A nursing home director oversees all of the operations within a nursing home. When potential clients come to see the facilities, the director may have to give tours, as well as explain what the facilities offer and answer any questions that arise. Marketing plans and efforts are also carried out by the director. The nursing home director should have strong management skills, as they oversee a variety of staff such as nurses, other care professionals, food service providers and groundskeepers.
It is important for the director to constantly monitor the premises and employee activities to make sure that no potential hazards to patients are present. They also make sure that staff members are coordinating effectively with medical personnel who oversee client health, conduct employee evaluations, participate in hiring and firing, and oversee payroll. The director may also have to personally administer employee training for new and existing staff members. In addition to quality of service, the nursing home director also monitors the facility's budget to make sure that operations and supplies are carried out or used in an effective manner.
A minimum of an associate’s degree is usually necessary for this position, and certification as a nursing home director may also be required. The nursing home director should have experience working in a nursing home; many positions require prior management experience within a nursing home. These professionals also should have the ability to multitask, manage large numbers of employees and programs, and communicate effectively with colleagues and current and potential residents.
Nursing Home Director 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.