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Director of Nursing - Adolescent Behavioral Health

Kirkland, WA, USA | Newport Academy

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    3-5 years
Job Description:
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The primary purpose of the Director of Nursing (DON) position is to plan, organize, develop and direct the overall operation of the Nursing Departments in the Washington region to ensure the highest degree of quality care in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines and regulations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Serves as a key member of the facility’s core management team and ensures effective integration of nursing services into overall facility operations.

Serves as Infection Control Nurse. Collaborates with all disciplines and departments to incorporate infection control policies and procedures in order to provide a safe environment for patients and personnel. Reports infections and/or communicable diseases to the appropriate public health authority.Provides infection control education for all employees, e.g., Orientation, annually, or as requested by managers.

Ensures department’s budgetary guidelines are maintained. Monitors expenditures in areas of nursing supplies, equipment and materials.

Develops and implements a program to evaluate, measure, and improve patient care.

Develops policies, procedures and practice standards for the nursing department.

Develops tools and processes for managing medication and documenting compliance with Joint Commission standards.

Ensures compliance with applicable laws and regulations that govern nursing services.

Uses evidenced-based practice and performance improvement methodologies to guide clinical decision-making.

Implements strategies to enhance retention and reduce turnover.

Ensures the delivery of cost-effective patient care through effective resource management.

Recruits, hires, provides orientation/training, and retains a sufficient number of qualified staff to carry out nursing programs and services.

Maintains a safe and therapeutic milieu.

Provides on-going training and supervision of nursing staff.

Delivers nursing care to clients as needed.

Timely completion of documentation according to established standards.

Demonstrates leadership abilities that contribute to an environment that values collaboration, mutual respect, and professionalism.


Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited school required. Master’s in Nursing preferred.

Licensed and registered to practice nursing in the State of Washington.

Three or more years of progressive nursing management experience in a behavioral health setting preferred.

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