The assistant director of nursing services works under the director of nursing. The assistant director usually is second in command. Candidates interested in this role typically are licensed practicing registered nurses. The assistant director of nursing services assists with day-to-day functions within the nursing department.
The assistant director of nursing services manages supervisory and nursing support personnel. She may be responsible for ensuring all shifts are adequately staffed. As an assistant director of nursing, she may work with the director to identify and resolve departmental deficiencies with implemented correction plans. She may also identify and address any quality-assurance auditing issues. The assistant director of nursing may assist with making rounds during patient checks. This position also aids in coordinating nursing services programs within the department, reviews staff performance and ensures state standards of quality care are adhered to. Assistant directors of nursing services may also monitor nursing cost center budgets and ensure the department is functioning within federal state guidelines.
Potential candidates for assistant director of nursing roles are required to have a valid registered nursing license. Candidates also need a thorough understanding of state, federal and local nursing services regulations. He will need experience in a clinical nursing setting, and as a manager or supervisor. Patience, self-discipline and effective communication skills are also qualifications preferred by potential employers. Assistant nursing directors should efficiently interact with all levels of staff. Potential candidates may also identify and initiate interdepartmental process improvements. The ability to analyze statistical and financial reports may be required.
Applicants considering applying for the role of assistant director must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited registered nursing program. Potential employers may require candidates to have at least two years' experience in a supervisory or management capacity. Candidates should also be licensed in the states where they are seeking employment.
The growth rate for assistant directors of nursing will increase along with general nursing opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22 percent increase for candidates seeking employment in nursing services through 2018. Hospitals are the largest industry employer of assistant directors of nursing. They are followed by nursing homes, social assistance agencies and government facilities.
Nursing directors with at least a year of experience earn an average annual salary of $55,181, according to PayScale.com, as of April 2010. Nursing directors with more than 20 years' experience earn up to $100,000 a year.