The Wound Care Nurse (WNC) is a self-directed professional nurse who assumes a leadership role in direct and indirect care and management of a group of patients with acute and chronic wounds, fistulas, pressure ulcers and ostomies. This is accomplished through the coordination of care with physicians, nurse practitioners, medical residents/students, other health professionals and hospital systems. The WC nurse is engaged in clinical nursing practice characterized by both increased complexity of clinical decision-making and enhanced skill in nursing practice. He/She provides leadership in the day-to-day operations of the wound care program and provides input into the strategic planning process in the attainment of organizational goals. The WC nurse keeps staff well informed of clinical practice activities by facilitating both vertical and horizontal communication in a timely manner. He/She evaluates staff performance and competency related to wound care. The WC nurse is responsible for all issues that affect wound care including standards of practice, training, policies, procedures, protocols and competencies. He/She ensures appropriate orientation, education and continuing professional development of nursing personnel. The incumbent serves as role model, coach and supports staff in critical thinking regarding professional nursing practice. He/she fosters an atmosphere conductive to educational experiences for nursing and other students. The WC nurse facilitates an environment of interdisciplinary collaboration and collegial relationships. He/She ensures that nursing practice is consistent with external standards such as the WOCN Association, Clinical Practice Guidelines and Long-Term Care Institute as well as internal standards. The WC nurse is a member of the GLTC Nursing Leadership Team. The incumbent plays a key role in the ongoing systematic evaluation and improvement of the quality and effectiveness of nursing care and services as they affect the resident outcomes. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday (7:30am - 4:00pm) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.