Wound Care-Ostomy Nurse Specialist-FT
Hartford, CT 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
Job Title
Wound Care-Ostomy Nurse Specialist-FT
Full Time
Education and Experience
Bachelor's Degree in nursing required, Master's preferred.
Four years of recent, relevant nursing experience.
Graduation from a WOCN-accredited Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) nursing education program.

Licenses and Certifications
Current CT RN Licensure
Current certification in tri-specialty (CWOCN) by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board, preferred but required within one year of employment.
Current certification in BLS

Hartford, CT
Projected Schedule (not guaranteed)
M-F Days
Requisition Number
Learning & Performance-010513
Job Description


The Skin Nurse Specialist serves as an expert clinical resource to assess, plan, implement, evaluate and reassess the care of patients with a variety of skin integrity issues. This patient population includes: patients at risk for skin integrity issues, patients with pressure injuries, patients at high risk for pressure injuries and patients with stomas. The Skin Nurse Specialist is responsible for implementing and educating team members, patients and families about treatment and preventative interventions. The Skin Nurse Specialist will ensure a care environment that includes educated clinicians, appropriate supplies to prevent and treat skin issues, and ongoing monitoring of prevalence and compliance. The Skin Nurse Specialist mentors and leads the organization's Skin Team.


  1. General Duties/Responsibilities
    a. Utilizes the nursing process when directing or delivering care to patients with skin integrity issues, including assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating and reassessing.
    b. Utilizes and maintains current physical, psychosocial, clinical assessment and therapeutic communications skill to determine individual patient needs and expected outcomes.
    c. Integrates current evidence, clinical data and information within the theoretical frameworks when providing clinical evaluation.
    d. Participates in committees or taskforces related to skin issues.
    e. Clinical expert and 'owner' of all skin care and skin breakdown prevention policies, procedures and guidelines.
    f. Mentors and leads the organization's Skin Team.

    2. Wound/Skin Care/Ostomy Care/Continence Care
    a. Provides clinical evaluation for patients with altered skin integrity to develop individualized plans of care and attain expected outcomes. Documents plan, assessment and interventions in patient's medical record as appropriate.
    b. Provides guidance to team members in implementing policies, procedures and guidelines to identify, control or eliminate factors that contribute to skin breakdown, including selection of appropriate support surfaces.
    c. Participates in interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure optimal patient care across the continuum.

    3. Education
    a. Assists nursing and medical team members in maintaining current knowledge and competence in skin care through a variety of forums, including but not limited to: RN Orientation programs, Nursing Grand Rounds, online learning modules, in-services and annual validations.
    b. Provides appropriate education to patients and families regarding skin care and wound management as appropriate, using the Teach Back method.

    4. Research/Evidence Based Practice/Quality
    a. Collaborates with leadership and multidisciplinary clinical practice teams to establish policies and protocols, which support best practices to achieve optimal outcomes.
    b. Interprets, communicates, and incorporates latest research and evidence-based practice guidelines into clinical practice.
    c. Conducts or contributes to nursing research.
    d. Collects and analyzes quality metrics related to skin care and develops actionable plans as needed.

    Demonstrates support for the mission, values and goals of the organization through behaviors that are consistent with the Connecticut Children's Medical Center Standards.

Position Specific Role Responsibilities



Coordinates coverage by unit-based skin experts. Serves as a resource to enhance and ensure the ongoing professional development and competence of unit-based experts and nursing team members. Meets regularly with unit-based experts to provide education, identify trends and develop solutions.
Provides mentoring and coaching to direct care nurses and other members of health care team.
Promotes clinical best practice standards as the basis for nursing practice.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
4+ years
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