by Paula Erwin-Toth MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS, FAAN
There are many certifying bodies for wound care specialists. Which one or more you chose to pursue will depend on your licensure and level of education, as well as your practice setting and the focus of your wound care practice. Even though many positions do not require certification for employment, certification can offer an advantage when vying for a position and can demonstrate your commitment to high-quality patient care. Not all certifications are created equal. Even the term "certification" can mean many different things. Unlike professional licensure, which is regulated by each state's boards of medicine, nursing, etc., certification is a term often used with less rigor than you might expect.