Becoming a Wound Care Specialist
Why become a wound care specialist? Most health care professionals, no matter their area of focus, are required to manage wounds in some capacity. For some, wound care becomes a passion- there is great personal and professional satisfaction in seeing a wound (and the client) through to complete healing. If you enjoy the challenge of working with clients with a wide variety of wound types, you may want to consider becoming a wound care specialist.
What is a Wound Care Specialist?
A wound care specialist is a professional who has additional education in wound care management and has written and passed an examination to become certified as a wound care professional with an accredited wound care body.
The term “wound care specialist” incorporates a variety of certified specialists with various titles and academic degrees. For example, any professional from any background can earn the WCC designation (Wound Care Certified) through the National Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC), while Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) and certified wound care nurse (CWCN) are designations reserved for licensed professionals holding a bachelor’s, masters or doctoral degree who have passed the necessary exam from either the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) or the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCN board). If you are confused after reading this, view our wound care certification chart, which clearly and succinctly explains all of the different certifications and the requirements of each.
Why Become a Wound Care Specialist?
There are many advantages to becoming certified as a wound care specialist. Becoming certified allows you to:
- Stand out from your colleagues
- Stand out from other job candidates
- Improve your career prospects
- Increase your salary (in many cases)
- Demonstrate your commitment to wound management
As professionals, we are obligated to use evidence-based practices. Wound care is evolving at such a rapid pace that taking a day-long seminar is never enough- these seminars only scratch the surface of modern wound care practices due to time constraints. Any professional who works with wounds on a regular basis should be educated in regards to current practice and should obtain wound certification as visible proof of their dedication to wound care education. If you dedicate your time learning how to properly care for wounds and patients with wounds, wound care certification is the ultimate reward for your dedication.
To learn more about becoming a wound care specialist and the options available for your professional designation, read up on our wound care certification courses.
In this video a physical therapist lists some of the benefits of becoming a wound care specialist.