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Director of Nursing- 8:30am to 5:00pm

at Country Meadows Retirement Communities
Location Bethlehem, PA
Date Posted December 10, 2018
Category Bethlehem Community
Job Type Full-time
Company Name Country Meadows Retirement Communities
Address 4011 Green Pond Road


Director of Nursing

A co-worker’s job title is only the beginning of who he/she is to our residents because here, each co-worker serves a position and a purpose. We care for our residents the way we all would want to be treated: with dignity, compassion and respect. To honor the care and commitment that they offer to our residents every day, we work hard to provide a rich benefit package, an environment which encourages career development and competitive compensation.

The Director of Nursing oversees the personal care department with the goal of providing a safe, homelike environment where residents can achieve and maintain their fullest level of wellness and function. Utilizes sound management principles to maintain a motivated and stable staff. Manages resident health and wellness through regular resident monitoring and communication to the resident care team.

Routine Functions of the Position:
• Establishes and maintains positive, respectful, and supportive environment for all residents, co-workers, families, and facility guests. Assures orientation and welcoming process occurs for all new residents and co-workers.
• Manages the licensed nursing staff. Interviews, hires, orients, coaches, counsels, and evaluates nurses. Supports professional growth of co-workers.
• Assures co-worker hepatitis immunization and series tracking is complete.
• Oversees the PCA and nursing career paths and mentoring program.
• Reviews and countersigns PCA performance evaluations as appropriate.
• Ensures adequate personal care staffing based upon state regulations, annual budgets, and team targets. Works with Pathways and Connections program managers to coordinate appropriate facility-wide PCA staffing levels that meet program and clinical needs.
• Encourages teamwork, promotes wellness philosophy, and supports open communication and collaborative problem solving among co-workers. Leads by example.
• Works in partnership with the executive director, marketer, program manager and wellness team to assess residents’ needs and to place them appropriately within the continuum of care. o Performs assessment evaluation for prospective residents.
• Ensures a head-to-toe physical review is completed for all newly admitted or returning residents and reviews the physical review results.
• Leads the wellness team in the continual review of residents and the creation of appropriate support plans based on changes in resident care levels.
• Completes DHS required assessments for assigned residents.
• Reviews all DHS required assessments for appropriateness
• Encourages resident and family participation in service planning to promote and preserve personal choice, independence and dignity. As appropriate for resident confidentiality, keeps family informed of resident’s progress.
• Assures customer support plan is available to appropriate co-workers and residents receive the services specified in their plans.
• Coordinates health services with residents, physicians, therapy departments, pharmacy and other referral agencies to assure optimal care. All communications meet state and federal guidelines for confidentiality and resident rights.
• Responds to long-term care insurance company questions on behalf of residents.
• Collaborates with dining services using the Dining Communication form to ensure a beneficial dining experience for each resident.
• Collaborates with Community Life, Fitness, Chaplain and Therapy department to promote optimal resident mobility, cognition and satisfying social interactions.
• Actively protects resident and co-worker safety by recognizing, reporting and taking immediate action to minimize risk of accident or injury. o Appropriately handles on-the-job injuries reported by co-workers.
• Responds to resident emergencies and reacts appropriately.
• Monitor DHS and internal incident reports, including medication errors, and implements action plans to decrease incident occurrence.
• Assures completion of the OSHA Sharps log and other safety related reports.
• Assures all infection control guidelines are met and appropriate tracking and surveillance procedures are followed.
• Coordinates and participates in initial and ongoing education of all nurses and personal care co-workers regarding resident health and wellness. Ensures co-worker attendance at mandatory sessions.
• Makes twice daily rounds throughout facility to stay abreast of resident care needs and issues.
• Observes for any signs of resident abuse or neglect. Takes immediate action to prevent harm and report incidents according to Company policy and state laws.
• Conducts monthly staff meetings with nurses and medication associates. Participates in facility meetings: wellness, marketing, therapy, fireside chats and others as appropriate.
• Effectively communicates new policies / procedures and Company initiatives.
• Ensures adequate supplies are maintained and ordered accordingly.
• Assumes responsibilities of the executive director and / or associate executive director in their absence and takes initiative to maintain the smooth operation of the facility, reporting to the vice president of operations.
• Responsible for compliance with company policies and procedures, pharmacy policies and procedures, and state and federal agency rules and regulations.
• Assumes ultimate responsibility to ensure proper medication associate training and monitoring. Maintains current knowledge of QuickMAR functions. Serves as a QuickMAR resource to medication associates and nurses.
• Performs MAR reviews per protocol (or assigns to designee and ensures completion).
• Expands personal development in gerontologic clinical nursing, leadership skills, communication skills, management skills and maintains current knowledge of regulations or regulatory issues. Annually achieves 6 CEUs in topics directly related to the care of the older adults / gerontology.
• Performs general nursing duties as necessary.
• Ability to multitask.
• Must be dependable, punctual, self-motivated, and able to work without constant supervision.
• In case of fire or other internal disaster, assists in evacuating residents to exits.
• Protects resident rights and confidential information according to state and federal laws.
• Observe for any signs of resident abuse or neglect. Takes immediate action to prevent harm and report incidents according to company policy and state law.
Critical Success Factors:
• Compassionate and empathetic in personal interactions.
• Effective oral and written communication skills.
• Basic computer skills, including use of e-mail.
• Highly organized, ability to manage multiple priorities.
• Leadership skills that demonstrate ability to positively influence the behavior of others.
• Self-supervising and self-motivating with willingness to cooperate and to work as a team member.
• Adaptable and flexible.
• Demonstrates problem-solving ability.

Work Environment:
• Ability to perform physical tasks for extended periods of time
• Ability to stand, walk, sit, kneel, bend, reach, stretch, carry up to 15 pounds and support up to 70 pounds.
• Push / pull up to 100 pounds.
• Secure proper assistance for transferring and lifting resident as needed.
• Workplace includes the entire campus except the attic.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Current unencumbered LPN or RN license in the state where employed.
• Minimum of one year experience in assisted living or health care.
• Prior supervisory experience in the health care environment strongly preferred.
• CPR certified.
• Have the ability to understand and speak English at a level which allows the safe, efficient performance of the job.



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