The licensed nursing home administrator has ultimate responsibility for the overall operations of the skilled nursing facility. The culture of the facility and the expectations of quality begin at the top. The nursing home administrator is the person who sets the pace and leads the management team to provide a holistic approach to care and residency. Knowledge, skill, ability, and compassion are the traits of successful administrators.
Nursing home administrators organize and direct the operation of a skilled nursing facility, following federal and state guidelines. They coordinate the activities of the medical, nursing, technical, clerical, volunteer, and service staffs of the facility and direct the hiring and training of employees. Some administrators may also take care of patients, teach programs, or conduct research.
Education & Experience
Administrators must have successfully completed the equivalent of two years of college level study (60 semester hours or 96 quarter hours) from an accredited community college, college or university prior to application for licensure; or has completed a combination of education and experience, acceptable under rules promulgated by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (NCBENHA) prior to application for licensure. In addition, administrators must successfully complete the training period as an administrator-in-training.
All nursing home administrators are licensed by the State of North Carolina. Learn more about becoming a nursing home administrator, including the application process, from the NC State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators.
Licensed administrators must obtain at least 30 hours of continuing education during each two-year licensing period.