Fairview Health Services Wound Ostomy Center RN-604 in Hibbing, Minnesota


The Wound Ostomy Care Nurse provides nursing care in the outpatient Wound?Ostomy Department, in-patient acute care, ancillary departments and clinic settings for treatment of acute and chronic wounds and ostomies and fistulas. Functions in a consultative role to direct patient care staff and physicians on wound and ostomy care. Responsibility and accountability for the full scope of wound ostomy nursing practice including education, counseling, prevention, quality and staff development.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Clinical Practice Role: The Wound Ostomy Nurse: Has specialized knowledge and expertise on the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic wounds and ostomies to:

  • Utilize the nursing process and WOCN standards of care in the provision of wound and ostomy management that promotes optimal wound healing and ostomy health. Maintain physical assessment skills and interview to determine individualized plan of care for wounds and ostomies for patients and families. Re-evaluate and adjust care as needed.

  • Evaluate patient response to treatment and progress of wound healing, making adjustments and modifications as indicated.

  • Under physician/provider orders or protocols, select appropriate advance wound care dressings/topicals and ostomy supplies, performs conservative sharp debridement, provides stoma site marking, implements negative pressure wound therapy, etc.

  • Use theories and principles of teaching and learning to educate patients, families, staff partners, physician/provider partners and othe community health partners.

Liaison/Consultant/Leadership Role: the Wound Ostomy Care Nurse: has specialized knowledge and expertise on the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic wounds and ostomies to:

  • Serve as a consultant to staff partners, physicians/providers and othe community health providers utilizing accepted WOCN standards of practice.

  • Perform Wound/Ostomy consultations to in-patients as ordered by physicians and collaborates with staff on the overall plan of care for complex wound/ostomy care and new ostomy patients.

  • Recommend standards for selection of cost-effective wound and ostomy supplies and equipment that are used in the hospital and the Wound Ostomy department.

  • Participates in Safe Skin Committee and Skin Rounds Team and participates in Patient Safety Committee to ensure that quality standards are met or exceeded for the prevention and care of pressure ulcers. Collects, analyzes and presents data for these meetings to help identify opportunities of improvement.

  • Develop and implement staff education on wound and ostomy management that follows evidence based guidelines and is based on identified educational needs to assist staff in maintaining current knowledge and competence.

Professional Development Role - the Wound Ostomy Care Nurse: Has specialized knowledge and expertise on the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic wounds and ostomies to:

  • Participates in ongoing education including, but not limited to: Evidence-based Practice Guidelines; Change, Conflict Management, and Communication; Patient Family Education; National Health Care Issues; Legal, Ethical and Quality of Care Issues; Cost Management and Budgeting; Resource Utilization; and Team Leading and Team Building.

  • Obtains and maintains appropriate certifications for practice area.

  • Obtains and maintains membership in appropriate professional and community organizations.

  • Maintains clinical practice competencies.



  • Due to differences in scope of care, practices, or service lines across settings, the specific experience required for this position may vary.

  • Graduate of Registered Nurse program

  • Current Minnesota RN licensure.

  • Current BLS certification.

  • BA or BS college degree needed to obtain Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse (CWON) within one year of hire.

  • Minimum two (2) years experience in acute care nursing.

  • Baccalaureate degree from a 4 year college and RN degree from an accredited college


  • Program management experience including: policy development, program implementation, evaluation, and marketing preferred.

  • Certification as a Wound Ostomy Care Nurse (i.e., CWON); Bachelor's degree in Nursing

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Requisition ID 2018-27430

Profession Nursing

Speciality Nursing-Specialty Care/Other

Location Fairview Regional Medical Center – Hibbing, MN

Shift day

Hours per 2 weeks 80

Department 604 - Wound Care