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Interim Director of Nursing DON in Saint Louis, MO at Christian Horizons

Date Posted: 2/2/2018

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Christian Horizons (CH) has grown from one nursing home over 50 years ago to one of the largest faith-based not-for-profits in the country with 13 communities across 4 states. The CH family of ministries also includes Senior Care Pharmacy, CareLink nurse-guided care and Safe Haven Hospice. Experience a new pathway to senior living – a future in which older adults thrive.

We offer a place to live your faith, a place to grow and be valued. As a faith-based organization, we strive to provide resident-centered, cost-effective health care programs and services to each and every resident in our community.

We are seeking an Interim Director of Nursing / Nurse Consultant to manage and direct all aspects of care on the Long Term Care Units. This is a twofold position.  The primary role is to serve our communities who are in need of a Director of Nursing while one is recruited and to train the new Director of Nursing upon their arrival.  When there is no DON positon open, the role will revert to a clinical nurse consultant.

Serve as Interim DON at any CH community who has an open DON position as directed by the VP of Clinical Services.  As Interim DON, provide complete supervision and management for the nursing department in compliance with federal, state, local, and corporate requirements. When there is no Interim DON position to fill, provide oversight, education, and training to communities as directed by the VP of Clinical Services.  Provide support to communities as directed including but not limited to assisting with survey prep or follow up, mock surveys, training and mentoring nurse leaders and various other duties as assigned.

We offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Generous PTO Program
  • Health (Blue Cross Blue Shield), Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Life (employer paid), Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Group Accident, & Critical Illness
  • 403(b), & Flex Spending
  • Employee Assistant Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Discounts and Other Perks

This is a full time position that will cover as needed the 13 communities in MO, IL, IN & IA.

  • Travel to any community who has DON positon vacant.
  • Direct, evaluate and supervise all Resident care and initiate corrective action as necessary.
  • Assess Resident responses to medication and treatments and make appropriate recommendations for nursing action to be implemented.
  • Establish and oversee an appropriate Medicare program.
  • Ensure building remains in substantial compliance for all state and federal agencies.
  • Plan and manage the process of ensuring the building does well in all state and federal surveys.
  • Function as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide quality care to all Residents.
  • Assess quality indicator reports and take corrective action as necessary.
  • Demonstrate consistent management of nursing service problems and emergency situations.
  • Initiate life-saving measures in the absence of a physician.
  • Foster self-respect and a feeling of worth in each Resident by consistent kindness, understanding, and patience in their care.
  • Ensure quality customer service to the Residents, families, staff, and all external customers the department serves.
  • Maintain sensitivity and awareness of the faith-based care provided, keeping constituent and donor opinions in mind when making decisions.
  • Conduct staff meetings with all shifts to plan, coordinate, and implement departmental and corporate policies and procedures.
  • Direct and supervise the scheduling of employees within established guidelines for allocation of personnel on duty.
  • Assume responsibility for department compliance with federal, state, local, and corporate regulations.
  • Assume accountability for the development, organization and implementation of approved policies and procedures.
  • Conduct interviews, hire department staff, conduct counseling interviews and initiate disciplinary action as necessary.
  • Orient new employees to their duties according to the corporate guidelines.
  • Demonstrate consistent management of staff and resources.
  • Operate department within the established budget guidelines.
  • Organize and maintain all records necessary.
  • Supervise proper care and use of equipment and waste disposal procedures in accordance with corporate policies and procedures.
  • Consistently work cooperatively with Residents, staff, volunteers, and families to ensure Residents are receiving the best quality care.
  • Attend and participate in continuing education programs designed to keep abreast of changes in the profession.
  • Participate in developing, planning, conducting, and scheduling in-service training classes to help ensure a well-educated staff.
  • Observe all community policies and procedures, including but not limited to safety, infection control, Residents’ rights, and those contained in the employee handbook and nursing policies and procedures manual.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all protected health information whether electronic, written, or oral exposed to either during the course of assigned duties or as a result of an incidental disclosure.
  • Apply the Minimum Necessary Standard in all matters related to Residents’ protected health information.
  • Graduate from certified school of nursing.
  • Current license with the state as a Registered Nurse (RN) in good standing required.
  • 3-5 years of experience as a DON minimum required.
  • Multi-facility/Regional experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Medicare required.
  • Knowledge of survey process required.
  • Ability to analyze and assess reports, including but not limited to 5 Star Reports, Casper Reports.
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office experience preferred.
  • Electronic Health Record experience preferred. PCC experience desirable.
  • Able to follow and give written and oral directions.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Possess the ability to communicate effectively and deal tactfully with personnel, Residents, families, visitors, government agencies, and the general public.
  • Display leadership qualities
  • Pass background check before and during employment, as defined by Christian Horizons’ background check policy, with no disqualifications by committing or attempting to commit one or more of the offenses defined within.
  • Able to be licensed in all states where Christian Horizons has communities.

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