Long term care nursing directors are generally employed by nursing homes and larger facilities, such as CCRCs (continuing care retirement communities). In many cases, the long term care nursing director is second-in-command to the facility administrator, and, as such, assumes all of the administrator's duties in the event of their absence. They also are responsible for interviewing potential new hires, conducting performance reviews for existing staff, and overseeing in-service training for the staff under their leadership. Staff development, goal-setting, and ensuring compliance with all state and local regulations also falls under their purview.
In addition to serving as the team leader for the professionals employed by their facility, they are also responsible for administrative tasks such as creating and following budgets for their facility or department and ensuring adequate supplies are purchased and stocked. The duties and level of resident interaction involved in the long term care nursing director’s job varies with the size and type of facility in which they work. For example, in smaller facilities, they may have direct contact with residents and their families, while in larger facilities, they generally have only passing contact with residents.
Long term care nursing directors are generally required to hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as nursing or health care administration, and may also need to be a licensed RN (registered nurse). Previous experience with geriatric populations is highly preferred, as is previous management or supervisory experience.
Long Term Care Nursing Director Tasks
- Maintain relationships with patients and families.
- Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
- Directs the clinical and administrative staff in quality and consistent patient care.
- Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
- Ensure services are in compliance with professional boarding home standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.