Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON)

Posted Date 1 week ago(7/28/2021 4:56 PM)
Requisition ID
Nursing - Admin/Education
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Shifts Vary
Post End Date


Schedule: Full-Time, Evenings, Weekends, Holidays


The Assistant Director of Nursing for Integrated Clinical Enterprise is an integral part of Nursing Service Line (NSL). This position provides clinical leadership, direction and decision making for the hospital as it relates to timely and appropriate clinical care. The ADON works collaboratively with Administration, clinical staff and various departments and services to facilitate clinical care activities. The Director, in concert with the NSL leadership team, has broad responsibilities for transformation of primary care operations including care management and community programs. The Director will ensure that clinical operations are efficient, integrated and highly oriented to providing a positive patient experience.  The Director supports and enhances relationships with all stakeholder groups, especially employees.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity.  We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving patient care and the lives of Arkansans.  


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • 11 paid Holidays in addition to Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy.

Salary offered commensurate with experience.


  • Monitors bed availability, in-house transfer and anticipated discharges by making periodic, frequent rounds on all patient care units
  • Communicates any Operational issues/concerns with Admnistrator on-call
  • Determines capacity status and discusses status with CMO. Notifies appropriate leaders and departments of status changes

  • Serves as resource for all nursing staff
  • Manages requests for admission, communicating with physicians, clinic staff, in-house staff or the ED and PACU and other as needed
  • Communicates bed availability and patient assignments with Bed Management Office to ensure a current Bed Board
  • Rounds on inpatient units ensuring real time availability of management for staff members
  • Responds to all medical emergencies (rapid responses, codes, etc.)  
  • Develops contingency plans to ensure flexibility and unit responsiveness
  • Provides direction and is responsible for staffing decisions and consults with CSM or Director, as needed, for direction

  • Maintains final accountability for placement of staff from nursing pools
  • Facilitates the ongoing evaluation and innovation of services provided by organized nursing services and the organization as a whole
  • Participates in the development, interpretation, implementation, and on-going evaluation of policies and procedures related patient care and resource management
  • Serves as Incident Commander of EOC (Emergency Operations Center) until leadership arrives

  • Participate in professional/institutional advancement

  • Participates in continuing education

Problem Solving/Accountability/Independence:

  • Direct responsibility for outcome of projects or decisions made
  • Participates as a representative on various hospital committees and councils to develop, evaluate, and select policies and procedures that facilitate achievement of the organization and division goals  
  • Services as a resource to other departments in policy decision


  • Participates in ongoing hospital performance assessment and process improvement 
  • Collaborates and supports other department managers in the performance of their duties and in the resolution of management problems associated with Patient Care Services
  • Evaluates and utilizes input from patient, families, physicians, and peers regarding staff performance and patient care provided

Guest Relations:

  • Uses line of authority when communicating information/problems involving patient/staff
  • Listens and initiates feedback to ensure effective communication
  • Promote positive image of University Hospital
  • Responds to staffing needs of unit

Safety and Emergency Preparedness:

  • Promotes a safe working environment by complying with department and institutional safety policies
  • Observes safe work practices and provides input on safety issues  
  • Responds in emergency situations
  • Intervenes in unsafe situations by taking action

 Institutional/Professional Standards:

  • Adheres to UAMS Code of Conduct and Department policies.
  • Adopts practices to improve work process, enhance guest satisfaction and reduce waste
  • Serves as resource person to support department members in performances of duties
  • Participate in professional/institutional advancement

  • Participates in continuing education

Process Improvement:

  • Participates in ongoing hospital performance assessment and process improvement
  • Ensures continuing department performance assessment and process improvement
  • Create work processes to enhance customer satisfaction and reduce waste

Budget Responsibility:

  • Budget responsibilities include coordinating budget planning, implementation and monitoring for division in collaboration with CSM’s
  • Evaluating division capital equipment needs and preparing formal justification for equipment purchases
  • Approve overtime expenditures for employees needed for patient care delivery on nursing units; authority to cancel scheduled shifts or approve benefit time as census dictates



Required Experience:

  • Graduate of an accredited Nursing Program with Bachelors in Nursing or have plans to complete in 3 years, or Master's in Nursing 
  • Valid RN License
  • 10 years Registered Nursing experience
  • 5 years of experience in a supervisory capacity
  • Strong work ethics and accountability
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Basic computer skills.


Preferred Experience: 

  • Master's in Nursing from an accredited school/college of Nursing
  • ACLS

Employees in this role must be fitted for, capable of donning and performing routine tasks in personal protective equipment to include N95 masks, Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) or Controlled Air Purifying Respirators (CAPR).


This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen.  A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity.  The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. 


UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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