Job Description

Job Title: Wound Care Professional Nurse
Job ID: 754894
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: Nursing Administration
Location: 351 Causeway Dr, Franklin PA 16323


Sugar Creek is Hiring A Wound Care Professional Nurse

At Sugar Creek Station, each employee works to enhance residents’ quality of life. UPMC’s reputation for medical excellence is demonstrated every day through the facility’s variety of programs. By combining talent and services, Sugar Creek has become a leader in geriatric health care in Western Pennsylvania.

The Wound Care Professional Staff Nurse, SL (WCN) functions in the role as a clinical expert and consultant. In this capacity, the WCN nurse has the authority, responsibility, and accountability for the oversight and management of the facility's Skin Integrity and Wound Management Program. This includes the establishment, promotion and evaluation of standards of care and clinical competencies to meet resident's needs related to skin and wound care management. The WCN is responsible for providing skin & wound care education, including orientation and ongoing in services to enhance the skills of staff related to skin & wound care. The WCN provides clinical consultation to all staff for the management of wounds. The WCN, in collaboration with the Unit Manager and DON, and other health care professionals, applies clinical knowledge and skills to achieve quality resident care outcomes. The WCN must demonstrate the knowledge and skills to provide care that is relevant to residents under their care, as well as apply principles of growth and development over the life span. The WCN also must possess the ability to assess and interpret resident data needed to identify each resident's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs.


  • Actively engages in clinical development and/or RN residency program for new hires. Requests opportunities to learn safe, accountable and autonomous practice from more experienced nurses. Seeks, accepts and utilizes performance feedback from peers, preceptors and unit/department Leaders as a learning opportunity and to improve practice. Demonstrates enthusiasm for continuous learning and identifies and creates a plan for the continuation of learning and development. Identifies patient and family needs for education and provides basic education to support the episode of care. Seeks professional development and involvement through membership in a professional nursing organization and/or reading professional literature on a regular basis.
  • Applies basic nursing knowledge and skills within the framework of Relationship Based Care, using the nursing process to meet the clinical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Communicates effectively, both verbally and in documentation. Demonstrates critical thinking in the identification of clinical, social, safety, spiritual issues within the episode of care. Learns to incorporate national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction. Formulates a plan of care and daily goals that consider individual patient needs. Demonstrates initiative and seeks formal and informal opportunities to improve clinical practice. Seeks guidance and asks questions to continuously improve nursing practice. Creates a caring and compassionate patient-focused experience by building healing relationships with patient, families and colleagues. Identifies ethical situations within patient care or within the workplace and seeks assistance. Professionally accepts assignments that gradually increase patient load and complexity.
  • Demonstrates a basic knowledge of research, how it affects practice and who/what resources are available to assist with evidence based practice by asking questions, demonstrating interest, participating in unit-based journal clubs. Clinical practice demonstrates knowledge of how quality and innovation impacts patient satisfaction, safety, and clinical quality outcomes. Identifies opportunities for improvement on the clinical area. Collaborates with physician and care team to ensure quality resident care and is accountable for the achievement of outcomes. Actively participates in the development of residents' plan of care & treatment. Participates in SRC organizational committees and clinical practice councils and facilitates the implementation of new and revised practices, policies and programs into facility operations. Demonstrates a commitment to quality resident care and contributes to the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement program
  • Demonstrates accountability for professional development that improves the quality of professional practice and the quality of patient care. Makes recommendations for the improvement of clinical care and the health of the workplace and welcomes and participates in change initiatives. Leads by investing and building healthy relationships among colleagues and other disciplines. Shows the ability to set priorities and demonstrates an understanding of shared governance and begins participating at the unit level. Begins to serve as an engaged member of a team supporting colleagues in service to patients and families and may participate in task forces or other initiatives.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team. Begins to demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity, horizontal violence and impairment in the health professions. Cares for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace.
  • Develops and implements facility skin and wound care program to include resident care protocols, standards of care, competencies, policies and procedures, documentation tools, communication processes for changes in skin conditions. In collaboration with facility clinical leadership, identifies the learning needs of nursing staff and provides training and support, for clinical staff to effectively assess wounds, recommend appropriate protocols, and advocate with physicians. Provide basic wound care training, orientation, and ongoing in services to all nursing staff. Serves as a professional role model, clinical expert, and coordinator; makes recommendations to physicians for changes in wound care in accordance with current evidence-based research and practices. Monitors resident wounds for appropriate treatment and healing progression.



  • Minimum 2 years of nursing experience required 
  • Wound care experience preferred 
  • BSN preferred

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    Wound Care Certification preferred CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Older Adult Protective Services Act
  • Registered Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities


Salary Range: $20.60 to $35.43 / hour

Union Position: No

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