Direct Care Program Coordinator Salary
It's impossible to make it big as a Direct Care Program Coordinators in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $38K per year. Female Direct Care Program Coordinators far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Direct Care Program Coordinator
A direct care program coordinator manages health treatment programs for patients who require direct daily care or living assistance. Direct care program coordinators work with hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and inpatient psychiatric facilities to develop and run a care program for patients in need. Direct care program coordinators for smaller care programs usually work hands-on with patients, performing nursing tasks such as administering medication and taking biometrics.Read More...
Most employers require direct care program coordinators to obtain and maintain a valid nursing license in compliance with state laws. They also usually require applicants to have a bachelor's degree in nursing or another relevant field Some require a master's degree in social work and a license as a clinical social worker. However, there are some employers that require only a nurse practitioner certification and nurse's license.
Computer and communication skills are required as many direct care program coordinators have to perform administrative task such as gathering and reporting data, hiring employees, and drafting budgets. Sharp managerial skills are a must, as direct care program coordinators have to deal with and manage subordinate staff members, as well as interact with patients and their families.
Direct care program coordinators usually have their own offices in a hospital or clinic, where they work full time or part time during standard daytime office hours. Coordinators may also have to occasionally fill in for nurses, requiring them to work nights and weekends.
Direct Care Program Coordinator Tasks
- Assist in hiring, training and reviewing performance of nursing and clinical aid staff.
- Supervise home health aid staff and give clinical direction.
- Maintain departmental day-to-day clinical activities, monitor and prioritize staff workflow and schedules of home visits.
- Ensure adherence to departmental policies and procedures.
- Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
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Pay by Experience Level for Direct Care Program Coordinator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Direct Care Program Coordinators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Direct Care Program Coordinators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $39K.