Holly Hovan

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Interdisciplinary Journal Club
November 8th, 2018

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

Wound, ostomy, continence (WOC) nurses wear many hats. A significant role that we play is that of an educator, both with our patients and with our staff. I'm sure we've all heard "How on earth did you ever get interested in wounds?...

Wound Certification
October 11th, 2018

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

Geriatric Skin
September 14th, 2018

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

With a growing population of Americans aged 65 or older, it is important to know what skin changes are normal and abnormal and what we can do in terms of treatment, education, and prevention of skin injuries.

Medical Device-Related Injury
August 29th, 2018

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

Causes of Incontinence
June 20th, 2018

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

With World Continence Week upon us, it is an appropriate time to discuss some types and causes along with treatment of urinary...

Nurse Removing Adhesive Bandage to Prevent MARSI
May 24th, 2018

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

woundwound assessment - skin tear on arm assessment - skin tear on arm
April 25th, 2018

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

After determining our goals of wound treatment (healing, maintaining, or comfort/palliative), we need to choose a treatment that meets the needs of the...

The Importance of Palliative Care
April 5th, 2018

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

fistula management
February 15th, 2018

By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP

patient repositioning
January 11th, 2018

By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP

patient mobility and activity
December 14th, 2017

By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP

Part 4 in a series analyzing the use of the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk® in the long-term care setting. For Part 1, click here....

enteral nutrition feeding
November 16th, 2017

By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP

Part 3 in a series analyzing the use of the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk® in the long-term care setting. For Part 1, click here....

Moisture on Skin
October 25th, 2017

By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP

A series analyzing the use of the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk® in the long-term care setting. For part 1, click here.

peroperative ostomy siting
October 4th, 2017

By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP

When marking a patient for a stoma, it is important to consider the practice based on evidence acquired by the wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse during training and experience. Stoma siting procedures are based on evidence-based practices...

neuropathy testing for sensory perception (Braden Scale)
September 13th, 2017

By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP

A series analyzing the use of the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk® in the long-term care setting. For Part 2, click here....

comparison
August 3rd, 2017

By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, CWOCN-AP

As wound care clinicians, we are aware that part of the process of consulting requires a comprehensive wound assessment, looking at wound characteristics, causative factors, and drainage. As I've previously mentioned, we've all heard the term, "...

elderly patient skin tear prevention
June 29th, 2017

Holly M. Hovan MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWON-AP

Calciphylaxis
June 2nd, 2017

By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWON-AP

What is Calciphylaxis?

In patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD), there is a decreased renal clearance that causes an increase in phosphorus, then calcium, in the body. Elevation of these two electrolytes causes the...

staff education in wound care
May 19th, 2017

By Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWON-AP

wound care education
April 13th, 2017

by Holly Hovan MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWON-AP

As a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse in long-term care, education is a huge part of my role working in our Community Living Center (CLC), Hospice, and Transitional Care Unit (TCU). Unit specific, evidence-based training and continued...