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Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) provide professional medical care to residents with a personalized approach. Both require professional degrees.
Licensed Vocational Nurse

Licensed Vocational Nurse

A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is responsible for the coordination and performance of nursing activities in an assigned section/unit during a designated shift. An LVN practices under the direction of a physician or registered nurse.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

In the State of CA, there are two major steps to becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). First a candidate must complete a state-accredited nursing school program, which usually takes about one year to complete. Second, aspiring LVN’s must pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) before getting a license. To view the application and requirements for licensure please visit the California Board of Vocational Nursing website.

Registered Nurse

A registered nurse (RN) provides comprehensive nursing care and coordinates patient treatment. RN’s assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. They administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. They also oversee other workers such as LVNs and CNAs and may assist a physician/medical director during treatment and examination of a resident.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

A Registered Nurse (RN) candidate must complete a four-year bachelor’s of science (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), which typically takes two to three years to complete, or receive a diploma from a state-accredited nursing program. Additionally the candidate must register and successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Unit Manager

The Unit Manager is responsible for supervising the nursing staff (CNAs, LPNs, RNs) on an assigned unit to ensure continuity and quality of resident care while promoting an environment of learning and independence.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

A Unit Manager must meet the registered nurse education requirements and typically have between three and five years of experience in a clinical setting with some management experience.

MDS Coordinator

MDS Coordinator

An MDS coordinator (also known as Resident Assessment Coordinator) promotes the emotional and physical well-being of residents. They use resident assessment instruments, to gather information from facility residents and families during periodic interviews. The coordinator focuses on areas such as patient behavioral patterns, moods, cognitive abilities, and nutritional needs. Data gathered from periodic assessments helps caretakers assemble care plans including support from medical staff, dietitians, and rehabilitation specialists. The MDS coordinator implements these plans and monitors them for effectiveness while assuring compliance with ethical standards and regulatory requirements.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

An MDS coordinator must complete a Registered Nurse (RN) or LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) program and receive on-the-job training, or they must complete a formal training program.

Assistant Director of Nursing

Assistant Director of Nursing

The Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) is responsible for supervising clinical staff (CNAs, LPNs, RNs) to help insure continuity and quality of resident care. In the Director of Nursing’s absence, the ADON assumes responsibility for the nursing department. 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

An ADON must meet the registered nurse education requirements and typically possess at least five years experience in a clinical setting with some management experience.

Director of Staff Development

Director of Staff Development

The Director of Staff Development (DSD) monitors and evaluates the quality of nursing care in the facility. The DSD looks for ways to improve procedures within a skilled nursing or assisted living community, with the goal of improving resident care. To meet the continued regulatory changes, the DSD participates in the development, evaluation, and implementation of policies and procedures and in continuing education related to professional standards of the nursing practice.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

DSD Qualifications:

To qualify as a DSD, the candidate must be an RN or LVN and satisfy one of the following:

  • Option 1: Have one year experience as a licensed nurse providing direct patient care in a long-term care facility, IN ADDITION to having one year of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs in nursing (for a total of two years).
  • Option 2: Have two years of full-time experience as a licensed nurse, at least one of which must be in the provision of direct patient care in a nursing facility.

DSD Training

Within six (6) months of employment and prior to teaching a certification program, DSD candidates must obtain a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education courses in planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs.

Director of Nursing

The Director of Nursing (DON) is responsible for supervising all nursing staff, ensuring there is adequate nursing staff, and ensuring that the staff’s skills remain current in order to meet the needs of the residents and state and federal regulations. The DON oversees development and implementation of nursing policy and procedure and communication of the needs of the residents to the physicians.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

A director of nursing must meet the registered nurse education requirements and typically possess a minimum of five years experience in a clinical setting with some management experience.

Quality Assurance Nurse

Quality Assurance Nurse

The Quality Assurance (QA) Nurse looks for ways to improve procedures within a skilled nursing or assisted living community, with the goal of improving resident care. To meet the continued regulatory changes, the QA Nurse participates in the development, evaluation, and implementation of policies and procedures and in continuing education related to professional standards of the nursing practice. QA Nurses are sometimes facility based but oversee multiple facilities.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

QA Nurses must meet the registered nurse licensure requirements and have at least five years of experience in a clinical setting with some management experience included.

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