Hospice nursing directors oversee the daily operations of a hospice facility and typically report to a clinical administrator. They must ensure that all nurses under their direction have the necessary experience and certifications as required by law, and a calm demeanor and the ability to adapt to a variety of personalities are important in this position. They may assign nurses to particular hospice clients as needed and must assess clients to provide the right nurses for their needs, and they should also be able to think quickly on their feet to resolve potential problems as they arise.
Hospice nursing directors typically work during regular weekly business hours, but extended hours may also be necessary depending on the employer. Some may visit clients directly to ensure that they are receiving the proper care and are satisfied with their assigned nurses. Should a client or his/her family prefer a different nurse, the director is tasked with resolving the issue in a timely manner.
Hospice nursing directors must have a bachelor's degree in nursing, at least one year of nursing and hospice experience, and a valid PA RN license, and they must also stay up-to-date with all federal, state, and local nursing laws.
Hospice Nursing Director Tasks
Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Develop and maintain record management systems to store and process patient data and statistical reports.
Directs the clinical and administrative staff in providing hospice care.
Plan and direct the hospice program.