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Niagara Health System

Advance Practice Nurse – Wound, Ostomy & Continence (WOC)


Posted Dec, 20171553204

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Advance Practice Nurse – Wound, Ostomy & Continence (WOC)

This full-time position, with multi-site accountabilities, would be a great career move for a Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse in the Extended Class committed to excellence in professional practice, who champions best practice ostomy and continence care.

Reporting to the Director, Nursing Professional Practice and Elder Care, you will lead, model, promote and facilitate a best practice approach to Wound, Ostomy & Continence (WOC) care at Niagara Health. Your initial focus as Advance Practice Nurse – WOC will be on the enactment of the pressure injury/wound care aspects of the Niagara Health Wound Care Action Plan, while at the same time initiating and developing an action plan for best practice ostomy and continence care. In addition to being an expert resource to the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Team, you will demonstrate leadership throughout Niagara Health with a focus on providing extraordinary caring through knowledge translation, people/change management expertise, clinical staff development and related policy and procedure development for patients at all sites.

As APN-WOC, you will collaborate and build strong relationships with the WOC Team, Directors, Physician partners, Patient Care Managers, Nurse Educators and other nursing and hospital leaders, to support and engage nurses and inter-professional team members, plus work with community providers to ensure the continuum of care for patients. You will compile, and assist with reporting, WOC metrics, participate in/conduct research and participate in product selection for WOC products, along with providing advanced wound, ostomy and continence care through the assessment, treatment and management of WOC challenges, primarily to inpatients. Providing leadership for various corporate committees, such as the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Committee, while collaborating with the Director, Nursing Professional Practice and Elder Care, Human Resources, Finance, Materials Management and other related teams will be other key aspects of your role as APN-WOC.

Travel between Niagara Health sites will be required.

To join our team as Advance Practice Nurse – Wound, Ostomy & Continence (WOC), you must be an experienced and qualified RN or RN-EC whose knowledge base and skill set include:

  • Current registration in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Nurse in the Extended Class (RN-EC).
  • Master’s degree in Nursing, Adult Education or Wound Care.
  • Completion of the International Inter-Professional Wound Care course and/or Canadian Association of Wound Care Certificate series.
  • Completion of an Enterostomal Therapy Certificate.
  • Five (5) years’ RN and/or APN experience in Medical and/or Surgical Nursing in an acute care setting.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years’ clinical experience in an acute or complex care setting with a direct focus on wound care.
  • Superior interpersonal and leadership skills, including critical thinking, responsiveness, conflict resolution, change management, visionary thinking, organizational, effective customer service, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams and enacting a plan of action.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to relay complex information effectively to patients and health care professionals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge translation skills to implement evidence-based practices.
  • Demonstrated experience with quality improvement strategies and methodologies.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with program development and implementation, project and change management and evaluation.
  • Commitment to excellence in all elements of professional practice, including excellence in patient care processes, measuring outcomes, collaboration and professional growth through continuing education, and research utilization.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and self-directed, and to work independently and as a member of the Professional Practice team.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large/diversified workload with rapidly changing priorities and challenging deadlines.
  • Computer skills in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook and a variety of audiovisual equipment.
  • Ability to maintain a valid Ontario driver’s licence, and access to reliable transportation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of Niagara Health.
  • Ability to maintain consistent, regular attendance.

Discover a team environment of Extraordinary Caring – and great quality of life

At Niagara Health, the major provider of acute care in Canada’s Niagara Region, Extraordinary Caring is what our patients, their families, our volunteers, our teams and our community need and deserve. Caring is so much more than care. Both the physical and emotional part of caring is at the heart of our purpose. Every person. Every time.

As a multi-site hospital, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient clinics and services, including Emergency & Urgent Care, Centres of Excellence for Women and Babies and Mental Health, and regional cardiac and cancer programs, we offer a wide variety of practice settings and opportunities to carry out interesting and challenging work.

To join Niagara Health is to spend more time enjoying life than commuting. Nestled between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and best known for its tourist attractions, the area offers great geographical advantages. Our hospital sites are located in thriving communities, where affordable housing, a myriad of recreational and cultural activities, and diverse settings make both family and single living a rewarding experience.

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Niagara Health is committed to Employment Equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Niagara Health will provide accommodations through the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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