Do you want to advance your nursing career into management? If so, what do you need to bring to the table to encourage employers to determine your qualifications and hire or advance you into this role? Before you start applying for these positions, here are the top skills you should focus on to ensure you’re successful. Let’s take a closer look.

Excellent communication skills.

Communication skills are truly essential for almost any role, but they become more critical in management positions. You will need to effectively and efficiently communicate with many different types of people, often with shift priorities on a regular basis. You also need to be able to communicate in person, over the phone, and in writing.

The ability to work within a team.

Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you shouldn’t focus on being a team player. In fact, in many ways, the manager of nursing staff is the ultimate team player. You are the coach and you not only affect how everyone performs but you’re also in charge of making hiring and roster decisions.

An overall positive attitude.

Sometimes attitude can be the difference between a good and a bad day. And attitude can also be the difference between a good and bad manager. A manager who focuses entirely on the negative will breed negativity among their nurses. Instead, focus on the things that go right, be solutions oriented, and be generally positive.

Making leadership decisions.

There is a difference between a boss and a leader, and that is evident in the very words we use. Your nursing staff doesn’t want to be bossed around, they want a strong leader that they can look to when they need to make difficult decisions or to back them up when they take on a task. Your leadership decisions will impact everyone on your team.

Mentoring nurses throughout their careers.

As a nurse manager, you’re in a position to provide real support to the nurses who come and go from your unit. A manager who takes the time to mentor nurses at every stage in their career will be viewed as a source of knowledge and helpfulness. Having a service attitude even as a manager will take you a long way in your management career.

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