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  1. Which is the best wound certification
    You really need to go on to a RN program, Betty. Wound care isn't just changing dressings, it's assessing the wound AND the contributing factors, the patient's ability to manage their care and their...
    Jul 28, '12
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  2. Steps of a wet to dry dressing
    For a clean surgical wound, you want the wound bed to remain moist (not wet); if it dries out, it's not going to heal. Wet-to-dry drsgs mean just that--moist gauze that's allowed to dry out so that...
    Jan 5, '11
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  3. wcc vs. wocn
    Good for you, chrissylou! I'm more than happy for anyone to bounce ideas & questions off me. My one great message is that a wound is just a part of a whole person; all that person's physical...
    Nov 24, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  4. wcc vs. wocn
    Emmjay, your professional background sounds excellent to proceed. Chrissy Lou, I know, I agree, the WOCN route is difficult, and I certainly agree, we need many more nurses knowledgable in wound care...
    Nov 24, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  5. wound descriptions
    Slough tissue is that white-ish (or grey-ish) looking glunk you see adhering to an otherwise pink-to-red wound bed. After a week with a transparent dressing over eschar, you'll see it connecting the...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  6. Wound won't heal despite interventions
    If the patient's nutritional status isn't adequate for healing, it is not going to heal. Period. Nutrition is that important. Don't beat yourself up, the "host" has to support healing, or it's not...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  7. Steps of a wet to dry dressing
    OMG, is this still going on??? I've been retired since 2008, and the wet to dry was being contested even when I went back to school and became a CWOCN in 1995! NO, NO, NO, NO--- NO WET TO DRY...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  8. use of liquid adhesive with wound vac drape?
    Sorry to see I've discovered this forum until now, so my post will not be pertinent to that specific patient. However, the use of liquid adhesives is probably universal with experienced VAC...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  9. Necrotic ulcer and Surgeon
    I agree with the above post. Surgeon's orders were just "busy work", not going to make any difference whatsoever, just covering his ***. If this patient is a GOMER (sorry!), I would not open up a...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  10. Lance a wound
    Physicians have no concept of what allowed nursing practice is--yes, really! The physician must do this unless your personal/professional credentials along with your State board of nursing AND your...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  11. Wound care nurse salary range
    to kjones: Please check my posts on other questions in this specialty forum for an answer to what the certified wound & ostomy nurse does. Any questions, please contact me at margo533@comcast.net. ...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  12. Wound care nurse salary range
    I retired two yrs ago, but had been a CWOCN since 1995. At my last position as a CWOCN at a community hospital in the Portland OR area, I was making $38+/hr. Keep in mind, wages/salaries are higher...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  13. wound care certification ?
    I've been a CWOCN since 1995, and while ostomies constituted only about 25% of my practice, I found that overall, that has given me the greatest professional satisfaction as far as making a really...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  14. wcc vs. wocn
    Certification through WOCN educational endeavor is the Gold Standard. Period. But please consider: before doing ANY specialty course work, you first need to become an expert nursing generalist,...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  15. WOCN or ET Nurses Questions
    You definitely need at least five years of med-surg practice before going for certification. This is because the CWON must consider age, prognosis, cognition, ALL body systems, comorbidities,...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  16. What school did you choose and why?
    I went to the Harrisburg WOCN school back in 1995, which is an on-site school. That's all that was available at the time. The online schools have come along since then, and as long as there is...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  17. Do you need to soak calcium alginate rope for packing?
    The whole point of a CA alginate dressing is absorption greater than gauze packing, so NO, don't moisten the alginate. Margo533, CWOCN
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  18. Black heals, debride or dry dressing?
    This is why certified wound specialists are needed. You need to look at the bigger picture: what's the patient's over-all condition and prognosis? The plan depends completely on that. For example,...
    Nov 21, '10
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing


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