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Director of Nursing Services

Genesis HealthCare Type Full time Posted 7/7/2014
Salary - n/a - Starts 7/24/2014
ME - Maine (All) - Westbrook Referral - n/a -    
Area of Interest : Nursing - RN
Position Type : Full Time - Permanent

Relocation Approved :
Recruiter : Miller6, Stephanie
Job Description :

As a premier care provider since 1985, Genesis HealthCare offers a variety of compassionate care services to patients and residents in our Centers, and their families. We employ nearly 80,000 people, each one dedicated to quality. Though numbers never tell the whole story, ours are growing. Genesis Healthcare includes: more than 400 Skilled Nursing Centers; Assisted/Senior Living Communities located in 28 states; and our Genesis Rehab Services division, which provides contract therapy to nearly 1,500 healthcare providers in 46 states.

Genesis is committed to clinical excellence. National independent research shows we are ranked among top providers for overall satisfaction and quality care -- recruiting the best nurses makes that possible. Genesis RNs use strong physical assessment skills and mastery of fine nursing principles to manage a range of acute care and rehabilitation patients. They develop and implement individualized care plans for patients while assisting with orientation and supervision of nursing staff.

By keeping the focus on high quality health care and everyday compassion, Genesis is ideal for nurses who are committed to making care something more.

The Director of Nursing is responsible for administration of nursing service in the center. He/she directs, plans, and coordinates service activities of professional nursing and auxiliary nursing personnel in rendering customer care. The Director of Nursing interprets center policies and regulations to all nursing personnel and ensures compliance, as well as analyzes and evaluates nursing and related services rendered to improve quality of customer care and to better utilize staff time and abilities.

The Director of Nursing also ensures the provision of inservice training programs for nursing personnel.

Develops and implements philosophy, objectives, policies and standards of nursing practice in accordance with the goals of the Genesis organization and the individual center;

Monitors nursing care to assure that all customers are treated fairly, with kindness, dignity and respect; Develops, maintains, and periodically updates written policies and procedures that govern the functions of the nursing department, as well as the center's ongoing quality assurance program for the nursing department;

Completes daily rounds on the units to observe customers and to determine if nursing needs are being met;

Reviews nursing progress notes to ensure that they are informative and descriptive of the nursing care provided and that they reflect the customer's response to the plan of care;

Works with the Administrator to develop, allocate and control the budget for the Department of Nursing Services;

Maintains cohesive public and professional relationships, including community, customer and family and physician services;

Provides a formal liaison between the medical staff and the department of nursing services;

Provides direction to nursing staff through written policies, procedures, nursing administration meetings, routine staff meetings, and written memos;

Develops short and long-range plans for the nursing department that are compatible with those of the center and Genesis HealthCare;

Serves on various committees such as Patient Care Policy, Pharmaceutical Services, Infection Control, Safety and Quality Improvement, as applicable, which meet to evaluate activities within the center and to recommend changes in operations and follows up on committee recommendations affecting nursing services;

Participates in the assessment of customers to be admitted by evaluating the level and amount of care required by prospective customers in relation to existing nursing capabilities;

Coordinates the revision and implementation of infection control procedures as outlined in company policies.

Assures all nursing staff are trained and utilizes all facets of infection control procedures to protect staff, customers and families;

Makes recommendations to the Administrator regarding nursing care equipment/supplies required to meet the needs of the customers and assures that adequate supplies are available;

Assures that each customer's attending physician and family or responsible party are promptly notified of any significant change in the customer's health condition;

Ensures that the nursing care developed through the customer's Care Plan is implemented and that these Care Plans are periodically reviewed and modified as necessary;

Coordinates nursing services with all other services and departments to ensure proper care of the customer;

Assures that all Physician Orders are followed as prescribed;

Assures that each customer's accident or incident is fully documented and reported in accordance with the policies and procedures of the center and the Federal/State rules and regulations;

Determines the staffing needs of the Nursing department necessary to meet the nursing needs of the customers;

Coordinates supervisory and ancillary nursing department schedules;

Recruits, interviews, and hires professional personnel;

Reviews and evaluates the work performance of nursing staff as well as counsel/discipline personnel according to established company personnel policy;

Concerns his/herself with the safety of all center customers in order to minimize the potential for fire and accidents.

Also, ensures that the center adheres to the legal, safety, health, fire and sanitation codes by being familiar with his/her role in carrying out the center's fire, safety and disaster plans and by being familiar with current MSDS;

Puts Customer Service First: Ensures that customers and families receive the highest quality of service in a caring and compassionate atmosphere which recognizes the individuals' needs and rights; Performs other duties as requested.


Qualifications :

The Director of Nursing Services must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing, college or university with a current registered nurse licensure by the State Board of Nursing.

A minimum of five years full-time or equivalent clinical experience with at least two years experience in nursing supervision in the long-term care setting is required.

As one of the nation's largest long-term care and rehabilitation providers, we offer a generous and wide-ranging compensation package, including:
• Medical/dental/vision insurances
• Company-paid life insurance and short-term disability
• Voluntary insurance programs
• 401(k)
• Leadership Training Program
• Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts
• Extensive paid leave for holidays
• Service awards
• Generous Elder Care benefit for family members