Unit Manager

  1. Hi, can anyone tell me where I can find a generalized job description for a unit manager in a nursing home?Thank you, Jean
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  3. by   meownsmile
    I dont know really. But my unit manager at the hospital had to take 4 hours of my shift today because i needed personal time and staffing hadnt scheduled someone after they approved my time. HEHHEHE!!!!
    No really, my NM is really pretty good about pulling up the slack when needed as far as im concerned.
  4. by   CoffeeRTC
    A few years ago I was a clinical supervor..aka unit manager. I was responsible 24/7 kinda like mini DON except no budget/ census duties.
  5. by   autumneve
    Thank you Michelle for your response. Jean
    Quote from michelle126
    A few years ago I was a clinical supervor..aka unit manager. I was responsible 24/7 kinda like mini DON except no budget/ census duties.
  6. by   donmomofnine
    My unit managers are responsible for oversight of a unit, but not 24/7! The organize it and determine how it will be run. When they come in each day there are things that need to be followed up on that cannot be done at night.


    They contact doctors, transcribe orders, fax for orders, go to care conference, help the primary care nurses, go on rounds with MDs, sit on committees such as the fall team, meet with me weekly. They do the nursing admissions (not the consents and stuff, just the medical stuff and assessments) .They monitor the nurses and nursing assistants. They each have a unit of 45 residents.
  7. by   autumneve
    Thank You so much, that's just what I was looking for.If you can add anymore duties to that, I would certainly appreciciate it.Are they responsible for risk management or would care? do they also handle ward clerk duties? ie: appointments etc?
    Quote from donmomofnine
    My unit managers are responsible for oversight of a unit, but not 24/7! The organize it and determine how it will be run. When they come in each day there are things that need to be followed up on that cannot be done at night.


    They contact doctors, transcribe orders, fax for orders, go to care conference, help the primary care nurses, go on rounds with MDs, sit on committees such as the fall team, meet with me weekly. They do the nursing admissions (not the consents and stuff, just the medical stuff and assessments) .They monitor the nurses and nursing assistants. They each have a unit of 45 residents.
  8. by   donmomofnine
    They each have a unit clerk and I have a wound nurse working three days a week. She does all the documentation. The unit managers do the treatments when she is not here, but they aren't too heavy. No risk management. We have lots of ancillary staff. They really don't have to do much of the nursing assistant stuff either, as I have a wonderful primary care coordinator who is there for nothing else but the nursing assistants and oversees all the stuff that they do (and that's a bundle of work!)
  9. by   autumneve
    Thank you so much, this info has been so helpful to me and my efforts to create a job description for a position we have never had before.Again my thanks to you, Jean
  10. by   donmomofnine
    Oh, and one IMPORTANT thing ~ for continuity and consistency, they work Monday through Friday. Once in awhile they fill in on the weekend, but I need them there more during the week, when more "stuff" is happening! This also enables them to follow things from day to day!
  11. by   autumneve
    Are they over your RCC nurses?

    They contact doctors, transcribe orders, fax for orders, go to care conference, help the primary care nurses, go on rounds with MDs, sit on committees such as the fall team, meet with me weekly. They do the nursing admissions (not the consents and stuff, just the medical stuff and assessments) .They monitor the nurses and nursing assistants. They each have a unit of 45 residents.[/QUOTE]
  12. by   donmomofnine
    I am not sure what an RCC is, sorry. If you mean the same thing as what we call primary care nurses (med and treatment), then, yes, they are there to assist them, but are over them as well. This is true even though this makes situations where an LPN is "over" an RN. Actually, there is little "authority" to it, my nurses work so well together as a team!
  13. by   autumneve
    I'm sorry but RCC is what we call our resident care coordinator.They are the ones who do all of the MDS and have care plans.They used to do alot more but all of the extras they do have rolled over to the floor nurses in order for them to concentrate on the care plans and mds's.She said that is the financial part and that's how we get paid.You are very fortunate in that your nurses work so well together.Thanks for the response.Jean
  14. by   catlady
    Heh...when I was a unit manager, my job description was *eleven* pages long. And the last item was the ubiquitous "and other duties as required." I don't think there were any duties left unmentioned.

    I had to do all the MDS, PPS, care planning, resident care meetings, and run my unit. While the ADNS sat in the office doing her nails and planning her wedding. And paging me to tell me, "I need this....I need that."

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