Assistant Director of Nursing- Pueblo Regional Center
Company: Government jobs
Posted on: January 18, 2023
This position is open only to Colorado state residents
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About Pueblo Regional Center:
The goal of Pueblo Regional Center is to provide a safe, secure,
therapeutic setting for comprehensive/holistic care of individuals
with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and medical
issues to include evaluation and treatment. This includes 24-hour
nursing care for individuals. The focus of treatment is
stabilization, increase knowledge base, increase knowledge of
treatment options (i.e. medications), individual and group therapy,
discharge planning, working with guardians, family members, and
other support systems for individuals. Understanding of health
related and medical issues in individuals with intellectual and
developmental disabilities. Individuals with developmental
disabilities, physical handicaps, and multiple medical and
psychiatric diagnoses require multiple needs in addition to mental
health treatment and stabilization. Individuals are admitted for
evaluation, observation, treatment and stabilization. The goal is
to return them to their optimal level of functioning and assist
them in returning to the community as appropriate.
Description of Job
About the Position:
This position was created to provide primary nursing leadership and
supervision in the absence of the Director of Nursing, to ensure
constant and consistent nursing oversight, administrative oversight
and management of nursing personnel (24 hour a day/7 days a week).
Duties in this position include:
Management & Oversight
- Provides direct supervision over 5 FTE Nurse I staff including
making decisions that impact the pay, status, and tenure of direct
reports including performance management planning and evaluation,
signing and approving leave, recommending progressive action to the
- Addresses employee performance issues, monitors employee
absences, and determines appropriate corrective action and/or
- Meets with Pueblo Regional Center Nursing team weekly for
individual supervision to provide guidance, direction, instruction
- Directs, monitors and is responsible for all nursing FTE on all
assigned shifts/homes. Covers as acting Director of Nursing when
- Assesses staff's level of fatigue and ability to function when
working a shift/overtime/flex time.
- Coordinates staffing schedules on all shifts for the nursing
department utilizing knowledge of acuity, vacancies,
recruitment/hiring, and pool personnel availability to maximize the
quality of care given to individuals served by the nursing
department. Ensures schedules are maintained and accurate.
- Meets with new employees and ensures the new employee is
assigned a preceptor.
- Assures that the nursing staff are receiving clear and
- Ensures that duties are performed & documented correctly to
include all aspects of each nursing staff member's job
- Assesses any claims of policy violation, and alerts Director of
Nursing and Human Resources as appropriate.
- Communicates general nursing personnel needs to the Nursing
Department and works with the Director of Nursing to initiate and
maintain position descriptions, and to retain staff and fill
vacancies, via promotion, recruitment of new hires, and internal
Clinical Direction & Infection Prevention
- Responsible for the Infection Prevention/Control program and
training for the facility. Additionally, this position is the point
person of communication with state and local Health Departments and
act as the facility's liaison as it pertains to response and
responsibility in regard to state and national infection
- Utilizes knowledge of patient acuity and nursing practice, as
well as balancing nursing personnel.
- Serves on oral boards/committees as appropriate.
- Responsible for nursing care (medical and psychiatric) for
assigned home when covering or supervising.
- Implements and monitors to ensure adherence to hospital
- Ensures and maintains nursing standards of care.
- Implements and monitors nursing procedures, forms, resources,
guidelines, computerized training, nursing groups, and
- Implements and monitors education, training, and competency for
individuals and staff to include agency and pool nursing staff
working in the Nursing Department.
- Maintains current knowledge of literature related to nursing
and to specialty areas.
- Directs the implementation of interdepartmental activities at
Pueblo Regional Center by representing the Nursing Department on
committees, building and maintaining active communication between
nursing and other disciplines/departments, building and maintaining
communication with superiors and assigned nursing personnel, and
- Ensures nursing staff provide services/treatments per licensure
requirements, regulatory agencies, governing bodies, and Nursing
Department standards, policies and procedures.
- Responsible for ensuring that nursing staff follow nursing
standard of care/Colorado nurse Practice
Act or Colorado Psychiatric Technician Practice Act/Colorado
Licensed Practical Nurse Practice Act/Nursing Process.
- Communicates with other leadership within the team to ensure
nursing directives are shared.
- Collects, directs, documents, and informs nursing
staff/physicians of patient condition and response to
- Reports abuse allegations immediately to the Director of
Nursing. Refer to public safety.
- Monitors medication variances for patterns.Department
- Ensures that nursing supervisors are aware of issues between
home, individuals, and nursing staff.
- Collaborates with all departments and interdisciplinary teams,
providing assistance when necessary.
- Understands, implements and monitors nursing policies for
adherence. Communicates all new policies and standards to nursing
staff to include updates and changes in established policies and
- Notifies Director of Nursing of any non-nursing department
procedures that nursing staff should adhere to at all times.
- Formulates nursing departmental procedures/practices and
ensures DON approval.
- Attends assigned meetings (home, department, program), sending
alternates when unable to attend.
- Guides and directs the manner in which a cross-shift report is
given to ensure all information is passed along.
- Conducts weekly nursing rounds to provide information to direct
care nursing staff. Ensures staff they supervise are either present
at weekly nursing rounds or read/review and understand information
in the weekly nursing minutes so all staff know and are aware of
nursing direction, new information, changes in
- Responsible for assuring nursing standards and policies are
followed on all shifts.
- Assures the Nursing Department is staffed appropriately and
ensures schedules are maintained and accurate.
- Ensures there is an RN on grounds at all times.
- Ensures that nursing staff maintain licensure and not allow it
to lapse for any period of time.
- Adheres to CDHS Code of Conduct and Ethics.QAPI & Nursing
- Implements actions to maximize the quality of patient care at
the nursing department level by directing and coordinating the
timely reporting of statistical and quality assurance data.
- Reviews patient occurrences, developing performance measurement
tools at the department level and takes responsibility for
implementing performance improvement initiatives.
- Responds to requests from the Director of Nursing related to
performance issues. Collaborates with non-nursing on requests
related to performance issues.
- Assures nursing participation in interdisciplinary QA/PI
activities in the nursing department.
- Ensures monitoring, evaluation and follow up on QA/PI
- Maintains medical charts by auditing nursing
documentation/forms and monitoring staff deficiencies.
- Implement actions to maximize the productivity of nursing
personnel assigned to home(s) by modeling and participative
- Addresses conflicts between nursing employees, providing staff
direction, support and feedback, serving as a resource, and
- Assesses and provides ongoing evaluation of staff development
or competency needs of all shifts.
- Assures orientation of new nursing staff.
- Assigns preceptors and monitors students.
- Serves as a liaison with staff development.
- Attends in-service training to meet own educational and
mandatory training requirements.
- Ensure nursing staff know and follow various manuals, standards
and regulations to include but not limited to: Pharmacy Formulary,
Behavior Plans, Infection Control Care Manual, Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services, Safety Data Sheets, Colorado State Personnel
Procedure Manual, Affirmative Action Policy, Colorado Workers
Compensation Guidelines, Emergency Guides, ADA statutes, Individual
- Ensure all staff are current in mandatory training,
computer-based training, rosters, policies, and procedures.
- Evaluate and assign nursing staff competency in the delivery of
resident care. Provide on the spot training as needed.
- Responsible for providing education/training for all New
Employee Orientation (NEO) classes.Patient Care/Nursing Care:
- Assumes 24-hour responsibility for the nursing care provided
and maintenance of a safe, secure and therapeutic environment.
- Identifies and maintains staff/patient boundaries.
- Must travel between group homes to provide coverage,
supervision, nursing care and training.
- Travel between group homes using a State vehicle to transport
residents as needed.
- Anticipates potential problems and responds to correct
personnel and environmental deficits by facilitating staff
communication related to resident care and by overseeing resident
health care needs.
- Directs, implements and reviews nursing care provided in the
homes for all shifts, verifies compliance with standards of nursing
care, reviews with RNs under supervision independent reviews and
audits, knowledge of accepted standards, leading by example,
professionalism, and patient care quality assurance regional center
- Implement proper procedures for respiratory services, oxygen
and oxygen equipment, and laboratory services after hours.
- Evaluates concerns related to incidents and reporting to
supervisors. Intervenes in critical situations as necessary, which
may include physically restraining aggressive, assaultive patients,
performing CPR, or physical interventions.
- Counsels and educates residents on medications, physical care
needs, and psychiatric care needs.
- Conducts treatment and care plan reviews, communicating and
educating individuals, guardians and their family members.
- Utilizes clean, aseptic, and sterile techniques when
- Monitors medication/treatments given and ensures
- Participates and ensures staff are using active and passive
individual identifiers prior to administration of medications,
treatments, obtaining blood for glucose testing, and starting an
invasive procedure identifying individuals by a minimum of two
- Addresses individual/family/guardian complaints and resolving
grievances at the lowest level.
- Provide nursing care in conjunction with the nursing portion of
the care plan by assessing, identifying, planning, implementing,
evaluating, and revising the nursing care provided based on the
nursing history, assessment, and nursing care plan.
- Knowledgeable in Individual Rights and developmental health
issues. Maintains current knowledge and complies with policy and
procedures in these areas.
- Demonstrates understanding of the role of an Individual Right
specialist and utilizes this person as a resource when
necessary.Other Duties as Assigned:
Responsibility to perform assigned tasks and duties within the
scope of practice for this position that do not fall within the
realm of duty statements.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment &
Valid Registered Nurse License from the State of Colorado, or any
state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)
Four (4) yearsof professional experience as a registered nurse.
Current, valid licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse from the
Colorado Board of Nursing; or current, valid licensure as a
Physician Assistant from the Colorado Medical Board.
- Experience supervising or training medical staff including,
RNs, CNAs, and Med Techs.
- Experience working in a 24/7 medical facility
- Possession of a BSN
- Strong communication skills
- Excellent Leadership skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Good work history
- Proficient in google docs/sheets/gmail, preparing reports and
spreadsheetsConditions of Employment:
- Must have valid unrestricted Colorado Driver License
- A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as
part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have
direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions,
conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of
misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being
considered for this position. Should your background check reveal
any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide
the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any
- On-call Status - Needs to be available telephonically to
provide guidance to administration, nursing and other PRC staff
regarding staffing, medical decisions, and follow up. Must carry a
state issued cell phone while not at work and answering this cell
phone immediately when not at work.
- Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services
(CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of
termination must disclose the information on your application and
may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.
- Must travel between group homes to provide nursing care and
training, and to transport individuals as needed. Position is
required to use a State vehicle to transport residents. When not
transporting individuals, this person may drive a State vehicle or
choose to drive their own. Travel to attend meetings or seminars
outside of PRC may also be required
- Effective September 20, 2021, this position will require
documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will
be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of
vaccination within thirty (30) business days of hire.
Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall
be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission's vaccination guidance. If you would like to
request a medical or religious exemption, please contact
Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a
two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or
Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine,
such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most
recent State of Colorado's Public Health Order and current guidance
issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health &
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