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Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) in Ponca City, OK at Ascension Living

Date Posted: 1/27/2019

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Job Description

  • $2,000 Sign-on Bonus available

Assists in the management, coordination and maintenance of an efficient, productive, and organized clinical department. In absence of the Director of Nursing (DON), shall have administrative authority over and responsibility for the functions and activities of the nursing department. Demonstrates knowledge of and delivers care in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act in the State in which employed. Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team. PRINCIPAL


  • Works cooperatively and efficiently with departmental ministry leadership. 
  • Assists in developing, organizing and implementing clinical services and programs. 
  • Effectively communicates policies, expected outcomes, efficient work routines, and work procedures to the clinical staff. 
  • Assists with implementation and evaluation of quality of care including on-going auditing of Quality Indicators. 
  • Assures adherence to clinical policies and procedures within departmental guidelines. 
  • Assists with admissions, discharges, and transfers to assure appropriate care and compliance with State and/or Federal regulations. 
  • Assumes administrative authority for clinical departments in the absence of the DON. 
  • Assist in maintaining nursing budgets. 
  • Assumes a ministry presence that monitors resident care. 
  • Oversees completion of clinical documentation per ministry policy, and State and Federal regulations  Follows regulatory and ministry standards, policies, procedures and precautions in the performance of all job duties to ensure a safe work environment 
  • Assumes responsibility for enhancing professional knowledge and skills through participation in educational programs and seminars. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned or requested 


  • Interprets existing policies and procedures to licensed nurses, certified nursing assistants, certified medication aides, residents, and families. 
  • Supervises staff, evaluates the provision of direct resident care, and initiates corrective action as necessary. 
  • Follows staffing guidelines and make nursing assignments according to qualifications of staff and characteristics of the resident population. 
  • Participates in the employee evaluation process by providing information on the clinical performance of licensed nurses, certified nursing assistants and certified medications aides to the DON. 
  • Monitors staff compliance with infection control, personal protection equipment, blood borne pathogens, hazardous material handling and fire safety.

Job Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing required.
  • BSN from an accredited college or university preferred.
  • Three years nursing management experience in senior care preferred.
  • Experience with current and emerging delivery systems with capability of implementing changes as needed.


  • Long Term Care – Valid license as a registered nurse in the state in which employed required.
  • CPR Certification required for LTC upon hire, or obtain within thirty (30) days of employment.

  • Must possess strong collaborative, interpersonal, organizational, multi-tasking, verbal and written communication skills, and a desire to create a high-performance, effective team that can produce consistent, demonstrated results.
  • Must demonstrate on an ongoing basis the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and ministry leadership.
  • Competencies needed for this position include strong interpersonal relationship skills, detail oriented, work in collaboration with others, demonstrate a high degree of integrity and personal commitment, possess strong analytical skills, be able to work independently and manage multiple deliverables at the same time.
  • Ability to function in a matrix environment and demonstrate a passion to succeed be self-motivated, dependable, committed, and a willingness to see a project through to its conclusion.
  • Working knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office is required.

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
50 LBS
  • Ability to access all areas of the ministry throughout the work day.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally, 25 pounds frequently and 7 pounds constantly.
  • Required to obtain assistance of another qualified employee when attempting to lift or transfer objects over 25 pounds.
  • Occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds above the head.
  • Frequently required to push/pull items such as resident/patient wheelchairs/beds, requiring a force of up to 75 pounds.
  • Frequently required to assist in maneuvering resident/patients weighing 100-400 pounds and occasionally required to assist in maneuvering resident/patients weighing over 400
  • pounds.
  • Requires constant hand grasp and finger dexterity; frequent standing, walking, pushing and repetitive leg and arm movements, occasional bending, reaching forward and overhead, crouching and kneeling.
  • Occasionally required to sit in a stationary position.
  • Tolerate standing and walking for up to 8 hours at a time on hard and soft surfaces.
  • Frequently able to communicate verbally and in written form.
  • Frequently able to detect and discern both loud and soft sounds such as voices and phone calls.
  • Frequently able to use all types of vision, such as close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception, to complete daily tasks.
  • Constantly required to detect unusual odors that could indicate environmental issues.


Position is Category I of Potential Exposure. Use of appropriate Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) is required for every employee engaging in Category I tasks. Frequently
exposed to blood, body fluids, fumes, or airborne particles, and sharp objects potentially
contaminated with blood borne pathogens or other infectious agents.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Work is generally performed in an indoor, well-lighted, well-ventilated, heated and air conditioned
  • environment.
  • Subject to frequent interruptions by staff, residents, visitors, and volunteers.
  • Subject occasionally to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, staff, and
  • visitors.

  • Possess a personal presence characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals and values of Ascension Living.
  • Possesses a willingness to learn and apply Catholic Healthcare principles and values in the discernment and decision making process for all matters.
  • Creates and maintains a partnership between employees, the community, and those we serve that fosters an environment honoring individual preferences, choices and traditions.


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