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I am an RN in Florida. I have just been hired as a Resident care Director in a 70 Bed ALF and 17 Bed Alzhiemers unit.
I have worked all shifts in long term care and been in in the supervisory capacity ,but never in management.
This facility was looking for a nurse with good clinical skills and they are willing to train me in management. I have been an RN for 15 years .
I am a little anxious, as I not familiar with the florida state and federal regs and I dont know what to expect in this position. If anyone has been or is in in this kind of position ,I would appreciate your guidance and enlightment on what being an ALF RESIDENT CARE DIRECTOR is all about.I will appreciate help from anyone ,and also if anyone knows some websites that will help me!!!!! Thank you
First of all, congratulations on the new job!! You will definitely have your hands full, but here are a few ideas for you:
1) Check out the American Assisted Living Nurses Association website. They can point you in the direction of continuing education, support systems, even certification as an assisted living nurse.
2) Good training is a MUST. If your company is a member of a state alliance for healthcare facilities, long-term care etc., they will often send you to a two- or three-day course that covers the major aspects of ALF nursing and their implications. Take advantage of every educational opportunity they offer, and if they don't offer, ASK. You cannot be a successful ALF nurse if you don't know the rules!
3) Speaking of rules: invest in a copy of your state's Nurse Practice Act and familiarize yourself thoroughly with the sections related to delegation and/or assignment of nursing care tasks. You will probably be working with unlicensed caregivers whose educational and knowledge levels vary widely; you have to know the regulations so you can assess their abilities and delegate care appropriately.
4) This is a position which carries a LOT of responsibility, and never more than at survey time. You will spend a lot of time talking with the surveyors and assisting your administrator with the plan of correction, if necessary; however, if you make sure your staff and documentation are survey-ready at all times, you won't have to fear this process, which can be intimidating for new managers.
5) Whatever you do, DON'T try to be buddies with your staff. It's OK to be light-hearted and have fun on the job, but remember: you are the boss, and sometimes you have to make hard choices. It's even harder if the employee you are disciplining is your friend. In addition, the staff won't take you seriously when you need them to do so if you go out with them for drinks after work or invite them over for a Saturday-night barbecue.
6) Love your residents! People in assisted living can be delightful---they may need a little help with ADLs, but they often can and do have meaningful relationships, continue to participate in arts and crafts, travel, join in community activities, and generally enjoy life.
Good luck to you!