DEPARTMENTAL SUMMARY: Wound & Ostomy Services provides the highest level of medical care for problematic, hard-to-heal wounds as well as ostomy care including colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy and fistulas to both inpatient and outpatients.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The RN I provides quality patient and family centered care as a member of the health care team in accordance with SCHS mission, philosophy, policies, and procedures. Applies standards for professional nursing practice and focuses clinical care to enhance the experience for patients, families, and all others. As a nurse this position will oversee the work of other caregivers providing specific care to assigned patient(s) throughout the shift, as required under the scope of the RN licensure.
This position does not directly manage any other caregivers
Maintain and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of nursing principles, practices, standards, and techniques and apply this knowledge in accordance with SCHS policies and work instructions and within laws and regulations governing nursing practice in the State of Oregon.
Provides wound and ostomy care for patients per direction of the certified wound and ostomy nurse; including wound care assessment, implementation of wound care interventions per the supervision of the certified wound and ostomy nurse, communication and collaboration with members of the care team, and support organizational education activities promoting wound healing and preventing skin break down.
Assess the patient’s condition and needs using critical thinking and clinical judgment: set outcomes; implement appropriate nursing actions and collaborates with other disciplines to meet the patient’s/family’s physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual needs; and evaluate patient’s progress.
Provide and maintain a safe environment for caregivers, patients and guests.
Demonstrate awareness of and supports St. Charles Health System’s departmental and operating unit goals through participation in continuous quality improvement and departmental activities.
Participate in activities that promote professional growth and development of self and others.
Communicate (both written and orally) effectively and maintain professional relationships with caregivers, medical staff, patients, and guests.
Identify work-related problems with possible solutions and implement solution(s) (within scope of practice), when appropriate.
Responsible for managing the patient’s experience by clarifying, integrating, and coordinating the roles of the interdisciplinary team.
Perform stand by call as assigned. Varies by department
Supports the vision, mission and values of the organization in all respects.
Supports Value Improvement Practice (VIP- Lean) principles of continuous improvement with energy and enthusiasm, functioning as a champion of change.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers, patients and guests.
Conducts all activities with the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the organization’s corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violation of applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all organizational investigations and proceedings.
Delivers customer service and/or patient care in a manner that promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate.
May perform additional duties of similar complexity within the organization, as required or assigned.
Participates in creating a healing environment that supports all aspects of the care environment and the wholeness of each individual, patient and caregiver.
Participates in creating intentional relationships and demonstrates focus attitudes and behaviors that enhance the care experience.
Provides a therapeutic presence in service to others by purposefully responding to the needs of patients in a caring way, including introducing oneself and explaining role in patient’s care, asking the patient his or her preferred name, sitting with the patient to determine his or her care goals, active listening, and communicating effectively and appropriately through touch, eye contact, etc.
Calculates dosages and administers medications accurately in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures for medication administration.
Required: Current, valid Oregon RN license
Valid Oregon driver's license and ability to meet St. Charles Health System driving requirements
American Heart Association BLS/CPR
Preferred: 1 year experience in a wound care clinic
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform the job safely.