What’s the Difference between Nurse Manager VS. Nurse Leaders?

All nurses are prepared to be a leader as they will lead colleagues from other ancillary groups, take care other teams and be accountable for patient care outcomes.  But, like every other organization structure, nurses also have their own job description and roles. The highest position in nursing jobs is nurse leaders. However, many people are still mistaken among the two. The differences are seen through their role. So, in this article, we will explain nurse manager role and nurse leader role. Both of them are different and should complement each other.

The Nurse Manager Role Up Close
The main role of a nurse manager is to make sure that everything runs very well. Therefore, they will involve in myriad daily tasks and other details such as patient care planning, quality improvement, goal setting and budgeting. There are many more tasks that nurse managers should take care off. They include overseeing staff schedules and assignments, performance, professional growth and the ongoing provision of educational and career enhancement opportunities. A manager should make sure that all staffs have done all the assignments and is held accountable if they’re not.

Moreover, a good manager should provide clear communication, direction and support to his/her subordinates. Being available, open and honest to other staffs is also important. This is because your subordinate will ask for encouragement, directions and some teaching and coaching.

The Nurse Leader Role Up Close
A nurse leader is usually less task-oriented than nurse managers. They usually focus on setting standards, spearheading transformation and inspiring and influencing their teams. Their role also includes policy setting and overseeing quality measures; dealing with regulatory compliance, certainly taking on fiscal responsibilities and more. This makes them have to bear a responsibility and accountability for the result of patient care delivery, patient and staff satisfaction, and organizational outcomes.

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