Director of Nursing (DON) for Home Care Agency
Home Care agency in Northern Virginia has an opening for a RN, BSN to join our team as Director of Nursing. This position involves being a key representative to clients, families, employees and community partners. It requires an experienced nurse who has demonstrated leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Candidates must hold a current RN license in the state of Virginia and have a minimum of 2 years as a supervisor.
Responsibilities: Supervise nursing staff and ensure clients are receiving person-centered care to enjoy the best possible quality of life. The DON often provides the first impression of the company and is expected to handle multiple responsibilities with tact and professionalism.
Key responsibilities of Director of Nursing
- Complete understanding of Home Health Regulations in Virginia. Responsible that nursing care is delivered in compliance with State regulations. Keep abreast of state and national policies related to in-home care.
- Manage home care and ensure the agency meets high standards in keeping with its reputation as a leader in the industry.
- Implement new initiatives as needed to be in compliance, including knowledge of infectious disease protocol. Coordinate respiratory program led by contracted provider.
- Accept and document initial inquiries from prospective home care clients. Assess and prepare Plan of Care for new clients and update as needed. Conduct reassessments every 90 days or more often as needed. Communicate with clients, family members and caregivers in order to provide support that recognizes each client as an individual with a unique ilfe history.
- Coordinate staff orientation and competency in specific skills as needed for client care. Provide ongoing supervision for in-home aides and skilled nursing cases and work with HR director on performance evaluations.
- Interview and hire skilled nurses and delegate responsibiilties. Counsel nurses and aides on clinical and performance issues and conduct annual evaluations.
- Educate clients on medical and pharmaceutical issues as needed
- Follow up on all complaints and adverse events
- Follow up on all employee injuries and contagious illness
- Conduct staff meetings and training/educational programs (CNA -12 CEUs annually)
- Assist with development/review of clinical procedures
- Work with agency leadership team to develop systems to improve efficiency.
- Participate in weekly meetings with key office staff
- Meet with discharge planners and other healthcare professionals in the community
- Provide after-hours telephone support regarding nursing supervision of client care
Abilities and Traits required:
Excellent Clinical Skills
Compassionate “person centered” approach to care
Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)
Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task
Excellent problem-solving skills
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Ability to work well both independently and as a team member
Genuine passion for working with older adults and improving their quality of life
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed and assigned by your supervisor.