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Assistant Director of Nursing

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Volunteers of America, Inc.

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Tempe, AZ

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JOB DESCRIPTION PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS: Residents, nursing staff, corporate staff and resident family members. OBJECTIVE: 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. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 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 assignmentsAssist 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.6. Environment, Safety & Sanitation: Assist in developing safety standards for the Nursing Service department.Monitor nursing service personnel to assure they are following established safety regulations in the use of equipment/supplies.Develop and implement procedures for the safe operation, and Infection Control for the Nursing Service department.Accept and intervene with exposure to odors, noise, and toxic/infectious substances as needed.7. Organizes and administers the delivery of nursing services and related ancillary services. 8. Analyzes and evaluates nursing care and related ancillary and therapeutic services rendered to improve quality of resident care and to plan the best utilization of staff time and activities. 9. Works toward the resolution of resident and family concerns; advises Director of Nursing of any special problems relating to care delivery. 10. Develops, monitors and maintains required and appropriate documentation on the residents' medical records, including a multi-disciplinary plan of care for all residents. 11. Collaborates and consults with residents' attending physicians, Medical Director and outside consultants. 12. Makes daily rounds to assess that quality care is being delivered to meet the residents' needs. 13. Assists with implementing and maintaining nursing service objectives, philosophy and standards of nursing practice and follows established policies and procedures. 14. Promotes harmonious relationships and favorable attitudes among the employees by direct intervention. Informs Director of Nursing of resolution of problem(s). Plans and works with all departments efficiently for the total care of residents. 15. Directs, supervises and participates in implementing changes and activities to improve nursing service in collaboration with the Director of Nursing. 16. Acts rapidly and effectively, following facility policies and procedures, and utilizes principles of management in any emergency situation. 17. Assists Director of Nursing in interviewing applicants when required. 18. Participates upon request in staff counseling/disciplinary actions. 19. Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of State and Federal regulations. 20. In the absence of the Director of Nursing, has administrative authority, responsibility and accountability for overseeing the daily operation of the nursing department in providing quality resident care. 21. Non-Essential Functions: Assists with approved research project related to improving nursing care.Reviews level-of-care determinations with the staff nurses to obtain optimal reimbursement.Assists Staff Development in teaching, training/re-training nursing personnel as necessary.Serves as consultant in technical and professional matters for nursing personnel. Applies knowledge and skills of management in all areas.Informs Director of Nursing on reportable situations and nursing needs.22. Other duties as assigned. Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Exposure to blood, body tissue and fluids.Exposure to materials, dust, loud and unpleasant noises.Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to meet these demands: Ability to endure prolonged walking, sitting, standing, use of pulling, bending, and stooping movements.Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hours and schedule.Must be able to lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds.Ability to push/pull more than fifty (50) pounds.Ability to perform tasks which require arm-hand steadiness.Ability to walk and stand for prolonged periods of time through duration of shift(s).Ability to squat, climb stairs, reach above shoulders, twist, bend and kneel repeatedly through duration of shift(s).Ability to see and interpret colors as in reading warning lights.Ability to hear normal sounds within background noise.Ability to speak clearly and make self understood.Ability to keep attention on task if routinely interrupted.Ability to understand a variety of concepts/approaches.Ability to remember tasks/assignments for a full shift.Safe Work Performance Expectations The safety of employees, residents and visitors is of paramount importance to Volunteers of America. Our work place safety program will be incorporated as the standard of practice for this organization. Compliance with these safe work expectations will be required of all employees as a condition of employment. Our organization focus will hold all employees accountable for safety performance equal with quality and production expectations. Employees will be expected to: Follow correct policy and procedures for department and facility Fire/Disaster/Missing Person Plan. Know the location of fire alarms and extinguishers.Follow correct policy and procedure for hand washing.Follow guidelines for proper method of lifting.All doorways, hallways and areas are to be kept clear.Know the location and purpose of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).Follow guidelines for department environment and safety measures.Follow guidelines for safe handling, inspection, maintenance and storage of equipment. Report any malfunction of equipment.Follow guidelines for safe handling and storage of chemicals and supplies.Follow correct policy and procedure for reporting of incidents: staff, residents, etc.Job Functions Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you may be required to perform. The omission of specific descriptions of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or can be considered essential to this position. QUALIFICATIONS: 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.EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled

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Volunteers of America, Inc.
Website : http://www.voa.org

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