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Director of Nursing - Memory Care in Aberdeen, SD at Primrose Retirement Communities

Date Posted: 1/10/2019

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Job Description

Primrose Retirement Community of Aberdeen is searching for someone who wants to end each day knowing their contributions are valued and have positively impacted others.  Someone who wants their career to be full of meaningful interactions and most importantly, purpose. This person must have a passion to help others live their best quality of life and a desire to serve as an advisor to seniors, their families, and referral partners.  If you wake up and think, “Whose life can I change today?”, this might be the perfect career for you!


The Director of Nursing is responsible for the supervision of all nursing functions and resident care within the Primrose Memory Care community. Responsible for the collection of assessment data and administrative paperwork. Is required to have on-call responsibilities. The D.O.N. is responsible for the provision and monitoring of high quality nursing care within scope of practice. Coordinates and supervises the memory care team to deliver resident care which will ensure that needs are met in accordance with professional standards of practice through physician orders, community policies and procedures, federal, state and local regulations and established best practices. Reports to Executive Director.


  • Adheres to and conveys the following Primrose mission statement: Through the commitment of our investors and dedicated staff, our daily focus is to develop and maintain happy and healthy living environments and provide a “person-centered” care approach for our growing senior population.
  • Able to successfully participate in the memory care team facilitating person-centered approaches to behavioral expressions within resident care.
  • Responsible for the appropriate delegation and training of all licensed and non-licensed nursing staff as outlined by the State Board of Nursing and specific State regulations.
  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with staff, residents, families, visitors, vendors and third party providers by facilitating positive communications.
  • Acts as a role model to observe and support daily activity programming for residents and their families.
  • Actively engages families/significant others to offer education and support within the memory care environment.
  • Researches and remain current with Board of Nursing regulations and issues concerning Assisted Living/Memory Care nursing.
  • Researches and remains knowledgeable of all State Assisted Living/Memory Care regulations that pertain to nursing, care staff and training, and resident care.
  • Completes resident assessments and service plans at pre-admission, admission, 30 days, annually, and with change of condition or at intervals specified by State regulations.
  • Assures all employees receive appropriate screenings and immunizations specific to State regulations and Primrose policy to maintain a healthy and safe environment in the community.
  • Collaborates with the Executive Director in planning and conducting staff education and training programs.
  • Monitors overall care for residents receiving services through third party providers and assures documentation is completed and added to the residents’ medical record.
  • Evaluates and maintains written documentation regarding all employee training and performance.
  • Works closely with the Executive Director to inform her/him of resident concerns and issues, staffing concerns and issues, and general community concerns.
  • Provides oversight and training with the MatrixCare software program.
  • Coordinates and facilitates staff meetings.
  • Responsible for hiring, orientation, performance evaluations, and disciplinary actions of the memory care staff.
  • Assists with direct resident care and medication administration as needed to support staff.
  • Adheres to all established policies and procedures and Employee Handbook.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and adheres to procedures for fire, life safety, disaster, security, work safety and emergency situations.
  • Observes all work, safety and administrative rules. Comply with OSHA standards and regulations. Know the potential hazards of any chemicals used and the proper personal protective equipment required. Use personal protective equipment as directed by Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  • Discusses with residents and families changes in resident care and status and the need for alternative placement if indicated.
  • Coordinates with the Executive Director discharge plans for residents as indicated.
  • Collaborates with all consultants related to resident care (dietitian, pharmacist, etc)
  • Participates in State Surveys and completion of applicable Plans of Correction.
  • Maintains confidentiality within the workplace with all written and verbal communications pertaining to residents, staff, and community operations.
  • Assures compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Assists with other duties as assigned.


  • Establishes relationships with physicians, discharge planners, therapists, and other health professionals in the community.
  • Markets the community through tours with potential residents.
  • Assists the Executive Director with organizing and conducting special events, health fairs, and specific speaking engagements with local civic groups.
  • Promotes Primrose in a positive and professional manner.

Job Requirements


  • Willingness to adhere to Primrose assisted living/memory care values in providing services.
  • Ability/willingness to perform all position responsibilities adequately.
  • Maintain confidentiality of verbal and written information pertaining to residents, facility operations and personnel.
  • Maintains acceptable attendance/follows work schedule.
  • Displays cleanliness, good grooming, personal appearance and follows dress requirements consistently.
  • Organizes and utilizes time appropriately toward accomplishing assigned tasks; requires minimal supervision.
  • Displays ability/willingness to learn new skills and to teach others.
  • Interacts in professional manner with residents, public, and co-workers. Works cooperatively with management. Displays willingness to assist co-workers when situation requires.
  • Ability to do occasional heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs.), 30 lbs. regularly.
  • Adequate and clear English speaking and writing ability; able to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to spend long periods on feet and to ambulate quickly.
  • Is free of non-treated communicable disease.
  • CPR and First Aid Certified per state regulations.
  • Ability to work safely and to recognize potentially dangerous situations.
  • Ability/willingness to follow all policies and procedures.
  • Is neat, accurate, dependable and keeps work/space clean.
  • Ability/willingness to work longer than eight (8) hour shift, to work holidays or overtime, to work seven (7) day schedule


Must have thorough knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease, other dementia's, and related memory impairments. Must have experience with person-centered care philosophy and techniques for addressing challenging behavioral expressions related to dementia's. One year experience in a long term care and/or assisted living environment preferred. Experience or interest in working with older adults required. Good nursing assessment skills. Maturity, friendliness and enjoyment in working with people. Basic knowledge of computer software and programs required, minimum working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Skype


Current, active nursing license in the state you are working. Maintain CPR and First Aid Certification per state regulations. Meet annual in-service training and continuing education hours required for job classification and position.

PRIMROSE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY is an equal opportunity employer.


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