Published Jun 17, 2009
I have just been hired as a treatment nurse at a LTF and want to know if there are any places that will certify and further educate an LPN. WOC and WOCN only educate RN's and I am really needing to find one that will work with an LPN. This job is very important to me and the facilty I am working with has just thrown me out there. Any help would be invaluable to me as I want to do a good job and excel in this field and I really want my patients to progress so can you help me please. I have searched everywhere online and can only find accredited schools that only work with RN's. I am making connections with my reps but I really need hands on and online education to become all I want to be.
Thanks in advance...I really don't want to fail my patience due to ignorance
ohmeowzer RN, RN
i hope someone here can help you. I was a treatment nurse about 10 years ago ( ah hem) and i had a LPN working with me. She could not work unless supervised by a RN. I had to go with her to measure wounds and i wrote treatment orders. wayyy back then LPN's could not be certified because they had to be supervised by a RN. i am sure things have changed and maybe LPN's can be certified. i wish you luck in wound care, i did it for about 6 mos..lol.... not cut out for it... i was never certified but.... nursing has evolved and i am sure you will get alot of help. take care and good luck in your new job , we need more nurses like you !!
One of those orgs does certify LPN's in wound care-I'm not sure which one but a former co-worker of mine did it.Check each major organization. You will be working independently of the floor staff (rn and lpn) ====You'll be responsible for assessing and tracking the wounds and you'll also call the doc each time you want to make a new recommendation so the doc will actually be "giving the order" not you (which is a distinction many of the staff may need to be reminded of)
Do you have a wound protocol? A supplier you buy all your wound care products from? Smith and Nephew had a wound care certification program which I think admitted LPNs but I could be wrong.
PS. You should get educated in how to spell 'educator'.
I also think you meant "patients". Good luck finding a program and let us know if you find one. :wink2:
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