Posts Tagged ‘National Alliance of Wound Care’

Wild On Wounds: It’s a Wrap!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Wound Care Rocks: a wrap-up of 2016 Wild On Wounds (WOW) National Conference in Las Vegas.

Wild On Wounds 2016: It’s a Wrap!

Wound Care Rocks was the theme as clinicians gathered from all over the world for the 2016 Wild On Wounds (WOW) National Conference in Las Vegas. The goal? To keep up with current standards of care and learn from the best with 42 didactic and interactive sessions.

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I’m going to conference! Are you?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Donna_headshotBy: Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS

Years ago, when I first started out in the wound care specialty, the only way to learn about new products and what was going on in the field was to “go to conference” (wound care conference). All year long, planning and excitement continued to build for our big trip. Not going wasn’t an option; our facility, patients, and administrators needed us to attend. If we didn’t, we’d be way behind our competition in regard to cutting-edge, hot-off-the-press wound care treatments and techniques.

Besides being a forum for displaying new wound care products, conference is an opportunity to network, to see what others are doing—what’s working and what isn’t— and to hear firsthand from researchers.

Living in the digital age has changed things for us. We’re blessed to have innovative information at our fingertips whenever we connect to the Web via computer, smartphone, or tablet. Manufacturers’ websites, government guidelines, and social media sites can keep us informed of what’s hot and happening if we just take the time to check them.

But as glorious as the Web is, I still believe in the power of attending conference. Some things are just meant to be seen, touched, and experienced—live and in person. Being in a convention hall with hundreds or even thousands of clinicians who love the same icky, yucky, stinky, and sometimes-nauseating challenge of wound management is something you just can’t experience on the Web. The power of passion, excitement, and inspiration from others is so contagious.

It’s understandable that money and time constraints play a big part in decisions to attend conference. Nonetheless, I believe all wound and ostomy experts should figure out a way to go to conference every year, or at least every other year. Here are some creative ideas for funding your conference expenses:

Educational grants from suppliers
State or local educational grants
Employer’s tuition-reimbursement program
Combining your annual family vacation with the conference trip
Holiday or birthday gift from your family
Simple negotiation with your employer.

Currently in the United States, we can choose from several wound conferences, including the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy cosponsored event Wild on Wounds (WOW). I encourage all wound and ostomy experts to support and advance our specialty by continually educating and updating ourselves—and one way to do this is to go to conference.

Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS
Clinical instructor
Wound Care Education Institute
Plainfield, Illinois

DISCLAIMER: All clinical recommendations are intended to assist with determining the appropriate wound therapy for the patient. Responsibility for final decisions and actions related to care of specific patients shall remain the obligation of the institution, its staff, and the patients’ attending physicians. Nothing in this information shall be deemed to constitute the providing of medical care or the diagnosis of any medical condition. Individuals should contact their healthcare providers for medical-related information.

NAWCO℠ and WCEI® Attend the UOAA National Conference

Monday, 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

NAWC Introduces NEW Advanced Certification

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Lymphedema Lower Extremity

  • In the United States, the number of Medicare age individuals afflicted with lymphedema, or at risk of developing it, exceeds 6.8 million.
  • The incidence of lymphedema as a consequence of cancer therapy ranges from 10- 50% and increases with time.

Glendale Wisconsin- June 30, 2011-The National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) announced today, the introduction of its newest certification in the specialty of Lymphedema Lower Extremity Management (LLE™).

The LLE is an advanced credential that demonstrates a candidate’s proficiency and mastery of essential knowledge and skills of lower extremity lymphedema and associated wound management.

“We are very excited to offer this new certification. The LLE validates a wound care professional’s expertise in lymphedema lower extremity management, while enhancing their marketability. This advanced certification will assure employers they are hiring a leader with tested competency in lower extremity lymphedema,” said Debbie Hecker, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Wound Care.

The LLE is the third certification offered by the NAWC and the only wound care certification board to offer an advanced credential in Lower Extremity Lymphedema. Prerequisite education for LLE certification will be offered by Lymphedema and Wound Care Education, LLC (LWCE).

What is Lower Extremity Lymphedema

Lymphedema in the lower extremity is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial tissue that causes excessive swelling in the leg(s), and occasionally in other parts of the body. Lymphedema can develop when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired, or when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes have been removed.

For more information about the new LLE certified credential, Click Here to visit the NAWC website.
Did you know?

  • In the United States, the number of Medicare age individuals afflicted with lymphedema, or at risk of developing it, exceeds 6.8 million.
  • The incidence of lymphedema as a consequence of cancer therapy ranges from 10-50% and increases with time.
  • The LLE plays an important role as a direct care provider, educator and resource for optimum patient outcomes in lymphedema and edema management associated with wounds.
  • Research indicates certified clinicians report higher levels of job satisfaction. The LLE provides direct patient lymphedema and edema care in acute, outpatient, long-term care and home care settings.

The LLE plays an important role as a direct care provider, educator and resource for optimum patient outcomes in lymphedema and edema management associated with wounds. The LLE scope of practice is performed in accordance with legislation code as determined by each respective professional state regulatory board.

Lower extremity lymphedema and edema management includes the identification, assessment, management, prevention, and continuing evaluation of patients with signs and symptoms of swelling related to lymphatic and or venous failure, which includes but is not limited to primary lymphatic dysplasia and all other forms of secondary lymphatic trauma.

Lower extremity lymphedema, edema and wound management is a specialized area that focuses on overall skin care and promotion of an optimal wound environment through reduction of edema and lymphedema. This therapeutic approach includes intensive rehabilitative interventions followed by education in self-care measures to prevent disease progression.

Lower extremity lymphedema and edema management requires the skills of the interdisciplinary team that includes the physician, nurse, WCC®, dietitian, physical therapist, occupational therapist, social worker, and other health care disciplines or providers depending upon each individual patient assessment. The physician or other advanced practice provider is the leader of the interdisciplinary care team. As such, Lymphedema Lower Extremity and edema management care plans must always be prescribed by the physician or other advanced practice provider.

LLE certification

  • Increases your marketability as an expert in lower extremity lymphedema, assuring employers you are the leader with tested competency.
  • Ensures an individual has the expertise to manage wounds with state of the art lymphedema techniques proven to dramatically shortening healing times.
  • Instills confidence in your patients that you possess the proven expertise in lymphedema lower extremity management necessary to provide them the best care.
LLE Course Schedule
LLE Brochure
LLE Candidate Handbook
LLE Course Registration

Therapeutic Support Surfaces: The Past, The Present, and the Future

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Therapeutic Support Surfaces

Therapeutic Support Surfaces:The Past, The Present and The Future will be presented by Rosalyn S. Jordan RN, BSN, MSc, CWOCN, WCC and National Alliance of Wound Care Board Director.

What is going on with support surfaces? Join us in this session and find out about the work of the Support Surface Standards Initiative, a committee of the NPUAP. This committee was convened in 2002 with a goal: to standardize support surface terms and definitions and to develop standardized tests that will be used to measure the different support surfaces, determine how this lends to clinical outcomes and to study the effectiveness of support surface therapy.

This session will be presented on Thursday September 8,2011 at 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

For more Information about the Wound Care Education Institute and WOW 2011, Check out Wild on Wounds 2011 National Conference

NAWC Observes National Diabetes Awareness Month with Introduction of DWC Credential

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Diabetic Wound Certified

National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) Observes National Diabetes Awareness Month with the Introduction of Its DWC® Diabetic Wound Certified Credential


Sadly, more than 23 million Americans and 246 million individuals world-wide suffer from Diabetes. This preventable disease is the leading cause of non traumatic lower-limb amputations, contributing to the staggering rate of limb amputations which occur every 30 seconds. Proper wound care can prevent most diabetic related amputations, however, up until now there has been a limited opportunity for healthcare clinicians to specialize in the care of diabetic wounds. Thanks to the NAWC, our Nation’s largest and fastest growing wound care credentialing board, there is a new advanced wound care certification designed to address this universal epidemic.
This specialized certification will help fill the dramatic need for more qualified wound care clinicians in the growing field of diabetic wounds. Current certified wound care professionals can now advance their expertise in the care of diabetic wounds by obtaining the DWC. “The DWC is the first multispecialty, advanced credential in diabetic wounds and opens the door for advancement to thousands of certified wound care clinicians”, said Debbie Hecker RN, MBA, WCC, and Executive Director of the National Alliance of Wound Care.
In recognition of National Diabetes Month, the NAWC welcomes all certified wound care clinicians to consider striving for the DWC credential. The DWC credential will be available starting in early 2011. The need for better patient education and proper wound care is critical to fight and manage this growing disease. To learn more about the DWC credential and the National Alliance of Wound, visit their website at http://www.nawccb.org.

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To learn more about National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day November 14, visit the American Diabetes Association website. http://www.diabetes.org/.

HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WOUND CARE INITIATIVE

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

In partnership with the Wound Care Education Institute

The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC)
and Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) have joined forces on a new initiative that will bring the Wound Care Certified (WCC®) credential to Southern California’s hospitals, long-term care providers and home health agencies.  The goal of this collaboration is to improve specialized wound care education, skills and certification of nursing staff, and to dramatically expand the pool of talent available to hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home health agencies trained in the prevention and treatment of skin and wound issues.

The WCC® Credential
The wound care certified WCC® certification is a prestigious, highly recognized credential offered only through the National Alliance of Wound Care. The common element among WCCs is their passion for caring for their patients and healing wounds. As WCCs, these fine individuals become part of an inclusive group of healthcare professionals who have chosen to advance their expertise and careers with this specialized certification.

DATES & LOCATIONS
HASC has arranged for a four-day skin and wound management training course followed by a certification examination to be offered at three locations in Southern California.

November 15-19
MemorialCare Health System, Corporate Offices
17360 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

COST
The special rate of $2,297 is offered to HASC member hospitals and their post acute care affiliates as well as participants/affiliates of the Southern California Patient Safety collaborative, within the Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Santa Barbara areas.

There are two EASY ways to enroll today!

1. FAX – Download and print application to register with payment information and
fax to: 877-649-6021.

3. MAIL- Download and print your application to register with check/money order payable to:

WCEI
1700 Park Street, Suite 100
Naperville, IL 60563

We will send you a confirmation and welcome letter (via email) once your application has been processed.

PROGRAM RULES
Applicant must be a current employee of the facility submitting the application. Licensed California hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home health agencies participating in the Southern California Patient Safety collaborative within the Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Santa Barbara areas may submit an application for employees who meet the following criteria:

Requirements for National Alliance of Wound Care WCC® Certification

For participants interested in wound care certification you must meet all of the following:

  1. Active unrestricted license as a registered nurse, licensed practical/vocational nurse, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapist, physician or physician’s assistant.
  2. You must have at least two years of full-time or four years of part-time wound care experience, that must have taken place in the last five years of your career, either in direct hands-on, management, education or research. Note: Candidate’s wound care experience must be a component of daily licensed job duties. This includes experience from such venues as acute care, long term care, home health, etc.
  3. Complete the WCEI Skin and Wound management course
  4. Receive passing score of 70% or greater on the NAWC® WCC® Examination
  5. If you do not meet the above experience requirements, click here to access the Preceptor Pathway option.

Questions?
Call one of our friendly WCEI representatives toll free at: 1-877-462-9234 or email us at:  info@wcei.net.

Accreditation Statements
The Skin and Wound Management Course© is approved by the National Alliance of Wound Care® Credentialing Board (NAWCCB®), the credentialing arm of the National Alliance of Wound Care®, as a pre-requisite for WCC® certification. For CME/CEU information click here. For course content, click here.

Wound Care Program Cancellation Policy:
If you must cancel, a $100 administration fee applies, if you notify us in writing no later than 30 days before the first day of the wound care program.

No refunds if canceled less than 30 days before the first day of the seminar. A registrant may choose to attend our wound care program at another location within the same year in lieu of cancellation. A $200 fee applies to transfer course credit to another attendee or
to change locations for any reason.

Diabetic Wound Certification

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Diabetic Wound Certified

National Alliance of Wound Care® Announces New Advanced Certification in the Specialty of Diabetic Wounds

The National Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC®) announced today, the introduction of their advanced wound care certification in the specialty of diabetic wounds. The Diabetic Wound Certified, DWC®, credential demonstrates a candidate’s proficiency and mastery of essential knowledge and skills of diabetic wound management above basic wound care certification.

This specialty certification will help to fill a dramatic need for certified wound care clinicians in the growing field of diabetic wounds. Certified wound care professionals can now take their careers  to the next level.  “The DWC is the first advanced credential in the specialty of diabetic wounds and opens the door for advancement to thousands of certified wound care clinicians”, said Debbie Hecker RN, MBA, WCC, and Executive Director of the National Alliance of Wound Care.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the annual Wild on Wounds (WOW) wound conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Classes and examination for the new DWC credential will commence during the first quarter of 2011.  The DWC credential is available only from the NAWC, the largest and fastest growing wound care certification organization in the United States.

The DWC credential is an advanced, specialized certification that demonstrates a candidate’s proficiency and mastery of essential knowledge and skills of diabetic wound management above basic wound care certification.

Take your wound care certification to the next level. An advanced DWC certification is your assurance that you have cutting-edge,  proven knowledge in the specialty of diabetic wounds. The DWC credential is available only from the National Alliance of Wound Care®,  the largest and fastest growing wound care certification organization in the United States.

The DWC credential is important to your patients and employers.

  • DWC certification increases your marketability as a diabetic wound expert and assures employers that you have the tested knowledge to be a leader in the specialty of diabetic wounds.
  • Your proven expertise in diabetic wound management empowers your patients with confidence and knowledge to help them prevent the loss of a toe, foot, leg or even their life.

Eligibility

The DWC credential is open to health care professionals who currently hold an accredited certification in wound care. (WCC®, CWS®, CWCN®, CWON® and CWOCN®) in addition to:

  • Hold a current, unrestricted license as an LPN/LVN, RN, NP, PT, PTA, OT, MD, DPM, DO or PA
  • Document active involvement in the care of wound care patients, or in management, education or research directly related to wound care for at least one (1) year post basic wound care certification
  • Successfully complete an NAWC approved Diabetic Skin and Wound Management Course
  • Receive a passing score on the Diabetic Wound Certification Examination “The DWC” credential is valid for five (5) years

National Alliance of Wound Care

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

National Alliance of Wound Care

The wound care certified WCC®certification is a prestigious, highly recognized credential offered only through the National Alliance of Wound Care. The common element among WCCs is their passion for caring for their patients and healing wounds. As WCCs, these fine individuals become part of an inclusive group of healthcare professionals who have chosen to advance their expertise and careers with this specialized certification.

The National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together wound care clinicians from across the healthcare continuum through wound care certification and vocational support.

About the NAWC

The NAWC is a non-profit organization, governed by a voluntary board of directors. NAWC through it’s credentialing board offers the WCC® certification. From its beginnings of only seven (7) years ago, the NAWC has grown to over 7500 wound care certified professionals.

Today, the WCCs of NAWC are the largest and fastest growing group of certified wound care professionals in the United States.

NAWC embraces those from a wide range of healthcare licensures which also makes NAWC the most diverse and inclusive wound care certification organization, today.

The NAWC helps all WCCs with resources and support to help them advance their professional recognition and their careers.

The WCC® Certification provides an added credential beyond licensure and demonstrates by examination that the practitioner has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge.

Benefits to Clinician:
* Opportunity to provide higher standard of care
* Formal acknowledgment of expertise
* Establishment of professional credentials
* Promotion of professional recognition and esteem
* Provision of continuing education and training
* Career advancement opportunities

Benefits to Employer:

* Increased creditability with consumers
* Enhanced job performance
* Increased protection from liability
* Cost savings in overall delivery of wound care
* Marketability of “Center for Wound Care Excellence”

Benefits to Patients and their Family:

* Benefactor of safe and competent wound care
* Accessibility to expertise of specialized wound care practitioner

Job Resource Center

Are you interesting in finding a Job in Wound Care or are you looking to hire a Wound Care Certified Health Professional? Look no further than the NAWC Job Resource Center.

The new NAWC Job Resource Center is called WOUND CARE CAREERS. This new online job board lists positions in the wound care field throughout the United States.

WOUND CARE CAREERS offers both the opportunity to search for jobs as well as post open positions.

If you are interested in posting an open position, the WOUND CARE CAREERS Job Resource Center will give you access to the over 7600 certified WCC®s.  In addition, you will have the option to also post your open position throughout the network of affiliated job boards from over 175 healthcare professional associations and organizations through out the National Healthcare Career Network for even greater exposure.

For more information about the National Alliance of Wound Care, please visit their website at http://www.nawccb.org

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified, please visit the Wound Care Education Institute’s Course Info Page

Show your WCC Pride

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

So you went through the Skin and Wound Management Course offered by the Wound Care Education Institute! Then, you completed and passed the examination by the National Alliance of Wound Care.  Congratulations! You are now a WCC! How are you using the knowledge that you gained from taking the course? Are you on the Wound Care Team at your facility? Are you a Wound Care Consultant or a Representative for your company that fosters wound care excellence?

What does it mean to you to have earned your WCC Credential?

Are you branding yourself as your facility’s Wound Care Certified ‘go to person’? Why not show off your WCC credential with your very own WCC shirt, WCC patch or WCC Pins?

For more information about Wound Care Certified Shirts, Pins and Patches, please visit WoundCentral.com

If you are interested in becoming wound care certified, check out WCEI’s Skin and Wound Management Course