In this episode of WOCTalk we sit down with 3 WOC nurses who have all experienced implementing and/or participating in the Wound Treatment Associate (WTA® Program). What is the WTA Program? The WTA Program is a continuing education program created by the WOCN® Society to further empower wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) specialty nurses, and improve patient outcomes by strengthening the wound care team. With a flexible education program that is applicable to all health care settings, the WTA Program prepares non-WOC certified nurses to provide optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds under the direction of a WOC specialty nurse, WOC advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), or physician. Listen in to learn how one WTA Course Coordinator turned two of her graduates down the path to full-scope WOC certification.
To learn more about the WTA Program, visit our WTA Program page.
About the Interviewees
Tara Beuscher, DNP, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, ANP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, NEA-BC, has been a WOC nurse for many years and has experience in several different practice areas including acute care, home care, hospice, long term care, LTAC, assisted living and ambulatory care. She is the Lead Nurse Planner for the WOCN® Society, along with the section editor for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) Foot and Nail section.
Melissa Parker, RN, CWOCN is a Clinician III at the University of Virginia Health System where she works full-time on the wound care team and teaches wound care and pressure injury prevention classes to on-boarding nurses.
Ann Roberts, RN, CWOCN works at the University of Virginia Health System within in-patient wound and ostomy services. Ann is the President of the Blue Ridge Affiliate of the WOCN Society.