The decision to become wound care certified benefits not just your career, but the lives and outcomes of patients.
With more than 6 million patients in the U.S. affected by chronic wounds, according to Becker’s Hospital Review, enrolling in the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) can be an important addition to your nursing expertise.
Regenia Butler, RN, WCC, DWC, a telemetry nurse and member of the hospital-wide skin prevalence team at Methodist Health System in Dallas, Texas, understands this importance.
While working as a supervisor in home health in 2010, a staff member approached her about the idea of getting nurses in the organization wound care certified.
Wound care knowledge is power
Being wound care certified means access to helpful resources that can expand wound care knowledge throughout hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations.
Bolster your career options
Nurses and other wound care-certified clinicians also have opportunities to become subject matter experts for special projects, as well as volunteer opportunities for focus groups and some WCEI special events.
Among nurses who have seen an increase in their marketability as a result of becoming wound care certified is Stephanie Mansfield, LVN, WCC, DWC.
Mansfield, a wound care coordinator at Willow Bend Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mesquite, Texas, was on Butler’s team when the decision was made to pursue wound care certification, she said.
Attending the WCEI’s annual Wild on Wounds conference each year since 2011 has been a great experience, said Mansfield, who also works as a home health wound care nurse for Bridgeway Health Services in Fort Worth, Texas.
“I took two courses and have two certifications from the WCEI and since then, I’ve had more opportunities in nursing,” Mansfield said. “WCEI cares about the nurses, PTs and physicians who attend these conferences. They want us to learn, and if they don’t have an answer to a question, they’ll get the answer for you.”