Title Wound Care Nurse/Coordinator
DepartmentHealth Services
Job TypeFull Time
Start Date2020-02-06
LocationHRC NURSING
ShiftDay shift
Job Description

Position Overview:

The Wound Care Coordinator is responsible for planning, coordinating and providing nursing care as it relates to wound care. The person in this role is also responsible for providing wound care supervision and guidance to clinical staff members.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. See all new admissions within 24 hours of arrival and document condition of skin
  2. Create Care plans for residents with wounds and those at risk for skin breakdown
  3. Conduct weekly rounds with Physician and document new orders and measurements
  4. Evaluate treatment orders with Physician if wounds are not improving
  5. Monitor and evaluate progress on all treatment orders weekly and PRN
  6. Assess and review I/A skin issues, document and update Care plan
  7. Track and evaluate Treatment orders on or before 14 days from receipt
  8. Notify relatives and physician of any skin changes or new treatment orders and document on skin condition
  9. Manage surgical incision treatments, Stage II and above and document on skin condition
  10. Conduct weekly skin assessments on all residents with immobilizers, casts and splints and document on skin condition
  11. Monitor and track Braden Scales four times a week and quarterly for admissions
  12. Attend weekly Medicare/High Risk meeting and Care Conferences for residents with wounds
  13. Responsible for ensuring residents who require air loss mattresses are provided with one. Monitor and mark settings on air loss mattress machine weekly.
  14. Monitor and document treatments on residents with wound vacs or compression bandages
  15. Conduct quarterly skin sweeps and document on skin condition
  16. Assess needs and recommend heel floats as needed
  17. Provide the Clinical Management team (DON, Nurse Managers, MDS staff and Dietician) with a copy of weekly Wound logs.
  18. Provide clinical guidance to physicians and nursing staff regarding complex wound drainage, drainage confinement, skin protection and the prevention of pressure ulcers
  19. Responsible for developing and conducting educational programs for staff
  20. Maintains sterile techniques during dressing changes
  21. Determines appropriate nursing interventions for patient concerns, symptoms and teaching needs
  22. Performs all other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Ability to direct and motivate employees
  2. Must be able to work in a team environment
  3. Ability to communicate effectively with residents, their relatives and employees in all levels of the organization
  4. Must be able to react and respond quickly in emergency situations
  5. Ability to facilitate training for clinical staff
  6. Must be able to maintain confidentiality

Education and/or Experience:  BSN in in Nursing preferred; however, LPNs with significant clinical and management experience (5+ years) will be considered.  Computer skills required including experience with Microsoft Office, the internet and web applications.

Expertise in wound care, quality improvement, MDS, falls, hydration, infection control, care planning, etc…a plus.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Clinical review of nurses and CNAs

Language Skills:  Strong written and verbal communication skills required.

License, Certificates, Registration: The candidate must have a current nursing license as a RN or LPN in the state of Michigan.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and climb or balance.  The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and depth perception.

OSHA OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE CATEGORY:  After careful analysis, it has been determined that this position falls into OSHA Occupational Exposure Category A and requires the following protective equipment be worn by anyone filling this position.

GLOVES, GOWNS, MASKS, AND/OR GOGGLES:  Training will be provided in how to properly and effectively use any necessary equipment, in addition to education regarding precautionary measures, epidemiology, modes of transmission and prevention of HIV/HBV.

 Disclaimer: This job description is a general description of the duties and responsibilities of the position and is not to be interpreted as a complete list of the duties or requirements of this position.

This position is a key role in establishing “a new way to work” high performance work teams, autonomous, multi-skilled teams with total process ownership and commitment to quality improvement. As a team leader, the successful candidate will create and maintain a strong, cross-functional, accountable team by encouraging communication, dedication to customer service and commitment to quality improvement.

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