How many supervisor positions does your unit have?

Nurses General Nursing


The 1st hospital I worked at only had 2 supervisors for a 35 bed unit. One on day. (she did the hiring/firing/paperwork/signing of charts etc./scheduling.) When I left they got rid of the afternoon supervisor that took care paperwork/was a reference/did scheduling for the midnight and afternoon shift.

At the present hospital job...we have 4 unit supervisor.

Our head supervisor ... hires/fires/goes to meetings/doesn't take care of patients. She covers our 35 bed unit and a 10 bed CCU.

Then we have a supervisor for days/afternoon/midnights.

I enjoy working with a supervisor on each shift!!!

I'm scared to start my new job. I don't know much about the job. I interviewed with a supervisor...she headed CCU, Step-down and two other big units. She's very nice but when I phoned her she sounded pleasant but rushed.

I'm hoping there will be a supervisor on each shift!!

Now how about your facility?

Anagray, BSN

335 Posts

Specializes in ER,Neurology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology.

let see and think hard:

7 a-3p

Operations Manager ( hiring/firing, problems within staff, payroll etc)

2 Charge Nurses (scheduling/outpatient care, some in-patient care)

1 Nurse Practitioner

3p to 11p:

1Charge Nurse ( mostly charge, ususally no bed assignment)

1 nurse practitioner


1 Cahrge nurse with bed assigment

we have 36 inpatient beds and at least 12 oupatient beds (telemetry floor)


992 Posts

We have too many supervisors!!! Not sure who I am to go to with certain problems, and I have been in my current position 8 years! We have a dayshift "patient care coordinator" which is a huge joke because she doesn't do squat with patient care....everyone wants her job when she retires!!!

Actually the breakdown is something like this: 34 bed M/S, peds, tele, dump floor:

Patient care manager (which is a job shared position now) 1

PCC-one for each shift -3


Way too many people with their hands in the cookie jar!!!!

Tweety, BSN, RN

33,501 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

We have a manager. Each shift has a charge nurse.

The manager delicates some of the stuff out like payroll and scheduling her key charge nurse, who is compensated for it.

We have an open position for an educator, who functions kind of supervisory in nature, making sure we are all up to date in competencies, etc.

Not a whole lot of chiefs though.


3 Posts

I work in the smallest hospital in a health network in Indianapolis that has no more than 50 beds. Would you believe they have 11 managers! Not one does patient care even on nights you are being killed with admissions. I've seen them reading magazines as you are running your legs off. Seems very cost efficient.

nimbex, RN

387 Posts

When I was in management (assistant), it was me and the manager for two 10 bed ICU's one CCU one CSICU. It was CRAZY!!!!! So many issues, many times needing to staff in both units at the same time with some severe pressure from manager to have deadlines completed while trying to staff...

whew! Went back to staffing.... but the morale of the story is that any management team, no matter how few or when available.... if they make an effort to have excellent communication with staff and are available to meet your needs... you'll be fine.

you don't need management in numbers, you need good management.... when interviewing..... they are interviewing you... so interview them!


222 Posts

There are so many layers of management and HR at my facility I haven't got a clue who my real boss is...

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