Director of Nursing: Psychiatric Hospital
Supervises, coordinates and directs Nursing Service Department for the Nicolet Psychiatric Hospital and Bay Haven CBRF at Brown County CTC. Responsible for the direction of overall nursing care on these inpatient service units.
Directs and evaluates the overall operations of the Nursing Services Department/Hospital & CBRF. Supervises the Nurse Practitioners, as well as the RN Charge Nurses, RN’s, LPN’s and CNA’s for the psychiatric hospital and short-term crisis stabilization CBRF.
Accepts responsibility and accountability for administrative decisions in relation to personnel utilization, nursing services, impact of change on operation, disciplinary situations or other unique occurrences.
Responsible for client care staff and their provision of inpatient psychiatric services.
Participates in strategic planning process to evaluate and prioritize programming for the Nursing Services Department/Hospital & CBRF.
Prepares annual departmental action plan consistent with institutional goals and objectives.
Prepares annual budget for the Nursing Services Department/Hospital & CBRF.
Establishes standards of practice, policies and procedures in relation to nursing services delivered. Demonstrates clinical acumen in establishment of patient care plans as prepared by staff.
Identifies educational needs of nursing staff in consultation with the Nurse Educator. Trains staff in specific clinical skills as needed.
Works with other department managers to ensure continuity of quality care to all clients.
Develops staffing patterns to ensure quality nursing care is rendered and a safe, therapeutic ratio of clients and staff is maintained.
Initiates, defines, and updates policies and procedures for the Nursing Services Department/Hospital & CBRF.
Ensures Nursing Services Department meets licensure requirements for CFR 482.60, 482.61 & 482.62 Administrative Code for Hospitals, Title XVIII and XIX survey certification requirements, DHS 34, and other standards as required.
Supervises, advises, and provides counsel to supervisory staff reporting directly to the position. Provides consultation in the evaluation of personnel indirectly responsible for. Completes performance appraisals for direct reporting staff.
Participates in administrative staff meetings; provides input and information; serves on committees as required and/or requested.
Interviews and recommends appropriate personnel for hire and promotions.
Utilizing a client acuity system to determine staffing, monitors nursing services staffing schedule to provide adequate coverage and quality nursing care.
Directs staff on emergencies and problems on an as needed basis; provides assistance to staff when necessary.
Meets on a monthly basis with nursing staff to provide current update on Nursing Services and Administrative policies; discusses staff concerns, etc. Documents the minutes of these meetings.
Maintains smooth working relationships with other departments and agencies including outpatient, Crisis Center, and Police Departments.
Administers budget, practices cost containment, and documents deviations from budget when appropriate.
Develops annual Quality Improvement Plan.
Maintains monthly monitoring of Quality Assurance standards and initiates corrective action plans when necessary.
Develops annual outcome measurements of patient course of care.
Reviews, documents progress, and adjusts when necessary departmental goals and objectives, Quality Assurance standards, and educational plan according to established time frames.
Reviews staff performance appraisals completed by staff RN’s to assure quality staff performance.
Applies disciplinary procedures appropriately and consistently while maintaining accurate documentation of all personnel-related actions, decisions, discussions, and terminations.
Monitors utilization of all professional and/or ancillary services to maximize client services.
Provides community education in areas of expertise to agencies and the public, when appropriate.
Maintains the confidential nature of client and business information.
Leads or participates in staff meetings, attends in-service and outside agency training sessions.
Completes and maintains necessary documentation according to applicable requirements, codes and policies.
Maintains collegial relationship with contract counties.
Performs related functions as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications Required
Education and Experience:
The Director of Psychiatric Nursing Services must be a registered nurse who has a master’s degree in psychiatric or mental health nursing, or its equivalent from a school of nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing, or be qualified by education and experience in the care of the mentally ill. The director must demonstrate competence to participate in interdisciplinary formulation of individual treatment plans; to give skilled nursing care and therapy; and to direct, monitor, and evaluate the nursing care furnished.
Licenses and Certifications:
Licensed by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of psychiatric nursing theory and practices, and of current trends and developments in psychiatric nursing care.
Knowledge and skill in principles of administration/management.
Knowledge of Title XVIII and XIX, CFR 482.60, 482.61 & 482.62, DHS 34, and other federal, state, and local regulations and standards which govern the operation of mental health programs.
Knowledge of human services system and organization.
Knowledge of labor/management relations and practices.
Knowledge of and ability to utilize a computer and the required software.
Ability to maintain emotional stability and competence in stressful situations.
Ability to work with minimal supervision and act independently.
Ability to communicate and interact effectively both orally and in writing to a variety of groups and individuals.
Ability to make decisions regarding inpatient services, policies, and problems.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public.
Ability to motivate individuals to grow and develop.
Ability to organize and prioritize.
Ability to work the required hours of the position.