Job Description Nursing—Dept. Head JOB SUMMARY The Nursing Dept. Head (NDH) assumes authority, responsibility, and accountability for the delivery of nursing services provided in the homecare and/or facility settings. Minimum Requirements Graduate of an accredited school of nursing; Bachelor’s degree in nursing required Registered nurse with current license to practice in both Oregon and Washington Minimum of five years of clinical experience including two years in a managerial role in a healthcare environment; preferably a hospice environment Demonstrated skills in administrative performance with strong written/oral communication Comprehensive knowledge of nursing practice, applicable rules and regulations, and industry standards pertaining to hospice care Experience in development of administrative policies and procedures as well as design of programs for implementation and compliance Computer proficiency and working knowledge of MS programs Current CPR certification Areas of Accountability Maintain absolute confidentiality of all information pertaining to patients, families, and staff and adhere to all HIPAA rules Oversee staff’s delivery of patient care and compliance with all agency policies; including day to day staffing for patient care needs, team development, mentoring, and skill building Outreach to community agencies, health care settings, and referral partners Primary Responsibilities Coordinate nursing services to patients/families; ensuring all care is provided with respect for patient rights Assist in the development of agency goals Assist with the development and implementation of HoH policies and procedures Collaborate with patients, families, facility staff, other providers, and hospice staff to ensure patient/family satisfaction Maintain Nursing and Hospice Aide competency by pursuing education and training opportunities Proactively identify opportunities to improve the patient and family experience of care Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of resources Work with the Medical Director and Asst. Medical Director, QAPI, and other Dept. Heads to assure that clinical protocols, utilization review, case management, quality assurance, and compliance programs are implemented according to policies Oversee DME, Medication, and Lab/Hospital bills for appropriateness and accuracy Oversee Hospiscripts Oversee Clinical supplies (ordering, stocking, equipment, exceptions) for appropriateness and accuracy Oversee Clinical administrative billing system Oversee Certs/ReCerts Oversee Surveys and Survey Prep Participate in professional and community health and welfare activities Take Call as needed Job Description Nursing, Dept. Head Supervisory Responsibilities Supervise RNs, HAs, and clinical administrative staff Participate in recruitment, selection, orientation, retention, coaching, and discipline of direct reports Conduct supervisory visits to allow for observation of clinical performance of assigned team members Conduct 45 and 90 day reviews as well as annual evaluations for direct reports—consult with other supervisors in cases where the staff member has multiple areas for responsibility—provide constructive feedback and assistance to support performance—coach individuals regarding job description boundaries Assess and coordinate continuing education needs for the department Ensure staffing ratios meet the needs of HoH patients; oversee Call schedule Review and approve bi-weekly timesheets including overtime and mileage Coach staff members in identifying performance barriers; explore, pinpoint, and implement appropriate solutions Rotate Supervisor On-Call weekends Committee/Meeting Responsibilities Coordinate and participate in bi-weekly Inter Disciplinary Group (IDG) meetings Coordinate, lead, and participate in RN meetings, HA meetings, and Survey Prep meetings Participate in Policies & Procedures, QAPI, Safety, Streamlining, and Dept. Head meetings Attend conferences as appropriate Participate in volunteer orientations, training, and education as requested Other responsibilities as directed by the President/CEO Other Non-Physical Requirements Must have valid Driver’s License, must furnish own transportation Must maintain current automobile insurance coverage Physical and Environmental Demands and/or Conditions Regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Perform repetitive tasks and/or motions; have good manual dexterity and good eye-hand-foot coordination Distinguish colors and have clarity of vision with or without corrective lenses at all times Able to hear alarms, telephone, and normal speaking voice Working Conditions There may be a fluctuating work load with periods of stress and deadlines. May be exposed to blood, body tissue and fluids regularly, as well as other hazardous waste materials. May be exposed periodically to physical injury, burns, noise, environmental stress, and some electrical hazards.
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