Registered Nurse - PT Days, Wound Care

St. Luke's is proud of the skills, experience and compassion of its employees. The employees of St. Luke's are our most valuable asset! Individually and together, our employees are dedicated to satisfying the mission of our organization which is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured; educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.The role of the Wound Care Nurse is to provide and coordinate the assessment prevention, early identification and treatment of inpatients with disorders of the integumentary system including pressure ulcers, wounds, ostomies and skin disorders related to incontinence for the inpatient population. In addition, will provide consultation and provide direct patient care and assistance to staff when necessary.Implements care plans, adheres to established standards of care, evaluates effectiveness of interventions, revisits plan of care as appropriate and works closely with patients, physicians, family members and Nursing staff. Provides Nursing staff and Medical staff ongoing education on best practices for wound care and prevention and ostomy care. Prepares the patient and/or family for home care following discharge.
1. Establishes standards of care, competencies, policies and procedures in quality, cost efficient and effective wound care for all clinical staff.
2. Serves as a consultant to facility staff and advocates with physicians; through training and support, enables clinical staff to effectively assess wounds, recommend appropriate protocols, and initiate plans of care.
3. Provides consultation and/or assessment on patients with pressure and nonstageable ulcers. Consults on any wound that does not show measurable signs of healing during hospital stay.
4. In consultation with the physician, assists the primary nurse in developing an appropriate plan of care for comprehensive wound management.
5. Makes recommendations to the physician for changes to wound care orders and provides evidence based research support as needed.
6. Reviews charts of patients with wounds. Ensures that wound assessments, care plans, and treatments are clearly and correctly documented and that appropriate wound related treatments are being provided.
7. Investigates all cases with adverse events related to wounds.
8. Participates in clinical outcome monitoring, follow-up and performance improvement initiatives.
9. Maintain a cost-effective wound care formulary.
10. Evaluates products and cost effectiveness for use in hospital makes recommendation.
11. Educates staff on products available for use in hospital (in-service staff PRN.)
12. Educates families on care of patients(s).
13. Involved in marketing the wound care program through outcomes and relationships with physicians by referring discharged patients to outpatient wound centers.
14. Provides direct patient care to patients with disorders of the integumentary system including wounds, ostomies, and continence disorders and pressure ulcers.
15. Initiates collaboration with physicians, ancillary personnel, and other interdisciplinary team members and takes action to proactively resolve and facilitate patient needs.
16. Demonstrates leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of processes that result in optimum care and clinical outcomes for patients with altered skin integrity.
17. Participates in committees and projects as assigned.
18. Serves as a resource in the development of patient education material.
19. Provides outpatient coverage if inpatient census decreases.
20. Serves in advisory capacity to hospital committees and workgroups regarding best practice standards on wound, ostomy, and continence care.
21. Educates Nursing staff and Physicians on wound care best practices and education.
OTHER FUNCTIONS:
1. Other related duties as assigned.
PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:
Must be able to sit for up to 2 hours per day; 1 hour at a time, stand for up to 8 hours per day; 4 hours at a time, and walk 6 hours per day; 50 minutes at a time. Have ability to lift, carry and push objects with a weight of up to 75 lbs., and transport patients weighing up to 400 lbs. via wheelchair, bed and/or stretcher with assistance when appropriate. Must be able to pull up to 10 lbs., and frequently pull up to 250 lbs. with assistance when appropriate. Must be able to stoop, bend, crouch, kneel, climb, crawl and reach above shoulder level. Must be able to perceive attributes of an object through touch and be able to firmly grasp, twist and turn objects with hands and fingers. Must be able to hear as it relates to normal sound at high and low frequencies. Must be able to see as it relates to color, peripheral vision, accurate depth perception, and visual monotony (e.g. computer screen).
COMMUNICATIONS:
Ability to think critically, apply technical skills and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills.
QUALIFICATIONS
(MINIMUM)
EDUCATION:
Current PA. RN licensure. Eligible to apply for N.J. licensure. BSN preferred. BLS required. Wound Care Certification (CWOCN, CWCN or CWS) preferred with goal of working toward certification within one (1) year of employment.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of licensed professional nursing experience with previous experience as an acute care nurse.
WORK SCHEDULE: Primarily Days (M-Saturday) with varying hours based on the needs of the department. Full time, part time, per diem as scheduled.
Please complete your application using your full legal name and current home address. Be sure to include employment history for the past seven (7) years, including your present employer. Additionally, you are encouraged to upload a current resume, including all work history, education, and/or certifications and licenses, if applicable. It is highly recommended that you create a profile at the conclusion of submitting your first application. Thank you for your interest in St. Luke's!!
St. Luke's University Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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