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What is a head nurse called?

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A head nurse is called a chief nursing officer (CNO). Head nurses must have a minimum of a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and ten to fifteen years of nursing and management experience. Most employers prefer that eligible candidates have a Master’s Degree of Science.

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Head nurses are responsible for managing nursing staff, making clinical rounds, and implementing cost effective strategies that will increase the profits of the medical facility they work for. A CNO is typically over nurse managers and nurse leaders, as well as all other lower level nurses. According to Villanova University, the average annual salary range for a head nurse is between $45,000 to $97,000.

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