Director of Nursing (DON)



The primary purpose of your job position is to plan, organize, develop, and direct the overall operation of the Nursing Service Department in accordance with current applicable federal, state, and local standards, guidelines and regulations within the individual’s scope of practice, as applicable, and as may be directed by the Administrator, to assure that the highest degree of quality resident care can be maintained at all times.


Listed below is an outline of the duties and responsibilities that you will be required to perform. As the DIRECTOR OF NURSING, you are delegated the authority, responsibility, & accountability to carry out your assigned duties.

Even though your job description is broad, every effort has been made to make this outline as complete as possible. HOWEVER, we must emphasize that you may be required to perform other related duties and activities.

  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, evaluate, and direct the nursing service department, its programs, and its activities

Meet with administration, medical, and nursing staff, as well as other related departments in planning department inservices, programs, and activities

Develop and maintain a good working rapport with inter-department personnel, as well as other departments within the facility to assure that the department services and activities can be properly maintained to meet the needs of the residents

Develop and maintain nursing objectives and standards

Review department policies and procedures so you can interpret to personnel, residents, visitors, family members, etc. as necessary

Assist in the development of the department budget

Be aware of and help develop programs designed for inservice education, on-the-job training, and orientation classes. Monitor records for attendance, etc

Maintain an excellent working relationship with the medical profession and other health-related facilities and organizations

Meet with department personnel on a regularly scheduled basis, and solicit advice from inter- department supervisors concerning the operation of the department, assist in identifying and correcting problem areas, and/or the improvement of services

Participate in discharge planning, development, and implementation of resident care plans, resident assessments, etc

Perform administrative requirements such as completing necessary forms, reports, etc. and submitting to the Administrator as required

Involve the resident/family in planning objectives and goals for the resident

Provide information to resident/families as to Medicare/Medicaid or other financial assistance programs available to the resident, or refer to appropriate social service department or agency

Assist in determining departmental staffing, evaluate employee performance, and make recommendations to the Administrator concerning wage and salary adjustments. Informs and consults Administrator of hiring, terminations, transfers, etc. of departmental staff as necessary

Participate and assist in departmental studies and projects as assigned or that may become necessary

Maintain CONFIDENTIALITY pertinent resident care information to assure resident rights are protected

Coordinate Nursing Service with other departments

Assure that a stock level of medications, medical supplies, equipment, etc. are maintained at adequate levels by setting up systems and monitoring

Inspect the nursing service areas & practices for compliance with current applicable regulations

Develop a nursing service organization structure (who reports to whom)

Serve on various committees of the facility as required by existing regulations and as appointed by the Administrator

Evaluate and implement recommendations from the facility’s committees, e.g. Pharmacy, Infection Control, etc

Participate in resident selection in relation to nursing needs & the capability of the department to supply the needed care

Work with the facility’s consultants as necessary and implement recommended changes as required

Review complaints and grievances and make necessary oral/written reports to the Administrator

Keep abreast of economic conditions/situation and recommend adjustments to assure the continued ability to provide quality resident care

Represent the facility at and participate in meetings

Represent the facility in dealing with outside agencies, including governmental agencies and third party payees, or provide an authorized representative when unable to attend such meetings

Delegate authority, responsibility, & accountability to other responsible department personnel

Attend and participate in workshops, seminars, etc. to keep abreast of current changes in the health care field, as well as to maintain a professional status

Recommend to the Administrator the equipment and supply needs of the department

Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the Administrator concerning the operation of the nursing service department

Assure that the department is maintained in a clean and safe manner for resident comfort and convenience by assuring that necessary equipment and supplies are maintained to perform such duties/services

Maintain an adequate liaison with families and residents

Execute resident care policies in the absence of the medical director and/or the attending physician

Assure that the total nursing needs of residents are met by assuring that sufficient number of professional and nonprofessional nursing personnel are on duty at all times

Assist in scheduling department working hours, personnel, work assignments, etc. to maintain quality resident care

Assist in establishing the administration, procedures, and control of medication, etc. as recommended by the pharmacist and pharmacy committee

Assume the authority, responsibility, and accountability of directing the nursing service department

Assure that all nurses’ notes are informative and descriptive of the nursing care provided and of the resident’s response to the care by having systems in place to monitor

Review the nursing requirements of each resident admitted to the facility, as may be required, and assist the attending physician in planning for the resident’s care

Establish a procedure for assuring that nursing personnel, to include private duty nurses, have a valid and current license as required by this state

Make rounds with attending physician/medical director, etc. as necessary

Make daily rounds to assure that department personnel are performing required duties and to assure that appropriate resident care is being rendered

Other duties as deemed necessary and appropriate, or as may be directed by the Administrator


  • Works in well-lighted/ventilated office areas, as well as throughout the nursing service areas

Sitting, standing, bending, lifting, and moving intermittently during working hours

Involved with residents, family members, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc. under all conditions/circumstances

Subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, etc

Communicates with the medical staff, nursing personnel, and other department supervisors

Willingness to work beyond normal working hours when necessary

Involved in community/civic health matters/projects

Attend and participate in continuing educational programs

Subject to falls, burns from equipment, infectious diseases, odors, etc. throughout the work day

This facility will make reasonable accommodations that will permit an employee to perform the essential functions of his or her position

Health Care, Nurse, Management
Experience: Not Specified

Ayden Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ayden Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Ayden Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Ayden Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.