Wound Care Nurse

Tri-City Medical Center Oceanside , CA 92049

Posted 2 months ago

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Tri-City Healthcare District has been serving the North County region for almost 60 years and remains committed to providing high quality healthcare and community services for every individual we encounter regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or socioeconomic status.

Our mission is to advance the health and wellness of the community we serve. In order to achieve our mission, we see, hear and listen to our front line healthcare workers, employees, medical staff and all community stakeholders in order to understand and meet our community's needs.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for the provision of clinical services in support of patients with wounds and related skin breakdown at Tri City Medical Center. This RN functions as an integral member of the patient care team that performs in-depth wound assessments, evaluation of products and current plans of care. This RN consults with Physicians and experts in the field, as well as providing consultations and training to the nursing staff. The Wound Nurse guides and supports patient care staff using the Braden Scale for risk assessment, and provides appropriate instruction to staff nurses on care of patients through recommendations to Physicians with best practice interventions and products. The Wound Nurse will act as a clinical resource for all team members for wound interpretation, and maintains an expert level of skill in this area. . The individual must consistently support the mission and values of the Medical Center, and acts as a role model relative to the Medical Center's Seven Standards of Excellence Program.

Major Position Responsibilities:

The position characteristics reflect the most important duties, responsibilities and competencies considered necessary to perform the essential functions of the job in a fully competent manner. They should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. The characteristics of the position and standards of performance may be changed by TCMC with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.

  • Maintains a safe, clean working environment, including unit based safety and infection control requirements.

  • Participates in competency and net learning development. Provides feedback to nurse supervisors and managers regarding progress and training of RN staff regarding wound training.

  • Expert in the assessment and knowledge of pressure ulcers which results in the generation of a "pressure ulcer risk score" and trains RN staff on scoring.

  • Expert in identification of staging definitions to assist physicians and nurses in the development of the plan of care, products and beds/mattresses to be used, and interventions to be assimilated.

  • Supports Cal Noc Prevalence studies.

  • Serves as a clinical resource and consultant to physicians and nursing staff to ensure appropriate, coordinated care to individuals with wounds and wound therapy.


  • Minimum of 2 years direct patient care experience in a healthcare setting (hospital, LTC, Skilled Nursing or Nursing Home or in MD office or clinic), required.

  • Advanced knowledge in wound evidence based practices.

  • Must be dependable, have integrity, initiative, tact, ability to work on details, ability to learn and possess a sense of values and ethical standards.

  • Computer literate in word and power point. Able to use excel and graphs for data collection, analyzing and reporting.

  • Customer focused communication skills at all levels of interaction

  • Leadership demonstration of openness to change thorough implementation of creative programs that support achievement of strategic initiatives.

  • Self-learning needs and strategies to enhance current competency to respond to new leadership demands

  • Critical thinking, able to discern grades of wounds. Consistent application of the Braden Scale with interpretation, evaluation and action.

  • Documentation reflects appropriate interventions to increase skin integrity

  • Ability to communicate effectively, but assertively to intervene on the patient's behalf. Works well 1:1 and in a teams to obtain better than expected outcomes.

  • Previous experience with computer applications.

  • Proven record of accomplishment of the fundamental clinical skills of planning, organizing, facilitating, coordinating, collaborating, and the ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with all levels of the organization, preferred.

  • Must have the ability to train and develop other personnel in wound care by providing them with the knowledge gained through certification and experience on the job, required

  • Documented Competency in Wound Care Assessment and Dressings and Documented Competency in Negative Pressure Therapy in complex wounds required

  • Demonstrated ability to provide PreOp and Post op education to Ostomy patients as well as perform ostomy appliance change and trouble shooting.

  • Possess knowledge of the business of health care along the continuum of care, clinical decision support data analysis/synthesis, and quality improvement, regulatory and legislative issues, preferred.

  • Has knowledge and demonstrates competency by passing nationally validated Pressure Ulcer test evaluated by Wound Care Manager or designee, prior to hire or transfer, required.

  • Pressure Ulcer Assessment

  • Root Cause Analysis

Qualifications RN New Grad:

  • Current California RN License, required.

  • License issue date not more than one year before hire or transfer date, required

  • Has knowledge and demonstrates competency by passing nationally validated Pressure Ulcer test evaluated by Wound Care Manager or designee, prior to hire or transfer, required.

  • Pressure Ulcer Assessment

  • Root Cause Analysis


  • RN required
  • BSN preferred


  • Current California RN license, required.

  • Current CA Drivers License and Insurance, required (Home Health only)


  • Current BLS certification, required upon hire; American Heart Association Healthcare Provider.

Each new hire candidate who is offered employment must pass a physical evaluation, urine drug screen and pre-employment background checks before starting work.

TCHD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression), age, marital status, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

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