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Role of the Registered Nurse in an Assisted Living Facility

Role of the Registered Nurse in an Assisted Living Facility

De Vore Recruiting specializes in finding health care professionals to fill registered nurse and director-level positions in nursing homes and skilled/assisted living facilities around the country.

 

The responsibilities for a registered nurse in an assisted living facility (ALF) – a residential long-term care environment that includes 24-hour, health and personal care services for seniors – are specific.

 

The following highlights are provided by the American Assisted Living Nurses Association (AALNA). More about the standards for registered nurses in assisted living facilities can be found here.

 

The following are based on skill set, experience and knowledge. Registered nurses in assisted living facilities are responsible for:

 

·        Assessing the resident’s physical status when she/he is admitted, as well as during severe changes in health and also annually;

 

·        Establish a care plan using the information that was gathered on the resident during the assessment process;

 

·        Share the care plan with the resident and members of the staff and oversee its implementation while noting anything that strays from the plan;

 

·        Manage the resident’s medication, making sure to test a resident’s ability to manage their own medication administration and storage;

 

·        Create and oversee programs (including immunization requirements and plans for combating infectious diseases like tuberculosis) that promote health and prevent diseases for residents;

 

·        Create and oversee a philosophy of care that includes exercise plans  at the assisted living facility;

 

·        Create and oversee rules for resident capacity and end-of-life care preferences;

 

·        Be accountable for care practices when it comes to himself/herself and the staff;

 

·        Ensure care practices have each resident’s best interests in mind.

 

Assisted living facilities are unique care environments that work hard to avoid an institutional feel and look. They seek to aid seniors who are impaired either cognitively, medically or functional and require some assistance with day-to-day living activities.

 

De Vore currently is seeking a skilled candidate to fill a RN position in Oregon. Also, we’re looking for the right candidate for a RN nursing supervisor position in a skilled nursing facility in Pennsylvania. Click here to learn more.

 

For a full list of the open positions for which De Vore is looking to find the right candidates, please visit our website here


Nurses: 4 Ways to Find Work in a Another State

Nurses: 4 Ways to Find Work in a Another State

Sometimes nurses are looking to share their services in areas where there may be a dearth of quality health care professionals, which may require them to make a multi-state move. Other times, jobs for experienced registered nurses or director-level positions aren’t readily available in a certain area.

 

Whatever the reason, nurses may be interested in finding career openings in new areas but don’t know where to start.

 

At De Vore Recruiting, we specialize in finding the right candidates to fill in-demand positions for experienced registered nurses and directors within skilled nursing facilities. Here are some tips for health care professionals looking to make a significant move for the right position.

 

·        If you’re currently unemployed for whatever reason and looking for a job in another state, it always helps to start volunteering during your job search. Volunteer work keeps you relevant and provides a worthwhile bullet point on your resume. You can learn new skills or just merely keep your skills well-practiced. You will also stay abreast of the latest technology and techniques within your field. Employers will appreciate that you’re making an effort to work, rather than just waiting for the next paid position to come along. Check your local free clinics, blood banks or public health departments for open volunteer work.

 

·        Typically beginning in spring, nursing career fairs are a great way to meet potential employers face-to-face in order to make a more lasting impression. Employers and nursing recruiting agencies will be together in one place, making it more convenient for you as a job seeker. Career fairs are also a great place to network.

 

·        Pick up the phone. Call anyone – professional or personal – you know, as you never really know who knows who. Call people who aren’t even in the health care industry since they may know someone who may know someone, etc. Tell your contacts what you’re looking for in a new career move. Ask them to stay alert for any job leads or for opportunities to refer you to someone else. Networking and word-of-mouth referrals are the most effective ways to find and receive a job offer.

 

·        If you’re not finding anything online, it’s probably time to contact a nursing staffing agency like De Vore Recruiting to help you find an appropriate position for your skill level. Some agencies specialize in hospital placement. De Vore is looking for nurses and director-level employees for skilled nursing facilities. Our experienced specialists will help find you the right fit.

 

Call De Vore Recruiting today at 877-411-4358, or visit our open jobs list on our website to see what’s currently available. You can also submit your resume online. We look forward to helping you find your future fulfilling career move. 


Healthcare: November’s Jobs Report

Healthcare: November’s Jobs Report

Healthcare jobs continued to show solid growth in November, according to the recent federal data. The healthcare industry added nearly 29,000 jobs throughout the month.  These jobs filled the following sectors: hospitals, nursing and residential providers and ambulatory care. The latter saw the most growth, according to the release. The new jobs added to the 14.9 million healthcare workers in the U.S.

 

And news continues to get better for the industry. The report notes that:

 

·        November’s job growth was significant compared to the year’s monthly average of 23,500 jobs.

 

·        Healthcare employers added approximately 261,000 jobs – a 1.8 percent increase – in the 12 months that ended in November.

 

·        Hiring recovered (especially at hospitals) this year following last year’s slowdown.

 

·        Hiring at nursing and residential care facilities did, however, remain relatively unchanged with 300 new jobs added to the total number of 3.4 million.

 

·        Job growth totaled .8 percent during the year that ended in November for nursing homes and residential care employment. Payrolls increased by 24,500 jobs.

 

·        Employment increased in November in home health care services (over 5,000), outpatient care centers (over 4,000), hospitals (over 4,000) and physicians’ offices (over 7,000).

 

·        321,000 jobs were added in the month of November across the economy.

 

·        “Ambulatory care” (i.e. labs, outpatient centers, physicians’ offices and other sectors) added 24,300 jobs in November

 

·        During the entire year that ended in November, ambulatory care added 208,200 jobs – a 3.2 percent increase from the previous year.

 

De Vore Recruiting specializes in filling nursing and director-level positions for skilled nursing facilities around the U.S. If you would like to submit your resume to us, visit our website here. For a listing of all of the available positions for which we are recruiting, click here. Call De Vore today at 877-411-4358 to speak with one of our specialists.


Job Spotlight: Nursing Home Administrator

Job Spotlight: Nursing Home Administrator

At De Vore Recruiting, a majority of our work involves filling director-level positions in the health care field. One of those positions includes Nursing Home Administrator (NHA), for which there is a current opening in State College, Pennsylvania.

 

This skilled position is vitally important to a nursing home facility. A quality nursing home administrator must balance compassion and care for the residents and their family members while making the right business decisions for the facility and its profitability.

 

A nursing home administrator must be thinking about keeping a building full while maintaining a quality survey history. Other concerns include providing adequate social services and dining services while fulfilling physical therapy and occupational needs. All services must be provided and done well.

 

In California, where De Vore is headquartered, nursing home administrators must be licensed by the Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP). The licensing helps to assure that the security, health, safety and rights of the skilled nursing facility are being met. The NHA must be sure to maintain proper compliance with state and federal regulations while managing the development and implementation of policies within the various departments.

 

A nursing home administrator has to wear a lot of hats. At De Vore, we're looking for a candidate who can manage the difficult balancing act of understanding the importance of building revenue while being sensitive to the residents' needs. We're looking for good communicators — verbal and written — who understand that the goal is to get a facility to a five-star ranking while also efficiently generating revenue. Additionally, we would like to see good stability in the candidate's career history at various facilities.

 

The NHA will also need to hire and train new staff members and interpret monthly financial statements. She or he must also prepare an annual operations budget.

 

If you are interested in this position, or any of the other open positions on our website, please give our skilled recruiters a call at 877-411-4358.