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How to Hire a Director of Nursing

Does your growing business need a Director of Nursing? A Director of Nursing is responsible for overseeing and organizing the facility’s nursing operations.

Here are some tips to help you find great Director of Nursing candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Director of Nursing search for Jobs on Indeed*


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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $36.58 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $17.00$85.50 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Director of Nursing?

Hiring a Director of Nursing for your hospital or patient care facility can help in effective management of the nursing team. With their advanced administration and leadership skills, they will help your organization achieve a wholesome and nurturing environment for the benefits of patients.

Choosing the right person as Director of Nursing is vital in establishing a kind and caring work environment to ensure good health for patients.

• Oversee, direct and manage all nursing staff including registered nurses, LPN and more
• Manage the nursing department and lead them to achieve legal compliance and quality standards
• Develop and coordinate nursing and patient care processes and procedures

Skills to look for in a great Director of Nursing

It is essential to review the skills and qualifications of all possible candidates to identify the most suitable candidate for Director of Nursing.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with Master’s Degree in Health Administration Preferred
• Possess valid CPR and Nursing certification
• Proven experience as a Director of Nursing for 5+ years
• Detailed knowledge of patient care and hospital procedures
• Excellent leadership and administration skills
• Aware of latest in healthcare and nursing legal regulations

Writing a Director of Nursing job description

A thoughtful job description is important for attracting highly qualified Director of Nursing candidates. A complete Director of Nursing job description includes a well written summary of the role, a thorough list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Director of Nursing jobs, such as:

• Assistant Director of Nursing
• Director of Nursing Education
• Nursing Director

Interviewing Director of Nursing candidates

In the interview process for suitable candidates for Director of Nursing, comparing the skills and qualifications of all potential candidates is essential.

• Proficiency in managing nursing administration, schedules and problem solving
• Knowledge and experience of healthcare procedures and latest rules in nursing legal regulations
• How they’ve excelled at improving healthcare delivery and maintain the patient care quality over a period of time for the facility

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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