This is seems weird to me. i have been a DON in the past. But i never heard of any "regulation" that states a DON can't work as a nurse or help nurses on the floor because he or she manages a facility with over 60 residents. I do understand that as DON, the hours worked don't count towards "hours per patient day"/staffing. But i don't see how this relieves the DON from being responsible for the care provided. For example: a resident was unusually short of breath. she asked the busy nurse to give the resident a breathing treatment because she wasn't "allowed". then today she informed us that she couldn't draw blood from one of our residents PICC line because there are more than 60 residents in our facility and she is not allowed to work in "nursing capacity". (this only came up because several of us RN managers were off that day and it was expected that she would do it). We were suprised to be informed she wasn't "allowed."I really want to be respectful, but i am having a hard time understanding. the times i have been a DON, i have always held nurses accountable and never let them take advantage of me, but i also didn't let them sink either. if there was a "crisis" i was right there to help. I also covered this same DON for 3 months while she was off on medical leave. no one told me i wasn't allowed to help because we were greater than 60 beds! (it doesn't matter anyway...patient care comes first in my opinion)Someone please help clarify this! It bothers me to know that she has no plans function as a nurse when needed.At the same time..i don't want to be frustrated if there really is such a rule.