Clinical Nurse, Per Diem - HHC-ISC - Wound Healing Center

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Date: Jun 7, 2019

Location: Irvine, CA, US

Company: Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Job Description:

As part of the Wound Healing Center’s team for Hoag Hospital and its affiliates (the “Organization”), the Clinical Nurse collaborates with Physicians and other health care providers to provide best practice interventions and duties necessary for the management of patients on a technical and professional level requiring no constant supervision.


Provides quality nursing care to all patients in accordance with the California Nurse Practice Act, and professional regulatory standards.   Utilizes the nursing process based on research and evidence based outcomes to meet patient care needs.  Participates in maintaining a safe patient care environment.  Demonstrates leadership skills by directing personnel and establishing collegial relationships with others. 


The Clinical Nurse displays and practices a work-style reflecting the mission, vision and values of the Wound Healing Center, as well as the Organization. Participates in the continuous quality improvement process. Maintains a working knowledge of departmental standard operating procedures, including the use of specialized instrumentation, Quality Control requirements, and preventive maintenance.


Essential Functions

Demonstrates competent knowledge, based on Organization policies, procedures and standards, in the following:

  • Demonstrates an ability to organize and incorporate new routines, procedures and skills.
  • Demonstrates skill in the use of equipment and devices pertinent to treatment, procedures and practices.
  • Demonstrates the use of the nursing process as documented on the admission assessment, patient Plan of Care, focus charting, and discharge plan.
  • Assesses and documents a complete physical assessment, nursing interventions, teaching and discharge needs for the patients assigned to each shift.
  • Documents in the patient record utilizing documentation guidelines, Standards of Care and Pathway goals.
  • Communicates changes in the patient's condition to the supervision/management team and the physician directing the care of the patient as well as pertinent information at shift report using the patient Plan of Care.
  • Follows procedure in the identification of patients prior to implementing any procedures, interventions, etc
  • Provides appropriate information for all patient procedures and ensures patient/significant other understanding prior to start of procedure. 
  • Responds to emergency situations in a timeframe appropriate to the needs of the patient.
  • Administers medications and intravenous therapy with the ability to assess the indication appropriate dosing and effects of the medication administered for the patient.
  • Initiates IV therapy and documents accurate information on the patient record.
  • Correctly collects, handles, and labels specimens utilizing Standard Precautions, as well as documenting in the patient record.
  • Adheres to Infection Control policies and procedures, follows Standard Precautions and specific isolation precautions for the prevention and spread of bloodborn pathogens and other communicable diseases
  • Appropriately assesses and implements prescribed interventions to ensure pain management for the patient.
  • Recognizes that ethical, legal and medical dilemmas exist in the nursing practice and confers with the appropriate resource personnel when making nursing decisions. 
  • Implements and documents teaching discharge plan for each patient.
  • Assesses the educational ability and level for the patient population.  Incorporates available educational material into patient teaching, documenting understanding in patient record.
  • Provides ongoing assessment of the nutritional status for the patient.  Implements dietary consult when indicated to provide/maintain adequate nutritional intake.  Communicates to physician nutritional needs/problems for the patient.
  • Provides continuity of care through implementation/utilization of the Plan of Care for the patients.
  • Appropriately assesses, intervenes and cares for the adult and geriatric patient, as well as their family members, requiring emotional support, coping support and care for significant life changes and end of life issues.  Coordinates support services with Social Services, Pastoral Care, Case Management, etc.
  • Clinical Care:  Ensure patient care is delivered and the unit is maintained in accordance with professional regulatory standards. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate population as outlined in the job description and competencies.

Specific to Wound Healing Center:

  • Provides case management and acts as a patient advocate to patients referred to the Wound Healing Center.
  • Provides specific patient assessments according to protocols and procedures.
  • Provides efficient and effective treatment under the guidance of the physician including: appropriate use of compression wraps, dressings, Doppler, topical medication and negative pressure wound therapy.
  • Provides Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) patient assessment and is competent to operate the chamber when necessary.
  • Provides patient/caregiver education related to wound care management.
  • Completes documentation in a timely manner that contains all necessary information that meets all regulatory and insurance guidelines.  Documentation and signatures are legible.  Uses only approved abbreviations.


Job Requirements:

  • Active, Current CA RN License.
  • Current BLS certification.
  • Self-directed individual with ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines, excellent attention to detail, and maintain a high level of work quality.
  • Strong team player with excellent oral, verbal and presentation communication skills.
  • Proven ability to interface with all customer levels (physicians, Organizational staff, insurance companies, patients and family members).
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook and Word, plus healthcare database systems.
  • Decisive and capable of exercising good judgment under pressure.
  • If BSN has not been obtained upon hire then the Clinical Nurse I must begin the BSN program within one year of the hire date and obtain their BSN within two years of starting the program

Job Preferences:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN).
  • Critical care experience in wound treatment experience, preferably in an acute healthcare system environment or Wound Treatment Center.
  • Wound Care Certification.
  • Qualified bilingual or multilingual candidates.


Nearest Major Market: Irvine California
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

Job Segment: Clinic, Geriatric, Medical, Nursing, Law, Healthcare, Legal

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