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Clinical Nurse Specialist - Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC)

University Health Network (UHN)

Primary site is Toronto General Hospital, with occasional coverage across all UHN sites
Temporary Full-time- 18 months
$86,783.00 - $108,479.00 per annum (Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)

How to Apply

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If you are interested in making a contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter.

You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Description

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)- Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) functions in an advanced practice nursing role demonstrating a high level of autonomy and expert skill to formulate clinical decisions and appropriately care for patients with wound, ostomy and continence needs. The CNS-NSWOCC role acts as a leadership and change agent role in the advancement of nursing practice and standards; supporting the implementation of interprofessional best practices in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and continence concerns.

The key responsibilities of the CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST – NSWOCC include:

  • Applying specialized knowledge and expertise on recent advances in nursing best practices to facilitate the effective management of clinical activities, coordination of in/out-patient care and continuity in patient care

  • management through integrated care strategies;

  • Assess and recommend treatment for patients with complex wounds and ostomies;

  • Provides patient and family with education and nursing care as it relates to the diagnosis and treatment plan. Assures that patient/family and healthcare providers are educated/informed as to ongoing care needs relative to discharge planning as per patient and family best practices.

  • Recommends efficacious, cost-effective supplies and equipment for wound, ostomy, and continence care to be utilized by the various UHN acute care and rehabilitation sites.

  • Coaching and mentorship of nursing staff and inter-professional teams to build capacity in wound, ostomy and continence management;

  • Inform and support implementation of preventative pressure injury

  • strategies as part of UHN’s Caring Safely strategy.

  • Lead the development of wound, ostomy and continence policies, procedures, order sets and medical directives as needed

  • Participate in product research, procurement, evaluation processes and

  • committees.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Supports quality health care through teaching, mentoring, quality monitoring and program development. Initiates and participates in research that will expand nursing knowledge, and disseminates advances nursing care via national and local health care guidelines,

  • Delivering, coordinating and participating in education in conjunction with the Advanced Practice Nurse Educators including professional development activities

The role will primarily be based out of Toronto General Hospital while providing coverage for clinical consultation at all UHN sites as needed for planned and unplanned absences.



  • Current certificate of registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario and able to practice nursing without restrictions

  • Completion of a Master degree in Nursing or recognized equivalent

  • Completion of Basic Cardiac Life Support (B.C.L.S.) program, Level II Rescuer certification

  • Certificate in the tri-specialty - Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) of a World Council of Enterostomal Therapy and Canadian Nurses Association accredited program of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education

  • Canadian Nurses Association  Certification in wound, ostomy and continence -WOCC ( C) preferred

  • Three (3) years of relevant experience including experience in an advanced clinical practice role, preferably in an acute care setting

  • Two (2) or more years experience in the specialty of wound, ostomy and

  • continence care

  • Experience in nursing research methodology

  • Eligible for cross-appointment to an academic institution Effective verbal and written communication skills Excellent coaching and mentoring skills

  • Effective interpersonal and customer services skills Excellent organization and time management skills

  • Excellent decision making, problem recognition and problem solving skills Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills

  • Program planning and evaluation methodology skills

  • Commitment to collaborative practice, effectively functioning within an inter-professional team

  • Ability to work effectively and autonomously within a fast paced, high

  • stressed environment

  • Ability to utilize information technology

  • Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code

Company/Organization Description

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to all the key role of Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)- Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) in our Collaborative Academic Practice Department.

The Energy of the City. The Rewards of a Great Career.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of ground breaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are  amazing the world. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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