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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4129 - Senior Head Nurse

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Exempt
GRADE: 313


POSITION SUMMARY
Under direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in supervising professional and paraprofessional nursing personnel on a unit and performing professional nursing services in the care and treatment of residents; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee of this class provides professional nursing treatment and care to residents, according to established rules, regulations and standard practices of the profession and supervises the work of subordinate professional and paraprofessional nursing personnel on a unit. This class is distinguished from the Head Nurse by the senior level will work independently and have more latitude on assigned specialized functions. Direction is received from the Director of Nursing and Assistant Directors of Nursing.

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.

• Schedules and supervises the work of staff
• Assures adequate coverage to meet residents needs
• Advises and assists with the more complex resident concerns
• Participates in the process of policy and procedure development
• Coordinates activities related to specialized functions such as infection control, psychotropic medication and other resident special need
• Trains employees to work in the department
• Identifies and resolves employee relations and performance issues;
• Evaluates employee performance and sets clear goals and expectations
• Monitors orderliness and cleanliness on the unit
• Conducts resident rounds; checks and carries out physician's orders
• Administers and records all oral, intramuscularly and other medications
• Monitors and discusses resident's progress with doctors, family members and other authorized individuals
• Assists residents in preparation for exams and treatment by attending physicians; assists physicians in treatment as required
• Supplements physician's instructions by demonstrating and explaining therapies, medication, treatments and procedures prescribed
• Charts residents' progress
• Orders medication and supplies as needed for unit operations
• Provides in-service education and other education to staff; writes report for unit at end of shift
• Plans nursing care plan for residents, including establishing and maintaining short and long term goals
• 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:
• Standards and methods of professional nursing
• Sterilization, immunization, diagnostic and other medical and laboratory procedures, tests and analysis
• Precautions to be taken in the use of narcotics and other medications
• Ordering and maintaining department supplies
• 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:
• 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 an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, and three (3) years of 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:

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 possession of a current, active Illinois Registered Nursing License and CPR certification.