Job Description – Nurse Manager Social Detox Program

SUPERVISED BY: Program Director


HOURS:        Part time 20 hours/week; plus on call

Part time less than 30 hours/week.

All Social Detox positions may include Evenings, Overnights, Weekends and Holidays.




  1. Has a solid understanding of substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders.
  2. Demonstrated empathy and desire to work with those recovering from substance use disorder and/or co-occurring disorders in a trauma-informed manner.
  3. Registered Nurse with current State of Maine licensure.
  4. Supervisory experience in a team leader role.
  5. Work experience as a professional nurse.
  6. CPR certification required.



General Description:  All Wellspring programs utilize the Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed client treatment organizational change model. The Sanctuary Model organizes both our treatment and the way we run our organization.  Sanctuary is an inclusive model that guides leaders, staff, clients, and families to share the same language.  Like all Wellspring staff, the Nurse Manager will help clients in their recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders through role modeling, and empathetic trauma-informed support using Sanctuary framework as she/he completes assigned duties.




Promotes and restores clients’ health by developing day-to-day management and long-term planning of the patient care area; directing and developing staff; collaborating with physicians and multidisciplinary professional staffs; providing physical and psychological support for patients, friends, and families.


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: [May not include all of the duties assigned]


  • Meets nursing operational standards by contributing information to the Program Director for strategic plans and reviews; implementing production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; resolving problems; identifying system improvements.
  • Identifies patient service requirements by establishing personal rapport with potential and actual patients and CNAs to understand service requirements.
  • Maintains nursing guidelines by working with Program Director to develop and update policies and procedures.
  • Assures quality of care by developing and interpreting agency and nursing division’s philosophies and standards of care; enforcing adherence to state board of nursing and state nurse practice act requirements and to other governing agency regulations; measuring health outcomes against standards; making or recommending adjustments.
  • Completes patient care requirements by monitoring and assessing duties of Certified Nursing Assistants.
  • Develops staff by orienting, training, and coaching employees; communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, appraising job contributions; adhering to agency’s policies and procedures.
  • Establishes a compassionate environment by providing emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to patients, friends, and families.
  • Provides information to patients and health care team by answering questions and requests.
  • Resolves patient needs by utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies.
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by designing and implementing procedures, rules, and regulations; calling for assistance from other care professionals.
  • Protects patients and employees by developing and interpreting infection-control policies and protocols; enforcing medication monitoring, storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations.
  • Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by monitoring confidential information processing.
  • Maintains documentation of patient care services by auditing patient records.
  • Ensures operation of medical equipment by verifying emergency equipment availability; completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; contacting Program Director for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
  • Maintains nursing supplies inventory by studying usage reports; identifying trends; anticipating needed supplies; contacting Program Director for requisitions and cost allocations.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and reviewing professional publications.
  • Maintains a cooperative relationship among Treatment Team by communicating information; responding to requests; building rapport; participating in team problem-solving methods.
  • Accomplishes organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.



1. Attendance and Dependability: Demonstrates Social Responsibility by reporting promptly at assigned hours and is seldom absent from work; submits accurate time sheets to the supervisor.  Employee can be depended upon to complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and is conscientious about assignments.

2. Communication and Contact: The employee uses Open Communication effectively both verbally and in writing with clients, colleagues, and other individuals inside and outside the company while maintaining confidentiality of all client related information.

3. Relationships with Others:  Conveys a welcoming, empathetic, hopeful attitude towards people with co-occurring conditions and supports a philosophy of dual recovery.  Engages and welcomes people in ways that convey respect for diversity in a culturally appropriate way.  Demonstrates high professional/ethical standards and works well with others as part of the treatment team.  Has a therapeutic approach of being empathetic, respectful, and motivational, while encouraging clients to take responsibility for their lives.

4. Participates in the Sanctuary Model and incorporates Sanctuary values, principles, and tools in building a trauma informed treatment program.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.


The classification of this position is considered non-exempt from the pay provisions of the Fair Labor and Standards Act.