Director of Nursing (DON)

SeniorCare   •  

Erie, PA

Industry: Healthcare


8 - 10 years

Posted 174 days ago

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The Director, Nursing assumes twenty-four hour responsibility and accountability for planning, organizing, developing, evaluating and directing the overall operation of the nursing department in accordance with current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations. Accountable for establishing and monitoring quality standards of care to ensure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: Identifies and suggests innovative approaches and participates in implementing performance improvement opportunities. Maintains compliance with Presbyterian SeniorCare Network policy and procedure in accordance with governing laws, regulations, regulatory agencies, accreditation bodies and community standards. Demonstrates on a consistent basis individual and team behavior that supports Person-Centered, Woodwell and Woodside philosophies of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. Consistently upholds the mission, values and behavior standards of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. Maintains confidentiality. Other duties may be assigned.

1. Plans, develops, organizes, evaluates and directs the nursing service department as well as its program and activities, in accordance with current rules, regulations and guidelines that govern long term care facilities.

2. Support, implement and monitor the Studer principles from Hardwiring Excellence to enhance accountability.

3. Participates in and monitors completion of the Rounding for Outcomes process.

4. Is aware of staff performance ranking of High-Medium-Low (H-M-L). Assists as needed in the development of coaching plans for staff who are low performers. On a regular basis, monitors the progress of coaching plans.

5. Ensures that performance evaluations are completed accurately and processed in a timely manner. Ensures that performance evaluations, in sphere of influence, are completed and returned to Human Resources by the due date 90% of the time.

6. Monitors and/or participates in interviews (e.g. 30-60-90 day interviews) with new employees.

7. Establishes, monitors and controls the standards of performance for the nursing department. Serves to promote excellence in nursing practice through the implementation of Best Practices, quality improvement projects and quality monitoring.

8. Performs all professional nursing duties including resident assessment and care delivery as needed.

9. Develops, implements, evaluates, and updates written policies and procedures for the nursing department, ensuring quality care. Ensures that nursing personnel comply with all established policies and procedures.


10. As a member of the Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Directors, Nursing (PSCN-DON) group, participates in the development and ongoing review of job descriptions for each level of nursing personnel in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, OSHA and other pertinent laws and regulations.

11. Promotes and interprets infection control policies and procedures. Monitors infection control practices. Reports occupational exposures to blood, bloody fluid, infectious materials and hazardous chemicals in accordance with established policies and procedures. Develops, implements and maintains a program for monitoring communicable and/or infectious diseases. Ensures that nursing personnel follow established infection control procedures.

12. Interviews, hires, orients, evaluates, coaches, counsels and disciplines nursing personnel. Develops strategies for employee recruitment and retention.

13. Ensures that disciplinary action is administered in a timely and consistent and equitable method.

14. Develops, implements and maintains an effective orientation program that orients new employees to the facility, its policies and procedures and to the specific job positions and duties.

15. Ascertains, acquires and allocates human and material resources for nursing service operations.

16. Monitors and approves employee time records.

17. Acts as resident advocate.

18. Interacts with residents and family members to promote communication, good guest relations and works to resolve family concerns.

19. Attends regularly scheduled in-services to improve administrative and clinical skills.

20. Monitors and ensures that equipment and work areas are clean, safe and orderly. Promptly addresses hazardous conditions as they arise.

21. Attends and participates in staff and management meetings.

22. Monitors resident care hours to meet the total nursing needs of the residents and regulatory requirements. Reviews census on a daily basis. Recommends the number and level of nursing personnel to be employed.

23. Reviews and investigates complaints by residents, family members/visitors and staff. Reports findings to the administrator.

24. Delegates to nursing service supervisory personnel the administrative authority, responsibility and accountability necessary to perform assigned duties.

25. Investigates and reports all allegations of resident abuse and/or adverse personnel actions to the administrator and proper governing bodies.

26. Monitors documentation on medical records to ensure that documentation is informative, descriptive and reflective of the nursing care provided.

27. Develops and participates in the planning, scheduling and conducting of timely in-service training to ensure a well educated nursing department.

28. Monitors the use of and requisitioned supplies and equipment, ensuring that care needs are met and that supplies are within budgetary guidelines.

29. Participates in the preparation of and follow-up to facility surveys from authorized government agencies.

30. Performs administrative duties, i.e., completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies, charting etc., as necessary.

31. Serves on, participates in and attends various committees as required. Schedules, attends, facilitates and participates in departmental meetings as required.

32. Makes written and oral reports/recommendations to the Administrator as necessary concerning the operation of the nursing department.

33. Aspires for leadership excellence as exemplified by employee engagement, interdepartmental collaboration and promotion of a positive work environment.

34. As requested, assumes responsibility of the Administrator in his/her absence.

35. Exhibits excellent customer service behaviors and interactions at all times.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Ultimate responsibility for all members of nursing department


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.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree (B. S.) from an accredited college or university; and 4 years related experience or 8 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Req # 6375