I am considering pursuing WOCN certification because I love wound care. However, after obtaining my BSN (with no financial or apparent job opportunity benefits), I have to wonder if the actual certification matters. I study very well on my own, although I would not have the benefit of a preceptor, I can learn a lot about wound care from available resources.
I realize that nothing compares to having the piece of paper, but I would like input from others, was the cost of classes and certification worth it?
Dec 18, '13
Yes, certification matters! Shadow as many WOCNs and CWSs as you can, most are more than willing to precept. Not everyone goes to WOCN school, some go through the preceptor pathway and some through the experential pathway. I would suggest finding certified nurses and asking them how they started their journey and how they value their certification.
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