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Coordinator - Inpatient Wound Care Educator (Registered Nurse)

Company: Benefis Health System
Location: Great Falls
Posted on: April 11, 2019

Job Description:

The Coordinator of the Inpatient Wound Care Program is responsible for planning, assessing, measuring and implementing wound care and ostomy performance improvement programs within the system. The Coordinator would provide relevant education to medical staff, system staff and the governing body. Facilitates performance improvement activities in wound care, diabetes management and ostomy care. Acts as a resource to the administrative team, department managers and medical staff with respect to the quality of care provided for wound care in the inpatient setting.

FLSA: EXEMPT

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Demonstrates effectiveness in planning and implementing performance improvement in wound care.

Ability to educate patient and families about wound management, both from a clinical and functional standpoint

Provides for professional growth and development of patient care staff through identification of needs, sponsoring training programs, encouraging education efforts and evaluation of same

Participates in performance improvement, including utilization and promotion of familiarization with performance improvement standards and programs

Demonstrates ability to educate and support clinical staff responsible for the care of persons diagnoses with Wounds

Develops skin care programs to prevent skin breakdown of patients.

Practices good guest relations with patients, visitors, physicians and staff, assists as needed

Communicates appropriately and clearly to physicians, staff, management and administrative teams in regard to best practice in wound care and program implementation.

Demonstrates awareness of the responsibilities of the position and interfaces well with all members of the healthcare team to insure best practice and positive outcomes in regard to wound management.

Accurately demonstrates use of the database systems to document occurrences, medical staff review functions, committee review an action. Compiles reports for committees and administrative teams.

Maintains a good working relationship both within the department and with other departments.

Ability to perform wound assessment, reassessment and management for all patients and per policy. This includes neonate, pediatric, geriatric and the general population.

Formulates a teaching plan based upon identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning, family is included in teaching as appropriate as well as staff.

Provides for professional growth and development of patient care staff through identification of needs, sponsoring training programs, encouraging education efforts and evaluation of same

Provides leadership and direction in accordance with organizational goals and objectives

Attends seminars, conferences, continuing education classes in the areas of diabetes/wound prevention, diabetes/ wound management and ostomies Participates in professional societies. Stays current with changes, new advances/treatment in wound and ostomy care.

Is a resource person to physicians, nursing and other hospital staff. Provides in-services on diabetes and wound management.

Cross trained to support Inpatient Diabetic Wound Educator/Coordinator as well as the Outpatient Wound Clinic

Demonstrates knowledge and skill to develop and implement policies and procedures to manage patients with draining wounds, fistulae and/or tubes; wound prevention, wound care, ostomy care and incontinence.

Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families. Functions as liaison between administration, patients, physicians and other healthcare providers.

Consults other healthcare professionals/departments as appropriate to provide interdisciplinary approach to the patient's needs.

Ability to revise plan of care as indicated by the patient's response to treatment and evaluate overall plan for effectiveness.

Demonstrates ability to perform treatments and provide services to level licensure.

Identifies and addresses psychosocial needs of patients and families; communicates with social service/discharge planner as appropriate.

Consults other healthcare professionals/departments as appropriate to provide interdisciplinary approach to the patient's needs.

Documentation meets current standards and practices.

Assumes responsibility for own personal continuing education and developmental needs

Integrates research findings into clinical practice.

Serves as a liaison between physicians, patients and manufacturers of clinical products.

Knowledgeable of the clinical products currently available on the market. Meets with sales representatives, evaluates products; makes recommendations for products/equipment.

Operates all equipment correctly and safely.

Coordinates and supervises patient care as necessary.

Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.

Works with medical staff to coordinate medical and nursing management of patient care

Serves as a resource to others

Assumes the role of patient advocate respecting guidelines found in patient's bill of rights

Assists department manager in interviewing, and hiring of staff for the department

Maintains a current awareness of third-party reimbursement regulations

Monitors utilization of equipment and supplies: orders supplies as needed.

Effectively maintains all required records for the department, demonstrates good organizational skills.

Compiles data for research studies.

Provides follow-up for patients with ostomies or continent diversions thru outpatient visits and / or phone consults. Initiates appropriate referrals for medical or surgical interventions.

Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.

Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.

Knowledgeable of surgical procedures and postoperative course of patients undergoing bowel surgery.

Provides education to all patients undergoing surgery that result in an ostomy. Provides pre- and post-op assessments and patient/family education.

Knowledgeable of the anatomy and physiology and disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and dermal systems.

Utilizes principles of current wound management theory when providing care to patients with acute and chronic wounds.

Education/Experience Requirements:

Graduate of accredited school of nursing; Bachelor's of Science required, Masters preferred

Current state Registered Nurse Licensure

Five years clinical experience in specialty area

Certification in Wound Nursing preferred

Current BCLS certification.

Experience with data analysis, research and outcomes measurement preferred

Language Skills:

Ability to effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing.

Other Skills:

Basic computer knowledge, data entry and/or word processing.

Community Information: Great Falls has a city population of 60,000, with a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools and an average commute of under 12 minutes, making the quality of life in Great Falls unsurpassed in the Rocky Mountain West. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of town. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, whitewater kayaking, off-road motorsports, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and big-game hunting.

Benefis Health System: This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional health system in a state that is well known for its beautiful four seasons and outdoor lifestyle. While enjoying the last best place, you'll have the added benefit of having access to Benefis Health System, one of the state's most modern and progressive healthcare facilities with 500+ beds and over 270 employed medical staff members representing more than 40 specialties. Our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies make Benefis an exceptional working environment and one of the "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare" five years in a row.

Keywords: Benefis Health System, Great Falls , Coordinator - Inpatient Wound Care Educator (Registered Nurse), Healthcare , Great Falls, Montana

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