Under direction of the Executive Director in a State hospital, has hospital-wide responsibility for developing standards, procedures, and policies to maintain quality nursing services with primary emphasis on the physical care needs of clients in a State hospital; identifies and monitors conformance with standards of nursing practice; is responsible for the professional supervision of Health Services Specialists and the assurance of training of nursing staff in nursing services; and to do other related work.
Develops, maintains, and monitors implementation of nursing policy and procedures on a hospital-wide basis in conjunction with Health Services Specialists and assures that such policies and procedures are consistent with professionally recognized standards of nursing practice; recommends to the Executive Director appropriate numbers of nursing personnel and levels of expertise needed to meet the nursing service needs throughout the hospital; identifies problems that have not been satisfactorily resolved at the program level and recommends resolutions to the Executive Director; assists the Program Directors in the evaluation of the professional competency of the Health Services Specialists; participates in planning and budgeting for nursing services in conjunction with Program Directors; develops and periodically reviews the statements of philosophy and objectives that define the type of nursing care the facility provides; develops methods for coordinating nursing services with other client services; participates in the selection of Health Services Specialists and other nursing staff; participates in planning, evaluating, and certifying staff development in conjunction with the Psychiatric Nurse Education Director; meets regularly with Health Services Specialists to assure compliance with nursing policy and identifies areas of concern; collaborates with all hospital committees that relate to health quality assurance issues as a member of the total health care team; reviews duty statements of Health Services Specialists in consultation with Program Directors; serves as the nursing consultant to the Executive Director on all issues related to the nursing care of clients.
Possession of the legal requirements to practice as a professional registered nurse in California as determined by the California Board of Registered Nursing. (Applicants who are in the process of securing approval of their qualifications by the California Board of Registered Nursing will be admitted to the examination but they must possess all legal requirements as determined by that Board before they will be eligible for appointment.) and
Master's degree in a health related field with one year of experience in nursing administration and specialized training in providing services to mentally or developmentally disabled persons.
Baccalaureate degree in a health related field with three years of experience in nursing administration and specialized training in providing services to mentally or developmentally disabled persons.
Four years of experience in nursing administration with evidence of continuing education and specialized training in providing services to mentally or developmentally disabled persons. (Experience in California state service applied toward any of the three options must be in a class with duties and responsibilities comparable in level to Health Services Specialist.)
Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, and techniques of administering a nursing program; State and Federal laws and regulations pertaining to individual healing arts licensure and facility licensure, facility certification and accreditation; hospital organization, management, and procedures; principles and methods of training nursing staff; concepts and methods of consultation; principles and practices of general nursing with particular reference to treatment programs for physically and/or mentally handicapped personnel; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Work independently in identifying the need for, and developing proposed changes in nursing practices and policies particularly those related to physical care; evaluate the effectiveness of established nursing treatment plans; read, interpret, and apply State and Federal regulations; administer the nursing services of a large hospital; analyze complex problems and take appropriate action; communicate effectively; and effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.
Demonstrated leadership ability; sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of mentally or developmentally disabled persons; tact; and patience; emotional stability.