SUMMARY: The Nursing Director leads and coordinates all nursing operations for the agency. This position is responsible for determining and meeting the health needs of individuals in service in a person-centered environment. This position is responsible for preparing health care plans for individuals and supervising the implementation of required health care procedures. This position promotes and restores patients' health by completing the nursing process; collaborating with physicians and multidisciplinary team members; providing physical and psychological support to patients, friends, and families; supervising assigned team members and developing goals for the entire nursing department. This position is responsible for meeting the department's budget. This position assumes responsibility for medical emergencies and on-call duties.
- ESSENTIAL DUTIES and MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
- Provide supervision, training, direction and support to Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), and Health Services clerical staff.
- Ensure the effective delivery of services in accordance with established rules, regulations, and guidelines as set forth by regulatory agencies.
- Oversee the Health Services department and staff to ensure consistent implementation of the agency's mission to enhance the quality of life for those served. Provide for the health, safety, care, and welfare of individuals in service.
- Develop goals for the entire nursing department, including maintaining budgets.
- Assess and study the health needs of the individuals-in-service and assist and arrange for individuals to obtain health care and follow-up.
- Establish nursing protocols and treatment plans, operate medical equipment, and consult with physicians and other healthcare professionals.
- Implement physicians' orders and ensure the physicians' orders are followed by staff.
- Maintain certifications for Registered Nurse, CPR, crisis prevention and other courses as required.
- Must be able to perform Lifting and Transferring techniques as trained and pass performance testing. The employee may occasionally lift and/or push and pull up to 50 lbs. Lifting may require floor to waist, waist to shoulder, or shoulder to overhead movement.
- Driving of agency vehicles as necessary for transportation of individuals and agency business as assigned.
- Must, with or without reasonable accommodation,
- Able to regularly sit, walk, stand, climb up and down stairs, physically restrain individuals pursuant to training (when necessary) and sit at a computer for long periods of time and repeat the same hand, arm, or finger motion many times (typing, data entry).
- Communicate through speech with individuals in service and public in both quiet and noisy environments.
- Operate a personal computer and related software.
- Tolerate various levels of stress and meet deadlines with severe time constraints.
- Demonstrate specific vision abilities which include close, distance, and depth perception and able to read handwritten or typed material, and able to adjust focus.
- Work and concentrate in both noisy and quiet environments.
- Squat, stoop, kneel, and reach above the head. Forward motion will occasionally be required.
- Work inside the building a majority of the time.
- Essential Duties include the Physical Demands listed below.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Monitor agency and state-required procedures during hours when individuals and staff are in the home in assigned program facilities, assigned home visits to check medical records, medication labels and orders, medical records, check on medical issues, etc.
- Schedule and complete assessments and schedule specialty doctor appointments and follow up in a timely manner to ensure the health and safety of the individuals-in-service.
- Ensure nursing department efficiency by effectively collaborating and communicating with other departments.
- Respond to any nursing-related issues in a timely manner, during regularly scheduled hours and during off-hours and on-call times.
- Coordinate and effectively communicate with agency RNs and LPNs to assign self or the employee to serve as the main point of contact for outside health services agencies (hospitals, doctors' offices, etc.) for individual health updates.
- Oversee medication administration process and procedures for staff administering medications and providing medical assistance within the agency.
- Obtain health providers, i.e. primary physician, dentist, specialists and consultants as needed for individuals to ensure complete health care needs are met.
- Responsible for maintaining a current health record on assigned individuals, including immunizations, updated screenings, annual physicals, medical records, dental records, etc.
- Be available to consult with individuals, staff, and families or guardians regarding health concerns and other health services personnel.
- Provide training to new and veteran employees for the proper administration of medications by teaching the agency's Medication Administration course.
- Perform diagnostic tests and administer medications and treatments, as needed.
- Treat medical emergencies, as needed, and assist with treatment for recovering post-operative patients.
- Create and implement individualized health protocols, as required, to ensure the health and care of the individual in service.
- Assume duties of medical/emergency call for after-hours/weekends as assigned by supervisor.
- Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations.
- Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
- Maintain continuity among nursing team by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.
- Maintain patient confidence and protect operations by keeping information confidential.
- Maintain nursing supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies; using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
- Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
- Safeguard all agency funds and property.
- Provide periodic staff training in areas relating to medical/health concerns.
- Assist staff in assigned program facilities in planning special diets as required by individual, individual health needs.
- Participate in staff training activities and staff meetings, as outlined in the agency's staff development curriculum.
- Work flexible schedules or within various environments as agency and supervisor deems necessary. Staff attendance and promptness to assigned shifts is essential. The responsibilities of this position may require staff to be able to work irregular, extended, and/or be available for on-call work hours, evenings, nights, weekend, holidays, etc.
- Advise supervisor of concerns and problems that arise within the agency.
- Follow agency procedures when purchasing items on behalf of the agency.
- Follow agency policies and procedures in carrying out duties.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Human Resources Director, CEO, and/or designee.
- Other reasonable duties as may be assigned.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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.
Minimum: This position requires a high school/GED diploma, a Registered Nurse license, AND one year of nursing experience AND one year of demonstrated supervisory experience. Must be at least 18 years of age. Persons hired into this position must be licensed drivers and have reliable transportation. If current license is from out-of-state, a valid Colorado Driver's License is required within ten days of hire. Background check, drug and alcohol check, reference check, and motor vehicle checks must be passed. Current motor vehicle insurance is required. Driving is an essential job duty.
Preferred: Home health care experience and/or experience working with persons with developmental disabilities, long-term care, or home care helpful.
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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will regularly sit, walk, and stand. Occasionally, movement that requires twisting at the neck and/or trunk more than the average person, squatting/ stooping/kneeling, reaching above the head, and forward motion will be required. The employee will continuously be required to repeat the same hand, arm, or finger motion many times. Manual and finger dexterity are essential to this position. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, depth perception and telling differences among colors. The employee must be able to communicate through speech with individuals and public. Hearing requirements include conversation in both quiet and noisy environments. The employee will occasionally lift and/or push and pull up to 50 pounds. Lifting may require floor to waist, waist to shoulder, or shoulder to overhead movement. This position demands tolerance for various levels of stress.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. Working conditions normally involves inside environments. This position requires working irregular or extended work hours. The employee is directly responsible for the safety and well-being of individuals.
SKILL/ABILITY REQUIREMENTS: 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.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Able to read and comprehend simple instructions, correspondence, and memos. Able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, manuals, or governmental regulations. Able to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators, managers, employees, individuals, individuals' parents, and/or the general public is required.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Able to apply basic mathematical skills to include concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Able to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
REASONING ABILITY: Able to deal with problems involving a variety of concrete variables in standardized situations. Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
- SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Registered Nurse provides direct supervision for the Licensed Practical Nurse and Health Services Aide. The Human Resources Director provides supervision of the Nursing Director. In general, this position requires that the individual work independently approximately 95% of the time.
IV: OTHER SKILLS:
Able to work with others, with system issues, and able to work within designated time frames. Patience in dealing with staff, individuals in service, and parents. Able to develop effective working relationships with staff, individuals in service, and the community. Good communication skills and able to work with others as a team is a must. Able to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Able to perform duties in accordance with agency policies and procedures.
- CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Valid License from the State of Colorado to practice as a Registered Nurse.
STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING:
I have read this job description and understand its contents. I also understand that this job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all the responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with my position.
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