Pioneer Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital, essentially the county hospital for Sweet Grass County, Montana: Population 3700. We are in a beautiful valley along the Yellowstone River, between three mountain ranges, just north of Yellowstone National Park. We serve our neighbors (ranchers, skilled trades people and active retirees) and the many tourists who come here on their way to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, or to fish the Yellowstone, hike, bike, hunt or just get away from overcrowded places. Big Timber is a vibrant and welcoming small town, an hour from Bozeman and Billings. Our schools are highly rated, with high community support.
Pioneer Medical Center has an immediate opening for a full-time Assistant Director of Nursing to join our hospital's nursing team.
Provides nursing leadership for the development and advancement of nursing within PMC and provides leadership to some clinical support services. Ensures that a consistent level of nursing care is provided throughout the continuum of care and is accountable for the compliance and cost effectiveness of nursing services provided. Responsible for staff scheduling, planning and implementing the Compliance & Risk Management Program to meet the needs of the facility. Oversees Quality Improvement Staff and program, providing direction to staff. Responsible for providing education and evaluation to all staff of Pioneer Medical Center, with primary focus on nursing; collaborates with medical practitioners to incorporate nursing processes.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
1. Supports and models behaviors consistent with Pioneer Medical Center’s mission, vision, values, code of business conduct and service expectations. Meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements. Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental, and outside agency standards as it relates to the environment, employee, patient safety or job performance.
2. Assists DON with the development, implementation and maintenance of the organizational/departmental policies, procedures, goals, and objectives to ensure safe, high-quality patient/resident care and in relation to care of trauma patients.
3. Participates in the development of and assists with the implementation of an education plan that addresses individual and departmental needs. Direct the orientation and training of new staff and ensure ongoing education in partnership with Human Resources. Utilizes evidence-based practice supported by nursing research. Fosters an environment in which staff can realize personal growth and development through active participation in departmental decisions, shared governance, and opportunities for professional growth.
4. Assists DON to develop, retain, recruitment, and leads a talented team committed to accomplishing the goals and objectives of PMC. Recommends, implements, and evaluates plans and systems that assure a sufficient number of qualified and competent staff to provide care/services. Adjusts staffing plans as needed to ensure appropriate skill mix to meet patient acuity needs.
5. Evaluates nursing practice, assigned services, and environment in contributing to the development of standards that assure quality patient care.
a) Develops and maintains policies and procedures assuring compliance with state, federal, legal, regulatory, and/or accrediting requirements and standards.
6. Monitors appropriateness, timeliness, and accuracy of nursing and other assigned services documentation for all services provided to hospital, swing-bed and clinic patients.
a) Ensures all documentation meets all legal and regulatory requirements and supports maximum allowable reimbursement from government and/or third-party payers.
7. Demonstrates and encourages an ethic of open communication and teamwork throughout the organization. Provides consultation for related concerns and acts as a customer advocate by demonstrating sensitivity to ethical and legal ramifications of practice.
a) Serves as a resource to patients, staff, physicians, and other healthcare providers. Assists with problem resolution.
b) Serves as a spokesperson for critical access hospital (CAH), emergency department, and clinic issues, and represents PMC within the community and with professional nursing related organizations. Participates in community events as appropriate.
c) Directs and supervises nursing and assigned service employees when DON is unavailable. Adheres to administrative policies and procedures relating to human resource management.
8. Participates in the environment, health, and safety management programs, with appropriate goals, objectives, and measures. Directs development and implementation of organization plans for crisis response for both internal and external emergent events. May be required to be and is authorized to serve as Incident Commander during crisis management situations dependent on need.
a) Provides oversight to the maintenance of standards and regulatory requirements to maintain trauma designation.
9. Develops, implements, and maintains the facility compliance program. Monitors the performance of the Compliance Program and related activities on a continuing basis, taking appropriate steps to improve its effectiveness.
a) Develops initiates, maintains, and revises policies and procedures for the general operation of the Compliance Program and its related activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct. Manages day-to-day operation of the compliance program.
b) Collaborates with other departments to direct compliance issues to appropriate existing channels for investigation and resolution. Consults with CEO and legal as needed to resolve difficult legal compliance issues.
c) Responds to alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and Standards of Conduct by evaluating or recommending the initiation of investigative procedures. Develops and oversees a system for uniform handling of such violations.
d) Acts as an independent review and evaluation body to ensure that compliance Issues/concerns within the organization are being appropriately evaluated, investigated, and resolved.
e) Monitors, and as necessary, coordinates compliance activities of other departments to remain abreast of the status of all compliance activities and to identify trends.
f) Identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; develops/implements corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues and provides general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future.
g) Provides reports on a regular basis, and as directed or requested, to keep the Compliance Committee of the Board and senior management informed of the operation and progress of compliance efforts.
h) Ensures proper reporting of violations or potential violations to duly authorized
enforcement agencies as appropriate and/or required
i) Establishes and provides direction and management of the compliance Hotline
j) Institutes and maintains an effective compliance communication program for the organization, including promoting (a) use of the Compliance Hotline; (b) heightened awareness of Standards of Conduct, and (c) understanding of new and existing compliance issues and related policies and procedures.
10. Maintains current knowledge of applicable federal and state privacy/compliance laws and accreditation standards.
a) Initiates, facilitates, and promotes activities to foster information privacy awareness within the organization and related entities.
b) Oversees and ensures the right of the organization’s patients to inspect, amend and restrict access to protected health information, when appropriate.
c) Establishes and maintains a mechanism to track access to protected health information, within the purview of the practice/organization and as required by law to allow qualified individuals to review or receive a report on such activity.
d) Works with the IT/Security Officer on any issues that arise related to access and breaches of the various IT systems
11. Provides education and evaluation to all staff of Pioneer Medical Center within a specialized area of nursing. Collaborates with medical practitioners to incorporate nursing processes.
a) Provides education and evaluation to all staff of Pioneer Medical Center within a specialized area of nursing. Collaborates with medical practitioners to incorporate nursing processes.
b) Assists staff with educational needs, problem resolution, and health management across the continuum of care.
c) Collaborates with medical providers, patient care staff, and unit management in the planning, implementation, and delivery of educational curricula.
d) Initiates skills development programs within the parameters of established care models; monitors trends and implements educational strategies to ensure compliance with quality standards and parameters.
e) Educates technical and patient care staff in the use of new equipment, supplies, and instruments; coordinates in-service training and workshops for appropriate staff.
f) Serve as a mentor to nurses, ambulance staff and identify growth opportunities and educational needs for practicing nurses
g) Promote critical thinking among staff, and show commitment to professional development and lifelong learning
h) Maintain current knowledge of trends in area of expertise
i) Implement and enforce annual staff training through LMS
j) Provide education at monthly nursing and EMS staff meetings.
12. Maintains nursing schedules for all shifts, working collaboratively with DON.
13. Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental, and outside agency safety standards as it relates to the environment, employee, and patient/resident safety.
14. Identifies needs and sets goals for own growth and development.
15. Performs other duties as assigned or needed to meet the needs of the department/organization.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
· General knowledge of PMC policies and procedures, both organizational and departmental
· Ability to provide operational guidance and leadership to technical staff in area of specialty.
· Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
· Ability to assess educational needs and design and develop responsible curricula.
· Working knowledge of the use of established care models in the development of education programs.
· Technical leadership skills within area of expertise.
· Advanced nursing skills in area of specialty.
· Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate individual patient care programs.
· PMC Compliance Program
· PMC Code of Conduct
· Infection control and safety practices, policies, and procedures
· PMC safety and hazardous material policies and procedures
· Regulatory standards (i.e., State Survey, OSHA, CMS, etc.)
· HIPAA and confidentiality requirements
· Health care environments and trends
· Patient’s/resident’s rights
· Patient safety standards
· Professional communication skills, both verbal and written
· Practices within scope of Registered Nurse
· Critical thinking skills
· Developing policies and procedures
· Strategic planning
· Customer service techniques and skills
· Interpersonal skills necessary in order to instruct and comfort patients/residents and their families and maintain effective contacts with a variety of hospital personnel and providers
· Utilizing information systems for clinical and financial information and understanding the interrelationships of these systems
· Analytical skills necessary in order to prepare evidence-based nursing care plans, coordinate and implement effective nursing care, and develop solutions to problems concerning patients’/residents’ mental or physical well-being
· Incorporating cultural diversity and of age-appropriate care into all aspects of communication and patient/resident care; scope of services provided will encompass age groups ranging from infant through geriatric
· Conflict resolution
· Incorporate population specific needs into all aspects of communication and patient care; scope of services provided will encompass age groups from infant through geriatric
· Communicate clearly and effectively, both verbal and written
· Establish and maintain collaborative relationships
· Demonstrate of leadership and empowerment principles
· Establish and maintain effective working relationships
· Interpret policies and procedures; identify non-compliance and take appropriate action
· Utilize time management concepts to maximize time effectively
· Work independently
· Maintain flexibility to adapt to a variety of workload assignments
· Concentrate and pay close attention to detail when planning and performing professional nursing care, resolving patient/resident care problems, and dealing with patients/residents and their families, while working with frequent interruptions and competing priorities
· Read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents, respond to customer inquiries/complaints, legal and/or regulatory agencies and/or members of the community
· Perform a variety of mathematical calculations
COMPLEXITY & DIFFICULTY:
· Decisions impacting human resource management may have legal implications
· Decisions concerning patient/resident care can have impact on service line and quality of care
· Decisions regarding budgeting and fiscal control have direct impact to the financial viability of the organization
· Resourcefulness in dealing with emergency situations
· May be required to work in varied areas of the organization for varying periods of time
· Practices within the scope of Registered Nurse licensure
· Graduate of an accredited school of nursing, bachelor’s degree preferred
· Master’s degree in nursing, Hospital Administration or Business Administration desirable
· Four (4) years of clinical nursing experience, preferred
· Prior management experience preferred
· Exceptional interpersonal skills.
· Previous experience in a teaching setting preferred.
· Current Montana state license as a registered Nurse
· BLS Certification
· ACLS certified or ability to achieve within six (6) months of hire
· TNCC and PALS certification preferred or ability to achieve within six (6) months of hire
· Or an equivalent combination of education and experience relating to the above tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered
· Participates in on-call rotations
· Responsible for daily operations 24/7 and 365 days per year
Blood Borne Pathogen Category: Category I: Tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues.
Blood Borne Pathogen Category: Category II: Tasks that may involve occasional exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues, but are not a part of the routine job description. Appropriate protective measures are readily available to every employee engaged in Category II tasks.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While filling this position, the employee must regularly lift and or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. This position also requires walking or standing to a significant degree. This position also requires reaching, handling, feeling, talking, and hearing, stooping, bending, crouching, and working with equipment.
Look through our website, www.pmcmt.org, the Facebook groups "Big Timber Community" and "Big Timber Buzz” or call our HR Manager at 406.932.4603 for more information about the area and this role.
Pioneer Medical Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.'
Job Type: Full-time