Director of Nursing

The Nord Center - Lorain, OH

The Director of Nursing is a key member of the leadership team who will integrate and coordinate a client centric nursing strategy with a focus on client care, ensuring that delivery of high quality and cost-effective healthcare is consistent with the mission, vision, and values of Agency and in accordance with government regulation, licensing, and accreditation requirements, while utilizing a trauma-informed approach in all areas of the position. This service line collaborates with a variety of programs that are tailored to meet each client’s needs, including those for Adult and Child Psychiatry, Case Management, Residential, Sexual Assault, and Crisis Services. The Director of Nursing will act as a resource within the department Agency and will work to positively impact the quality of client care provided throughout the behavioral health service line. The Director of Nursing will be responsible for all nursing practice including administrative and clinical operations across the Agency. Administrative and clinical oversight includes responsibility for departmental quality assurance initiatives, staff development, and the management of a fiscally sound budget. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Provides leadership and clinical guidance to assigned team to facilitate care coordination. Sets objectives and long-term goals for the nursing services.
  • Ensures that nursing services are delivered with high quality and in a cost-effective manner that is consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the agency.
  • Guides nurse staffing procedures. Provides oversight to nurse schedules. Provides administrative oversight to APRNs (scheduling, timesheets, etc.).
  • Works closely with physicians and nurse practitioners regarding the care and treatment of clients receiving psychotropic medication. Develops standards for nursing practices. Ensures that all aspects of nursing and clinical care comply with applicable regulatory and accreditation requirements.
  • Oversees the collaboration and coordination of linkages with agencies and treatment providers in the community for continued physical/mental health care.
  • Participates as a member of the clinical leadership team. Attends regular meetings with coordinators, prescribers, etc. Develops and presents quality assurance and compliance reports.
  • Directs, oversees, and evaluates all assigned personnel. Provides leadership guidance to assigned managers and supervisors in leading their teams. Leads coaching, disciplinary, and performance review discussions. Completes performance appraisals as scheduled. Participates in the recruitment, training, and onboarding of new staff.
  • Communicates relevant information concerning care of clients, especially those dealing with multiple physical/mental health care problems, to clinical supervisors and other members of the treatment team.
  • Provides direct services as needed. Conducts physical/mental health assessments and screenings as required. Obtains vital signs, blood sugar testing, weights, BMI, waist circumferences and other parameters relevant to medication monitoring and health. Conducts screening tests for blood sugar and/or other parameters as requested by physician.
  • Oversees all departmental record-keeping processes and ensures all necessary documents are accurate and up-to-date. Maintains and ensures confidentiality regarding client data and medical records.
  • Provides ongoing education to clients, peers, and staff as needed.
  • Responds to routine and emergency requests for medical assistance.
  • Completes all necessary documentation for service delivery as required. Provides written communication for necessary services inside and outside the Agency.
  • Attends required staff meetings.
  • Reacts to change and stress productively.
  • And all other duties as assigned. 

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS

Must be licensed in the State of Ohio as a Registered Nurse. A BSN degree or higher is preferred. Experience in the care of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness including assessment, planning, provision, and evaluation of psychiatric nursing care is required. A minimum of 5-10 years supervisory and leadership experience is preferred. Computer skills including familiarity with Windows and Word applications required. Bilingual (Spanish/English) a plus. The necessity for travel in this job requires that the employee possess a valid Ohio driver’s license with less than 6 points in a 36 month period, have proof of adequate personal automobile insurance, and use of a personal vehicle. Favorable references and/or evaluations are required. 

Send resume to:

The Nord Center
6140 S Broadway Ave
Lorain, OH 44053