STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: DIRECTOR OF NURSING
Class Code: 3490-34 Date Established: 10-22-91
Occupational Code: 7-4-9 Date of Last Revision: 12-28-01
BASIC PURPOSE: To direct and supervise a coordinated system of nursing services delivery for a state institution, with responsibility for planning and administering standards of nursing care used in the implementation of treatment and training programs.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Plans and organizes the care of patients and directs the conduct of all nursing services for a state institution.
· Ensures that nursing practices comply with all applicable standards and legal mandates.
· Directs efforts and facilitates methods for appropriate documentation of patient treatment plans as mandated by accrediting and certifying agencies.
· Integrates nursing services with other agency services to achieve organizational goals of the agency.
· Establishes and coordinates staffing patterns based on nursing service needs, goals, and objectives.
· Prepares reports and writes correspondence relative to nursing services, patient care services, and matters relating to clinical teaching services.
Skill: Requires skill in evaluating, planning or integrating analysis of data to formulate current and long-range solutions, strategies or policies of a specialized or technical nature.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific expertise to resolve problems of a specialized or professional nature in a wide range of applications.
Impact: Requires overall administrative responsibility for achieving agency objectives by directing all aspects of operations management. Errors at this level result in disruption of systemwide programs or services as well as long-term adverse impact on agency image and the future success of organizational operations.
Supervision: Requires agency-wide administrative supervision, including the responsibility for developing and evaluating internal personnel policies. This level also involves the administrative management of a program which affects more than one agency, including overseeing the interaction of agency employees or policies to accomplish organizational objectives and goals.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an environment which includes exposure to continuous physical elements or a number of disagreeable working conditions with frequent exposure to minor injuries or health hazards.
Physical Demands: Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.
Communication: Requires acting as the official representative of the agency, including explaining and defending current and long-range goals or objectives which directly affect public policy decisions regarding major state programs and services.
Complexity: Requires evaluating a combination of wide-ranging job functions to determine work procedures, to solve problems, and to reach conclusions by applying analytical, technical, or scientific thinking. This level also requires planning policies and long-term strategies, drawing conclusions based on available criteria, and evaluating the effectiveness of program objectives.
Independent Action: Requires administrative decision-making in authorizing and monitoring the implementation of major departmental policies and procedures.
Education: Possession of a Master's degree in nursing, health care administration, public administration, or education with an emphasis in nursing-related course work.
Experience: Seven years' experience as a registered nurse, four of which shall have been in an administrative capacity in a hospital or other health care facility, preferably in a setting associated with a state institution.
License/Certification: A.N.A. certification in nursing administration, plus current license as a registered nurse issued by the New Hampshire Board of Nurse Registration.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Extensive knowledge of professional nursing theory and practice. Extensive knowledge of administrative and management principles and practices involved in nursing administration. Extensive knowledge of current developments in the field of nursing. Ability to plan and direct nursing services and procedures in a large facility. Ability to direct the work of a large staff of nurses and other employees. Ability to maintain a sympathetic attitude toward, and effective relationships with, mentally and physically ill patients and with other employees. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 08/12/02