Archive for the ‘Certifications’ Category

Wild on Wounds (WOW) Is Back and Better Than Ever

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Over the last two years, wound care clinicians have been among the many brave, dedicated souls out there providing the best care possible for their patients — in the face of seemingly endless adversity. It’s impossible to overstate the magnitude of what you’ve all been through.

These are among the many reasons the Wound Care Education Institute staff is so excited about this year’s Wild on Wounds (WOW) national conference. The mere notion of meeting face to face after so long apart is truly a reason to celebrate.

For those unaware, Wild on Wounds is an annual conference with workshops and curriculum designed to be relevant for wound care clinicians practicing at every level of skin and wound management. It’s an opportunity to learn, network, discover what’s new in wound care, and of course, have a great time.

In partnership with the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO), this year’s event is being held September 7-10 in sunny Hollywood, Florida. Buying your ticket by April 30 saves you $100, so register early. There are seven tiers of entry to choose from, so take a look at the site to see everything we’re offering this year.

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Make Wound Care Nursing Your Next Career Milestone

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

As many wound care nurses would tell you, a career in wound care nursing can be extremely rewarding if you have a passion for the work and can create a trusting relationship with patients.

Wound care nurses’ responsibilities go much deeper than just dressing wounds — although dressing a wound properly using the right materials and regimen is a crucial part of the wound treatment process. These specialists also know how to assess, debride, and clean wounds, and are an integral part of a patient’s care team.

Whether patients have chronic or acute wounds, wound care nurses can decide on treatment plans that promote healing and prevent infection. And patients profit from having these compassionate, highly skilled professionals by their sides.

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WCEI to Become Relias Wound Care — New Name. Same Mission

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

As you know, specializing in wound care is all about staying current to ensure you’re practicing the absolute latest standards of care — you are dedicated to constantly improving patient outcomes.

You are tireless in your work, your daily sacrifices, and all you do to provide the best possible wound care to your patients.

At WCEI, we share your commitment. We have always made decisions with this in mind — doing everything we can to share the latest best practices with wound care specialists and make sure we’re delivering you the most current information for your practice. This is why we first partnered with Relias, our parent company, in 2018. We saw the opportunity to reach even more people.

And with Relias, we’ve been able to do just that. Over the past several years, we’ve touched more healthcare organizations, more clinicians, more bedside practitioners to improve wound and ostomy care, heal more patients, and mitigate risk.

This is why we couldn’t be more excited to tell you that what you currently know as the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) will become Relias Wound Care in 2022!

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Determine If Live Online Training Is a Good Fit for Your Learning Style

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Are you thinking about taking our courses to earn wound care certification?

We personalize your learning by offering a variety of skin, wound and ostomy management classes in three formats:

  • Live onsite — in-person training
  • Online — you log in to learn at a convenient time for you
  • Live online training — all students log in at the same scheduled time for live, interactive classes and instruction

While some students know exactly which format best suits their learning style, you may wonder which structure fits your needs.

We spoke with Denise Richlen, PT, WCC, DWC, CLT, clinical instructor with WCEI, co-owner and COO of Infinitus, LLC and Wound Care Gurus, LLC in Santa Claus, Ind., to understand the different learning formats.

She shared which ones may be most suitable for various learners, and in particular, the benefits of live online learning.

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Why Continued Competence in Wound Care Nursing Matters

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Continued competence in nursing is not a new idea. It has been the focus of professional nursing practice at all levels.

You can find an abundance of information, research and articles on continued competence, whether the topic is:

  • How continued competence is measured
  • How it can be improved
  • How best to increase and maintain competence

One definition of competence is the quality or state of having sufficient knowledge, judgment, skill or strength (as for a particular duty or in a particular respect).

Another definition describes competence as the quality of being competent — adequacy; the possession of required skill, judgment, qualification or capacity.

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Explore Our New Financing Option to Take WCEI Courses Today

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

If your goal is to become wound care certified, we can help.

At the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI), we’re now offering flexible, low-cost financing to take your course.

The new financing option is provided in partnership with Affirm, Inc.

For learners who qualify, a special offer of 0% interest for 12 months is in effect for those who apply for the student loan on or before Feb. 29, 2020, said Janene Brubaker, senior product manager with Relias, the parent company of the WCEI.

This new loan program is an alternative to credit cards and personal loans, and you will know within minutes if you have received approval.

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Skin and Wound Management Course Helps You Prep Smart

Monday, August 12th, 2019

“We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” – Thomas Edison

As the inventor of the phonograph, the motion-picture camera and, of course, the electric light bulb, Edison took on plenty of challenges in his time.

For healthcare clinicians of today, one of the biggest challenges is chronic wounds, which include diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and venous, arterial leg ulcers. An estimated 67 million people are suffering with chronic wounds across the globe and treatment costs are estimated to be in the billions.

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How to Decide If You Should Earn Wound Care Certification

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Have you ever wondered if getting wound care certification is necessary? The answer is not always that simple.

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By Bill Richlen, PT, WCC, DWC

You need to first ask why you want to be certified.

Among the many valid reasons for seeking certification is the increase in your credibility with colleagues and patients. Certification also can provide career advancement opportunities in the wound care industry while ensuring better quality care for patients.

But does it always ensure quality care? Not necessarily.

Over the years, I have encountered clinicians with wound care certification practicing outdated, non-evidence based wound care treatments. That may seem outlandish, and you may be asking yourself, “How can that happen? Shouldn’t they know better?”

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Explore the Benefits of Wound Care Education Institute Alumni

Monday, May 13th, 2019

When wound care professionals decide on a school and course that leads to certification in a clinical specialty, it’s typically the result of a lot of thought.
Alumni of our Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) are no different.

Most clinicians will tell you they weigh the cost of additional education and certification, against the benefits of undertaking such an endeavor.

Upon completion of a course and taking the certification exam, students of the WCEI have shown they are willing to make an investment in their education, said Diana Ramirez-Ripp, CWCMS, manager of live events for WCEI.

“Our alumni made a commitment not only to their careers — but also to their patients by furthering their knowledge in wound care,” she said.

Although no one can predict the future of a person’s professional path and achievements, the benefits of being an alumnus of the WCEI are many, Ramirez-Ripp said.

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How to Pick the Best Wound Care Certification to Fit Your Role

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

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

“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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