Inside Wound Nurse Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Nurse Practitioner: "The best part of my job is the ability to care for and help people. My patients are grateful for everything I do for them and there is no feeling in the world that supercedes being able to help someone feel better or heal something that is a major stress in their life. The other best part is working closely with doctors and having the collaborative relationship that I have with them. Working as a team is the key to solving patients problems." (2011)

Wound Care Nurse Specialist: "The best part of my job is definitely my ability to help people to heal! There are many possible "recipes" in wound care to help create a healing environment. There are between 3,000 and 6,000 wound care products on the market! My job is to evaluate the wound and recommend what I think is the best product, or combination of products would work best to help the wound to heal. When my recommendations work - and the wound heals - it is just a great feeling! The worst part of my job is that there is no single right way to make problem wounds heal. In math, no matter how many different ways you add 2 and 2, the answer will always be 4. In wound care, it's not that easy. There is no formula to follow. There is some science and some common sense to use in determining the best answer, but every person is different, and so is every wound. Science has demonstrated that good nutrition helps to heal a chronic wound, but if the person is sick, and doesn't want to eat, I won't be able to provide the nutrition needed." (2010)

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Wound Nurse

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Career Tips

"Respect And Compassion For All...
Treat everyone with compassion and respect, we are all human beings no matter what walk of life we come from. You can learn something from everyone you meet, everyone has some piece of knowledge that you do not. Listen to people. They will tell you what is wrong with them. Patients know best what is going on in their bodies even if they cannot articulate it eloquently. There will be people you cared for that you will remember for a lifetime. Some patients just have that impact on you. You remember their names, what they look like, what was their problem and how you helped them through their journey in life." (Nurse Practitioner; 2011)

"So Many Choices...
1. Nursing has so many fields of study these days. My advice is to find what you love! If you love kids, work in pediatrics. If you love older people, work in geriatrics. If you like things fast-paced, work in an Emergency Room. 2. Decide what education track makes sense for you and follow a plan. Some people start as a nursing assistant, then become an LPN, then an RN and then get a college degree. Others go straight to a 4-year college program and come out prepared as an RN with a college degree. I have friends who worked their way through the different levels while I went directly to college. Both ways are fine, but the key is to make sure your choice works for you. 3. Get used to being in a hospital or clinic. Volunteer or set up an internship. Exposure to the setting is the best way to find out about the work." (Wound Care Nurse Specialist; 2010)