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Athena Health Care Systems Assistant Director of Nursing in Wareham, Massachusetts

Experience & Education: Must possess a current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in this state. Must possess, as a minimum, a Nursing Degree from an accredited school of nursing, college, or university. B.S.N. preferred. CPR certified. Must have as a minimum, one (1) year experience as a supervisor in a hospital, long-term care facility, or other related health care facility. Duties & Responsibilities: Assist the DNS with planning, developing, organizing, implementing, evaluating and directing the overall operations of the Nursing Services department, according to state, federal, local and corporate standards and regulations, policy and procedure, and scope of practice. Maintain familiarity with facility organizations and functions of all departments. Meets the clinical needs of all residents while promoting positive resident and family relations. Contributes to effective communication and pleasant working conditions. Demonstrates leadership. Maximize the potential of each employee supervised. Assists with maintaining, reviewing and has input to development of all clinical policies and procedures. Ensures that Nursing policies and procedures are followed. Assists with continuously monitoring and reviewing the staffing needs, schedules and work assignments Oversees that all nursing assistants are certified and maintains a system to confirm currency and to track required in-service hours yearly to maintain certification as directed by the DNS. Oversees that all nurses are licensed and maintains a tracking mechanism to confirm currency as directed by the DNS. Makes rounds of each nursing unit and does visual inspection on each unit. Ensures that medications are administered, handled, stored, and audited properly. Assists the DNS with reviewing satisfaction of care and services by interviews with families and residents. Assists the Infection Preventionist in establishing and maintaining the Infection Control Program. Assists the Director of Staff Development in ensuring that all mandatory inservice education sessions, which are required by state and federal law, are performed per schedule; documented and such documentation is retained as directed by the DNS. Assists the DNS in developing safety standards for the nursing department and monitors these through employee incidents and develops a plan of correction and audit tool for prevention. Assist the DNS with Monthly Nursing department staff meetings that are held on all three shifts. Participates in surveys and inspections by government agencies and implements plans of correction for deficiencies. Other duties as assigned by manager. Specific Requirements: Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such actions. Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel and the general public. Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as laws, regulations, and guidelines that pertain to long term care. Must be knowledgeable with the privacy rule and ensure all staff comply with facility privacy practices policies and procedures. Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures, etc., that are necessary for providing quality care. Must have patience, tact, professional demeanor, and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents, families and staff. Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing practices. Must be able to communicate effectively to appropriate personnel regarding emergency situations. Must possess a comprehensive knowledge of nursing theory and practice.

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