Director of Wellness will model the Your Life philosophy of promoting successful aging by understanding the unmet needs of the residents living with dementia, working to develop a well-trained, compassionate care team that promotes dignity and choice to residents, and addressing other service issues that have a potential impact upon the health and care of residents.
SKILLS and QUALIFICATIONS
Must be at least 21 years old.
Must be a Registered Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse in good standing
Meet state or provincial health related requirements.
Maintain current professional license (RN or LVN)
Maintain current CPR certification.
Maintain any other certifications as required by state or provincial regulations.
Demonstrate ability to professionally and compassionately communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
Has held similar positions in skilled nursing, home health and/or rehabilitation centers that serve older adults.
Demonstrated experience leading a team caring for older adults.
Ensure quality staff of LPN/Personal Care Specialists by recruiting, hiring, supervising, evaluating, counseling, and if necessary, terminating team members.
Ensure LPN/Personal Care Specialists are educated and trained using the respective Resources (e.g., Nurse Resource).
Ensure regular competency evaluations of LPN/Personal Care Specialists are completed.
Conduct continuing education and training for LPN/Personal Care Specialists as necessary on all shifts.
Complete Nursing Assessments, auxiliary evaluations of residents, and all other required and/or appropriate evaluations, addressing physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
Responsible for establishing and maintaining quality of care systems to ensure all residents receive the care as outlined on individual resident care plans. This includes systems to ensure correct medications are administered as needed, physicians and other health therapies are communicated with in a timely way and families are informed of any resident change of conditions.
Ensure “processing” of new residents using New Resident Checklist; personally transcribe or otherwise implement all orders for new residents, or ensure this task is completed.
Ensure service and care plan review meetings with families, per policy.
Ensure that health services and other services that potentially impact the health of residents are offered according to service plans.
Monitor physician orders and ensure correct implementation.
Monitor laboratory and other test results of residents.
Ensure medications and treatments are administered as ordered, including the use of Yesterday’s Missed Medications report.
Ensure parameters for administration of PRN medications and treatments are entered on MAR.
Address issues regarding unavailable medications or treatment supplies.
Establish vital sign and weight regimens, ensure weights are entered on MAR and/or Vital Signs Record, and address all significant weight changes.
Monitor alert charting, especially to ensure appropriate team member response to issues.
Assess residents, at minimum, upon initiation and completion of alert charting process.
Monitor skin problems using Current Skin Problems form; address identified skin problems.
Monitor Shift Change Notes and Communication Log.
Monitor and address consulting pharmacy reports.
Complete review of Resident Incident Reports.
Advise health services team members concerning resident health issues, by telephone if not in community (carries cellular telephone).
Effectively utilize and coordinate services with home health, hospice, and other agencies.
Ensure physician orders are reviewed, sent to physician, and returned with physician signatures quarterly.
Evaluate potential residents in a timely manner for current and chronic health conditions, ability to self-care or need for assistance.
Occasionally fulfill shift nurse duties in order to evaluate efficiencies, systems and resident care. In addition, in the event of other nurse absences or emergencies, fill in as a shift nurse.
Investigate controlled substance count discrepancies.
Ensure controlled substances are destroyed as necessary per policy and state or provincial regulations.
Monitor to ensure Daily Assignments duties are performed on all shifts.
Perform quality assurance audits as directed by Executive Director.
Effectively communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals involved with services to residents.
Ensure compliance with all federal and state or provincial regulations pertaining to health services.
Perform other duties that may be assigned.