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RN / Director of Nursing

RN / Director of Nursing

Job Description

The Director of Nursing is responsible for the overall direction of hospice clinical services.  The Director of Nursing establishes, implements and evaluates goals and objectives for hospice services that meet and promote the standards of quality and contribute to the total organization and philosophy.


Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and oversees all direct and indirect patient services provided by clinical
    organization personnel.
  • Provides guidance and counseling to coordinators and Clinical Supervisors to assist them in continually improving all aspects of hospice care services, provided through organization personnel.
  • Assists Clinical Supervisors in managing clinical teams and planning. 
  • Provides help in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient and family/caregiver care to all clinical personnel as indicated.
  • Assists the Executive Director/Administrator in the preparation and administration of the organization's budget.
  • Interprets operational indicators to detect census changes and increases or decreases in volume that could impact staffing levels, revenues or expenses.
  • Evaluates performance of Clinical Supervisors.
    Assists Clinical Supervisors to develop skills and techniques in evaluating the performance of clinicians.
  • Hires, evaluates, and terminates clinical personnel under the guidance of Human Resources.
  • Conducts annual evaluations on clinicians, or more frequently if indicated.
  • Oversees the maintenance of patient clinical records, statistics, reports and records for purposes of evaluation and reporting of organization activities.
  • Assures proper maintenance of clinical records in compliance with local, state and federal laws.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of adequate and appropriate inventory supplies and equipment for the provision of patient services.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates the orientation program for new organization personnel.  Responsible for orientation of new organization personnel, directly or delegated.
  • Assists in planning and implementation of in-services and continuing education programs to meet education and training needs of clinical personnel.
  • Assists the Director of Compliance and Education with the evaluation of organization performance via performance improvement program, productivity, quarterly and annual reviews.  Assures for the quality and safe delivery of hospice services provided through the Organization.
  • Assists in the development of organization goals.  Develops, recommends, and administers Organization policies and procedures.
  • Assures compliance with all local, state and federal laws regarding licensure and certification of clinical personnel.
  • Stays informed about changes in the field of nursing and hospice care; shares information with appropriate organization personnel.
  • Promotes hospice referrals in the health care community.
  • In the absence of the Executive Director/Administrator, the Director of Nursing will become the acting Executive Director/Administrator and will be vested with authority to act on behalf of the Executive Director/Administrator.

Job Requirements

  • Registered nurse in the State with current licensure to practice professional nursing in the State.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited program by the National League for Nursing.  Master’s degree in hospice preferred.
  • Three years of management experience in a hospice or related health care organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and direct professional and administrative personnel.
  • Ability to market and deal tactfully with customers and the community.
    Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state and/or Organization requirements and is in good working order.
  • Has excellent observation, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of business management and governmental regulations.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Management, Health Care
Education 4 Year Degree
Experience At least 3 year(s)
Manages Others Yes
Relocation No
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel Up to 50%
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RN / Director of Nursing

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