Certified Ostomy/Wound Nurse

JOB SUMMARY: Provide ostomy/wound care education to the clinical nursing staff and patients.  Serve as a consultant to the clinical nursing staff in managing ostomy/wound patients through home visits, joint visits, video and case conferencing.

REPORTS TO: Vice President of Operations


  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing
  • Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of New Jersey
  • Have achieved a certification in CWOCN – Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse, CWON – Certified  Wound Ostomy Nurse, or COCN – Certified Ostomy Care Nurse
  • Basic computer skills


  • Knowledge of VNA mission, philosophy, policies, and programs
  • Comprehensive knowledge and skill in current nursing practice
  • Understanding and knowledge of the nursing process
  • Knowledge of good organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to accept and utilize supervision
  • Unique body of knowledge relative to nursing care of persons with select disorders of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems


  • Promote and maintain health of individuals, families and the community through teaching, counseling, and appropriate preventive and rehabilitative measures
  • Assesses physiologic, environmental, and psychosocial needs of the client and, family in relation to their ostomy/wound needs
  • Develops care plans to meet the individual needs of the patient and family
    – Utilizes knowledge of ostomy/wound clinical best practices when developing the plan of care and delivering care to the patient and family
    – Incorporates the expressed, as well as the assessed needs of the client and family in the ostomy/wound care plan

  • Carries out ostomy/wound treatment to patients in their homes
  • Follows policies and procedures for clinical documentation
  • Record observations, treatments given, and other significant information
  • – Maintain accurate records at all times

  • Identifies needs, and plans appropriate teaching strategies for patients and families
  • – Documents response to teaching succinctly and objectively
    – Teaching content is safe, ethical and in accordance with VNASH guidelines/policies, VNAA procedure manual, & NJ RN practice

  • Assess patients’ needs for ostomy/wound supplies and order as needed
  • Develops and uses functional network systems within the community that allow for the greatest client services
  • – Links patients with resources, as needed
    – Interpret extent and limitations of service available and collaborate with patient and family on any limitations and to assist in referring to other appropriate community resources or care settings; Communicate to the physician any limitations and education/suggestions given to patient and family

  • Collaborates with the physician regarding assessment findings as needed and recommendations to establish the plan of care for the patient
  • Collaborates and communicates assessment findings, plan of care and any needed follow up to internal team members involved in the patient’s plan of care
  • Adheres to agency infection control practices
  • Adheres to the policies of the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills
  • Other duties as assigned