Under the direction of the Assistant Vice President of Nursing, coordinates all clinical inpatient pressure injury care/activities in collaboration with the Medical Director. Functions as a resource and educator for the clinical caregivers. Plans, directs and supervisors the workload of the certified Wound Care RN.
- Coordinates and develops relationships with other sources of referrals and develops good networking with collaborating physician, nursing staff and medical staff.
- Collects data on patient outcomes and related data, and follows up to maintain relevant program statistics.
- Maintains program stats and Performance Improvement and reports accordingly to the Wound, Nursing PI and Quality of Patient Care committees.
- Answers and provides community with appropriate clinical information via phone, person and other.
- Develops and maintains policies and procedures related to wound care.
- Provides education to the patient/family/nursing staff regarding the wound care and planned treatment/intervention.
- Provides instruction in the areas of health promotion, activity and medication as appropriate.
- Coordinates the workflow and inpatient assignments in the department specific to pressure injuries.
- Conducts patient pressure injury assessments (staging) for stage 2, 3, 4, unstageable and DTI. Reassesses every 2-3 days.
- Orders appropriate treatments following evidenced based care/protocols.
- Demonstrates autonomy and ability to work independently and communicate patient issues to physicians.
- Coordinates the department’s education/in-service schedule.
- Evaluates the patient’s progress, goal attainment and need for further services following discharge.
- Makes appropriate referrals to the outpatient Wound Care Program and any other outpatient services.
- Tracks admitted Wound Center patients to the medical center to ensure high quality care.
- Completes a hand-off to the Wound Center at discharge.
- Evaluates the Wound Care RN on an annual basis and provides ongoing feedback during the year.
- Develops and monitors employee development program for each employee.
- Reviews budget on monthly basis with department head and on annual basis provides input for the budget for the following year.
- Ensures wound photos are completed on admission/observation patients, initial finding and weekly assesses and evaluates photos.
- Assumes performance responsibility for program and employees.
Masters in Nursing (MSN) required
5 years of previous healthcare experience – adult or primary
Licenses and Certifications:
Licensed APN in NJ
Licensed RN in NJ
Wound Care certification must be obtained within one year of employment (CWS, WOCN)
Required Knowledge and Skills:
Strong professional, organizational, and interpersonal skills to effectively relate with all members of the healthcare team.
Normal hospital environment with frequent exposure to sick or injured patients. Off site visits necessary to doctors’ offices community events and other practice needs.
Daily potential for exposure to blood and/or body fluids.
Sitting – Occasionally
Standing/Walking – Occasionally
Kneeling/Stooping – Occasionally
Bending/Climbing – Occasionally
Reaching above shoulder, at waist or below waist – Occasionally
Lifting/Pushing or Pulling up to 40 pounds – Occasionally
Lifting/Pushing or Pulling over 40 pounds – Rarely
Typing/Filing – Rarely
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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