Responsible for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of care for patients/families with skin care problems (e.i., ostomies, fistula, skin breakdown, wounds, and incontinence). These patients receive direct care and education that is based on established professional standards and is provided in a safe and therapeutic environment. Provides leadership through communication, collaboration and motivation of others. Patients served include infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric. The WOC nurse reports to Program Manager Skin Care Services.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ADDENDUM: House wide Skin Care Service WOCN, provides and promotes the highest level of nursing and medical management using a collaborative multidisciplinary approach minimizing the negative physical and psychological effects of disease processes. Initiates and provides ongoing assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation for hospitalized patients with skin care problems. Serves as a consultant by sharing information and resources. Identifies educational needs of the hospital based on quality improvement findings. Maintain an effective working relationship with physicians and nursing staff. Participates in committees, task forces, and meetings as necessary. Formulates professional goals and identifies method of achievement for each performance. Seeks and attends clinical learning experiences that will extend his/her knowledge base. Utilizes and shares information from conferences/workshops which he/she attends. Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behaviors in all areas of personal and professional activity.
Education: The WOC nurse is a registered nurse with completion of an accredited BSN nursing program. Graduate of an accrediated Enterostomal School with certification by Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Society. (WOCN).
Qualifications/Experience: Possess a current Iowa nursing license and current WOCN certification.
Special Skills/Knowledge: Must possess a comprehensive knowledge of WOCN nursing theory and practice and an expanded knowledge of current clinical and specialized patient care concepts. A broad and varied knowledge base is essential and must be continually enhanced and updated through self-directed study and by participation in educational opportunities. Must be able to successfully complete basic computer course through in-hospital training and complete in-hospital orientation and competencies. Serves as a consultant by sharing information and resources.