ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF NURSING
COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ
Under direction, assist in the planning, organization and evaluation of nursing services in Public Health or other major health division; provide leadership and support regarding the nursing scope of practice and professional development and perform other duties as required.
This class is responsible for assisting in the planning, organizing and evaluation of nursing services and for program development and operations within the nursing scope of practice of nursing and other professional staff in one or more public health units or major health division programs. Incumbents will assist in developing program goals, objectives, outcomes, policies, and procedures, including quality improvement/assurance, and workforce development and has responsibility for preparation and administration of assigned budgets. This class differs from the next higher class of Director of Nursing in that the latter is responsible for overseeing the operations of all nursing services in the County's health programs.
Assist in managing, directing, and evaluating nursing services in one or more public health units, or major health division; coordinate activities with administrative, medical and other staff; review, update and develop new program protocols, quality metrics, policies and procedures; maintain positive public relations with State, local health jurisdictions, and community agencies; act as a liaison and work collaboratively with other divisions, agencies, departments and organizations; keep informed on current research, trends and issues affecting public health nursing units; make recommendations to the Director of Nursing and the Health Officer; represent Public Health Division in state, regional, and local networks, coalitions and meetings; assist in the planning and organization as well as schedule, assign and review the work of nursing and other professional staff; plan, develop and direct orientation and training for newly hired staff; secure staff replacements for illness, vacation and other absences; assure that nursing staff is appropriately trained and that staff attend special training as required; reviews applications, interviews, selects, hires and develops performance standards; prepare employee evaluations; monitor and solve difficult personnel issues; perform all levels of progressive discipline; draft, analyze and review reports, documents and correspondence related to health care programs in assigned units; prepare reports for submittal to the Board of Supervisors; develop, prepare, monitor, administer, and evaluate budgets, grants and contracts; prepare grant application and administer grant funded and contracted programs and services; conduct analyses to solve management problems; oversee and ensure that records systems are securely and accurately maintained; provide direct nursing services; respond effectively in emergency situations; input, access and analyze data using a computer; coordinate and conduct staff meetings; complete special projects and assignments; may provide vacation relief for other classes as required.
Working knowledge of:
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Three years of professional nursing experience in a public health setting, including at least two years of supervisory and/or management experience. Masters degree in Public Health, Nursing, Health Administration or other related field is desirable.
PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: 11
EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Grouping: 56
Workers' Comp Code: 0290