Difference between Nurse Supervisor and Unit Manager?

  1. I know this is probably a very silly question but I don't understand the differences between these two positions. I hear them used interchangeably and I don't know if they are the same thing or different. Or different based on what hospital you work at.

    Does anyone know the difference between a nurse supervisor and a unit manager?
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  3. by   Esme12
    Welcome to AN! The largest online nursing community!

    usually.....in my experience.....a nursing supervisor is the off shift administrator that sees to the entire house (hospital) operations/staffing/issues. The Unit manager manages a particular area and sees to the day to day operations and budget of the area.

    If this was a homework question...you're welcome........
  4. by   nurseprnRN
    All nurse managers supervise, but all supervisors do not do unit-level management.

    They who used to be called "head nurses" with three-shift responsibility to run a floor are often called "nurse managers" now.

    A supervisor may watch the house on off-shifts, or, in a big hospital, a part of it, or may be the middle-level management between the director of nursing and the floor management, overseeing and acting as resource for the nursing management on several floors on any shift.

    Clear as mud?
  5. by   ColdWaves
    Thank you for your answers/help! No this wasn't a homework question but rather curiosity.
  6. by   ColdWaves
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    Clear as mud?
    Like most things I've encountered in nursing school so far. Thanks for your help.
  7. by   Esme12
    Medicine, nor nursing, is not an exact science.