Head nurses and supervisors perform some or all of the following duties:
A. May provide direct patient care.
B. Supervise registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel
C. Evaluate patients' needs and ensure that required nursing care is delivered
D. Set up and co-ordinate nursing services in conjunction with other health services
E. Ensure quality nursing care is provided and appropriate administrative procedures are followed
F. Assist in the establishment of unit policies and procedures
G. Administer nursing unit budget and ensure that supplies and equipment are available
1. Completion of a university, college or other approved registered nursing program is required.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Clinical experience as a registered nurse is required.
5. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.
The average hourly wages for Head Nurses and Supervisors is $27.18/HR, which is above average for occupations in the health sector and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.