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  • 501912
  • YUMA
  • Full-time


To be the catalyst in response to the evolving needs of Arizona's veterans and their families



Job Location:


Posting Details:

Salary: $85,000.00 - $90,000.00 

Grade: N2

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Resumes reviewed weekly

Job Summary:

The Director of Nursing (DON) will be under the direction of the Administrator and will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing the Nursing Department of a Medicare certified, skilled nursing facility and the provision of nursing care and services to its Veterans/Members. This position will determine the appropriate therapeutic, physical and nursing environment, the necessary levels of nursing staff, the operations procedures and the evaluation of outcomes. Additionally, the DON will ensure all federal and state nursing home regulations are met, serve as a member of the management team and on facility committees. The DON will oversee training/education programs for nursing personnel and will serve as a liaison with the Medical Director and providers relative to treatment plans, policies and procedures and regulatory implementation.

Job Duties:

This position will... 

  • Plan, organize and direct nursing functions to comply with long-and-short term goals, facilitiy policies and procedures, nursing home regulations and budget
  • Be responsible for the provision of nursing care and services to Veterans/Members 24-hours per day, seven days per week
  • Determine nursing staff requirements including levels of training needed and allocation to treatment function and areas
  • Ensure adequate staff to meet direct care needs, assessments and planning evaluations and supervision
  • Provides assistant on units or with supervision, as required
  • Hire, supervise, evaluate, counsel and discipline staff
  • Review and evaluate staffs job performance through monthly 1:1 coaching sessions and annual appraisals
  • Participate actively in Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI), clinical meetings and other facility meetings, as directed by the Administrator
    Direct a nursing education program to promote growth and development of nursing personnel
  • Oversee the Yuma Arizona State Veteran Home (Y-ASVH) staff compliance with annual tuberculosis skin testing requirements
  • Oversee the development, presentation and tracking of mandatory in-service training for Y-ASVH staff
  • Conduct investigations of policy issues, staff and veteran/member allegations and other potential disciplinary problems, take corrective action, as necessary
  • Make regulatory reports, as indicated
  • Be actively involved in the Arizona State Management System (AMS) processes such as huddle boards, problem solving, job breakdown sheets, success tracking and standardized work
  • Serve on committees and attend related meetings
  • Complete special projects, as assigned
  • Assume staff assignments, when necessary
    Consult with department and facility managers relative to program objectives, staffing and equipment needs, budget, operational policies and procedures and management issues
  • Assist Administrator in preparing for surveys
  • Other duties as assigned, as related to the position
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

This position will have...

Knowledge of:

  • Advanced nursing knowledge related to clinical management of moderate to complex medical conditions found within a skilled nursing facility
  • Fundamental nursing policies and procedures as they are generally written and applied within the skilled nursing facility
  • Employee management issues including scheduling, training, supervision and application of nursing practices
  • Relevant regulations as they pertain to the skilled nursing facility including OBRA, OSHA and other standards
  • Regulatory requirements related to the quality of resident assessments; Minimum Data Sets and the design and implementation of resident care plans
  • Human resource functions including recruiting, interviewing, training, coaching/counseling and taking disciplinary action; State Personnel Rules
  • Design and implementation of systems related to work flow, scheduling, quality assurance functions and tracking the frequency and prevalence of quality indicators within the skilled nursing environment

Skill in:

  • Managing systems, functions, material/supply resources, human resources and nursing practices
  • Assessing and planning appropriate medical interventions, especially as they apply to quality indicators
  • Fundamental nursing that may be used when providing nursing care or supervising and assessing the work and practice of other nursing staff
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Problem solving as it relates to nursing care and practice, interpersonal relationships, internal/external resources and critical family/resident issues
  • Management and leadership

The ability to:

  • Abide by nursing regulations
  • Listen, observe, assess and respond to medical emergencies
  • Evaluate, analyze and make independent decisions and follow-up regarding client health problems
  • Work with professional and non-professional staff to ensure health and safety of residents
Selective Preference(s):
  • Experience in a Skilled Nursing/Long-term care facility
  • Supervisory/management experience, as a nurse
Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Active license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Arizona
  • Fingerprint clearance card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety
  • May be required to drive on State business; current, valid drivers license required. Subject to driver’s license record checks; must maintain acceptable driving records and complete any required driver training

The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
• Sick leave
• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
• Health and dental insurance
• Retirement plan
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Human Resources at recruiting@azdvs.gov or 602.234.8433 for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.