Reports To : Director of Nursing and Administrator
Exempt Status: Non exempt
FUNCTION: Under the direction of the Department Manager, is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating an organized program for staff education, directed toward the achievement of professional excellence. Serves as the primary contact person for Nursing, Professional, and Supportive Services staff education. Establishes professional education resources and instructional leadership for outreach programs directed to health care professionals.
• Supervises the training and cares provided by nursing assistants, licensed vocational/practical nurses and others for whom they are administratively or professionally responsible.
• Assists with the orientation process in the facility through general, licensed and non-licensed orientation programs.
• Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organizational policies and applicable laws.
• Interviews, recommends, hires and trains employees
• Plans, assigns and directs work of trainees
• Assist in the performance evaluations of employees in the nursing departments
• Assist in the resolution of employee concerns and complaints
• Monitors and evaluates the training needs of facility employees
• Freedom from illegal use of drugs.
• Freedom from use and effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.
• Persons who have been found guilty by a court of law of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals in a health care related setting are ineligible for employment in the position.
Education and/or Experience:
• Registered nurse with management or supervisor experience in long-term care or geriatric nursing.
• Minimum of licensed practical or vocational nurse with experience in long-term care or geriatric nursing.
• 1-3 years experience in long term care/gerontology preferred
• Demonstrated track record of successful leadership, management, and teaching skills. Prior SDC experience preferred
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
• Current license in the state in which practicing
• Certified to teach the nursing assistant training classes
• Current CPR certificate
• Additional Training Certificates desirable, but not required
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to communicate orally and through written reports and other documents relating to resident, staff and others. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of executives, managers, clients, customers and the public.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. Basic knowledge of computers is desired.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define and solve problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical journals and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provides leadership for the assessment of learning/resource needs and the subsequent establishment of directional goals for facility staff development that are compatible with service teaching and research objectives.
• Collaborate with department managers and resource personnel using indicators such as new policy development, new technology, patient case study, and quality assurance monitors, to prioritize staff development needs.
• Establishes and maintains a resource pool of health professionals, current health care information, and media and material resources to assist and support staff education and professional outreach.
• Monitors staff education and professional outreach program offering. Recommends direction and program focus.
• Functions as a liaison with community health professionals to promote facility professional-education programs and services.
• Utilize systems available in ongoing education and training programs such as orientation, in-service, and career ladder programs.
• Assists with staffing needs by covering shifts
• Ensures that Employee attendance at in-services and other training programs is tracked and that education is offered to meet certification and regulatory requirements.
• Monitors and tracks the employee TB testing along with HR personnel.
• Does competency checks of licensed and non-licensed staff as needed.
• Works in a hands-on manner with nursing employees to help them understand the performance of skills
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
RESIDENT RIGHTS: Promotes residents’ rights; assists residents to make informed decisions; treats residents with dignity and respect. Reports suspected abuse or neglect; resolves grievances; supports independent expression, choice and decision-making.
LEADERSHIP: Demonstrates willingness to try new tasks; communicate and discuss potential areas of risk to the appropriate manager; generates new ideas for change; evaluates and recognizes priorities; selects effective team members; challenges others to learn; keeps current and integrates new information; communicates and models organization values; fosters high performance; recognizes need for and provides adequate resources.
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT: Functions as member of QA committee; Applies quality improvement methods techniques; assists in data collection; Identifies processes for improvements in daily work and educates new employees in team process.
ENVIRONMENT OF CARE: Demonstrates understanding of fire and emergency procedures; participates in fire and disaster drills; maintains emergency supplies and equipment; demonstrates understanding of safety and security procedures; applies safety and security precautions; demonstrates understanding of hazardous materials plan; demonstrates proper use of equipment.
INFECTION CONTROL: Applies hand washing principles during daily work; demonstrates understanding of isolation precautions; recognizes signs and symptoms of infection and complies with the employee health program; demonstrates understanding of the process for identifying and handling infectious waste; maintains personal hygiene; complies with OSHA standards in the work place; and demonstrates understanding of cross-contamination.
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT : Enters or records data timely and accurately; promotes confidentiality of resident information; logs onto the system using own password; logs off the system when leaving the work station; reports suspected violation of security/confidentiality issues; reviews data and identifies trends.
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Demonstrates active listening techniques; gains support through effective relationships; treats others with dignity and respect; seeks feedback; sets clear standards for performance; evaluates job performance and provides effective feedback; establishes systems to measure effectiveness, efficiency and service; creates and maintains reporting mechanisms.
CONTINUING EDUCATION: Attends in-service and education programs; attends continuing education required for maintenance of professional certification or licensure.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS : The physical demands described here are representative of, but not limited to, those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands or fingers, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance and stoop or kneel. The employee on occasion will assist to transfer residents of varied weights and sizes. The employee will follow facility protocol on use of mechanical lifts and transfer devices. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to blood or other body fluids, fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
JOB DESCRIPTION REVIEW : I understand the job description, its requirements and that I am expected to complete all duties as assigned. I understand the job duties, may be altered from time to time.