The primary function of the Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse is to, with limited supervision, provide care in the home care setting to patients with ostomies, draining wounds, fistulas, pressure ulcers, acute or chronic wounds, and continence disorders. Utilizing the nursing process and the expertise of WOC nursing, coordinate the total rehabilitative needs of the patient. Provide hands-on care as well as education to the patient and his or her significant others. Instruct nurses, physicians, and other healthcare team members in the care of patients with ostomies, draining wounds, fistulas, pressure ulcers, acute or chronic wounds, and continence disorders. Perform related supply management and documentation tasks.
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Graduate of an accredited Baccalaureate School of Nursing. Graduate of an accredited WOC education program.
LICENSURE: Must have current licensure by the Georgia State Board of Nursing and a current valid Drivers License. Current CWOCN certification/competency by WOCNCB.
EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: 2 years RN experience required. 2 years experience as a CWOCN (successfully managing wound and ostomy patients in a clinical setting), preferred.
JOB KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of wound, ostomy, and continence management standards of proactive. Demonstrates knowledge and skills in wound management principles. Knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid, and other third party payer requirements for home health and hospice services. Knowledge of Medicare PPS episode management.
COMPUTER SKILLS: Must be familiar with general use and functions of the computer, such as, user names and password concepts; internet; e-mail; navigation of computer desktop or laptop, including starting programs, using files, and windows, effectively use navigation buttons and tool bars; ability to self-manage online HR services and online training programs.
TRANSPORTATION: Must have valid automobile insurance and reliable transportation.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS: Extensive traveling and working in patients’ homes in various conditions and environments. Highest risk is in terms of personal safety regarding on-road travel.