Nurse Unit Manager

Job Description

A Nurse Unit Manager supervises and manages a nursing team. Nurse Unit Managers can be found in hospitals, aged care facilities or in outpatient clinics. Their elevated decision-making responsibilities require Nurse Unit Managers to undertake reporting and financial tasks on top of their healthcare duties.

Careers Ladder


To become a Nurse Unit Manager, you’ll need to have worked as a Registered Nurse. To work as a Registered Nurse, you’ll need to have completed a bachelor degree in a nursing-related field.

Complete a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Science (majoring in Nursing) or Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies). These courses will take 3 years to complete full-time, and you’ll need to have an ATAR that qualifies you for admission or to apply for special entry.

Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications in a different field, complete a two-year Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program. This will qualify you to work as a Registered Nurse and eventually a Nurse Unit Manager.

Nurse Unit Managers must apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Registration must be renewed annually.


  • Acumen
  • Assertive
  • Communicator
  • Devoted
  • Educated
  • Focussed
  • Interpersonal
  • Organised
  • Perceptive
  • Procedural
  • Resilient

Key Skills

  • AHPRA Registration
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing Practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Critical Care
  • Mental Health
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Immunisations
  • Preparing Rosters
  • Patient Care
  • Developing and implementing care policies.
  • Coordinating & Recruiting Staff
  • Recruiting new staff

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;