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Unit Managers are responsible for running nursing units. They oversee administrative tasks, handle staff rosters, assess performance and handle other human resource roles. Unit Managers work closely with the nurses under their charge, resolving any conflicts or personal issues they may be having. They are often senior nurses themselves and have a clear understanding of the roles of the professionals they oversee.
A Unit Manager usually performs many of the following tasks:
•  Developing teams
• Managing staff
• Ensuring strict adherence to company policies
• Administering daily activities
•  Assessing risks
• Evaluating patient care
•  Implementing clinical business and unit decisions


• Time management
• People management
• Project management
• Planning and prioritisation
• Problem solving
• Leadership and communication
• Mediation
• Decision making
• Stress management
• Physical and mental fitness
• Being thorough and attentive
• Being effective and resolute


Once you have worked in the nursing profession for some time, you may be interested in a higher position or an administrative position. Some individuals go on to Unit Manager roles where they are able to use their skills as health care professionals along with their knowledge of administration. They work in hospitals, clinics, health centres, hospices or privately run organisations. They are required to have health care qualifications like NMC registration, a minimum of NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care, RGN or RMN.

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