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Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse

Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse


Job ID: 20-14197
Type: Regular Full-Time
Good Samaritan Medical Ctr campus


The Legacy nursing philosophy focuses on patients and their families. Our nurses embody this philosophy in everything they do, as advocates, communicators, problem-solvers and caregivers. Their expertise is sought after and respected by our health care team. In short, they are the face of wellness at Legacy. Does this sound like an environment in which you could thrive? If so, we invite you to consider this opportunity.


The Certified Wound Ostomy nurse (CWON) is responsible for managing patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting with ostomy, wound and/or complex skin management needs. Referrals come from providers, nurses and other health team members. The CWON assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the care of these patients relative to their wound, ostomy and complex skin needs. The CWON provides expert consultation to team members, coordination of services and education for patients, families and the health team.

Service areas include both inpatient and outpatient settings.

The Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse is competent in the knowledge and skills in the following treatment and care:

  • Evaluation and treatment of chronic/acute wounds utilizing evidence-based treatment modalities (negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), post-operative surgical wound Is management, conservative sharp debridement, ultrasonic mist therapy)
  • Evaluation and treatment of draining and infected wounds and fistulas
  • Pre-Ostomy counseling and site marking
  • Post-Ostomy teaching and appliance selection
  • Evaluation and treatment of peri-stomal skin problems
  • Compression wraps for venous stasis and non-healing lower leg wounds
  • Patient and family teaching


Education: As required by licensure. BSN preferred.

Experience: Minimum 1-year nursing experience in acute care or clinical setting caring for patients with complex skin, wound or ostomy needs; 2 years preferred.


Demonstrated ability of positive interpersonal and communication skills with colleagues, patients, families, physicians and the community. Keyboard skills and ability to navigate electronic systems applicable to job functions.


Follows guidelines set forth in Legacy’s Values in Action.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled


Legacy Health
Salary Range
$96,000.00 - 130,000.00
per Year
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Portland, OR 97209, US