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Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse, RN
Category: Nursing
Job Requisition: 12973
Department: Nursing - Administration
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift
Hours per Week: 40.00
Location: Washington, DC

General Summary of Position:
The incumbent in this position functions as a consultant, practitioner and educator for patients, staff and physicians concerning problems with inpatients or outpatients with ostomies, fistulas/draining wounds, pressure wounds, and incontinence care. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.
 
Qualifications:

  • EDUCATION/TRAINING: Graduate of a Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse program that is accredited by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Society. Will consider applicants who are in the process of completing WOCN certification with the expectation that it will be completed within six months of hire. Master’s degree in Nursing preferred.
  • EXPERIENCE: A minimum of two years of professional practice as a nurse that includes experience in direct patient care. Leadership experience in a clinical setting. Demonstrated teaching experience with children and adults.
  • LICENSE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: Current D.C. license as a Registered Professional Nurse. Board certification by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board. Will consider applicants who are in the process of completing WOCN certification with the expectation that it will be completed within six months of hire.
  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Ability to develop and initiate innovative techniques. Demonstrated knowledge of principles of adult education.
Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides consultation to patients, staff and physicians relating to preoperative, postoperative and routine care of ostomies, fistulas/draining wounds, pressure wounds, and incontinence care.
  • Provides preoperative counseling to the patient/family; direct care to patients for ostomy, skin and incontinence problems; and outpatient follow-up and care as needed.
  • Assesses the need for; selects methodologies, strategies, content and resources; and conducts/implements patient education and staff training programs.
  • Determines and evaluates ostomy, skin and incontinent care products to be stocked for hospital use.
  • Participates in research and other educational programs/projects relevant to the area of specialty and/or profession as requested.
  • Generates reports, patient records and course documentation according to departmental guidelines.
  • Maintains and develops knowledge base and skills in the area of wound, ostomy and continence therapy.
  • Maintains established departmental policies and procedures. Attends required meetings and participates in committees as requested.
  • Develops strategies to market and maximize utilization of the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area. 
The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all inclusive.
About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.

MedStar Health is an Equal Opportunity (EO) Employer and assures equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We hire people to work in different locations, and we comply with the federal, state and local laws governing each of those locations.

A qualified individual with a disability will be considered for employment on the same basis as non- disabled applicants if he/she can perform the essential functions of the job sought, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without imposing a direct threat to the health or safety of others or him/herself.

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