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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4128 - Assistant Head Nurse

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Exempt
GRADE: 312

POSITION SUMMARY
Serves as a lead worker on a unit and supervises sub-professional personnel; performs professional nursing services in the care and the treatment of residents. Performs work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work of this class involves responsibility for giving professional nursing treatment and care to residents according to established rules, regulations and standard practices of the professional. In addition, the Assistant Head Nurse, as a lead worker, is responsible for supervising, scheduling and directing the work of sub-professional nursing personnel on a smaller, specialized ward. Special instructions are received from medical and nursing supervisors.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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.

• Plans, outlines and supervises the work of personnel on a unit; personally advises and assists with more difficult situations encountered
• Ensures orderliness and cleanliness of unit and proper care and maintenance of equipment
• Prepares for daily doctor visit, accompanies the doctor on rounds, reviews individual resident conditions with doctor
• Processes orders received from the physician.
• Plans resident’s treatment plan
• Coordinates and tracks medical appointments
• Coordinates and implements immunization programs; performs treatments ordered by doctor
• Completes routine tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube changes that are assigned to the 1st shift (7am – 3pm)
• Administers and records all oral medications
• Provides education to resident and family by explaining physician’s instructions, therapies, medications, treatment and procedures prescribed
• Completes nursing documentation: Routine nursing assessments, episodic nurses notes, discharge summaries, nursing summaries
• Conducts monthly review of Physician Order Sheet (POS), Medication Administration Records (MARs) and Treatment Administration Records (TARs), unit Quality Indicator Review (QIR) reports Restraint records and Psychiatric records
• Rehab Aide restorative notes on infection control; and other required documentation
• Plans for adequate staffing for the unit by completing work schedules and other documents required by the nursing office
• Plans nursing care plan for residents, including establishing and maintaining short and long term goals
• Attends/leads interdisciplinary care plan conferences for unit
• Meet on regular basis with Minimum Data Set (MDS) coordinator before and after care plan conferences
• Participates in fall committee meetings for the unit.
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• 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.

QUALIFICATIONS
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 sterilization, immunization, diagnostic and other medical and laboratory procedures, tests and analysis, and bedside nursing methods
• Use of narcotics and other medication
• Long Term Care regulations
• Geriatric nursing
• Restorative nursing
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• General duty nursing tasks
• Training new nursing personnel
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others

Ability to:
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Prioritize and assigning work
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; Completion of coursework for a diploma in Nursing from an accredited college or university; and two (2) years’ experience as a practicing nurse; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
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.

Heavy Work: Exerting up to 50 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. Heavy work involves reaching, pushing and/or pulling with hands and/or arms to provide personal care. Use fingers and both hands for fine motor control. Standing, crouching and/or stooping.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
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.

The work environment for this position regularly includes working with residents and attending to their daily needs. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to quiet.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
This position requires possession of a current Illinois Registered Nurse certificate; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification; Intravenous (IV) certification preferred.