Sign On Bonus $12,000
We are looking for a skilled Treatment /Wound Care Nurse to become a part of our facility's compassionate care-giving team. The Treatment /Wound Care Nurse will be responsible for the assessment and follow up of each resident's need for and result of treatments provided in the facility or a designated area of the facility. The Treatment /Wound Care Nurse communicates with the other Licensed Staff of the facility in assessing needs and results of staff action to assure residents do not decrease their functional abilities such as; obtain skin breakdown, contractures, weight loss, skin tears and so forth while in the facility. Assists the facility to provide education, assessment and appropriate infection control programs. Works with the facility as team member to assure treatments are coordinated with other events of the day. Assists the Nursing Department to assure residents care plans are followed. Documents on records as per policy and procedures of the facility. Participates in staff meetings and in-services as required. We are searching for a dedicated, compassionate and energetic individual to be a vital link between our patients and the nurses and other facility staff.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Reviews Nursing Communication Books and Systems.
- Provides treatment for all residents as ordered.
- Provides special procedures as ordered.
- Makes rounds with physicians for those residents with treatment orders.
- Assesses residents for risk of skin breakdown, tears or lesions. Notes these risks and appropriate intervention on the working copy of the Interdisciplinary Care Plan.
- Assesses nursing assistants' ability to provide skin prevention programs. Provides education as needed. Assists the licensed staff assigned to the units in supervising nursing assistants to assure programs are followed.
- Completes weekly skin records accurately describing onset date, size, location, color, healing, odors, cultures, etc. (Pressure sore and non-decub skin condition records).
- Completes the weekly skin report for the Director of Nursing, noting progress, possible alternate interventions, etc.
- Makes skin rounds with the Director of Nursing at least weekly, discussing prevention, progress, or lack of progress noted.
- Works with the nursing assistants and licensed staff to assure that the resident's other tasks of the day can proceed as appropriate (i.e., bathing, restorative programs, activities, etc.).
- Notifies physicians of the healing or lack of healing of any lesions. If no healing is noted in at least 3 to 4 weeks, suggest alternate treatment be sought.
- Transcribe orders as obtained for treatments.
- Reviews and updates the Treatment Administration Record at the beginning of each month in preparation of the upcoming month.
- Reviews all laboratory reports for possible infections. Provides education of prevention of infections, as needed.
- Completes tracking forms for all infections in preparation of the facility's Quality Assessment and Assurance. Reviews the information with the Director of Nursing and/or Administrator in preparation for the meetings.
- Assists the nursing department to provide a restorative atmosphere.
- Assists the Licensed Staff assigned to the units as necessary to assure quality care is provided.
- Reports any inappropriate findings noted while making rounds in the facility.
- Assists with auditing of charts.
- Assists with answering and correcting consultant reports.
- Makes appropriate notes in Communication Book to assure adequate communication is maintained for nursing.
- Assists in keeping other departments informed of resident's change of condition as indicated.
- Assists in providing in-services for assigned staff as needed each day.
- Keeps treatment cart stocked, organized, clean and in good repair.
- Assists nursing assistants in keeping residents turned, repositioned, free of contractures, toileted, etc.
- Assists in supervising meal service of each resident in the facility.
- Assists in providing required in-services of at least:
- Prevention of skin breakdown or tears
- Prevention of infections
- Assists in assuring adequate equipment for prevention programs are available and used as indicated.
- Performs any other tasks as assigned by the Director of Nursing or Assistant Director of Nursing.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or relevant qualification.
- Must possess, as a minimum, a Nursing Degree from an accredited college or university, or be a graduate of an approved LVN/RN program.
- Possession of a current valid Texas driver's license or regular means of transportation to and from work.
- One (1) year of experience as a nurse in a skilled rehabilitation, skilled nursing or Long-Term Care (LTC) environment preferred.
- Experience with electronic medical records preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Decisions made that reflect knowledge and good judgment and demonstrate an awareness of patient/resident/family/physician needs.
- Awareness of own limitations are evident and assistance is sought when necessary.
- Committee meetings (if assigned) are attended. Reports related to the committee are given during staff meetings.
- Responsibility is taken for own professional growth. All mandatory and other in services are attended annually.
- Organizational ability and time management is demonstrated.
- Confidentiality of patient is respected at all times (i.e., when answering telephone and/or speaking to co-workers).
- Professional behavior is demonstrated.
- Must be capable of operating a personal computer to enter resident data as required by regulation and facility policy.
- Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language in an understandable manner.
- Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
- Ability to communicate orally and in written form effectively with all levels of employees, patients, families, and vendors.
- Ability to present information in one-on-one and small group situations to employees, patients, families, and vendors.
- Good understanding of medical and pharmacological terminology.
- Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using weight measurement, volume, and distance.
- Excellent problem solving/analysis/judgment skills and high level of attention to detail and accuracy
- Builds and maintains cooperative working relationships
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, supervisors, County employees, elected officials, law enforcement, other agencies, and the public.
- Resourceful, dependable and accountable
- Able to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must possess a current and active license to practice as an RN or LVN in this state. CPR certification required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Work requires physical activity including extended periods of walking and standing with occasional climbing, reaching, carrying, balancing, kneeling, crouching and bending.
- Must have the ability to frequently lift and/or carry equipment, files, and other materials weighing up to 50 pounds as well as push/pull up to 50 pounds of force with grip strength of 65 pounds.
- Ability to transfer, and reposition a resident to or from a bed, wheelchair, and use a mechanical lift, toilet, tub, shower, occasionally varying degrees of pushing, pulling and lifting due to the differences in resident weights.
- Must be able to continuously perform simple manipulative dexterity tasks such as the equipment listed above as well as safety pin buckles and tie strings. Occasionally perform difficult manipulative tasks.
- Must be able to detect the smell of smoke, spoiled food, soiled linen, etc.
- The employee must be able to continuously hear normal sounds and voice patterns with some background noise. Must have adequate verbal instructions. Must be able to hear audible emergency signals, alarms, call, light indicators and to be able to answer the phone.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include: Must be able to continuously notice a change in the resident (breathing, color, skin breakdown, etc.) Ability to focus and read a thermometer.
- Visual abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close, distance and color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those employee encounters while performing functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Work is performed indoors in a health care facility.
- Work is performed during assigned shift; however, hours will occasionally include varied days, hours, holidays, weekends, and overtime as needed.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but can occasionally be loud. Subject to frequent interruptions.
- Incumbents in this position may be exposed to infectious/communicable diseases, blood borne pathogens, and potential risk of injury from distraught individuals.
- Frequent exposure to chemical compounds of medication and treatments.
- Frequent exposure to microbial bacteria and other infectious agents inherent to care of ill residents.
- Continuous exposure to latex, Tyvex, plastic and/or materials which are used for personal protective equipment.
- Stress of working with sick residents and their families, combined with the resident who may be confused, irrational, highly agitate mood swings. (Frequently)
- Subject to involvement with personnel, visitors, state and federal agency personnel and residents.
Summit LTC is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.