Assess and provide direct wound, ostomy and continence to CHANS patient
Provide direct treatment and/or formulates a plan of care in collaboration with physician and case manager.
Request orders for appropriate laboratory and diagnostic procedures when deemed necessary to optimize wound healing.
May perform venipuncture to obtain samples for lab testing.
Documents in electronic medical record and forwards to primary care or referring physicians when necessary. Maintains and reviews patients’ records, charts, and other pertinent information. Refers patients to other wound care providers and wound care resources when necessary.
Instructs patient and family regarding medications and treatment instructions. Consults with patient’s physician regarding recommended wound, ostomy and continence care.
Provides patient education by counseling and/or educating individuals and family members concerning health and proper wound, ostomy and continence care.
Collaborates with case manager with ostomy, ileostomy, and complicated wound care patients.
Provide consultation to CHANS nurses on wound care, wound management, ostomy and continence.
Educate and provide in-services for CHANS clinical staff regarding wound care, ostomy and continence.
Work collaboratively with MCHPV wound clinicto maintain continuity within the Mid Coast continuum regarding wound and ostomy care and wound care management.
Maintain certification as awound ostomy and continence nurse.(WOCN)
Stay abreast of ongoing wound, ostomy and continence management products, issues and trials.
Network with wound, ostomy and continence management product vendors
Provides orientation to newer staff nurses on home care with wound, ostomy and continence care and management. Work with WOCN team on wound, ostomy and continence formulary. Keep current and consistent with best practices.
Provide regular skilled services visits when wound, ostomy and continence-specific visits are not available, according to Level 2 Skilled Nurse job description.
Triage patient telephone calls and provides consultation when necessary.
Maintain the wound and ostomy patient list with chart reviews. Monthly wound/ostomy rounds with other WOCN and designees.
Consult with, refer to and/or collaborate with physicians and other healthcare providers in managing acute and long-term care of patients.
Attend required meetings and participates in committees as requested.
Participates in professional development activities and maintains professional affiliations and certifications.
Provide in-services to area assisted living facilities, and other facilities as requested related to wound, ostomy and continence care.Maintains patient confidentiality according to HIPAA guidelines.
Performs related work as required.