RN-Home Care-Certified Wound-Ostomy-Continence
Catholic Health (Buffalo) - Cheektowaga, NY

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Registered Nurse Home Care Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence (Traditional North): The Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse (WOCN) for Home Care is responsible for providing consultation and direct care for any ostomy, or wound patient referred within the home care organization. The WOCN may assist to establish standards of care and clinical competencies to meet patient needs, and training programs to ensure clinical expertise. Provides consultation and direct care for complex wound/ostomy patients according to agency referral criteria and certified wound and ostomy care standards. Acts as a clinical wound/ostomy resource specialist for professional staff.

REPORTS TO: Nurse Manager

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

No direct supervisory responsibilities.

SKILL AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM):

EDUCATION:
  • Graduate from an accredited school of nursing, college or university required
  • BSN preferred
  • Licensure and current registration as a Registered Professional Nurse in the State of New York required
  • Current BLS certification
  • Wound, Ostomy, Continence Certification from accredited WOCN or WOC program required.

EXPERIENCE:
  • One (1) year previous medical/surgical experience within the last five years and/or 1 year experience in a Home Health Agency (CHHA, LTHHC, or Hospice)
  • Minimum of two (2) years experience providing direct care and assessment of wounds, ostomies.
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations governing Certified Home Health Agencies preferred

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITY:
  • Ability to function autonomously; to make decisions, to problem solve, and to comprehend and communicate information both verbally and in writing to patients, families and caregivers, physicians, multidisciplinary team members and other community agencies.
  • Ability to function as a representative of the home care agency with a good understanding of services available, federal, state, and local regulations, and agency policy and procedures
  • Knowledge of current technology and products used in the treatment of wounds, ostomies
  • Knowledge of Department of Health regulations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Organizational skills and Leadership ability
  • Ability to supervise, provide direction and motivate workforce
ยท Ability to exercise independent judgment in executing responsibilities

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (TECHNICAL/PHYSICAL):
  • Most possess a valid drivers license and have a car available for work use

WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • May be exposed to unsanitary conditions in some home settings
  • May be exposed to high crime areas within the community, within the county serviced by the agency
  • Endures exposure to weather and temperature extremes
  • Lift and carry a nursing bag and its contents of approximately 50 pounds
  • Perform one person transfer under routine and emergency situations.
  • Able to lift, push, and pull light to moderate loads

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