Assistant directors of nursing (ADON) report to the director of nurses and the administrator of their facility. LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurse) or RNs can be employed as ADONs. In addition, ADONs must be in good standing with any applicable State Nursing Boards.
Nursing and management experience are required for this position. Assistant directors of nursing must also have working knowledge of state health regulations. They are primarily responsible for ensuring the nursing staff is in compliance with federal, state and company policies. They must also have strong leadership capabilities and excellent bedside manners. ADONs must also have the ability to demonstrate infection control and construct patient care plans.
ADONs are expected to attend regular meetings to discuss patient care and ensure that proper charting and procedures for care are documented. In addition they generally work closely with medical directors, physicians, outside consultants (i.e. dieticians and therapists) and their nursing staff. ADONs must be able to conduct necessary assessments for patient care, and ensure proper equipment, and supplies are on hand for treatments. ADONs manage nursing staff and as such are responsible for hiring, training, on-going evaluations, delegation of duties, and scheduling. This position requires an individual who can evaluate and manage complaints and issues within the facility including problems among staff, family and patients concerns, as well as failed audits. Using current known trends and available data, ADONs must be able to conduct care interventions by utilizing available resources and staff. They are also generally responsible for updating and maintaining legal documentation such as patient analysis and staff data in compliance with state and federal regulations.
Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Tasks
- Maintain and update audit, compliance and legal documentation, including analyzing patient and staff data.
- Plan resource utilization and care interventions according to available data and known trends.
- Assist with management of the Department of Nursing, including evaluation of staff.
- Evaluate and take action around complaints, failed audits, and staff problems.