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

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... Read More

  1. Visit  Rand profile page
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    Why don't you have your PM on?
    Already to busy with wound chats, though always accessable by email.

    Regards,
    Rand

    btw just got confirmation that WOUNDTX is now mine as a registered trademark.
    Last edit by Rand on Sep 20, '02
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  3. Visit  shygirl profile page
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    Originally posted by Rand
    Already to busy with wound chats, though always accessable by email.

    Regards,
    Rand

    btw just got confirmation that WOUNDTX is now mine as a registered trademark.
    I bet your happy! Congratulations. Yours is a very informative site!
    Shygirl




    http://woundtx.com/
    Last edit by shygirl on Sep 20, '02
  4. Visit  woundnurse profile page
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    Congrads Rand......
    Cory
  5. Visit  funsizedliv profile page
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    I am also interested in becoming a wound care nurse one day. I am actually doing a presentation on the process of becoming a wound care specialist nurse. If anyone would like to offer some information it would be great. I haven't found much on what you have to do to get started.
  6. Visit  MaritesaRN profile page
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    Quote from Rand
    Hi Sandy,

    I would absolutely encourage you to learn more about advanced wound management. While I think most would agree you should spend at least a year in med-surg or some form of traditional nursing care, once you have your "sea legs" I think those who get involved in this specialty, really enjoy it.

    Are you in Las Vegas? If so, you just missed the WOCN annual conference. but don't fret, the SAWC conference is being held in LV next year. You should definately meet some of the reps that detail wound care products in your part of town. Most of the larger companies put on local educational seminars to educate clinicians on the community standard of wound care.

    Again, I'd advise you to spend at least a year or two doing general nursing, just so you reinforce and don't waste your academic training. Then you'll have more of a nursing background to help you specialize.

    Best wishes,

    Rand
    WoundTx.com


    Hello Rand. I too am interested in this field.... I am a seasoned nurse and diversed in my nursing experience. How much does a nurse in this specialization get paid for? I guess what is the average range of the pay?
    Thank you
  7. Visit  jiggybrown profile page
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    Hello,
    I am currently attending Lpn courses at Lanier tech in Oakwood Georgia.I have heard a lot of good things about wound care certification for Lnps.My question is can I become wound care certified without having worked in wound care before?I have been looking for information on it.From what have read most places what you to have at least two years experince, like the Wound care education Institute for example. Any information on the subject would be greatly appreciated.
  8. Visit  MaritesaRN profile page
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    Quote from jiggybrown
    Hello,
    I am currently attending Lpn courses at Lanier tech in Oakwood Georgia.I have heard a lot of good things about wound care certification for Lnps.My question is can I become wound care certified without having worked in wound care before?I have been looking for information on it.From what have read most places what you to have at least two years experince, like the Wound care education Institute for example. Any information on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

    Me too ! I am interested in this area.....and I do not have any experience either , but am interested in this. What areas can you work w/ this certification? How is the hourly pay? What is the best school to go to?
    Would appreciate some info in this one please . thank you!
  9. Visit  jiggybrown profile page
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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.
  10. Visit  MaritesaRN profile page
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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.
  11. Visit  katherine100 profile page
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    Quote from bandaidexpert
    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.
  12. Visit  lsyorke profile page
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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.
  13. Visit  rouqie profile page
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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.
  14. Visit  mmm333 profile page
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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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