Director of Nursing
The Director of Nursing Services' primary responsibility is to ensure the provision of quality nursing care on a 24-hour basis to the residents of the community are in accordance with Federal, State and Local standards and regulations.
The incumbent is responsible for the recruitment and hiring of both licensed and non-licensed personnel. This position monitors the job performance of the nursing staff, monitors Nursing Department performance evaluations, completes performance evaluations of Assistant Director of Nursing Services, Restorative Care Coordinator, Care Plan Coordinator, Medical Records Clerk, Nurse Supervisors, and recommends employee promotions and terminations to the Nursing Home Administrator. The Director of Nursing Services monitors the staffing levels of various nursing sections; and as necessary, directs staff rotations and reschedules personnel to meet increased or decreased nursing service demands.
The Director of Nursing Services develops nursing service objectives, policies and procedures and directs the implementation of these objectives. The incumbent continuously monitors Federal and State guidelines and requirements and revises Departmental procedures accordingly. This position recommends in-service educational programs geared to the specialized needs of geriatric patients. This position also monitors on-going staff development programs for all nursing personnel. The Director of Nursing Services functions as a liaison between the residents, their families, staff and the general public - responding to inquiries and providing information on nursing care and services, and may screen prospective residents to assure that staff has the ability to provide the care needed. The Director of Nursing Services assures that there is compliance with the regulations pertaining to care plans and resident assessments.
The most complex problem the Director of Nursing Services faces is the provision of quality nursing services to the geriatric residents with fluctuating staffing levels and availability. Other problems encountered include monitoring changes in California Department of Public Health and Public Aid regulations and implementing revised nursing policies and procedures; and completing increased paperwork demands.
The Director of Nursing Services is responsible for overseeing and implementing infection control, pharmaceutical and physical/chemical restraining policies and procedures, and assures that committee recommendations are carried out.
The desired minimum requirements necessary to effectively perform position responsibilities include graduation from an accredited School of Nursing; three years of responsible nursing experience, preferably in a long-term care facility; excellent management skills or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience, and the ability to communicate in English both orally and in writing, to complete required Nursing Department documentation, and respect for the principles of resident rights, confidentiality, EEO and ADA.
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