Director of Nursing - DON
Hospice of Missoula - Missoula, MT

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JOB DESCRIPTION: The Director of Nursing is directly accountable to the Administrator. The DON is responsible for directing all nursing services for Hospice of Missoula. Helps to develop objectives, policies and procedures of nursing care, establishes, implements, monitors, evaluates and revises these policies as needed. Ensures compliance with hospice nursing care standards established by state and federal agencies.

Responsibility and Functions

Professional and clinical services
1. Inform public, patients, and their families about the hospice philosophy, goals, and services.
2. Sets clinical goals, priorities while managing resources and developing mission based concepts and approaches.
3. Reviews clinical projects progress and results; makes clinical management decisions with administrative team.
4. Ensures compliance with applicable federal and/or state laws and regulations, as well as HOM’s standards and guidelines.
5. Participates in establishing direction, goals, and policies. Meets with Administrator to determine needs and challenges.
6. Supervises R.N.’s, L.P.N.’s & C.N.A.’s including but not limited to: hiring, managing workload, delegating assignments, training, monitoring and evaluating performance, and initiating corrective or disciplinary actions.
7. Maintains procedures in correlation to HOM policy, state, and federal laws.
8. Recommends, advocates, and/or implements, any changes to existing policies and procedures, laws, or regulations.
9. Provides consultation, makes recommendations, gives appropriate advice, and facilitates decisions for clinical team supporting patient centered care.
10. Responsible for management and coordination Interdisciplinary Team meetings (IDT)
11. Acts as the clinical resource to meeting the needs of our community, providers, and primarily, our patients and their families.
12. Monitors and evaluates operations, programs, processes, and practices for quality and effectiveness; making recommendations for improvement to administration.
13. Responsible for clinical training and instruction of nursing staff either directly or through other educational sources.
14. Delivers presentations, training, and instruction to medical associates, facilities, community, staff, patients, and patient’s families.
15. Coordinates on-call 24-hour seven-days-a-week coverage to patients and families by nursing staff.
16. Other tasks as assigned by the Administrator.


  • Graduate of an accredited registered nursing program.
  • Maintains current RN licensure in the State of Montana.
  • Demonstrates clinical competency
  • Demonstrates commitment to hospice philosophy of care.
  • Possesses and maintains good physical stamina and mental health.

Skills Required

  • Develop approaches for implementation of an idea, program, or a change in operations
  • Establish objectives, strategies, and actions to achieve objectives
  • Control and direct the operation of a program or function
  • Develop and implement new policies/procedures/standards and rules/regulations.
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize DON time and workload in order to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Supervise others by assigning/directing work; conducting employee evaluations, training and developing staff while taking appropriate disciplinary/corrective actions, making hiring/termination recommendations, etc.
  • Coordinate the activities or tasks of people and groups.
  • Monitor or track information or data.
  • Communicate information clearly and concisely verbally and in writing; read and understand information presented by others verbally and in writing.
  • Deal with people in a manner exhibiting sensitivity, tact, and professionalism.
  • Evaluate information against a set of standards
  • Deliver presentations or training using acceptable methods and techniques.
  • Speak before a group of people.
  • Distinguish colors
  • Hear alarms, telephone, and normal speaking voice
  • Have clarity of vision with or without corrective lenses at all times

Physical Requirements

  • Heavy Work: Sitting/standing, exerting up to 100 lbs. occasionally and/or 20 - 50 lbs. frequently, 5-10 lbs. constantly

Other non-physical requirements:

  • Must have valid Current Driver’s License
  • Furnish own transportation
  • Must maintain current automobile insurance coverage
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to apply sound nursing principles to Hospice care.
  • A MINIMUM of one year’s experience in oncology, home health, or experiential equivalent preferred.
  • Nursing management/administration experience preferred.
  • Maintain current Registered Nurse license in the State of Montana.

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