Assistant Director job description
one who contributes to aspects of over all organization of the nursing services and assumes leadership in the administration of the nursing services, day, evening, and night.
she or (he) is directly responsible to the director of nursing and nursing services.
major responsibilities are:
1- Planning and organization:
a. works within a framework of the ministry of public health, the division of nursing, and the policies and practices in the specific facility – hospitals, schools, clinics, health centers, interprets and implements the policies and exercises judgement in matters to be referred.
b. gives guidance to area or ward head nurse in the organization of the nursing personnel and environment for effective patient care and services.
c. contributes to effective management and control of supplies and equipment and makes recommendations for changes in quality and quantity.
d. consult with heads of service areas, pharmacy, stores, food and housekeeping services, in matters regarding improvement of services to patients, recommends changes in current practices.
2- Administration and co-ordination:
a. develops and carries out a supervisory program, guides area or ward head nurses in their administration of the nursing services in accordance with established policies and programs.
b. takes major responsibility for evaluating standards of comprehensive patient care, observe patients, nursing personnel, and environment, and on the basis of findings, submits evaluation reports to the director of nursing and nursing services as an index of the effectiveness of the total nursing services and nursing personnel.
c. makes written recommendations to the director of nursing and nursing services for changes that may be indicated.
d. maintains records and reports that provide for continuity in the administrative process.
e. makes adjustments in assignment of personnel to meet emergency situations relating to illness, increase in patient census, etc…..
f. takes initiative ( especially evening and night) to keep the director of nursing and nursing services advised of unusual situations which may need referral to the medical or hospital director, or may be authorized to contact either one directly.
3- Education and staff development:
a. participates in and has major responsibility for development and implementation of an orientation program for patients, and for nursing service personnel.
b. works actively with the total staff development program, constantly interprets its purposes and contributes to evaluation of its effectiveness (may be the person in the organization designated to organize the program).
c. makes proposals for studies with a view to raising standards of patient care and maintaining morale of staff at optimum level.
d. gives guidance to personnel in patient teaching as well as in giving care to patients.
e. assumes responsibility for her reading and study program and encourages others to do so.
f. recognizes leadership qualities in nursing personnel and makes appropriate recommendations for promotion, further study opportunity, etc……