The major challenges of this position in accordance with respective professional scope of practice are:
• Coordinates the wound/ostomy/incontinence/fistulas/tubes/continent diversions.
• Establishes and maintains interdisciplinary communication and team work with all other health professionals providing care or education to the patient.
• Coordinates and gives inservices to promote current standards related to wound/ostomy/ and or lymphedema care.
• Debridement including conservative sharp, enzymatic, autolytic, ultrasonic, and mechanical
• Demonstrates the ability to apply comprehensive knowledge in the principles and techniques of current wound/ostomy/lymphedema management.
• Practices cost effective patient care.
• Complex Clinical: Counseling, urodynamics, bowel/bladder training, research/chemical cauterization, infection control consultation, topical medications, ABIs, surgilav, stoma marking site, pre-op and post-op ostomy teaching, consultation, pressure gradient support, stockings or wraps, initiates or recommends referral to appropriate resources.
• Maintains current with advancement of procedures/techniques and standards of care through professional organizations, conferences, or continuing education.
This position is challenged to diagnose and treat human responses to health problems. The incumbent is accountable for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients and families.
When possible, the family or those significant to the family, are considered part of the assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation efforts of the advanced wound care specialist. It is the incumbents’ responsibility to coordinate care between other professional disciplines as needed to comprehensively address individual patient needs.
The incumbent must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care based on physical, motor/sensory, psychosocial, and safety appropriate to neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients and meets standards of quality as measured by the department age specific competency standards.
This position does provide patient care.