Director of Nursing (DON)




DIRECTOR OF NURSING (DON)





PURPOSE OF YOUR JOB POSITION:

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.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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




WORKING CONDITIONS:




  • 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


Full-Time
Health Care, Nurse, Management
Experience: Not Specified
01/24/2018

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.

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