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Mentoring in Wound Care

by Catherine Milne, APRN, MSN, ANP/ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP

We need mentors in wound care. Why? Our number of wound care providers cannot meet the overwhelming needs of our patients, our traditional practice patterns are changing from acute to post-acute care, reimbursement models are variable and technology is rapidly shifting. Nursing, physical therapy and medical schools are teaching less and less wound care. Many times, what is being taught is archaic.

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innovation

By Catherine T. Milne, APRN, MSN, BC-ANP, CWOCN-AP

Our New England village has an annual tradition that takes place on the town green. These two acres of well-manicured grass have historically been central to the fabric of the hamlet. Every Memorial Day, members of the fifth grade class assemble on the steps of one of the town's oldest buildings to recite the Gettysburg Address. With parents, grandparents, and residents looking toward the cherub-faced innocents, they deliver, "Fourscore and seven years ago..."

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do the right thing

by Catherine T. Milne, APRN, MSN, BC-ANP, CWOCN-AP

Editor's Note: This letter originally appeared in the 19th edition of WoundSource™, published July 2016.

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directions

by Catherine T. Milne, APRN, MSN, BC-ANP, CWOCN-AP

Editor's Note: This letter originally appeared in the print edition of WoundSource 2015.

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by Catherine T. Milne, APRN, MSN, BC-ANP, CWOCN

Editor's Note: This letter originally appeared in the print edition of WoundSource 2014.

There's a lot to be said about change, and much of what you say depends on which end of change you are on. Those of us who are early adopters of new products, technology or ideas get an adrenaline rush with just the hint of change. We love that feeling of freshness— finding the bumps in the road, meeting the challenges head on and solving the issues at hand. Then we help those who come after us—mentoring them over the hurdles we've overcome as the pioneers in a new territory. We are not early adopters, we are early adapters.