Nursing Organizational Chart

Review our org chart for nurses to better understand who reports to who and the essential roles within a nursing staff. Check out our sample nursing organizational chart to see one way nursing staff can be organized.
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Common Roles Found in Nursing Organizational Structures

Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

At the top of nursing hierarchy charts, hospitals typically have a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), sometimes called a Chief Nurse Executive. The CNO usually reports to the hospital’s CEO and is responsible for the following tasks

Director of Nursing Services

Under the CNO hospitals typically have a Director of Nursing Services (DON) and Nursing Department Heads. DONs are registered nurses. Their responsibilities usually include

The heads of nursing departments are responsible for the management and care of patients in their units. Here’s a list of common department head titles and links to their job descriptions:

Certified Nursing Assistants

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are the first touchpoints most patients have with hospitals. A CNA’s main goal is to meet the basic health needs of their patients. In addition to helping patients with personal hygiene needs (replacing bedpans, assisting with baths, backrubs, shaves, etc.), CNAs are responsible for:

Licensed Practical Nurses

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) will record patient vitals and administer medications, as well as communicate with patients over the phone and assemble equipment like catheters and oxygen supplies. LPNs must be skilled in balancing care for patients and completing practical daily administrative tasks. In addition, LPNs are responsible for:

Charge Nurse

Registered Charge Nurses (CNs) supervise Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, and other non-licensed nursing personnel. Charge nurses combine managerial skills and clinical experience. A charge nurse job is the stepping stone to higher-level positions in nursing management. Here are a few specific tasks that Charge Nurses are responsible for:

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