Wound Certification

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By Ron Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H

The Primary Issues with Systematic Reviews

My contribution to this column is very much overdue. Among other things, I have spent much of my time this past 12 months preparing to write my first "systematic review." The experience has been both illuminating and frustrating, and I am now feeling both respect for the art, and grief over its gross inadequacies.

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

Thinking about becoming a certified wound care professional? If you have been researching your options, you may have come away more confused than ever. There are many certification bodies, all with different options and requirements, adding to the confusion surrounding wound care certification.

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

Nature's seasons seamlessly transition from one to the next. This morning as I sit at my desk writing, autumn leaves in glorious colors are showering down forming a variegated carpet across my lawn. Just as changing landscapes celebrate nature's accomplishments, the credentials after our names celebrate our professional accomplishments.

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

Many health care professionals are becoming certified as wound care providers due to the increased demand that has arisen due to the aging of the population and an increase in other wound risk factors including diabetes and obesity. With so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which wound care education course is right for you.

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

Recently, I have been intrigued by a variety of celebrities offering us a glimpse of their inner selves as they share what they wish they had known when they were young. These "Notes to a Younger Self" are fascinating to me. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we knew what we know now when we were first beginning? Would knowing have altered our decisions or the paths that we have taken? I don't know but I have to wonder.

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

"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
Ben Franklin

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By Lydia A Meyers RN, MSN, CWCN

I am a Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN) and received my Certification with the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Association (WOCN). I will not say one certification is better than another, just do your homework and find one that challenges your knowledge. When I was working in the Wound Care Center, I started classes and education journey toward my certification. I had been working in Home Health Care as a wound care nurse and psychiatric nurse. This knowledge and experience gives me a different view of patients and wound care.

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By Karen Zulkowski DNS, RN, CWS

How do you act when giving a deposition? It’s not something we covered in school. As I said last month, you probably won’t remember the plaintiff (patient). You may have only taken care of the person once or twice or when they were your patient. They may have gone back and forth to ICU and different units, or between the hospital and nursing home, so you had limited contact with them.

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By Michael Miller DO, FACOS, FAPWCA

RAMBLINGS OF AN ITINERANT WOUND CARE GUY PT. 3

I just had the most amazing thing happen: I received a letter from my hospital informing me that they were considering creating an Open-Heart Surgery Center. Other than myself, there will be Radiologists, Family Practitioners, and Pathologists all participating in the program. In an effort to share the proceeds from participating in this venture, all participants will be offered four hour time periods throughout the week in which to practice this new specialty. Recognizing that we are not experts in this area of medicine, each of us will be required to take a one-week course in open-heart surgery before being able to hang our shingles outside the clinic.