N.J. Admin. Code § 10:161B-1.5 - Qualifications and responsibilities of the director of nursing services

(a) In addition to the requirement of medical director, opioid treatment programs and facilities providing detoxification services are also required to hire a director of nursing services pursuant to N.J.A.C. 10:161B-8. The program shall hire a registered professional nurse (RN) currently licensed in New Jersey, and who has at least six months of full-time experience, or the full-time equivalent, in nursing supervision or nursing administration in the management of addictions in a licensed substance use disorder treatment facility. In an opioid treatment program or a facility providing detoxification services, the individual must have one year of supervisory experience or three years of experience in a substance use disorder treatment program or facility.
(b) The director of nursing services shall be responsible for the direction, provision and quality of nursing services provided to clients, including the following:
1. Providing administrative oversight of the facility's nursing services, and where appropriate, directly supervising the facility's nursing staff;
2. Assisting the administrator of the facility in the development and maintenance of written objectives, policies and procedures, an organizational plan, and a quality assurance program for nursing services, and reviewing all nursing policies and procedures at least annually;
3. In conjunction with the administrator and the governing authority of the program, planning and budgeting for nursing services;
4. Ensuring the coordination and integration of nursing services with other client care services to ensure continuity of care for each client;
5. Ensuring that the program complies with required nursing staffing patterns;
6. Assisting in the development of written job descriptions for the nursing staff, and assigning duties of the nursing staff;
7. Participating in staff orientation and staff education activities, when applicable; and
8. Participating in team conferences with the multidisciplinary team, and the client care committee (if the facility chooses to establish a client care committee).


N.J. Admin. Code § 10:161B-1.5
Amended by 48 N.J.R. 2791(a), effective 12/19/2016

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