The Educator / Wound Care Nurse Coordinator is accountable to the Chief Nursing Officer. The Educator / Wound Care Nurse Coordinator’s responsibility is to plan, provide and/or facilitate professional growth and development of hospital staff through the didactic process, role model and/or clinical education process. The Educator / Wound Care Nurse Coordinator ‘s responsibility is to support the delivery of safe patient care through the nursing process of assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation based on established clinical nursing practice standards. Serves as a resource nurse, role model, and leader in health care administration. Supports the organizational vision and mission. Utilizes knowledge of patient’s age and cultural diversity into the education process for both staff and patients. Contributes to the provision of quality of care through support of performance improvement processes that lead to positive outcomes in patient care.
This position provides support to the patient care services division in the prevention of hospital acquired pressure ulcers by assisting with the data collection needed for an advanced wound assessment, and by making wound care recommendations for patients as identified by registered nurses assigned to those patients, or in consultation with other skin and wound care team members.
The role of this individual is to support the standardized program for the care, teaching, management and rehabilitation of patients with or at risk for wound development. This program will encompass patients with wounds due to pressure, incontinence, surgery, trauma, burns, infections, venous insufficiency, arterial insufficiency, neuropathy, or other pathologies. This position will promote and support the standardized program for tracking the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers as directed. This position interfaces with physicians and hospital, education, and skilled nursing staff for support of the guidelines established by the wound care department. This position works closely with Social Services and risk management, to ensure the safety of each patient.
This role requires good organizational, communication and leadership skills, and the ability to collect and report data. Educator / Wound Care Nurse Coordinator is responsible for providing input and feedback to Quality, Education, Nursing Leadership and Management Councils.
Develop skin and wound care policies for the hospital to maintain the highest standard of care.
Consistently applies skin and wound care policies/practices.
Meets population/age specific competencies.
Ability to perform skin/wound assessment, reassessment and management for all patients
Knowledge of the anatomy and physiology and disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and dermal systems.
Demonstrates ability to act as a clinical resource (e.g. participation in clinical education, initiating dissemination of clinical information etc.)
Evaluates and treats patients upon physician referral in the hospital.
Serves as a clinical wound specialist/consultant/mentor to staff through formal and informal training of the staff.
Manages data collection, participation in analyzing, action planning, and reporting performance improvement data for ALL stage wounds.
Assess skin and wound products under consideration for use for safety, efficacy, and cost effectiveness and makes recommendation accordingly.
Provides leadership and clear direction to all members of the healthcare team.
Provides for psycho-social, spiritual and cultural needs of the patients, family, and others.
Provides education for patients, family, and others on skin care, wound care and understands the importance of nutrition in wound healing and prevention.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Maintains current knowledge/certification.
Attends all required Safety Training programs and can describe responsibilities related to general safety, department/service safety and specific job-related hazards.
Follows the Hospital Exposure Control Plans/Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens.
Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible and courteous environment.
Promotes effective working relations and works effectively as part of a department/unit team inter and intra departmentally to facilitate the department's/units ability to meet its goals and objectives.
Assumes all other duties and responsibilities as necessary.
Minimum Work Experience
Greater El Monte Hospital