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WTA Program On-Site Competency Test Held at Home Care Conference

Posted By Jenna A. Bertini, Friday, August 4, 2017

RitKen and Associates, LLC. exhibited at the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) 28th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, where they took the opportunity to promote the WOCN® Society, the Continuing Education Center (CEC), the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program and the Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) Program to more than 700 conference attendees.

ANew_WTA_Graduates part of the pre-conference, RitKen and Associates, LLC. held an on-site WTA Program clinical competency test for registered nurses who previously signed up for and completed the program’s online activities. As a result of the on-site clinical competency test, Cindy Valle, RN, of Diamond Home Health, successfully passed and officially became one of the newest graduates of the WTA Program!

During the conference, many attendees expressed their frustration related to the difficulty of finding enough WOC nurses to serve in a variety of health care settings, especially in home and hospice care. RitKen and Associates, LLC. stated, “It was gratifying to hear the expressions of respect for our specialty and professional society from home care and hospice owners, administrators and clinicians.”

HCAF_WTA_BoothRitKen and Associates, LLC. promoted the WTA Program as an extension of the WOC nurse’s reach, emphasizing the clinical role WTA graduates play in health care facilities. Graduates of the WTA Program have the ability to facilitate optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds under the direction of the WOC specialty nurse, WOC advanced practice registered nurse or physician. For more information on the WTA Program, please click here.

The WOCN Society would like to thank RitKen and Associates, LLC. for supporting the Society’s clinical and educational efforts to advance the WOC nursing practice and achieve evidence-based outcomes.

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WTA Program: A Valuable Tool

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Written by: Angel Sutton, MSN/Ed, RN, CWCN, CCCN, CFCN

Pressure ulcers can be a challenge to treat and manage in the long-term care setting. Many skilled nursing facilities do not have a wound care specialist, or even a staff member trained in wounds. The lack of certified wound care professionals in these facilities can lead to an increase in the following:

*        Complications from pressure ulcers.

*        Hospitalizations/Re-hospitalizations.

*        Prevalence of amputations.

*        Risk of death.


Life Care Centers of America, Inc., (LCCA) is a long-term care community of over 200 skilled nursing facilities in 28 states from Boston, Massachusetts to Hilo, Hawaii. LCCA is dedicated to providing the most advanced care to the residents and is specializing in the field of wound care to better meet the needs of the resident for both long-term and short-stays. When considering solutions for staff education in relation to wound care, all options available were considered. After analysis, LCCA has chosen to invest in and to adopt the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program to be the platform for wound care training across the country in all of our facilities. The WTA Program is recognized by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) to provide additional wound training and skills to staff that focus on direct care. The Society is shaping the future of nursing in the WOC area, it was a logical choice to ensure that our nurses, and other clinicians, would receive quality education in relation to prevention and treatment of all types of wounds.

Many other factors led to our decision to adopt the WTA Program as our standard education program for wound education. Life Care reviewed several other certification and wound training courses and decided that the WTA Program would best meet our needs since the course is completed online at the center. The course content allows flexibility in the scheduling to allow more associates to be able to participate in the course. The course content is applicable to our setting of long-term care and the course is taken by nurses, therapist, and some of our physicians. We felt that have a multidisciplinary approach to wound care training helped all team members learn the same content and helped with congealing the wound teams. The training course has greatly improved our skill level and confidence from our wound team clinicians by engaging many members of the team more interventions and treatment options have been reviewed and wound healing rates have increased.

LCCA began the WTA Program in July 2014 to provide additional wound training to its associates (which also include allied health clinicians and physicians) and to date has had over 450 participants. We have found the program to be an invaluable tool in equipping our staff.

Complete content presented through the following poster:

Sutton, A, & Greene, R.B. (2015). Advancing skill set for wound care in the long-term care setting WOCN/W.T.A. wound treatment associate program. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, San Antonio, Texas.

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The Wound Treatment Associate (WTA®) Program Provides Fundamental Wound Care Training

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Monday, October 27, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Wound Treatment Associate (WTA®) Program Provides Fundamental Wound Care Training

 

If you’re a non-specialty licensed wound care provider, a medic or corpsmen looking to enhance your professional skills, the WOCN Society® has just what you need!

 

The WOCN Society developed the WTA® Program, a continuing education activity, which prepares a non-WOC certified professional to provide optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds under the direction of a WOC specialty nurse, WOC APRN, or physician. Under the direction of a WOC specialty nurse, the program features online lectures, PowerPoint slides and written final examinations and skills testing. This online course is designed to be completed in three months and offers 21.0 contact hours upon competition. It is currently being offered nation-wide locations.

 

Don’t worry, if the WTA Program isn’t offered near you or at your current institution. If you’re interested in the course being offered at your institution, you need to identify a qualified WOC nurse (it could be you!) who would serve as the Course Coordinator. Then, highlight the benefits of the WTA program to administrators at your health care system or hospital. For resources on the program benefits, check out the marketing toolkit which provides interested parties with an introduction to the WTA Program, a letter to send to decision makers and a presentation for administrators.

 

Once program is successfully completed, WTA graduates can find additional resources to enhance their professional development on the WTA website, while current WOCN members can discuss issues and share information on the WTA member forum. If you’re interested in becoming a WOCN member, check out the membership benefits.

 

View the video below for a quick course tutorial that highlights the benefits of the WTA Program! If you would like additional information on the WTA Program, visit www.wta.org, browse the FAQs or email wta@wocn.org with any questions.

 

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