Certifications

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Wound Care Certification

Holly M. Hovan MSN, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, CWOCN-AP

Not many people wake up one day and say, "Wow, I really want to be a continence nurse!" In fact, sometimes people don't even really understand what a continence nurse is, their role, or the specialty in general. I often tell nurses that although we may not all hold certification, every nurse should be a continence nurse, especially in the long-term care setting.

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Wound Care Certification

By Holly Hovan MSN, RN-BC, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP

As discussed in a prior blog, reflecting on why you want to become certified and how to begin the process are some important initial steps when considering certification. Understanding certification, how it relates to or potentially changes your current position and employer recognition are some important initial considerations as well. Certification is a mark of professionalism and a designation as an expert in your field of practice. After deciding on a certifying body that aligns with your goals and values, and those of your employer, the next step is to prepare for the exam.

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Wound Certification

by Holly M. Hovan, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP

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Professional Development

by Paula Erwin-Toth MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS, FAAN

Tradition claims March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. Depending on where you live, March is in a full-throated roar! Kids are thinking about spring break, and the spring holidays are just around the corner, as is the dreaded annual spring cleaning ritual. Most of us are striving to achieve a work-life balance. Part of that endeavor requires us to take time for ourselves to ensure we meet our professional goals.

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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.

Prior to the Board Certification Exam

Prior to writing the exam, you will need to ensure that you meet all candidate requirements that enable you to sit for the exam. This may include:

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

As a child, I did my best to teach my stuffed animals. I lined them up perfectly, and set up my little card table and chairs. I couldn’t wait to grow up and become a real teacher. Teaching what, I didn’t know. Well, since then I have become a wound care educator for physicians and nurses. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about wound care education. Not education in terms of course curriculum, but education as the process of transforming one’s thinking and perspective.

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Arrows

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

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

There are many benefits to taking an online course to prepare yourself to write a wound care certification exam. The following outlines some of these benefits:

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