Responsible for providing treatment and recommendations for the management of disorders affecting the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and integumentary (digestive, urinary, skin) systems. This involves treatment of ostomies, stomas, acute and chronic wounds and urinary and fecal incontinence. Serves as a clinical resource to staff on issues pertaining to patients with wounds, pressure ulcers, ostomies, fistulas and incontinence. Establishes and maintains practice standards and provides ongoing staff education. Uses the nursing process to plan, implement, direct, and evaluate patient care to achieve optimal patient outcomes; works collaboratively with all other disciplines on assigned unit.
- Serve as a resource person for WOC patient care practices.
- Provide direct patient care to patients undergoing ostomy surgery, patients with established ostomies, and patients with skin/wound problems.
- Implement preventative actions to reduce incidences of pressure ulcers and vascular ulcers.
- Provide instructions on proper wound dressing and care.
- Educate the patient, patient’s family, and other support persons on ulcer prevention and treatment.
- Works collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team to provide a comprehensive plan of care.
- Design pouch systems for draining wounds and fistulae. Review and modify pouch system problems.
- Provide comprehensive wound management, including reducing causative factors, controlling odor, assessing nutritional needs, and providing and applying topical therapies.
- Provide education and support for individuals who undergo surgery for colostomies, ileostomies, or urostomies.
- Take actions to prevent and address peristomal skin complications.
- Select and recommend collection devices/undergarments.
- Maintain data and reports and request.
- Participate in quality improvement.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served.
- Lead prevalence study.
- Develop practice standards for managing patients with wound ostomy and incontinence care needs.
- Monitor patient outcomes on an ongoing basis.
- Create education programs specific to wound ostomy continence patient care in collaboration with the clinical education team.
- Provide education programs to staff.
- Ensure safe care to patients, staff and visitors; adheres to all Restorix and hospital policies, procedures, and standards within budgetary specifications including time management, supply management, productivity and quality of service.
- Promote individual professional growth and development by meeting requirements for mandatory/continuing education and skills competency; supports department-based goals which contribute to the success of the organization; serves as preceptor, mentor and resource to less experienced staff.
- Work closely with outpatient wound care clinic and post-acute providers to ensure quality continuum of care for discharging patients.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Must have and maintain a valid BLS certification from the American Heart Association.
- Current and valid state registered professional nurse (RN) license required.
- BSN degree and completion of an accredited Wound Ostomy Continence ET Nurse Program (CWOCN) required
- 3 years of experience providing direct patient care to patients undergoing ostomies surgery, patients with established ostomies, and patient with skin/wound problems preferred. Must be physically able to perform CPR.
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