Nursing Coordinators and Supervisors

(NOC 3011)

in All Health

Nursing coordinators and supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, and other nursing personnel. They work for health care institutions like hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, and in nursing agencies.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 85 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3180 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Nursing Coordinators and Supervisors most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 65% of Nursing Co-ordinators and Supervisors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $76,474. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$23.00

Minimum

$39.50

Median

$47.49

Maximum

Annual Pay

$18,057

Minimum

$68,657

Median

$87,133

Maximum

Compared to: All Health

Hourly Pay

$16.38

Minimum

$30.45

Median

$41.35

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Nursing coordinators and supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, and other nursing personnel. They work for health care institutions like hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, and in nursing agencies.

Job duties

Nursing coordinators and supervisors:

  • Supervise registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and other nursing personnel.
  • Evaluate patients' needs and ensure that required nursing care is delivered.
  • Set up and coordinate nursing services in conjunction with other health services.
  • Make sure quality nursing care is provided and appropriate administrative procedures are followed.
  • Help establish unit policies and procedures.
  • Administer nursing unit budget and make sure that supplies and equipment are available.
  • Help with the selection, evaluation, and professional development of nursing personnel.
  • Work on research projects related to nursing and medical care and multidisciplinary services.
  • May provide direct patient care.

Sample job titles

  • acute care coordinator - nursing
  • assistant head nurse
  • coordinator of nursing services
  • head nurse
  • nursing coordinator
  • nursing supervisor
  • nursing unit supervisor
  • nursing ward supervisor
  • patient care coordinator

Skills

As a nursing coordinator you should have skills and aptitudes in the following areas: interpersonal relationships, communication, emotional stability, critical thinking, good judgement, and creativity. Good health and physical stamina may also be required.

Job requirements

  • Completion of a university, college or other approved registered nursing, or registered psychiatric nursing, program is required.
  • Courses in management studies or a degree, diploma or certificate in management or administration may be required.
  • Registration as a registered nurse by a provincial or territorial regulatory body is required.
  • Clinical experience as a registered nurse, or as a registered psychiatric nurse, is required.

Other considerations

Movement to management positions like director of nursing is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

765

employed in 2016

77.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

92.8%
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7.2%
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52.6

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

75.7%

employed full-time

9.6%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

35.7%

Halifax

18.2%

Southern

18.2%

North Shore

15.6%

Annapolis Valley

12.3%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Health care and social assistance

What is the age of Employment?

36.0%

55-64

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

35-44

8.0%

25-34

6.0%

65+

Compared to: All Health

24.0%

25-34

23.9%

45-54

21.9%

35-44

18.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

41.8%

College Diploma

$54,774 median annual income
34.6%

Bachelor

$74,754 median annual income
7.2%

Diploma Below Bachelor

$80,016 median annual income
6.5%

Master

$75,139 median annual income
3.9%

Diploma Above Bachelor

$84,006 median annual income

Compared to: All Health

38.4%

College Diploma

$40,033 median annual income
27.1%

Bachelor

$61,668 median annual income
8.7%

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry

$81,191 median annual income
6.8%

High school

$24,829 median annual income
5.1%

Master

$69,296 median annual income

Education & training

Business Administration and Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. They include courses in management theory, human resources management and behaviour, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

Lower Sackville, NS

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

Springhill, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

Bridgewater, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Various, NS

Business/Commerce

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and non-profit public and private institutions and agencies. They prepare students to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Critical Care Nursing

College or University Program

These programs prepare registered nurses to provide specialized care to patients with life-threatening problems, including those in intensive care facilities and on life support. They include courses in adult, neonatal, and pediatric critical care, technical skills, patient monitoring and assessment, normal and abnormal readings, and troubleshooting.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Geriatric Nursing

College or University Program

These programs prepare registered nurses to provide health care to aging and elderly patients. They include courses in geriatric primary care, geriatric diagnosis, mental health and aging, primary care management, geriatric acute and chronic illness, advanced nursing practices for geriatric patients, evidence-based nursing practice, advanced physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapeutics.

Institutions providing this program

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to perform routine nursing-related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities, under the training and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

Institutions providing this program

CBBC Career College Inc. - Sydney Campus

Sydney, NS

Maritime Business College

Lower Sackville, NS

Eastern College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Island Career Academy

Sydney, NS

Futureworx Career College

Truro, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

Springhill, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

Bridgewater, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

Shelburne, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

PeopleWorx

Coldbrook, NS

CBBC Career College Inc. - Dartmouth Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BScN, MScN)

College or University Program

These programs prepare students in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirm, or other individuals or groups. They include courses in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Registered Nurse

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated. The job title is protected, and you may not use it without a professional licence. A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia College of Nursing
300 - 120 Western Parkway
Bedford, NS B4B 0V2
(833) 267-6726
(902) 377-5188

Contacts

Nova Scotia Nurses Union
Dartmouth, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.