If you have goals beyond nursing school and a typical four-year degree, you may want to visit the possibility of a career as a nursing director. Although it can take quite a bit of extra education and experience to become qualified for this position, the pay and benefits can be well worth it.
What Does a Nursing Director Do?
A nursing director is the supervisor in charge of the nursing staff in a large hospital setting. This can mean anything from overseeing staffing and patient care issues in a city hospital or coordinating clinicals and staffing issues in a teaching hospital. Because the focus is more on being in charge of other nurses (as opposed to working the floor), you can expect a lot more paperwork, administration, and bureaucracy than you would find in a lower-level nursing job.
Although every position and employer is a little different, you can expect to: