"Effective wound management requires a comprehensive approach by wound care providers who are well educated about evidence-based, best practices and have sufficient knowledge and skills to treat and manage the complex needs of patients with acute or chronic wounds," said Immediate Past President of the WOCN Society, Dr. Phyllis Bonham, PhD, MSN, RN, CWOCN, DPNAP, FAAN. "Due to the growth of the aging population, the demand for wound care expertise continues to rise. Recognizing the increased demand for wound care in all settings, including in the military, the WOCN Society developed this new educational program to increase the number of wound care providers. Through the WTA education program, accreditation of WOC specialty nurse education programs and other educational efforts, the WOCN Society continually strives to increase patient access to highly skilled expert care."
A collaborative approach is necessary to achieve optimal patient outcomes. "Therefore, the ability to work within a team is vital to the care of all patients with wound care needs," said Dr. Bonham. "This WTA education program will prepare nurses to work with other members of the wound care team to carry out an effective wound treatment plan."
As WOC specialty nurse extenders, Wound Treatment Associates will assist with daily patient monitoring, identifying risk of pressure ulcers, implementing pressure ulcer prevention programs and providing wound management, including application of topical dressings. WTAs will assist with providing basic education about skin and wound care to fellow staff, the patients and their families. Wound Treatment Associates will also identify when the patient requires a referral to a wound specialist or vascular surgeon, a step that can be vital to the patient's healing process.
The cost to attend the WTA education program in Indianapolis in May is $1,800 per person. Registration and additional program information can be found at www.wocn.org/WTA
. There is also an online program option that will soon be available, which includes on-site competency evaluations. The cost for the online program is $2,500 for a two-year license, plus a $100 fee for each nurse who participates in the program.About the WOCN Society
Founded in 1968, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is a professional, international nursing society of more than 4,800 health care professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. The Society supports its members by promoting educational, clinical and research opportunities to advance the practice, and guide the delivery of health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence. Learn more by visiting www.wocn.org
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