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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4135 - Director of Nursing

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Exempt
GRADE: 317

POSITION SUMMARY
Under administrative direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in supervising the nursing staff at the Convalescent Center; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work of this class involves responsibility for providing professional nursing treatment and care to residents according to established rules, regulations and standard practices of the profession. The incumbent receives administrative direction from the Convalescent Center Administrator and professional instructions from attending physicians. An employee in the class spends a substantial amount of time supervising all professional and sub-professional nursing personnel of the Convalescent Center.

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.

• Directs and supervises the activities of all professional and sub-professional nursing personnel recommends resident patient care services
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Makes daily rounds of all floors
• Oversees the care given extremely ill residents
• Advises personnel on specialized care problems
• Plans and outlines general nursing procedures to be observed by professional and sub-professional nursing personnel
• Coordinates activities of nursing department with other Convalescent Center departments
• Works closely with the Training Director to ensure adequate training and continuing education programs
• Develops standards for resident care and sees that such standards are observed
• Analyzes and evaluates the performance of nursing service personnel with a view toward employee development
• Keeps records and prepares reports of nursing activities
• Keeps abreast of professional developments in the field by outside reading and by attending conferences and training sessions
• Establishes and interprets nursing policies for subordinates
• Contacts doctors, morticians and relatives in the event of resident death.
• 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 nursing techniques, routines and methods as applied in health care institutions
• Planning, preparing and executing in-service orientation and training programs
• Standard nursing policy
• Recent developments in the nursing profession.
• 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:
• Planning, assigning, and supervising assigned personnel at the Convalescent Center
• Supervising the proper care and custody of residents and seeing that the orders of the physicians are carried out
• 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
• 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
Responsible for managing a staff of professional and non-professional nursing staff.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of an Associate's Degree in Nursing and eight years’ experience as a head Registered Nurse with two years as Assistant Director of Nursing Services; 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 75 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:

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.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
This position requires an Illinois Registered Nurses License.