Need Opinion on becoming a Wound Care Nurse... - page 3

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hi: i am still a nursing student but i'm very interested in becoming a wound care nurse. i have been dealing with a good share of different types decubitus in my clinicals and find it extremely rewarding when i see my... Read More


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    I do know that having this certication can increase you yearly salary by 15'000 a year. So it is so worth it. Just not sure how long you have to be in the feild before you can qualify to sit for the exam.
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    Quote from jiggybrown
    I do know that having this certication can increase you yearly salary by 15'000 a year. So it is so worth it. Just not sure how long you have to be in the feild before you can qualify to sit for the exam.


    thank you, this helps too. I am in the process of looking at schools and certification requirements . Nowadays , it helps to pick your specialty , focus and work at it.
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    gilda:

    The National Board Certification Exam is held every April and October at over 30 different sites nationwide. You have to contact AAWM for a candidate Handbook. I was grandfathered in so I had to submit a ton of stuff. 5 letters of recommendation from HC professionals I worked with, a 2 page essay on why I want this certification, Assorted CEU's on wound care and management that I attended and so on. This was in 1998. I believe now, you take the exam after you have completed their seminars. I know the next exam is 10/19/02. The materials from the candidate handbook have to be returned by September 6th to sit for the exam. My certification is good for 10 years with 16 hours of CEU's r/t wound care due every year. It has really made a difference in my career. Hope this helps!
    I was reading your post and was wondering...do you work in a wound care clinic or in a hospital on a floor that has a mix of patients? I am unable to find wound/vascular centers.
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    My wound care certification didn't get me any more compensation, but it was a requirement for my job. I work in a Wound Care Center. I don't know of anyone who made $15,000 more due to certification. I had to document at least 2 years of wound care experience, which in my case they accepted my 25 years of general nursing.
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    I also have not heard of anyone being certified and making $15,000 more a year. My work has offered to pay for my schooling but no raise was even mentioned. So if your getting certified for the money you better do some fact checking before you start investing your time and money.
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    Wound Care in some settings is a very physical job. You can't wait for CNAs, you have many patients to see, and you need to work fast and do lifts/repositioning and transfers yourself much of the time. Many pts do not cooperate and some are combative. Many have dementia. That's part of why they got wounds to begin with- they were hard to care for. It takes a special sort of person to do wound care especially in LTC. The pay isn't great for what they deal with day-to-day. You will also take on a huge liability legally because all kinds of problems can be traced back to infections and wounds and the documentation leads back to YOU- even a small cut could be the beginning of the end for a diabetic or elder and YOU are the one healing it. It is a highly litigious field to get into so you'd better have insurance and be ready to go to court at least a few times in your career. You also forfeit the general nursing experience you could be getting in ICU or Tele because you are now very focused on a narrow range of treatment. If that all sounds fine to you, you may find enrichment in this area.
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