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Wound Care Nurse

Wound Care Nurse

WOUND CARE NURSE

Job Description

HealthBridge St. Louis is looking for a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse

(LPN) to join our team as the Wound Care Nurse. The ideal candidate will have extensive

knowledge in the proper care and management of wounds that are resulting from disease,

injury, and/or medical treatments. The job requires the nurse to provide specialized wound

care that will quickly and safely heal various types of wounds such as surgical openings,

pressure ulcers, feeding tube sites, and abscesses. This position requires you to assess,

measure and stage wounds, create and implement treatment plans, monitor infections and

signs of various infections, and clean wounds while observing the highest level of infection

prevention techniques. Extensive knowledge of wound staging and the latest treatment

techniques is desired.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:


• Confer with the Director of Nursing Services and/or other licensed nursing personnel regarding
dermatologic disorders of residents in the facility.


• Consult with the Care Planning Team concerning assessment evaluations and assist in planning and
developing the skin care treatment to be performed for the resident.


• Initiate requests for consultation or referral. Respond to requests from the resident, physician, or
nursing staff.


• Examine the resident and his/her records and charts, and discriminate between normal and
abnormal findings, in order to recognize when to refer the resident or a physician for evaluation,
supervision, or directions.


• Perform administrative duties such as completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies,
charting, etc.


• Implement and maintain established policies and procedures relative to skin care treatments.
Interpret these to the physician, resident family members, and public as appropriate.


• Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the attending physician, Medical Director, or
the DON concerning the status and care of the residents.


• Serve on the Interdisciplinary Care Plan Team.


• Work with the Interdisciplinary Care Plan Team in developing a comprehensive assessment and care
plan for assigned residents.


• Serve on, participate in, and attend various other committees of the facility (e.g., Policy Advisory) as
required, and as appointed by the Administrator.


• Provide written and/or oral status reports of residents that you are treating.


• Evaluate and implement recommendations from established committees as they may pertain to the
medical activities of the facility and the skin care of residents.


• Identify, manage, and treat specific skins disorders and primary and secondary lesions, such as skin
abrasions, foot problems such as corns and calluses, decubitus ulcers, bacterial, parasitic and viral
skin infections, scaling papular diseases, and benign tumors.


• Provide assessment and diagnostic services to residents. Perform an assessment evaluation using
techniques including observation, inspection, and palpation.


• Complete a quarterly physical dermatologic examination on the resident and record the results with
the assessment.


• Provide therapeutic services. Confer with the Care Planning Team in the development of the care
plan.


• Provide, within established protocols and under the supervision of the physician, treatment for
uncomplicated dermatologic disorders as directed by the attending physician or Medical Director.


• Ensure that residents with decubitus ulcers receive appropriate prophylaxis and treatment, such as
daily inspection, turning and activity, a well-planned diet, and maintaining a clean, dry bed.


• Give direct physical and psychological nursing care in emergencies, as well as in the presence of
illness or disability in order to maintain life, provide comfort, reduce stress, and enhance the
resident’s ability to cope.


• Assist in the admission or discharge of residents.


• Work with other health agencies and family members in the physical and emotional transitions of
admission, care, and discharge of residents as necessary.


• Assist in resident rehabilitation activities. Where required, perform range of motion, assist in
ambulation, and provide emotional support. Monitor the results of physical therapy activities.


• Provide preventive health care services. Make recommendations to the resident concerning
nutrition, prevention of common skin disorders, etc.


• Provide information to resident and family members of prevention techniques and other ways to
maintain or improve the general health and psychosocial status of the resident.

QUALIFICATIONS:


• Must possess a Nursing Degree from an accredited college or university


• Licensed as an RN or LPN in the state of practice


• 2 years experience in the management of wound, ostomy and continence care preferred


• BLS/CPR certification


• Wound care certification preferred

Wound Care Nurse

Florissant, MO
Full Time
Associate

Published on 05/13/2022

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