Nursing home administrators work hard to serve the needs of patients and their families, and they juggle many responsibilities. The most common job duties of a nursing home administrator may include:
Planning daily operations of the nursing home
Coordinating medical care for patients
Striving to improve efficiency in the delivery of healthcare services to patients
Creating and coordinating work schedules for nursing home employees
Hiring new employees
Training new hires on nursing home duties and procedures
Interviewing potential nursing home patients and their families
Managing the nursing home budget
Representing the nursing home at investor meetings
Keeping patient records for all nursing home residents
Supervising the work of nursing home employees
Administering rates for services
Maintaining and updating policies and procedures
Candidates who have great communication skills and excellent analytical skills may thrive as nursing home administrators. They also need to have well-developed interpersonal skills to deal with a wide range of personalities from patients, as well as nursing home employees.
Nursing Home Administrator Job Education Requirements
Most employers require that nursing home administrators have at least a bachelor's degree in health administration. Sometimes one can start work as a nursing home administrator with a bachelor's degree in another field as long as they have healthcare administration experience. It's more common to find nursing home administrators with master's degree in public health, health services, public administration, or other related field. Graduate programs will also enable candidates to have supervised on-the-job training, which is very valuable when starting entry level positions.
Between 2012 and 2022, there is an estimated job growth of 23 percent in medical and health services manager jobs, which includes nursing home administrator positions. That's significantly greater than the job growth that's predicated for most other professions and occupations. As baby-boomers age and more people have access to health care when they need it, there will likely be an increasing demand for nursing home administrators.
Nursing Home Administrator Job Salary Information
The average annual salary for nursing home administrators was approximately $85,000 in 2012. The highest 10 percent of earners in this position make over $150,000 per year, while the lowest earning nursing home administrators make under $54,000 per year. Those who have a higher education and more experience usually command the highest salaries.