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Assistant Director of Nursing

National HealthCare - Lexington
Columbia, SC Full time
Posted on August 22, 2017

Assistant Director of Nursing

NHC HealthCare, Lexington

West Columbia, SC 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Assists the Director of Nursing through providing continuity in administrative and managerial functions (including care delivery activities and training) of the Nursing Department.

The Assistant Director of Nursing supports the mission of NHC, exemplifies The Better Way through leadership and demeanor; represents the center in a positive manner both in the medical community and in the community as a whole.

RESPONSIBLE TO:

Administrator and Director of Nursing

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • RN – graduate of an accredited school of nursing and currently licensed to practice nursing in this state (Baccalaureate or Master’s degree in nursing is preferred).
  • Professional experience in the practice of geriatrics, nursing administration, and other related areas.
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills in the areas of nursing administration, nursing practice, rehabilitation and partner relations management.
  • Ability to perform physical and mental requirements of the job.
  • CPR certified (desired).

JOB KNOWLEDGE AND CAPABILITIES:

  • Is responsible for maintaining clinical competency as evidenced by application integrated nursing knowledge and skills, leadership and communication skills.
  • Utilized the nursing process in assessment, planning and implementing care.
  • Exhibits organizational ability related to work flow, prioritizing to meet patient care needs.
  • Practices continuous quality improvement thinking and problem solving skills.

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Special Demands:

  • Available “on-call” 24 hours, 7 days a week (or delegates to a qualified RN).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the medical/health care community, patients and families.
  • Ability to interpret and implement regulations (state and federal).
  • Ability to organize and implement systems to manage and enhance patient services.
  • Ability to manage through delegation, goal setting, and building respect from all nursing staff through use of positive leadership principles.
  • Ability to plan and direct nursing service in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Must be able to make administrative decisions as required during the DON’s and administrator’s absence.
  • Working knowledge of center’s fire, safety and disaster procedures.
  • Implements federal, state and local regulations pertaining to nursing service

Physical Demands:

  • Able to be on feet standing or walking 8-12 hours per day.
  • Able to lift 60-70 lbs. on occasional basis.
  • Able to bend, stoop, squat, and twist numerous times daily.
  • Able to see and hear adequately in order to respond to auditory and visual requests form patients.
  • Able to speak in clear concise voice in order to communicate with patients who may be hearing impaired.
  • Able to carry out fine motor skills and manual dexterity.
  • Able to manage own stress effectively.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT:

  • Maintains a system to insure knowledge of patient status (such as: makes daily rounds of all patients.
  • Coordinates and implements Patient Care Plan conferences (or have working knowledge of process if delegated)
  • Assists in the development and implementation a rehabilitative nursing program to assist patients to reach maximum level of functioning.
  • Monitors to see that treatments and medications are administered as ordered
  • Participates in conferences with patients and families
  • Monitors to see that there is accurate and adequate documentation within the medical records
  • Accurate, timely completion of Patient Assessment (MDS) forms
  • Reviews and takes action when indicated by Patient Assessment (MDS) reports
  • Plans and encourages participation in in-service and continuing education for all levels of nursing personnel (including CNA training program)
  • Is an active member of the center’s Quality Improvement Committee
  • Coordinates Level of Care meeting on a weekly basis.
  • Reviews and reports finding of level of care meetings to attending physicians.

OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT

General Description:

  • Serves as a member of management team and develops effective working relationships with the director of nursing, administrator and the medical director.
  • Participates in the development of center goals
  • Assists in the development and implements procedures to meet the goals of the center.
  • Develops positive partner relations policies and environment to achieve firm, fair, consistent supervision and a department team
  • Administers policies and formulates procedures for the nursing department
  • Support and administers a departmental budget based on the nursing department’s goals and projected revenues
  • Participates in establishing a competitive wage, salary, and benefit plan for nursing service staff.
  • Supports the operation of the nursing department in a cost-effective manner
  • Involved in the recruitment, selection, training, evaluation and retention for all nursing staff
  • Assists in the development and implementation of center’s master staffing plan based on patient’s needs, nursing service goals and standards, department budget and state law.
  • Promotes consistent assignment scheduling to meet patient care needs.
  • Formulates, implements and evaluates a department plan for orientation and partner development
  • Promotes and delegates accountability for maintaining an effective performance appraisal system for nursing
  • Promotes resolution of conflicts through delegation and accountability for positive supervision
  • Promotes and delegates personnel policy compliance with supervisors
  • Creates a work climate that promotes a positive quality of work and minimizes institution’s legal risk
  • Establishes linkage with existing community resources
  • Assesses supplies and equates needs for Nursing Department and sees that units are adequately stocked and maintained.

Specific Items: (Performed by DON or delegated to qualified staff).

  • Participates in development and maintenance of nursing services’ philosophy and objectives, standards of practice, policy and procedure manuals and job descriptions for each level of nursing personnel
  • Assists in the development of 3 year capital expenditure budget for Nursing Department
    •Assists in the development of at least biweekly (every two weeks) work schedules for Nursing Department – post and maintains copy as worked
  • Acts upon recommendations from the DON, RN Supervisors and/or supervisory LPNs regarding hiring and firing of nursing personnel; assist with recruiting as needed.
  • Delegates and monitors orientation and initial training for nursing personnel
  • Coordinates with other department heads on any patient care needs
  • Participates in all department head meetings
  • Cooperates with consultants and implements their recommendations, if determined appropriate to the nursing department

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