RN-Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC)
Posted on Aug 14, 2019 by SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison
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.
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.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred.
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.