Position Title: Wound Care Nurse

Clinical Lynn - Job Code #: CL

Location: Lynn, MA
Department: Clinical
All Care Division: VNA

HOURS/SCHEDULE: 37.5 hours a week
Shift: Days
Position Summary: Demonstrates wound and skin expertise, and clinical leadership as outlined in the WOCN guidelines. Conducts comprehensive wound and assessments and develops a plan of care for patients of all age groups and co-morbilities. Provides wound and skin education to patients, family members, and clinical staff of the health care team.

AGENCY EXPECTATION OF EMPLOYEE  All Care is committed to Service Excellence, outstanding communication and exceeding the expectations of those we serve, including our patients, our referral sources, those who support our agency and each other. The agency recognizes employees who deliver on this commitment through a formal recognition program. At minimum, All Care expects each employee to maintain a positive, respectful attitude, to demonstrate flexible and efficient time management, to meet departmental productivity standards, while keeping current the necessary skills to work in the home care environment. Each employee is expected to maintain open, honest and appropriate confidential communications with all customer groups in order to foster an effective service environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Makes home visits to assess wound and effectiveness of treatment.

Makes recommendations to the MD for appropriate, cost effective treatment to include treatment, frequency, and duration.

Obtains/records MD treatment orders and frequency.

Once treatment has been established, order new supplies

Coordinates and supervises other disciplines in a timely manner as needed.

Serves as a wound and skin consultant to the clinical team/agency.

Works with the case manager to evaluate the effectiveness and response to treatment

Works closely with the supply company to assure the best products at the lowest cost

Demonstrates ability to organize and set priorities to accomplish work in a timely manner.

Attends weekly team meetings and assists with team planning when needed.

Acts as a liaison between clinicians and physicians where specialty knowledge and training are needed.

Participates in staff development activities and orientation for the clinical team.

Initiates referrals for appropriate equipment when needed

Communicates clearly and accurately plan of care to client/family, and clinical team.

Check company email on normally scheduled days at a minimum of the beginning and ending of their normal scheduled day and responds ASAP but a maximum of within 24 hours ยง Provides effective care to patients on caseload with focus on meeting and/or exceeding agency quality outcomes, included but not limited to: o Case Mix Weight o Re-Certification rate o Target visits per episode o Acute Care Re-Hospitalization

Professionalism

Provides care in manner that assures above average patient satisfaction outcomes as measured by HHCHPS and in accordance with professional standards of practice.

Adheres to Agency established protocols for patient care (CHF protocol, Complex Wound Care, etc.)

Complies with infection control and safety measures in accordance with the agency's policies and procedures.

Maintains high level of clinical expertise necessary to meet the needs of the client population and recognizes need for ongoing professional education and development within the agency and in the community.

Updated wound care protocols and products Aseptic Technique Med. Knowledge/administration Wound vacs

Recognizes personal strengths and weaknesses, independently seeks out appropriate resources.

Shares professional experience, skills and knowledge with other staff members.

Assists in orientation of new staff as requested by supervisor or team leader.

Participates in the Agency's Quality Improvement and Peer Review Programs.

Acts in a consultative manner and serves as clinical resource in specialty area with Agency clinicians.

Any other tasks assigned by supervisor.

Documentation 

Documents client's level of understanding and response to teaching.

Documents goals and outcomes outlined on the plan of care established with the client, the family and their physician.

Completes and submits documentation on a timely basis with clear, legible and concise information.

Completes documentation in accordance with Federal and State regulations and Agency's policy.

QUALIFICATIONS
Experience, Education and Licensure
RN currently licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire if working in North Andover office. BSN or Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degree from accredited school. Advanced Wound Care Knowledge and Training. Previous home care experience preferred.

Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY SPECIFICATIONS
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must  regularly lift and / or move 50 pounds and frequently lift and / or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

The employee is expected to act as a role model and to adhere to all Agency policies.

Contact Information:
Please contact Laurie Proulx, All Care Recruiter
All Care, 210 Market ST, Lynn, MA 01901
Email: lproulx@allcare.org
Phone: 781-244-1150
Fax: 781-586-1636