I started a new topic over in the careers area that has gotten no attention. Basically, I live within commuting distance of several wound care centers. I recently applied for a hyperbaric technician job. One of the requirements of the job is to take the UHMS intro to hyperbaric medicine. This class is being held in my area in a couple of weeks. I feel that at this stage of my attempt at starting a career in nursing, that I should pick a specialty area and go for it. Do you think it would be a waste of time and money to take the class without a job? Or might it make me more desirable as a job candidate?
For better or worse, I did not go in that direction; I got a job in assisted living and elder care is where I'm at now. But if you want to get into wound care, have the time, money and inclination, I'd say go for it. I always operate on the belief that no education is wasted, so I don't worry too much about immediate "payback," i.e. job offers. Definitely check/keep a watch on the Healogics website
to see what jobs they are advertising near you.
Last edit by hotflashion on Sep 18, '12
: Reason: correct spelling error
Feb 19, '13
by LTCNS, LPN
Fair enough and I really should clarify and apologize for my rant. I've been having a very hard time in my position as I do work at a for profit clinic where hyperbaric patient census overrides the need for safe and adequate staffing, however, you cannot beat the benefits and corporate support from those who oversee Safety Directors. Overall it is a good company, but with a few poorly managed clinics. There's no way they can police them all. I have a great Program Director but there's only so much he can do if that makes sense.
Anyway, I do wound care as well, TCPO2 studies in the clinic and inside the chamber, I have learned a great deal about wound care, compression wraps, debridement and get respect from the doctors as a nurse.
I am spread very thin as a wound care nurse, hyperbaric tech and safety director. I have 5 patients per day to dive by myself with no help from anyone (We have two monoplace chambers) I am allowed 15 minutes between patients to get one patient out, get vital signs, blood sugars, change linens, get vital signs and blood sugars on the next patient going in and make sure the MD checks the patient who just came out before they leave the clinic. Lunch breaks? What is that? There is nobody to relieve me so I may not get one, but don't you dare get a minute of OT. I am overwhelmed and tired, that's all.
I should retract my statement and say that hyperbaric medicine really is a fascinating field of healthcare, and I am seeing first hand how successful it is in healing difficult wounds that other specialists have given up on. We have saved limbs and healed wounds that never would have healed with more conventional methods, so yes, hyperbaric nursing is very unique. I hope more physicians open their minds and start referring patients with appropriate diagnosis for hyperbaric treatment.
Last edit by LTCNS on Feb 19, '13