Director of Nursing/Acute Unit Supervisor

Salary – $81,373.00 – $103,800.00 Annually
Location  – 459 E First Street Fond du Lac, WI
Job Type – Full Time
Department – Human Services


Under the general direction of the Acute Unit Coordinator, manages the Acute Unit staff and directs the total patient care plan. Hires and schedules nursing and ancillary nursing staff, assists with directing the Unit’s quality assurance program; preparing yearly capital expenditure requests; reviewing, updating and establishing policies and procedures; and conducting staff meetings and mini in-services. Completes employee performance reviews. Investigates problems involving Unit staff and maintains communication with outside agencies. Participates in staffing of the multidisciplinary team and crisis intervention.

Examples of Duties

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Manages the day-to-day administration of the Acute Unit, to include supervision of Unit staff and problem solving day-to-day operational issues
  • Maintains a therapeutic environment on the Unit and ensures that patient’s rights are maintained
  • Participates in staffing of the multidisciplinary team to include treatment and discharge planning and carries out directives from the Acute Unit Coordinator
  • Supervises patient assessment, treatment, planning and implementation of care plans, and evaluates the effectiveness of nursing care
  • Maintains communication with outside agencies and contracting counties concerning services and promotes excellent community relations. Is a first point of contact for referring agencies
  • Communicates with patients, their families, physicians, other community agencies, the courts, legal authorities, etc. as needed
  • Ensures that safety for patients, families and staff is a major consideration in all actions on the Unit
  • Assists the Acute Unit Coordinator in directing the Unit’s quality assurance program, preparing yearly capital expenditure requests for the Unit including supervising and authorizing the use of budgeted monies, reviewing policies and procedures for the Unit, and ensuring the Unit functions efficiently under the HSS 124 codes and Chapter 51 requirements  
  • Reports concerns and ideas for patient care and operational improvement to the Acute Unit Coordinator
  • Develops and supervises audits of Unit services and functions, including QA studies
  • Co-facilitates quarterly committee meetings for Infection Control, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Utilization Review, and Quality Assurance and delegates individual committees to staff
  • Completes insurance authorizations, concurrent stay reviews and submits appeal letters when needed
  • Hires and schedules nursing and ancillary nursing staff and conducts bi-weekly payroll for nursing staff
  • Develops and maintains a training plan for all staff, to include training requirements for all new staff
  • Conducts yearly nursing staff performance appraisals 
  • Supervises and authorizes staff attendance at seminars and training programs outside the facility
  • Conducts bi-monthly staff meetings and mini in-services to address specific Unit/staff needs. Ensures completion of required monthly in-services for nursing staff and that licensing requirements are current
  • Investigates problems involving Unit staff and takes appropriate corrective disciplinary action when necessary
  • Cooperates with nursing school faculty in providing a learning environment for nursing students. Maintains confidentiality forms; contract on file
  • Provides crisis intervention 
  • Provides support for staff and assists on Unit when needed
  • Promotes a positive work environment
  • Communicates changes that impact direct care staff
  • Maintains qualifications for position

Typical Qualifications

Training and Experience:
Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, master’s degree preferred. Registration as a professional nurse in the state of Wisconsin. Five (5) years of responsible work experience in psychiatric nursing, three (3) of which were in a supervisory capacity.
Desirable Knowledge and Abilities: 
Knowledge of psychiatric disorders and medications, Wisconsin laws relating to mental health, patients’ rights, current nursing practice and supervisory techniques. Ability to manage a staff, make accurate assessments, intervene in a crisis and interact effectively with patients and their families. Selected candidate must have the flexibility to provide supervision on all shifts as needed.
In evaluating candidates for this position, the County may consider a combination of education, training and experience, which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.  


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