House supervisors are registered nurses who specialize in supervising and coordinating nurses and support staff to ensure patients have adequate care coverage. They’re responsible for maintaining a safe, smooth operation within a facility by managing healthcare teams, monitoring patient flow, and handling administrative responsibilities. House supervisors are the critical link between hospital management and clinical care, which can be stressful, yet rewarding to RNs who enjoy a challenging leadership role.
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What are the best agencies for Nursing Supervisor jobs?
The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Nursing Supervisor jobs are Ardor Health Solutions (29), AccentCare (23), and CareStaff Partners (19).
What does a nursing house supervisor do?
Nursing house supervisors are primarily in a position of supervision that requires them to lead a team of nurses and other support staff as they care for patients. House supervisors continuously oversee patient care and handle all types of staffing issues, including assigning, monitoring, directing, and educating nursing and support staff. Other common duties include:
Handling employee injuries and sick calls
Assisting with nursing staff schedules
Providing nursing staff with clinical instructions and guidance
Providing clinical support to the nursing team when needed
Providing support and coordination during patient emergencies
Responding to complaints about patient care
Identifying any issues that affect desired patient outcomes
Forwarding issues of concern to senior administrators
Performing administrative duties and completing clerical work
Transferring information to relevant departments
Contributing to staff performance evaluations
Providing input on hiring, training, and directing staff
Where do nursing house supervisors work?
House supervisor nurses oversee nursing staff and perform administrative duties at hospitals, medical centers, and other healthcare facilities. In a hospital setting, they may serve as a resource to unit managers for staffing policies and facility-wide issues. House supervisors also may find employment at private clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and other healthcare institutions with large numbers of nursing and support staff.
What skills make a good nursing house supervisor?
Good house supervisors are excellent leaders with exceptional managerial skills, which allows them to effectively deal with staff supervision and managing patient care issues. They have in-depth knowledge of best practices in healthcare, which allows them to perform in any clinical area to some extent. Successful house supervisors are proficient in recordkeeping and patient management systems and have a high level of flexibility and adaptability to efficiently manage in an ever-changing work environment. Their interpersonal, oral/written communication, and active listening skills allow them to be diplomatic, promote a collaborative atmosphere, and motivate employees to achieve excellence in their healthcare roles. House supervisors also have highly developed teaching, decision making, organization, delegating, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.
How to become a Travel Nursing House Supervisor
Ideally, an RN wanting to become a travel nursing house supervisor will have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, an RN license for the state of employment or a multi-state/compact nursing license if applicable, and three to five years of experience in a supervisory/leadership role. Because house supervisors are expected to perform to some degree in any clinical area, there are several preferred/required certifications. These include Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation Program certifications, along with trauma education.
Certification as a nursing manager/leader can help RNs promote their competence as a house supervisor because it demonstrates they have the skills to supervise others. There are recognized nursing organizations with valuable credentials. The American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) offers Nurse Executive Certification (NE-BC) for nurses accountable for a single group of nursing and non-nursing staff and Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification (NEA-BC) for nurses in charge of multiple groups of nurses. The American Organizational for Nursing Leadership (AONL) offers credentials for Certified Nurse Manager and Leader and Certified in Executive Nursing Practice.