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The Next Level To Your Wound Care Certification

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The Next Level To Your Wound Care Certification!

Introducing the DWC® credential
(Diabetic Wound Certified).

This is an advanced, specialized certification in diabetic wound management designed to enhance your current wound certification within the Diabetic field. The DWC credential will demonstrate your 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DATES & LOCATIONS

What is the Price?
Regular Registration
Individual  – $2,897
Group* (per person) – $2,597
Early Registration**
Individual – $2,597
Group* (per person) – $2,297
Registration includes NAWC exam fees
*Group Rates available to 3 or more registering and paying at the same time.
**Early registration balance due in full 45 days prior to course

How many days is class?
5-Day Class Sessions
Days 1-4:  Concentrated all-day Diabetic Wound Care training sessions

Day 5
NAWC® Wound Care Certification Examination 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
(Administered by National Alliance of Wound Care®) following WCEI’s wound care training.

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

Course Outline:

  • Anatomy/Physiology of the Foot
  • Epidemiology
  • Pathogenesis Diabetic Foot Ulcers
  • Diagnostics – Perfusion, Sensory Testing, Biomechanics, Labs, Radiology
  • Hands-On Skill of Total Contact Casting and Sharp Debridement
  • Examination, History, Dermatologic Aspects and Complications, Nail Examination, Structure/Deformities of the Foot and Footwear Assessment
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer Assessment and Treatment
  • Infection, Debridement, Dressings, Local Wound Care, Adjunctive Therapies, Bio-engineered Products, Negative Pressure Therapy, Growth Factors, Hyperbaric Oxygen, Electrical Stimulation, Offloading, Skin/Nail/Callus Treatment
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • Prevention
  • Foot Ulcer/Amputation Prevention and Interventions
  • Nutrition
  • Pain Interventions
  • Unsalvageable Foot, Surgical Aspects, Amputee Rehabilitation
  • Multidisciplinary Care Team Model, Overall Diabetic Foot Management Goals, Patient education, Legal Aspects and Referrals

CLICK HERE FOR DWC CANDIDATE HANDBOOK

FAQ Click Here

Why I Became a Wound Care Certified Nurse

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Wound Care Certified

An interesting question has been posed of me recently, and when I reflected upon it, I realize now that I’ve been asked this question thousands of times. The question was “Why did you become a Wound Care Certified Nurse?” Wow, its a good question. The answer has many components to it and many levels of reasoning. I’ll explain…

Many people have become nurses for various reason; they want to change the world, they like the challenge, they like the pay (compared to other jobs they had), their guidance counselor told them the job outlook was good, they knew someone who was a nurse and they thought they looked good in scrubs…Who knows? But for those of us that got into nursing for  a deeper reason or interest, you know what I mean.

My journey began way back in high school when I worked in between my sports as a student athletic trainer. I would work with the other student athletes when they were injured. I thought I would eventually become a Certified Athletic Trainer or Physical Therapist. I did the same in College in off season. I remember working a Cross Country meet and a participant sustained a head injury that caused extensive bleeding and subsequent loss of consciousness. Assisting in the stabilization of this patient and accompanying him to the Emergency Room in a Philadelphia City Hospital, I was exposed to a new world of health care. It just so happened that there were a few male nurses there who I erroneously thought were doctors. It turned out they were nurses. As the dust settled and the opportunity to converse with these nurses played out, I realized that there was something I may be interested in pursuing.

A few years later, my father became ill with lung cancer. His hospitalization was short as we brought him home on Hospice. The hospital staff nurses were awesome to my father. They made him comfortable when we knew there wasn’t much time. They did some cool things and taught me some things that at the time I didn’t know. They helped me understand better what was happening.

Fast forward a few years into my nursing career. For some reason, I was always pulled into helping with changing the bandages of some of the most involved wounds. Back then it seemed there was no method to the madness (treatment orders). I saw it all. Packing dressings with BARD, Milk of Magnesia dressings, Heat Lamps…..the list goes on. I came to have a reputation for ‘enjoying’ doing the dressing changes and had an interest in doing this type of work. I took pride in seeing the various traumatic and surgical wounds heal as the days, weeks and months passed.

As the career path became work clear and evident, I sought out becoming official and getting specialized training. I attended any and all types of inservices and meetings concerning wound care. Then it hit me. I learned about the Wound Care Education Institute’s Wound and Skin Management Course. Behold, you can become Wound Care Certified in One Week! I said to myself “I’m totally doing this!”

Wound Care Certification

I remember my class like it was yesterday. I had two instructors. Cindy Broadus RN and Scott Batie PT. I sat in the front row to the right and it was awesome! These instructors rocked! They had a plethora of knowledge that they transferred to me that is invaluable.  Later, I came to know the Co-Founders of the Wound Care Education Institute, Nancy Morgan RN and Donna Sardina RN. All of these individuals have so many initials behind their names that would amaze you as to their experience and clout. They are truly amazing people. To date, there are over 9000+ WCCs (Wound Care Certified) Professionals. The number is more close to 10,000. The people at the Wound Care Education Institute are responsible for teaching the teachers and clinical experts out there that are touching the lives of countless names and faces of patients that are cared for in the United States and beyond. Yes Beyond!!! Many of the WCCs are treating patients Internationally in places like Haiti and Ethiopia. I’m certain there are more places  but you get the idea.

Intrinsically, there is something that is of value to be able to physically see and measure improvement of a healing wound.  To know that you have something to do with the resulting healing wound gives extreme satisfaction.  On a superficially level, its like winning a game or knowing the directions to a destination of which you are the one that has that knowledge. When you transfer that knowledge (like WCEI has done for me), and you see the results before your eyes, the reward is priceless. It helps to see the smiles on the faces of the patients we care for, wouldn’t you say?

Drew Griffin

For me, I am taking it in a bit of a different direction. Although I still see and treat patients in a Hyperbaric Oxygen Wound Clinic setting, I think there is an amazing opportunity to share the knowledge I’ve gained online. Some of you may have attended the Wild On Wounds National Conference the past few years and had the opportunity to catch one of my presentations on Social media and Wound Care.  One of the things we do as Wound Care Nurses (and Professionals) is educate our patients, their family members and colleagues about the wound healing process. The internet provides a medium for a digital version. Through Blog posts such as this one, Audio and Video Podcasts (YouTube and iTunes),  Micoblogs (Twitter), Social Networking (Facebook and LinkedIn) and more, we can converse and add value to our communities by teaching and consuming content that enriches our knowledge and the education of others. Its another way that we can help and extend our wound care education for ourselves and that of the communities we serve.

What about you? Why did you become wound care certified? If you are not certified yet, why would you like to be?

Wild On Wounds Seminar, September 7 – 10, 2011 Las Vegas, NV

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Wild on Wounds National Seminar September 2011

Toga!!! Toga!!! Toga!!!

The Wild on Wounds National Conference will be held September 7-10, 2011 in Las Vegas NV at Caesars Palace. Save the Date!

Click here for Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines.
Click here for Poster Abstract Application
Click here to download the 2011 session speaker form

Fort more information about becoming Wound care Certified, please visit WCEI at http://www.wcei.net

WOUND CARE CERTIFICATION THROUGH PRECEPTOR PATHWAY

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

WOUND CARE CERTIFICATION THROUGH

PRECEPTOR PATHWAY


This pathway is designed for health care professionals who have a strong passion for wound care but don’t have the necessary wound care 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.



THIS IS THE RIGHT PAGE IF YOU …

DO NOT HAVE – at least two years of full-time or four years of part-time wound care experience in the last five years of your career, either in direct hands on, management, education or research.

IF YOU HAVE
the required experience click here

(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.)


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.

Click Here for preceptor handbook and detailed info


Invest in your career, enroll today!
Anyone that attends our course will receive the following:
1.    Classroom training sessions
2.    A complete WCEI® Wound Care Program syllabus
3.    Exam fees are included
4.    Continuing Education Certificate
5.    Access to “Alumni Only” section of WCEI® website
6.    Complimentary networking luncheon (at most course locations)
7.    WCEI® promotional items
8.    Clinical support hotlines

Regular Registration
Individual  – $2,897
Group* (per person) – $2,597
Early Registration**
Individual – $2,597
Group* (per person) – $2,297
*Group Rates available to three or more people registering and paying at the same time (must be submitted together)

**Early Registration – balance due in full 45 days prior to seminar


Your journey begins here!
Click here for dates & locations

There are three EASY ways to enroll today!

1. ONLINE- Click here to select a date and register online with credit card payment.

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

3. MAIL- Download and print your application and insert check or 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.

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. Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail (info@wcei.net), fax: 877-649-6021, or by U.S. mail (1700 Park Street, Suite 100, Naperville, IL 60563).  No refunds will be made for requests received after that time. Refunds will be issued in the same form payment was made. Please allow two weeks for processing. Registrants who cancel will not receive seminar materials.

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. Registrants who cancel will not receive seminar materials.

WCEI reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a seminar due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event not possible. If WCEI cancels or reschedules the seminar for any unforeseen circumstances beyond its control, registrant will be offered a full refund.  Should circumstances arise that result in the cancellation or postponement of an event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date. WCEI is not responsible for travel arrangements, travel fees, hotel reservations, or any expenses incurred by registrant as a result of such cancellation. You will be contacted via e-mail at the e-mail address provided during registration in case of a cancelled seminar.  So please be sure to provide a valid email address.

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.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR THE TREATMENT OF LYMPHEDEMA

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Introducing New Course Offering!
Brought to you by Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI®)

$350 Discount for all WCC’s
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR THE TREATMENT OF LYMPHEDEMA

WCEI® is proud to offer you a powerful new partnership with The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. The Norton School is the premier educational institution for training MDs, PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs, RNs, and massage therapists to become experts in the treatment of pathologies related to the lymphatic system. Taught by the finest and most experienced faculty in the field, Norton School students receive thorough and rigorous training in the Földi Method of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), the therapeutic system regarded as the “Gold Standard” for the treatment of lymphedema by the International Society of Lymphology (ISL).

Students become qualified to treat lymphedema (both primary and secondary), lipedema, phlebo-lymphostatic edema, chronic venous insufficiencies, and post traumatic edema. Additionally, as graduates fully certified in the treatment of lymphedema, Norton School alumni are eligible to sit for the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA®) Examination® for lymphedema therapists.

WCC’s receive $350 Discount
towards the full CDT Certification course.
Click here for more information about the course
Click here to register for the course

The information contained herein is for the sole purpose of information and education. WCEI® does not control course content provided by Norton School.

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

BECOME WOUND CARE CERTIFIED

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Take the first step to a stronger career

Anyone can attend our WCEI course!  From licensed healthcare providers, to sales and marketing professionals or anybody interested in wound care. All are welcome!

WCC® Certification
For those that are licensed healthcare providers and want to pursue Wound Care Certification we have partnered with National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) to provide the WCC® exam at our course locations and various testing sites throughout the United States. Click here for course content.

DWC® Certification
The DWC credential is open to healthcare professionals who currently hold an accredited certification in wound care. (WCC®, CWS®, CWCN®, CWON® and CWOCN®). Click here for course requirements.

CWCMS™ Certification
For sales and marketing professionals that want to pursue the CWCMS™ (Certified Wound Care Market Specialist) exam, it’s offered onsite at any of our course locations throughout the US.

Which application is right for you?
There are a variety of healthcare providers and industry professionals that attend our courses and pursue certifications, and we have created a simple way to navigate to the right application based on your area of interest

  • Are you a licensed healthcare provider – LPN, RN, PT, PTA, OT, NP, MD pursuing Wound Care Certification? Click here for information on course with exam
  • If you do not have the required 2 years full time or 4 years part time wound care experience, click here for the Preceptor Pathway information
  • If you hold a current, unrestricted license as an LPN/LVN, RN, NP, PT, PTA, OT, MD, DPM, DO or PA and are interested in achieving the Diabetic Wound Certification, click here for course requirements

  • Are you a sales or marketing professional pursing the CWCMS™ Certification? Click here to access the CWCMS™ information

  • Are you already a WCC® interested in recertification? Click here to access the recertification information

  • Are you simply Interested in taking the course? Click here for course only information

Invest in your career today!
Anyone that attends our course will receive the following:

1.    Classroom training sessions
2.    A complete WCEI Wound Care Program syllabus
3.    Continuing Education Certificate
4.    Access to “Alumni Only” section of WCEI website
5.    Complimentary networking luncheon (at most course locations)
6.    WCEI promotional items
7.    Clinical support hotlines

(more…)

WOUND CENTRAL IPHONE APP

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
The Next Generation in Wound Care Resources!

Trying to find the best wound care resources can be difficult. Now, nurses, physicians, therapists as well as students can use a new revolutionary wound care resource tool offered exclusively from WCEI. Introducing the WoundCentral iPhone APP (Blackberry Users…Coming Soon)

WOUND CENTRAL APP

“Wound Central” puts everything you need as a clinician in one centralized location and in the palm of your hand!

The Wound Central iPhone app features include:

• Wound care image library
• Step-by-step treatment videos
• Anatomical reference guides
• Keyword search function
• Instant Information on virtually
every type of wound including:

o    Arterial
o    Venous
o    Draining
o    Yellow
o    Epiboly
o   and much more…

iPhone Users
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Blackberry Users CLICK HERE

To Report APP ISSUES CLICK HERE

For more information about becoming Wound Care Certified, please visit WCEI at http://www.wcei.net

Regenecare HA Hydrogel, Reduce Pain Intensity without Side Effects

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Regenecare HA Hydrogel
MPM Medical Inc.
hydrogel

Description: Amorphous hydrogel with 2% lidocaine; to reduce pain intensity without side effects.

Actions:

  • 2% Lidocaine HC l reduces pain, inflammation, breaks “”itch and scratch”” cycle.
  • Medium molecular weight polysaccharides in Aloe Vera reduce inflammation, moisturize plus stimulate micro-circulation and immune factors to help heal wounds quickly.
  • Marine collagen acts as humectant, natural barrier.
  • Contains hyaluronic acid which donates moisture to the cells, connects fibrin to build skin matrix effectively.

Indications: Radiation reactions, Abrasions and skin tears, Burns and cuts, Psoriasis, Shingles, Dry and moist desquamation. Diabetic and vascular ulcers, Partial and full thickness wounds and  Pain associated with debridement.

Website: www.mpmmedicalinc.com

For more information on becoming Wound Care Certified, please visit WCEI at http://www.wcei.net