Registered Nurse – 18 hrs/wk – Wound Department
Job Summary: A wound ostomy, continence nurse provides acute and rehabilitation care for people with selected disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and integumentary systems. The components of wound, ostomy, continence nursing include education, counseling, and research.
- Serves as primary patient educator to all patients undergoing ostomy surgery, and assesses patients and significant others pre- and post-operatively in order to promote physical and psychosocial adaptation.
- Educates patients and family regarding ostomy care in order to facilitate complete rehabilitation through independence and self care whenever possible, and develops discharge plans and referrals if needed based on continuing assessment of patient’s status.
- Follows patients in clinic after discharge, as well as seeing new out-patients as referred for evaluation.
- Serves as a resource person for all hospitalized patients who have had previous surgery, and assesses current physical and psychosocial needs.
- Develops care plan to co-ordinate patient’s ostomy care routines with current diagnosis and treatment, presents any new products or care concepts as applicable to patients, assists patients in problem solving as related to hospitalization and/or current state of health.
- Serves as a consultant in management of patients with draining wounds or fistulas, and develops a plan of care relative to the size and location of the wound and volume and character of drainage.
- Provides education to staff relevant to wound management, skin care, and provides in-service programs as needed for nursing and medical staff.
- Serves as a consultant for the treatment of patients with altered skin integrity due to pressure necrosis, drainage, or incontinence.
- Develops care plan relative to skin alteration after assessing the Causative factor, assesses patients response to treatment.
- Orients new employees to the role of the ET Nurse within the hospital and serves as clinical preceptor to staff members interested in making clinical rounds.
- Evaluates ostomy and skin care products and supplies on a continuing basis, and reviews stock items on an annual basis and requests revisions as needed. Participates in product research programs relative to wound, ostomy, and continence nursing practice.
- Maintains accurate records and statistics and submits monthly reports for wound, ostomy, and continence.
- Registered Nurse with current licensure.
- Depending on department staffing needs, you may be asked to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
Education, Skills, Experience Requirements:
- Graduate from a WOCN accredited Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Educational Program Certification.
- Board Certification by Nursing Certification Board within two years of graduation.