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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 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/.

Diabetic Wound Certification Credentials

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Take Your Wound Care Certification To The Next Level!

Introducing the DWC® credential (Diabetic Wound Certified).  This is an advanced, specialized certification in diabetic wound management.  It demonstrates a candidate’s proficiency and mastery of essential knowledge and skills of diabetic wound management above basic wound care certification.  Diabetic wound management focuses on overall diabetic wound care and promotion of an optimal wound healing environment, including prevention, therapeutic interventions and rehabilitative interventions.

Who is eligible?
The DWC credential is open to healthcare 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

When is it available?
DWC classes and certification examination will be available beginning the first quarter of 2011 and on a regular basis thereafter.  Classes are independent of the WCEI wound and skin care course.
Registration Now Open

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

For more information about this upcoming course or to become Wound Care Certified, please visit WCEI at  http://www.wcei.net

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

Dont Have Enough Wound Care Experience, Get Wound Care Certified through the Preceptor Pathway

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Get Wound Care Certified through the Preceptor Pathway

This pathway is designed for health care professionals who have a strong passion for wound care but don’t have the necessary experience. Either you have worked in a different area of practice, you are a new graduate, or maybe you are retired and want to get back into the field of healing. This pathway is for you!

The National Alliance of Wound Care Preceptor Pathway is a WCC® certification option that includes one week of classroom and 120 hours working with an approved WCC preceptor in the clinical setting.

It is recommended that you have your preceptor secured prior to attending the course. All clinical hours must be completed within one year of attending the wound management course.

Requirements for the NAWC® “WCC®” Certification Preceptor Pathway

  1. You must be an 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. Register and attend one of WCEI Skin and Wound Management Training Courses (Click here to view course locations near you).
  3. After the completion of the WCEI’s Course you must then complete a minimum of 120 hours of hands on clinical training with an NAWC® approved clinical preceptor.

NAWC Board Member, Ottamissiah Moore Invited to the 2010 National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Founders Leadership Institute

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

NAWC® Board Member, Ottamissiah Moore Invited to the 2010
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Founders Leadership Institute

Glendale Wisconsin- August 2, 2010, The National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC) today announced that NAWC board member Ottamissiah (Missy) Moore, LPN, CLNI, WCC, GC, CHPLN will be admitted to the 2010 class of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Founders Leadership Institute. “This invitation is a huge achievement for Missy and speaks highly of her work and dedication to nursing. All of us from the National Alliance of Wound Care congratulate Missy on receiving this prestigious honor, said Debbie Hecker, RN, MBA, WCC, Executive Director. The Institute will be held on Friday, August 6, 2010 in conjunction with the 8th annual NBNA Institute and Conference in San Diego, CA August 3-8, 2010.
The Institute includes an influential group of speakers who will discuss professional and personal nursing experiences. Each attendee will be teamed up with a mentor to help guide them through the day long journey. The Institute is designed to provide the tools, resources and insight to help its invited attendees achieve their goal as professional level leaders.
About NBNA
The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) is a non-profit organization which represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 79 chartered chapters in 34 states. The NBNA was organized in 1971 under the leadership of Dr. Lauranne Sams, former Dean and Professor of Nursing at the Tuskegee University School of Nursing, Tuskegee, Alabama. For more information about the NBNA, visit their website at www.nbna.org.
About NAWC
The NAWC is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the advancement and promotion of excellence in wound care through the certification of wound care practitioners. NAWC is the largest professional wound care credentialing and membership organization in the United States. The NAWC is among an elite group of more than 90 credentialing organizations that have received and maintained National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation. For more information about the WCC, Wound Care Certified certification, visit the website at www.nawccb.org.
Contact Information:
Fred Berg, CWCMS
Director of Marketing and Business Development
National Alliance of Wound Care
877-922-6292, ext 706
Fax: 1-800-352-8339
fberg@nawccb.org

A Special Message to All WCC®s Regarding the Earthquake in Haiti

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

NAWC

Our good friends at the National Alliance of Wound Care shared this message today to the WCC community. We wanted to recognize their message here on WCEI’s blog. In case you missed the message, here it is below:

A Special Message to All WCC®s Regarding the Earthquake in Haiti



The devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti last week and the 6.1 aftershock this week are proving to be one of the worst natural disasters of our lifetime. The world is quickly responding to the calls for help and the United States is leading that effort with military and private assistance. Individuals and organizations have donated humanitarian services and money to aid in this mission of recovery and rebuilding. Even though these efforts provide some relief to the immediate situation, much more help will be required in this long-fought battle.

The National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) knows that each WCC has a passion for helping people and we all feel the need to participate in this world-wide effort. The National Alliance of Wound Care has made a cash donation to the American Red Cross. In addition, as a vehicle to help spread the news of individual relief efforts, the NAWC will provide a dedicated section of our website to post stories from WCCs about their efforts to assist in Haiti. Please send your individual stories to: information@nawccb.org.

Below, we are providing the following links to assist you with donating to the relief efforts and to inquire about individual Americans in Haiti.

1) American Red Cross, 1-800-REDCROSS 1-800-733-2767or go online to: www.redcross.org/

a. You can also text“HAITI”to90999to donate$10to American Red Crossrelief for Haiti. The charge will show up on your next cell phone bill.

2) United Way, 1-866-404-5826or go online to: www.unitedway.org/worldwide/

3) Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush have set up a special website to accept donations to the relief effort in Haiti. Go online to: http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org/ to learn more.

a. Mobile Giving: Text the word “QUAKE” to 20222to donate $10to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which will be charged to your cell phone bill.

4) The U.S. Department of State has a phone number and website to inquire about Americans in Haiti: 888-407-4747 or online at www.travel.state.gov/

The NAWC Staff

Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Our Skin and Wound Management Course is designed to provide participants with the best practices in wound care, the science behind healing wounds, and the most current standards of practice. At the end of the course, for those that pursue wound certification the National Alliance of Wound Care® provides the WCC® exam.

Become Wound Care Certified with WCEI’s Wound Care Course

Or just simply take the course for your own knowledge and benefit. Our wound certification course is an informative and empowering week for anyone interested in learning more about healing wounds.

Individuals who are not eligible for wound care certification may also attend the course. Wound-related product sales representatives or other non-clinicians can gain valuable insight into the business and science of wound care, thus giving them an edge over their competition.

Wound Care Certification
WCEI’s Skin and Wound Management Course meets the pre-requisite requirement for the National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) certification exam. Eligible participants are given the option to take the wound examination onsite. Please click here to view the requirements for wound care certification.

The Wound Care Certification Exam
The NAWC® Wound Care Certification Examination is administered at the conclusion of the course for those who meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the certification exam. The test is administered by NAWC – the National Alliance of Wound Care.


The Advantages of Wound Care Certification

* Earning a wound specialist certification offers many advantages and benefits including:
* Increased consumer/patient confidence
* Feelings of pride, self-satisfaction and confidence for the certified wound specialist
* Enhanced career opportunities and accelerated career advancement including higher pay levels
* Professional acknowledgement, recognition, and respect

Course Atmosphere

The Skin and Wound Management Course is taught in a fun, relaxed and professional environment. The classes are upbeat, positive, high energy, and designed specifically for health care professionals. Classes are interactive to maintain participants’ energy and interest levels; and all of the instructors are dynamic presenters who use lots of visuals, a variety of learning styles, interesting examples and humor as part of their instruction styles. We promise you won’t be bored.

Dates : November 30th – 4th, 2009
Cambridge (Boston Area), MA

November 30th – 3rd, 2009
Lexington, KY

December 10th – 13th, 2009
Ft Lauderdale, FL

December 10th – 13th, 2009
Oakbrook (Chicago Suburb), IL

For more information, including 2010 dates, please visit our Registration Page

National Alliance of Wound Care® Launches On-line Job Resource Center and New Website

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

NAWC

National Alliance of Wound Care® Launches On-line
Job Resource Center and New Website

The US jobless rate continues to steadily increase. As of September 2009, unemployment reached a
26 year high. One positive trend is the growth in healthcare sector employment rates. To meet this
increase, healthcare employers are identifying additional avenues such as specialty on-line job
boards to promote open positions.

Glendale, Wisconsin, November 2, 2009 – The National Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC®), the
largest, multi-disciplinary, wound care credentialing and association organization, announced today,
the launch of their wound care specialty on-line Job Resource Center in conjunction with their newly
redesigned website at, www.nawccb.org.

“We are very excited to support our nearly 8000 certified wound care professionals with this newly re-
designed website. The website has several helpful features, including the dynamic on-line Job
Resource Center, WOUND CARE CAREERS,” said Debbie Hecker, NAWC Executive Director.

WOUND CARE CAREERS Job Resource Center:
-Puts wound care employers and job seekers together

-Allows job seekers to promote themselves by publishing their Resume and Curriculum
Vitae on the Job Resource Center

-Exclusively displays positions related to wound care clinicians and management

Open positions on WOUND CARE CAREERS are sourced from the 175 non-profit association
members of National Health Care Career Network, including founding member, American Hospital
Association. These openings can be viewed by the nearly 8000 highly qualified Wound Care
Certified (WCC®s) and other wound care clinicians.

To access WOUND CARE CAREERS, go to the NAWC website at www.nawccb.org and click on
the WOUND CARE CAREERS logo on the home page. The new website and job resource center will
be available November 2, 2009.

ABOUT NAWC
The non-profit, National Alliance of Wound Care is the largest and fastest growing group of certified
wound care professionals in the United States. NAWC is among an elite group of more than 90
credentialing organizations who have received and maintained National Commission for Certifying
Agencies (NCCA) accreditation.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Frederick Berg, CWCMS
Director of Marketing / Business Development
fberg@nawccb.org
1-877-922-6292, (1-877-WCC-NAWC)