Job ID R4985 Full / Part Time:Full time
Full / Part Time:Full time
What you will do:
- The Nurse Clinician has extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and nursing techniques relate to the assessment and treatment of chronic wounds.
- The Nurse Clinician is a diploma nurse with demonstrated clinical expertise who reports directly to the Practice Manager.
- The Nurse Clinician works collaboratively with the staff and the providers to deliver care and education to the Wound Care patients and their families.
- The Nurse Clinician works directly with the staff and providers to assist with clinical decision making/problem solving and to provide hands on treatment of the patient with chronic wounds in the ambulatory setting.
- The Nurse Clinician acts as a role model to the other staff members. S/he acts as an advocate for patient/families/significant others.
- The Nurse Clinician assumes accountability for own professional practice and for the aspects of nursing care delegated to others.
- Program compliance, outcomes and functional status: strategize with patients for reaching wellness goals and overcoming obstacles; following unit specific protocols/guidelines; follows WOCN guidelines related to the care and treatment of various types/stages of wounds; monitors for signs of healing/infection;develops a comprehensive assessment plan and monitors the patient's compliance related to the treatment plan.
- Nursing Practice Assessment: Assesses the health status, physical, social and emotional needs of the patient and documents the assessment according to established protocol; collaborates with the health care team in the implementation of the care plan.
- Clinical Competencies: Through direct observation and annual competency assessment is able to demonstrate skills appropriate for the unit within the boundaries of his/her license; demonstrates knowledge of developmental stages (adolescent/adult) and utilizes this information in order to interview patients appropriately.
- Patient Education: Ability to perform patient teaching appropriate to the developmental stage and the diagnosis for which the patient is being treated; assesses the educational requirements of the patient and provides education on (i.e. diet, control of Hgb A1C, smoking cessation, exercise, compliance with treatment plan); communicates knowledge of diagnosis, wound type, wound management and treatment modalities.
- Documentation: Provides accurate, complete, comprehensive and timely documentation of patient visit and/or phone triage; to include but not limited to: patient assessment, action taken during visit, patient outcome data, treatment plan and plan for future interventions.
- Counseling and support: Ability to identify psychological needs of patient/family and provides counseling/support for complex patients; demonstrates appreciation of cultural diversity in all counseling and support activities; demonstrates respect, empathy and concern with all interactions with patients/families.
- Consultation/collaboration: Shares information regarding patient/family assessment with other members of the health care team; uses interdisciplianry resources to enhance own clinical decision making; provides continuity for the treatment delivered within the unit setting; involves patient in establishing short term goals to meet immediate needs.
- Collaborates with Practice Manager: Maintains comprehensive patient records per organizational/department policies/protocols as indicated by a random review of charts; ensures that appropriate patient educational supplies and literature are available for teaching; develops systems to enhance the practice and overcome barriers; actively participates in performance improvement by assiting with the development and/or revision of nursing standards and/or protocols to promote positive outcome
- Service Excellence: Identifies the key elements of service excellence; ability to successfully deal with challenging day to day interactions with patients, families, and coworkers in a consistent manner; maintains the patient/customer sense of self worth and dignity in difficult situations; maintains a calm, controlled approach at all times; serves as a role model for professional conduct and the enhancement of nursing practices; demonstrates flexibility in performing additional responsibilities contributing to improvement in patient care.
- Teamwork: Actively promotes harmonious interpersonal relationships within the unit/team; understands the need for and contributes to an effectively functioning team; effectively shares knowledge with coworkers; demonstrates adaptability in responding to changes in workload and assignments; places team goals above own interest.
- Principles of moist wound healing: demonstrates understanding and can verbalize.
- Identify signs/symptoms of wound infection/bacterial bioburden
- Ability to measure wounds; identify periwound skin changes; identify tissue type.
- Demonstrates knowledge of ostomies: care, appliances,education. Demonstrates knowledge related to skin substitutes: various products, application.
- Identifies characteristics of arterial, venous, pressure and neuropathic (diabetic) ulcers. Ability to stages pressure ulcers.
- Demonstrate dressing indications and applications.
- Define types of debridement and what would be appropriate documentation.
- Demonstrates the various types of compression therapy.
What you will need:
- 3-5 years of experience in the following: dressing indication/application; ointment application; debridement; vascular assessment (manual, doppler, ABI); compression therapy; negative pressure wound therapy; wound culture; ostomy care; patient educations; assist with procedures (bx's, application bio-engineered skin substitute)
- Successfully passed Board of Registration in Nursing Examination and is licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification required.
- Education: BSN required
What you need to know:
- This is a full time position
- Hours: 40
- Shift: Day
Education:Bachelor of Science: Nursing, Diploma in Nursing (Required)
Certifications:Basic Life Support - American Heart Association, Certified Clinical Transport Nurse - American Board for Transplant Certification, Certified Nephrology Nurse - Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission, Registered Nurse - State of Massachusetts
Competencies:Collaboration, Courage, Ownership, Service focus, Values Differences
Baystate Health is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
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