Assistant Director of Nursing Service





The work involves responsibility for directing and supervising the work of professional nurses and other staff who perform nursing services in the care and treatment of residents and/or responsibility for establishing and maintaining a program of clinical education for the nursing department and for defining and developing clinical initiatives oriented to improving resident care. An employee in this class interprets policies and procedures to the nursing staff. An employee in this class is responsible for maintaining the highest quality care for residents in accordance with the philosophy and policies of the facility and nursing service. Work involves conferring with administration, nurse managers, nursing supervisors, the medical staff and other professional groups about new program initiatives and training programs. General supervision is received from the Director of Nursing Service who allows the incumbent leeway for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in areas of supervisory concern and responsibility. Supervision is exercised over a number of professional, semi professional and non-professional personnel. Does related work as required.




Assists in formulating, interpreting and executing departmental nursing policies and procedures.

Ensures that a comprehensive program of continuing education is in place within the nursing department that complies with applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.

Attends meetings to discuss resident care, specific nursing problems and to recommend solutions and methods of improving nursing care service.

Provides supervision and support to the Nurse Managers and Nurse Supervisors.

Within the framework of current nursing practice, works with quality assurance data and identifies and develops clinical program initiatives to improve quality of care.

Responsible for interviewing, employing and discharging of nursing personnel.

Evaluates employee performance of direct reports; provides advice, assistance and guidance to the staff as required.

Ensures maintenance of the highest quality care for residents in accordance with the philosophy and policies of the facility and nursing service.

Makes periodic rounds with physicians, director and nurses.

Maintains a variety of records and prepares reports.

Ensures that program initiatives are implemented within the facility.

Confers with medical and nursing staff to determine need for additional training and for new programming.

Attends conferences and meets with members of nursing associations to remain informed of current nursing techniques, nursing home procedures and equipment.




Comprehensive knowledge of the practices and techniques of nursing supervision.

Comprehensive knowledge of nursing principles and techniques and their relation to medical practice.


Good knowledge of sanitation and personal hygiene.

Thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices in nursing home administration.

Skill in the application of professional nursing techniques and practices.

Ability to coordinate and supervise the work of a large number of professional and paraprofessional nurses as well as resident care employees.

Ability to explain and interpret instructions of a technical and professional nature in exact detail.

Ability to maintain standards of nursing service.

Ability to insure and maintain quality resident care.

Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and maintain records.

Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.






Two (2) years of permanent non-competitive class status in the title of Nursing Supervisor or Nursing Supervisor (Training).


Open Competitive:


Six (6) years of work experience, or its part time equivalent, as a Registered Nurse, at least three (3) years of which must have been in a supervisory position.




Possession of a valid license to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse by the New York State Department of Education at time of appointment.


2/08 - Revised