The Nursing Supervisor works with the Nursing Staff of the facility in the absence of the Director of Nursing being in the facility. This may be on weekends, the Director’s days off, or shifts other than those when the Director is in the facility. He/She plans, organizes, coordinates and directs the nursing functions for the professional and non-professional nursing personnel to ensure the highest quality of care is provided in a cost effective manner with the residents in the facility. This is done in an efficient and timely manner with consideration for both health care and legal responsibilities of the resident, the facility and the employees.
The Supervisors’ role within the chain of command is to act as a resource person, providing the necessary information and assistance to the staff, which will enable them to perform their duties and responsibilities in the best manner possible. The Supervisor serves as a primary communication link among shifts and units.
He/She must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing currently registered with the state agency for nursing licensure and hold a valid Nurse’s License in the state he/she is employed.
1. Demonstrates leadership and managerial ability.
2. Has the ability to organize, plan and supervise the Nursing Department in coordination with other resident services during the hours as designated by the Director of Nursing.
3. Demonstrates the ability to lead the Nursing Department in a cost effective, professional manner.
4. Maintains effective interpersonal relationships.
5. Is capable of implementing changes as determined by the Director of Nursing.
6. Is of good emotional, mental and physical health having sound judgment and high professional standards.
7. Is courteous in working with residents, families and employees.
8. Maintains a neat, well-groomed and professional appearance at all times.
9. Has a desire to work with the geriatric residents and their current and prospective needs.
10. Must be willing to be in the facility working with the staff of the shifts as designated by the D.O.N.
11. Must be willing to be in the facility during weekday as well as weekend hours.
12. Must demonstrate ability to follow policies, procedures, practices and direction without the direct supervision of the Director of Nursing.
13. Must demonstrate ability to evaluate the geriatric resident’s needs and implement systems to meet these needs.
14. Must demonstrate ability to evaluate nursing staff needs and implement systems to assure staff education is provided to provide quality care.
15. Must demonstrate the ability to function as a cooperative team member with the nursing as well as all disciplines in the facility.
16. Must demonstrate the ability to manage Nursing Department within designated staffing and supply budget.
17. ls willing and capable of providing emergency care as needed for any resident in the facility.
18. Must have a pre-employment and an annual Tuberculosis screening examination.
1. Ensures that each unit is appropriately staffed at the beginning of the shift. Makes adjustments as necessary, replacing staff as needed for the on-coming shift.
2. Makes rounds at the beginning of the assigned shift and frequently thereafter: Evaluating care. Supervising professional and non-professional staff. Communicating with residents, families and staff. Assuring optimal environmental standards are being maintained. Checking emergency equipment. Investigating any unusual occurrence. Any other tasks as necessary or assigned.
3. Assists with care as necessary to assure quality care is provided. This may include but is not conclusive of assisting with ADLs, giving medications, doing treatments, supervising and assisting with meal service. calling physicians, transcribing orders, etc.
4. Assesses each resident in acute distress or unusual situations during the scheduled time in the facility.
5. Recognizes significant changes in the condition of residents and takes appropriate action.
6. Reports any resident care problems to the Director of Nursing on a timely basis.
7. Reviews nursing communication systems of the previous shifts to assure adequate follow up is provided for each situation.
8. Reviews the clinical records to assure documentation is complete.
9. Documents on those clinical records requiring supervisory assessment and intervention.
10. Reviews and formulates plans of care as needed. Assists with assessments and reassessments as assigned in preparation for care plan conference and updates.
11. Familiarizes self with fire and disaster plan, location of fire extinguishers, evacuation route, and other emergency preparedness plans. Assists staff with these procedures, if necessary.
12. Works as staff relief in emergencies.
13. Assists with in-service programs as needed to assure compliance.
14. Coordinates activities between nursing and other departments.
15. Acts in the absence of the Administrator and Director of Nursing to interpret and enforce
facility policy. Conducts self in a manner that will uphold the philosophy of the facility and maintain current high standard of care.
16. Makes appropriate notes and communication books and systems.
17. Performs other tasks as assigned.
18. Attends required staff in-services, meetings, orientation, and continuing education activities as required.
19. Is aware of and adheres to Patient’s Bill of Rights and confidentiality of patient information including HIPAA regulations.
20. Interacts with patients and family members, co-workers, clinical and ancillary staff in a non~judgmental,
supportive and calm manner.
21. Is aware of Patient Abuse Reporting Law.
22. Participates as assigned in the orientation of new staff and demonstrates a positive, helpful and enthusiastic attitude.