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Licensed Practical Nurse

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is responsible for the coordination and performance of nursing activities in an assigned section/unit during a designated shift. This might include passing medications, performing treatments and other care related activities.

Education & Experience:
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) candidate must complete a state-accredited nursing school program, which usually takes about one year to complete. He or she must then apply to the 
Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) and register for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Upon state and NCSBN approval, the prospective LPN must pass the NCLEX examination. Scholarships for individuals currently working at an HCAM member facility who are pursuing educational training for LPN/RN Associate or Bachelor degrees are available.

Certifications
Dementia Care
Hospice and Palliative Care
Infection Prevention

Next Steps
Registered Nurse
MDS Coordinator

Registered Nurse

A Registered Nurse (RN) provides professional nursing care to patients to ensure their comfort and wellbeing. RNs administer prescribed medications and treatments, perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, and maintain residents’ medical records upon observation. They also oversee other workers such as LPNs 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. He or she must then apply to the 
Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) and register for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Upon state and NCSBN approval, the prospective RN must pass the NCLEX-RN examination. Scholarships for individuals currently working at an HCAM member facility who are pursuing educational training for LPN/RN Associate or Bachelor degrees are available.

 

 

 

Certifications
Wound Care
Dementia Care
Hospice and Palliative Care
Infection Prevention
Dialysis

Next Steps
MDS Coordinator
Unit Manager
Assistant Director of Nursing

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 two and three years of experience in a clinical setting with some management experience.

Certifications
Wound Care
Dementia Care
Hospice and Palliative Care
Infection Prevention
Dialysis

Next Steps
Assistant Director of Nursing
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 three years experience in a clinical setting with some management experience.

Certifications
Wound Care
Dementia Care
Hospice and Palliative Care
Infection Prevention
Dialysis

Next Steps
Director of Nursing
Staff Development Coordinator

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 three to five years experience in a clinical setting with some management experience.

Certifications
Wound Care
Dementia Care
Hospice and Palliative Care
Infection Prevention
Dialysis

Next Steps
Corporate Clinical Nurse

Corporate Clinical Nurse

The Corporate Clinical 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 Corporate Clinical Nurse participates in the development, evaluation, and implementation of policies and procedures and in continuing education related to professional standards of the nursing practice. Corporate Clinical Nurses are sometimes facility based but generally oversee multiple facilities.

Education & Experience:
Corporate Clinical 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.

Certifications
Wound Care
Dementia Care
Palliative Care
Infection Prevention

Next Steps
Chief Clinical Nurse

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