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The Nursing Director is responsible for providing overall nursing administrative direction and coordination for clinical policies, procedures, and programs of a multi-site state network.

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Occasional travel may be required.

Typical Functions:

Manages statewide operations through associate nursing directors and program coordinators, by interviewing and selecting applicants, training and arranging training opportunities, assigning and reviewing special projects, evaluating the performance of incumbents, and reviewing and approving staff recommendations and administrative actions. Develops policies and procedures for network-wide use in the clinical or hospital setting for nursing compliance with regulatory agencies. Ensures staff competence through verification of licensure and continuing education requirements. Implements ongoing programs to measure, assess, and improve the quality of nursing care, treatment, and services delivered to patients. Tracks and monitors risk management incidents, medication errors, and other patient safety issues. Designs corrective action plans for identified needs and deficiencies. Directs and collaborates in the development of long-range plans for health care programs; develops and recommends new and revised nursing policies, procedures, plans, and strategies to respond to changes in program needs, objectives, and priorities and to improve the effectiveness of nursing services. Performs administrative duties by reviewing and analyzing program and service delivery data, identifying staffing, budgetary, and training needs, investigating and resolving complaints, compiling and preparing reports and correspondence, developing contracts and agreements, coordinating activities with departmental and other state and federal personnel, and serving on committees to provide or obtain information. Formulates budgets for nursing staff, materials, equipment, and contract services for nursing operations. Ensures compliance with budgetary guidelines and effective delivery of services. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the principles, practices, and theory of public health nursing. Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations governing public health nursing. Knowledge of departmental nursing programs and policies. Knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational and human resources management. Ability to plan work unit objectives and operational activities and to assign and direct the work of subordinates. Ability to interpret and apply state and federal laws and regulations to a variety of nursing fields. Ability to analyze and evaluate program or service delivery effectiveness and compliance. Ability to identify and resolve program or service delivery problems. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information and reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

Licensed as a Registered Nurse by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing in accordance with ACA 17-87-301; plus seven years of experience in nursing, including five years of supervisory experience as a nurse in public health. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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