Recovery Centers of America at St. Charles, IL Position Overview: The Director of Nursing (DON) assumes authority, responsibility, and accountability for the delivery of nursing services in the facility. In collaboration with facility administration, the DON allocates department resources in an efficient and economic manner to enable each patient to attain and maintain the highest practical physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.
The DON collaborates with other departments, medical professionals, consultants, and organizations - including government agencies and advocacy groups - to develop, support and coordinate patient care and related administrative functions, as well as to represent the interests of the facility. Specific Responsibilities: • Develops, maintains, and implements nursing policies and procedures that conform to current standards of nursing practice, facility philosophy, and operational policies, while maintaining compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. • Communicates and interprets policies and procedures to nursing staff, and monitors nursing staff’s implementation of those policies/procedures. • Participates in admission decisions and may evaluate prospective patients before admission. • Participates in regular management team meetings to discuss patient status, census changes, and personnel or resident complaints/concerns. • Evaluates the work performance of all nursing personnel, assists in the determination of wage increases, and implements discipline, if needed, according to operational policies. • Ensures delivery of compassionate quality care and nursing supervision. • Demonstrates knowledge of and application of Key Clinical Quality Indicators, and proactively implements and monitors systems to achieve and/or surpass company benchmarks. • Exercises overall supervision of patient assessments and treatment plans as it applies to nursing services. • Reviews 24-hour report from every unit daily to monitor and ensure timely and effective responses to significant changes in patient condition, transfers, discharges, use of restraints, unexplained injuries, falls, behavioral episodes, and medication errors. • Collaborates with physicians, consultants, community agencies, and institutions to improve the quality of services and to resolve identified problems. • Coordinates nursing services with all other departments. • Oversees nursing schedules to assure they meet patient needs and regulatory and budgetary standards. • Participates in the recruitment and selection of nursing personnel and assures that enough staff are hired. • Oversees and supervises the development and delivery of in-service education to equip nursing staff with enough knowledge and skills to provide compassionate, quality care and respect for patient rights. • Proactively develops positive employee relations, incentives, and recognition programs. Promotes teamwork, mutual respect, and effective communication. • Performs rounds to observe care and to interview staff, patients, families or other interested parties. • Monitors staff for compliance with OSHA mandates and facility policies on workplace safety. Proactively develops procedures and incentives to promote accident prevention procedures, general workplace safety and safe work practices with the goal of preventing employee injury and illness and controlling worker’s compensation costs. • Establishes, implements, and monitors the infection control program designed to provide a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment designed to prevent the development and transmission of disease and infection. • Prepares or reviews infection control surveillance reports to identify trends and develop effective actions to control and prevent infections.
Submits an infection control report to the QA Committee and is an active member of the QA Committee. • Coordinates and/or develops on-going QA activities for nursing services to monitor nursing compliance with standards and regulatory requirements through rounds, interviews, and record reviews. Compiles summary of findings for the Quality Assurance committee. • Responsible for ordering, maintaining and ensuring proper disposal of house stock medications, including controlled substances. • Responsible for ordering medical and laboratory supplies. • Monitors the pharmacy charges to ensure proper authorization. • Participates in budget development for the nursing department, and for medical, nursing, and central supplies. Assures nursing staff properly charges out ancillaries used. • Helps the facility administrators prepare staff for inspection surveys, instructing staff on matters of conduct and disclosure, being interviewed by inspectors, immediate corrections of problems noted by surveyors, etc.
Reviews and reinforces important standards previously cited. • Participates in the preparation of the Plan of Correction response to an inspection survey, and implements any follow-up QA required for any nursing allegations. • Communicates directly with patients, families, medical staff, nursing staff, interdisciplinary team members, and department heads to coordinate care and services, promote participation in treatment planning, and maintain a high quality of care for patients. • Promotes customer service and hospitality and responds to and adequately resolves complaints or concerns made by patients or families about nursing services. • On a daily basis, monitors facility incidents and complaints to identify those defined as unusual occurrences by state policy and promptly reports such occurrences to the CEO for appropriate action. On a daily basis, monitors complaint reports for allegations of potential abuse or neglect, or the loss or misappropriation of patient property, and participates in these investigations. • Assures that staff is trained in fire and disaster and other emergency procedures, and evaluates performance during drills. • Interacts courteously with patients, family members, employees, visitors, vendors, business associates, and representatives of government agencies. • Acts in an administrative capacity in the absence of other key administrators in the medical department. The preceding list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented. Minimum Qualifications: • Nursing Degree, BSN preferred and State Registered Nursing license • Five years of professional experience in substance use disorder setting required and a minimum of three years’ experience in nursing administration or a comparable management position. • Must possess and demonstrate a high degree of leadership, organizational ability, and communication skills. • Knowledge of substance use disorders, as well as other co-occurring disorder management, policies, budgeting, personnel management, and census development is required. • Current CPR certification is required. • Knowledge of current federal and state laws and regulations that apply to the practice of nursing in a substance use disorder treatment setting. • Has strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to prioritize responsibilities.
Ability to make presentations before top management, public groups, and staff. • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret journals, financial reports, and legal documents. • Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
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