Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN) • Full-Time

The Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN) serves as a clinical resource for coordinating a comprehensive program for the nursing care, education and rehabilitation of patients requiring wound, ostomy, and incontinence care. Provides direct patient care for evaluation and education purposes. Establishes and maintains practice standards and provides ongoing staff education. 
• License and current registration as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York, BSN and minimum of two years of experience in Home Care.
• Completion of an accredited Wound Ostomy Continence ET Program.
• Certification in Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing.
• Valid New York State driver’s license.
• Computer literacy, including but not limited to data entry, retrieval, and report generation.
• Ability to work with patients/families of all ages and in a variety of settings, including inpatient facility and patients’ homes presenting diverse physical conditions and social/cultural environments.
• WOCN collaborates with clinician on complex WOCN focused SOC/ROC, performs assessment visits within five (5) days of SOC and updates a plan of care as per physician orders, agency policies and protocols using industry established best practices in wound care.
• WOCN will collaborate on complex specialty wound focused patient cases
• WOCN may consult on any complex wound care case that is complicated by multiple co-morbidities, 2 or more re-hospitalization in last six months for wound complications or if assigned by a clinical supervisor.
• WOCN will collaborate on established cases with the case manager on newly developed wounds requiring medical intervention with a WOCN and complete a home visit(s) to evaluate the patient status and make recommendations with the physician as indicated.
• WOCN provides professional nursing care within the team concept utilizing all elements of the nursing process to ensure a high quality of professional service while adhering to CHC standards and policies.
• WOCN strives for a safe environment for the patient; adheres to standard precautions.
• WOCN promotes good health practices helping the patient in accepting and assuming responsibility for attaining the highest level of independent functioning possible.
• WOCN implements orders for medications and treatments as prescribed by the physician, submitting and maintaining appropriate medical orders.
• WOCN instructs patient and the family in self-care techniques, diet, medications, and other aspects of care as outlined in the physicians orders.
• WOCN completes documentation per agency standards/policy utilizing an electronic medical record (EMR) system (paper system back-up).
• WOCN monitors patient expectations/satisfaction and coordinates with the health care team interventions that meet the patient’s needs.
• The WOCN tract all agency wounds and maintains and submits necessary reports pertaining to the WOCN specialty. Compiles monthly and annual reports.
• Participates in Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings as requested.
• Develops and maintains a wound, ostomy, continence formulary in collaboration with the Director of Patient Services.
• WOCN day to day schedule will be collaboratively coordinated with the Clinical Nursing Supervisor/designee and scheduling department to meet patient needs and agency standards for productivity.
• The WOCN completes a competency form on all joint visits she/he conducts as well as the review of clinician documentation reflective of the home visit and wound care per agency policies and procedures.
• WOCN collaborates with the Education Supervisor on the outcomes of all joint clinical staff visits to develop a plan to meet staff clinical needs as identified.
• WOCN will meet with the Director of Quality Improvement (DQI) monthly to do a minimum of 5 record reviews on any re-hospitalized wound care case or other wound case that is found by random audit review process.
• Clinical leadership will evaluate the program process monthly based on Strategic Home Care Program (SHP) data and will make determination for staff education needs at that time.
• WOCN will present wound care, incontinence and ostomy education per WOCN guidelines as requested at staff and/or team meetings based on staff education needs.
• WOCN will work with the Clinical Supervisor on staff orientation and ongoing competencies per agency policy and procedures.


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Fulton, Montgomery, Herkimer, Schoharie, Saratoga, Hamilton, and Warren Counties