The Director of Nursing of Long Term Care is a registered nurse who primarily oversees Long Term Care (LTC) and assists the CNO in directing the activities of licensed and non-licensed personnel who provide health care and nursing services to customers of a SEARHC Long Term facility. He/She has specific duties related to the MDS process and coordinates and organizes nursing care related to the resident assessment, as set forth in the Medicaid/Medicare guidelines.
The Director of Nursing of Long Term Care will, at all times, support the Mission, Vision, and Values statements of SEARHC.
- The Director of Nursing of Long Term Care may assist the Chief Nursing Officer with selecting Nursing Department staff, completing employee appraisals and resolving problems involving employee disciplinary action.
- The Director of Nursing of LTC compliments the Chief Nursing Officer in planning, developing and supervising the activities of licensed and non-licensed personnel who provide health care and nursing services to Nursing Home residents. This position assists with the development and implementation of nursing services, objectives, policies and procedures in accordance with Federal and State regulations.
- In the absence of the Chief Nursing Officer, the Director of Nursing of Long Term Care may be requested to perform the duties of the CNO.
- Coordinates and gathers data to assist the MDS Coordinator with accurate and timely MDS submissions. Assures completion of monthly documentation for all long term care residents in a timely manner (i.e. monthly orders, treatment sheets, medication administration sheets).
- Coordinates, with the assistance of the multidisciplinary team, admissions and transfers of LTC residents.
- Participates in care planning and modification of care planning process as part of the multidisciplinary care team approach. Will monitor the daily care of the resident as laid out in the care plan.
- Implements individual plans of care with interdisciplinary approach in accordance with federal, state and local regulations and the established policies and procedures of SEARHC LTC.
- Responsible for ensuring the transmission of MDS data to state agency adhering to federal and state guidelines.
- Ongoing evaluation of resident needs and level of care by the standards and requirements of licensure and regulations and MDS requirements.
- Coordinates efforts from all resources available, i.e., clients, staff, health care professionals and the care plan team to achieve compliance with the MDS process.
- Participates in the processing of Medicaid/Medicare forms.
- Attends and participates in individual resident quarterly care planning meetings, quarterly QI/QA committee meetings and other committee meetings as deemed appropriate by the CNO or the designee.
- Assures that all resident assessments are completed in a timely manner by all departments and review for completeness and accuracy of information.
- Participates in development, periodic review and evaluation of LTC nursing policies and procedures.
- Participates in surveys by authorized government agencies.
- Maintains privacy and confidentiality of records, conditions and other information relating to residents, other employees and the facility.
- Attends and participates in staff on-going training and educational classes.
- Actively participates in actual nursing care, including on-call and emergency availability when necessary.
- Participates in other duties as directed by the CNO or designee.
- Assure Resident/Patient Safety.
- Must ensure the facility is meeting the requirements of LTC regulatory requirements regarding staffing for Long Term Care.
- Graduation from an Accredited School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing preferred.
- 3-5 years of responsible nursing experience, preferably in a long-term care facility
- A valid, current, full and unrestricted RN license in the State of Alaska
- Must have BLS within one (1) months of hire.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as laws, regulations and guidelines pertaining to long term care.
- Interpersonal skills needed to relate to and work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times, hostile people within the facility.
- Must be able to read, write and speak the English language.
- Basic computer skills
- Excellent communication and management skills
- Respect the principles of resident rights, confidentiality, EEO and ADA.
- Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
- Must possess leadership ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with professional and nonprofessional personnel.
- Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents/patients, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel and the general public.
- Must have the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, procedures, etc., of the Long Term Care Department.
- Must have patience, tact, positive disposition, as well as be willing to handle patients/residents based on whatever level they are currently functioning.
- Must possess the ability to seek out new methods and principals and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing practices.
- Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.
- Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
- Must possess sight/hearing senses, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
- Must function independently, have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with patients/residents, personnel, and support agencies.
- Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
- Must be able to relate to and work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times, hostile people within the facility.