Wound Ostomy Care Nurse
At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.
We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.
In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:
If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you
Responsibilities include consultation; assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of problems and interventions for patients with wound, ostomy, or continence needs; patient care and education, staff education and support; quality audits; product recommendation, and participation in hospital committees, projects, and research. Provides general nursing care as needed.
- Follows appropriate lines of communication to effectively resolve difficult patient/family/physician/staff situations.
- Responds promptly and courteously to customer (Internal & external)/patient requests.
- Communicates effectively with internal and external customers with respect of differences in cultures, values, beliefs and ages.
- Respects patient/customer privacy and confidentiality.
- Accepts responsibility and accountability for own actions with appropriate follow through. Fulfills commitments.
- Consistently presents a positive attitude in working with internal and external customers.
- Responds appropriately and immediately in emergency situations.
- Maintains a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors, and/or staff to provide the highest level of physical comfort, and minimize risk and injury.
- Ensures compliance with regulations to maintain accreditation, licensure and certification.
- Completed all Hospital and Department Specific Mandatory requirements in the prior calendar year.
- Applies principles of National Patient Safety Goals and integrates them into clinical practice where applicable.
- Fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative relationships within the department and the organization.
- Works cooperatively and collaboratively building a positive team spirit.
- Makes timely and appropriate decisions in the face of conflicting demands and interests
- Is open, honest and trustworthy, able to acknowledge making a mistake.
- Understands own weaknesses & limitations and works to improve upon them.
- Readily adapts to change and welcomes new approaches when circumstances demand it.
- Utilizes the departmental process to find the most appropriate solution to challenges.
- Exhibits respectful awareness of others feelings and demonstrates willingness to help others.
- Supports patient care needs in adhering to attendance policies with regards to tardiness, absences, and vacation scheduling.
- Presents a positive reflection on the hospital and its Core Values
- Follows hospital standards of work (i.e., dress code, name badge, and parking).
Job Responsibilities: Registered Nurse
- Assesses (and reassesses), plans, implements, and evaluates nursing interventions/plans of care/patient goals.
- Provides patient care based on standards of care, standards of practice, protocols, and established policies and procedures.
- Respects each patient as an individual; provides care that fosters the patient’s sense of dignity and positive self-regard.
- Provides patient/family teaching based on identified learning needs, readiness to learn, and barriers to learning.
- Appropriately prioritizes patient care.
- Provides thorough, timely, and accurate documentation of all pertinent data, therapeutic interventions and patient responses including assessment, care plan, patient goals, and interventions according to established standards.
- Assumes accountability for remaining current regarding standards of care established by the profession, regulatory and accreditation bodies and hospital policies and procedures.
- Proactively identifies risk to patient safety and identifies opportunities to reduce medical/health care errors (i.e., appropriate reporting of errors/incidents).
- Identifies ethical issues in care and implements actions to address.
- Safely administers medications and intravenous therapy in accordance with physician’s orders, protocols, policies and procedures.
- Assesses, reassesses and documents patient’s pain, using an appropriate pain scale.
Specialty Job Responsibilities: Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse
- Provides consultation and assistance to staff in management of patients with:
- Draining wounds and fistulas
- Potential or existing deficits in skin
- Percutaneous tubes
- Continent diversions or ostomies
- Urinary and fecal Incontinence
- Vacuum Assisted Closure Wounds
- Educates patients receiving continent diversion or ostomy surgery
- Educates staff
- Provides consultation to surgeons for preoperative stoma site selection based on anatomy, activity level, and patient lifestyle
- Provides consultation to case managers for discharge planning.
- Audits patient records for quality improvement and regulatory compliance
- Facilitates monthly pressure ulcer prevalence studies and reports data
- Recommends wound, ostomy, continence products
- Participates on hospital committees, projects, and research
- Clinical preceptor for undergraduate and graduate nursing students
Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.
1. Commits to recognize and respect cultural diversity for all customers (internal and external).
2. Communicates effectively with internal and external customers with respect of differences in cultures, values, beliefs and ages, utilizing interpreters when needed.
Performs other duties as assigned
- Education: Graduate of accredited school of nursing required. Minimum BSN. Completion of enterostomal, wound, ostomy, continence care program from an accredited institution strongly preferred.
- Experience (Type & Length): At least 2 years of current nursing experience preferred.
- Certification/Licensure: Current nursing registration in Massachusetts required. Board Certification in Wound, Ostomy, Continence nursing required within the first year of employment. BLS required.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Steward Health Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Steward Health Care does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.
Important COVID message
Please note, Saint Anne’s Hospital is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment - with confidence and without fear. Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience: Expanded hours will allow previously cancelled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families. Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients. A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital. A strictly controlled visitor and masking policy is required for patient safety. You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled and professional way.