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Director of Nursing

Job Number: 
15
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SUMMARY
Assume 24-hour accountability for the management of nursing services in the SNF.  The DON directs and supervises professional and paraprofessional personnel rendering client care services. Responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of activities that directly affect the nursing department and overall resident care.   Fosters public relations for the company by consulting and planning with other licensed entities within the company regarding staffing needs, and communicates the concept of quality client care to the staff and general community. Maintains the department policies and procedures in accordance with clinical standards and State and Federal Regulations.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
 
Planning – responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the nursing department in the Skilled Nursing Facility.
1.   Establishing nursing department goals and objectives.
2.   Plan and implement scheduling patterns to meet resident needs.
3.   Maintain flexibility in self-scheduling in order to assess 24-hour, 365-days nursing care delivery.
4.   Support and participate in changes involving the department.
5.   Relief supervisor/staff coverage, as needed.
 
Coach, Teach and provide Leadership to staff.

  1. Lead the skilled nursing management team in the most effective manner taking into account

resident needs and budget constraints.  
2.   Give clear directives and constructive feedback.
3.   Supervise performance of associates through orientation, disciplines when necessary, and probation and annual evaluations on a timely basis.
4.   Utilization of clinical and managerial expertise in developing and educating staff.
5.   Interview and appropriate selection of new associates.
6.   Demonstrates ability to partner within the nursing department and with other disciplines and department heads.
7.  Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintains relationships that are equally respectful to all.
8.)  Conduct staff meetings as appropriate.
9.)  Responsible for encouraging positive morale, retention of staff, and participating in recruitment and development of nursing employees.
10.) Lead with a creative approach to problem solving departmental and organizational strategies.     
     
Regulatory Compliance
1.   Familiarity with all State and Federal regulations pertaining to the SNF.
2.   Review/investigation of incident and accident reports.
3.   Review/evaluate medication errors.
4.   Support and perform in accordance with administrative and departmental policies and procedures.
5.   Participate in policy and procedure development and all survey processes.
6.   Maintain safety standards and institute safety precautions as appropriate.
 
Responsible for keeping current in State and Federal codes affecting long-term care and standards of nursing practice.
1.   Take responsibility for ongoing self-development.
2.   Keep current in health care issues.
3.   Current CPR certification.
4.   Stay current in professional organizations.
5.   Attend mandatory in house education
 
Clinical Expertise
1.   Make resident visits to assess physical and emotional status to determine nursing care needs and monitor implementation of appropriate nursing intervention.
2.   Demonstration of effective problem solving.
 
3.   Review documentation to ensure adherence to policies and procedures and State and Federal guidelines.
4.   Evaluate levels of resident care.
5.   Perform chart audits, including monitoring of physician and nursing orders to ensure they are carried out correctly and documented properly.
6.   Participate in quality improvement programs.
7.   Maintaining high standards of care and quality measures.
 
Communication
1.    Facilitate communication with/between departments, Administrator, physicians to monitor visitation schedules, residents/families.
2.   Keep Administrator informed of staffing needs, personnel concerns, environmental/equipment needs, unusual or critical events involving residents, staff, or families.
3.   Establish environment in which staff, resident and visitor relations are fostered.
4.   Readily share ideas for improved services.
5.   Use proper lines of communication.
 
Budget/Finance

  1. Staffing levels maintained daily at budgeted levels.
  2. Monitor time cards for accuracy.
  3. Monitor and control expenses against approved plan.
  4. Review budget variances with Administrator.

 
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Leads nursing department and manages direct reports who supervise all employees in the Nursing Department.  Also responsible for the performance of non-supervisory employees in the Nursing Department.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
 
QUALIFICATIONS  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
 
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
 
REASONING ABILITY
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
 
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Licensed as a RN, in good standing, in the State of Wisconsin
 
COMPUTER SKILLS (Prior to Hire)
Word: Intermediate
Excel: Intermediate
PowerPoint: Beginner
Outlook: Intermediate
 
COMPUTER SKILLS (After Orientation)
Word: Intermediate
Excel: Intermediate
PowerPoint: Intermediate
Outlook: Intermediate
 
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Relate appropriately to geriatric patients.
 
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
Able to perform public speaking.
Must be dependable, independent, detail-oriented, able to work under pressure, and prioritize multiple projects.
Must be energetic, highly motivated, and have a supportive positive attitude.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
 
 VMP is  an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to
race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.