Job Description

Gracedale Nursing Home, located in a beautiful rural setting outside Nazareth, Pennsylvania, has been providing the highest quality long-term care, along with rehabilitative and restorative services, to residents of the Lehigh Valley and beyond since the 1960’s.

OUR MISSION:

To care for the people with healthcare needs in the most cost effective manner while preserving their dignity and pursuit of the highest quality of life.

OUR VISION:

To improve care outcomes so that Gracedale is a preferred facility for area referral sources and a facility of choice for prospective residents and employees.

JOIN OUR TEAM!

The Nursing Supervisor plans, assigns and reviews the work of lower level professional and technical nursing and patient care staff in multiple units on an assigned shift. Work includes performing administrative functions, and coordinating all care provided to patients on assigned units. This position requires two (2) years of long term care experience.

Candidates must be available to work every other weekend and major holidays.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must successfully submit a completed application prior to the posting deadline. Applications submitted with incomplete or missing education and/or work experience sections will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. These applicants will be disqualified from consideration. The attachment of a resume to the application does not fulfill this requirement and will not prevent incomplete applications from being rejected. Education and work experience fields must be completed, regardless of the presence of an attached resume. Please answer any supplemental questions truthfully and completely. Use the employment history section of your application to substantiate your answers to supplemental questions.

Once the posting closes, all applications will be reviewed. The information provided on the application will be utilized to determine whether or not each applicant meets the minimum requirements for this position as noted in the Job Description. Please read the Minimum Requirements thoroughly and then demonstrate that you meet these requirements on your application. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered for the position. Eligible candidates will be contacted directly by a Hiring Manager at Gracedale Nursing Home in order to schedule an interview.

Equal Employment Opportunities – It is the policy of Northampton County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or any other status protected by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and any other state, federal, or local law.

Job Description
GENERAL PURPOSE
The Nursing Supervisor position plans, assigns and reviews the work of lower level professional and technical nursing and patient care staff in multiple units on an assigned shift.  Work includes performing administrative functions and coordinating all care provided to patients on assigned units.SUPERVISION RECEIVED
This position reports directly to the Assistant Director of Nursing and/or Director of Nursing.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED
This position exercises supervision over the following job classifications: Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Unit Clerk, and Certified Nurse Aide.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF THE POSITION
Assigns nursing staff to floor units and determines need for additional personnel because of staff vacancies or absences.  Secures additional staff by scheduling relief personnel or contracted pool agencies.

Consults unit nurse regarding patients’ medical and social status, and problems encountered in providing patient care and determines need for reassignment due to staff shortages, breaks, emergencies, patient census or other situation.  Follows established seniority rules in making such reassignments.

Makes rounds with medical staff and checks and carries out physician’s orders.

Prepares records and discusses patient(s) progress with physicians and relatives.

Monitors the quality of patient care provided through observation, discussion and review of charts and other records.

Reviews patient care plans, including medical records, medication sheets and nursing and staff notes for overall adequacy of plan and any needed changes.

Makes rounds to observe patient(s) status and general condition.

Identifies any evidence of problems, need for facility or equipment cleaning, maintenance or repair, or other action required.

Assists unit nursing staff in the direct provision of patient care services and/or the direction of unit patient care activities, this includes but not limited to passing medications, completing admissions, performing treatments, etc.

Maintains liaison with supervisory staff and personnel in other services on the shift.

Coordinates nursing care needs and support requirements with those of related but different fields, such as therapy, pharmacy, social services, etc.

Works with medical staff for establishment and review of long term patient care plans.

Reviews patient care records, including medical records, medication sheets and nursing and staff notes and discusses with subordinate staff the overall adequacy of plan and any needed changes.

Completes charts, census reports, medication use, and other reports required by facility, State or Federal regulations and/or as a condition for reimbursement.

Coordinates provision and accomplishment of non-nursing services, depending on shift assignment and determines need to notify medical, administrative or other staff of particular situations, depending on shift assignment.

Evaluates subordinate staff performance.  Receives complaints from employee review situation and resolves issue or refers to others for resolution.

Gives oral and/or written warnings for disciplinary cases and assesses overall nursing staff strengths and/or weaknesses in providing such care.

Identifies need for training, revised practices or referral to higher level personnel.  Demonstrates standard operations and practices to new nursing care personnel.

Answers questions and otherwise advises and assists staff in providing care, especially more difficult situations.

Supervises staff and assures survey compliance on a daily basis and provides guidance and support to staff to better plan departmental work flow.

Assists in survey compliance and quality assurance duties as assigned.  Maintains incident reports according to policies and procedures.

Performs and directs fire drills and elopement drills, as well as any required emergency preparedness drills.

*An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description.  Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE – Completion of a high school, or general equivalency, diploma; AND

Education equivalent to graduation from an accredited school of nursing; AND

Four (4) years of practical nursing experience, two (2) of which shall have been as a supervisory or charge nurse on a ward, floor or unit of an inpatient facility; AND

Possession of licensure as a Registered Nurse issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

NOTE: Upon hire employee must have a drug screening and COVID-19 testing.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of professional nursing principles, practices and standards.

Thorough knowledge of nursing methods and techniques commonly employed in inpatient nursing facilities.

Thorough knowledge of methods and techniques required for patient care documentation and reporting.

Knowledge of regulatory and other requirements for patient care coverage, patient-staff ratio, and related service provision matters.

Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.

Ability to plan and oversee overall staff and work assignment, evaluate care provided and coordinate work efforts with other facility functions and operations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with physicians, associates, other facility staff, and patients and their families.

Ability to instruct, correct and advise lower level nursing and patient care personnel in the performance of their duties.

Ability to keep records of activities and prepare reports from them.

Must possess the ability to prioritize tasks and work under highly variable conditions.

Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbally and in writing.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English to perform the duties of this position.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Telephone, personal computer (including word processing and other specialized software), scheduling charts and blood pressure equipment, thermometers, patient record charts, syringe needles, blood glucose meter, surgical instruments, stethoscope, oxygen equipment, suction equipment, wound dressings, wound vac, specialty support surfaces, positioning devices,  medication cards, machinery for inhalation therapy, calculator, fax machine, and copy machine.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear and must possess agility and strength sufficient to lift, support, and maneuver heavy patients of limited physical capacity, as well as provide care.

The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee divides time between office environment and patient care areas.   Majority of duties are done on a nursing unit.  Minimal office duty required.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

SELECTION GUIDELINES
Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check as well as job related tests may be required.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

FLSA STATUS:        FLSA NON-EXEMPT (ELIGIBLE FOR OVERTIME)
DESIGNATION:        CAREER SERVICE
PAY GRADE:            CS-29
UNION STATUS:      NON-UNION

Updated July 2020

Agency
Northampton County
Address
Human Resources Department
669 Washington Street
Easton, Pennsylvania, 18042
Phone
610-829-6382

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