PSM III - Director of Nursing

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Bangor, Maine, United States

Job Description

PSM III – Director of Nursing

Bangor , Maine , United States | DHHS Team Members | Full-time Apply by: May 31, 2022 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Opening Date: May 17, 2022

Closing Date: May 31, 2022

Job Class Code: MM34

Grade: 34

Salary: $46.08 – $59.18/hr.

Job Description:

This position is responsible for the planning, organizing, developing and directing of the day-to-day functions of the Nursing Services Department in accordance with current Federal, State, and local standards, guidelines and regulations that govern the hospital and as may be directed by the Superintendent and/or the Clinical Director to ensure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

+ Plans, develops, organizes, implements, evaluates, and directs the Nursing Services Department as well as programs and activities in accordance with current rules, regulations and guidelines governing the center.

+ Develops and interprets philosophy, goals and objectives, policies and procedures for the patients, families, staff visitors and government agencies.

+ Develops, maintains, and periodically updates written policies and procedures that govern the day-to-day functions of the Nursing Service Department.

+ Assures the development, implementation, and evaluation of a Nursing Performance Improvement Program.

+ Prepares for and participates in all surveys made by authorized agencies, i.e., TJC, Medicare, Medicaid and State and Federal Licensing.

+ Develops and implements a Nursing Service organization structure.

+ Maintains open and informative communication with the Superintendent to convey pertinent problems and recommendations for solutions for both patients and staff.

+ Serves on, participates in, and attends various committees of the facility to assure that the Nursing Service Department is represented in all critical functions of hospital operation.

+ Establishes the appropriate number and type of nursing committees to promote professional patient care.

+ Establishes systems to assist the Human Resource Department in the recruitment and selection of Nursing Service personnel. Determines the qualifications and competence of nursing personnel who provide patient care services. Assures that all nursing personnel are properly licensed and certified.

+ Implements a staffing plan for all patient care services which provides for acuity level needs and continuity of care.

+ Promotes the professional development and growth of nursing staff by identification of educational needs, establishment of appropriate programs and evaluation of programs.

+ Assures the development, implementation, and maintenance of an effective orientation program.

+ Provides leadership role modeling that includes administrative and supervisory principles.

+ Works with the Director of Facilities in the development and implementation of safety standards for the Nursing Service Department.

+ Ensures that Nursing Service personnel participate in all fire safety and disaster preparedness drills.

+ Assures the development, implementation, and maintenance of a program for monitoring communicable and/or infectious diseases among the patients and personnel.

+ Makes rounds of all patient care areas to provide visibility to staff and patients and to gain first hand knowledge of unit functioning.

+ Establishes and implements standards of practice and standards of care.

+ Monitor’s nursing care to assure that all patients are treated fairly and with kindness, dignity and respect.

Maintains the confidentiality of all patient information in collaboration with the Medical Records Department.

+ Monitor’s nursing care to assure that all patients need are assessed and met according to Psychiatric Nursing Standards, the Maine Nurse Practice Act, DDPC policies and procedures and the philosophy of the Nursing Department.

+ Ensures that all Nursing Service personnel have knowledge of patients’ rights and responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications: Licensed Registered Professional Nurse in the state of Maine.A master’s degree in nursing or nursing administration and six (6) years’ experience in progressively

responsible positions in the nursing field to include at least two (2) years managing a large nursing staff OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

+ Minimum of 10 years’ experience in nursing with progressive experience in nursing administration. Recent experience in psychiatric setting preferred.

+ Demonstrates knowledge of psychiatric services.

+ Demonstrates leadership and interpersonal skills.

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State’s population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.

Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (DDPC) is a 69-bed psychiatric hospital serving the entire State of Maine that provides services for people with severe mental illness. As a member of a statewide community of care givers, DDPC collaborates with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, their community and personal supports, to provide recovery-oriented, respectful, compassionate, and effective psychiatric care and treatment in the least restrictive, safest, and most therapeutic environment we can create.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: For additional information about this position please contact Brigette Hanson, Recruiter at 207-561-5431 or To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter. To request a paper application, please contact Theresa Peppard at No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-“Dirigo” or “I lead”-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

+ Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays , 12 days of sick leave , and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

+ Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

+ Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements .

+ Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

+ Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 17.96% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

+ Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

+ Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office .

+ Living Resources Program – Navigate challeng

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Job Posting: JC213975277

Posted On: May 20, 2022

Updated On: Jun 03, 2022