Assistant Director of Nursing

The Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of resident-centered care, to comply with Lutheran Senior Services quality standards and State & Federal regulations. Responsibilities include the oversight and development of all nursing service personnel, performance management, evaluation, monitoring staffing needs, policy and procedures, and communication with resident and family members. Upholds the philosophy, core values and goals of the organization and ensures the Christian Mission of Lutheran Senior Services is realized so that “Older Adults Live Life to the Fullest”.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Coordinates and monitors the daily activities of nursing staff.

Ensures the consistent application of LSS policies; participates in coaching and counseling of nursing staff as necessary.

Performs administrative duties, including, but not limited to staff performance evaluations, determining work assignments and scheduling, medical record documentation, completion of Resident Assessments and MDS, and other written and oral reports as required.

Supports, evaluates and implements written policies and procedures that govern the day-to-day functions of the nursing department.

Maintains accurate staffing levels to meet resident care needs, including monitoring of over time.

Provides oversight of, and maintain data related to, the Infection Control Management process.

Assists with the planning, development, organization, implementation and evaluation of nursing programs to ensure continuity of residents’ total regiment of care, in accordance with current rules, regulations, and guidelines. Participates in pre-admission assessment data collection. Manage admissions, transfers, and discharge residents as required.

Assists with the development and updating of care plans.

Monitors, evaluates, and recommends process improvements to meet Community quality, safety and risk management guidelines. Ensures compliance of reporting processes. Participates in Committee meetings as needed.

Monitors and evaluates staff development needs including orientation, performance management, and leading of self-directed work teams.

Monitors nursing practice to maintain a safe work environment, to ensure compliance with Community standards, state and federal regulations.

Assists with in-service education of nursing staff.

Participates in survey (inspections) made by authorized agencies.

Participates in direct resident care when necessary.

May function in the capacity of the Director of Nursing and/or MDS Coordinator in their absence

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

-Current RN license in state of practice

-Graduate from an accredited school of nursing preferred

-Must be CPR certified

-One-year experience in Medicare in a Nursing home environment preferred

-Must possess strong leadership skills and the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action; Must be knowledgeable and skilled in nursing medical practices and procedures with emphasis in the geriatric population; Must be familiar with current laws, regulations, and guidelines that pertain to long-term care; Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures, etc., that are necessary for providing quality care and personal growth; Must maintain a high level of professionalism and willingness to handle difficult situations.

Other Qualifications:

Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) requires drivers of licensed company vehicles and those using their own vehicles for business purposes have the appropriate driver’s license, insurance coverage, and meet the auto liability carrier’s driver’s criteria.

Physical Activities and Demands:

The physical activities and demands 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 job duties and responsibilities.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk to hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Working 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.

A well-lighted and ventilated working area that has its own temperature control system (air conditioning and heat); Is subject to emotionally upset residents, and family members; Is willing to work beyond normal working hours, weekends and holidays when necessary; Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, including exposure to AIDS and Hepatitis B virus; Appropriate ergonomic and personal safety equipment is provided as needed.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and standards. Certain job functions described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and standards.

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