Posts Tagged ‘Wound Care Certification’

How To: Writing Policies and Procedures for Wound Care

Monday, July 18th, 2011
Policies and Procedures
Are your Policies and Procedures up-to-date? Advances in wound care and the standards of care dictate what we as clinicians should be doing in our settings. If you are practicing and providing care, you should be following your Policies and Procedures and reviewing them on a consistent basis. How To: Writing Policies and Procedures for Wound Care will be presented by Debra Clair Ph.D., RN, APN, WOCN, WCEI Instructor at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas September 7-10,2011

Discover the secrets of producing logical, clearly written, and easy to-follow procedures for operating your wound care programs safely and efficiently to produce quality results. This course will teach you how to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate procedures and training needs most effectively at your care setting.

Attending the Wild on Wounds National Conference can earn you up to 23 Contact Hours!!!!!!

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute, please visit http://www.wcei.net.

Click Here To Register for the Wild on Wounds National Conference

SKIN AND WOUND MANAGEMENT COURSES FOR JULY 2011

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Wound Care Certification Course


WCEI offers wound care courses throughout the USA year long.  Below you will find the list of scheduled dates and locations for our July 2011 wound care classes. In addition, for groups or organizations that want to host their own wound care course, we will come to you at the location of your choice.

July 2011 Courses:

  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL Thursday, July 07, 2011 – Sunday, July 10, 2011
  • Phoenix, AZ Thursday, July 07, 2011 – Sunday, July 10, 2011
  • Latham, NYTuesday, July 12, 2011 – Friday, July 15, 2011
  • Baltimore, MDThursday, July 14, 2011 – Sunday, July 17, 2011
  • Irving (Dallas Area), TXMonday, July 18, 2011 – Friday, July 22, 2011
  • Coraopolis (Pittsburgh Area), PAThursday, July 21, 2011 – Sunday, July 24, 2011
  • Edison, NJThursday, July 28, 2011 – Sunday, July 31, 2011

For more details and Registration Click Here

Course Info

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.  Click here to view our detailed course curriculum.

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 – CLICK HERE to view pay scale for WCC.
  • Professional acknowledgement, recognition, and respect
“Being certified has made a great difference in my professional life!”

Deb Hans, RN, WCC®, Loxahatchee, FL

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.

Here’s what one satisfied participant had to say about WCEI’s wound care certification program:

“Thanks for such a great experience. … The classes were never boring; there was always something new  that I was learning.    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! ”

Sue Tredenick, LPN, WCC®, Lansdowne, PA

Course Details — Please click here for course content details or click here for class dates and locations.  If you’re interested in hosting a class, please visit our Host a Class page.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our classes soon.

Dermagraft and Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Dermagraft

As Wound Care Certified Professionals, it is with certainty that we have come across and treat patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Its a growing epidemic among the population of people who suffer from diabetes. So what modalities and treatment regimens are you utilizing to deliver the care to the patients who suffer from these ulcerations? One such product that is being used in the Operating rooms, Surgi-centers and Outpatient Wound Care Centers is a product called Dermagraft.

Below is a brief video about Dermagraft, followed by some information that I found on Dermagraft’s Website.

Dermagraft® is a cryopreserved human fibroblast-derived dermal substitute; it is composed of fibroblasts, extracellular matrix, and a bioabsorbable scaffold.

Dermagraft is manufactured from human fibroblast cells derived from newborn foreskin tissue. During the manufacturing process, the human fibroblasts are seeded onto a bioabsorbable polyglactin mesh scaffold. The fibroblasts proliferate to fill the interstices of this scaffold and secrete human dermal collagen, matrix proteins, growth factors, and cytokines to create a three-dimensional human dermal substitute containing metabolically active, living cells. Dermagraft does not contain macrophages, lymphocytes, blood vessels, or hair follicles.

Dermagraft is supplied frozen in a clear bag containing one piece of approximately 2” x 3” for a single-use application.

Dermagraft Overview

  • Description – Human fibroblast-derived dermal substitute
  • Composition – Composed of human fibroblasts, extracellular matrix, and bioabsorbable scaffold; does not contain macrophages, lymphocytes, blood vessels, or hair follicles
  • Cultured In Vitro
  • Mode of Action – Re-epithelialization — assists in the restoration of the dermal bed, allowing wounds to heal (when implanted into adequately prepared diabetic foot ulcers)
  • Primary Indication – For use in the treatment of full-thickness diabetic foot ulcers
  • Product Number – 11045

Dermagraft Indication

Dermagraft is indicated for use in the treatment of full-thickness diabetic foot ulcers greater than 6 weeks duration, which extend through the dermis, but without tendon, muscle, joint capsule, or bone exposure. Dermagraft should be used in conjunction with standard wound care regimens and in patients who have adequate blood supply to the involved foot.

Contraindications:

  • Dermagraft is contraindicated for use in ulcers that have signs of clinical infection or in ulcers with sinus tracts
  • Dermagraft is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to bovine products, as it may contain trace amounts of bovine proteins from the manufacturing medium and storage solution

Adverse events included local wound infection, osteomyelitis, and/or cellulitis.1

Dermagraft Safely Gets Patients Back in Action

Proprietary Cryopreservation Process Ensures Confidence

Dermagraft is cryopreserved to allow long-term maintenance of tissue integrity and cellular viability. Cryopreservation of Dermagraft offers a number of additional product benefits:

  • Allows for safety testing prior to shipping and application
  • Provides longer shelf life-long-term storage (up to 6 months) when stored at -75°C ± 10°C

There have been no reported immunological responses or rejections from patients that received Dermagraft.

Manufacturing Safety

Each lot of Dermagraft is tested and results are known before it is released.

Final product microbiological testing:

  • Final product sterility
  • Endotoxin (cryopreservation solution)
  • Endotoxin (tissue)
  • Mycoplasma by DNA fluorochrome stain
  • Direct cultivation of mycoplasma
(28 day test by approved 3rd party laboratory)

Adverse Events

Dermagraft was safe and well-tolerated. The most common adverse effects occurring in the Dermagraft (n=163) and control (n=151) groups included all randomized patients, respectively, were infection at study wound (10.4% vs 19.9%), infection not at study wound all randomized patients (10.4% vs 9.3%), accidental injury (10.4% vs 11.9%), and skin dysfunction/blister (9.8% vs 13.2%). The overall incidence of adverse events was approximately the same for both the Dermagraft and control groups. No adverse laboratory findings were associated with the use of Dermagraft and no adverse device effects were reported in the study. The number of patients who developed study ulcer-related adverse events (ie, local wound infection, osteomyelitis, cellulitis) was significantly lower in the Dermagraft-treated group (19%) as compared with the control group (32.5%, P=0.007; Table 3).

Event Dermagraft (n=163) Control (n=151)
Infection 17 (10.4%)* 27 (17.9%)
Osteomyelitis 14 (8.6%) 13 (8.6%)
Cellulitis 12 (7.4%) 14 (9.3%)
Overall 31 (19.0%)† 49 (32.5%)

*P=0.073 vs control; †P=0.007 vs control.

For full safety information, please reference the Dermagraft Directions for Use.

Advanced BioHealing, Inc, (ABH) is a leader in regenerative medicine focused on the development and marketing of cell-based and tissue-engineered products. For more information about ABH and Dermagraft, visit www.ABH.com, or click here for other inquiries.

References
  1. Marston WA, Hanft J, Norwood P, Pollak R; Dermagraft Diabetic Foot Ulcer Study Group. The efficacy and safety of Dermagraft in improving the healing of chronic diabetic foot ulcers: results of a prospective randomized trial. Diabetes Care. 2003;26(6):1701-1705.
  2. http://www.Dermagraft.com

I was able to find another video from Advanced BioHealing on the Manufacturing Process. It may be useful to understand the overview:

For more information about Dermagraft please visit their website at http://www.Dermagraft.com

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

Skin and Wound Management Courses for February 2011

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Skin and Wound Management Course

February 2011 Events

Thursday, February 03, 2011 – Sunday, February 06, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Philadelphia, PA
4- Day Weekend Dates
Monday, February 07, 2011 – Friday, February 11, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: East Elmhurst, NY
Monday, February 07, 2011 – Friday, February 11, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Lowell, MA
Thursday, February 10, 2011 – Sunday, February 13, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Las Vegas, NV
4- Day Weekend Dates
Monday, February 14, 2011 – Friday, February 18, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: East Brunswick, NJ
Thursday, February 17, 2011 – Sunday, February 20, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: San Francisco, CA
4- Day Weekend Dates
Monday, February 21, 2011 – Friday, February 25, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Chino, CA
San Bernardino Area
Monday, February 21, 2011 – Friday, February 25, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Raleigh/Durham, NC
Monday, February 28, 2011 – Friday, March 04, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Madison, WI
Sponsored by Metastar and Wisconsin Health Care Association

Course Info

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.  Click here to view our detailed course curriculum.

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 – CLICK HERE to view pay scale for WCC.
  • Professional acknowledgement, recognition, and respect
“Being certified has made a great difference in my professional life!”

–Deb Hans, RN, WCC®, Loxahatchee, FL


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.

Here’s what one satisfied participant had to say about WCEI’s wound care certification program:

“Thanks for such a great experience. … The classes were never boring; there was always something new  that I was learning.    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! “

–Sue Tredenick, LPN, WCC®, Lansdowne, PA


Course Details
Please click here for course content details or click here for class dates and locations.  If you’re interested in hosting a class, please visit our Host a Class page.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our classes soon.

Skin and Wound Management Courses in January 2011

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Skin and Wound Management Course

Course Info

Bring in the new year and plan to take your Wound Care to the next level by becoming Wound Care Certified! Below are the upcoming dates and locations that the Wound Care Education Institute will be providing their Skin and Wound Management Course as well as the NAWC Certification Examination.

January 2011 Events
Monday, January 24, 2011 – Friday, January 28, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: New Orleans, LA
Thursday, January 27, 2011 – Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Sacramento, CA
4- Day Weekend Dates
Monday, January 31, 2011 – Friday, February 04, 2011
Wound & Skin Management Course and NAWC Certification Examination
Location: Dallas, TX

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.  Click here to view our detailed course curriculum.

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 – CLICK HERE to view pay scale for WCC.
  • Professional acknowledgement, recognition, and respect
“Being certified has made a great difference in my professional life!”

–Deb Hans, RN, WCC®, Loxahatchee, FL


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.

Here’s what one satisfied participant had to say about WCEI’s wound care certification program:

“Thanks for such a great experience. … The classes were never boring; there was always something new  that I was learning.    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! “

–Sue Tredenick, LPN, WCC®, Lansdowne, PA


Course Details
Please click here for course content details or click here for class dates and locations.  If you’re interested in hosting a class, please visit our Host a Class page.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our classes soon.

New Jersey’s Wound Care Certification

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

New Jersey’s Wound Care Certification

The New Jersey Wound Care Certification Initiative was developed with the intent of significantly reducing the incidence and severity of pressure ulcers among patients and residents in New Jersey’s hospitals (including IRFs and LTCHs), nursing homes, assisted living facilities, as well as clients of New Jersey’s home health agencies.  The goal of this program is to increase specialized wound care education, skills and certification of nursing staff and to dramatically expand the number of New Jersey nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and home health agencies that utilize wound care certified professionals in prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.
http://www.njha.com/

A week-long wound care training course with wound care certification examination will be offered at locations in the state of New Jersey

EXTENDED PROGRAM!

  • February 14-18, 2011 – East Brunswick, NJ location

Hilton Woodbridge
120 Wood Avenue
South Iselin, NJ 08830
Hotel accommodations: Reservations 1-800-445-8667
$139 plus applicable taxes or fees per night if you reserve by 1/30/2011
Mention you are with Wound Care Education Institute to receive discount.

  • April 25-29, 2011 – Princeton, NJ location

New Jersey Hospital Association
760 Alexander Road
Princeton, NJ 08543


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

The course will be given by the Wound Care Education Institute and Wound Care Certification exam and credentials will be offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care®.

Qualified New Jersey nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and home health agencies will be given the opportunity to send participants.

The initiative is being sponsored by the National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®) in cooperation with the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Institute for Quality & Patient Safety.

Nursing homes whose nurses complete the course and pass the certification exam will be eligible to have $1,000 of the registration fee returned thanks to the generous support of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services through the nursing home civil monetary penalty fund.


Who can apply?

Licensed New Jersey nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and home health agencies may submit an application for employees who must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant is a current employee of the facility submitting the application.
  • The applicant holds an active, unrestricted New Jersey license as Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • It can be documented that wound care has been a component of the applicant’s job duties for at least 2 years out of the last 5 years.


Only qualified individuals will be allowed to participate in the program.

Qualified applicants who are accepted for participation will be required to attend all four days of the training class, no absences permitted.  Organizations will be responsible for travel and lodging of chosen participants, if necessary.

Instructions

  1. Complete the course application.
  2. Submit application along with $2597.00 course fee to Wound Care Education Institute. Make checks payable to “Wound Care Education Institute” or complete credit card section on the application.
  3. Applicants will receive notification of course acceptance within 2 business days of receiving application. Notifications will be made by phone and/or email.
  4. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

The fund is derived from federal enforcement and is allocated to New Jersey from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  The purpose of the fund is to improve quality in nursing homes.

Wisconsin Organizations Partner with WCEI for a Second Time

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Wisconsin Organizations Partner
for a Second Time


As a result of a successful collaboration in 2008, Wound Care Education Institute® (WCEI) will again partner with the, Wisconsin Health Care Association, Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and Metastar, in a statewide initiative directed at educating nurses within long-term care facilities in skin and wound management and the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers (also known as bedsores).

The Wisconsin Wound Care Initiative was developed with the intent of significantly reducing the incidence and severity of pressure ulcers among individuals residing in Wisconsin’s nursing homes.   The goal of this program is to increase specialized wound care education, skills and certification of facility nursing staff and to dramatically expand the number of Wisconsin nursing home facilities that utilize wound care certified professionals in prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

This program was so successful we are developing 3 more classes in WI in 2011 along with inviting clinicians that are from Acute Care, Home Care, Assisted Living, Clinics and Hospice.

The Course:
A week long comprehensive skin and wound management training course.  At the end of the week the  “WCC” Wound Care Certified”  examination will be given to those that qualify to sit for the exam. Certification exam and credentials will be offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care.

3 Class Locations  & Dates

Feb 28 – March 4, 2011
MetaStar, Inc.
2909 Landmark Place
Madison, WI 53713

March 21-25, 2011
The Cove of Lake Geneva
111 Center Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

April 18-22, 2011
Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
N2665 County Road QQ
King, WI 54946

REGISTRATION FEE:
$1900.00 – LTC facility in state of WI (Nursing Homes only – use discount code WILTC
$2597.00 – Non-LTC in state of WI (HH, Hospice, Assisted Living & Hospitals)
No other discounts can be applied to this course

CLICK HERE to download course registration form
CLICK HERE to download course information flyer

VENDORS click here to download information on supporting Wisconsin Initiative
General Criteria for Participation:

Any individual licensed and working in Wisconsin-Long Term Care, Acute Care, Home Care, Assisted Living, Clinics and Hospice.

A.  Or participation in this program must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant is a current employee of the facility submitting the application.
  • The applicant holds an active, unrestricted Wisconsin license as Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Physical Therapist, Physical Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Medical Doctor.
  • It can be documented that wound care has been a component of the applicant’s job duties for at least 2 years out of the last 5 years.

B.    Placement priority will be first come first serve basis as we expect these classes to fill up fast.

C.    Qualified applicants that are accepted for participation will be required to attend all four days of the training class, no absences permitted.  Facilities will be responsible for travel and lodging of chosen participant.

D.    To receive the “WCC” wound care certification credential, qualified applicant must successfully complete the certification exam with a passing score of 70% or higher. Certification examination will be given on the fifth day of class.

ELIGIBILITY FOR CERTIFICATION
Applicants for the NAWC® WCC® certification examination must meet all
of the following criteria:
-Active unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse
-Documentation of active involvement in the care of wound care
patients, or in management, education or research directly related
to wound care while actively licensed for at least two years full-time/four
years part-time within the past five years.
(Wound care is a component of their job duties for at least 2 yrs.
in the last 5 yrs.)

-Must have attended NAWC ® approved course
Wound Care Education Institute:  “Skin and Wound Management
Certification Training Course”

-Completion of application and required supporting documentation.
-Receive passing score on the NAWC® WCC® examination.

Wound Care Recertification

Friday, December 17th, 2010

No Test, No Stress, No Problem!
As a WCC®, you know that wound care is constantly changing, and it’s important to stay current and up to date.  By attending the WCEI® course you refresh your knowledge of wound care and recertify in as little as 3-4 days.

Recertification by training!
To qualify for recertification by training you must have 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.

Don’t let your WCC® credential lapse, enroll today!

Anyone that attends our course will receive the following:

1.    Classroom training sessions
2.    Includes NAWC recertification fees
3.    A complete WCEI® Wound Care Program syllabus
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 hotline

Registration Fee
$830 – Individual WCC®

(cost includes NAWC recertification fee)


Your journey begins here! –  Click here for dates & locations

There are three EASY ways to enroll today!

1. ONLINE – Click here for locations and to register with credit card payment.

2. FAX – Download and print your application and fill it out with your 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.

10,000 Wound Care Certified Professionals!!!!

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

National Alliance of Wound Care
National Alliance of Wound Care® Certifies over 10,000 WCC®s

The National Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC®) announced that it reached a milestone with its WCC credential.  Effective today, NAWC certified over 10,000 WCCs since it began offering the accredited WCC certification in 2003.  “The WCC credential is the most popular among clinicians and now ranks clearly as the leading wound care certification in the United States”, said Debbie Hecker RN, MBA, WCC, and Executive Director.
The overwhelming popularity of the WCC credential is attributed to several factors, including the huge demand for more certified clinicians in the wound care market as well as its multi-discipline nature. The WCC is available to those licensed healthcare professionals who participate on the wound care team.   As one recent WCC put it, “The WCC is a valuable and highly regarded credential that fit my lifestyle.”
In addition to the WCC credential, the NAWC recently introduced an advanced specialty certification 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. NAWC hopes to certify more than 800 individuals with the DWC credential next year. The certification will commence in February 2011.
The National Alliance of Wound Care intends to continue its growth of both certifications as well as other new opportunities that will benefit all WCCs and the wound care market at large.

Improved Pressure Ulcer Care Allows Wound Care Education Institute to Partner with Wisconsin Organizations for Second Time

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Wound Care Education Institute

WCEI to Partner with Wisconsin Organizations for Second Time

As a result of a successful collaboration in 2008, Wound Care Education Institute® (WCEI) will again partner with the, Wisconsin Health Care Association, Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and Metastar, in a statewide initiative directed at educating nurses within long-term care facilities in skin and wound management and the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers (also known as bedsores). The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel defines a pressure ulcer as a localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony area, as a result of pressure. This initiative also allows these nurses the opportunity to become certified in wound care as a WCC® (Wound Care Certified).

WCEI will provide wound care training at a reduced price to 200 experienced nurses working in Wisconsin long-term care facilities. Upon successful completion of the training, those nurses become eligible for WCC certification through the National Alliance of Wound Care® (NAWC®). The National Alliance of Wound Care is a nonprofit credentialing board and member association dedicated to the advancement of excellence in wound care through the certification of wound care practitioners in the United States.

“We are excited that the Wisconsin healthcare organizations invited us to continue on the accomplishments of their 2008 initiative to improve patient care. The success of that program has allowed us to expand this initiative to a second phase in 2011”, said Nancy Morgan RN, BSN, WCC, Co-Founder of the Wound Care Education Institute.

Classes and WCC examinations will commence in early 2011. For complete details of the WI Wound Care Initiative, please go to the website, http://www.wcei.net.

2011 Classes
Feb 28 – March 4, 2011     March 21-25, 2011
April 18-22, 2011

Madison, WI     Lake Geneva, WI     King, WI

About the Wound Care Education Institute
The mission of the Wound Care Education Institute is to develop multi-disciplinary wound care professionals in the United States by offering educational programs and clinical support, based on up-to-date wound care research, trends, and evidence-based practice. The Wound Care Education Institute offers a comprehensive skin and wound care training program at locations throughout the United States.