Serves as a resource and consultant to patients, physicians and nursing staff in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for patients with wounds, fistulas, percutaneous ostomies, incontinence and actual or potential skin breakdown. Assists with staff development and skin/wound care product recommendations.
Supervises employees for the purposes of education and training.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Provides clinical expertise in wound and continence care. Collaborates with an interdisciplinary care team to ensure best practices are utilized in providing appropriate skin and wound care. Functions primarily as a consultant; provides direct patient care and education to selected patients. Assists with staff development and skin/wound care product recommendations.
Maintains current knowledge base regarding the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, wounds and ostomies.
Educates staff in wound healing concepts and trends.
Effectively strengthen nursing team by educating, coaching and motivating teamwork to improve patient outcomes.
Tracks and trends hospital acquired pressure ulcers and provides feedback to the nursing clinical leadership group.
Maintains records and statistics and submits monthly report to the Skin Care Committee.
Coordinates quarterly wound prevalence surveys and develops summary reports.
Serves as co-chair of the Division of Nursing Skin Care Committee.
Coordinates and monitors the use of specialty beds used for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment.
Coordinates and monitors the application of negative pressure wound therapy.
Assists in coordinating and monitoring product evaluations as approved by the Medical Devices Committee.
Contributes to research studies related to wound, ostomy and continence care.
Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area. The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
Expert knowledge of wound care prevention, treatment and products and services.
Ability to demonstrate critical thinking, appropriate prioritization and time management skills.
Uses effective verbal and written skills.
Has basic knowledge of computer applications for data collection and report writing.
Works independently and able to manage multiple projects.
Competence in both oral and written English.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner. The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
Current licensure as an RN in the District of Columbia. Current CPR certification.
Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree preferred.
Graduate of an accredited Wound Care Nursing Education Program.
5+ years recent nursing experience.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift, pull, push, write, type, speak, hear, see, calculate, compare, edit, and organize for extended periods of time.