RN Wound Care

Company: ContinueCARE Hospital - Palmetto ( Learn More )

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Job Description

Job summary

The wound care nurse utilizes his/her professional specialized nursing knowledge to coordinate, direct and provide comprehensive quality patient care to the specific patient population requiring enterostomal wound care management needs and interventions. Provide patient, family, and staff education regarding prevention of pressure wounds, dressing selection and adjunctive therapy.

Summary of essential job functions

  • Provide care for the Adult or Geriatric patient, ages 18 years and over.
  • Demonstrates and understands the importance of and respect for the rights, dignity and individuality of each patient in all interactions.
  • Utilizes the nursing process to assessment, development of the plan of care, and education for ostomy, wound care of patients.
  • Assesses patient care needs and identifies interventions for treatment / prevention of a pressure sore, wound and / or ostomy related care needs.
  • Performs and/or assists with stomal marking preoperatively, patient / family teaching, follow-up care, and discharge planning.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary team conferences and patient rounds.  Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team in developing a comprehensive discharge plan.
  • Performs and / or assists with treatments, therapies, and procedures as specified by the physician.
  • Provides and assesses effectiveness of patient / family education and documents readiness to participate in plan of care.
  • Documents outcomes of the patients’ / families participation in established plan of care.
  • Provides weekly documentation on patients with complex wound management needs.
  • Participate in orientation of new personnel (i.e. wound vac, dressing change, wound prevention techniques, documentation of wound care, wound care products, etc.)
  • Participate in economical utilization of supplies by submitting accurate patient charges in a timely manner and ensures that equipment is maintained in a clean and safe manner.
  • Collaborates with medical staff members to identify care measures to prevent and heal pressure sores and / or treatment of complex wounds.
  • Works in concert with the medical staff in the use and application of clinical devices / support surfaces for prevention and treatment of pressure sores and to promote wound healing.
  • Develops, reviews, and/or revises evidence based practice guidelines for care of the ostomy and skin care patients.
  • Promotes staff development and education.
  • Guides the nursing staff in the care of the ostomy and skin care patient, promoting evidence based practice.
  • Actively participate in continuing education programs for self-development.
  • Orders patient specific supplies and surfaces and routes requests for new products and supplies to the Safety Committee for approval.
  • Assists in development of policies, procedures and standards reflective of current practice / literature.
  • Participate in performance improvement activities.
  • Communicate self and staff concerns and problems through proper channels.
  • Is cooperative and courteous with other hospital departments, nursing team members, patients, families, physicians, vendors, and customers.
  • Maintain cost control with equipment as supplies.
  • Interprets and analyzes data as it relates to wound care.
  • Assists surgeons with bedside debridement procedures as indicated.
  • Works within a collaborative environment with the physicians to establish an appropriate patient specific plan of care for wound care management.

  • Adheres to all components of the Hospital Compliance Plan in performing job duties and reports any violations or suspected violations of the Plan to the Compliance Officer.
  • Demonstrates professional conduct and complies with hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Adheres to hospital attendance policy as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Complies with measures for preventing exposure to blood borne pathogens.
  • Participates in the Hazardous Material Program; hazards include exposure to blood and body fluids, possible communicable diseases, sharp objects and instruments, assorted chemicals and gasses as listed in the Hazardous Materials Program Manual.
  • Complies with established Safety and Patient Safety Program practices.
  • Performs other incidental and related duties, as required and/or assigned.
  • Develops an understanding of responsibilities for recognizing patient abuse and follows policy for making appropriate referrals/interventions.
  • Develops an understanding of responsibilities for participation in Performance Improvement activities and participates in such activities.
  • Limits access to protected health information (PHI) to the information reasonably necessary to do the job, and shares such information only on a need-to-know basis for work purposes.
  • (Access to verbal, written and electronic PHI for this job has been determined based on job level and job responsibility within the organization.  Computerized access to PHI for this job has been determined as described above and is controlled via user ID and password.)


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Current RN license to practice in North Carolina.   

     Math Ability:
    Ability to perform basic math skills such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.  

    Reasoning Ability:
    Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

    Computer Skills:
    Knowledge of basic computer skills and word processing.

    Certificates and Licenses:
    Current RN license to practice in North Carolina. Maintains current BLS certification.


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    Basic Life Support

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