How to write a Director of Nursing job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Director of Nursing job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Director of Nursing job titles

    Director of Nursing
    Assistant Nursing Director
    Director of Nursing Education
    Nursing Director

Director of Nursing job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Director of Nursing job summary

Our healthcare practice is looking for an experienced Director of Nursing to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining quality of care throughout the entire facility, including the surgical and educational departments. They will also be required to manage and train our nursing staff. The ideal candidate for this position has previous experience in a nursing leadership position, a strong ability to work with a team, and an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare industry.

Director of Nursing responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Director of Nursing responsibilities

    Lead the nursing staff in delivering excellent care to patients and offering quality support to the medical staff
    Ensure that each nurse on staff is properly certified and abides by the standards for care established by our organisation and state and federal laws
    Create new policies and update existing policies to help improve the level of care for each patient
    Implement quality improvement programs designed to help us deliver the highest possible levels of service
    Ensure that all patient care plans have the documentation necessary to provide the proper type of care

Director of Nursing qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Director of Nursing skills

    Bachelor’s degree in nursing required (master’s degree preferred)
    Valid RN registration
    2+ years’ nursing supervisory experience
    Some experience as an LTC nurse preferred
    Must display an understanding of local, state and national laws and guidelines
    Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate with a team

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