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Director of Nursing, FT Day, The Village at Utz Terrace

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Date Posted: 03/01/2021
Location: Hanover, PA 17331
Company: SpiriTrust Lutheran
Job Type: Full Time

SpiriTrust Lutheran is now hiring a FT Day Director of Nursing

For the third consecutive year, we have been certified as a Great Place to Work! 2020-2021

SpiriTrust Lutheran®delivers an array of programs and services that touch thousands of lives each day. Our name, SpiriTrust Lutheran®captures the essence of who we are and the care and compassion our amazing team delivers. It embraces our Lutheran heritage, our spirit of service, and the reality that people come to us because of their trust in us. 

At SpiriTrust Lutheran®, our employees are a highly valued resource. Their dedication, skill and commitment enable us to provide excellent service and care within our continuing care retirement communities, community outreach programs and home care services. We offer: Competitive salaries Comprehensive benefits package Education assistance Career advancement/professional growth Friendly, team-oriented environment If you are ready to join us for a rewarding career.  

Basic Qualifications
Education/Training:A graduate of an accredited program for registered nurses; BS in Nursing preferred; current unencumbered PA license to practice as a Registered Nurse required; current CPR/AED certification (or obtaining CPR/AED certification within 30 days of starting the position).  ).  CPR/AED certification must be obtained by successfully completing “live” cognitive and hands-on skills evaluations through an approved American Heart Association course administered by an approved instructor.  Renewal of this CPR/AED certification must take place on or before the recommended renewal date on the holder’s card.  Online CPR/AED certifications are not acceptable.     
Skill(s):  Speak and understand English; proficient reading, writing, grammar, and mathematics skills; proficient interpersonal relations and communicative skills; knowledge of state and federal regulations; thorough knowledge of current long-term care nursing practices in accordance with federal and state long-term care regulations; proficient assessment skills; moderate PC skills; proficient organizational skills; demonstrated management and supervisory skills; valid driver’s license. 
Experience:A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in related positions normally required.
General Responsibilities
Responsible formanaging the Nursing Department, and participating in the development and maintenance of a nursing services program;directing and ensuring the appropriate nursing care of residents; adhering to strategies to achieve goals developed for the department as part of the Community's annual operating plan; insuring the department's compliance with operating standards and procedures and outside regulatory requirements; directly supervising assigned staff; communicating with appropriate management and staff; providing periodic reports.
Essential Duties

Supports the mission and values of SpiriTrust Lutheran which is: SpiriTrust Lutheran, witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, provides exceptional health, human, and senior living services by supporting persons in achieving an optimal quality of life.


Interacts with residents, clients, staff, and the general public in ways that demonstrate the agency’s commitment to courtesy, service, and hospitality befitting a church related organization.


Manages the Nursing Department, participates in the development and maintenance of a nursing services program as illustrated by the following:


Implements and periodically updates written standards and procedures governing the day-to-day operations of the Department.


Works in conjunction with the center’s Quality Assurance Committee to develop and implement an on-going quality assurance program.


Ensures that the Department is in compliance with all regulatory requirements; takes appropriate actions to respond to and correct any deficiencies resulting from regulatory surveys and inspections.


Meets and communicates with resident family members, resident representatives, resident’s clergy as needed or required.


In consultation with the Medical Director, monitors the performance of all non-agency medical providers, providing on-site services to insure these individuals are providing the proper level of care in compliance with all appropriate Agency and regulatory requirements.


Provides oversight for the appropriate nursing care of residents in accordance with the Plan of Care as follows:


Admission process of prospective residents.


Appropriate and timely clinical information to nursing staff regarding resident admissions.


Nursing assessments process.
Staff accurately records in resident medical files, etc.


Accurate medication administration.


Proper maintenance of confidentiality of resident medical records.


Staff development and education.


Ensures a safe and orderly work environment as follows:


Develops and implements disaster and emergency procedures for the department; assumes a leadership role.


Attends all required safety in-services; participates in all drills.


Ensures that assigned work areas are maintained in a safe, well-organized, and sanitary manner.


Establishes an environment which promotes dignity and respect for residents as follows:


Prevents, identifies, investigates, and reports suspected or actual abuse, neglect, exploitation, and improper use of chemical and physical restraints, in accordance with Agency standards.


Knows and respects all residents’ rights while maintaining the confidentiality of all resident care information.


Assures timely completion of state mandated Event Reports.


Interacts with all colleagues in ways that assist one another in the successful performance of their duties.


Provides support, encouragement, and direction to the individuals under his/her direct supervision; acts as a resource for staff in problem solving and properly communicates within the established chain of command.


Creates an atmosphere that promotes a positive and respectful work environment.


Implements strategies to achieve goals assigned to the department as established in the Community's annual operating plan.


Develops, implements, and monitors the Nursing Department budget.


Abides by the current laws and organizational standards and procedures designed and implemented to promote an environment which is free of sexual harassment and other forms of illegal discriminatory behavior in the work place.


Oversees team members in their timekeeping process, ensuring accurate submission of data:

a.   Follows up with team members under their supervision to ensure timekeeping 
      process is completed and submitted accurately with no errors.
b.   Educates team members regarding requirements for timekeeping, missed punches,
      consequences, etc.

Enters department’s timekeeping data accurately and submits data within practice guidelines.


Evaluates data related to resources and program and makes appropriate corrective actions with team members, if necessary, to ensure compliance with all rules, regulations, and agency standards.


Cooperates with, participates in, and supports the adherence to all Agency standards, procedures, and practices in support of risk management and overall safety and soundness and compliance with all regulatory requirements, i.e., HIPAA, OSHA, etc.; insures that the department and all personnel adhere to the same.


Abides by and supports the organization’s code of conduct by exhibiting behavior that is set forth in the code of conduct.  Performs duties in accordance with the code of conduct and completes annual compliance training.


Directly supervises assigned personnel as follows:

a.   Recruits, selects, orients, and makes provisions for the proper training of department supervisors; regularly reviews the competence and performance of this group.
b.   Makes certain that all relevant information is properly communicated to the supervisory group in order to give them every opportunity to perform their duties properly.
c.   Conducts regular meetings with the supervisory staff.
d.   Works closely with the supervisory group in implementing an effective human resource management program to insure a competent, motivated group of team members.
e.   Administers HR Standards of Practice and other procedures as established by agency policy.

Communicates with the Skilled Care Center Administrator, other department managers, and appropriate staff personnel in order to integrate goals and activities.


Provides periodic reports to the Skilled Care Center Administrator and other groups as required.


Completes educational requirements as mandated by state and federal agencies and to maintain competencies.


Performs all duties of a Registered Nurse as needed.


Per PA DOH regulation,  RN coverage must provide for at least eight (8) consecutive hours a day, twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week to oversee total nursing activities. If you are the only RN in the building, you cannot leave the building until another RN is available to cover for you.

Exception-Communities with a census under sixty (60), and an LPN is designated in charge on the night shift, an RN must be on-call and located within a thirty (30) minute drive of the center