning and review of daily operations and activities within their assigned unit. They must work collaboratively and proactively with staff, physicians, and hospital departments to facilitate and improve patient services.


A Nurse Manager must have excellent communication skills and be self-motivated, team-oriented and have experience in management.

They are accountable for the planning and review of daily operations and activities within their unit.  Their responsibilities include achieving patient safety and satisfaction, staff competency and education, performance improvement, budgeting, personnel management, and physician relations. 

Also, they may work with other departments on specific projects and other duties as assigned, including organizational strategies, system priorities and overall health care trends. 

Specialty Areas

Nurse Managers are found in many areas of the hospital including Cardiac, Critical Care, Emergency, Imaging, Oncology, Surgical Services and Women’s and Children’s Health.


They supervise their nursing staff which can include Assistant Nurse Managers, RNs, CNAs, and Unit Clerks and must communicate effectively with patients, physicians and other managers.


A Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing is required and a Master’s degree is recommended.  Several years experience as an RN and in management is required.  Certification in Nursing Administration as well as certification in a nursing specialty is also required.


Master’s Degree- OHSU, University of Portland


Nursing Administration-AACN or AONE