1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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      Director of Nursing
      Senior Nurse Manager

Directs and manages nursing programs and clinical services in hospitals, nursing homes and other health service facilities and maintains standards of nursing care.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification and at least 5 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:
  • determines the nursing policies of the hospital or health service facility and develops organisational structure and standards of performance
  • directs nursing staff
  • interprets policies, procedures and objectives of the nursing service to medical and administrative staff and community groups
  • promotes working relationships with community agencies
  • prepares or assists in the preparation of the nursing budget and contributes to the overall organisational budget
  • establishes personnel qualification requirements, directs the preparation of procedure manuals and implements records and reporting systems
  • initiates studies to evaluate the effectiveness of nursing services in the organisation in relation to objectives, costs, and nursing care
  • may direct on-site nursing education programs and may assist with nursing curricula

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