UnityPoint Health

  • RN-Wound and Ostomy RN-Inpatient

    Requisition ID
    US-IA-Cedar Rapids
    1026 A Ave NE
    1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital
    Cedar Rapids
    Wound Care/Skin Care Svcs
    Scheduled Hours/Shift
    Work Type (Portal Searching)
    As Needed
  • Overview




    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.









    • Is aware of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (eg. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff. 
    • Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.



    Professional Practice:

    • Identifies patient/family teaching needs by direct assessment and observation. Provides education to patients, families, health care providers and the community.
    • Incorporating basic education theory and adult education principles.
    • Participates in the development of structured patient teaching activities and materials.
    • Acts as a resource person and consultant to health care team, patients, families, and outside facilities.
    • Promotes and participates in performance improvement activities.
    • Performs as a team member
      • Collaborates with other patient team members to achieve patient's progress toward outcomes identified in the plan of care.
      • Participates in unit and hospital wide committees and performance improvement activities.
      • Balances team and individual responsibilities, is objective and open to other's views, gives and welcomes feedback, contributes to positive team goals, puts success of team above own interest.
    • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills with other health care team members
    • Verbal communication is clear and precise.
    • Written communication is legible, if handwritten, and done in a timely manner.
    • Computer documentation is done in accordance with hospital policies and procedures. 
    • Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development
    • Continually maintains and strives to enhance technical and clinical competence in all job related duties.
    • Participates in appropriate professional organization.
    • Utilizes and shares information from conferences/workshops attended.
    • Complies with established infection control and risk management policies and procedures. 
    • Performs other duties as deemed necessary to meet the hospital's mission and vision. 

    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.




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