1) The Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse position is an evidence-based, nursing specialty, encompassing a unique body of knowledge to provide care to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence concerns, across the entire continuum of care, assisting them in achieving their optimal functional status.
2) The purpose of the WOC nursing specialty is to optimize care, improving patient outcomes through its unique scope of practice.
3) The WOC Nurse assists with patient care on a consulting basis, as ordered by a physician for the Evaluation and Treatment of patients with wounds, ostomies, and continence issues, developing a plan of care and writing appropriate nursing instructions on behalf of the attending physician.
4) The WOC nursing specialty is demonstrated in specific areas of clinical practice through competencies and/or specialty certifications. This specialty is practiced through the use of the nursing process in the following areas: practice, education, consultation, and research.
Associates Degree in Nursing and enrollment in BSN program
At least two years of experience in acute care nursing
Any and all associated bedside nursing equipment
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
Knowledge of current practice standards, evidence-based practice guidelines
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and documentation skills
Problem resolution, team building, customer service and infection control.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.