This position is responsible to performing wound care assessment, reassessement and management for all consulted patients per policy. Develops skin care programs, implement policies and procedures to manage patients with draining wounds, wound prevention, wound care, ostomy care and incontinence.
- Personal Effectiveness - Meets established timelines; follows through to ensure completion of assigned objectives, seeks feedback to improve performance, and demonstrates a positive, “can do” attitude
- Innovation and change - Looks for opportunities to improve processes and services, makes an effort to learn and develop new skills, and is resourceful and enthusiastic in responding to new challenges
- Fostering Teamwork - Is open and honest in dealing with others, demonstrates commitment to team objectives, and sees challenges facing department and helps the team to address them
- Quality Services - Delivers high quality services to internal and external customers, accepts responsibility and takes action to address quality issues, and helps operations & services respond to the needs of caregivers
- Integrity - Adheres to a standard of ethical conduct that promotes trust and open communication, earns trust by living up to commitments, and can be counted on to keep confidences
- Ability to perform wound assessment, reassessment and management for all patients and per policy.
- Demonstrates thorough knowledge of staging Pressure Injuries according to National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) guidelines.
- Develops skin care programs to prevent skin breakdown of patients.
- Demonstrates knowledge and skill to develop and implement policies and procedures to manage patients with draining wounds, wound prevention, wound care, ostomy care and incontinence.
- Ability to revise plan of care as indicated by the patient’s response to treatment and evaluate overall plan for effectiveness.
- Demonstrates ability to perform treatments and provide services to level licensure.
- Is a resource person to physicians, nursing and other hospital staff.
- Provides in-services on wound prevention, wound care, ostomy care and incontinence for the nursing staff.
- Communicates appropriately and clearly to nurse managers, nursing staff and physicians.
- Provide recommendations to admitting provider regarding consulting other healthcare professionals/departments as appropriate to provide interdisciplinary approach to the patient’s needs.
- Collaborates with Case Management on the patients’ needs at time of discharge.
- Attends seminars, conferences, continuing education classes in the areas of wound prevention, wound management and ostomies. Stays current with changes, new advances/treatment in wound care.
- Knowledgeable of the clinical products currently available on the market. Meets with sales representatives, evaluates products and makes recommendations for products/equipment.
- Inputs charges and enters documentation on all wound care patients into computer system in a timely manner to ensure compliance.
- Educate patients and families on best practices to promote healing and wellness
SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:
- Experience with patient safety best practices preferred.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information
- Demonstrated excellent customer service skills.
- Demonstrated proficient communication skills.
- A. Education/Skills/Experience:
- Completion of education to obtain Texas Licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN)
- Minimum of two (2) years of general nursing experience is required
- Previous experience in role of Wound Care RN preferred
- Knowledge or job experience in the areas of Wound Care
- B. Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications:
- Current Registered Nurse (RN) license to practice in the state of Texas is required – OR – current home state license is required for multi-state license recognition through the Nurse Licensure Compact.
- Certified Wound Care RN within 6 months of obtaining the position by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM), or National Alliance Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO)