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Become An Assistant Director Of Nursing

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Working As An Assistant Director Of Nursing

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $109,510

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Director Of Nursing Do

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

Duties

Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Some nursing assistants also may dispense medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work.

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their residents.

Orderlies typically do the following:

  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

Nursing assistants and orderlies work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses.

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How To Become An Assistant Director Of Nursing

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Real Assistant Director Of Nursing Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Director of Nursing Westlake Health Care Center Westlake Village, CA Aug 30, 2012 $104,104
Assistant Director of Nursing KBC Nursing Agency Washington, DC Aug 01, 2012 $101,462
Assistant Director, Nursing Cone Health Greensboro, NC Dec 28, 2013 $100,131
Assistant Director of Nursing Workmen's Multicare Center New York, NY Jul 16, 2010 $100,000
Assistant Director of Nursing Greater Harlem Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Cente New York, NY Jun 06, 2011 $100,000
Assistant Director of Nursing KBC Nursing Agency Washington, DC Jun 01, 2012 $93,915
Assistant Director, Nursing Moses Cone Health System Greensboro, NC Dec 27, 2010 $91,139
Assistant Director of Nursing St. Jude Care Center Manteca, CA Aug 29, 2016 $83,408
Assistant Director of Nursing Heritage Care, Inc. Hyattsville, MD Apr 16, 2012 $82,493
Assistant Director of Nursing Majestic Rehebilitation and Nursing Center Inc. Jersey City, NJ Sep 30, 2015 $81,435
Assistant Director of Nursing Life Generations Healthcare, LLC La Mesa, CA Oct 01, 2010 $81,120
Assistant Director of Nursing Life Generations Healthcare, LLC La Mesa, CA Sep 29, 2010 $81,120
Assistant Director of Nursing Life Generations Healthcare, LLC La Mesa, CA Oct 01, 2013 $80,000 -
$100,000
Asst. Director of Nursing Gladstone Care and Rehabilitation Center Glendora, CA Oct 01, 2010 $71,730
Assistant Director of Nursing Norridge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center Norridge, IL Mar 22, 2012 $71,250
Asst. Director of Nursing Saint Vincent Healthcare Pasadena, CA Oct 01, 2009 $70,645
Asst. Director of Nursing Royal Oaks Care Center Lynwood, CA Oct 01, 2009 $70,645
Asst. Director of Nursing Royal Oaks Care Center Lynwood, CA Mar 01, 2010 $70,645
Assistant Director of Nursing Lake Shore Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre Chicago, IL Sep 20, 2012 $70,000
Assistant Director of Nursing Woodmere Rehabilitation and Health Center, Inc. Woodmere, NY Jan 01, 2012 $70,000
Assistant Director of Nursing Atrium at Wayne Subacute and Rehabilitation Wayne, NJ Aug 30, 2012 $64,230
Assistant Director of Nursing Atrium at Wayne Subacute & Rehabilitation Wayne, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $64,230
Assistant Director of Nursing Clafline Hill Corporation Milford, MA Oct 01, 2012 $63,669 -
$85,000
Assistant Director of Nursing (Adon) Palm Haven Nursing and Rehab LLC Manteca, CA Oct 01, 2010 $62,610
Assistant Director of Nursing Pediacare of Texas Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 01, 2014 $62,610
Assistant Director of Nursing Brentwood North Healthcare and Rehabilitation Cent Riverwoods, IL Oct 01, 2013 $62,610
Assistant Director of Nursing Kindred Nursing Centers East, LLC Dillon, MT Sep 26, 2008 $62,610
Assistant Director of Nursing Arcadia Convalescent Hospital, Inc. Arcadia, CA Jan 15, 2011 $62,610

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Top Skills for An Assistant Director Of Nursing

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Top Assistant Director Of Nursing Skills

  1. Bed Facility
  2. Infection Control Program
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Job responsibilities included assisting the Director of Nursing of a 265 bed facility on overseeing of the Medicare unit.
  • Serve as Infection Control Officer and Chair of Infection Control Program subcommittee.
  • Maintained and implemented clinical policies and procedures.
  • Conducted care plan meetings with interdisciplinary team and families to ensure the best possible outcome for residents.
  • Worked closely with the MDS Coordinator to facilitate accurate documentation.

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