A director of nursing, also known as a nursing director, is an RN in an administrative leadership position. They handle the administration of entire nursing departments in various healthcare settings. They can have expansive responsibilities, from interpreting and rewriting policies and objectives of nursing service to establishing or overseeing their department’s budget. Communication and conflict-resolution skills play an important role in being a productive nursing director.
Other responsibilities of a nursing director include the following:
Job requirements: To become a director of nursing, you’ll need to be a registered nurse with years of experience and will likely need a bachelor’s degree in nursing. After obtaining a BSN, and while gaining nursing experience, you may want to consider enrolling in and completing a Master of Science in Nursing and then a Doctor of Nursing to gain further education as well as leadership and other practice skills.