Location: SMH - Med/Surg
Employment Status: FT
Wound care nurses treat patients who have both acute and chronic wounds, including burns, pressure ulcers and surgical incisions that
have not healed. These registered nurses not only support healing, but they also provide preventative care to ensure infection does not
set in and that other complications do not arise. In addition to their hands-on role, they also play a crucial teaching role, educating
patients how to care for their wounds after they return home.
1. Ensure optimum patient care delivery in wound care nursing procedures.
2. Performs a comprehensive nursing assessment, develops and implements a patient treatment plan consistent with the
objectives of the multi-disciplinary treatment plan.
3. Includes the patient and family members in the patient care planning and setting of discharge goals.
4. Be responsible for ordering wound care supplies needed to provide wound care according to current best practice standards.
5. Assist in diabetic foot exams and assessment and treatment of diabetic foot skin/wound conditions, including trimming of
6. Assist in management of ostomy care (includes colostomies, ileostomies, or urostomies) and any associated appliance issues
and/or skin complications.
7. Serve as a resource to hospital staff on issues related to wound and skin care.
8. Assist in development and review of policies and procedures related to wound care.
Working as part of a team, wound care nurses assist in the treatment and management of pressure ulcers, traumatic and
draining wounds, surgical incisions, and tubes and fistulas. Their duties may include:
Assessment and evaluation of patients with wounds and injuries
Prevention of skin breakdown and initiation of preventative measures
Initiation of nursing care procedures in management of wounds
Treatment and management of vascular ulcers, pressure ulcers and diabetic ulcers
Education of the patient, the patient’s family, or other support persons on care techniques
Evaluation of wounds for infections or other illness factors that cause wounds
Providing instruction and demonstration on proper wound dressing and wound management
Wound vacs for negative pressure wound therapy
Specialty hospital beds
1. RN with an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing, minimum of 3 years
2. Certification in wound care nursing through a professional association preferred.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must comply with all SERVICE Standards of Behavior
• Medium Work as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor constitutes a maximum lift of 21-50 pounds on occasion and/or a maximum lift of 11-25 pounds on a frequent basis
• May be required to assist in the turning, lifting, or moving patients as well as walking about from patients’ rooms, as well as to and from various hospital areas