Clinician Education

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By Ronald Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H

I am seeing more and more expert lecturers being disqualified from speaking at wound care conferences, simply because their qualifications include significant positions or associations in the corporate world. When did these speakers' qualifications become disqualifications? I believe it began when conference organizers and accreditation committees decided that it was no longer worth their time to ensure that lectures were unbiased. The practices that I am about to describe are not universal, but as accreditation committees increasingly adopt such practices, and as conference organizers increasingly accept such practices as the status quo, we may soon find ourselves with drastic changes in our educational programs. I believe it is worth considering the following thoughts and observations.

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nurses attending a clinical conference

By Diana L. Gallagher MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN

I just finished attending my first professional conference of the year. It was a combined meeting of the Wound Care Institute and the South Central Region of WOCN. Since becoming certified as a wound, ostomy and continence nurse, I have always contended that important components of professional practice include maintaining membership in your professional society as well as a commitment to lifelong learning.

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Preparing for CMS PQRS measures deadline

By Thomas E. Serena MD, FACS, FACHM, FAPWCA

An ancient Irish tradition dating back to St. Patrick permitted women to propose marriage to men on the additional day added during a leap year. The gender equality of modern society has turned this tradition into mere folklore, but it is hardly cause for concern here in Boston as we have no shortage of Irish traditions.

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Professional Networking

By Miranda Henry, WoundSource Managing Editor

There are opportunities for health care providers at all levels to become experts in the field of wound care. This multidisciplinary field is comprised of a wide range of health care professionals including nurses, dietitians, surgeons, gerentologists, podiatrists, physical therapists…the list is expansive!

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Computer Exam

By Laurie Swezey RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, FACCWS

You want to become certified in wound care. That’s a great decision – the field is wide open and wound care consultants are in high demand. Wondering about the certification process and how you can write the exam? Here’s what you should expect at the wound care board examination.

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Ostomy

By Diana L. Gallagher MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN

As a CWOCN® (Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse), I have always been surprised that not everyone shared my passion about caring for and about ostomy patients. Ostomy management is one of my chosen specialties. Parents love each of their children and should not have a favorite. Managing multiple specialties is a lot like being a parent. I love each of my specialties for different reasons but, if I were forced to choose only one, caring for ostomy patients would be the winner.

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Nursing Skills

By Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

As a wound care consultant, I receive many requests to conduct ongoing in-services of various topics with "all" nursing staff. This request is intended for the LVN/LPN and RN staff. My definition of "all" nursing staff is licensed nurses AND certified or state tested nursing assistants.

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open door

By Margaret Heale, RN, MSc, CWOCN

People can be open with few secrets and little to hide but even then there are behaviors, memories, hopes, fears and desires that are not revealed. We have a right to be in control of this part of ourselves and the flesh that encompasses it. Such control is part of the freedom we covet as a nation.

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By Thomas E. Serena MD, FACS, FACHM, FAPWCA

The American Professional Wound Care Association's (APWCA) annual meeting concluded in Philadelphia the last weekend in March. The meeting featured several novel ideas in wound care education. A hands-on competency session permitted attendees to place total contact casts, practice with two bedside grafting devices, assess vascular status, and become proficient in negative pressure wound therapy.

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Doctor's pocket

By Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

It is kind of funny to me, but we all tend to first take a gander at the alphabet soup on badges or business cards. But I ask you this, "Is this what stamps or marks us of all of our achievements?" There are many who think so, and that’s okay. There are numerous physicians and nurses that have earned international recognition, published books/journals, and even have lectured all over the world that do not have any type of wound care certification. Does this mean they are not a "true" wound care specialist?

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