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Pathway to Wound Care Nursing

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by Vix Vix, CNA (New) New Nurse Student

Vix is a CNA and specializes in Geriatrics.

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Hi, all. I realize I probably posted this in the wrong category so I'm reposting here.

I'm currently in an ASN program, taking BSN online classes alongside that, and I have 2 more semesters left for the ASN component. ( Can't finish BSN until I get hired and in a clinical setting for classes. ) My goal is to get my 2-year degree, finish BSN within my first year of being hired, and then signing up for a WOCN course 1-2 years after that so I can get board certified.

My question is more related to after graduation. What sort of floor should I look into applying that will help educate me and prepare me for this path? From what I seen on the WOCN website, the only thing required is 1 year of clinical RN experience. However, I would like for that experience to be as closely related to the material as possible. I know floor nurses tend to do basic wound cares and monitoring, but which would that be? OR? Med-Surg? ICU? Are hospitals up for taking on new graduates that express interest in wound care nursing, specifically?

One thought I had was to work in an LTC or Home Health relative to wound care, but I'm not sure if that counts as 'clinical' setting. Thanks in advance if you have any advice! If there's any WOC nurses out there, I'd like to hear from you!

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I did a lot of wound care in LTC. Yes, LTC is definitely clinical (but does not count as acute experience). Some facilities have a dedicated "treatment nurse" that dedicates his/her shift to wound and other treatments, and other LTC facilities' floor nurses do the wound care (along w/ meds, assessments, and everything else).

A friend of mine did a year on an oncology floor as a new grad, then got a M-F job in a wound clinic.

Neither of us pursued the WOCN, but I think both would be fine places to start. A good old med/surg foundation is always good too.

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Vix is a CNA and specializes in Geriatrics.

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On 4/16/2020 at 5:28 PM, Golden_RN said:

I did a lot of wound care in LTC. Yes, LTC is definitely clinical (but does not count as acute experience). Some facilities have a dedicated "treatment nurse" that dedicates his/her shift to wound and other treatments, and other LTC facilities' floor nurses do the wound care (along w/ meds, assessments, and everything else).

A friend of mine did a year on an oncology floor as a new grad, then got a M-F job in a wound clinic.

Neither of us pursued the WOCN, but I think both would be fine places to start. A good old med/surg foundation is always good too.

This is SO helpful! I have worked as a CNA before in the LTC and I recall seeing those sort of nurses in the vicinity. They were LPN/RN who worked the day/night shift and did specific wound treatments and their own cases, and I used to help them with turning and bandaging. It helped ignite my interest! I know that there are a lot of LTCs out here that need the assistance as well, and my heart is in Geriatrics, so I was wondering if it would be a good start.

Thank you so much!

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