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RN-Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC)

Posted on Aug 14, 2019 by SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison

Madison, WI 53715
Health Care
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

Role Purpose:

Under the general direction of the assigned Director, works to continually improve patient care in the scope of wounds, ostomies and continence (WOC) by working as a practitioner, consultant, educator and research partner on a house-wide basis.

  • Fosters, participates, and is knowledgeable in Shared Governance as defined at St. Mary's Hospital using the conceptual framework for nursing practice as a guide. Assumes responsibility and accountability for own professional practice, continuing education and competency (i.e., mandatory in service, staff meetings). Seeks learning opportunities.
  • Evaluates patients and families referred by medical staff, nursing colleagues, and other health care disciplines for wound, ostomy, and continence related needs.
  • Utilizes the nursing process to develop a care plan and deliver patient care. Advocates for patient/family throughout the nursing process. Provides consultative services regarding education of patients and preparation for discharge for the WOC patient.
  • Follows hospital/unit directives; e.g. standards, policies, procedures, protocols. Assumes responsibility for equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Provides direct and indirect care for patients in regards to WOC care developing a plan of care to meet their needs.
  • Plans follow up with patient and family after discharge to assess needs of and provide support for patients/ families. Coordinates efforts of nursing colleagues and other health care worker (e.g. physical therapists) in educating patient and family about WOC.
  • Completes documentation according to unit/hospital standards.
  • Respects the confidentiality and dignity of patients. Communicates effectively with customers.
  • Punctual for reports/breaks. Uses supplies effectively. Completes work within required shift, i.e., end of shift; OT minimal or nonexistent.
  • Performs other duties as requested.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Wisconsin.

  • Current employees must maintain BLS certification. New hires must achieve certification within 3 months of hire.

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of general medical-surgical nursing experience.

  • Wound Ostomy Continence(WOC) board certification within six months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred.
Physical Requirements:

Employees in this position are, or can be, required to possess the following physical capabilities:

  • Lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling up to 50 lbs.

  • Stooping, kneeling and/or crouching daily.

  • Standing or walking more than 4 hours a day.

  • Running to respond to patient emergencies.

  • Reaching, grasping, fingering, and/or feeling more than 6 hours a day.

  • Visual acuity in order to correctly distinguish skin tone variations, evidence of IV infiltration, infection; able to read telemetry, blood pressure gauges, etc.

  • Audio acuity in order to correctly distinguish various body sounds (i.e., respirations, heart tones, bowel sounds).

  • Audio acuity to discern sounds made by various types of machinery or equipment that would indicate dangerous or improper operation.

Reference: 745271009