Administrative nurses are nurses that focus on developing the skills and training of other nurses in the field.
In addition to performing many of the same duties of other nurses administrative nurses also take on a more direct managerial role.
What do administrative nurses do?
Because of the role administrative nurses play in their field they must be outgoing, leadership oriented, team oriented, well-organized and excellent trainers in order to perform their duties effectively.
These nurses may be in charge of developing nurse training programs, interviewing and hiring nursing staff, managing department budgets, performing research and analysis in order to maximize patient health care and nurse performance and conduct employee and/or department reviews in order to make sure proper procedures are being followed among other administrative duties.
Depending on the health care center an administrative nurse works for their duties and job roles can be changed and tailored to meet the needs of the health care facility in order to help maximize performance and patient care while minimizing costs and time.
Administrative nurses may work in a wide variety of departments and health care organizations such as at hospitals, doctor offices, rehabilitation clinics, geriatric centers, neonatal care units and emergency rooms as well as in other medical facilities and departments.
While many administrative nurses may work on the floor training nursing staff and managing patient care there are also administrative nurses who work primarily in desk positions managing paperwork and performing medical related duties behind the scenes rather than working on the floor directly with other nurses.
Administrative nurse salary
Those who work in administrative roles can expect to earn an above average salary.
In the United States administrative nurses can earn anywhere from $65,000 – $100,000 or more per year depending on their level of experience and training as well as their negotiated salary, which can vary significantly depending on the state they work in.
In addition to earning an above average wage administrative nurses may also be incentivized with other perks such as extended paid vacations, bonuses and increased 401k contributions.
Administrative nursing is a continually expanding field and it is expected that job growth with continue to increase over the next decade leading to more opportunities for increased wages, more employee benefits and better job security for those interested in working as administrative nurses.
While administrative nurses may make more money than those who work as general registered nurses they also have more direct responsibilities which they are likely to be held accountable for, so its important for future administrative nurses to weigh the pros and cons of taking on a new position and whether or not its worth the pay bump.
How to become an administrative nurse
New and existing nurse who are interested in beginning a career as an administrative nurse must first obtain their bachelors of science in nursing (BSN) degree and pass the NCLREX-RN exam in order to begin working as a registered nurse (RN).
While RN’s may begin their career with an associates of science in nursing (ASN) degree most specialized positions require RN’s to have at least a BSN degree before allowing them move on to specialized fields.
After working for several years as a registered nurse potential applicants may then be able to apply for an administrative position.
Depending on the organization an RN applies for some administrative positions may require a masters of science in nursing (MSN) degree before hiring an individual for an administrative nursing position, so it is important to understand what requirements the job has before applying and find out whether a BSN or MSN degree is required for the position.
Under these circumstances a registered nurse may spend 6 – 8 years acquiring the training, education and skills necessary to become an administrative nurse.