3011 – Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors | Canada NOC |

3011 – Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors co-ordinate and supervise the activities of registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel in the provision of patient care. They are employed in health care institutions such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, and in nursing agencies.


Index of titles

Example titles

  • Acute care co-ordinator – nursing
  • Assistant head nurse
  • Birthing room nursing supervisor
  • Burn unit nursing co-ordinator
  • Burn unit nursing supervisor
  • Co-ordinator of nursing services
  • Critical care nursing supervisor
  • Delivery room nursing supervisor
  • Geriatric nursing supervisor
  • Head nurse
  • Nurse – team leader
  • Nursing care co-ordinator
  • Nursing co-ordinator
  • Nursing services co-ordinator
  • Nursing supervisor
  • Nursing unit co-ordinator
  • Nursing unit supervisor
  • Nursing ward supervisor
  • Obstetrical nursing supervisor
  • Operating room nursing supervisor
  • Patient care co-ordinator – nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing supervisor
  • Public health nursing supervisor
  • Rehabilitation nursing supervisor
  • Surgical co-ordinator – nursing
  • Surgical ward supervisor – nursing
  • Ward supervisor – nursing

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel
  • Evaluate patients’ needs and ensure that required nursing care is delivered
  • Set up and co-ordinate nursing services in conjunction with other health services
  • Ensure quality nursing care is provided and appropriate administrative procedures are followed
  • Assist in the establishment of unit policies and procedures
  • Administer nursing unit budget and ensure that supplies and equipment are available
  • Assist in the selection, evaluation and professional development of nursing personnel
  • Collaborate on research projects related to nursing and medical care and multidisciplinary services
  • May provide direct patient care.

Employment 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 with a regulatory body is required for registered nurses in all provinces and territories and for registered psychiatric nurses in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Clinical experience as a registered nurse, or as a registered psychiatric nurse, is required.

Additional information

  • Progression to management positions, such as director of nursing, is possible with experience.


  • Directors of nursing and nursing unit administrators (in 0311 Managers in health care)