Nurse Specialist II, Center for Wound Healing

MedStar Health
Washington, DC
May 17, 2018
May 21, 2018
Full Time
Ab out MedStar Georgetown University Hospital MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, DC Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personaliscaring for the whole personMedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment. MedStar Georgetown's centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown's healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership. General Summary of Position: Functions in a nursing work leader role, managing personnel associated with nursing services, monitors quality and safety issues. Provides professional nursing care for clinic patients and follows established standards and practices. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures and standards. The Center for Wound Healing MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. In addition to wound healing services, our team can provide medical and surgical care to concerns involving prior surgery or amputations, extremity pain, general podiatric foot and ankle problems, and difficulty with infections. Our team consists of world-recognized leaders in the field of diabetic limb salvage and functional reconstruction for the foot, leg and body. We have a team approach that consists of Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Podiatry, Orthopedic Surgery, Infectious Disease, Hyperbaric Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Rheumatology to handle many different complex problems. The Center for Wound Healing has a clinical team of nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and medical assistants who work together to ensure that all needs of each patient are met. They coordinate and assist with testing and procedures that may be needed to determine the cause of a patient's wound. The clinical team then assists the physicians to develop a treatment plan with each patient, to ensure they have the best possibility of healing, while improving their function and quality of life. As a surgical practice, the clinical team assists the physicians with surgical coordination, pre-op, and post-operative care of patients. They arrange referrals and communicate with other services that may be involved with the patient's care. A major role of the clinical team is to provide patient and family education related to their wound care. They teach patients and caregivers how to care for the wounds, monitor for signs of infection, follow weight-bearing restrictions, and reinforce the importance of proper nutrition and diabetes management. Qualifications: EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing. BSN preferred. LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Registered Nurse, licensed in the District of Columbia; CPR certification. EXPERIENCE: Three years of professional nursing experience; At least 1 year of previous medical/surgical experience, with orthopedic experience preferred. Must have strong organizational skills. Previous nursing administrative experience is highly desired. SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Knowledge of professional nursing theory and practice to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate patient care. Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments to administer patient care; Skill in applying and modifying the principles, methods, and techniques of professional nursing to provide ongoing patient care; Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, medical staff, and the public. Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations. Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience. Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Performs general nursing care to patients. Administers prescribed medications, treatments, and procedures in accordance with nursing standards. Observes, records, and reports patients condition and reaction to drugs and treatments to physicians. Dispenses medication as directed. Documentation is complete, accurate, and legible. Greets patients and prepares them for physician examination. Screens patients for appropriate information. Instructs patients in the collection of samples and tests. Prepares equipment and aids physician during treatment, examination, and testing of patients. Directs and oversees nursing personnel in accordance with clinic, governmental and other regulatory standards. Develops weekly nursing schedule and makes daily nursing assignments. Assists in special clinical/research projects when necessary by implementing nursing component. Performs patient telephone triage, assesses needs, and coordinates needs with medical staff. Educates patient and family about diagnostic procedures, medications, nutrition, and maintenance of health and wellness. About MedStar HealthMedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, DC, 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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