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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4127 - Sub Acute Assistant Head Nurse

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Exempt
GRADE: 312


POSITION SUMMARY
Under direction: performs work of considerable difficulty in supervising professional and sub-professional nursing personnel on the sub acute unit for the second shift. Performs professional nursing services in the care and treatment of residents; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work of this class involves responsibility for giving professional nursing treatment and care to patients on a specialized unit according to established rules, regulations and standard practices of the profession. In addition, the Assistant Head Nurse spends a substantial amount of time supervising, scheduling, and directing the work of subordinate professional and sub-professional nursing personnel. Direction is received from the Sub Acute Clinical Operations Manager and the Nursing Supervisor(s) on duty, in addition, supervision is directly provided fro approximately fifteen employees involved in providing and coordinating care for Sub Acute patients.

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.

• Supervises the work of assigned personnel on a unit
Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Disciplines, or effectively recommends such action for assigned staff
• Ensures orderliness and cleanliness of unit and proper care and maintenance of equipment
• Maintains residents current records
• Makes resident rounds, processes and implements physician's orders
• Records and discusses resident's progress with physicians
• Assists residents in preparation for examination, diagnosis and treatment by attending physician
• Assists physicians in treatment as required
• May make rounds with doctors
• Supplements physician's instructions with education for residents and families regarding therapies, medications, treatments and procedures prescribed
• Charts residents' progress
• Demonstrates routine procedures to new nursing personnel
• Writes report for unit at end of shift
• Participates in development and refinement of nursing care plans for residents and promotes implementation of care plan approaches
• Coordinates and ensures follow through of the admissions process in the absence of the manager
• Participates in facility-wide quality improvement initiatives and projects including but not limited to Quality First
• 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:
• Principles, standards and methods of professional nursing
• Modern sterilization, immunization, diagnostic and other medical and laboratory procedure, tests and analyses and of bedside nursing methods
• Dangers inherent in and the precautions to be taken in the use of narcotics and other medications
• How to train new nursing personnel
• Supervisory and training principles and practices
• Latest developments in the nursing field

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.