Job: RN/Wound Care Nurse

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Job Description

The Wound Care Nurse (WCN) is responsible for the assessment, management, treatment and  documentation of wound care for both outpatients and inpatients at Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH)

Essential Duties:

-      Assess patients entering the outpatient wound care program

-      Assess inpatients requiring wound care

-      In conjunction with the Wound Care Physician, develop and carry out a treatment plan

-      Provide patient/family education

-      Ability to perform sharps debridement

Other Duties:

  1.  Upon a Physician order: give a full nursing assessment of the patient’s clinical condition of the wound and its ability to heal. This assessment will include:
    • Physical characteristics of the wound
    • Presence of undermining, tunneling, foreign bodies, exposed muscle or bone.
    • Identification of anatomic landmarks
    • Tissue type present in the wound bed
    • Cause and duration of the wound
    • Treatment history to date
    • Identification of systemic factors affecting healing ie: medications, lab data, acute or chronic illness of the patient and any environmental factors contributing to the wound.
    • Determine the ability of the patient/caregiver to comprehend the treatment regime
    • Assess, measure and document on the wound on each visit
  2. Classify wounds into partial/full thickness wounds, burns, skin tears, bruises and staging of decubitus ulcers
  3. Assess the wound base as to tissue type, amount and location, adherence/non-adherence and color
  4. Identify exudates as to type and amount
  5. Identify wound edges, tunneling and undermining
  6. Detect and describe odor and possible causes
  7. Assess the surrounding tissues (peri-wound)
    • Inspect and palpate wound site
    • Assess for color, edema, induration, texture, temperature
    • Assess for pain (1-10 scale) and types of wound pain, location, present pain management regime and effectiveness of pain interventions
  8. Document wound assessment at every visit
    • Presence of infection
    • Referrals
    • Interventions
    • Response to care
    • Adverse reactions
    • Modifications to care
    • Implementation of Physicians orders
  9. Treat and debride the wound according to Physicians orders
  10. Confer with the Physician as to the appropriate wound care products and protocol of use
  11. Appropriately trained nurses may perform Sharp’s Debridement as necessary, in accordance with the State of Arizona Nurse Practice Act and document said type of debridement
  12. Instruct the patient/family member or caregiver on the appropriate treatment protocols and give written information, as available, to the patient/family member/caregiver in order to heal wound


Skills / Requirements

- RN licensed by the State of Arizona
- Certification in Wound Care



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