Wound, Ostomy, And Continence Nurse (Open & Promotional)

The County Of San Mateo San Mateo , CA 94401

Posted 2 days ago


Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on April 27, 2021 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The San Mateo Medical Center is seeking a full-time qualified Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurseto provide acute care and rehabilitative needs for patients with chronic wounds, ostomy and incontinence.

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse primarily evaluates and manages patients with wounds caused by disease, accidents, or surgical incisions. They also work with medical teams to assess and monitor a patient's progress during the healing phase. The wound care nurse is responsible for educating patients on how to care for their wounds outside of the medical facility. A wound care nurse will also treat any skin infections or conditions as directed by the attending physician.

The ideal candidate must be currently certified in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence care nursing through the WOCNCB professional association. In addition, the incumbent will have clinical experience in wound, ostomy, and continence care within the previous five years.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identify problem situations or issues in patient care; analyze, interpret, advise and consultwith staff and other health care professionals to provide high quality, contemporary care.

  • Interpret and modify the system of patient care delivered by evaluating and reviewing standard practices and initiating new procedures.

  • Provide consultation and guidance to all levels of the nursing staff pertinent to patient care problems within the field of specialty.

  • Advise the nursing staff in the establishment and maintenance of records of treatments given and the related progress of each patient for the purpose of analyzing patterns, synthesizing actions and evaluating patient care plans.

  • Resolve unusual or unique patient care problems or situations which require analytical, interpretative and constructive thinking.

  • Formulate and develop plans, procedures and program content designed to meet specifically identified training/educational needs of nursing staff.

  • Conduct formal classroom instruction in the more difficult or complex areas of nursing technology requiring a knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and theoretical concepts underlying specific nursing procedures or techniques.

  • Formulate, and/or collaborate with other health care practitioners to identify relevant clinical problems and conduct research to bring about their resolution.

  • Develop and/or participate with other health care professionals in the development of policies related to the clinical specialty area.

  • Organize and manage the development of the National Pressure Injury Prevalence Study at least every 2 years.

  • Communicate research findings by publication and presentation at professional meetings.

  • Evaluate nursing research literature and own research findings for implementation and incorporation as appropriate, into patient care activities.

  • Prepare formal and informal descriptive articles in the specialty area for publication innational periodicals or for use in staff meetings.

  • Serve as role model and resource person for staff and members of the interdisciplinary team.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.



  • A California license as a Registered Nurse.

  • A valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and/or Basic Life Support (BLS) certification as specified below.

  • Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse Certification.

Education and Experience:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing with two years clinical experience including one year in a clinical specialty area, or

  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing or a health related field with one year of clinical experience including six months in a clinical specialty area, or

  • Masters degree in Nursing.

  • Must have knowledge of and verifiable experience in patho physiology, wound healing process, and evidence-based and best practices in wound, ostomy and continence care. Must be nationally certified as a WOC Nurse.

Knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles and practices in specialty areas.

  • Nurse Practice Act.

  • Current nursing and related medical theory and skills necessary to administer nursing care within assigned clinical setting.

  • Safety and infection control practices.

  • Clinical systems, supplies and equipment.

  • Modern principles, techniques, and procedures of nursing.

  • Medical terminology.

  • Use and maintenance of medical instruments and equipment.

  • Use and effects of medicines.

  • Public health principles.

  • Health promotion and disease prevention.

  • Medical research principles and practices.

  • Principles of training and education.

Skill/Ability to:

  • Provide leadership and direction to multi-disciplinary medical teams.

  • Give direction to staff.

  • Evaluate the work of others.

  • Develop and present training and continuing education programs.

  • Design, evaluate, construct and modify research models; carry out research and present findings.

  • Perform the full range of nursing duties and responsibilities.

  • Prepare clear and concise medical record documentation.

  • Write articles for publication on areas of specialty.

  • Identify problems or discrepancies and make suggestions for corrective actions.

  • Teach and orient staff.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with patients and staff members.


Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required information and supplemental questions in the online application. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted to be considered for this position.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination will consist of an interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application materials. Because of this screening process, all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to https://jobs.smcgov.org/ to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date


Deadline to Apply: Continuous

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Carolyn Burns (040821) (Clinical Nurse - F011)

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Wound, Ostomy, And Continence Nurse (Open & Promotional)

The County Of San Mateo