Responsible for planning, organizing and directing the functions for the nursing department. This is the primary role in ensuring the delivery of high quality, efficient nursing care. In the absence of the Administrator, this position is charged with carrying out the resident care policies established by this facility.
Set and monitor achievement of goals and objectives for the nursing department consistent with established strategic plan, philosophy and standards of practice.
Recruit and hire a sufficient number of qualified nursing staff to deliver efficient resident care in accordance with the established staffing plan.
Establish, implement, and continually update competency/skills checklists for nursing staff.
Prepare and assure adherence to an annual operating budget for the nursing department.
Maintain and guide the implementation of current policies and procedures, which reflect adherence to corporate and external regulatory guidelines.
Assure compliance with resident rights policies and work to resolve resident grievances.
Establish and monitor compliance with an effective medical record documentation system.
Establish and maintain productive lines of communication with residents and families, internal staff and external community.
Prepare and submit reports on nursing department operations, as required.
Actively participate in the quality improvement process for the facility.
Participate in and/or provide inservice education sessions.
Attend and participate in department/facility meeting, as required.
Schedule, direct and document regular meetings with nursing staff to assure effective communication.
Access continuing education opportunities appropriate to discipline and responsibilities.
Assist surveyors and inspectors to facilitate regulatory compliance.
Initiate studies to evaluate effectiveness of nursing services with regard to objectives and costs; develop the department budget, monitor expenses and stay within budget
Plan and facilitate meetings and committees to address resident care issues; proactively handle survey and/or standards of care issues
Ensure that adequate nursing staff are available, based on facility and census requirements
The Director of Nursing is a graduate of an accredited school of nursing (BSN preferred) with a valid state RN license and CPR certification. Three years of experience as a Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing or equivalent supervisory nursing experience is required. Experience in a setting providing services to the same age/type of resident population served by this facility is required.