RN, Director of Nursing
Oak Terrace Senior Living of Jordan - Jordan, MN

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Director of Nursing (DON, RN)
Oak Terrace Senior Living of Jordan is seeking Director of Nursing to lead our assisted living community. An ideal candidate will have experience working as a nurse manager in a long term care; however, we are also interested in interviewing nurses from broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Applicants should enjoy working with the elderly and have a passion to improve the lives of the elderly.

About Oak Terrace
Oak Terrace Senior Communities is a family owned and operated business with three communities in southern Minnesota. Oak Terrace Senior living of Jordan is the newest of the three and offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care services. We currently have 42 assisted/independent living apartments and space for 20 memory care individuals. We are in the process of expanding our assisted living and memory care communities to serve more residents.

Oak Terrace is a great place to live and work. We look forward to welcoming you to our team.

A sample job description is below. Please contact us for more information if you are interested to be a Director of Nursing (DON).

Job Task Performed
Nursing Leadership and Direction on the Unit
Role models positive communication skills with NA/Rs, TMAs (if applicable), interdisciplinary team, customers, residents and families.
Listen to shift report and keep open lines of communication with supervisor, co-workers and on-coming shift.
Make rounds to residents to observe their physical and psychosocial status.
Assign personnel appropriately to meet resident needs.
Ensure that unit personnel and volunteers on your shift are carrying out their assignments.
Attend nurses and team meetings as scheduled and/or assigned.
Initiate disciplinary action when the performance of personnel warrants such action.
Report occupational exposures to needlesticks, blood, body fluids, infectious materials and hazardous chemicals in accordance with facility policy and procedures governing accidents and incidents.
Participate in the development, maintenance, and implementation of the facility’s quality assurance program for the nursing service department as directed.
Participate in facility surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies as may be requested.
Assist in planning the nursing services portion of the resident’s discharge plan as necessary.
Interpret the department’s policies and procedures to personnel, residents, visitors, and government agencies as required.
Admit, transfer, and discharge residents as required.
Complete accident/incident reports as necessary.
Maintain the Daily Census Report and submit to the Business Office as required.
Perform administrative duties such as completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies, charting, etc., or dir
Administrative Functions
Examine the resident and his/her records and charts, and discriminate between normal and abnormal findings, in order to recognize when to refer the resident to a physician for evaluation, supervision, or directions.
Serve on the Interdisciplinary Care Plan Team as directed.
Charting and Documentation
Complete and file required record keeping forms/charts upon the resident’s admission, transfer, and/or discharge.
Receive telephone orders from physicians and record on the Physicians’ Order Form.
Transcribe physician’s orders to resident charts, cardex, medication cards, treatment/care plans and computer as required.
Chart nurse’s notes in an informative and descriptive manner that reflects the care provided to the resident as well as the resident’s response to the care
Chart all reports of accidents/incidents involving residents. Follow established procedures.
Record new/changed diet orders. Forward information to the Dietary Department.
Fill out and complete transfer forms in accordance with established procedures.
Work with the Interdisciplinary Care Plan Team in developing a comprehensive assessment and care plan for assigned residents.
Ensure that appropriate documentation concerning unauthorized discharges is entered in the resident’s medical record in accordance with established procedures.
Perform routine charting duties as required and in accordance with established charting and documentation policies and procedures.
Sign and date all entries make in the resident’s medical record.
Drug Administration Functions
Prepare and administer medications as ordered by the physician.
Verify the identity of the resident before administering medication/treatment.
Ensure that prescribed medications for one resident is not administered to another.
Ensure that an adequate supply of floor stock medications, supplies, ad equipment is on hand to meet the nursing needs of the residents. Report needs to the Nurse Supervisor.
Order prescribed medications, supplies, and equipment as necessary, and in accordance with established policies.
Ensure that narcotic records are accurate for your shift.
Notify the Director of Nursing of all drug and narcotic discrepancies noted on your shift.
Review medication cards for completeness of information, accuracy in the transcription of the physician’s order, and adherence to stop order policies.
Dispose of drugs and narcotics as required, and in accordance with established procedures.
Personnel Functions
Participate in employee performance evaluations, determining your shift’s staffing requirements, and making recommendations to the Nurse Supervisor concerning employee dismissals, transfers, etc.
Inform the Nurse Supervisor of staffing needs when assigned personnel fail to report to work.
Report absence call-ins to the Nurse Supervisor.
Review and evaluate your department’s work force and make recommendations to the Nurse Supervisor.
Develop work assignments and/or assist in completing and performing such assignments.
Provide leadership to nursing personnel assigned to your unit/shift.
Develop and maintain a good working rapport with inter-departmental personnel, as well as other departments within the facility to ensure that nursing services and activities can be adequately maintained to meet the needs of the residents.
Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis as well as a calm environment throughout the unit and shift.
Review complaints and grievances made of filed by your assigned personnel.
Receive/give the nursing report upon reporting in and ending shift duty hours.
Report occupational exposure to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, ad hazardous chemicals in accordance with the facility’s policies and procedures governing accidents and incidents.

Nursing Care Functions
Inform nursing personnel of new admissions, their expected time of arrival, room assignment, etc.
Ensure that rooms are ready for new admissions.
Greet newly admitted residents upon admission. Escort them to their rooms as necessary.
Participate in the orientation of new residents/family members to the facility.
Make rounds with physicians as necessary.
Requisition and arrange for diagnostic and therapeutic services, as ordered by the physician, and in accordance with our established procedures.
Consult with the resident’s physician in providing the resident’s care, treatment, rehabilitation, etc., as necessary.
Assist residents in preparing for activity and social programs (i.e., church services, parties, visitors, etc.)
Assist in transporting residents to/from appointments, activity and social programs, etc., as necessary.
Assist with lifting, turning, moving, positioning, and transporting residents into and out of beds, chairs, bathtubs, wheelchairs, of its, etc.
Assist residents to walk with or without self-help devices as instructed.
Answer resident calls promptly.
Review the resident’s chart for specific treatments, medication orders, diets, etc., as necessary.
Implement and maintain established nursing objectives and standards.
Make periodic checks to ensure that prescribed treatments are being properly administered by certified nursing assistants and to evaluate the resident’s physical and emotional status.
Notify the resident’s physician and family/responsible party of changes in resident condition in accordance with state and federal guidelines.
Inspect the nursing service treatment areas daily to ensure that they are maintained in a clean and sage manner.
Nursing Care Functions
Obtain sputum, urine and other specimens for lab tests as ordered.
Take and record TPR’s, blood pressures, etc., as necessary.
Monitor ill residents as necessary.
Check foods brought into the facility by the resident’s family/visitors to ensure that it is within the resident’s dietary allowances. Report problem areas to the Nurse Supervisor and Dietary Supervisor.
Ensure that personnel providing direct care to residents are providing such care in accordance with the resident’s care plan and wishes.
Ensure that all residents that are unable to call for help are checked frequently.
Meet with residents, and/or family member, as necessary. Report problem areas to the Nurse Supervisor.
Admit, transfer and discharge residents as necessary.
Assist in arranging transportation for discharged residents as necessary.
Call funeral homes when requested by the family. Ensure that established postmortem procedures are followed.
Assist residents with dressing/undressing as necessary.
/assist residents with hair care functions (i.e., brushing, shampooing, etc.)
Assist residents with nail care (i.e., clipping, trimming, and cleaning the finger/toenails.)
Make beds (occupied and unoccupied).
Assist resident with bowel and bladder functions (i.e., take to bathroom, offer bedpan/urinal, portable commode, etc.)
Staff Development
Participate in developing, planning, conducting and scheduling in-service training classes that provide instructions on “how to do the job,” and ensure a well-educated nursing service department.
Implement and maintain an effective orientation program that orients the now employee to your shift, its policies and procedures, and to his/her job position and duties.
Assist in standardizing the methods in which work will be accomplished.
Assist in training department personnel in identifying tasks that involve potential exposure to blood/body fluids.
Assist the Director in planning clinical supervision for nurse aide trainees.
Attend and participate in outside training programs.
Attend and participate in annual OSHA and CDC in-service training programs for hazard communication, TB management, and blood-borne pathogens standard.
Attend and participate in advance directive in-service training programs for the staff and community.
Attend and participate in continuing education programs designed to keep you abreast of changed in your profession, as well as to maintain your license on a current status.
Safety and Sanitation
Monitor you assigned personnel to ensure that they are following established safety regulations in the use of equipment and supplies.
Ensure that established departmental policies and procedures, including dress codes, are followed by your assigned nursing personnel.
Assist the Director and/or Infection Control Coordinator in identifying, evaluation, and classifying routine and job related functions to ensure that tasks in which there are potential exposure to blood/body fluids are properly identified and recorded.
Ensure that all personnel performing tasks that involve potential exposure to blood/body fluids participate in appropriate in-service training programs prior to performing such tasks.
Ensure that an adequate supply of personal protective equipment is on hand and readily available to personnel who perform procedures that involves exposure to blood or body fluids.
Ensure that your assigned work areas (I.e., nurse’s stations, medicine preparation rooms, etc.) are maintained in a clean and sanitary manner.
Ensure that your unit’s resident care rooms, treatment areas, etc. are maintained in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner.
Participate in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the infection control program for monitoring communicable and/or infectious diseased among the residents and personnel.
Ensure that your assigned personnel follow established infection control procedures when isolation precautions become necessary.
Ensure that nursing personnel follow established procedures in the use and disposal of personal protective equipment.
Ensure that all personnel wear and/or use safety equipment and supplies (e.g., mechanical lifts, etc.) when lifting or moving residents.
Report missing/illegible labels and MSDSs to the safety officer or other designated person.
Ensure that your assigned personnel follow established hand washing techniques in the administering of nursing care procedures.
Ensure that your assigned personnel participate in and conduct all fire safety and disaster preparedness drills in a sage and professional manner.
Equipment and Supplies
Recommend to the Nurse Supervisor the equipment and supply needs of you r unit/shift.
Ensure that an adequate stock level of medications, medical supplies, equipment, etc., is maintained on your unit/shift at all times to meet the needs of the residents.
Participate in the development and implementation of the procedures for the safe operation of all nursing service equipment.
Ensure that all personnel operate nursing service equipment in a safe manner.
Monitor nursing procedures to ensure that nursing service supplies are used in an efficient manner to avoid waste.
Ensure that appropriate MSDSs are on file for hazardous chemicals used in the nursing service department.
Care Plan and Assessment Functions
Review care plans daily to ensure that appropriate care is being rendered.
Inform the Nurse Supervisor of any changes that need to be made on the care plan.
Ensure that your nurses’ notes reflect that the care plan is being followed when administering nursing care or treatment.
Review resident care plans for appropriate resident goals, problems, approaches, and revisions based on nursing needs.
Ensure that your assigned certified nursing assistants (NAR) are aware of the resident care plans. Ensure that the NARs refer to the resident’s care plan prior to administering daily care to the resident.
Resident Rights
Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.
Monitor nursing care to ensure that all residents are treated fairly, and with kindness, dignity, and respect.
Ensure that all nursing care is provided in privacy and that nursing service personnel knock before entering the resident’s room.
Ensure that all nursing service personnel are acknowledgeable of the residents’ responsibilities and rights including the right to refuse treatment.
Review complaints and grievances made by the resident and make a written/oral report to the Nurse Supervisor indicating what action(s) were taken to resolve the complaint or grievance. Follow the facility’s established procedures.
Maintain a written record of the resident’s complaints and/or grievances that indicates the action taken to resolve the complaint and the current status of the complaint.
Report and investigate all allegations of resident abuse and/or misappropriation of resident property.
Ensure that nursing staff personnel honor the resident’s refusal of treatment request. Ensure that such requests are in accordance with the facility’s policies governing advance directives.
Provide data to the Quality Assurance & Assessment Committee as requested.


  • Graduate of an accredited nursing program. Must possess a current, unencumbered, active license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse/ Registered Nurse in the State of Minnesota.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures as well as laws, regulations and guidelines that pertain to long term care.
  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Must have the ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, including supervisory ability and a willingness to work harmoniously with others.
  • Must possess the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Must be skilled in problem-solving and decision-making techniques.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
  • Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures for areas of accountability.
  • Must possess a demonstrated ability to work in a highly dynamic industry and constantly changing workplace environment.

Working Conditions

  • Works in office area(s) as well as throughout the nursing service area (i.e., dining room, nurses’ station, residents’ rooms, etc.). Is subject to frequent interruptions. Communicates with the medical staff, nursing personnel and other department supervisors. Works beyond normal working hours, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary. May be subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, staff and visitors. Is subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc. throughout the workday. Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, hazardous chemicals, diseases, conditions, etc. including AIDS and Hepatitis B virus.

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting, standing, walking, intermittently during the workday. Must be able to lift, push, pull and move a minimum of fifty (50) pounds to a minimum height for 3 feet and be able to push, pull and/or carry such weight a minimum distance of 3 feet to assist in evacuation of residents in emergency situations.

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