Registered Nurse - Wound Care - FT
Posted on Aug 13, 2019 by Southeast Georgia Health System
Summary: The WOC Nurse provides expert care and consultation across the continuum for individuals with WOC management needs. Develops WOC care plans, pathways and treatment protocols to facilitate consistent, optimal quality care and positive patient outcomes. Instructs and collaborates with physicians, nurses and other health care providers in research-based treatment modalities for this specialty area. Participates in product selection and equipment management for medical supplies related to cost effective WOC practice.
The WOC Nurse is also responsible for the assessment and early intervention for patients at risk for skin breakdown, outcomes-oriented management of chronic wounds (i.e. pressure ulcers and lower extremity ulcers), rehabilitative care for patients with ostomies or continent diversions, cost-effective management of chronic percutaneous tubes, draining wounds, and fistulas; and development and implementation of effective bowel and bladder programs to correct or manage urinary and/or fecal incontinence.
- Wound care ' assessment and treatment based on current clinical knowledge and physician orders. Establishes priorities based on patient needs and emergent unit activities.
- Delivers patient care utilizing standardized evidenced based guidelines of care and appropriate resources.
- Consistently applies critical thinking in assessment and assembly of patient data for identification of actual and potential care needs. Reassesses the patient on a regular basis and makes appropriate revisions to the patient plan of care. Ostomy Care ' Pre and post operative teaching and care, as well as appropriate ostomy maintenance and care.
- Continence Care ' Assessment of continence or incontinence issues, if requested, and suggestions/recommendations for treatment of patient condition to reduce likelihood of possible skin breakdown.
- Responds to consult requests within 24 hours. Develops and implements an outcome-focused plan of care.
- Communicates with attending or consultant physician to assure orders are clarified and documented for all interventions.
- Communicate, collaborate and function with other members of the health team to provide optimum care.
- Follows hospital procedure for documentation of patient condition, corresponding with medical plan of care, charts, interventions and response, including family dynamics.
- Assists with, or provides education of nursing staff, students, patients and their families in regard to issues of wound, ostomy, and continence care.
- Participates in orientation of new personnel by providing constructive feedback and suggestions.
- Keeps current on advances in wound, ostomy, and continence care and integrates into practice as appropriate.
- Participate in the periodic review and evaluation of the quality and appropriateness of nursing care.
The ideal Registered Nurse, Wound Care candidate should posses the following minimal qualifications:
- Current Georgia RN license required.
- Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited school of nursing required.
- Successful completion of an accredited Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse education program required.
- Certification or certification-eligible by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Certification Board.
- 3-5 years of professional nursing experience in acute care setting. O
- ne year experience as a CWOCN preferred.
- BCLS required.
: Service Excellence: All team members of Southeast Georgia Health System will promote service excellence by developing and maintaining positive relationships with customers, other team members, and the medical staff and will ensure the highest quality of care by performing their responsibilities according to the highest professional standards."