Kaiser Permanente Wound/Ostomy/Cont (WOCN) RN - Continuing Care Services in Portland, Oregon

The Certified Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nurse (CWOCN) provides quality, cost-effective management of a caseload of inpatients, outpatients, home care, and long-term care patients in the Northwest Region who have complex wound, ostomy, and continence care needs. Upon referral from physicians and other healthcare providers the CWOCN assesses, plans, implements and evaluates patient care. The CWOCN provides expert consultation, coordination of services and education for patients and families and the healthcare team to achieve optimal patient care and adequate staff knowledge of wound and ostomy care. The major clinical focus of this position varies to include the hospital, outpatient clinic, home care, and long-term care as needed.

Essential Functions:

  • Wound, Ostomy, Continence Care: Staffs hospital, outpatient chronic wound clinics, home health/hospice in multiple locations throughout the region. Assesses, examines, counsels, and determines treatment for prevention and healing of wounds, ostomy and continence care. Determines and orders appropriate topical products, compression therapy, sharp debridement, referrals to specialty providers, and labs and xrays under approved physician orders and protocols and based on established KPNW Certified Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nurse standards of care within scope of practice. Organizes and plans patients' ostomy care and rehabilitation through assessment, examination, pre-and post-operative teaching, counseling and recommending treatment and product use. Acts as an expert resource for staff and utilizes knowledge in clinical areas of practice.

  • Consults with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers in hospital, clinic, home health/hospice and skilled nursing facilities regarding wound, ostomy, and continence management for individual patients; recommends treatment modalities to promote healing, contain drainage, and promote skin integrity.

  • Wound and Ostomy Care Education and Consultation: Consults with contracted home health agencies, Kaiser Permanente utilization reviewer, and primary care clinicians regarding appropriate clinical wound, ostomy and continence care and utilization for home care and skilled nursing facility patients. Provides formal education of nursing, medical, and other healthcare staff regarding wound and ostomy management. Actively participates/leads committees/task forces as needed. Educates team on financial implications of supply and equipment usage. Develops state-of-the-art protocols, staff and patient written resources in collaboration with regional Wound supervisor and other KP CWOCNs.

  • Consults with local outpatient materials management, pharmacy, reception staff regarding issues related to the delivery of effective wound/ostomy/continence care.

  • Quality Management/Utilization: Participates in quality management/improvement activities in the NW Region as appropriate, including occurrence reporting, focused studies, process and outcome measurement and continuous quality improvement projects. Consults with DME, Materials Management regarding optimum use of supplies and equipment. Participates as a member of the CWOCN team, including team meeting and case conferences. Supports quality management plans at the UBT level. Performs other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum three (3) years of RN nursing experience in home care, long-term care, hospital or clinic setting.

  • Minimum one (1) year of leadership experience (e.g. preceptor, charge nurse, team lead).


  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing or related field.

Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

  • Current Oregon and Washington RN license required. License in state where assigned required upon hire/transfer, application for license in secondary state required within 2 weeks of hire/transfer and must be obtained within 6 months.

  • Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse Board certification (CWOCN) required upon hire/transfer.

  • Valid driver's license.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required upon hire/transfer.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to travel between multiple offices, clinics, hospitals and/or homes within the NW Region.

  • Thorough knowledge of current wound, ostomy, continence nursing practice.

  • Experience with vascular assessment, including Doppler measurement of arterial flow.

  • Experience with sharp instrument wound debridement.

  • Ability to complete concise, thorough clinical documentation of patient assessments and care.

  • Working knowledge of quality management and resource utilization methodologies.

  • Thorough knowledge of universal infection control.

  • Knowledge of adult learning theory.

  • Strong group presentation skills to facilitate provision of in-service training.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Problem-solving, organizational and time management skills.

  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary team as a consultant and direct care provider.

  • Demonstration of customer-focused service skills.

  • Ability to proficiently operate personal computer.

  • Must have sufficient manual dexterity to perform precise procedures, such as limited sharp debridement.

  • Employees are required to follow all prescribed safety precautions and procedures in order to avoid accidents, exposure to illness, or placing themselves in situations of high risk for injury. When caregivers or equipment are not available to assist, then have discussion with a Supervisor to discuss alternative care arrangements for the patient.

  • Physical requirements include: Ability to stand, sit, walk, crawl, climb, bend, stoop, squat, twist, and drive a vehicle throughout assigned shift hours.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum two (2) years of CWOCN experience in home health, long-term care, hospital or clinic.

  • Work experience at Kaiser Permanente.

  • Experience as public speaker.

  • Knowledge of Medicare and TJC regulations.

  • Skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, digital photography.


TITLE: Wound/Ostomy/Cont (WOCN) RN - Continuing Care Services

LOCATION: Portland, Oregon


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.