Job Description

Job Title: Wound Care Professional Nurse
Job ID: 703255
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC St. Margaret
Department: Enterostomal Therapy
Location: 815 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh PA 15215


UPMC St. Margaret is hiring a Full-Time Wound Care RN to support its Enterostomal Therapy department. 

This position will work primarily Monday through Friday daylight or evening hours. Occasional weekend may be required. 

**The title and pay rate of this position may vary depending upon years of nursing experience, wound care experience, and education level. Salary range as posted is for an experienced nurse who is BSN prepared. Minimum salary for non-BSN is $22.22/hour.**

The Wound Care Professional nurse is a Registered Nurse and a member of the care delivery team. The Wound Care nurse is responsible to providing quality care according to the standard of care for patients with ostomies, incontinence, wounds, fistulas and skin care.

The Wound Care Professional nurse has responsibility and authority and accountability for the provision of WOC nursing care to applicable patients. The Wound Care Nurse provides clinical support and direction to staff nurses and other members of the Health Care Team on applicable patients.
The Wound Care Nurse manages and provides specialized nursing care for patients and their families through the application of independent judgment, communication and coordination with all team members.

The role of the Wound Care Professional Nurse encompasses leadership, partnership, and collaboration with other members of the Healthcare Team.
The Wound Care Nurse establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with physicians, staff nurse, other health care providers, patients and their families to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. The Wound Care Nurse demonstrates a commitment to the community and to the nursing profession.

  • Applies the Nursing process within the framework of Relationship Based Care to create a healing environment. Formulates goal and a plan of care for applicable patients that involves the patient as a partner and considers the individual needs of the patient in a holistic manner. Practices solid communication skills and is able to articulate and translate the patient's condition to other care providers negotiate and make recommendations for changes in patient care. Communicates the plan of care to the nursing staff, physicians, patient and family, and other members of the health care team as applicable. Documentation of patient care and plan of care is complete and promotes communication between caregivers. Demonstrates critical thinking in the identification of clinical, social, safety, psychological and spiritual issues for the patient within an episode of care.
  • Builds and mends relationships among colleagues within the framework of a healthy workplace. Role models keen cultural awareness including preventing and addressing horizontal violence and impairment. Maintains a conscious balance between work and personal life through prioritization and delegation of responsibilities.
  • Conducts stoma site marking according to the accepted standards of stoma marking to ensure proper placement of an abdominal stoma under the direction of a WOC nurse. Maintains ongoing follow-up evaluation for appropriate ostomy and/or skin care patients with needs after discharge from the hospital to provide for continuity of care. Incorporates national professional organizations (NPUAP) and (WOCN) as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient quality, safety and satisfaction in daily work Creates a caring and compassionate patient focused experience by building healing relationships with patient and their families as well colleagues.
  • Demonstrates a passion for developing self and others, enthusiastically and expertly precepts students, graduate nurses, new staff, medical students and residents. Supports continuous learning in the clinical area by sharing research, materials from professional organizations within the department and with other health care personnel. Conducts in-services and formal lectures for nursing units and other members of the Health care team Participates in policy review and updates as needed. Contributes to the professional development of the unit base skin care committee by participation in clinical development of the unit representatives. Identifies opportunities for clinical quality as well as workplace improvement. Applies evidence based practice aspect of professional practice. Participates in product evaluation for ostomy and skin care needs for the health system to ensure cost effective quality patient care.
  • Participates in continuous learning within the specialty Participates in system wide WOCN meetings and dissemination of information Demonstrates a passion for developing others, enthusiastically and expertly precepts students, graduate nurses and new hires. Analyzes clinical and behavioral situations, identifying learning opportunities to improve patient care practices. Regularly seeks feedback on performance and applies continuous professional improvement. Supports continuous learning in the clinical area by sharing research, materials from professional organizations, presenting on the unit, supporting journal clubs, etc
  • Serves as a role model of professional nursing practice by serving as a recognized leader in clinical expertise , teacher, specialized resource nurse, and /or evidence based practice in the nursing care of patients with alterations in skin integrity, wounds, ostomies, fistulas and /or incontinence. Consistently gives appropriate feedback to all members of the healthcare team and participates in the peer review process. Promotes change that enhances the quality of patient care of applicable patients within the WOCN department and the Nursing department at large Serves on Teams and leads successful teams as a part of daily Demonstrates highly developed clinical assessment and analytical skill within the context of Relationship Based Care Actively participates in shared governance at department level and serves on or acts as a resource to hospital-wide councils


  • BSN preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years nursing experience required
  • Previous Wound Care experience preferred
  • Certificate of attendance of a WOCN board certified WOCNEP preferred 
  • Exemplary clinical judgment with critical thinking, analytical and problem solving abilities required
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physician, non-physician providers
  • Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment and handle multiple and changing priorities

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Registered Nurse
  • Certification in Wound Care or completion within 1 year of hire date
UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $25.48 to $40.69 / hour

Union Position: No

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