Mental Health Director of Nursing

Lincoln, Illinois   |     Regular Full Time    |     Job ID:17676


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Wexford Health Sources, one of the nation’s leading innovative correctional health care companies, provides clients with experienced management and technologically advanced services, combined with programs that control costs while ensuring quality.  For nearly two decades, Wexford Health has consistently delivered proven staffing expertise and a full range of medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, utilization management, provider contracting, claims processing, and quality management services.

At Wexford Health our philosophy is that health care should not be considered a luxury for anyone.  We simply care for those in need and the corrections environment is our venue.

Wexford Health has an exceptional opportunity for a Director of Nursing to join our team of healthcare professionals at   Correctional Facility in city, state.

We’re proud to offer a competitive benefits package including:

  • Annual review with performance increase
  • Generous paid-time off program that combines vacation and sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Comprehensive health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Dental and Vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement saving plans
  • Company-paid short-term disability
  • Healthcare and dependent care spending account


The Director of Nursing (DON) is responsible and accountable for structuring comprehensive planning and implementing the Nursing services program that guides the delivery of a quality health care program.  Also responsible for delivery of patient care through the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation as needed.  Directs and guides patient teaching activities and ancillary personnel, while maintaining standards of professional nursing.


Supervision received

Direct supervision from Health Services Administrator and Statewide Director of Nursing

Supervision exercised

Direct supervision of all Assistant Directors of Nursing, Charge Nurses, RNs, LPNs, and NAs. 


Interacts with all health care unit personnel, site administration staff, security staff, clinical providers, regional team members and corporate staff as required.


  1. Participate and/or direct planning, priority setting and the development of policies and procedures for health care activities that are in compliance with contractual requirements, Department of Corrections and national standards.
  2. Coordinate and monitor orientation, in-services and continuing education within Nursing Services.  Responsible for coordinating and providing clinical orientation and nursing in-service training.
  3. Coordinate the development, provision and evaluation of patient care according to the standards of quality care.
  4. Conduct recruitment/retention efforts for Nursing Services.
  5. Participate in the development and administration of a budget for Nursing Services.
  6. Participates in and chair Nursing Services committees (e.g., Utilization Review, Quality Assurance, Infection Control, etc.) develop and implement procedures, audits and nursing in-services.
  7. Receive and review daily outpatient and infirmary reports
  8. Conduct regular meetings with nursing staff and ensure the practice of nursing is consistent with current standards.
  9. Act as Administrator on call for nursing emergencies or nursing staff needs.
  10. Develop and maintain staff schedule for Nursing Service in accordance with contract terms of nursing coverage.  Responsible for making changes in time schedules, and granting special requests for time off, if applicable.
  11. Serve as representative for, and/or liaison between, nursing services and other health care providers, as well as Health Services Administrator, and coordinate patient care with other departments.
  12. Provide guidance to the nursing staff in patient care problems and following established protocols, and delegate responsibility within the scope of the employee’s abilities
  13. Support and participate in evaluation designed to improve work conditions and patient care. Evaluate employees’ performance to ensure and maintain quality care.
  14. Keep abreast of and follow through on incidents occurring on all shifts.
  15. Review all discrepancies in sharps and tool counts, investigate, reconcile and forward written findings to the Health Services Administrator.
  16. Review all medication errors and forward written findings to the Health Services Administrator.
  17. Prepare and submit monthly reports to the Health Services Administrator.
  18. Assist in responding to applicable grievances.
  19. Assess established policies and review policies as needed.
  20. Submit monthly report of audits.


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