Under the supervision of the RN or provider, the LPN performs the primary function of an LPN in providing care of patients in the wound center and in the hospital. Is responsible for meeting established standards of nursing practice in the management of all assigned patients. Assists providers with the development and implementation of wound treatment plans and participates in performance improvement review activities. Acts within the guidelines of federal and state laws and professional and ethical practice
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Escorts patient to examination room, takes vital signs, removes dressings, assesses wound, takes measurements and photos, assists the provider, dresses wound after assessment/treatment. · Provides patient/family education regarding wound and ostomy care · Documents assessment and care provided thoroughly and timely · Maintains clinical competence in procedural skills, treatments and patient/caregiver education related to wound care management. · Maintains/assists in management and control of supply inventory · Coordinates referrals to other specialists for patients to meet wound/ostomy needs · Develops/maintains directory of community resources · Obtains diagnostic test results and reports to providers for follow-up. Assists as needed. · Assists in data collection for quality metrics. · Contributes to the growth of the center by managing patient flow and adherence to algorithms · Maintains expertise by completing 8 hours/year in wound/ostomy management.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED: · Ability to communicate professionally with an acceptable use of English and spelling. · Ability to use electronic documentation
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
· Current Florida LPN License · Current Wound Care Certified or obtains within 1 year of hire (with registration within 90 days) · Current Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS) or obtains within 1 year of hire (with registration within 90 days) · Basic Life Support from the American Heart Association
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