Within the framework of the objectives and policies established by the organization, plans and coordinates nursing services with medical and administrative systems.  Participates as a member of the hospital’s management team in planning, policy formulation, and administrative decision making with particular reference to the role, functions, and operations of the hospital’s nursing services.  In summary, this position is responsible for nursing personnel providing patient care.



The Director of Nursing is responsible for managing and directing nursing services and assuring that professional standards of patient care are maintained in accordance with regulatory and accreditation agencies
Initiates, reviews and updates department goals, policies, procedures and programs.  Examples of such areas of policies and programs are related to Nursing Standards of care, Nursing Care Delivery, Infection Control, Recruitment/Retention Plans, Position Descriptions and Department Educational/ Growth Programs
Develops and monitors the department’s budget and participates in the facility’s Strategic Planning activities.
Conducts nursing rounds and reviews the care of the patients to ensure quality nursing care and adherence to patient bill of rights, and to ascertain needs for additional or modified services
Promotes cost effectiveness within the department by regularly examining equipment and supplies for effectiveness and economy of use, maintaining staffing practices within established budget, and by making appropriate decisions and recommendations regarding the purchase of new equipment and implementation of new procedures
Achieves financial objectives by preparing an annual budget, scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances and initiating corrective actions
Interprets department policies and procedures to department staff, researches and resolves staff and work-related issues and initiates plans to motivate staff to achieve goals
Assures that nursing staff is appropriately educated to perform their jobs, properly oriented to the work environment, and have the necessary equipment and supplies to perform their responsibilities
Assures there is effective staff scheduling to promote adequate nursing coverage and quality patient care
Maintains nursing staff job results by coaching, counseling and disciplining employees, planning, monitoring and appraising job results
Resolves patient needs by utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies
Facilitates monthly staff meetings to communicate concerns/issues to assure patient and staff needs are being met
Participates in Hospital-sponsored activities (health fairs, Labor Day functions, seasonal employee committee meetings, Clara Barton Hospital Foundation fund-raising events, etc.)
Participates in annual Strategic Planning sessions
Participates in Kansas Hospital Association activities, as requested
Serves as a member of the following committees/meetings:  Quality Improvement/Risk Management, Infection Control, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Policy Committee, Safety, Revenue Cycle, Board of Director’s Executive (if requested), Department Manager and others, as requested
The Director of Nursing may perform additional duties as requested, agreed upon or required