Director of Nursing (DON)
Company: Alden Estates of Shorewood
Location: Orland Park
Posted on: September 22, 2022
JOB SUMMARY Responsible to plan, organize, develop, direct and
delegate (as appropriate) the overall operation of the Nursing
Department in accordance with current federal, state, and local
standards, guidelines and regulations, and facility policies. The
objective is to ensure the highest degree of quality care is
maintained at all times. QUALIFICATIONS Must possess a current,
unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State
of Illinois and/or Wisconsin.
Minimum of one (1) year nursing service administration
Must possess current CPR certificate or become certified within two
weeks of employment.
Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and
Must be able to read, write and speak the English language in an
Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when
circumstances warrant such action.
Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with customers, family
members, visitors, personnel, government agencies/personnel, and
the general public.
Must possess leadership and supervisory ability and willingness to
work harmoniously with personnel.
Must be personable, enthusiastic, and resourceful. PHYSICAL
REQUIREMENTS Must be able to move intermittently throughout the
Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the
Must possess sight/hearing senses or use prosthetics that will
enable these senses to function adequately so the requirements of
this position can be fully met.
Must function independently, have flexibility, personal integrity,
and the ability to work effectively with customers, family members,
personnel, and support agencies.
Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional
Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly,
emotionally upset, and at times hostile people.
May be required to lift, push, pull, and move equipment, supplies,
and customers in excess of 50 lbs. throughout the day.
Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions,
etc., including exposure to the (HIV) AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Accepts work assignment as directed by
appropriate authority. This may require different floors,
customers, workload, and multiple tasks as assigned.
Plan, develop, organize, implement, evaluate, and direct the
Assure all Nursing procedures and protocols are followed in
accordance with established policies. Reviews annually for
revisions and make recommendations to the Administrator.
Directly supervise and instruct the Ladies and Gentlemen of Alden
on a number of topics to promote job knowledge.
Identify problems, develop, and implement solutions with the
assistance of the Administration.
Develops and implements a nursing/rehab/restorative philosophy that
promotes quality nursing, rehab, restorative care for each
Assure adequate staff on all shifts.
Audits charts and EHR to ensure daily documentation is done.
Assure laboratory and x-ray reports are received and filed for all
Audits transfers/discharge information to assure accuracy and
completeness. Audits charts for deficiencies. IDT-through regularly
scheduled chart audits.
Assist in developing a written plan of care for each customer that
identifies the problems/needs of the customer. Attends and actively
participates in resident care plan conference when indicated.
Attend Customer and or Family Council meetings when invited. Report
all concerns, complaints made by the resident or their family to
Recruit, interview, and select the Ladies and Gentlemen of Alden
with the approval of the Administrator.
Schedule department work hours, personnel, work assignments, etc.,
to expedite work. Ensure a sufficient number of Ladies and
Gentlemen of Alden are available to meet the needs of our
Counsel/discipline as requested or as necessary. Complete
performance evaluations timely.
Make daily rounds to ensure nursing personnel are performing
required duties and to ensure that appropriate procedures are being
followed. Make physical rounds on all customers daily. Make rounds
with physicians as necessary.
Submit Workmen's Compensation forms (once reviewed) to the Business
Office Manager within 24 hours after their occurrence.
Plan, conduct and participate in In-service Education Programs.
Assist in implementing and maintaining an effective orientation
program that orients the new Ladies and Gentlemen of Alden to the
facility, his/her department and its policies and procedures.
Attend and participate in continuing education programs.
Place orders for equipment and supplies as necessary following
established budgetary guidelines.
Maintain budgetary restraints by following established procedures
for preparing purchase orders for review by the Administrator prior
to placing orders.
Maintain a reference library of written nursing materials (i.e.,
Drug Formulary, State and Federal regulations, etc.) that will
assist the nursing service department in meeting the day-to-day
needs of the customer.
Participate with the Administrator and Admissions Director in
selecting appropriate admissions and assignments of rooms.
Review nurses' notes/EHR to ensure they are informative and
descriptive of the nursing care being provided, and they reflect
the customer's response to the care.
Monitor medication passes and treatment schedules to ensure
medications are being administered as ordered and treatments are
provided as scheduled.
Ensure that professional nursing personnel have valid and current
licenses as required by State.
Ensure changes in customer condition are reported to family and
Attend Department Head meetings, Infection Control meetings,
Quality Assurance meetings, etc., as directed.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
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