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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4133 - Assistant Director of Nursing Services

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Exempt
GRADE:    315

Under administrative direction: performs work of considerable difficulty in supervising the day to day activities of the Nursing Staff at the Care Center; performs related work as required.

Responsible for providing oversight of professional nursing treatment and care to residents according to established rules, regulations and standard practices of the profession.  Plans, directs, develops policies and leads Quality Improvement initiatives. Administrative direction is received from the Director of Nursing Services. The Assistant Director of Nursing may assume the responsibilities of the Director of Nursing Services during their absence or in the event of a vacancy in that position.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Assists with developing nursing priorities, goals and action plans
•    Makes periodic rounds to check quality of nursing care
•    Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
•    Facilitates communication & problem solving within department & other disciplines
•    Serves as a resource person, develops, interprets, supports and implements policies and procedures
•    Leads quality Improvement initiatives as assigned by the Director of Nursing
•    Attends meetings and serves on various interdisciplinary committees including management team meetings  
•    Participates in clinical rounds and serves as weekend manager on duty as assigned
•    Ensures adherence to regulatory requirements
•    Evaluates nursing care and makes recommendations to develop action plans for improvements
•    Assists with development and implementation of service standards and patient satisfaction
•    Effectively recommends discipline & needed re-education of nursing staff
•    Supports nursing administration by providing supervision and oversight to critical areas
•    Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

•    Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification

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 essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Modern nursing techniques, routines and methods as applied in health care institutions
•    Appropriate state and federal guidelines (i.e. Illinois Department of Public Health, Health and Family Services, Central Management Services, etc.)
•    Electronic Health Record systems (EHR)
•    Supervisory and personnel principles and practices
•    Customer service in a healthcare environment

Skill in:
•    Effective communication with staff at all levels of the organization
•    External communication  with families, physicians, volunteers
•    Planning, assigning and supervising assigned personnel
•    Encouraging a proper professional attitude among the members of the nursing staff
•    Preparing and supervising the preparation of accurate and detailed clinical, medical and other records and reports.

Ability to:
•    Plan, schedule and direct the work of others
•    Train lower level nursing personnel
•    Prioritize and assign work
•    Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, residents, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
•    Communicate effectively both in written and/or verbal form
•    Read, analyze and interpret appropriate health care and medical information

Responsible for managing a staff of professional and non-professional nursing staff.

Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and five years experience as a Nursing Supervisor; or a Bachelor’s degree in a related healthcare field and 10 years’ experience in Long Term Care; or 10 year’s experience as a Registered Nurse in Long Term Care.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

Clinical skilled nursing facility and customer service setting with a moderate noise level. The work environment for this position regularly includes working with residents and attending to their daily needs.

This position requires possession of a current license in Illinois as a Professional Registered Nurse (RN).