Director of Nursing (DON) -Maple Heights Behavioral Health in Fort Wayne, IN at Acadia Healthcare

Date Posted: 7/26/2022

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Job Description


Acadia Healthcare is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services across the United States. Acadia operates a growing network of 230 plus behavioral healthcare facilities with approximately 10,200 beds in 40 states and Puerto Rico. With more than 20,000 employees serving approximately 70,000 patients daily, Acadia is the largest stand-alone behavioral health company in the U.S.

Operating Philosophy:

Acadia’s management style and philosophy is one of collaboration and flexibility as we create an energetic and team-oriented service delivery system. Our organization values input from employees, physicians, and all strategic alliances. As evidenced in our mission statement, Acadia Healthcare’s mission is to create behavioral health centers where people receive care that enables them to regain hope in a supportive, caring environment. We want Acadia to be synonymous with excellent care, phenomenal customer service and an unparalleled commitment to our patients, staff, physicians, and community. 


Director of Nursing (DON) - Maple Heights Behavioral Health

Maple Heights Behavioral Health is a brand new state-of-the-art, 120-bed behavioral health hospital located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Maple Heights Behavioral Health will offer inpatient treatment, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for patients who have been struggling with anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health concerns. The services provided will include age-appropriate programming for adolescents, adults, and seniors.

We are looking to hire a Director of Nursing (DON) for our 'brand-new' hospital.  The DON is an integral part of the senior leadership team. The DON directs, plans, coordinates, monitors, and supervises nursing and the delivery of behavioral health/nursing services. We are looking for someone that provides a positive, empathetic, and professional attitude toward customers and the nursing staff.  Experience with building teams from the ground up and leading by example are a must for our ideal candidate.

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Maple Heights Behavioral Health provides a comprehensive package of benefits for our Nurse Leaders. Current benefits include:

  • Competitive salary and bonus eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Acadia Healthcare 401(k) plan
  • General Paid Time off to include: Vacation, Sick, Personal Days, and Extended Sick Leave
  • Excellent training program
  • Professional growth opportunity that is second to none in the industry. Join a team with defined career paths and a national family of hospitals and facilities

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Sets the vision for nursing practice in the delivery of safe, timely, efficient, equitable and patient centered care.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary treatment teams, other departments and administration to ensure that all residents’ physical, biopsychosocial, age, developmental and cultural needs are met and when they are not met, acknowledges and works to resolve customer complaints.
  • Direct, supervise and evaluate work activities of all nursing personnel.
  • Provide clinical leadership, strategic and long-term goals for the nursing staff.
  • Anticipates and effectively manage changes in census and acuity and allocates nursing resources based on measurement of patient acuity/care needed.
  • Role model expectations related to customer service and demonstrated sense of urgency related to the importance of patient safety
  • Determine, assign, and assess performance objectives for nursing department.
  • Organize, coordinate, develop and review policies, procedures and nursing protocols within the facility to meet all regulatory, compliance and quality care standards.
  • Responsible for the quality of care, operational and financial efficiency of the nursing department.
  • Lead and develop the nursing staff within the facility, providing performance goals, feedback and development opportunities.
  • Set and carry out policies, goals and procedures for their function or department.
  • Evaluate the quality of care, staff's work and the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the function or department.
  • Develop and oversee function or departmental budget and reporting.
  • Provide staff management to include hiring, development, training, performance management and communication to ensure effective and efficient department operation.
  • Provide direct care as needed. Direct and conduct recruitment, hiring and training of personnel.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited school of nursing required. Master’s degree in psychiatric or mental health nursing preferred.
  • Five or more years’ nursing experience.
  • Three or more years progressive managerial experience required.
  • Three or more years behavioral health experience preferred.
  • Current RN license or compact license for the state of Indiana.
  • CPR and de-escalation/restraint certification required (training available upon hire and offered by facility).
  • First aid may be required based on state or facility.


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