Wound care is an immensely satisfying experience, and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this way. Seeing a large infected wound through to complete healing takes time, patience, dedication, knowledge and specialized skills, and when all of these come together and a wound is completely healed there is no better feeling in the world!
Wound care teaching is extremely satisfying
It’s only natural when you have a passion for something that you should want to pass along your knowledge to others. Once I had mastered the many nuances of wound care, wound care teaching was the next logical step for me and has proved satisfying in so many ways. I have had the personal satisfaction of watching others gain in knowledge, skills and confidence, to the point where they are now able to improve wound care in their workplaces and their patients now reap the benefits of what they have learned. These clinicians, in turn, have been able to pass on what they have learned to others. Knowing that wound care teaching has resulted in positive outcomes for many wound care clinicians, not to mention their patients, is more than I ever dreamed possible.
My experience in wound care teaching would not have been possible without a lot of education, including reading the latest journal articles, attending workshops and conferences and becoming certified as a wound care specialist. Wound care is evolving at a rapid pace, and I have had to keep up with the latest in evidence-based practices so that the knowledge I pass on to others is as accurate as possible. As a teacher, my learning is never done.
I believe that wound education is of utmost importance in the current healthcare climate in which patients are living longer, often with many comorbidities that can lead to the development of wounds. This is not going to change anytime soon. I believe that all nurses and other health care providers are going to have to become wound care specialists in their own right in order to be able to provide the best care to this vulnerable population.
I hope that in talking about my experience in wound care teaching I will light a spark in some of you who may be considering a career as a wound care specialist. Wound care is immensely satisfying and the need for qualified wound care specialists will continue to grow well into the future. If you are considering a career in wound care, visit Wound Educators to see how wound care certification can benefit you and your patients.