Volunteers of America
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Assistant Director of Nursing
at Volunteers of America
The primary purpose of the Assistant Director of Nursing Services is to assess, plan, implement and coordinate the clinical care program in conjunction with the Director of Nursing Services to ensure the highest quality of care is maintained at all times. The Assistant Director of Nursing Services will also supervise the day to day nursing activities in accordance to compliance with current Federal, State, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern our facility as well as responsible to support, mentor and empower the nursing staff according to the nurse practice act.
1. Nursing Care Functions:
- Directs and oversees day-to-day functions of the nursing staff and nurse managers to ensure compliance with current rules, regulations and guidelines that govern this long-term care facility.
- Participate in the development, maintenance and updating of written policies and procedures that govern the daily function of the department.
- Provide leadership that includes the administrative and supervisory principles essential for your assigned Staff Nurses and other staff.
- Make daily rounds on the assigned unit to assure that nursing service personnel are performing required duties and to assure that appropriate nursing care is being provided.
- Participate in surveys and inspections made by authorized agencies.
- Meet with the nursing staff (professional/non-professional) as well as support personnel in planning the department's services, programs and activities.
- Coordinate "house" activities when assigned, in the absence of the Director of Nursing to include calls to residential sections of the facility and coordination of staffing assignments
- Assist with reviewing Abuse/Neglect claims and aid with abuse prevention investigations as necessary.
- Provide support to the facility by working on-call as directed by the Director of Nursing.
2. Care Plan and Assessment Function:
- Review resident care plans for appropriate resident goals, problems, approaches and revisions based on nursing needs.
- Determine and authorize use of chemical restraints and physical devices when necessary and in accordance with facility policy.
- Assist in monitoring and assessing residents.
3. Committee Functions:
- Serve on, participate in and attend various committee meetings of the facility to which you are assigned (i.e. Infection Control, Quality Assurance, Chemical Restraints, Physical Devices, Wound Care Rounds, Safety Committee etc.).
4. Personnel Functions:
- Assist with the coordination of staffing patterns, productive nursing hours and worker's compensation as directed.
- Provides input for employee's performance evaluations and disciplinary actions as assigned by the Director of Nursing Services.
- Coordinates and conducts routine nursing staff meetings in conjunction with the Director of Nursing Services.
- Ensure that disciplinary action is administered fairly and without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, religion or handicap.
- Attends required in-services & completes assigned on-line modules.
5. Staff Development:
- Assist the Education Director in identifying educational and ongoing training needs.
Other duties as assigned.
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.
- Graduate of an accredited school of nursing and currently registered with the State of Board Examiners for Registered Nurses. Current CPR certification.
- Registered Nurse with minimum of two (2) years experience in nursing supervisory or nursing management in a long-term care setting.
- Other Skills and Abilities Required:
- Demonstrates knowledge of gerontology, rehabilitative, and medical-surgical nursing care.
- Ability to effectively manage staff, act as a team player and serve as a resource to staff.
- Knowledge of State and Federal regulatory requirements for long-term care.
- Ability to work with other disciplines as a team player. Knowledge of RAI process, Case Mix, and Medicare.
- Understanding of current Infection Control and OSHA guidelines.
- Knowledge of CQI theory and process.
- Ability to prioritize and complete assigned duties within a constantly changing environment.
- Knowledge of long-term care requirements for documentation, communication system(s) to address resident condition changes.
- Professional attitude, high degree of self-motivation and leadership qualities.
- Customer service oriented with knowledge of successful customer service techniques.
- Understanding of corporate compliance, and abuse prohibition.
- Able to communicate and work effectively with various levels of staff, residents, family members, the public and representatives of various regulatory agencies.
- Able to evaluate reports, programs, systems and other data against both judgmental and verifiable criteria.
- Able to handle stressful situations. Able and willing to work flexible hours.
- Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.