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jbudrick MSN

Certified Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse
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jbudrick has 18 years experience as a MSN and specializes in Certified Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse.

LPN Instructor, LTC/Rehab Supervisor, Home Care Case Manager/RN, Infection Control and Certified Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse practicing in home care. 😀

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  1. Thank you so much for adding a different view of this tragic situation. I was stunned when I heard the news. There was no commentary that I could find about what Brian may have experienced, until today.
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    Does it matter if you get your WOCN certificate?

    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.
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    WOCNext Virtual Conference

    I am attending the WOCNext conference next weekend. Any other WOCNs out there? I miss the live vacation feel. This will be my first virtual conference.
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    Dealing with Pets

    Another problem with pets is that some pet owners don't vaccinate their pets. Imagine getting bit by a cute little dog that hasn't had its rabies vaccination. I know a couple of clinicians that has happened to. The agency I work for requires all pets to be put away for visits.
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    Lymphedema Specialist-?

    Hello Nurse Bulldog: Your question about Lymphedema Specialist has come up at the home care agency I work for. Keep in mind that my experience may not be typical of your agency or area of the country. Usually OTs are employed at Lymphedema Clinics. The problem is that if the patient has a wound, they want nursing to do the wound care. Patient's have difficulty getting to the lymphedema clinic, getting wound care done by the visiting nurse, and removing wraps that are applied at the clinic. Most of the wound nurses in my agency are not interested in doing Lymphedema in the home for several reasons. The home environment of many lymphedema patients makes the thought of spending a long visit unpleasant due to potentially unsanitary conditions. How and where will the patient be positioned while wraps are being applied? Who will perform showering and hygiene for the patient? Unfortunately, the biggest barrier to Lymphedema in my agency is patient nonadherence to the program even under the best of circumstances. Hope this offers some insight into this new angle to home care nursing. Best wishes. Jbudrick
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    Is my (50K) BSN worthless?

    Hello Box of Rain, I understand your situation and how you feel. I have experienced something similar. Not all people have the personality and/or temprament to work the floor. Some nuses lives do not allow for the flexibility to work the floor. You have tried three jobs and havent been able to make it work. You can have a successful career in nursing by trying a job that matches your strengths. Home care, doctor office, school nursing, OR training programs, research, are all areas to look at. Say to employers: I now have hospital and floor nursing experience and realize my strengths and where I can best provide patient care and be successfull. You can make a good career once you understand that not every nurse is suited to working the floor in an inpatient setting. I hope you realize that all people have strengths and weaknesses. You should not have to take drugs and change your personality for a job. Best wishes, Jbudrick
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    Winter Footwear?

    I wear Lands End All Weather Mocs. They keep my feet warm, dry, and slip resistant. To avoid dirt, salt, mud, etc. On my patient's floor, I wear shoe covers. Make sure to get no slip. The first time I wore shoe covers on a wood floor was a scene from a keystone cops movie!
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    What Do You Carry In Your Bag?

    A mirror to see wounds when the patient can't position for examination, a head lamp, flashlight, a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide/water for accidental carpet stains (like blood), extra pens/sharpies, EMT scissors, shoe covers.
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    I’m not disorganized. I’m reorganized. 🤪

    is the Mark 5 bag heavier? I can imagine hanging it on a doorknob.... Jbudrick
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    Recording Lectures

    Listening to a lecture on tape takes as long as the class did. The best and most efficient use of my study time was to listen intently to the lecture and take notes. I reviewed my notes after the lecture and before tests. Hope this helps. Good luck. Diana
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    Recent Emory University Wound Care graduates

    I completed the WOCN Emory program in January. Bridge week was in February. Emory provided study materials specifically to study for the certification exam. Bridge week helped me prepare for the exam also. I strongly recommend the Emory program. I followed the instructions and passed all three exams on the first try. I took one exam per week, just as Emory recommended. Good luck in your journey to certification. Have a good day. Jbudrick, CWOCN
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    Frequent dressing change and use of tape

    Another option is Montgomery straps. If you really need to change the dressing three times daily, this is low cost way to to keep the dressing in place and reduce skin damage. Best wishes. Diana
  13. Have you asked your school for guidance? I completed an MSN Education in 2014. I completed a practicum with a faculty member teaching an online course. I asked the school about local facilities where they already had contracts to precept students and found a preceptor that way for the professional development practicum. Best wishes in your pursuit of an MSN. Diana
  14. Hello Big Mike: One thing to consider before signing up for an $80,000 nursing program: How are your grades? Nursing courses are usually much more difficult than the prerequisite courses. If your grades are holding you back from being accepted at a less expensive college, you might want to reconsider nursing altogether. I think most nurses would agree that being accepted into a program is the easiest part of getting a nursing degree. In any event, best of luck in your pursuit of an RN. Diana
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    Change Careers or Treat Depression?

    Please keep in mind that the depression may follow you into the next job. It sounds like you are having a hard time building a life in your new town. Definitely discuss the depression with your doctor. Also, follow the basic nursing advice of eat right, get plenty of exercise and rest. Spend time outside of work socializing with other people, like take a class or participate in a sport. Hope things look up for your soon. Diana
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