101 Careers in Nursing

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Wound/Ostomy/
Continence Nurse
1. Basic description—An RN specializing in the care of skin, particularly involving wounds, healing, and ostomy care and appliances. Hospitals and long-term care facilities employ most of the nurses, and some work in home care.
2. Educational requirements—RN preparation. Certification is available through the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board.
3. Core competencies/skills needed:
Excellent aseptic technique
Excellent wound assessment skills and abilities, and wound care techniques
Special knowledge of wound healing and skin physiology
Ability to work independently and with a team
Excellent documentation skills
Knowledge of products, appliances, and wound healing
Responsible for dressing changes, assessment, selection of appropriate appliances, and topical wound healing, as well as pharmacological preparations
Skill in teaching wound care and maintenance to other staff and patients
Ability to maintain and promote ostomy care and teach patients to monitor their own appliances
Skill in patient, family, and staff education
Photographic documentation
4. Compensation—Varies according to place of employment and geographic location.

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