Unique Home Care practice, the Clinical Nurse II or CN III (CN II) must demonstrate the professional skill and judgment necessary to provide care within the more autonomous setting of the patient’s home or at the various sites of home care. The professional nurse must attend to the values and rituals important to the patient-family-community environments as well as upholding nursing practice and safety standards. In addition, the professional nurse is responsible for practicing within the home care regulations and reimbursement criteria. As such, the nurse is responsible for determining the skilled nursing care and visit pattern to maintain quality and meet the patient and family’s goals. The professional nurse develops a working knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary team concept and the role of nurse case manager. The CN II functions within the interdisciplinary team to facilitate communication to promote and support symptom and disease management.
The CN II or CN III, in the role of wound ostomy nurse, demonstrates safe practice within the UPHS professional practice model and demonstrates UPHS core values which reflect its mission. The CN II or CN III provides direct care to adult patients and demonstrates competency within the domains of clinical judgment and decision-making, nurse-patient/family relationship, clinical leadership and clinical scholarship. The nurse maintains a competent level of knowledge and skill to care for patients with wounds and ostomies. The nurse demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide individualized care based on specific wound/ostomy needs. The nurse complies with all regulations and standards of regulatory and accrediting bodies.
The Clinical Judgment and Decision Making skills of the CN II or CN III are characterized by competent clinical judgment in the delivery of individualized wound/ostomy care. This is demonstrated by consistent organization and prioritization of workload, confident management of patients with wounds and ostomies, and effective communication and documentation. The CN II or CN III safely uses common equipment and medications in the practice setting and consults others when unfamiliar situations occur. The CN II or CN III performs systematic patient assessment, interprets findings, applies and integrates information from other sources into an individualized plan of care. The CN II or CN III evaluates the effectiveness of this plan of care and adapts the plan based on the patient's response.
The CN II or CN III develops appropriate nurse-patient/family relationships integrating patient/family concerns, beliefs and values into the wound/ostomy plan of care. The nurse assures patient confidentiality, privacy, and advocates for both verbal and non-verbal patient. The CN II responds to patient/family concerns/complaints in a timely manner. The CN II or CN III ensures the educational needs of the patients and their families are met and documented.
The CN II or CN III demonstrates Clinical Leadership skills by exhibiting professional behavior, utilizing appropriate resources and demonstrating flexibility. The CN II adheres to all entity policies and all mandatory educational requirements. The CN II or CN III as a wound/ostomy nurse contributes to the agency as a resource and establishes quality of nursing care as a priority. The CN II or CN III is an effective team member, shares clinical concerns with nursing leadership, makes appropriate wound/ostomy recommendations, and follows through as appropriate. The CN II or CN III effectively works with others in a respectful manner with sensitivity to cultural and role differences. The CN II or CN III supports colleagues, assists in the professional development of others and maintains open communication.
The CN II or CN III demonstrates Clinical Scholarship by participating in quality improvement initiatives. The CN II or CN III incorporates evidence-based changes into his/her practice. The CN II or CN III identifies personal learning needs, establishes and follows through on professional goals which support agency, entity and UPHS goals.
The CN II consistently meets CN I competencies.
Minimum Job Requirements:
Graduate of an NLN or CCNE approved school of professional nursing.
Licensed to practice professional nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Minimum of 18 months of work experience as a professional nurse.
Must obtain certification as a Wound Ostomy Certified Nurse (WOCN) within one year from date of hire.
A BSN from an accredited program is required for all new RNs hired.
Must have Basic Life Support certification
Have a car, hold a valid driver’s license, and have car insurance.
Responsible for visiting patients in various geographic areas as determined by agency contracts.
Location: Chester County/Delaware County/South Philadelphia Metro Area
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