Director of Nursing

October 28, 2019
Job Type
Career level
5-10 years
Other Certifications
RN State of NJ, CARN


Director of Nursing
Schedule per week: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm (On Call Responsibilities to Meet the Needs of the Program)
Location: Paterson/Secaucus, NJ (Travel to both locations)

Job Summary:
Oversee and direct nursing staff to provide quality nursing services to all residential clients while they are in treatment at the agency and to ensure them an appropriate continuum of care when they leave the agency.
Job Specific Responsibilities and Duties:
Direct and provide supervision to nursing staff at Paterson and Secaucus (Medical/Detox Unit).
Ensure quality nursing services to all residential client including programs in Paterson.
Develop and implement written objectives, standards of practice, and organizational plan for nursing services.
Develop, implement and revise policies and procedures for nursing services.
Ensure that newly hired medical staff on medical/detox unit is provided orientation on agency’s policy and procedures. Staff will be notified as new policies are developed.
Coordinate and integrate nursing services with other patient care services both within the agency and in the community.
Recruit, interview and hire all nursing and ancillary medical personnel in collaboration with Human Resources Department.

Monitor Medical Unit’s Budget
Orient all new nursing and ancillary medical personnel to the facility and their job responsibilities.
Provide regularly-scheduled training to nursing personnel on areas of care associated with this patient population.
Formally evaluate all newly-hired nursing and ancillary medical personnel at three months and submit evaluation to Human Resource.
Formally evaluate all medical and ancillary medical personnel annually during the specified evaluation period and submit to Human Resources.
Develop written job descriptions for nursing and ancillary personnel and update annually at the time of the employee’s Performance Evaluation.
Document any medical staff transgressions as they occur in accordance with Straight & Narrow’s procedure for employee warnings and participate in effecting any terminations that may be warranted in collaboration with Human Resources.
Ensure representation of appropriate nursing personnel at MDT meetings and all other staff meetings where nursing representation is required.
Ensure that all standards for health including Division of Mental Health Addiction (DMHAS) and CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), life safety; infection control; medication storage, dispensing and disposal, etc. are met.
Prepare and implement those areas of Detox and Primary Care Plans of Correction that have to do with nursing services including, but not limited to, medication dispensing and monitoring; medication storage; infection control; nursing documentation.

Ensure that credentials of nursing are verified annually and that documentation of this verification is in each employee’s Personnel file.
Ensure that client retention by providing efficient nursing care to clients on Detox as well as residential units.
Renew written agreements with pharmacy, Lab and any other outside agencies (as needed) to which Straight & Narrow refers, annually.
Ensure that the pharmacy visits the agency to monitor medications monthly.
Ensure that all clients’ prescriptions are ordered as required and any generic medications or medical supplies are always in stock.
Ensure medication sheets are evaluated monthly and oversee the quality assurance of all nursing charts and services.
Follow up on complaints regarding medication or nursing services lodged by clients, families, referral sources and staff members.
Attend meetings outside the agency regarding the Detox Hospital and Primary Care nursing services as required.
Provide on-call emergency response to nursing staff and residential Program Directors 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week either directly or through a designated, qualified nursing staff member.
Ensure staff RN or LPN represents Medical Unit at the weekly Multidisciplinary Team Meetings (MDT) as required
Chair Medical Committee and participate in any other CQI meetings to which assigned.
Review patient/client charts weekly to ensure regulatory compliance and appropriate patient care
Facilitate weekly Medical Unit staff meetings.
Responsible for reviewing medical charts of patients with co-morbidities prior to acceptance for admission.

Cross train nurses to work on all agency programs with the exception of the child care facilities.
Use and implement Electronic Health Records (EHR)
Ensure Nursing coverage 24/7. Prepare nursing schedules at least 30 days in advance.

For full time positions, we offer medical, vision, dental, life and supplemental life insurance. Accidental and Critical Illness Insurance, 403B with employer match, Paid Time off (PTO), in house training seminars, two training days for certified professionals. SN also offers supervision for those individuals trying to become licensed in NJ as a LCADC/CADC, LSW, LCSW, LAC, LPC and LMFT. We participate in employee discount programs such as the Working Advantage program.


Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing; currently licensed as an RN in the state of New Jersey; strong management and interpersonal skills; Masters’ Degree with five years’ experience with substance abuse and psychiatric patients or Bachelor’s degree with seven years experience with substance abuse and/or psychiatric patients. Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) preferred
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