How to pick the best wound care certification to fit your role

April 16th, 2019

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If you’re working in wound care and seeking to earn wound care certification, kudos because your skills are in great demand.

Carole Jakucs

By Carole Jakucs, MSN, RN, PHN

“The wound care industry in general lacks enough knowledgeable clinicians to handle the challenges of chronic wounds, as rarely is comprehensive wound care training included during college training of all disciplines, this includes MDs, NPs, PAs, RNs, PTs, OTs and LVNs,” said Bill Richlen, PT, WCC, DWC, one of our clinical wound care instructors.

The lack of standardized, pervasive wound care training for clinicians, sets the foundation for why clinicians working with wound patients on a routine basis, may want to get certified in wound care, said Richlen, who also owns Infinitus LLC, in Santa Claus, Ind., a wound care instruction and consulting company.

If you’re having difficulty trying to decide which wound care certification to start with, the info below may be just what you’re looking for to help you decide which certification route to go.

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Case illustrates importance of clear wound care delegation

April 12th, 2019

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In the following case, the issue of delegation of wound care was the focus of the case.

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By Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN

A female patient’s doctor ordered home healthcare services after her hospitalization for renal disorders and congestive heart failure. The patient employed a local home healthcare agency to provide skilled nursing care for the patient’s many health problems.

Six months later, the physician discovered his patient had developed four decubitus ulcers, including one on her right hip, which measured 5-1/2 centimeters in diameter and 7-1/2 centimeters deep.

The physician ordered the nurses to clean the wounds regularly and two months after the orders were being carried out, he delegated to the nurses to begin to pack the right hip wound with Betadine gauze.

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Home health nurse shares wound care certification journey

April 10th, 2019

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What does it mean to be a leader in wound care? It’s about being a credible resource for care decisions based on the evidence, which wound care certification achieves.

By Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

It’s about focusing on what you can do, big or small, to make things better for your patients, team and organization.

Every day, thousands of our Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) alumni lead in this way with wound care certification.

If you participate in our alumni-only Facebook Group called “Wound Care Rocks,” you might recognize Trisha Dubois, RN, WCC, OMS, as a clinician who demonstrates those leadership qualities. She’s eager to learn from other certified clinicians in our group.

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Legal issues clinicians should know when taking wound care pictures

April 3rd, 2019

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Regardless of where a wound care professional practices, following the trajectory of a wound is essential to providing the best care.

Carole Jakucs

By Carole Jakucs, MSN, RN, PHN

In addition to measuring wounds, part of today’s practice sometimes includes taking wound care pictures. The steps involved when photographing wounds depends on your organization’s written policies and procedures.

Some healthcare organizations provide computer-based applications and devices that wound care staff are required to use when taking wound care pictures. These photos are typically uploaded into each patient’s electronic medical record.

Other employers may not provide these tools, however. When this occurs, wound care clinicians may be tempted to use their personal cell phones to take wound photos to monitor the success of their care or share with other clinicians for advice.

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Why our 2019 Wild on Wounds conference will WOW you

March 28th, 2019

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As a wound care clinician you have a passion for your work. It’s this passion that drives you to learn about the latest evidence-based findings on the most effective treatments and products you can use on your patients.

Carole Jakucs

By Carole Jakucs, MSN, RN, PHN

At the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI), we offer two strategies to help you achieve clinical excellence in wound care by attending our Wild on Wounds (WOW) national wound conference and taking our wound care classes.

Wild on Wounds (WOW) is an annual conference created for clinicians who practice skin and wound management.

This year’s event is Sept. 11-14 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The curriculum at WOW is designed in a format that’s relevant for all types of clinicians involved in skin and wound management, said Nancy Morgan, MBA, BSN, RN, WOC, WCC, DWC, OMS, co-founder and clinical consultant with WCEI.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a physical therapist, a nurse, an occupational therapist or a physician, our WOW conference, as well as our WCEI courses, support all types of clinicians at different levels of learning,” Morgan said.

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5 common myths debunked about nutrition for wound healing

March 26th, 2019

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Wound care clinicians work diligently to find the most relevant products while using the latest evidence-based treatments to provide the best patient care.

Carole Jakucs

By Carole Jakucs, MSN, RN, PHN

For optimum wound healing to occur there is another important factor – a nutritious diet.

Proper nutrition for wound healing includes a diet with the right number of calories, vitamins, minerals and nutrients necessary to maintain skin integrity and promote wound healing.

To learn more about nutrition for wound healing, we spoke with Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE, FAND, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and content writer for food, nutrition and dietetics at Relias Healthcare, about five of the most common myths regarding nutrition and wounds.

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Case studies confirm effectiveness of honey for wound care

March 21st, 2019

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When durable medical equipment Manuka honey isn’t available to treat a chronic wound, can over-the-counter (OTC) honey products serve as an effective substitute? Poster presenters from the 2018 Wild On Wounds national conference looked for evidence in two case studies.

By Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

Despite rapid developments in new wound care technology, clinicians are turning to an ancient approach to speed healing and control bioburden: honey.

As early as 3,000 BC, Egyptians and other civilizations relied on honey as a topical wound treatment. With the discovery of antibiotics, however, honey quickly fell out of favor.

As antibiotic resistance drives the search for alternatives today, therapeutic honey enjoys renewed attention from researchers.

Is Manuka honey the only effective option?

Most of the studies on medicinal honey focus on durable medical equipment products, which typically contain honey extracted from the nectar of a Manuka tree.

Based on the evidence, medical-grade Manuka honey has gained esteem among wound care professionals for its increased antimicrobial action compared to other types of honey. Studies also suggest medical-grade Manuka honey contains compounds that jump-start stalled wounds, reduce odor and accelerate healing.

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What do I need to know about professional liability insurance for nurses?

March 19th, 2019

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One of our members submitted a question about what type of professional liability insurance for nurses she should purchase, especially since she is now certified in wound care.

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By Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN

Questions about professional liability insurance are constantly raised by nurses in all areas of nursing practice.

Wound care nurses are no exception, and this topic was briefly covered in on our blog titled Wound Consulting Business: How to Get Started.

There is a great deal of important information for you to know as a wound care nurse before selecting a professional liability policy.

Before discussing that information, it is important to emphasize that as a practicing wound care nurse, you need to purchase your own professional liability insurance policy.

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How to earn wound care certification and why you should

March 12th, 2019

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Whether you’re new to wound care or have worked in the specialty for many years, clinicians who frequently encounter and treat wounds may ask themselves if earning a wound care certification is worth the time and effort.

Carole Jakucs

By Carole Jakucs, MSN, RN, PHN

Will wound care certification expand your knowledge and skills while enhancing professional growth and providing more career opportunities?

One wound care professional who is happy she decided to take the plunge and become certified is Barbara Petersen, RN, WCC, DWC, OMS, nursing coordination specialist in wound care at Adventist Health Central Valley Network in Hanford, Calif.

Petersen has been a nurse for 35 years, the past 11 of which have been in wound care. Prior to changing specialties, she worked 15 years in the ED, then five additional years as an ED/med-surg/SNF director simultaneously — reporting to two CNOs, and all while still working shifts in the ED. Read the rest of this entry »

Wound care specialist has legal concerns when asked about clinical issues ‘on the fly’

March 6th, 2019

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A reader who is the wound care specialist at her facility submitted a question about being approached by wound care clinicians regarding patient care issues when she is in the hallway, at lunch or is leaving the facility for the day.

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By Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN

She wonders how to handle these situations since she knows her “duty” as a wound care specialist starts when clinicians seek a consultation.

She is right to be concerned about evaluating a patient’s wound care at times when she cannot focus on the case.

In a 2013 study analyzing five years of medical malpractice cases, 7,149 out of 23,000 medical claims and lawsuits involved communication failures. Inpatient settings accounted for 44% of the cases, and 9% of the cases involved nurses/nursing. Read the rest of this entry »