Nursing homes are around-the-clock care facilities which are specifically designed for elderly residents, and a licensed nursing home administrator is typically the person in charge of the facility. They are heavily involved in supervising and managing a variety of systems, such as general upkeep and care, nursing-specific procedures, and financial stability to ensure that the facility operates within all financial parameters.
These administrators closely oversee the level of care and nursing offered within their facilities. Many nursing homes offer multiple tiers of care depending on the needs of residents, and the administrators review all care-giving procedures with nursing professionals and managers within the home to ensure that the best practices are offered and executed at all times.
Nursing home administrators also supervise the ongoing upkeep of the nursing home, which involves ensuring that all areas of the home are kept in excellent shape and hygiene and sanitation procedures are enforced. This is especially important in this setting, as even minor problems such as loose tile or flooring can cause huge problems for the safety of residents. They also oversee the facility's finances and ensure that insurance payments and billings are received in good order and systems for supplies, accounts, and income/spending are documented properly.
To work as a licensed nursing home administrator, a college degree in a nursing/medical field may be required, and education or experience in administration is also helpful. Prior experience in a nursing home setting is the most common prerequisite, and necessary certifications and licenses for this position include proof of training and education, demonstrated practical experience, and passing complicated examinations from a certification board. Licensed nursing home administrators typically work long hours throughout the week, and are also usually on-call in case of need, even on days off.
Licensed Nursing Home Administrator Tasks
Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional boarding home standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Plan and direct the nursing program.
Maintain relationships with patients and families.
Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.