Long-Term Care Administrator

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BASIC DESCRIPTION

A long-term care administrator heads the overall management and operations of a long-term care facility. He/she oversees interdisciplinary departments in the facility that include nursing, medicine, rehabilitation, diet, activities, and environmental services ensuring that resident and family needs, government and regulatory standards, and personnel needs are addressed while maintaining quality and excellent care. Nurses who have long-term care administrative and clinical experience and expertise are well positioned to assume this leadership role in long-term care facilities.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
A master’s degree or higher in nursing, health, or business is preferred; licensing and credentialing are available from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. Certification is available from the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Strong leadership and management skills
■ Knowledge of long-term care state and federal regulations and reimbursement process
■ Strong background in Medicare, Medicaid, and third-payer reimbursement regulations

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

■ National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (http://www.nabweb.org/nabweb/default.aspx)
■ The National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (http://www.nadona.org/)

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