Assistant Directors - page 2

by CapeCodMermaid

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I am going to be hiring a new assistant DON. What are your expectations for the position? I know I have my own, but having been told on more than one occasion I expect too much, I thought I would put the question to the DONs out... Read More


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    I'm wondering how many bed facilities everyone here has? I'm the ADON of 195 bed facility (140 bed Rehab/SNFS and 55 bed Assisted Living). I am definitely required to have a united front with my DON, but most of the other duties that have been listed here are to be handled by our three nurse mangers. My on-call rotation is with the DON, so I am on-call 24/7 like she is. My prior experience was as a DON of an Assisted Living facility, so I largely am responsible to have the knowledge base of the AL regulations, in addition to knowing the SNF regs. I'm in charge of most of the education of the nurses and nursing assistants. I am also the infection control director for the entire facility including housekeeping and dietary. It is expected that I will be an extension of the DON and will step in to do the DON responsibilities whenever she is not available. Of course there are many other responsibilities as the situation demands, but my duties seem different from what I am seeing here and I am wondering if its because there is a difference in the size of our facilities?
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    I am an ADON working in a 160 bed facility ( ground breaking in process for 40 additional beds). We have 2 60 bed skilled units and a 40 bed Dementia unit. My repsonsibilites include being my DON's right hand. I am responsible for the clinical aspects, ensuring that all follow up is completed daily. I am also responsible for wound care follow up ( most days we have a treatment nurse and a wound MD weekly). I also participate in the disciplinary process and am responsible for attendace discipline. I am expected to cover my DON when she is unavailable. I attend meetings as needed and anything else that comes along. We are fortunate to have an Infection control RN , Quality Assurance RN and 3 RN Unit Managers. At this point we do not have to take call because we are required to have a RN 24 hours a day therefore we have a evening and night Supervisor.


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