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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4122 - RN-Wound Care/Ostomy Coordinator

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:  Exempt
GRADE:  312

POSITION SUMMARY
Under general supervision; performs work of considerable difficulty in coordinating the residents care of Wound Care, Ostomy and Continence and resident care plans; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class is responsible for planning and providing care for residents and patients who have alterations in skin integrity or at risk for impaired skin integrity. Serves as a clinical resource to staff on issues pertaining to wounds, ostomies and incontinence.  Knowledgeable of all required regulations and standards. General supervision is received from the Director of Nursing.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.
• Assists in identifying patients at risk for skin integrity problems and facilitates the creation of appropriate plans of care
• Optimizes the resident wound/ostomy/continence experience across the Continuum of care
• Works collaboratively with Care Center clinicians, physicians, nurses, and nursing leaders
• Collaborates with MDS coordinators, Restorative staff, Physical Rehabilitation department, dining services, dietitian and others as it relates to wound ostomy, and incontinence management
• Provides treatment within the scope of practice of a certified wound and ostomy nurse
• Facilitates the referral process to expedite resident care across the continuum
• Leads performance improvement efforts in preventing and reducing acquired pressure injuries
• Builds effective working relationships with nursing leadership, advanced practice nurses, nursing staff, clinical resource management staff, and physicians
• Organizes interdisciplinary wound rounds
• Oversees and monitors specialty bed and bed/chair surface utilization
• Provides education around wound, ostomy, and continence care to staff
• Ensures timely and complete pressure injury data collection, entry and reporting to the Director of Nursing or other designated staff as needed
• Supports IDPH survey readiness as it relates to wound, ostomy, and incontinence management
• Responds to pressure injury queries from IDPH surveyors or risk management
• Performs Root Cause Analysis or acquired pressure ulcers and develops performance improvements plan (PIP) in collaboration with Director of Nursing and other designated staff as needed
• Prepares report on residents for next shift
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Principles, standards and methods of professional nursing
• Guidelines of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, Medicare, Illinois Department of Public Health, and other regulatory agency standards and practices
• Use of narcotics and other medications
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Verbal and written communication
• Dealing effectively with others
• Maintaining accurate records
• Meeting established deadlines
• Understanding and performing general duty nursing tasks
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of coursework for a diploma in Nursing from an accredited college or university and three years of experience in acute and/or subacute settings including one year of inpatient or outpatient wound/ostomy experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for light work.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Clinical skilled nursing facility and customer service setting wit a moderate to quiet noise level. The work environment for this position regularly includes working with residents and attending to their daily needs.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
This position requires possession of a current license in Illinois as a Professional Registered Nurse (RN). Current Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association. Certification as a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (CWOCN), Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse (CWON) or Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN) within six months of hire.