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Wound Care Specialist

Southlake Regional Health Centre

596 Davis Dr, Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P9, Canada
Permanent Full Time

Job Description


Reporting to the Manager Interprofessional Practice, Skin and Wound and Student Placements, the Wound Care Specialist will work collaboratively with the leadership team, educators and inter-professional team to ensure the development and implementation of best practices in skin care and prevention and management of wounds. Effective leadership will result in consistent application of evidence informed practices to achieve quality patient care that improves outcomes in our high-risk patient populations. The Wound Care Specialist is instrumental in program development aimed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of pressure injuries. Teaching and mentoring of staff, evaluating outcomes, and monitoring and reporting of selected indicators are key components of this role.

The Wound Care Specialist will function with a high degree of attention to detail, quality of workmanship, accuracy and ability to prioritize work in a dynamic, fast paced, team setting, often working with competing priorities. As a member of the Interprofessional Practice team, the Wound Care Specialist is committed to Southlake’s purpose of “Building healthy communities through outstanding care, innovative partnerships and amazing people” by living the Southlake Values and upholding the hospital Code of Conduct.



  • RN certificate of competence in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

  • Bachelor’s Degree.

  • CNA certification in Wound Ostomy and Continence.

  • Master’s Degree preferred.

  • Recognized course in Debridement preferred.

  • Minimum 3 years relevant nursing experience related to wound and skin management.

  • Member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) (preferred).

  • Member of RNAO interest group, Ontario Wound Interest Group (ONTWIG) (preferred).

  • Member of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOC) (preferred).

  • Member of Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) (preferred).

  • Demonstrated understanding of interprofessional collaboration and education.

  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal communication, team building, and coaching skills that encourages positive interactions among all members of the health care team.

  • Proven experience in needs assessment, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

  • Proven experience in the planning and implementation of quality improvement projects.

  • Systems level thinking and ability to think strategically.

  • Ability to review and critically analyze literature and research and to apply findings and theoretical frameworks into clinical practice and standards of care.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of Patient and Family-Centred Care.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective clinical practice leadership.

  • Ability to work independently, be self-directed and participate in/lead interprofessional teams.

  • Proven ability to facilitate ongoing staff development.

  • Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and development.

  • Demonstrated conflict resolution skills.

  • Ability to make independent decisions based on knowledge of current situations and sound judgement.

  • Proficiency in working with Microsoft Office 365, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Ability to manage data to produce statistics, metrics, scorecards and reports required.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with strong multi-tasking ability.

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

  • Ability to produce high quality work with attention to detail.

  • Ability to use good judgement in assessing difficult situations with resourcefulness and strong problem solving skills.

  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced team environment.

  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the job.

  • Proven attendance record.

  • Demonstrates understanding and complies with Southlake policies and procedures.

  • Fosters a safe and inclusive environment for all.

  • Models behaviour that is aligned with the values of Southlake Regional Health Centre

  • Always with compassion

  • Power of many

  • Serve with purpose

  • Every voice matters

  • Courage to think differently

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Hospital’s Occupational Health and Safety department. Successful candidates will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination (two doses) from the Ontario Ministry of Health website or other authorized source directly to the Occupational Health and Safety department. In the event that you are unable to be vaccinated as a result of a ground protected under the Human Rights Code, you may submit a written explanation of the ground and any supporting documentation to determine if you are exempt from this requirement to the recruitment team. A recruitment representative may follow up with you for further information if necessary.

At Southlake, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve, including those with disabilities. Southlake is committed to providing accommodations in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

It is the responsibility of all Southlake employees to work in a safe manner and promote health and safety in the workplace.

Company/Organization Description

Southlake is building healthy communities through outstanding care, innovative partnerships, and amazing people. We deliver a wide range of healthcare services to the communities of northern York Region and southern Simcoe County. Our advanced regional programs include Cancer Care and Cardiac Care and serve a broader population across the northern GTA and into Simcoe-Muskoka.

Our team of nearly 6,000 staff, physicians, volunteers, students and Patient and Family Advisors are committed to creating an environment where the best experiences happen. As a recognition of our commitment to quality and patient safety, we have received the highest distinction of Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada.

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