The Wound Care Nurse – Clinic is a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) that works under the supervision of the RN Clinical Coordinator and direction of RN. This position provides direct care of clinic patients with wounds. He/she accepts responsibility for implementation of a plan of care, reinforcement of treatment regimens and protocols. Assists in medical procedures and may perform independent nursing procedures with appropriate orientation and supervision. The position works within the framework of the State Nurse Practice Act and follows all Wound Care Center and hospital policies and procedures. He/she complies with hospital and nursing philosophy and standards while performing job duties and responsibilities.
Major Position Responsibilities:
The Wound Care Nurse - Clinic will provide patient care in collaboration with other health professionals, including RNs and physicians, and is Not Allowed to perform admission assessments or case management of wound care patients. The position works to assist the RN and wound care physician by performing the following duties:
- Takes patient vital signs, wound measurements, and removes/applies dressings, performs capillary glucose monitoring, exercises clean and sterile technique procedure, checks pedal pulses with hand-held Doppler and records results.
- Follows all wound care policies and procedures, exercising clinical competence in skills set forth in job competencies
- Under direction of RN, demonstrates competence in patient and family education on common topics, including, but not limited to, wound care, dressing applications, compression therapy, diabetic foot care, venous life-style changes and wound off-loading.
- Under the direction of RN, implements a plan for care of wound patients by second outpatient encounter using established Healing Strategies, policies and procedures in collaboration with the physician, the patient and significant others.
- Utilizes available resources effectively by appropriate consultations and collaboration to maximize effectiveness of care.
- Under direction of RN, implements and evaluates plans for care reflecting appropriate nursing and medical diagnoses, goal development, outcome criteria and target dates while assuming patient advocate role protecting all patient rights.
- Demonstrates competent utilization of interview, examination and observation techniques with patients and significant others, reviewing and completing patient history, recording vital signs, wound appearance, medication/surgery history, history of wound, and appropriate related data collection and recording.
- Takes direction from supervising RNs or physicians, adhering to guidelines or standards of practice, community, hospital and all current wound care center policies and procedures.
- Demonstrates competent utilization of interview, examination and observation techniques with patients and significant others reporting data to RNs or physicians in a timely fashion and documents appropriately.
- Uses knowledge and understanding and supports utilization of wound care center Healing Strategies for wound care.
- Ensures all necessary informed consents are signed prior to providing non-emergency care.
- Supports and encourages a harmonious work relationship, assuming additional responsibility and assisting others without being asked, serving as a role model to others and demonstrating flexibility with staffing needs.
- Consistently initiates and actively participates in implementing change to improve work environment, work processes or patient care while participating in the Quality/Performance Improvement processes.
- Documents accurately, legibly and promptly pertinent patient information and response to treatment, education, and changes in patient’s status, supply utilization and charges on approved forms, using approved abbreviations.
- Facilitates discussion between patient and physician, responding accurately and timely to patient questions by knowledge of answer or with referral source and follow through.
- Keeps patient actively informed of treatment, anticipated responses while ensuring all necessary informed consents are signed prior to providing non-emergency care.
Safety and Infection Control Responsibilities
Utilizes safe procedures in infection control, exposure control, equipment, supplies, facility, emergency, safety, fire and disaster plans, adhering to guidelines or standards of practice in the community, the hospital and all current wound center policies and procedures.
- Adheres to guidelines or standards of practice (i.e., ANA), community, associate hospital and all current wound center policies and procedures.
- Demonstrates consistent use of OSHA guidelines and Standard/Universal Precautions and proper body mechanics.
Each new hire candidate who is offered employment must pass a physical evaluation, urine drug screen and pre-employment background checks before starting work.