Assistant Director of Nursing

Position Title:  Assistant Director of Nursing
Department:  Crisis Stabilization  Location:  Gainesville, FL
Reports to:  Vice President of Acute Care Services
Salary Range:  $85,000-91,250 | Exempt Status

Position Summary:  

The Assistant Director of Nursing  (ADON) will assist the Nurse Managers in directing the activities of licensed and non-licensed personnel who provide health care and nursing services throughout Meridian. S/He will coordinate administrative and nursing functions at the CSU and ARF to improve patient care and to disseminate Meridian's goals for each unit/shift. The ADON will assist with hiring and disciplinary actions, directly manage the Nurse Managers and act as a resource for Nurse Managers, Acute Care/ ARF MHT staff and functions. S/HE will ensure employee compliance to include employee training and health, develop policies, procedures and protocols for compliance and training, patient care and coordination of pharmacy and other medical services. The ADON works with other Administrative staff within the Acute Care Department to support the mission and goals of Meridian. The Assistant Director of Nursing Services reports to the Vice President of Acute Care Services administratively and will assist, liaison and consult with the Director of Nursing Services on clinical nursing issues. Reporting to this position are Nurse Managers, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Nurse Assistants, Unit Clerk and Mental Health Technicians. In the absence of the Director of Nursing Services, the Assistant Director of Nursing Services performs the duties of the Director. On Call Responsibilities:  AOC (Administrator On-Call) and NOC in rotation with the three Nurse Managers is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum requirements necessary to effectively perform position responsibilities include graduation from an Accredited School of Nursing with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing or a Master's degree which is strongly preferred. Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Florida with 5-10 years of responsible nursing experience, preferably in a behavioral health care facility and 3-5 years in nursing management; basic computer skills; excellent communication and management skills or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience, respect for principles of resident rights, confidentiality, EEO and ADA.

Driver Requirement:

Must have a current Florida Driver's License with a clean driving record while meeting company insurance requirements
In order to qualify as a Center Driver, the candidate must at least 21 years of age and have an active Florida Driver's license.  Motor Vehicle Record will be reviewed for eligibility.  No more than 3 moving violations and/or accidents within the past 3 years and no major violations during the past 5 years. Drivers over 65 years old must provide a current doctor's note stating they have no driving limitations.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

·  Oversees the nursing practices (i.e. monitoring patient conditions, psychopharmacological drugs, restraint use, referral response etc.) within the Acute Care Department.

·  Assists the Director of Nursing Services in the design, implementation and evaluation of nursing systems that ensure consistent delivery of care that maintains and promotes client rights throughout Meridian.

·  Conducts nursing rounds on all units alongside Nurse Managers. Serves as back up Charge Nurse, on an as-needed basis.

·  Provides reports/recommendations as needed/required for nursing practices to the VP of Acute Care and Director of Nursing Services concerning the nursing services operations.

·  Assists the Director of Nursing Services and VP of Acute Care in the development, implementation and evaluation of facility policies, procedures and guidelines on an annual and on-going basis (i.e. nursing, pharmacy, lab, physicians, medical records, etc.).

·  Assists the Nurse Managers in ensuring that clients are free from abuse, mistreatment and neglect.

·  Establish the administrative roles of the Nurse Managers on each unit.

·  Assists the Nurse Managers and other staff in ensuring knowledge, awareness and compliance with Federal and State regulations relative to client and employee rights issues.

·  Participates in the on-call rotation, as assigned.

·  Develops policies, procedures and protocols for compliance and training, patient care and coordination of pharmacy and other services.

·  Works with other EMT and other Departments to coordinate services and support the mission and goals of Meridian.

·  Coordinates administrative and nursing functions at the CSU to improve patient care and to disseminate Meridian's goals for each unit/shift. 

·  Assists with hiring, employee relations and provide disciplinary actions as needed.

·  Assist with staffing and scheduling for nursing and mental health technician staff as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Specific competencies required are identified on a department/program specific basis and identified in each employee's Competency Checklist.  The following are general and apply to all positions with this title.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

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.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demand:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions