|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
|• ||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
|• ||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
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Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing.
Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 183.
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