WOC Nurse, Ostomy - Advanced Practice Nurse

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

2012710 Surgery-Chairman's Office

About the Unit
At the University of Chicago Medicine, we provide care and support for patients living with stomas as well as those considering ostomy surgery. Our advanced practice nurses, certified in ostomy and wound care, work with children and adults anticipating the creation of an ileostomy or colostomy. Our team provides post-operative education and care to patients who have recently undergone surgery. We also see patients living with stomas who need additional assistance and/or are interested in updates to ostomy management systems. We believe that all people who undergo ostomy surgery should have access to a specialized ostomy nurse to help with the adaptation and adjustments that are necessary following surgery.

Job Information

Job Summary:

This position will assist to manage, plan, monitor and assure delivery of high quality patient and family care for a caseload of ostomy patients. Attain adequate cohesiveness by coordinating the patient's care through the inpatient, outpatient and community continuum. Exercise autonomous decision-making in the assessment, diagnosis and initiation of ostomy-related health care issues as delineated by the collaborative agreement. Collaborate with the patient's multidisciplinary team members to assure safe, cost effective and timely and efficient care; evaluate the appropriateness of care and facilitate necessary changes to the defined plan; support, teach and is a resource for all members of the health care team.


Clinical Practice – 90%

  • Assesses, plans, monitors, intervenes, coordinates and evaluates the delivery of patient care.
  • Collaborates with the patient, family and multidisciplinary team to assure appropriate, safe cost effective, timely and efficient care.
  • Identifies patient needs and makes referral for consultation with internal and external specialists.
  • Assures that patient education needs are met, providing individualized instruction as needed.
  • Responds to psychosocial needs by facilitating referrals as appropriate.
  • Work with case managers to coordinate patient discharge planning and maintains regular patient telephone contact in the immediate postoperative period.
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge in area of ostomy care services and functions as a professional role model.
  • Performs universal and practice specific privileges, and procedures as outlined in the CNS/APN delineation of privileges.
  • Provides administrative consultation when requested.
  • Represents the needs of ostomy services on committees, as appropriate.
  • Evaluates the appropriateness of care in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrates leadership in creative problem solving strategies.
  • Initiates and implements necessary changes in in-patient care delivery through the sharing of research, current trends, and expert knowledge.

Education/Research – 10%
  • Provides continuing education and professional development opportunities for health care providers.
  • Develops educational material for staff, patients and families.
  • Participates in the education of students.Serves as a preceptor for graduate students.
  • Participates in independent and/or collaborative research projects.
  • Maintains competence and continuing education credits in are of specialization and in professional practice.
  • Attends relevant educational offerings.
  • Contributes to the literature by submitting articles for publication.
  • Disseminates professional contributions in lectures and seminars.
  • Actively contributes to appropriate professional and/or specialty organizations.
  • Fulfills requirements for maintaining advanced practice certification and licensure.

  • Demonstrated clinical competency, effective leadership and teaching skills required.
  • Ability to conduct physical examinations and health assessments required.
  • Ability to interview and obtain medical information required.
  • Willingness to enter into written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician upon hire required.
  • Once licensed and as needed, willingness to apply for a mid-level practitioner controlled substance license and DEA number required.
  • Willingness to be privileged and credentialed through UCMC Medical Staff Office prior to start date required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently required.
  • Strong organizational skills required.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skill required.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers preferred.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Advanced degree (or equivalent, if license received prior to July 1, 2001) from an accredited school/college of nursing required.

  • Two or more years of clinical experience in a related area of specialty preferred.

Licenses and Certifications:
  • Current advanced practice nurse (APN) license in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date required.
  • Current registered nurse (RN) license in the State of Illinois or eligibility to receive by start date required.
  • Current Ostomy certification from the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Certification board preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Direct patient contact or clinical care setting.
  • Exposure to human blood, human blood components, and/or products made from human blood.
  • Exposure to infectious material.
  • Exposure to X-Ray Producing Equipment.
  • High stress environment.
  • Irregular work schedule.
  • On-call responsibilities.
  • Requires use of personal protective equipment.
  • Office environment.
  • Sterile/clean room environment.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Contact Information

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?

Health Screen Required?

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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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