Enterostomal Therapist RN

Make a Positive Difference
At MedStar Health VNA, nurses make a positive difference in people's lives by helping patients heal in the comfort of their own homes. Nurses develop an individualized care plan for each patient and then help patients and their caregivers achieve progress toward their goals for improved health and independence. As a home health nurse at MedStar Health VNA, you have the autonomy to make individualized patient-centered decisions to promote optimal clinical care.

Job Summary
  • Acts as a resource, consultant and educator in care coordination/case management for patients requiring clinical expertise related to wound, ostomy and incontinence care. Assists in policy, procedure, competency evaluation, standardization of care, quality assurance and outcome evaluations of home care wound, ostomy and incontinent patients. Participates in development of staff education related to specialization. Participates in product selection and evaluation related to specialization. Participates in wound/ostomy/continence formulary.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Education/Training
    • Graduation from a WOCN accredited ET school of nursing within 12 months of employment; BSN preferred.
  • Experience
    • Home Health experience and/or other nursing experience within the last 2 years; 2 years acute care experience (ICU, CCU, med-surg, oncology, gerontology) within last 5 years and 1 year home health nursing experience preferred.
  • License/Certification/Registration
    • Valid RN license in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia, or any combination as required based on work location(s). CPR certification required. WCC certification required.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
    • Wound/ostomy/continence related specialty skills. Organizational skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Acts as a resource/consultant for wound/ostomy/continence patients and clinicians.
  • Contributes to the achievement of established goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Completes annual Code of Conduct, Compliance and other mandatory training. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
  • Identifies and maintains current educational resources for patients and clinicians.
  • Identifies education needs, programs and materials to enhance skilled nursing. Provides in-services related to wound, ostomy and continence care.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with other departments and participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams. Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and agency in community outreach efforts. Enhances growth and development and enriches personal knowledge and skill through participation in educational programs and affiliations.
  • Maintains professional certification, professional standards of practice and continuing professional development per WOCN scope of practice, demonstrates knowledge base current with the health care industry and specialty area. Develops and maintains role of WOCN within organization.
  • Participates in quality assurance/utilization review of wound/ostomy/continence issues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Provides skilled nursing care in accordance with RN staff position in area of clinical specialty.
  • Provides wound consultation to Case Manager through the use of wound imaging technology.
  • Communicates with Physician's offices as needed.

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.

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