The Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is a skilled health provider who through a written collaborative practice agreement with a physician is credentialed through the Medical Staff Office. As a member of the Medical Staff the APN demonstrates standards of professional practice that includes ethical decision making, job activities related to quality assessment/improvement, self-evaluation, leadership, and research. The APN is self-directed and purposeful in seeking necessary knowledge and skills to develop and maintain competency. The primary purpose of the APN Wound Care position is to provide high quality patient care. The APN utilizes advanced practice nursing expertise to provide care to patients with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs. Other responsibilities for the APN include participation in staff orientation, education and consultation for patients, families, and health care team members. Works collaboratively with Physicians, Nursing Director, Managers, and case workers to identify patient care and staff development needs. Conducts evidence-based practice and performance in collaboration with all the interdisciplinary team. May provide work direction to support staff and staff nurses within University Hospital. Participates in staff development programs, patient/family education programs, performance improvement and education programs related to care for patients and staff.
Certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the State of New Jersey and must hold a WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society) certification, or obtain within six (6) months. A minimum of two (2) years of clinical nursing experience required. Wound Care experience preferred. current BLS (CPR) and ACLS certification are required. Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a team to perform the day-to-day activities of the unit. Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills, effective communication skills, and creative problem solving are essential. Computer literacy required.