Does it matter if you get your WOCN certificate?

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Specializes in Psych. Has 2 years experience.

I'm interested in wound care. One of my friends was telling me getting that certificate is meaningless since he does wound care and he doesn't have his certificate. Now I'm wondering if it's worth paying for this certificate since I'm going to this university and pay a good amount for the wound, ostomy, continence nursing certificate.

CharleeFoxtrot, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

Well, a lot of facilities want that certification and you can't get a WOCN job without one. So, if you want more opportunities to work therefore making the investment in the cert pay off...

jbudrick, MSN

Specializes in Certified Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse. Has 18 years experience.

The knowledge you will gain from the educational program is valuable, even if you already have a wound care job. You will also make connections during classes, clinicals, and the WOCN society that will help you with your career. I am glad I did it and I plan to renew my certification. I attended Emory. Most of it was online and one week in person in Atlanta. I work for a major health system and was able to complete my clinical hours within my organization. I did have the option of clinical hours through Emory. I would definitely do the Emory program if I had a chance to do it over again.

The0Walrus, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych. Has 2 years experience.

I'm in the state school Rutgers in NJ. I'm hoping it's a good experience. I just wish I didn't have to pay so much for these classes especially if hey don't pay anymore than a regular nurse.