Registered Nurse-Wound Ostomy Continence

Rancho Mirage, CA
Feb 09, 2018
Mar 09, 2018
Med / Surg
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Objective: A brief overview of the position.

    The wound, ostomy and continence nurse (WOCN) is a clinical expert in the assessment, education, and implementation of care for neonate, pediatric, or adult patients with wound, ostomy, and/or incontinence issues.

Reports to

    Director- Renker Wellness Center



Ages of Patients

    Neonate/ Infant





Blood Borne Pathogens

    High Potential



      Required: BSN or MSN or enrollment in an RN-BSN or RN-MSN program within 1 year of hire and completion within 5 years of hire if hired after July 1, 2012


      Required: California RN license; American Heart Association BLS

      Preferred: Wound Care Certification


      Preferred: Wound care experience

Essential Responsibilities

    Demonstrates compliance with Code of Conduct and compliance policies, and takes action to resolve compliance questions or concerns and report suspected violations.

    Provides a consulting service to physicians and staff that include assessment and evaluation of current wound, ostomy, and/or continence problems, for inpatients and outpatients.

    Develops and oversees implementation of a comprehensive and individualized patient management plan with a dual focus of complication and disease state management.

    Ensures that the plan of care for management of wound, ostomy, and/or continence issues reflects the expected patient outcomes, that the plan is communicated to appropriate medical, nursing, and support staff in a timely and effective manner.

    Makes appropriate referrals to ancillary services.

    Evaluates outcomes of interventions and adapts plan of care to reflect changes in patient status/needs.

    Assists in identification of age specific learning needs of the patient.

    Provides emotional support to patients in the process of coping with altered body image and function.

    Participates in staff education by providing in-services, lectures and resource information.

    Assumes an active role in monitoring and implementation of specialty bed usage.

    Writes and reviews protocols and techniques related to area of expertise.

    Acts as a resource to individuals and groups in the community seeking information regarding specialty services or products.

    Assists with new hire orientation in relation to specialty.

    Assists with policies that relate to specialty.

    Assists with annual competency training of nursing staff in relation to specialty.

    Assists with recruitment of nursing staff.

    Involved in quality assurance as it relates to specialty.


      Stoma site selection and marking

      Stoma calibration and prosthesis selection.

      Treatment of peristomal skin

      Removal of ostomy bridge or rod.

      Ileostomy/colostomy lavage.

      Intubation of continent ostomies.

      Replacement of gastrosyomy/jejunostomy tubes.

      Reduction of stomal prolapse.

      Introduction of catheters into fistula.

      Removal of ureteral catheters.

      Debridement of wounds.

      Catheterization of urinary diversion.

      Dermal ulcer assessment and treatment selection.

      Replacement of suprapubic catheters.

      Assessment and selection of appropriate pressure reduction/relief surface.


      Provides patient consultation and recommendations for wound care

      Acts as a resource to physicians and staff related to complex wound care

      Performs specialty wound care procedures including conservative sharp debridement, wound VAC therapy, etc

      Participates in the development of the hospital’s wouond care program, policy, and procedures

      Participates in decision making regarding selection of products and devices related to wound care

      Provides staff education related to wound care

    Functions as patient advocate in all aspects of nursing care.

    Participates in physician rounds and providing recommendations for the plan of care.

    Evaluates patient needs at the request of nursing, medical staff or ancillary departments.

    Plans, delivers or monitors delivery, and documenting individualized patient care during hospitalization for patients with wound and ostomy and/or continence issues/needs.

    Participates in patient education of the patient and/or family and making recommendation for products prior to discharge; services as a resource to Discharge Planners as needed.

    Documents recommendations and/or care provided in the medical record.

    Uses time effectively and proportionately so that responsibilities are completed within reasonable, designated time frame(s) as evidenced by:

      Completing wound/ostomy nursing consults within 48 hours or receipt of a referral during the work week.

      Following department and hospital policies and procedures in meeting work commitments.

      Demonstrating the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently.

    Establishes and maintains networking relationships related to wound, ostomy and continence are.

    Assists with collection of PI data.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

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