Director of Nursing

  • Boston, MA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Director of Nursing is responsible for oversight of the daily clinical and administrative operations of the nursing department to assure that each resident receives the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well being, in accordance with their comprehensive plan of care.

Job Description

Essential Functions:
• Assures nursing organizational structure supports clinical and administrative standards and goals that will enable the center to achieve its mission and ongoing survey readiness and regulatory compliance.
• Leads nursing management team to ensure quality outcomes.
• Knowledgeable of applicable federal, state and other regulations, including state specific clinical practice acts.
• Accountable for consistent assignments in the center and adjustments to staffing based upon census, acuity and budget.
• Assures effective recruitment and retention plans exist, and participates in their implementation.
• Promotes effective working conditions, and positive employee relations.
• Participates in budget discussions and staffing composition recommendations.
• Participates in the nursing center Performance Improvement process by analyzing outcomes, identifying trends and developing plans of corrections.
• Collaborates with other members of the health care team as needed.
• Reviews prospective resident referrals in accordance with the clinical grid to assure that clinical services can be provided. Assesses nursing department educations needs and sets obtainable goals to enable the center to provide more complex clinical services that will broaden the center’s referral base.
• Participates and/or leads committees or workgroups as deemed necessary and/or requested by Administration.
• Communicates and collaborates with the Medical Director, attending and consulting physicians, ancillary and service departments, and contracted providers through JOB, MAB and other meetings. Accountable for execution of consolation services process.
• Participates in the selection, monitoring, evaluation, storage and tracking of clinically related equipment and supply usage.
• Assumes responsibilities and authority of operations in the short term absence of the ED/CEO
• Remains knowledgeable about the residents and their conditions through mechanisms such as making daily rounds and discussion with charge nurse and promotes person-centered care.
• Promotes and evaluates resident and family satisfaction with nursing services
• Advocates for and assists with smooth transitions of care from one setting to another through effective communication and discharge planning activities.
• Promotes an environment where residents’ rights are protected and residents are free from abuse and neglect.
• Responsible for evaluating staff development needs for the nursing department.
• Ensures clinical competency of all nursing staff. Collaborates with staff development coordinator to develop and manage systems to assure clinical competencies during the hiring process and annually. Encourages ongoing professional organizations, and completing formal academic programs.
• Participates in employee recognition programs.
• Communicates effectively, actively listens and functions effectively as a part of the team.


Must have previous experience as a DON in a skilled nursing facility.

• Graduate of accredited school of nursing, BSN or MSN preferred.
• At least one year of leadership experience in administration and management in a health care organization.
• At least one year of experience in gerontology nursing/long-term care nursing preferred.
• Certification as a director of nursing or nursing executive/administrator in long term care.

• Valid RN license in the state employed.
• Valid CPR certification.

Additional Information

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