Responsible for management of the nursing services department and for the direction and supervision of all nursing services functions and activities. Responsible for the quality of resident care and ensures that sufficient and properly prepared personnel carry out the functions of nursing service. Is knowledgeable of social, economic and legal issues affecting the health care systems and seeks all opportunities for keeping staff up-to-date in health care practices. Develops, directs the implementation, and ensures compliance of standard of nursing practice that promotes optimum health care delivery.
Responsibilities of the Director of Nursing Services:
- Makes rounds to assess quality of resident care and staff compliance.
- Ensures all nursing units are staffed according to residents’ acuity and needs.
- Recruits and interviews new licensed nursing employees; and counsels, disciplines or terminates nursing employees, as needed.
- Attends or assures that a nursing representative attends and is active in necessary facility meetings.
- Deals with employee performance issues (counsel, discipline, terminate & monitor).
- Directs and monitors to determine adequate documentation is being done on a daily basis.
Skills of the Director of Nursing Services:
- Active Listening: Ability to give full attention to what others are saying. Taking time to understand the points being made, and asking questions, if appropriate. Ability to hear and respond to residents.
- Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
- Communication: Ability to communicate effectively across the organization in English. Includes the ability to read, comprehend, and interpret documents such as safety rules and procedure manuals and the aptitude to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively and be understood by others.
Qualifications / Requirements of the Director of Nursing Services:
- Education: Associate’s degree from an accredited school of nursing is necessary. Completion of Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
- Certification: Current RN license is required. Employee must be in good standing with the state. Possession of a current Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers CPR certificate is required.
- Experience: Sufficient experience in order to perform daily tasks with an understanding of the duties involved. Must have a minimum of five (5) years general nursing experience, with at least two (2) years in long-term care and two (2) years’ experience in either supervision, administration, consultation or involvement in the long-term care survey process.
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