Diana Gallagher

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nurses attending a clinical conference
March 23rd, 2016

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...

wound care deserts
February 18th, 2016

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

Last month, the news shared two important stories that were closely linked. Walmart announced the closing of 102 Walmart Express stores as part of their overall restructuring and statistical analyses revealed the states...

ostomy care 101
July 28th, 2015

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

In order to teach patients, it is important to have some basic knowledge about ostomies. Sadly, as I shared last month, the majority of nursing students learn very little about ostomies or ostomy management. Most nurses have a good...

Ostomy
June 18th, 2015

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...

Spring flowers
March 5th, 2015

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

A glance out my sunroom window belies the simple fact that spring is coming. It has been a long and difficult winter for so many, but the calendar promises that warm weather will soon replace the gray cold, mounds of snow, and glistening...

family
January 13th, 2015

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

I recently had the privilege of attending a patient's funeral. I would imagine that most nurses attend funerals for special patients from time to time. As a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (CWOCN®), I often care for patients with...

December 17th, 2014

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

I recently had the honor of participating in a meeting of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Boar> (WOCNCB®). My role was to assist the Foot Care Committee with the evolution of the exam for certification in foot care...

September 24th, 2014

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

I frequently write about the value and rewards of being a WOCNCB® certified nurse. It is an amazing job that allows me to save limbs and change lives on a daily basis. After decades of working in acute and outpatient care, I now work as...

August 26th, 2014

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

I have always prided myself on my ability to place patients' needs as a top priority. Patients are people and each and every one is an individual. They have unique needs and desires. Their levels of education, both formal and life lessons...

July 18th, 2014

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

Regardless of your job title or scope of practice, being a professional nurse is hard work. Nursing is not a job for the faint of heart. In fact, nursing is not a job at all; nursing IS the ultimate career. Not everyone...

May 23rd, 2014

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

The importance of being exposed to positive role models is critical in nurturing one’s development and growth. In nursing, it is an important element that helps move an individual along the path from novice to expert. Take a moment and...

March 5th, 2014

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

While watching the CBS news show, Sunday Morning, my attention was captured by a piece offered by Steve Hartman. I admit that I am a fan of Steve Hartman. I always enjoy his sense of which stories are really important. Today's...

January 25th, 2014

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

The new year is here (again). By now, resolutions have been made and resolutions have been abandoned. Most of us make resolutions with the best of intentions. Resolutions are dreams for something better. Perhaps we would like better...

December 16th, 2013

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

It's finally here. Thanksgiving has been put away along with the good china and crystal. Our family, like countless other families across the country, enjoyed the traditional rounds of football games, the company of family and friends and...

Alphabet Letters
November 20th, 2013

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...

October 21st, 2013

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

Frank Reagan's character in the popular TV drama, Blue Bloods, frequently explains his role as Police Commissioner, by saying, "I work for the people of New York City, but I serve at the pleasure of the Mayor." It is a very clear...

September 15th, 2013

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

On these early days in September, school begins for countless young people across our country. Small children, excited yet timid, let go of their mom or dad’s hand and bravely enter their first experience with formal education. It is a...

August 9th, 2013

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

In my introductory blog, I indulged in a personal journey down memory lane. I looked back fondly at some of the incredible mentors that inspired me and shaped my career. In contemplating this...

July 12th, 2013

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...