Project Description

Director of Nursing

The Director of Nursing (DON) is responsible for the overall supervision, provision, and quality of nursing care in the Health Center and Low Stimulus (Gardens) departments.  This person is responsible for the selection, training, discipline and supervision for all nursing related Health Center personnel.  The DON is responsible for the procurement of appropriate supplies and equipment and operating within the departmental budget.

  • Responsible for the development, organization and operation of nursing services and assistance-in-living services for the Health Center.

  • Responsible for the coordination of nursing services for Health Center residents including the procurement of outside sources such as, Home Health Care Services, private duty, hospice, rehabilitation services, psychological, etc. necessary to ensure that residents’ needs are met. Communicates and meets with outside consultants as necessary to assess and make recommendations for resident care needs.

  • Responsible for the coordination and direction of the total planning for nursing services including recommendation through a staffing plan of the number and levels of licensed and certified nurses’ aides to be employed.

  • Recruits and selects, with Human Resources approval, nursing services personnel.

  • Develops and maintains a schedule of daily rounds and assignments of duties for all nursing staff to assure 24 hour coverage sufficient to meet federal and state regulatory requirements and community standards of care.

  • Participates in the coordination of resident care services through departmental staff meetings. Attends and prepares necessary information for the Quarterly Assurance Meetings and annual policy review.

  • Develops and participates in a new staff orientation program for his/her employees, including private duty and agency staff.

  • Coordinates required and supplemental in service education programs appropriate for all job categories of community staff to increase knowledge of competence in job skills for the benefit of staff and residents, in cooperation with the Medical Director and Administrator. Utilizes vendors, consultants and the medical community as appropriate.

  • Maintains clinical skills through nursing education related to geriatrics.

  • Contributes to a positive, healthy and safe work environment.

  • Ensures that significant clinical developments of residents are reported to their physicians, the Medical Director, the Administrator and State, as necessary.

  • Reviews the nursing requirements of each resident admitted to the Health Center and assists the attending physician in planning care.

  • Attend monthly Care Associate and In-Service meetings.

  • Completes written probationary and annual evaluations of all nursing staff.


Required Qualifications

  • Graduation from accredited Nursing program
  • Currently licensed RN (Registered Nurse) with the Iowa Board of Nursing.
  • Currently CPR certified.
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience in geriatric nursing and/or possesses a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment physical, drug screen and criminal background screen.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum two (2) years nursing administration experience, preferably in long term care.
  • Prior participation in professional organizations, dealing primarily in geriatrics.
  • Knowledge of employee management.
  • Knowledge of financial management.
  • Knowledge of the foundations of health laws.

Full Time offerings includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life STD, LTD, Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts, Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, 403(b), Holiday Pay, Vacation Time, Sick Time, Personal Time, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Mount Mercy University Corporate Educational Partnership.

Work Schedule

Full Time | 1st shift

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

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