The primary function of the unit manager plan is to provide administrative control at the unit level and thereby increase nursing care time. Unit management increases in proportion to patient care management. While ward clerks have been invaluable in relieving the nurse of many nonnursing administrative functions, they have not completely liberated the nurse from all of those activities which can be performed safely and efficiently by an individual who has not had the benefit of medical training. The unit manager plan as it is referred to in the literature describes an administrative concept which has been introduced into numerous hospitals throughout the country. Many aspects of this plan are not new, but they have acquired a renewed importance due to the shortage of registered nurses and compounded by nursing service assuming the responsibility for additional activities which another profession forces upon them. With a unit manager responsible for total unit administration, the registered nurse is able to devote her talents to an improvement in the quality of patient care rendered.