HCAF: Transforming a Staff Nurse into a Director of Nursing (CEU: SN, OT, ST PT - 5)

1 module


Course Length
240 mins

HCAF eLearning



Consider this scenario in your agency: you have a visit nurse in your organization that is doing an excellent job. Patients, staff and physicians love and respect this nurse. The current DON gives notice, so who you gonna call? The logical progression of promotion in the home health industry is from staff nurse to Director of Nursing, usually with minimal training. How soon can this be done, who will assume the case load of the visit nurse if you make this change? Time passes, no replacements are forthcoming. This is that OMG moment when your good judgment abandons you and you decide to move this nurse into the office of the DON and promise on the job training. About 75% of the time this is how this happens. Is this a fair situation for anyone? When you review the duties and responsibilities of the Director of Nursing as established by the Florida Administration for Health Care’s minimum standards for home health agencies and then you review the Federal COPS requirement for a “Supervising Nurse” and the accreditation standards for this position, you begin to realize this might not have been the best decision, but by the time you, as the manager and the new DON realize this, the “new” DON is pulling her hair out. We have essentially set her up for failure. Well there is good news and we have it. 

HCAF is pleased to offer a comprehensive one day introductory training module to get you on the right track and will continue this process via webinars and onsite training days in the future. There are recommend changes being made to Florida regulation that will greatly impact the role of the DON. Initially we will provide you with current rules and regulations defining this position and then on to exciting ideas for creating a less difficult transition from visit nurse to an effective Director of Nursing. Please join us for this informative day of training.

This session will include discussions of Florida home care organizations requiring a DON designation; Chapter 400, Part III, Florida F.S. 2012; Chapter 408, Part II, Florida Statues and Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 59A-8. Join Florida's home care industry expert, Glenda Burke, on a sensible journey for developing methods for success with: human resources management, staff training and education, policy/procedure development, development of a performance improvement program, development of Infection Control Program and much more.

Course Instructor - Glenda Burke


The active participant will be able:

1. State 2 regulatory documents governing home health.

2. Identify organizations that require a DON designation.  

3. Define the role & identify 3 duties of the DON according to the Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 59A-8

4. State 2 qualifications required for the role of DON

5. Describe Human resource requirements  for 3 categories of staff 

6. State 3 required components of a Performance Improvement Program 

7. State 3 required components of an effective Infection Control Program


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate HCAF Course Certificate

Learning Credits

Transforming a Staff Nurse into a Director of Nursing (CEU: SN, OT, ST - 5)
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