Founded in 1889, Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is a leading, nonprofit home health care agency. Our mission is to support independence and dignity for adults by providing a continuum of quality health care services in homes and communities. We offer flexible schedules, continued education and a patient-centered, supportive team
RN - Wound Care Specialist is responsible for performing and supporting quality nursing care by demonstrating an advanced level of nursing knowledge and proficiency. (with or without accommodation)
Responsibilities include the assessment and management of wound/ostomy care including teaching nurses and patients.
- Serves as a role model and educator for quality nursing care. This may include: demonstrating expertise through direct patient care; handling medical emergencies and difficult situations calmly and quickly; communicating regularly and effectively with other disciplines and community programs; investigating patient care issues when quality of care is potentially jeopardized; assisting with orientation of new staff; managing an effective continuing education program for clinical staff; assessing staff skills for provision of care and communicating evaluation to clinical manager; and assessing appropriateness of home care for patients with therapies and/or issues of concern.
- Implements a comprehensive infection control program by administering employee health components of infection control and consulting with staff regarding patients with known infection risks.
- Develops tools to support cost-effective, efficient, quality care and integrates tools into practice, by developing critical pathways, assisting with integration of outcome measures, and assisting with disease state development.
- Participates in special Agency projects and programs as assigned, possibly including participation in Agency committees or task forces.
- Performs patient assessments and provides direct patient care through independent home visits; manages a patient case load as requested.
Graduation from an approved educational program for Nursing. BSN preferred, completion of a Master's Degree in Nursing or health-related field required. Must have an active Colorado RN license or a license from the state of primary residence, if participating in the NLC (Nurse Licensure Compact). Current CPR required. IV Certification preferred. Specialist certification in wounds/ostomy required.
- Four years nursing experience as an RN and one year nursing experience as an educator, clinical specialist or other related role. At least two years of experience with wounds and ostomy care as a WOCN.
- Is able to serve as a role model in orienting and working with inexperienced nurses including teaching nurses and patients in ostomy/wound care. Ability to communicate with patients and nurses in a comfortable manner that will assist with learning and independence.
- Thorough knowledge of Agency policies and procedures for the purpose of assisting in interpreting them for clinical staff.
- Full knowledge of OSHA, CHAP, CDC, and other regulating organizations regarding infection control.
- Ability to communicate with physicians and insurance providers professionally.
- Able to perform comprehensive wound assessments. Uses best practice guidelines for wound care choices including the assessment and management of complicated trunk wound as well as wounds in general, and arterial and venous leg ulcers.
- Ability to assess and manage compression therapy and a broad variety of incontinence issues.
- Can read and interpret physicians' orders and notes from other caregivers, as well as respond to them, verbally and in writing
- Has sufficient mathematical ability to calculate drug dosages, mix insulin, measure intake/output, and program IV pump.
- Is able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
- Is able to motivate and train employees.
- Is able to establish and maintain working relationships with professional and paraprofessional staff, patients, families and the general public.
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