At the Departments of Children and Families, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Developmental Services and Veterans Affairs this class is accountable for directing nursing services for a large hospital division or medium-sized hospital or for statewide services.
Receives administrative or executive direction from an employee of higher grade.
Directs professional and paraprofessional staff assigned to the Department of Nursing.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Directs the staff and operation of the nursing department; coordinates, plans and manages nursing activities; formulates program goals and objectives; makes staff assignments; develops or assists in the development of related policy incorporating current nursing research and professionally recognized standards; develops or assists in development and implementation of plans for nursing care; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in the preparation of the nursing budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of the department who might impact on program activities; participates in recruitment and retention programs; makes rounds to determine the quality of nursing care; participates in Quality Assurance Programs; assures optimal quality of care is provided in a safe environment; develops and/or implements effective ongoing programs to measure, assess and improve quality of nursing care, treatment and services delivered to patients; develops productive work teams; protects human and civil rights of patients and/or clients and staff; recommends disciplinary actions; collaborates with clinical instructors for educational programs; represents the hospital/facility in meetings of professional and/or community organizations; compiles data and prepares periodic reports; responsible for coordinating and providing twenty-four hour nursing coverage for facility or assigned units(s); intervenes in crisis situations and investigates all unusual incidents; leads and participates in meetings; may speak on behalf of nursing; may oversee other disciplines including but not limited to pharmacy, respiratory therapy or social work; may participate in strategic planning; may participate in research activities; may be a member of standing committees; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Considerable knowledge of nursing principles and practices in appropriate specialty; knowledge of behavioral health nursing; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of research procedures as applied to nursing; knowledge of nursing administration; knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques; knowledge of current developments in field of nursing including current complexities of the healthcare industry; knowledge of trend variance analysis; knowledge of governmental accounting and budgeting; some knowledge of marketing; some knowledge of and ability to develop strategic plans; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Department of Children and Families, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Veterans Affairs: Three (3) years of experience in hospital nursing in a managerial or supervisory capacity at or above the level of a Supervising Nurse working with the patients/clients serviced by the agency.
Department of Developmental Services: Three (3) years of experience in a managerial or supervisory capacity at or above the level of a Supervising Nurse working with persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities or in hospital nursing.
Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.
Incumbents in this class serving in the capacity of the Nurse Executive are required to possess a master's degree in nursing, social or behavioral science, public health administration, health care administration, hospital administration or a related field.
Non-Examined refers to Section 5-219 of the Connecticut General Statutes which permits appointment of candidates to competitive positions without formal examination when a professional license, professional degree, accreditation or certificate is a mandatory requirement for appointment to a class.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Director of Nursing 2 in Salary Group MP 69 approved effective August 31, 2007. (Revised to modify General Experience)