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One Day Wound Seminars Continue To Excite Clinicians

October 28th, 2013

2013-03-27 23.07.05Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI®) is busy wrapping up another national tour of the one-day wound seminar. Instructors Nancy Morgan and Jennifer Oakley spent the year touring the US and instructing thousands of clinicians with an interest in wound care. “We have met so many passionate clinicians that wanted to enhance their knowledge in wound care to make a difference in their patients’ lives! These seminars give folks a good foundation for beginning their knowledge along with providing a good review for clinicians already certified in wound care” said Nancy Morgan, co-founder of WCEI.

The seminars focus on wound assessment and on the advanced wound dressing categories and review the who, what, where, when, why and how including:

• The elements of a wound assessment
• Identifying pressure ulcers utilizing 2007 NPUAP Staging Guidelines
• Identifying tissue types commonly found in wounds
• Documenting comprehensive wound assessment
• and more!

November and December offer a few additional opportunities to attend at locations listed below. For complete details go to:

  • November 12 – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • November 14 – Glenview, IL
  • December 4 – Ft Wayne, IN
  • December 5 – Ft Wayne, IN
  • 2014 Schedule Coming Soon!

Bring a seminar to your facility!

WCEI also offers the opportunity for a facility to bring the seminar to their location, allowing customization to the individual needs.  For more information on hosting a seminar at your facility, go to:

[One Day Seminar Instructors: Nancy Morgan RN, BSN, MBA, WOC, WCC, DWC, OMS and co-founder of WCEI.  Jennifer Oakley RN, BSN, CWCA, WCC, DWC, OMS]

NAWCO℠ and WCEI® Attend the UOAA National Conference

August 12th, 2013

A Memorable Experience at the UOAA National Conference! uoaa_collage
What an awesome time we had!

This was a very different type of National Meeting when compared to others we’ve attended in the past. We met hundreds of Ostomates in all ages, from across the US and internationally. This was the first time we attended the United Ostomy Association of America (UOAA) National Conference and we were greeted with a warm welcome from attendees, clinicians and exhibitors.

Many people stopped by the booth to welcome the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy℠ on their latest certification, the Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS℠) into their community with open arms. In fact, over and over attendees were telling us how “there’s nobody trained that can help me”… “there isn’t enough stoma nurses”… “we are so glad you are doing this”.  They were thrilled to learn that the OMS certification would not only include Nurses but also other disciplines such as Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Physicians and Physician Assistant.

Jennifer Oakley (WCEI Instructor) and I spent our time at the booth talking to each attendee and listening to their stories. This really gave us an intimate up-front personal look into their lives. I have to say not many of the stories we heard were positive. In fact many were straight up nightmares of experiences they each had to endure.  Many times Jennifer and I found ourselves holding back the emotion as their stories were so moving.

This just reinforced to me that we need to get out there and spread the knowledge and time is of the essence!    My wheels were spinning on ideas of what we can do to make an impact nationwide.

It was an honor to attend this year’s UOAA national meeting. We want to thank each and every one of you that welcomed us and shared your story. We at WCEI will continue to pay it forward by educating multidisciplinary clinicians in Ostomy Management!

Nancy Morgan RN, BSN, MBA,WCC, DWC, OMS
WCEI Co-Founder

Clinicians Choose WCEI® for Wound Care Training

August 9th, 2013

Become Wound Care Certified

Why Do Clinicians Choose WCEI® for their Wound Care Certification Training?

  • Wound Care Education Institute’s Skin and Wound Care Management training course provides continuing education hours for RNs, LPN/LVNs, PTs, PTAs, OTs, NPs, PAs, and MD/DOs.
  • Because it is offered both onsite and online, this comprehensive course meets the lifestyle needs of a wide range of multi-disciplinary clinicians.   Its online availability eliminates the expense of travel, hotel and employee time off.
  • The National Wound Care Certified (WCC®) exam is administered onsite with an exam proctor or at a convenient testing center.
  • WCEI course meets current standards of care and teaches clinicians to be legally defensible at bedside.
  • The pass rate for students that take WCEI® course and then sit for the WCC® exam is 89%-91%. Significantly higher than other courses.
  • WCC is the largest network of Wound Care Certified clinicians nationwide.
  • WCEI works directly with VA, Military, and hospitals that have achieved Magnet recognition along with Long-term, Home Health and Hospice care organizations. WCEI has also partnered with various universities and colleges providing continuing education to health care providers.
  • WCEI has developed state funded educational programs with several organizations in WI, MD, MA, NJ, and RI.  Combined greater than 600 healthcare professionals received state funding to sit for WCEI comprehensive skin and wound management course and WCC exam.
  • WCEI is committed to the success of their alumni and support them throughout their wound care career.  Clinical support is available following certification to assist them in the field.
  • The WCC® certification is a prestigious, highly recognized credential offered only through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy™. The WCC certification program is accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA®), the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE®). Certification programs that receive NCCA accreditation demonstrate compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which were the first standards for professional certification programs developed by the industry.

Learn more about becoming Wound Care Certified at

Save $100 on registration for on-site WCC course only. Coupon code: BLOG.  Coupon code must be used at time of purchase/registration. Existing registrations are not eligible. Coupon expires12/31/2013.

Find out about our One Day Wound Care Seminars at


July 16th, 2013


Curious about maggots and leeches?  The maggots are back at the Wild on Wounds conference in Las Vegas.

Session #302: “HOW TO: Hands On:
Principles and Practice of Biosurgery and Biosurgical Debridement”
Ron Sherman MD, MSc, DTM&H, Director BTER Foundation, Irvine, CA.
Taught in two sessions, you will get the didactic and the practical hands on.Maggott_photos
Learn about the history, current status, mechanisms of action, as well as indications and contraindications for maggot and leech therapy. Then put all that to use when you actually learn the technical aspects of maggot debridement therapy by applying live maggot dressings to mock wounds.









  •     Lunch all 3 days with a lunch speaker on 3rd day
  •     Black and White Gala party (includes dinner / drinks / prizes / dancing and more)
  •     2 days of vendor showcase exhibits
  •     Cyber café (complimentary internet access)
  •     3 days filled with Wound and Ostomy education


Voting Is Open for “WHY I WANT TO GO TO WILD ON WOUNDS” Video Contest

June 24th, 2013

WOW2013_VOTE-CHAMP-CONTEST-EBLAST_500 The videos are up, the voting has begun and now we need your help!

Clinicians were asked to create a short video telling us why they should win a free trip to attend the annual Wild on Wounds “WOW” Conference at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Now they need your help.  Click on this link to cast your vote for your favorite video and help one of these deserving clinicians win a free trip.

Wild on Wounds “WOW”  is a national conference held each year with the goal of spreading the knowledge needed to be a successful wound care practitioner. It is a multidisciplinary event providing continuing education, exciting learning opportunities and a whole lot of fun! Hundreds of clinicians from all over come to be inspired by the dedication of fellow attendees and faculty, and to learn the “moves, footwork and punches” needed to deliver positive results for their wound patients.  All sessions are designed with clinicians and patients in mind and for the hands-on practitioner.

  • 49 sessions covering the latest in evidence based wound care
  • 21 “HOW-TO” sessions to choose from
  • 7 “HANDS-ON” series of sessions offered
  • 4 days of networking opportunities and more!

For more details, visit our website at

Win a Free Trip to “WOW” Wild On Wounds Conference 2013

June 3rd, 2013



The “Why I Want To Go To WOW” Video Contest is now open for submissions

Wound Care Education Institute wants to know why you should win a trip to attend the WOW Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas.  Submit a 3  minute video telling us why it’s important for you to attend WOW and you could win a complete trip which includes air travel, hotel stay for 4 nights and access to the WOW 2013 Conference.
How to Enter:
Eligible clinicians must submit their video entries via email to

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:  5:00pm CST on Friday June 21, 2013
Contest is open to current licensed clinicians only. Each entry must include the participant’s first name, last name, home address, email address, written confirmation that the participant is 21 years of age or older, phone number including area code, all required video release forms and either an attachment of, or link to, the video. Video must not exceed 3 minutes in length. Only one entry per person will be permitted and all requirements must be met in order to qualify. For complete details See Entry Requirements for complete details.

Check Out Our 2012 Winning Video – CLICK HERE

Diabetic Wound Certified Nurses Paying It Forward in Philadelphia

May 14th, 2013

Diabetic Wound Care certified nurses had a dream to create a free diabetic foot screening clinic and open it up to the city of Philadelphia, PA. Their dream came true.

Philadelphia Nursing Team, WCC's and DWC's getting ready to open up the clinic.

Philadelphia Nursing Team, WCC’s and DWC’s and Dr. Fanelly getting ready to open up the clinic.

Wound Care Education Institute’s (WCEI®) clinical team presented a session last year called “Paying It Forward” at our annual “Wild on Wounds” convention. This session was all about developing and coordinating free community diabetic foot screening clinics. We walked attendees through every step necessary to conduct such a clinic, from choosing a location to marketing and funding, and including logistics such as station supplies and staffing.

As a result, Stanley A. Rynkiewicz III RN MSN WCC® DWC® CCS and Administrator at Deer Meadows Home Health was inspired to coordinate a one day clinic in his home town of Philadelphia. He asked if WCEI could help him coordinate the event making it available to the whole city. We were thrilled at the invitation!

The event took place on Saturday May 11th with staff that included volunteer nurses, Wound Care Certified (WCC®) and Diabetic Wound Certified (DWC®) clinicians and a local podiatrist and co-sponsor, Dr. John M. Fanelly DPM.

The clinic was a huge success!  Close to 100 Philadelphians came from all over the community, ranging in age from 35-85 years.  We were a welcome sight to them and you could see the appreciation in their faces.  They came to us with conditions that ranged from calluses to fungus and included hammer toes, Onychogryphosis (also known as “ram’s horn nails”), diabetic ulcers and Charcot foot .

Polymem Silver Toe dressing to combat bioburden

Polymem Silver Toe dressing to combat bioburden

We will never forget Willie, an older man who walked with a slow shuffle and a big smile. Because he had not seen a doctor in many years, he was thrilled to have his feet checked. When he took off his slipper we saw the “ram’s horn toe nails” shown in this photo. They had not been cut in years and were excessively thick and curled under and over.

Ram Horn Nails

Ram Horn Nails

Our post clinic meeting discussions made it clear that our outreach work has just touched the surface of a great need. Much more needs to be done and our knowledge and expertise has the potential to have enormous impact. There are many more Willies out there that need our help.

We plan to share our experience in detail at this year’s Wild on Wounds annual convention in Las Vegas on September 11-14, 2013. Our hope is to inspire more clinicians to do this in their own communities across the country.

Thanks again to all the wonderful nurses who donated their time on a very long Saturday and to the wonderful sponsors:  Deer Meadows Home Health Select DataFerris Manufacturing (Polymem Dressings) / Dr. John M. Fanelly DPM and Wound Care Education Institute.


Who Says Wound Care Can’t Be Fun!

April 9th, 2013

The Wild on Wounds annual conference is dedicated to spreading the knowledge needed to be a successful wound care practitioner. wow_boxing_ad

It is a multidisciplinary event providing exciting learning opportunities and a whole lot of fun!

To deliver a knock-out blow to chronic wounds, you need the passion and desire to achieve your goal and the know-how to turn that desire into results. This event will inspire you and give you the “moves and fancy footwork” needed to deliver positive results for your wound patients.  It is designed for the hands-on practitioner looking for evidence-based knowledge and tools to make a difference right away.

Conference Highlights:

  • 49 sessions covering the latest in evidence-based wound care
  • 21 “HOW-TO”  series of sessions to choose from
  • 7 “HANDS-ON” series of sessions to choose from
  • 4 Days of networking opportunities
  • Invitation to our 10th Anniversary Black & White Gala open to all main attendees
  • And More!

For complete details visit

Trimming Those Tricky Diabetic Toenails

March 7th, 2013

diabetic blog pic

You are getting ready to trim your diabetic patients toenails.  What exactly does that all involve?  Well, first you need the proper tools.  A set of toenail nippers, nail file, and orange stick are typically used.   Always follow your facility or healthcare’s settings policy for infection control.  Single use disposable equipment is favorable.

You have gathered your equipment to trim the patients toenails, now what?  Nails are easiest to trim after a bath or soak for 10min to soften nails.  The soaking of diabetics feet should only be done by a healthcare professional. You can clean under the patients toenail with an orange stick (wearing gloves), wiping on a clean washcloth in between each toe during soaking. .

After soaking and washing of the feet are completed, dry the patients feet completely.  Wash your hands and put on gloves to trim the toenails.  Use your dominant hand to hold the nipper.  Start with the small toe and work your way medial toward the great toe.  Squeeze the nipper to make small nips to cut along the curve of the toenail.  Be careful not to cut the skin.  Use your index finger to block any flying nail fragments.  Nippers are used like a pair of scissors – make small cuts, never cut the nail in one clip all the way across the nail.  Never use two hands on the nipper.  The nail is trimmed in small clips in a systematic manner.  The nail should be cut level with the tips of the toes, never cut so short or to break the seal between the nail and the nail bed.  The shape of the nail should be cut straight across and an emery board should be used to slightly round the edges.  When filing nails always use long strokes in one direction, avoid using a back and forth sawing motion.

When all toes have been trimmed and filed, remove gloves and wash hands.  Apply clean gloves and apply lotion to the top of the foot and to the soles of the feet, rubbing lotion in well, wipe excess lotion off with a towel.  Put patients socks and shoes back on as needed.  Wash hands and smile, you are done!

For your patients who are trimming their own toenails at home teach them the following simple instructions:  Be sure you have good lighting. Trim toenails after bathing, dry feet well, especially in between the toes.  Start with the little toe and work your way into the great toe.  Use small cuts, never cut the toenail across all at once.   Cut straight across and use a nail file to smooth edges.  Apply lotion to the bottom and tops of the feet, never in between the toes.  For patients with thickened toenails or yellowed toenails, recommend a foot care specialist like a podiatrist cut their toenails.

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Successful Care Continuum Educational Event held in Florida

February 8th, 2013






Hill-Rom® and Wound Care Education Institute® (WCEI®) held the first educational care continuum event in Ft Lauderdale, Florida with great success!

Nancy Morgan RN, BSN, MBA, WOC, WCC, DWC, OMS

Nancy Morgan RN, BSN, MBA, WOC, WCC, DWC, OMS

Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry.  Representatives from Hill-Rom were  invited by the CNO of Westside Regional Memorial in Plantation, FL to provide clinical education to their staff.  Taking advantage of a strong working relationship with WCEI, Hill-Rom  got them involved in this effort.

This week our event educated 60+ clinicians from all care settings within the community along with staff members.  Speaker Nancy Morgan focused on wound assessments, documentation and surface selection while the Hill-Rom team provided Clinitron® education and competency training.  This type of education is critical in creating a continuum of care collaborative team amongst healthcare providers. Clinicians who attended the event were energized by Nancy’s practical, dynamic, interesting and fun approach to education.

Hill-Rom hopes to continue this effort where the care continuum goal is to provide quality care and to minimize readmissions. WCEI will also continue to support these efforts wherever possible.

Clinitron® Air Fluidized Therapy bed

Clinitron® Air Fluidized Therapy bed