Summary of Duties
Responsible for assisting the Director of Nursing Services/Clinical Services Administrator in planning, organizing, developing, and directing the overall operation of Nursing Services for residents in accordance with current federal, state and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern the facility and as may be directed by the Director of Nursing Services/Clinical Services Administrator to ensure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times.
Essential Job Functions
- Assist in the planning, developing, organizing, implementing, evaluating, and directing the nursing service department, as well as its programs and activities, in accordance with current rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern the long-term care facility.
- Recommend to Quality Assistance Committee and implements approved policies and procedures that govern the day- to-day functions of the nursing service department.
- Make written and oral reports and recommendations to the Director of Nursing Services/Clinical Services Administrator, as necessary/required concerning the operation of the nursing department.
- Assist in recruitment, selection, and placement of qualified personnel. Assist in verification of nurses' credentials and maintain a system, which indicates qualifications, experience, accomplishments, and competency of each member of Nursing Services.
- Complete admission assessments as needed.
- Assist nursing supervisory staff in completing and performing tasks as needed.
- Assist in developing competency criteria for the resident care service employees.
- Assist in developing, implementing, and maintaining an effective orientation program that orients the new employee to Nursing Services policies and procedures and to his/her job position and duties.
- Assist and evaluate staff performance and effects changes as necessary. Complete 90 day and annual performance evaluations in a timely manner to include descriptive and objective performance information.
- Assist in developing methods for coordination of nursing services with other resident services to ensure the continuity of the residents' total regimen of care.
- Assist in developing, implementing, and maintaining an ongoing Quality Assurance Program.
- Assist in developing, implementing, and periodically updating the written procedures for discharge planning.
- Perform administrative duties such as completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies, charting, etc., as necessary.
- Schedule daily rounds on all shifts to observe residents and to determine if nursing needs are being met in accordance with the residents' requests.
- Participate in the interviewing and selection of residents for admission to the facility, including screenings.
- Make rounds with physicians as necessary. Schedule physician visits as necessary.
- Monitor medication passes and treatment schedules to ensure that medications are being administered as ordered and that treatments are provided as scheduled with appropriate technique utilized.
- Assist in developing and implementing procedures for the safe operation of all nursing service equipment, including competency evaluation of staff.
- Provide direct nursing care as necessary.
- Perform other duties and assume additional responsibilities as directed, including special projects.
Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing and licensed as a Registered Nurse by the State of Alabama. One (1) year of experience as a charge nurse, supervising others in a hospital, long-term care facility, or other related health care facility is preferred. A minimum of two (2) years experience in geriatric nursing is preferred. Must possess CPR certification within thirty (30) days of employment.
Physical Requirements for Essential Job Functions
- Must be able to move about intermittently throughout the workday.
- Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
- Must be able to reach, bend, and/or stoop intermittently throughout the work day.
- Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to ensure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
- Must be able to push, pull, or move a minimum of 100 pounds utilizing proper body mechanics and assistance.
- Must be able to walk/stand 75% of the day.